Lately I've been coming home from work and collapsing on the couch like a limp dishrag. This is somewhat concerning to me, since many much more exhausting rotations lie ahead of me, but also is not totally unexpected. I've ALWAYS felt like this when I come home from work, even when I was only working 40 hours per week. Even in college, for goodness sake.
Anyway. In light of this, I've decided to set more reasonable expectations for myself when I get home:
2. Enter cases into case log
3. Avoid picking fight with husband (requires participation on his part)
4. Don't beat self up if daughter prefers to play with au pair before dinner
5. Eat dinner
6. Lie on couch watching TV with daughter
7. Do M5 questions (optimally 10 of them, realistically 5)
8. Upstairs by 7:30 (usually ends up being 8)
9. Bed by 8:30 (usually ends up being 9)
10. Pet dog
I assume that when I'm at work until 6:30/7 or later, some of these will be abandoned (not 3&4 let's hope), but hopefully I will be able to maintain some of these even on those nights.
Tonight I even managed to walk the dog with my husband. Some talking ensued, and it was ok... but my husband only wants to talk about work (and specifically things that are not interesting to someone who doesn't work there). I have a similar problem, but I really try hard to limit it to non-medical things so that it is not quite so insipid to listen to.
I know I'm not the only one who has the after work blahs. How do you manage to prevent a conflagration at your house?