rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

Married to my work

Please chip in to support more articles like this. Support rabble.ca for as little as $5 per month!

So you may have noticed that for the first time in the year I have had this blog, I missed a posting!! Don't worry, dear reader, it won't happen again. Here's what happened...

You see, I have been carrying on a long-standing affair that finally took over my life... with my work.


I know, I know... I never thought it would happen to me, either! You see, work started off as a small part of my life, nothing to side-track me from my roles as loving wife and mother. Just the occasional secretive business call during a dish-to-pass, nothing noticeable. I swore I wouldn't let it interfere with my life....

Then I began sneaking off at parties to write a business email or check my script. My husband began to suspect I was having an affair with my work, but things didn't really come to a head until I brought my work into bed with us.

And for the past two weeks, this relationship has dominated my life.

Seriously, I have had days where I am up at 6 a.m., out by 7:15, and not home till after midnight, andACK! even when they are not that bad, they are nearly so, with all the 'spare' minutes spent trying desperately to get caught up on housework or hauling in wood.

I have just about gone absofreakinlutely crazy!

How did it come to this?

Certainly it's in part due to my feeling that if I don't take every opportunity to earn money or move my career forward, I will bring fiscalcatastrophe down on my family. But it is also the slow seepage of the 'oil spill' of work into the natural refuge of my life, or perhaps the slow strangling spread of a lovely vine that I admired and thought was pretty, and which is now taking over everything.

Holly Escapes!More accurately, I myself have given my seemingly innocuous minutes away, which became hours, then days. It's hard to admit that, because I don't want to be one of those people who value family and friends less than labor, even when the labor is good and right. However, the fabulous thing about being the one that gave the time away, is that I can take it back!

Realizing that it would be very easy for me to slip back into this pattern, I have decided to try to honor the pattern itself, and use it as an asset to successfully reclaim my personal life. I have hit upon the perfect solution -- I'm marrying my work. And the best thing about that, is that I get to have an affair with my husband!

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.


We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:


  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.


  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.