My work day is winding down, and I can't wait to go home. It's been a long day, partly because of my workload, partly because of the omnipresent drowsiness that I like to pretend is out of my control*, but mostly because of my new work schedule.
As I mentioned earlier in the week, I've been coming to work at 8:00. This is only half an hour before I used to come in, but it requires me to be up at least an hour earlier so that I don't interfere with the rest of the house's morning routine. I can hack it, but getting up earlier makes me alert earlier in the day. I used to ease myself into my day at work, gradually reaching my peak level of mental awareness around lunchtime (just in time to eat a big meal and slump back into lethargy). Getting up earlier makes me alert earlier. Being alert earlier makes me work more efficiently. Working more efficiently makes days like today drag.
So what have I done to alleviate the boredom? Well, I have next week's On The Road with Chuck & Bernie
all figured out. It's funny. I probably won't link to it from here, so you'll have to remember to check it out after Sunday. I have almost completely neglected new music this month, which means that there isn't an MP3 for January yet. I'll either throw something together real quick like (as I have the last couple of months (I probably shouldn't admit that)), or else I'll slap something old up there which no one's heard yet.
What else? Oh, last night Ellen and I got together. She made her famous scrambled eggs and we watched the first episode of Kingdom Hospital
. If scrambled eggs doesn't sound like an incredibly appetizing or complete meal, well, all I can say is that you've never had Ellen's. Everybody has a dish that they're famous for (some people happen to have two, and they're ramen pizza and hot dog soup (you know who you are)), and Ellen's is scrambled eggs.
Gosh, I'm going to have to come up with something other than bacon danish.
Anyway, yes, Kingdom Hospital. I missed it on its original broadcast, but Ellen got it as a Christmas gift from her brother. It's um... it's weird and it's dark, but mostly it's weird, which I suppose is status quo for Stephen King. I haven't read a whole lot of his work, but perhaps I'll read the Dark Tower series next year. My New Year's resolution (and I don't usually make them) is to read a minimum of a book a week, since I've fallen out of the habit reading a lot. It's been a gradual and steady decline which I attribute entirely to working in an office where I'm sitting down most of the time. Who wants to go home and read after that? The answer is that I do, since I usually just go home and sit in front of my PC anyway. How do I waste entire evenings in front of that damned thing? I'm not sure, either.
Wow, lookit that. It's nearly 5:00. Think I'll post this and head home.
* It occurs to me that I might feel better if I'd gotten more than four hours of sleep.