My life has been topsy turvy for quite a while, and I’m starting to feel like I’m on an even keel again now. Or…getting there. I think I briefly mentioned the project from hell that lasted close to 2 years and was almost responsible for me quitting/getting fired. Thank God that’s complete. It was a nightmare, mostly because of my boss and our really awful communication, but I think most of that is over – now that the method works and the results have been reported.
It seems that I’ve been living on the AA [atomic absorption spectrophotometer] at work for the last two years, and once I finished the project from hell, I started on a rush project with more method development work – some on the AA and some in a muffle furnace. It turned out I’d need a high-temperature burner and nitrous oxide for the AA work [which translates into super heat and 2 foot(!) flames], and 1000°C in the furnace. I did what I could, put in some long hours, and pretty much got it done. We’re looking at some alternate methods for that furnace fiasco, though.
So craziness at work has been contributing to weirdness for a while. Not to mention random schedule changes from 8 to 10 hour workdays and back again.
But then I’ve had some weirdness going on with some friends, too. Folks that I’d gotten really close with and now seem like they’re avoiding those of us that had gotten close with them. I figure it’s something personal that’s going on with them, but it can be frustrating too.
I bought the Mustang – which I love love love to drive. But I put a little too much on the principal last month, and now I’m strapped til my next paycheck. I definitely want to pay it off as soon as possible, but I’m not aure how soon that will actually be. The actual payments aren’t bad at all, but I think I got a little too ambitious last week. Now it stings, a little.
But I just want to go places in this car. It’s freaking hot, and I just want to drive it. I’d actually like to take it some place new, cuz the drive to ATL is kinda boring.
I’m supposed to be reading The Color of Wealth, but I’m being delinquent about it cuz it’s so heavy. And since I’ve been getting home late a lot, I’ve been watching a lot of random tv. I just watched “Millionaire Matchmaker” for goodness’ sake.
I did get some shoes that I wanted [Converse All-Stars and some white church shoes], along with a few clothes to make sure I’m ready for my Labor Day vaca. I cannot wait for a whole. week. off. At the beach, no less.
Right now, I’m trying to figure out if I want to plan anything else for my dad’s 65th bday next month, or if a BBQ is sufficient.
My mind flits from one thing to the next [as does this post] cuz I’m a bit sleep-deprived and I’m getting used to 8-hr days again. But my Fourth was lovely! I went to the itty-bitty town nearby to see fireworks [since my town couldn’t afford them this year] and had a good time doing that. Then I stayed up talking with a friend until ~3:30am that night [Sunday morning]. So of course, that threw off my sleep pattern, and last night I stayed up til ~3 reading a book. [And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman, whom I really enjoy as a fun mystery writer. It was good, but I suggest waiting until the sequel is published – it’s a quick read and when you get to the end, you just have to wait for the next book anyway…]
Oh and I’ve seen two(!) movies in theaters in the last couple months – Star Trek and Up. And I’m seriously considering going to see The Proposal. Just cuz it looks funny. Betty White, Sandra Bullock, and Ryan Reynolds – sounds good to me. Of course, I’ve been wanting to see the new Maya Rudolph movie Away We Go as soon as I heard about it. I want to support her in everything, because I LOVE her. I thought she didn’t get enough sketches to showcase her talent on SNL, but then there are a lot of misses on SNL.
And then of course, Michael died. And some people don’t understand why it impacted so many of us. Some folks at work were like – why are people crying? They said they never had an emotional connection to him or his music. And it never really occurred to me that that’s what it was for me. But that’s exactly it. So on the eve of his funeral, I’m sending encouraging thoughts out to his family and close friends. Those of us who shared that emotional connection can dig out Dangerous and listen to “Gone Too Soon” one more time. In the mean time, remember.