Despite my frustration about how much John can take responsibility for himself, I do have days when I don't have to spend time or energy on his stuff. Of course, part of the reason is that I am distracted by a difficult situation at work. The program I built and run may be crippled by new university rules as the result of a budget crunch. We have the money (even after the cut) but the rules may prevent us from paying the faculty who can provide the courses students need. Plus I gave a test in my class and spent two hours doing an oral history interview.
But I also ran 3 miles and cooked a nice Thai green curry for dinner and I've spent this evening catching up on email, much of it not work related.