Hello all - I came across this poem this morning, and thought it was worth sharing.
Which is a big deal
Considering my journey of
Not Really asking That Much.
Hello all - I came across this poem this morning, and thought it was worth sharing.
Today I'm going to share another Three on Thursday post, because why not? I have three things happening in my brain today so that's a good start.
Thing #1 - I have decided that I am going to work harder to embrace "OK." I tend to be a perfectionist more with myself than with anything else to be honest. As a result, I seldom reach the great heights that I think I should, and often end up in the depths below. Whereas, it recently occurred to me that "OK" is absolutely fine, and most of life is lived in "OK." If things are OK, it means they are neither magnificent nor dreadful. So I'm going to try and embrace that concept. If things head downwards, well, they do; but if they go up, it's just a bonus!
Thing #2 - Unless you have been specifically asked to assist/comment/whatever, the five words you should keep to yourself are "You really should do [this]." Nothing is more annoying than having an upsetting or negative experience, or not getting the result you'd hoped to get, than having a third party who was not involved and whom you did not ask, say this to you. Often the SHOULD is not something you could have done/said anyhow, and other times, you have already figured it out yourself. Think whatever you want to think about what someone else SHOULD do or say, but unless they ask you, just keep it tucked away with the other golden nuggets of wisdom in your brain.
Thing #3 - Everything is political. I remember the first class I took in Political Science in college. The professor gave us an assignment for the next class, which was to record every single thing that was political in our day, to see how much each of us felt politics was a regular part of our lives. Everyone came to the next class with really good contributions, but then the professor took us through his day. It went something like this:
I get up at 8 a.m. each morning. (The time zones are set and agreed to by people in organizations other than myself.) I brush my teeth. (Water provison and regulation is set by the town, state, and federal government; toothbrush manufacure follows national guidelines.) I turn on the radio while I get dressed. (The Federal Communcations Commission controls what goes over the airwaves.)
And he went on like this throughout the entirety of a day. Granted, this was exrtreme in its detail and scope, but what he was trying to emphasize was that for as much as people claim to be disinterested or not involved in politics, or for as much as they think politics should only be brought into certain types of discussions, that politics is in fact everywhere around us all of the time. And that ignoring politics implies a certain degree of privilege. Whenever I see someone getting upset because a designer/dyer/knitter expresses a political opinion, and others immediately say, "Keep politics out of knitting," I think of this lesson. It was an interesting exercise, to say the least.
That's it for Today in My Brain. I hope yours is keeping you company as well. 😉
I hope the day is a nice one wherever you are. It's sunny and supposed to be about 60 degrees Fahrenheit today here, so it truly feels like a spring day! Of course, that also means I'll have to have tissues handy, since I'm sure my allergies will be saying, "Yay, it's spring, let's really drive her crazy!"
Anyway, I wanted to share an FO that I actually finished last month, but forgot to post about. And since this blog is as much to document my projects as it is anything else, I wanted it to have it's turn in the sun, so to speak.
As you may or may not know, I have taken this week as vacation from work. I usually try to take time off around my birthday, because why not? Last year, I had planned to do so, but then we were sent home for "two weeks, probably" after March 13, so I was home anyway, without any work that I could easily do, working from home.
Anyway, this year I have been working in our building on Tuesdays and Thursdays since this past August, and of course working from home (as much as I can in my job, which is a challenge), so I decided to return to my tradition, and I also decided to take the entire week as vacation. I have the time available to me, and really - where I am going to go anywhere soon?
Since this is the last work day of my vacation, I thought I would share some of my observations from this past week.
OK, this first part is something I've thought all of my life, but this past week has only made me a firmer believer:
1. WHY are Americans so stingy with time off? First of all, generally most people don't get a lot of vacation time, or holidays off, and then when you actually want to try and take that time, you're looked at like someone who just ate a baby! I know, I know - the Protestant work ethic, American productivity, blah, blah, blah. Excuse me, but that is just a way of justifying the crappy treatment most people receive from their employers. You ask for even a day off, and it's like the company will dissolve because you are not there - even if most of the time, your presence is either not acknowledged at all, or you are generally dismissed as unimportant. God forbid you take time for YOURSELF - I mean, they're already being so generous, what with evenings and weekends for your interests. And yet, in other countries, where people have been receiving much more generous amounts of time off, somehow it's all still standing in spite of that. I know some people LOVE their work, and love to be at work, but Work Is Not Life.
