If you didn't already know, my real job is with the Federal Government. I work in the real estate arm, leasing space that is needed by other Federal agencies. Even though my kids draw me at work rappelling down buildings and shooting it out with the bad guys, it's much less glamorous. Monday night, at midnight, Congress failed to pass a budget. That meant, as of 12:01 AM Tuesday morning, certain aspects of the Government began to shut down. All "non-essential" workers (including me), were placed on furlough, which is a fancy way of saying we're on unpaid vacation.
It hasn't been too bad as of yet. I've run every day, exploring new neighborhoods and parks with my new running buddy, the Little Worker (though really I'm just the engine for his stroller). I've gotten some small projects done around the house, and, in general, life has just moved along quietly. While I'm enjoying this free time, we're hoping that it all ends soon and I'm back to work on Monday. Even though Congress doesn't always pay its bills, we still will have to.
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