Gone till Thursday

Gone till Thursday August 10, 2012

We don’t get, like, real vacations (the two week kind) here at Chez Shea (the last one was, I think six years ago and there was one before that about a decade ago).  This is due to constant deadlines and having to work six 12-16 hour days a week as a general rule to keep bread on the table.  So we carve out little mini-vacations and working vacations as we can.  Till Thursday, we are on one of these out in Eastern Washington hanging with friends.  As is my custom, I will be writing and trying to get a project done due on Thursday, so it’s really only vacationey rather than a real vacation.  But at any rate, I won’t be interacting with the blog much.  I’ve loaded a few things in the hopper to launch over the next few days, but beyond that, things will be a bit slow.

If you think of it, please pray for me as this and next month are going to be very high stress, both financially and work wise, as we attempt to pull rabbits out of hats in terms of paying estimated taxes, helping with wedding costs, and meeting the bills.  We live on an eternal financial knife edge and I am feeling the strain of that this month in a more-acute-than-usual way.

Also, by the way, if you live in the Chicago area and would like me to come and speak for you on either September 10 or 11, please let me know.

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  • Will do. As I am in a similar situation(though tipping over the edge atm) I can sympathize. I’m amazed you work 12-16 hr days 6 days/week, though. I had no idea your workload was so immense. Working 5 10s with the occasional 12 was too much for me. I’ll toss in some extra prayers that your financial situation improve so you can reduce your workload, as well.

    • Marthe Lépine

      Same here… And in return, could you pray for me? Thanks.

  • JohnG

    Have a great time Mark.

  • I can’t work the 12-16 hour days anymore. My brain just goes to mush and anything I write or edit is filled with errors. However, I know the 6 (and sometimes 7…alas) days a week and the crush of deadlines. It’s a fine life if you survive it.

    • Mark Shea

      Nothing so wonderfully concentrates the mind as the prospect of living in your car.

      • I laughed, but my recent financial troubles have convinced me of the absolute truth of this statement. I’ve never been so focused in my life as I have been since I realized I couldn’t pay rent.

  • Kirt Higdon

    I feel your (financial) pain. Have a good one and you are in my prayers.

  • Julie

    Said a prayer for you and your family (and will continue to keep you in my prayers.) I know all too well how stressful it feels trying to balance on that knife-edge. I don’t comment here much but I read you every day. Your posts have been very helpful to me over the last year as I have been in the process of converting. Enjoy your well-deserved vacation.

  • If it will make you feel any better, I’ve never had a two week vacation. And our biggest chance for vacation in the last seven years has been losing our jobs. We, too, are with our backs to the wall, with little prospects, and the same concerns coming around the corner. So I feel your worry and concerns. I hope and pray that a year from now we’ll both be able to look back and see how those prayers were answered.

    • Mark Shea

      God bless you, Dave. It’s a tough row to hoe. Let’s pray for each other.

      • Certainly will, and we can look back at the blessings once we’re through. I look at it this way, though. At least I get to watch the kids at their sporting events!

  • dan tracy

    God bless you and enjoy time in Eastern Washington.
    I loved my visit to Seattle and Puget Sound last year, so I know that part of the state is beautiful. Will need to check out the rest of the state sometime in the future.

  • Liz

    Hi Mark,
    I just offered up a prayer for you. I want to wish you all the best and thank you for all you do. Your writing has positively impacted my faith life in more ways than you will ever know. May God bless you!

    • Mark Shea

      Thanks, dear. That means a lot to me.

  • Liz

    One more thing…Happy Feast of the Assumption of Mary this Wednesday!

  • Scott

    Hi, Mark- I live in the greater Chicago area (known here as Chicagoland) and have always wanted to hear you. Do you have a gig hereabouts already? And how, if I thought we could contract with you to speak at our venue, would I go about contacting you privately?

  • John

    Don’t worry Mark, the Ministry of Homeland Security has a drone AND a satellite tasked to following your every move. You’re far too seditious to go unwatched. You may think you’ll be on vacation, but you’re never really going to be away from view.

  • Love & Prayers for you and your family. I’m
    With those who want u to come give a talk. It’s warmer here in the winter!