Monday, April 8, 2013

fp vs. parenting

I have been completely absorbed by work.  My project work started ramping up in late November and it hasn't stopped since!

My latest project, fp, has been the biggest challenge I've undertaken in awhile.  Take a project that has too much scope, not enough schedule and mismatched resources, and you have a recipe for disaster (I'm sure my project management/engineering/IT professional friends can empathize).  Take that and multiply it by 3 years and you have fp.

It has meant many 10 to 12 hour days trying to get on top of the fp pile.  I've had to juggle work days with family time and late nights working at home.  It's been exhausting.  But ironically, I still feel like I have mental capacity.  I am not drained by it.

Then, late last week, I had a parent-teacher meeting at Josh's school.  It was a 45-minute meeting and I came out feeling like I'd been through the ringer!  There's nothing like feeling like you're failing as a parent to completely suck the life out of you.

The p-t meeting was a morning meeting and as I commuted into work and tried to get my head into my impending work day, I came to this realization: as much as fp has been challenging my capacity and boundaries and pushing my limits, it is a walk in the park compared to parenting.  I can only wish that parenting is as easy as fp.  Ha.

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