An exhausting Friday -- 03/12/04

I put in an eleven hour day today.

I woke up somewhere between 3:30 and 3:45 -- somehow I was dreaming about work problems (can't remember any details) and that somehow sequed into being awake and actually thinking about that problem (dealing with a course where there were problems with source material -- that is the various PowerPoint and FrameMaker files -- that files were mismatched, resulting in various problems with the end material) -- and I decided that this was ridiculous, that as long as I was going to be awake and thinking about it, I might as well get up and be productive and do something about it.

So at four a.m. I was here in the den with my laptop running and getting connected into our corporate network, etc. During the course of the day I did leave the den to make a pot of coffee and wake Nancy and take care of various fluid level adjustments -- and I did manage to get away for 45 minutes to escape to the basement and get a workout -- but I ate breakfast and lunch here in the den -- and I didn't shut things down until around 4:30 p.m. -- so that's at least eleven hours of work over that twelve and a half hour period -- after less than four hours of sleep. I'm tired. No creative thoughts. This entry is going to be just a Friday Five...

1. What was the last song you heard?

That would have been yesterday (Thursday) morning... So many hours without listening to music? Yes. Nancy had boxes of school stuff (math text book samples and related materials, etc. -- she is working on a math curriculum committee) in the truck and asked me to drive the truck to her school, help her unload it, and then take the truck back home (she was driving her Camry). The radio in the truck was tuned to Cat Country (98.1 -WTCK-FM) -- and this was morning drive-time radio, lots of disk jockey babbling, and it's not a long drive -- and I don't really follow this kind of music that closely -- but the last song I heard was something along the lines of "it's the weekend and I don't gotta be me until Monday" or something like that. (The one they played before that sounded the same but it was about "it's gotta be five o'clock somewhere.") I worked at home in the morning and then went to the office in the afternoon but I listened to classical music on the way there (I think Hungarian Dances by Brahms, but that's not a "song") and listened to a talk program on the way home.

2. What were the last two movies you saw?

In a movie theatre -- Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Kill Bill. On DVD -- Under the Tuscon Sun and Open Range. On television -- we watched Catch Me If You Can on HBO this past Saturday night, but other than that I can't remember when was the time before that that I saw a movie on TV. Just don't watch that much television (I have HBO for The Sopranos and count Six Feet Under as a bonus).

3. What were the last three things you purchased?

I bought a bunch of groceries before dinner -- but I don't recall the order in which things passed the cashier -- but this order would have included a package of ground turkey, a zucchini, and a gallon of skim milk.

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend?

Buy the ingredients to make a salad to bring to my mother-in-law's house for dinner on Saturday. Go for a run on Saturday. Go for a run on Sunday. (I think the weather is going to be nice -- windy but sunny -- snow or rain holding off until Sunday night -- if that comes earlier I might substitute an exercise bike workout instead.) Let's see... that's three... Go grocery shopping on Sunday to stock up for Sunday and the first part of the week.

5. Who are the last five people you talked to?
In person -- Nancy, Jeremy, a supermarket cashier, and two girls whose names I do not know who stopped by to see Jeremy. Via telephone: my sister-in-law Clara (just briefly, she's called to talk to Nancy) plus colleagues from work while working at home today (one in Toronto, one in Atlanta, one somewhere near Boston, one in Pittsburgh -- well, also a co-worker in New York and my manager in Washington, DC, but the question just said "five").

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