I've recently had cause to ponder over what may be considered work and what may be considered a fun night out.
I mean, is it only considered work when it's long term set hours, is something you're not particularly enamoured about doing and you get paid to do it?
And is it a fun night out when it's irregular hours for a short set period of time, is something you love doing and perhaps you get paid, however minutely, to do it?
After much thought, like about 5 minutes, I have come to the conclusion that choreographing a school show, however much I love doing it, constitutes work.
I must force myself to think that way and to train myself to say 'bye now I'm off to work' instead of 'bye now I'm off to rehearsal'. I mean if I don't do that then I run the risk of confusing others about what it is I'm doing. And we can't have that.
Like for example when discussing um.... arrangements.... it would not do for a night out rehearsing to be considered simply as a night out, now would it?
If, on the other hand, a night out
So basically, if whatever it is you're having yourself involves irregular hours, you love doing it, you get minutely paid for it and there's no wine then that's work! I guess wine is the deciding factor.
And if a person is seen pouring over her laptop day and night then that's work too .... aka research.
Similarly, if a busy mum is seen driving along with head bopping, arms and legs flailing and loud music booming from her vehicle then that's work too. In fact it's more than work, it's multi-tasking..... 5,6,7,8,...... indicate.... turn... 2, 3, 4, kick, ball change.... into 3rd gear..... step, kick and turn, TAH DAH...... stop!!
However, please be assured, I was not multi-tasking the other morning when I nearly got creamed by the local bus when driving Teen Boy to the bus stop. I mean if the bus hadn't stopped in the nick of time but had instead ploughed into us, then that would have had catastrophic consequences.... I would have had to get out of the car, on a busy roundabout, in my pajamas!
You should note though, there are exceptions to the wine rule.
You see, sometimes research work happens late at night. Well, Top of The Pops re-runs and Disco Diva shows are on very late on a Saturday night, you know and are a must-watch in order for me to do my work properly. And as everybody is aware, any good late-Saturday-night researcher needs the sustenance that only wine can offer. The company of a good facebook buddy is also helpful..
Unfortunately reliable recall of the findings of any such wine-fueled late night research cannot be guaranteed...... hic.
Anyway, that's enough rambling ruminations from me, I've got to go now....
I'm off to work........ Dahlings.