Can you believe it? I almost forgot that today Trish from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity is throwing a blog event where we all see get to share a day in our lives with each other. I'll admit, upon seeing her introductory post for the event, I thought, "That's so much fun!" Followed shortly thereafter by, "Oh crap, a day in my life is soul crushingly boring!"
That said, I don't want to be a "taker." If I'm going to be a creepy voyeur into the other bloggers' days, the very least I can do is offer up one of my own. I wish that I could think of a clever way to do this that would make my life seem, less, you know, soul-crushingly monotonous, but I cannot. Alas, I am left to pick one soul-crusher among many.
I guess I could pick this past Monday when my day started at 1 AM because I was still on call for work. My department supports lab computer systems for rather a large rural Pennsylvania health system. My job function is a step below IT, and it's a good job with great co-workers, but it definitely is as boring as it sounds. Except for when you're on call and awake at 1 A.M. trying to solve a problem that could probably have waited until a decent hour, then you kind of wish it was more boring.
So, on Monday, I rose but I did not shine at 1 AM, then went back to bed, then rose again around 4 AM, and then went back to bed again, and then rose yet once more to the sound of my pager's song (Say, are you doctor? Why no, I'm actually a time traveling 90s drug dealer, thanks for asking.). So by 7 AM I was already up for the day. The end of my tenure on call was in sight (Hello 8 AM!), which was obviously like a siren call for all the unsolvable problems of the lab technology world. I kept working until 10 AM trying to solve the unsolvable, even though my actual workday doesn't start until 1 PM, so that 8 to 10 AM window is really when I should be (and usually am) reading The Martian (or some other bookish equivalent) over a delicious and nutritious breakfast of either lower sugar oatmeal or cold cereal with chocolate in it (depending on just how healthy I think I can force myself to be on the given day).
Having sacrificed my reading hours to the cause, I shuffled my weary bones off to work with some disgruntlement. Especially, after witnessing my adorable little cat doing what cats do so well. She's doing the same thing now. Jerk.
Aww, so cute. Still a jerk.
Working from work is way better than working from home, if you don't count the travel time, the ridiculous parking situation, and, you know, having to wear socially respectable clothing. I mean, at work, I have two monitors instead of my tiny laptop screen, and there are also co-workers there who amuse me and take me for walks before I get the chance to inflict grievous head injuries upon myself while dealing with the support structure of a certain major lab information system. What more could a person ask for, right? So, there's the 8 or so hours of monotonous working punctuated by random emotional outbursts and profound disappointment when that thing you totally thought would fix somebody's problem totally doesn't, meaning you pretty much wasted a good half of your workday only to call someone up and disappoint them by admitting that, at the end of day, you haven't the foggiest clue about why they're getting that obstructive computer error.
There it is, the workplace, about 15 construction projects ago.
Then, with all the satisfaction a starving person feels after gnawing a tree branch, the first post on-call workday draws to a close (not with a bang but a whimper), and I report home for...you guessed it...TV time! Monday's feature of choice was Downton Abbey, of which I've recently become a fan (Behold the grammatical correctitude! Punctuated with sentence fragments full of made up words in a badly placed parenthetical expression! English teachers continue to spin in their graves with only the briefest of pauses!). We're working our way through season two of Downton with the help of our newly purchased Amazon Fire TV stick which is, indeed, way better for TV reception/general entertainment than a seashell (thank you Fire Stick commercial!).
After the token moment of TV, it's off to get ready for bed. I, being a great multi-tasker (bwahahahaha!) use Monday night's getting ready for bed time to continue memorizing 1 Peter 2 for my Tuesday morning prayer group/Bible study. Actually, I think the descriptor I was looking for above was "great procrastinator." It's not like I didn't have a week to memorize. It's just way more fun to memorize things while you're brushing your teeth and partly in a coma. So, with Bible verses freshly committed to memory (hopefully), I stumble off to bed where I manage to read barely a page of the poor neglected Martian before the lost sleep of the night before returns to claim me and another day in the life is complete.
Ergo, so is this post. Sorry there aren't more pictures, but master procrastinator that I am, I totally forgot to even write this until about noon yesterday. Now you'd better hurry on over to Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity to have your soul re-inflated with some other blogger's day that is actually interesting. Thanks for tuning in!