Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dispatch from the Tunnel

Ai yai yai!  Between the madness of summer camp (late June-late August) and the madness of school program season (October-late June), there is a brief lull at work where I can take a moment and gaze in horror at the chaos around me.  Eye of the storm.

One of my jobs is to sort of keep track of 45 years of photos documenting all sorts of goings-on at work.  Trouble is, most of them are utterly unlabeled, and the people who were around in the beginning are rapidly aging.  So I've started yanking out boxes of photos and trying to put them into some sort of chronological order, at least.  Mind you, this is only actual physical photos.  I do not have the digital photo library, which might be scarier.  Once I write dates and names on the back of the photos, it's pretty much done.  It's not going to glitch.

I also signed up for the stage lighting class at the local community college, as it was on Thursday afternoons and I figured I can sneak away from work for a few hours once a week.  Of course, there are "lab hours" that I have to do outside class time, and they they tend to be (you guessed it) during regular business hours.  I'm getting creative with my scheduling.  I'm enjoying it, though.  I look forward to Thursday afternoons, and not just because the drama lab is air conditioned.

Bunnyman died suddenly in August.  No warning.  Just came in to the rabbitat on a Monday morning and he was dead.  Geraldine is very lonely and very eager to hang out.  Coworker SW (whose programs are the reason we got all these mammals in the first place) is going off to get us new young rabbits.  Part of me is glad for Geraldine to maybe have company, and the other part of me is not looking forward to having to care for two new creatures who I will undoubtedly grow attached to.  I'm also back to feeding the reptiles and amphibians and invertebrates on Fridays, since Coworker SW is now only working 4 days a week.  I am grimly accepting my fate.  There are worse people to carry this burden.

Speaking of burdens.  Coworker HM plucked a stray tomcat out of a tree at work, and he is now living in my house.  I'm calling him Charlie.  Charlie's not fond of Trix or Zip, but is slowly growing to accept that the price of a perpetually-full food dish is being an indoor cat with no testicles and furry weird roommates.  Charlie's a pretty nice dude, and has mellowed out since having been neutered on Saturday.  The yowling has decreased, anyway.

My car window has managed to die, and the window is now stuck in the down position.  I have one day off this week, and it looks like I get to spend it having that fixed.  Irritating.  I hope this is not symptoms of my car trying to die- it's a 2008, but I only have 50K miles on it!  Nooooooo, little green Toaster, you cannot get sick!

I'm getting some sort of repetitive stress thing in my arm from smartphones and trackpads and labeling photos and embroidering and 900 other small unnatural motions I make every day.  I think I just need a month off to do nothing but sleep.  No communication, no fine motor skills.... yes, vacation sounds good.  Maybe I can have a vacation in 2016.  I'm not optimistic (what else is new?).

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  1. Our old car was an '01 that my hubby had since '05 (he dubbed it blue dragon)-- it had a giant gaping hole on the dash, no a/c after '07, a driver seat replaced with a junk yard one, the fabric was peeling from every corner and it was so sun bleached you'd have to look real close to realize it used to be blue. It lasted us till just two months ago, and even when we had replaced it with "new and shiny one", it probably still had a couple more years in it. Your car sounds like the blue dragon, it may have battle scars but I doubt it's going down that easy.

    My condolences on Bunnyman, but at least you didn't have to see him pass. That's always the moment you tend to remember most...

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    1. Yeah, I'm sort of glad I didn't get to see the leadup to Bunnyman's departure. I hope it was quick.

      I drive cars till they die. The window thing was a well-known Honda problem that they won't admit to. The driver side window did the same thing a year and a half ago. Not the most fun way to spend $350, but what the hell.

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  2. I'm sorry about Bunnyman, but I enjoy hearing about Charlie on FB.

    Cars... tell me about it! I just got mine back from repairs from hitting a boar.

    You always seem to be working - don't you have some vacation coming up? Or was that when you did camp?

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    1. I'm not good at vacationing. I feel weird about not being at work, probably because I am so attached to the animals in my care.

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  3. Any sign of Charlie since his escape? :(

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    1. Alas, the moon called to him, and he has not been seen since. He's a scrappy dude, I fully believe that he is either on his way back to wherever home was, or finding a new sucker to feed him wet food and comb his fleas. At least he's not knocking up any more lady cats!

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