Tackle it Tuesday — Taking a Sick Day

by Janice

Tackle It Tuesday

Before smart phones and email, before laptops and skype calls, before anyone had conjured up the work-at-home model, people had REAL sick days.

When they woke up in the morning and barely had the strength to raise a white flag to surrender, they picked up the phone and called in sick. And then they took the day off.

sick-dayI imagine, with no way to communicate or accomplish their work, they rested — really rested. Perhaps they turned on the TV and dozed in and out of consciousness.

But now, sick or not, our work stays with us, even curling up in bed with us. While this easy access to our work day is incredibly useful, it does make taking a real “sick day” almost impossible!

Today, I am sick. I posted on Facebook this morning, “If you are looking for me, I am hiding under the covers nursing a wicked headache and a miserable cold! Was fighting this cold all weekend and it has officially won.” And I went to bed.

Yes — I had to get up to drive and pick up Olivia and Sophia for preschool and I had to drag myself out of bed for Jackson’s therapist appointment. Yes — I briefly scanned my inbox and glanced and Twitter and Facebook. But the better part of my day I tried to sleep off this cold and somehow get myself back into fighting form to face my huge to do list tomorrow.

Last week, I wrote about an average day in my crazy work-at-home life. I love my life — it is incredible and packed full of everything I love to do. But it is exhausting.

And so some days, I need to call in sick. Today, was one of those days.

Mom Bloggers and Dad Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail linky:

And here is a basic linky if you prefer your linkies the good old fashioned way!

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of the Mom Blog 5 Minutes for Mom.
Talk with me: @5minutesformom and Facebook.com/5minutesformom.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls September 27, 2011 at 1:47 am

I hope you’re feeling better soon, Janice! Being sick is no fun and even more so when you’re a mom and responsible for taking care of everyone else too. :(


2 PhoebeCarla September 27, 2011 at 2:12 am

My first time here. I love love your blog. :)


3 Susie's Homemade September 27, 2011 at 6:58 am

I had to do that last week! No fun:-(


4 Barb September 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

I always say moms aren’t allowed to have sick days. Yesterday, 4 of my 5 kids had off from school. The only break I had was not doing the school pickup and dropoff. I still had to do all the household tasks plus work on my blogging.

I checked out your day of post, and boy can I relate! We chose to send our kids to Catholic school which means tuition and lots of driving. Our public schools aren’t bused so I would still need to drive, however, we wouldn’t be paying tuition. It’s the choice we made, and I do whatever I can at home to stretch our budget even farther.


5 Tiffany September 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I know just how you feel, I am not feeling so well today so my tackle is taking longer than planned but it’s coming along!


6 Pamela Clemens-Sahagun September 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I did this on Sunday, had a list of things I didn’t want to do around the house. All I wanted to do was curl up and sleep that day since it was raining. But I got it all done and relaxed the next day.


7 TyKes Mom September 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I just found your blog and am really enjoying it so far! I especially love clicking through people’s cleaning projects. I am always looking for new ideas or projects to tackle. Thanks for hosting this link-up!


8 Working Mommy September 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm

good for you!! it is always hard to take a real sick day, but it nice to hear that some folks out there still do it! hope you’re feeling better now!



9 carpet cleaning charlotte October 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I agree it is definitely harder to take a traditional “sick” day than it used to be… but its still hard to get well if you aren’t resting!


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