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Happy New Year … And Calling In Sick

September 17, 2012

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I planned my work schedule so I would not do work today. Instead we would celebrate the new year and attend services. I actually love the Rosh Hashanah service and blowing of the shofar. I look forward to it every year.

Well after feeling under the weather all last week, my “sickness” finally kicked in with full force Sunday with a bad head cold and no voice. So instead of attending services and risk infecting the entire congregation, I’m now on my couch trying to feel better. Part of me feels that since I’m not worshiping, I should do some work. But then, I’m sick too and I want to respect the holiday.

Here’s the thing about working for yourself. The days of calling in sick are over. Nobody cares if you have a fever of head cold and cannot write. Your clients are depending on you not matter what. There’s no paid sick leave in this gig. Of course there are other advantages to freelance work. But sick leave, not really one of them.

It’s funny the guilt I feel right now. Do I work? Do I worship? Am I a bad Jew or a bad business owner? I never seemed to feel this much guilt working for “the man” before. Nobody is making me feel guilty but myself. Must be Jewish guilt working overtime today.

So on this first day of the new year 5773, I’ll leave you with some photos from our Rosh Hashanah dinner last night. And I’ll try not to feel too badly. At least I have Yom Kippur next week to repent. Us Jews really plan for these things!

L’Shana Tova!

This is the beautiful apples and honey tray Sophie made at school. She is very proud of it.

We had pot roast that I cooked in the crock pot. So easy and delicious! Here’s the before …

And the after!

Rosh Hashanah would not be complete without my Grandmother’s apple cake!


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16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2012 11:09 am

    Don’t feel guilty! We working moms have enough on our plates as it is, so my suggestion is to put your feet up and relax and enjoy the holiday! Dinner looked scrumptious! Happy New Year to you and your family.

  2. September 17, 2012 11:16 am

    So sorry you’re feeling bad. For me that’s like being sick and missing the Christmas cantata. But looking at all the cooking you did, I’d say you did a different kind of worship and all will be forgiven at Yom Kippur. Take care of yourself so two days of laying on the couch doesn’t turn into a doctor’s visit and week in bed.

  3. September 17, 2012 11:29 am

    L’Shana Tova. Feel better and forget about guilt. My husband says it’s a wasted emotion. Take care of yourself!

  4. September 17, 2012 11:50 am

    Feel better, Leah!

  5. September 17, 2012 1:31 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better soon! And even if you’re working for yourself, you need time to heal and recover. May the new year be a healthy one for you!

  6. September 17, 2012 2:07 pm

    Happy New Year! That roast looks delicious! I see you made my favorite cake recipes. Yum! Your Grandma’s recipe sure bakes up a tasty treat.
    I think that’s most considerate and wise that you decided to stay home and not chance infecting the entire congregation.
    I hope you feel better soon.
    I wish you and your family a pleasant New Year. 🙂

  7. September 17, 2012 3:35 pm

    Great story!!! What will you charge for your grandmother’s applie pie recipe??? I MUST have it!

  8. September 17, 2012 5:38 pm

    Hope you’re feeling better! And dang that pot roast looks good!!

  9. September 18, 2012 4:11 am

    you were so considerate to stay home and not infect the rest of your congregation. Lil Sophie is so cute and so proud; it warms my heart to see her infectious smile :).
    I hope you are feeling much better soon…. and please remember, it’s just work. It will be there once you’re well.
    Happy New Year to you & yours!

  10. September 18, 2012 9:32 am

    I hope you’re feeling better today. And I hope you were able to overcome your feelings of guilt. When it comes to sick days, multi-tasking is not effective. The better you can rest, the faster you’ll be well again.

  11. September 18, 2012 7:00 pm

    Yum! I just ate all that stuff and it still looks great! Shana tova! I stayed offline for two days. Was nice!!!!

  12. September 19, 2012 1:14 pm

    Happy New Year! Hope you are feeling better.

  13. October 1, 2012 1:22 pm

    A belated L’shana Tovah! Fun to finally get to see all the other bloggers from Tangerine Tango. I’ve been stopping in and then get reading… love this. I posted for both Rosh Hashanah and then a bigger post for Yom Kipper (portions of which ended up online for CNN!)… my favorite time of year and wonderful holidays. I’m with Lisa: guilt is overrated! Hope your day was ok.


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