40 and Fired had a better ring to it than 39 and Layed Off--thus the title and impetus for a blog. I'm a freelance writer living in the mountains of Colorado with my husband, children and high maintenace pets. I'm over the whole turning 40 thing, so this is now more about my humorous/sarcastic take on life, excercise and our daily adventures.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Martyr or Superhero?

Rarely are there enough hours in the day to do what I need to accomplish. I'll admit to having a rather cumbersome "to do" list, but I don't feel that's a bad thing. Tardiness is a given when I'm involved and it is not done as a sign of disrespect or to gain control of the situation. But waiting is wasting time, and I'm a rather impatient waiter, so I instead choose to fit in 'just one more thing', which is usually one thing too many.

No doubt I have some sort of psychosis, but that is not my point. The point is whether I'm a martyr, as I'm accused by my husband, or a superhero for getting so much done in the time at hand?

According to the American Heritage Dictionary (published in 1982--it's been awhile since college!), a martyr is 1. One who chooses to suffer death rather than renounce religious principles. 2. A person who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause or principle. There are more, but they get tedious.

I'm up at 1 in the morning writing this as I wait for cupcakes, for tomorrow's party, to finish baking. While sleep would be nice, I'm not "suffering" and I'm certainly not attempting to further a cause, just cross something off my party list. Truth of the matter is, I also function better at night and baking the cupcakes now is much better than it would be at six in the morning. I have to bake them and this is when it works.

I think I'm a superhero, although my costume is getting a bit snug thanks to all of the birthday treats. Six hours until I need to wake up, plenty of time to finish baking and get some rest. No martyrdom involved. But first I'm going to fold some laundry, so I can cross one thing off the "to-do" list for tomorrow.

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