Post-Labor Day reflections

The calendar says summer runs through Sept. 23, but in the working world it ends on the Tuesday after Labor Day, when kids go back to school and most adults either return to their work or return their full attention to their work.

Things have been a little different for me this year. I started this summer by exiting the working world, and I have not quite rushed to return to it. I needed time off, more than I realized in April.

It took a good month after my departure from the Post for me to realize the absence of the accumulated stress I’d been working under. It wasn’t just the volume of work, it wasn’t just the pressure to write up tech rumors of dubious long-term relevance, it wasn’t just the increasing anxiety of hearing each new crack in the ice under my position–it was the combination of all that.

Having that weight lifted from my back was a blessing. So was the chance to catch up on many of the things I’d been missing. Among them: growing enough lettuce and cucumbers to be able to stop buying either for two months (please don’t ask about the tomatoes and green beans); trying a round of new recipes to use up those crops; brewing beer at home; turning a few unproductive patches of lawn into beds of perennials more compatible with my erratic groundskeeping; witnessing the space shuttle launch in May and again in July; swimming in the Atlantic and the Pacific; exploring my expanded freedom to speak more directly on Twitter; arriving somewhat on time for weeknight events instead of showing up 90 minutes late.

Best of all, I’ve watched my daughter taking her first steps.

(I should also note things I’ve left undone: reading Ulysses, or even finishing the books I got two Christmases ago; resuming my fitful attempts to learn Spanish; getting rid of most of the junk in the basement.)

But now it’s back-to-work time for me as well. Blogging twice a week for Discovery News has left room in my schedule, but I’m about to start a second weekly gig and am looking at one or two other possible regular arrangements. I’ve also been picking up one-time assignments–within the next few weeks, I owe various third parties two magazine articles and at least one blog post. Under these circumstances, I don’t mind being busy again.

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7 thoughts on “Post-Labor Day reflections

  1. Congrats on seeing your daughter’s first steps. The rest of your news is also cool. And to think I met you when you were just a newly self-employed, STS-134 NASA beach bum. Best, @cswriter P.S. please explain Ulysses if you ever finish.

  2. Your voice is always good to hear…..I signed up with you years ago and follow you whenever you post anything….except am not on twitter……eventually, I guess. Keep those blogs/emails coming Rob. You are a good communicator. Glad you saw your daughter’s first steps. Did you get it on film/tape/photo etc.? By the way, aren’t we all trying to ready Ulysses?

  3. What are the other gigs? Maybe you should have links to your latest writing on the front page, opposite the twitter links.

    Perhaps you have a newsletter I could subscribe to? 😉

    • Are you saying you find my views intriguing? 🙂

      I’ll name the other gigs once the contracts are signed–trying not jinx anything.

      And yes, I should have a link to the current Discovery post on the home page. I was trying to find some way to have one auto-posted via RSS to the blog, but that doesn’t seem possible on WordPress.com – right? May have to content myself with a widget in the sidebar, if that isn’t already too crowded.

      – RP

  4. Congrats on all the milestones… first steps, garden, gigs…..keep posting.
    On the tech side, I am burning up that I did not know the HP tablet was going for 99 bucks or I would have snagged one.

  5. Pingback: New freelance gig: writing for CEA | Rob Pegoraro

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