Been That Kind of Week

Thankfully, the fever part isn’t real. But here’s what this week has been like. Monday my co-worker came down with a wicked bad head cold, bad enough that he called out of work on Tuesday. I came down with it Tuesday night. I wasn’t smart enough to call out of work for a day, so while I didn’t have it as bad, it is lingering longer. Made work miserable and I pretty much just came home and sacked out each evening.

Been having some issues with my car starting, had to jump it once the previous week, but it was doing ok. So Wednesday morning, it just won’t start. Mrs B gives me a jump and still nothing. Thankfully, she was able to give me a ride to work. But with being so run down, I can’t deal with it Wednesday night. Thursday we have it towed over to a place and Friday they replaced the battery and starter. It was a LOT more money than I was thinking it was going to be.

Then throw in some drizzly days next to a sunny day in the mid 70’s and well, you’re just asking for sickness.

So that’s about how I’ve felt all week. Then add in the fact that Mrs B is going to be switching to the night shift for the next 2 months (because the Corporate Barstards want less workers in the store during the day so more customers can go in and shop) and you’ve pretty much got a donkey excrement soup of the week as far as I’m concerned.

Next week HAS to be better. Thank God it’s Sabbath right now.

63 thoughts on “Been That Kind of Week

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Man….you really did have a rough week! That sounds absolutely horrible😢 I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for you that next week is going to be better, as you say it just HAS to be better right? 😀 Take care, and relax a bit in the weekend!😊

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  2. Take it easy, most of us are having problems with this new, bleak economic reality right now. Why not take a deep dive into re-reading the first sentence of Great Expectations?

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  3. That sounds like a sht week (tho glad it was only a cold). Over here staff doesnt count with the amount of people allowed inside, so we luckily don’t have to do different shifts. 2 months is awefully long 😣

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  4. Andreas says:

    When people come in sick, they are going to spread those germs. I glorify my country‘s system where sick days don’t eat up vacation. One simply stays home, healing, comes back refreshed, no one else gets sick.
    Ah, I‘m in homeoffice anyway since February.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      For me, I’m not in the office environment. I come in to the office for about 10minutes in the morning, then head out with one other guy all day and then we come back at the end of the day for about 10min. So it’s just the one person and not the whole office I have to worry about.

      How many sick days do you get each year?

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      • Andreas says:

        As many as needed, it’s got no limitation. Salary is continuously paid up to 42 days but if one gets more often sick than they pay again. This is often the case with burn-out or back/neck problems. After 42 days, the health insurance kicks in and pays part of the salary.
        When one is on vacation and get sick, the vacation days aren’t counted.
        Additionally, there are lots of holidays like Holy Friday, Easter Sunday/Monday, etc. Not all are at weekdays, but they sum up to 14 days a year. A couple of them are always on Thursdays (like Ascension Day) and people take a free day on Friday after, eating up overtime that way.
        Does that sound nice?

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        • Bookstooge says:

          My only thought is, somebody is paying.
          What about the hourly workers though? How does that all work with them?

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          • Andreas says:

            Of course, the employer and the insurance has to pay. But that all can be calculated and is just part of the overall salary (risk calculation). Same goes for your Sabbath btw which also has to be paid for.
            People don’t get sick too often typically. Just a few days a year – 10 days, but that counts in all the long sicknesses.
            Same treatment for hourly employees. An average hour is calculated and they get paid for it.
            They only exemption are freelancers – there are not many, like architects, doctors, lawyers. They only get paid for what they work. I‘ve been freelancing for 15 years, and you need to calculate sickness days and vacation and set money aside. But most people are spared that risk.

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            • Bookstooge says:

              Not sure what your talking about paying for Sabbath? I lost you on that one.

              But the hourly workers get the same as a salaried person, got it.

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              • Andreas says:

                You wrote „someone‘s paying“… for sick days and for vacation days. Same goes for Saturdays and Sundays – we don’t work at some 104 days annually but get paid for it. That’s no problem as it’s calculable for the employer.

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                • Bookstooge says:

                  I don’t get paid for those days. I work 40’ish hours a week and get paid for those 40’ish hours a week.
                  What I do do is make that money stretch for 7 days, But I am most certainly not getting paid for them.

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                  • Andreas says:

                    40 hours per week was a social revolution which workers had to fight for. Before that they had 60hours and had to work 6 days a week. They fought for getting off Saturdays with the same amount of money – to achieve this, hourly wages have been increased to compensate. You kind of inherited that social advantage nowadays.
                    The same has been achieved for 35 hour weeks, e.g. in France: People work shorter but get the same salary as before.
                    It’s not the case that anyone is stretching money – it’s the other way round. At least that’s what the unions fought for the last 100 years or so.

