I love what I do, but today isn't a fun day.
Internet providers make mistakes that get blamed on poor communication. Microsoft makes software that doesn't live up to its promises. The end result is that I start a process on a Sunday morning to fix a problem (thinking it should take one, maybe two hours to resolve) and end up working until long after all the city's bartenders have gone to bed, then get back up to beat the first early riser into the office to continue working on the problem.
It's a challenge, and it feels good when I have it under control, but I don't enjoy learning the intricacies of my trade while a business owner is watching over my shoulder, tapping his foot.
I'm pining for the open fields (ok, actually at this exact moment, I'm pining for bed) when I am not working at all.
I've had some easement of the my nose from the grindstone when I left Veer, as I was quite exhausted. The pressure of bills to pay, mouths to feed and child support to pay (yes, don't get me started - I pay child support to my millionaire ex-wife) means I've never really felt at ease with taking time off. Of all the things that I *could* do for work, computer and network support are the most appealing. I worry that if I didn't work, I would fall into a "do nothing" mode that might be hard to get out of.
That's one of the problems with doing nothing. It's hard to determine when you are done.