The self-employed, work-at-home "sick day"


The morning of a “real job” sick day:
  • Wake up and feel sick
  • Phone or email your boss and say you won’t be in
  • Doze in and out of a dreamy Netflix coma
The morning of a self-employed, work-at-home “sick day:”
  • Wake up around 11:30 p.m. feeling tingly and chilly and icky-stomached
  • Reach for iPhone on nightstand
  • Check calendar for the next day, including upcoming deadlines, interviews scheduled, and projects that need to be written up
  • Put iPhone back on nightstand
  • Fiercely try to pretend sicky feelings are all in your head, go back to sleep off and on
  • Wake up in the wee hours of the morning and realize you can’t fight it anymore 
  • Grab a facecloth, take out various retainers/mouthguards in preparation for … 
  • … YUCK
  • Brush teeth, wash face
  • Creep downstairs in the middle of the night and boot up the laptop to take advantage of the great feeling that comes after finally … you know
  • Write two corporate blog posts
  • Make tea and sip it tentatively
  • Write a short write-up for a client
  • Pour a bowl of dry Cheerios and nibble on them while doing research
  • Write three articles
  • Nod at the rest of your family when they finally wake up and come downstairs
  • Edit copy for client
  • Respond to emails
  • Turn parenting responsibilities over to spouse
  • Crawl back upstairs 
  • Set an alarm for your phone interview later that morning
  • Go back to bed for a couple of hours until you’re needed at work again
NOTE: I have not actually used the Clarke Family Barf Bucket, but the kids have. I wrote on it because I thought it was hilarious to have our own version of Margo’s Pike Family Barf Bucket and if you don’t get that Babysitter’s Club reference then I’m really sorry for potentially grossing you out.

So what do you think?

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