My laptop’s been getting a hell of a work out …

… you know that, of course, because I’ve been working so steadily on a new project for the last few weeks I haven’t had time to blog. I’ve been at it full days, I worked right through one weekend, a fair bit of the long weekend and part of last weekend. Which I’m fine with me, because I am loving this project. In fact, I’ll be sorry when I’m done — which I almost am (snivel).

I don’t want to jinx anything, so let’s just say my trusty old MacBook Air is hanging in. But I’ve gone through two sets of ink cartridges and a fair bit of printer paper. Oh, I know, the Green Police are not going to be happy with me, but old habits die hard and what can I say, I need to have a printed copy of briefs beside me when I work. There’s been a lot of briefs.

My back, on the other hand, is not faring well at all. It’s been a while since I’ve put in six and seven-hour days for days and days on end, so my back hasn’t bothered me. And I guess I forgot that I have to get up and walk around every hour or two.

Well I was reminded Sunday when I couldn’t get out of bed. It was too sore to do stretches, so I tried the heating pad a few times. I know from past experience that no matter what I do, it takes three or four days for the pain to subside. I’m not much of a pill taker. Once, years ago, a friend insisted I try Robaxacet. I hated the way it made me feel — completely discombobulated — and have never taken it since. I took a Tylenol before bed and that was it.

It still hurt yesterday morning, but not quite as badly. So I took a very hot shower, stayed in there for a long while and did stretches. And made sure I got up from my desk frequently, to walk around and also to stretch. And I went out in the early afternoon so I could take a longer break.

This morning it’s a bit easier, but I’m taking no chances. Another long, hot shower with stretches and frequent breaks again.

So far, not bad. And, back to work I go.

23 thoughts on “My laptop’s been getting a hell of a work out …

  1. Great to hear that you are enjoying your work and hate to see it end. Those sorts of projects are few and far between, it seems.

    I sure know what you mean about the need to take a break – if you don’t, you and your bones surely pay the price. Sounds like you have a good set of strategies – keep stretching!

    • I agree, it’s not often you hear anyone say they like their job or something they are working on these days. This is a lot of work but I really am enjoying it. The client is really organized and they know what they’re doing and that makes all the difference. And it’s interesting and I’m learning things I didn’t know.

      It’s amazing how much stretching helps.

  2. Hi Fransi, wow you are certainly putting lots of hours in…
    Long hours at the computer desk is hard on the back…
    Every time I sit at my desk i use a simple wheat heat pack on my back, and yes it works, along with regular breaks, it’s sure to help …
    All the best Fransi..xx

  3. I used to get so engrossed in my work I’d forget to get up and have a break for a pee or lunch, and my back suffered too. So Hubby bought me a little gadget \I kept in my drawer which I could set for 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes. The first time it went off, they almost evacuated the building!

  4. All work (I know it can’t be avoided) and no play makes us all dull people (which is not at all factual) meals have to be put on the table and if we don’t do it then it won’t be done (in my opinion).

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