The American Siesta?

May 18, 2006

I have been working an odd schedule recently, and apparantly I am not alone in doing so.

We go through our morning, eat breakfast, and then drop the boys at daycare before J. and I head off to work.

I am then usually the first one out of the office, leaving before 5:00 so that I can get home to pick up the boys, have dinner, and do the other fun family things. (They are fun, even when elder son shows signs of turning into a pre-school psycopath.) Then, after the boys go to bed, we work for another couple of hours before we go to sleep.

The way I describe it to my single co-workers is that they will work 10 hours, then go out and play. I will work 8 hours, then play, then work 2 more hours. It is like taking a siesta, only at dinnertime so I get family time.

It appears to be a more and more common pattern these days, as people try to juggle two careers, family time at home, and the long American work week.

Is there a better name than "American Siesta?"

Posted by Red Ted at May 18, 2006 08:35 PM | TrackBack

American Insanity?

Sincerely. Eventually, something's gotta give.

Posted by: KJ at May 28, 2006 01:32 AM
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