2. This week I had two meetings scheduled related to my work. One was with the person who is our new supervisor, who also happens to be the CEO of the place. This is until our current supervisor comes back from sabbatical, or at least that's what they are saying. In any case, we are not allowed [seriously, not allowed] to reschedule our meetings with him (he can, we cannot). And this one was for a "Performance Discussion," which is what our annual reviews are now called. (Puh-leeze.)
So, OK, I figured having to go to that meeting on Tuesday morning was something I could do and then go on with enjoying my time off. WRONG. Nope, after being told in the meeting that he could not figure out why I was still employed because he saw no reason for my position to still exist, and that I would need to amp up my goals in order to continue to have a job - well, let's just say that threw me for quite the loop! And as you may imagine, ruined my happy mood and mental health big time. So much so, that just yesterday afternoon, I started to talk myself out of worrying about it since I am supposed to be on vacation. And once again - when your time off is not really time off, that's just not fair. If we had not been doing Zoom meetings all year, I would have not been able to meet with this guy during my vacation - the meeting would not have been possible (trust me, I would have claimed to be in Lichtenstein or someplace if I had to). But no, since we could meet, we had to meet. I was also supposed to meet with the consultant hired at work so that she could advise me on being more of a team player. That was supposed to be yesterday. I sent her an e-mail saying something had come up unexpectedly and I could not possibly do it until I was back at work next week. (Technically it was the truth - bad mental health had come up - but even so, I decided I needed the rest of my vacation to be free from work stress and so that meeting was just not gonna happen.) Jesus Christ in a dress, is there no escape from work anymore???
3. Moving on from the ugly stuff, in truth, I am really glad I took a week of vacation. Even though the weather has been not that great, I have enjoyed being able to be at home and [for the most part] not have work crap hanging over my head. I have been reading, knitting, and being lazy, even if I had other plans that didn't end up happening. (Admittedly they might have, had I not been so depressed/upset/thrown off for a couple of days, but there you are.) Would it have been nice to be able to go out to breakfast for my birthday? Yes, but since I hadn't planned on it, there was no disappointment there. And I like being at home and on my own schedule. So although there were no particularly special plans for the week, it's been a good one.
4. I had a *very* slight reaction from my second Covid vaccine shot. I felt fine for the rest of the day when I got it (this past Monday), and then overnight that night I woke up with chills and a low fever. I felt a little bit crappy when I woke up on Tuesday morning, but by lunchtime I was fine. I'm absolutely sure that whatever the reaction is, it's still better than coming down with the virus!
5. This morning we had an "international" kind of car trip, stopping at a few places. First up, The Tim wanted to go to the Asian market for some things, so we stopped there first. Then we stopped at the Italian bakery where they have ZEPPOLES every year on March 19th for St. Joseph's Day, so we'll have those for dessert tonight. Then on the way home, we stopped at a Middle Eastern lunch place where the make the absolute best grilled falafel sandwiches ever! We brought things home, put away what needed to go into the fridge and enjoyed our sandwiches. It's been years since I've had one, and I am happy to say, I was not disappointed. So we're definitely eating well today. 😀
Hello everyone - it's been a while since I participated in Three on Thursday, but today I had the inspiration to do so. The other day I realized that it's been a little while since I shared any progress on my knitting projects, and so that is what I'll do today.
1. Yesterday I finished the first sock of a pair I've been knitting:
Well, imagine what it feels like to wake up and realize that for you, it wasn't just an hour, but a YEAR! 😉
Overnight from Saturday to Sunday, a lot of places in the U.S. turned our clocks one hour ahead ("spring forward"). This always causes a lot of whining and hand-wringing, and frankly it really doesn't bother me one way or the other, just the same as in the fall when we turn the clocks back ("fall backwards"). But this year, *my* clock sprung forward a year overnight from Saturday to Sunday! I went to bed at the age of 64 and woke up at the age of 65!
Remember when we were all so innocent that when things closed down, we thought it would just be "a little while?" I remember a year ago tomorrow, March 13, we were called into a last-minute meeting at work to say that we were being sent home due to Covid-19 rates rising, and we would be quarantined "for at least a couple of weeks, but maybe as long as July." And I can remember thinking that being quarantined until July just sounded like crazy talk!
Mona Lisa understands.
How has your week been? Mine was fine - nice and uneventful at work (thank God!), pleasant enough weather, and some good reading and knitting. It's really been a nice, ordinary, quiet, and unremarkable time, and that feels like something that is different than usual.
Which means that I have been thinking my random thoughts. Which means I'm going to share some of them. Which means you have been warned, so if you get to the end and think "So?" - you have only yourself to blame!