Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Just overwhelmed


Here it’s only Tuesday and I’m already overwhelmed.  I had an hour between work and community band rehearsal tonight and I sat in the car and watched people coming and going from the grocery store wishing I just had grocery shopping to do.    Sometimes getting to rehearsal seems so hard, but once I’m there I’m usually glad I went.  But not tonight.  Tonight we got all new music for our last concert which is in 6 weeks.  I didn’t like any of it, and it all looks like a lot of work.  And I’m too tired to think about it.

Last night Katie and I went to school.  The instructor is getting more accepting of us, and occasionally we get a “good job with the Sheltie.”  But we also still get “the Sheltie is lagging!”  Which of course she is.  I think it has more to do with where my shoulder is than a problem with Katie.  It’s hardly ever the dog’s fault you know.    She did great on her sits and downs this week; last week she kept lying down on the sits.  But her recalls were really horrible.  She’d come when I called, but she’d run past me and hide behind my legs.  She was worried about the shadows from the overhead lights, though they are the same as they’ve always been.  She didn’t like the conformation class in the next ring because one of the little hairless something or others kept squealing.  I didn’t like that noise either.  The highlight of my whole week so far is that Katie allowed the instructor to touch her on the stand for exam! 🙂

So that’s my week in a nutshell so far…on day two.  Tomorrow night I have book club and I haven’t finished the book yet.  Guess that’s not going to happen.  But dinner and conversation that doesn’t revolve around work or the dog will be good!

Hope everyone else is having a great week!  I’m with Carol…no more talk about snow!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

14 thoughts on “Just overwhelmed

  1. Having a job really makes all the stuff you want to do tough. I haven’t been to an agility class in forever. Too tired after working all day.

    On the other hand, I am so, so thankful I have a job, one I love. Especially when so many teachers are getting pink slips each spring.

    Glad your class went a little bit better this week. Are there any outdoor classes in the summer? I know Oreo does so much better outside.

    I won’t mention our forecast for friday!


  2. What book are you reading?

    Your blog just yelled at me! I hit “post comment” and it said, “Slow down. Your commenting too fast!”



  3. Funny Sara! You’re the second person that’s told me my blog told them they should slow down! Must be in the latest update…maybe we should all slow down!

    Book club tonight is discussing ‘Annie’s Ghosts’ by Steve Luxenberg, which is a true story of Steve’s mother’s sister. His mom always said she was an only child, and he discovered late in her life that she had a sister who had lived in an institution for the mentally ill since she had been a teenager…and had been there while Steve was growing up but he never knew. So he’s exploring how he found out and what he discovered. Could be a compelling story but his writing style and the way he’s put the book together didn’t hold my attention and in fact annoyed me. So I only made it half way through.


  4. My goodness – work, Katies Class, Book Club, band rehearsal – where is the “Let me be lazy Dawn time?” How do you recharge the batteries if you are always on the go?


  5. I feel your pain. Im sitting at my desk and its 7:24am. Im exhausted, how am I going to get thur the day? Im glad class was sorta better. Have fun at book club!


  6. Well I can’t relate to the 9 to 5 job (never had one and I am thankful for that) but I can totally relate to getting a new concert full of difficult music that I don’t really like that I have to learn and feel overwhelmed about it! 🙂 I really don’t know how you do all you do with a full-time job. I admire all of you who can do it.


  7. May Book Club tonight with friends be fun and relaxing for you, Dawn! And I won’t mention the S-word again in these comments. Will only tell you when I find the first wild leeks in the woods, okay?


  8. Maybe it’s time to decide which of your after work activities are the most important and the most rewarding to you. Then dump the rest of them. Maybe some time with no responsibilities, time just to think about pleasing Dawn is the most important.
    We had rain yesterday – rain = spring, right?


  9. With everything you have going on it is no wonder you feel overwhelmed. It does take a lot out of you to be so active. I work full time too and there is just never enough hours in the day to do the stuff you actually enjoy doing. The thing I always want to dump to give me more time is my job, but than there would be no one to pay my bills. Hang in there!


  10. Sounds like a busy week. Do you enjoy all the hustle and bustle? For me it all depends on how much effort it takes to get out of house. Congratulations on the stand for exam–that is real progress!


  11. How funny, I just finished posting about how overwhelmed I was feeling, LOL. The book club sounds MARVELOUS, like you said somehting different not doggie and not work, sounds like a nice evening to recharge the batteries. Glad the class is going a little better. Have you checked out Sylvia Trkmans heeling DVD she sells on the internet?, she does a lot with just making sure the dogs understand right where to be, we need to work on it more but have had fun and you teach it like tricks so a couple of short sessions, you dont have to put in a lot of time at one time. Good job Katie with the stand for exam!!! Sounds like she is making some great progress.


  12. will check that out Kathy!


  13. Would Katie’s reaction to class and the instructor be a reflection of your feelings toward the class and your instructor? Katie knows you inside-out. Your time is valuable. Be where you want to be.

    I am going to visit and play on the teeter totter and the in the tunnel.


  14. Beth -Come on up! Katie’s waiting for you!


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