Thursday, September 20, 2007

Burlap Bagger

One of my friends came by today, and brought strawberry pie to my boss and I (she's a really good friend!). She took one look at me and said, “You look exhausted – are you sleeping at night?”

Guys, take note:

To any woman, that statement “You look exhausted” means a myriad of things unspoken. “You look old.” “You have bags under your eyes.” “Your butt is really big.” "Have you gained weight?" “Thought about having a facelift?” Yup, that statement means anything but “You look really beautiful today.”

And it came from a friend – so I know it’s the truth. Yuk. Give me a big old honking burlap bag and shut my office door so I will be out of sight – hey, I know how to beautify Texas! And I have been so sleeping at night!

My ol' friend stress is jacking with me again.

We’re all working on a project, different members assigned various portions. My portion is dependent upon the completion of the other portions. This project will affect years to come, is high priority…but difficult to juggle while fielding customers’ more immediate demands. And of course, the project has a short timeline and impending deadline. And we are short-staffed.

On top of that:

My insurance agent called today…seems like Younger Son’s propensity to back into poles (twice, one on each side of his pickup!), and get sideswiped on Loop 250 will cause our insurance to go up, even though only one accident was his fault. His young age isn't helping matters. Lovely.

Around 2 p.m., I get a call from the field. The job was scheduled for 8 a.m. hasn’t even started yet, and my customer is on site. I called him and let him know I’m in the loop, and thank God, he’s good with everything.

Around 8:30 p.m., I get a call from my young shooting buddy Nate. Nate wanted to tell me all about his shooting lessons tonight. I had planned to go out and watch him take his lesson. He had a great time, but I think he was disappointed I didn't show up. I'd probably have been 150% more effective had I gone to his lesson and watched him shoot.

I left the office tonight around 9, and brought my computer home to work.

But I just can’t bring myself to do it – instead, I’m going to hit the hay. That is, right after the mattress protector MLH put in the washing machine dries…and I put fresh sheets on the bed. He called after I got home.

MLH: "What are you doing?"

Me: "Laying on top of the comforter, waiting on the dryer."

MLH: “Oh, Honey…I know you asked me to do that this morning, but I forgot to put it in the dryer. I'm so sorry!"

(Isn't that sweet?) He left this morning to go out of town for an assignment in the field. Oh well, everything will be fresh when he comes home!

It's time to go to "Napper's House" as Elder Son used to call it. And it's all good. Joy comes in the morning, right? Good night, all. Sleep with angels!


Karen said...

Yep. It's been one of those days. My highlight was dealing with the customer service dept of the husband's ex-employer's 401K plan. It was just delightful. Not. You'd think it wasn't his money I was trying to finish closing out.

sandykessler said...

hilarious I can relate

SpookyRach said...

Ugh! Hope you have a restful weekend!

Janie said...

Karen - I bet that is a hassle!

Sandy - thanks!

Rach - I'm going to try. Really I am...;) Right after I get in from working Zack on birds in the morning! Hope your dad is doing well.

Panhandle Poet said...

Stress, huh? Best way to deal with those projects is to let them sit until the last minute and then pull an all nighter -- just kidding. I work best well rested. I insist on a "get-out-of-the-office" break at least once daily and if it's a late nighter, I never take it home. All it does for me is give me the exercise of carrying it. I don't touch it at home.

By-the-way -- one of my HS classmates works for Halliburton -- been with them a long time -- and I wondered if you might know him. Von Parkey. He's somewhere in Oklahoma. I don't even know what he does for the company but his degree is engineering -- I'm sure that doesn't narrow it down much.

Janie said...

I know, Poet. I need to give it a break.

Von is a tech manager in OKC. I've never met him (I don't think), but he's very well respected throughout our company - he has a "guru" kind of reputation. I look forward to meeting him - and as much as I go up there, I probably will.

scotte said...

awwww love I hear a birthday coming on????? wednsday????ya know i will always be younger, but you will always be better looking.
love ya

Rach said...

So your birthday is the 26th? :)

Janie said...

Rach - you Sherlock, you!