I chalk my last post up to being cranky. And who can be cranky when it comes to a 3 day weekend? Yes, it's that time of year again folks, Labor Day weekend. It's that time when people declare summer over and shut down all the fun seasonal stuff, like outdoor burger stands and ice cream joints. This makes me sad. Why do they open so early in the year (way before Memorial Day) only to close on Labor Day weekend? It's plenty warm in September, even into October, but no burgers and cones? *sniff* Live it up while you can people...the days grow short.
Labels: fall, food/drink
Never mind the fact that I just had a week at work that could be considered a vacation without actually vacationing, the signs are starting to show that summer may in fact be over. People are driving around here aimlessly with out-of-state plates. That means tourists? No, that means all the students are coming back to town with parents-in-tow. Fancy cars, stupid drivers, and if they actually pulled the stunts they have here back home, they'd be grease spots on the pavement.
I'll readily admit it. I love to research stuff. It's like one big treasure hunt. The more weird, arcane, and uncommon, the better I like it. Luckily for me lately, there's been enough little research projects here at work to make me happy. Also, I think I've finally gotten it across that not only do I not mind doing research, I'm actually eager to do it. However, I still have time to do random research as a hobby. To that end, I found a blog that gives me a project nearly every week. Gadling, through which I live vicariously already, has a "Where on Earth" photo game that's posted on Wednesdays. It's a random picture of somewhere in the world taken by the poster, with a small clue. Now I'm not well-traveled at all, but that's what makes it fun for me. So far I've been able to identify a courthouse in Missouri, a war monument in Russia, and a rest area in Oklahoma. I've never been to any of these places, but give me Google and a few good search queries, and I have a great time. I need a job where I can find stuff. I want to find more stuff.
Like many of you, I have availability to check my work e-mail at home. For the most part, I don't check it at home. When I leave work, that's it. Tomorrow's another day. Sadly, I broke my own cardinal rule last night. I had an issue that reared up Friday night, but thought I had put out the appropriate fires before I left. I felt good leaving. I jumped in my car, tore out of the parking lot and tooled home in a good mood. Seems one of the fires sparked up about 2 hours after I left, and I found myself thrown back into it Sunday night. This not only ruined a night's sleep, but left me nearly unwilling to come back in this morning. And for what? Well, my actions Sunday night did prevent full-blown conflagration this morning, and in the long-run probably saved me much craziness, but on the whole, I don't plan on doing that again. I'm tired, cranky, and my stomach hurts.
I've been having an internal debate with myself lately about whether I've gotten any better at my job, or rather am tolerating it better. I still feel mostly stupid, especially when it comes to large sums of money. I'm always panicked that I'm making an error, but on occasion my instincts have been right, and that cheers me up. This is not to say I'm enjoying what I do, but it's a point of comfort and less angst maybe?
I am afraid of bridges. I have been afraid for a long time. I nearly hypoventilated to the point of passing out once driving on the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Yesterday's tragedy in Minneapolis had me terrified. In my nightmares that has happened. I sat spellbound watching cable news last night wondering how people could survive something like that and be able to talk about it. And to see the video of it actually collapsing today just made things worse. I feel so horrible for the people who lived through that, because I can't begin to imagine what it must be like now to think about crossing another bridge.