Tough one today.
Work was hard. We got pretty slammed by new claims at the end of the day. Good for business…but bad timing, with only two of us in the office, neither of which particularly knew how to do that aspect of the job. So, tomorrow, I’ve volunteered to be trained up in that process. I want to know how to do it, partially because I like to keep learning things, but also because I don’t like finding myself in more-or-less helpless situations like today. There was a TON of work that needed doing, but there was nothing I could do to help…so I’m going to learn how for next time (which I would imagine would be Christmas-ish…). We got through it, to some extent…but boy were we tired and happy to see 5:00 roll around. Hopefully, I can help out with that a little tomorrow. I like contributing to our team, and I hope I catch on to this quickly enough that I can even start making a dent tomorrow morning. Fortunately, I’m a pretty quick learner…so let’s just see HOW quick! 🙂
After work, I went home and got ready for band practice. We finished up all the stuff Chris had to do, so now it’s down to some of my stuff and the vocal tracks and we’re finally DONE. Looking forward to that. This process has been exhausting. I’ve been enjoying it, for the most part…but it sure has taken a while and has been draining all the life out of me on Tuesday nights. I’m sure it’ll be worth it, though…the other guys have turned in awesome performances, and I’m just hoping my own measure up. I’m hoping I can mix it in a reasonable amount of time, as well. That’s the tricky bit…but I have a working-template from five earlier tracks. Needs some tweaking…but I think it’ll be a good starting point, anyway…
Dave thinks he saw a mouse in my basement, though… I didn’t notice myself, and I certainly haven’t noticed anything over the past couple of days that would indicate a mouse…but it DID just get cold today, so maybe it ran inside looking for warmth. I do have a kind of crappy storm-door downstairs that it’d probably be easy for a mouse to find its way underneath. So, looks like it’s mouse-hunting time. And sorry PETA, but I’m an advocate of the traps that KILL the little suckers.
Looking forward to tomorrow being the last day of the week for this week. I’m super-excited about Thanksgiving! It’s my favorite holiday, and I’m glad it’s here. It’s almost taking me by surprize, because it doesn’t even SEEM like Thanksgiving time yet! I guess when you work in a job like mine, you kind of lose track. In the church/parachurch jobs I’ve had, every holiday is promoted for a really long time in advance…but in my world now, it’s pretty much just random data-entry and phone-calls…kind of the same thing every day…so it’s easy to forget what time of year it is! 🙂 So Thanksgiving being in like two days is a kind of welcome surprise for me this year. Pretty cool…is this how it works for everyone else with a secular job, too? Maybe I’m starting to understand why people get excited for the Holidays, now that it’s not an integral part of my job!
Oh…and by the way, I’m at the six-month mark of my job now. (My first day was May 18th.) I was thinking of marking the occasion somehow…but instead I forgot about it until just now. So…uhh… Yay! I guess… It’s been a good six-months. Some of the best months of my life, in some ways. I’ve been happy lately. I’ve been telling people that I’ve been “so happy, I don’t trust it.” It’s been good, and I’ve very grateful for this job and especially for the people that I work with, who I LOOK FORWARD to seeing every day—and I know how much of a rarity that is, too! My friends (and family members, come to think of it) all seem to complain about their jobs…but I don’t have to do that. That’s an amazing thing, and I hope I never take it for granted. (I also hope I don’t find any reasons to start complaining anytime soon, lol!)
And on that note…I’m opening tomorrow, so I’m getting up early. I should go to bed. I’ll be spending the night at Dave and Valerie’s place tomorrow so I don’t have to get up ridiculously early on Thanksgiving Day…so we’ll see if I find the opportunity to blog tomorrow…but so far, the “busy week” is running a little behind, but isn’t too terrible.
- Marilynne Robinson – “Gilead” — I started reading this a couple of years ago (when it was new) but got distracted and didn’t really get too far into it (only a dozen or so pages). Nick Hornby (a favorite author of mine) recommended it as a “modern classic” in one of his books on reading (saying it’s among the finest novels he’s read and saying it made him a better person—even joking that he was going to give up his atheism and become a priest as a result, ha ha). So I’m going to give it another go, based on having REALLY wanted to read it at the time, and based on Nick’s recommendation. I’ll keep you posted. Hoping to get a good chunk of it done in the car on the way to the family dinner.