Sinju Sushi Restaurant • Bridgeport Village • Tigard, Oregon
September 10, 2017
I’m a little weary, and I wish I had more time off from work. Many of my friends, former co-workers, and relatives are retired – and I’m a bit envious of them as my own plans don’t call for retirement for another seven years. I like my work a lot – I just wish I didn’t have to spend so much time at the office.
going quite well, and although my workdays are long, the week does seem to fly by quickly. I love my job, my bosses, and my co-workers. I couldn’t ask for a better environment. I’m certain this is the best situation I’ve enjoyed in my 40-year career. I know to savor these blessings now, as things can change radically without notice. That’s simply the way the business world is nowadays. But I’d love to end my career on this sweet note.*****
The weekend comes before I’m ready. Whether I’ve prepared or not, a long backlog of tasks carries over from the previous week.
This weekend is the fourth and final weekend in my less than heroic attempt to get the house in order before my fall schedule ramps up. The house had gotten to be quite a mess during the summer, and if I didn’t get things back in control, the fall was looking very bad.
The first two weekends were not very productive as the high temperatures hovered around 100°F, and the house did not cool down overnight. The house was stifling, and I sluggishly plodded through tasks. Last weekend the temperatures were around 80°F, and I did a little better. Every weekend was a small, incremental but important step in the right direction.
My big worry is the memory of the house falling apart horribly last fall when my schedule was overwhelming. This coming fall my schedule is similar. Basically my events and activities go non-stop starting mid-September and going through the end of January. While cleanup has been steadily progressing, I’m wondering if a state of tidyness is going to stick through the end of the year. I’ll try
to keep on top of things this year – at least I’ll make an effort to be more mindful.*****
I’ve been busy – too busy to take photographs. I used to be able to go on photowalks at random places, but my schedule has been too squeezed to do that. Right now, though, I’m thinking I need to stop any extracurricular photography. My mind isn’t in artspace much at the moment anyway. I’ve been learning that my event photography exacts a heavy time penalty, and it takes a couple of weeks to get my personal schedule back on track after an event. I’ve figured out I need to factor those weeks into every event on the calendar.
Friday I learned that a co-worker is also the co-founder of one of the bicycle companies I photographed at the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. Once I made the connection I sent him links to my photos of his bicycles. He actually remembered me from the shows. It’s a very small world. I made the connection as we were sharing our photo galleries in the Photography channel in one of our corporate Slack workspaces.
One of the studios that displayed art at the Portland Winter Light Festival
asked me if they could use one of my photos of their work to include in their submission to the 2017 Oregon ASLA Design Awards
. Sure. Glad to help.*****
As usual, when my schedule gets stressed, I rely on anime to reset my brain each night after work. The current season’s broadcast schedule works out perfectly at roughly two episodes per evening. Monday still has the three worst shows of the season. The three shows on Tuesday are much better. Friday is down to no episodes except for the three minutes of Nobunaga no Shinobi
. But I unwind in other ways on Fridays. (Monday’s shows are so meh
that sometimes I’ll delay watching them, even as late as Friday.)
Anime music on my drive to and from work consistently puts me in a good mood. Ava’s CD player is acting balky at the moment. Usually it doesn’t do well in hot weather, but the CD player hasn’t gotten better with cooler, autumn temperatures. I don’t know if the player is having age problems, if the head needs another cleaning, or if the CDs are wearing out. I’ll be burning replacement CDs when I merge new songs into the commuting playlists later this month. I’ll learn more then.*****
I still have a stagnant collection of unread books. I’ve shelved most of them, and now I’m keeping a list of the reading backlog instead of staring at a stack of books sitting on the floor in my bedroom. I avoid going to Powell’s Books except for mission shopping as I know I’m too vulnerable to impulse buying. I still spend plenty of money at Powell’s to feed my manga addiction. I’ll be paying another visit later this month to get copies of Skip Beat! Vol. 39
and Bloom Into You, Vol 3
And maybe now it’s too easy to grow the backlog. I’ve stalled on The Color of Magic
in my iBooks library. A week ago I added another ebook: Being Mortal
by Atul Gawande. It’s a book that I don’t think I’ll miss having a physical copy of. On top of this, two weeks ago I received a digital version of the volume 1 omnibus from the Kimagure Orange Road Manga Kickstarter
. That’s 550 unread pages of manga in my iBooks library.
I was reading about changes in the library card system for Washington County Cooperative Library Services
, and September is Library Card Sign-up Month
. I was temporarily motivated to go in and see if I could still use my very old library card – or if I needed a replacement. Then I realized that I haven’t checked out a book (or movie or whatever) in decades – and I probably won’t need a library card until I retire and have more time to read. I used to go to the library to read certain magazines and newspapers, but I don’t even have time to do that anymore. I guess the Internet has taken the place of that. Still, we have a Really Cool Library
. I should stop in once in a while.*****
Back to the original question. I’m doing fine. Super busy. A little bit tired. Sleeping barely enough (but sleeping in a couple hours extra on weekends). Somewhat overwhelmed by a daunting backlog of tasks, many past due. Treading water mostly – but making tiny bits of progress.
Next week my calendar is full – the start of fall/winter overload. I bring it on myself, though. And each activity is good
– there’s just too much. When I don’t get enough personal downtime, I get grumpy, so I’ll have to watch out. In general, I take care of myself just enough. Sleep. Anime. Doing Nothing. Those all are things I need more of in times of stress. Stepping up time management is something I need to do, also.