Work has been hectic. Nothing awful, but there has been tension because of new employees being trained and everyone shifting this way and that to cover until new folks are competent and carrying their own weight. That sort of scenario always leads to tense workplace relationships. This has been rugged because among those who are "tense" are the upper echelon, leaving us all feeling disconnected. Sometimes simply getting an answer, a clarification, a definition isn't possible, and that leaves one feeling like a ship without a rudder, just drifting without a sense of control over where to go and how to get there. That stinks, let me tell you. I think it is about over, but it has been rough for about two months.
Then on the personal side, I've been busy. Actually I've been overly busy, but I didn't realize it until the last few days. I should have declined a few invitations, but it just didn't occur to me to do so until now! In the last four weeks I've attended eleven (yes, 11) potlucks and three dinners! I ran out of creative ideas of what to take to these dinners! Yesterday a friend asked me why I didn't just fix the same thing for several dinners, and I reminded her that unless the host wishes to keep the leftovers (and most don't), you wind up with them at home, and I get seriously tired of eating the same thing for a week, or in this case, weeks!
I'm highly hopeful that I'm now into a new era! Yesterday I said on FB that I planned to spend today in a fetal position in bed or on the couch with my Kindle. That was not a joke. Well, the "fetal position" part was, but not the doing-nothing-all-day-long part. And so far, I'm succeeding! The only "work" I've done is to feed the dogs and myself. I'll water the plants later. That might well be it for this day!
On the coffee table in front of me is a stack of fourteen books, mostly history of New Mexico or Lincoln County. I've switched back and forth a couple times already between the "real" books and the Kindle. That's how I tend to read. A friend asked what I'm reading. There is not a easy answer, because I typically have four to six books going at once. Depends on my mood as to which book I'll read at any given time, so currently have 5 books open and partially read in Kindle, and three of the books on the table have bookmarks in them.
I'm already feeling more rested. I slept very soundly last night, and giving myself permission to do diddly-squat today seems to be a good balance for me. I wish I could stay home a few more days and continuing this pattern, but like most of you, it's back to the unreal world of the workplace tomorrow. With any luck, the tension of the past weeks will be reduced with the holidays behind us. I certainly hope so. I like my work, but I've found myself dreading going in recently because I don't know what to expect on any day. Say a prayer for me.
That said ....
Happy New Year
to all of you!
I think it's gonna be a good one! I truly do!