Greetings, my fine friends of indubitably discriminating taste. You are, after all, here to read my blog, and that makes you smarter than the average bear. Or something... Well, maybe not. But thanks for dropping by nonetheless!
Just random things on my mind today, whilst I sit on my afternoon off and do nothing of consequence. In my defense, I can't do much, I have a kitty sleeping across my left arm. I do so hate to move the kitty when he's being sweet.
I have mentioned before that I tend to go through phases with my hobbies -- cycles, if you will. I've just been through a major reading kick, but I've spent less time reading books the last week or two, and more time on my two current time wasters of choice: Sudoku, and Mafia games.
Other recent time sinks - watching the entire run of Arrested Development on Amazon Instant Video (decided to join Amazon Prime as a trial for now)... and Season 1 of Downton Abbey. Yes, I missed Arrested Development when it was on the air. I'm all caught up now. And Downton Abbey is definitely worth checking out if you haven't, I heard super things about the show, and it lives up to every one of them. If you can find a way to watch it, I very much recommend it.
I'm also trying to get back to reading more of the blogs that I used to read on a daily basis, but I've lost the habit of checking RSS feeds since Bloglines changed hands and I lost track of my login info.
Recent semi-obsession: Pinterest. Very useful for keeping track of recipes you want to try, DIY suggestions, craft projects, decorating ideas, etc... with a social network side benefit to allow you to stalk your friends.
I've been staying up too late the last couple of weeks or so, and not sleeping enough except on my off days... After about 3 years of taking melatonin regularly I ran out of my current supply and decided to see how well I got along without it. Yeah, not as well as I'd hoped. I was up all night on Sunday (i.e. after 5 AM Monday), which may be due to drinking half a pot of coffee after lunch, but even without excessive caffeine I've been less able to wind down and call it a night, and decidedly less rested in the morning. I had to cut my overtime hours on Monday because of the whole zero sleep thing. I foresee a grocery store run coming up this evening to restock.
Ah, the difficulties of adjusting to a morning person's schedule when you're a definite night person.
Speaking of things I don't get (see this link for how this connects the dots in my brain), it never ceases to baffle me when people are talking on their cell phone in the restroom at work. Sure, bring your phone with you and check your voice mail, or text someone if you like. Nobody else in the bathroom really wants to be forced to listen to your conversation echoing loudly off the tile. And the person on the other end of the phone doesn't want to hear the toilet flushes and other miscellaneous sounds of restroom usage. Muting the phone when you're performing your own functions doesn't prevent sound carrying through from everyone else who has the misfortune of being in the room while you're chatting away. Sheesh. /end rant
Other things on my mind... Currently in the beginning stages of planning a baby shower for early June with one of my friends (who qualifies as a little sister). I have web resources and some nebulous ideas swirling about. Anyone have suggestions on favorite baby shower activities?
I've been tapped as the helper again for our next new hire class starting February 20, so I'll be back to working Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 pm for several weeks. I had such a great time working with our September class, and while I'll miss my 3-day weekends, the later start time does allow me to sleep an extra hour and still go to the gym, which habit has again fallen by the wayside since I got sick a few weeks ago. Will have to buy myself a couple of new Kindle books as a bribe to keep me going, as I made a rule that while my paperback to-be-read pile is still towering, I won't let myself use the e-reader at home. When I have something on the Kindle I'm really interested in, I tend to get on that treadmill much more regularly. ;)
And, since I've rambled about as much as I can for now, welcome to my new blog theme. I'm already milling around ideas for the next one. Feedback always appreciated!