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  5. S.D. McKinley says:

    I had to come home on Monday, no fever, but hot / cold flashes, lethargy, loss of concentration, slight confusion ( more than usual ). I had a COVID-19 test, CVS had the results in one day, negative. By Tuesday, I was 90% better.

    I hope it gets better for you, Mr. Bookstooge.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I can tell you, I am keeping an eye on our temperatures a LOT more than I used to. If I get a fever, I’m calling out of work, period.

      Glad to hear that result was negative. Was it the quick “big q-tip up the nose test”?

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      • S.D. McKinley says:

        It was a self administered test at the drive through, they watched me. Yes, a big q-tip up the nose, just past the first part of the nose, where the older I get, the more hair starts to grow. 10 seconds of q-tip rotation per side. Not a comfortable thing!

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  6. Oh, man, sorry to hear that! Ugh! Prayers that you’re feeling better soon, and that next week is better than this past one!

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  7. YouKneeK says:

    I hope you’re feeling better soon, and I’m glad there isn’t a fever with it!

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  8. ThemisAthena says:

    Hang in there — and I hope next week is going to be better by a magnitude of several galaxies. I know it‘s no real comfort, but it‘s been a crap year for many (probably most) of us … I‘m just about ready to close the 2020 ledger and move on, too. Not without some serious downtime first, though. (Hah. I wish.)

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I must admit, I have been hoping for a slowdown at work, even if it means less money. Work slowed down at the beginning of April for Covid but after the initial figuring out what was going on, we’ve been rocketing along like nobody’s business. I’m tired and I had a vacation in August for goodness sake.

      I’m at the point where I hope we have a super snowy winter just so work HAS to slow down.

      I’m ready for 2020 to be done too…

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      • ThemisAthena says:

        Fingers crossed for a snowy winter then — white Christmas and all. (Except when- and wherever you have to drive, of course!) And, yeah. I last had a vacation 2 years ago, but even if I’d had one more recently, I’d be completely out of it at this point, too. (Sigh.)

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  9. Sorry to hear all this. I’ve had a decent week so I am, of course, waiting for the other shoe to drop …
    Best to you!

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  10. BrokenTune says:

    I hope you feel better soon. 😦

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  11. Subztitle says:

    I know that feeling. Did tried to push on working when I was sick once and ended up working with so much less efficiency. It was not gonna happen again if I have a choice. Hoping things got better and don’t forget to take care of your health 🙂

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  12. Sounds like a rough week! It wasn’t hunky dory here either, but at least I’m not sick. And those head colds are the WORST. Hope you feel better!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Hope whatever is happening in your neck of the woods is resolved soon.
      I am thankful the head cold didn’t migrate south and become a chest cold. Then I’d be a bit more worried instead of just worn out and annoyed 🙂

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  13. bkfrgr says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve had such a bad week. Really hope you feel better over the weekend and that next week things improve. I don’t know if you and Mrs B are huggers, but am sending hugs your way! ❤

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  14. Mr. Murphy has been focusing his infamous law on you far too much this week… 😦 Here’s to a FAR BETTER next one!

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  15. Sorry that you had such a shit week! I hope you’re starting to feel better.

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  16. Ah snap. It really does sound like a painfully annoying week with plenty to get mad about/at! I do hope this week turns out much better though…

    Ahhh… the unexpected and unpredictable repairs for cars is indeed one of the many reasons why I’m having such a hard time purchasing my first car hahah

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Unfortunately, this week seems to be all about the bad weather 😦 Working outdoors in rain and drizzle while the temperature hovers just above freezing is miserable stuff. Just gotta survive until Friday afternoon though!

      Cars suck. at least if money is even slightly tight. If money isn’t a big problem, then they’re just the most annoying thing. At least with horse and buggies, you could just shoot the horse and then use the the cart for fuel to have a nice horse dinner 😉

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  17. I hope that top photo isn’t a picture of you after your terrible week, lol! Hope this week will turn out better for you!

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  18. It’s funny how we used to get a cold or winter virus and not think twice about it but now, every cough or symptom gets that little worry bead going in the brain. Not fun! I’m glad you’re feeling better though.

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  19. savageddt says:

    Had a bit of a cry on Monday myself… Mentally not been doing too great, but it will get better. Hang in there mate.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yeah, your last couple of posts have really shown the stress you’re under. I know you’ve mentioned work but I am going to ask, is everything ok between you and your wife? If you need to email me, feel free too. I’m here.

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  20. HCNewton says:

    Clearly, it’s been a while since I checked the blog. So sorry, man, this sounds rough. Hope that the days since have been better (that’s a low bar, I realize).

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Eh, you’ve got real life going on 😀
      I haven’t been sick, which is good, but we’ve had rain almost every day, which is miserable for work. Today is Friday though and I for one am beyond thankful it’s here. Just have to survive today 😀

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