Last night’s dream: I remembered that I had a turtle a few years ago. Or at least something that looked a bit like a turtle. It was some kind of little green thing. Actually I don’t think it’s a real animal, but we’ll call him a turtle. I don’t know what happened to him. I used to let him wander around my bedroom but then I forgot about him for a few years, so one day I started wondering where he got to. He probably hasn’t died because surely I’d have noticed a terrible smell. So where is he? Is he hiding in my bedroom still or has he wandered off? I looked under my bed but I couldn’t see him, so he must have found his way out into the garden somewhere.

So anyway I declined the job yesterday by emailing the recruiter. I worked out that the extra hours actually equated to an extra month of work per year. I work 37.5 hours a week as opposed to 40, and I get 4 extra days of holiday. Add all that up and they wanted an extra 160 hours per year or 21.3 working days, or in other words, a full month. So I said to the recruiter that the money was fair and appropriate for stepping into a more senior role with more responsibility, but not for more responsibility AND an extra month of work. He wanted to go back and negotiate more with them but this was already offer number 2, so I said they’d already had plenty of time to put forward a realistic offer and they weren’t making me feel valued.

I’m starting to feel calmer again now. This is my Garmin stress of Wednesday versus today:

Though, even today is still high. When I’m properly content, it’ll be come down to 14-16ish.

I often get a big spike early morning which gradually comes down throughout the morning. I’m not sure why. I used to think it was recovery from running first thing, but it’s still there even if I don’t run.

4 thoughts on “Turtles

  1. Which Garmin do you have? I got a basic GPS one when I was running and I rarely wear it because it’s chunky & I have years of data with Fitbit.
    When I started here I was dismayed to find out it’s a 39 hour week compared to my usual 37.5 but it turns out we work an hour less on a Friday, & get paid for 30 mins of lunch. It sounds like you’re happy with your decision though, so it’s all good.

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    1. I have a Vivoactive 3, which is a bit sleeker than the older Garmins but still not small. It’s more like an average smartwatch sort of size. They’ve done a few new models now that are a bit smaller (Vivoactive 4s and Venu).

      Those extra hour(s) a week really add up over a year. My sister does 35 and I’m a bit jealous.

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      1. I tempted somewhere for a while that was half day on a Friday. Somewhere else alternated Friday half day / Friday off. It was great, loads of overtime on the the Fridays & the weekends. I left for a better (better paid, more interesting, & permanent) job & a few years later they brought in flexi instead.


      2. Temped not tempted lol. Not that I need another smartwatch but I sometimes like looking. My Garmin reminds me of a fake watch like when I was a kid, which is unfortunate – I struggle to take it seriously.


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