Two Full-Time Jobs is Two Too Many.

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For the last month or so, I have been largely absent from this blog (sure I’ve posted the occassional video that interested me or made me laugh until I nearly wet myself).It's a Delicate Balance.

I’ve gotten a few emails asking why.

Well, at my age you get to laughing really hard and before you know it you’ve accidently….

Oh, you were wondering why I haven’t blogged more.

My bad.

There are a couple of possible reasons.

One is I always promised myself when I ran out of things to say and I started to struggle with what to write, I would stop immediately and blow the blog up.

That day is not yet here.  But I hope it’s soon because I do enjoy an explosion.

The real reason I haven’t been around is I’ve been a bunch of other places.

School.  Home.  Game.  School.  Home.  Game.  School.  Home.  Game.

You’ll notice I didn’t mention sleep.

In the world of school administration, late July and early August are busy.

Really busy.

This has been compounded by the world of Teenage Evil Spawn (I miss carefree Little Girl Evil Spawn… although I was not a huge fan of Baby Evil Spawn).

Her world is busy.  Really busy.

When she was born, I don’t recall the doctor telling us how incredibly time-consuming and expensive her existence would become after the age of 10.

Actually, the only thing I remember the doctor saying is "Don’t worry, she won’t break."

So far, so good but there have been a couple of close calls where she cracked.

What I have learned as a parent is children require a lot of attention

Games, clubs, events, church, parties, school, 4-H, friends, sleepovers, movies, camps…. the list could go on and on.

Basically, my role in all this is to be there.  Or get her where she needs to be.

I’m like Secret Service without the ability to talk into my wrist.

My parent job isn’t brain surgery, but it does cut into my "Me" time (and it is all about me…).

All of this doesn’t sound too taxing, but it does eat up time like nobody’s business (actually it’s my business and it used to be my time).

This coupled with my day job as a school superintendent, has forced me to put the blog on the back burner this summer.

But like most years, summer is winding down so I’m sure my schedule will slow down.

I’m not sure what this says about our society when I know my schedule will be easier once my full-time job picks up again and I’m working 60 hour weeks.

But I sure am looking forward to it!

Have a good school year.

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7 Responses to “Two Full-Time Jobs is Two Too Many.”


  1. Tim
    on Aug 19th, 2012
    @ 6:44 pm

    Sheesh… I was so busy I didn’t even notice…

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Tim, Now that’s the kind of reader I like!


  2. Randy Seabrook
    on Aug 19th, 2012
    @ 7:13 pm

    You have my utmost sympathy. I remember those teen age years of my two “evil spawn”. Every week was a whirlwind of activity. There was judo, and piano, and baseball, and school, and dance, and homework, and on and on and on. I don’t even remember sleep. But now that they are “grown up spawn” and no longer need a chauffeur -I miss the whirlwind so very much. Enjoy it all because it passes so quickly. Hope your school year is awesome!

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Randy Seabrook, I must admit – it is going quickly.


  3. anita
    on Aug 19th, 2012
    @ 8:35 pm

    I know it is hard to do – but enjoy these busy and stressor filled days. It too will pass soon and you will remember them fondly. Guaranteed! I had 1,200,000 baseball games under my belt at one point. I thought they would never end. They did and if truth be told, I miss them a bit!


  4. Alleta Baltes
    on Aug 19th, 2012
    @ 9:00 pm

    Just remember, the “magic” will be happening soon — and I would take a full school with lots of children any day over the paper we push around this time of year. Let the magic begin!@!


  5. Marcus Byrd @ TeacherAde
    on Aug 21st, 2012
    @ 10:09 am

    It seems like your balance beam image is tilted the wrong way…work isn’t the problem…it’s your life. (or at least the evil spawn’s life)

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