Kind of a strange day

I woke up super early today. For no particular reason, it seems. I tried reading myself back to sleep but that didn’t seem to work. Eventually I got up. I decided to do chores that I normally would do when I got home from work. I loaded and ran the dishwasher. I stripped my bed and started the washing machine with the sheets and towels. I took out compost.

Then I left for work at the time I was supposed to. My neighbor was outside so I said good morning and she came over to hug me. She hadn’t seen me since Dad passed away. I smelled like her perfume the rest of the day.

I got to work and found that my first patient beat me into the department. He was super early. Better early than late, I guess. One thing after another was happening at work. Nothing bad, just unusual. All day.

On the way home, I called to find out if I should pick up ingredients on the way home. Yup! No problem. I found a book that I had been looking for. No line. Strange.

I got home and remembered that I had no sheets on my bed. They were still in the washer. Into the drier they went!

Someone had taken the garbage cans out, so I was grateful for that. One extra thing off the to-do list.

My daughter, who usually cooks, decided she would rather that I cook. “I don’t have anything complicated planned. Can you cook?” Yes. I can.

I was so glad that i got some chores done this morning. I was able to relax more this evening.

So far, no April’s fool jokers. But there are a couple more hours to go. I hope today doesn’t end strangely.

Friday evening

I clocked out and started walking to the parking lot after work today. The nurse from employee health caught me. Apparently she’d been leaving messages for me to get my TB test done by the end of the month or I wouldn’t be able to work after April 1. No one told me! I got my test done so it’ll be read on Monday morning. Phew! Close call.

I went to the grocery store to get dinner ingredients for my daughter. I stopped for lunch. I went home and did a few chores. I decided that putting on pajamas was a wonderful idea. The kids and mom were out, so it seemed like a good time to take advantage of the quiet time.

I grabbed a glass of wine and played on the Nintendo Switch for a while once my daughter came home to join me. My nap buddy helped out and informed me that it was naptime again.

It’s been a quiet afternoon/evening. I have come to appreciate the quiet times. I think that I’ll be reading as soon as naptime is over.

Jury Duty

I got called for jury duty one week before my cruise. I delayed it to the middle of this month. When I scheduled it, I didn’t realize that so much would be going on this week. I can only delay once, so I had to go today.

I was supposed to work the morning before reporting for jury duty, but I woke up this morning and realized that I would have to drive an hour to work only an hour, then drive back an hour to catch the train to get there.

I missed the first train to get there. So, by the time I got to the station where the courthouse is, I only had fifteen minutes to find the room. The problem was, the buildings there are not numbered logically. I went to the wrong building first.

By the time I got out of the wrong building and located the right one, I had seven minutes to get through security and find the right room and check in. My watch decided that it was going to beep at the metal detector.

I checked in on time, then had to wait 45 minutes to be escorted into the jury room. The judge did not allow any hardships other than pre paid vacations, in which case you would be rescheduled for some random day, and if you didn’t speak English. Financial hardships were not heard. She did not allow any other reason to be heard.

I am not talking about the case, as ordered. I am just talking about the process.

The questioning began and a couple of people were dismissed. We were to continue the next day.

I arrived the next day, early. I was confident that I wouldn’t be chosen. I answered every question that the lawyers and judges threw at me. There were a few that I would have liked to have answered, but they didn’t ask me. I was starting to very nervous when the judge threw out two people before asking the lawyers to choose. I was the first person that the first lawyer threw out of there.

I am not eligible to be called for another year!

One of my friends messaged me after day one to ask how much reading and writing I’d accomplished. Almost like she knows me.

Tonight’s accident

I was multitasking. As usual. With my daughter. Unloading the dishwasher. Unpacking groceries. Cleaning out the refrigerator. Composting. Recycling. Filling up bags to put in cans. Getting ready to load the dishwasher.

I had an accident. I dropped an open jar of olives into the open dishwasher. Thankfully, I had unloaded the bottom rack, other than the silverware. I hadn’t unloaded the second half of the top shelf, but I had most of it emptied. There was olive juice everywhere in the dishwasher. Only one olive escaped, though. Unfortunately, though, everything smelled like olives.

I did what any semi normal person would do. I stopped unloading the dishwasher and started loading it. I informed everyone that since all the clean silverware didn’t make it out of the dishwasher, we’d be eating with chopsticks.

Traffic jam in my head

The last few months, I’ve done more walking into a room and wondering why I went in there than I have in the past. I am not concerned about it. I am just noticing it more and more.

I decided that a lot of it is that I have so much in my head that it is all trying to make itself important at once. I described it to a coworker as a traffic jam in my head, and everything comes to the same spot at once. It brings everything to a stop and I wonder what I’m doing.

That’s my new catch phrase… “what was I doing?” I sidetrack easily. Lists are my friend. My calendar, too. If it’s not on the calendar, it probably won’t happen. Talking to myself is important too. If I hear it, it is more likely to be remembered.

I don’t see an end in sight for less stuff to be in my head. I just have to continue plodding along. Maybe I’ll install a traffic light in my brain?

So, what are you reading?

I am at the overwhelmed point again, knowing my deadlines.

I am supposed to be reading an advanced readers copy of a western romance, but I haven’t gotten to it. It’s due to be reviewed tomorrow.

I have to finish the winter people for bookclub on Sunday afternoon.

I want to finish a second chance because I’m enjoying it.

And the tattooist of Auschwitz needs to be finished because I have too much time invested in it.

Draft posts

While I was on my trip, I started many draft posts. Ideas for future posts, the beginnings of posts that I had in mind and outlined, and posts that I wrote, tagged and just needed to publish. When I got home, I could see that I had over 100 posts that were partially written.

Part of them were from the 20 books and the 40 books topics, so I’m not too worried about catching up there. There are 50ish of them right there. They won’t be ready to go until I actually read the book, so they’ll be sitting there a while.

I am working my way through the posts today, so you’ll be seeing quite a few in the next day or two.