I don’t do this enough

Last time I really posted I was in the midst of my 11 day vacation, I planned to post everyday, my vacation ended 5 days ago.

In those days I just about got everything I wanted to get done. I even stayed up for 32 hours straight at one point. I couldn’t sleep one night so I got up, showered and headed out to get painting supplies at 430am. Meijer is dead then and the Lowes people aren’t very happy to mix paint at 630 in the morning. But I was home by 9am and began painting. I painted one wall in each room a darker color, in this case green, blue, and gray, then I painted the rest of the place a white-ish-gray-blue. I found out last night that in the right light, my walls look blue, blue and purple with light blue on the other walls. Never make paint selections at 630 in the morning. Sunlight makes all the difference.

After staying up for 32 hours I finally went to bed, got a good night’s sleep and was back on track. Most of my vacation I did exactly what I wanted to do, nothing. It was great to just sit around and relax mostly.

Since being back at work I’ve wished for a longer vacation. I went in to hell it seemed, a large machine was broken and our printer was on the fritz. I will cover this in detail on another post, but lets just say that Komo Machine/Siemens and HP are on my list this year.

I’ve also found that since I’ve been back, I’m more important at work than I thought. Much more managerial that I thought I was basically. I knew I had a role, but that role is growing at an accelerating rate. Always good to see. Things changing in this case are not so bad.

It’s the new year and life is starting again. The lull of the holiday craziness is over and changes are being made, both by us and for us. Some of us are continuing from where we were and others are starting anew.

I’ve rambled enough for tonight. As I said, when I’m done with HP and Komo/Siemens I’ll write about them. Their staff has much left to do to impress me.

A long weekend comes to an end

As I’m sure most of you have heard the Midwest was hit by a pretty good winter storm this weekend. I went into Friday fully expecting the worst, no power, high winds and tons of snow. Thankfully not all of that came true. The power stayed on, the winds didn’t last that long really, and we had about 8 inches of snow, most of which fell overnight on Saturday night but had a good coating of ice underneath.

I spent part of Friday eagerly awaiting the storm. I was like a kid on Christmas Eve. The anticipation of it all, the mystery of what was yet to come. Even the meteorologists weren’t sure what was coming. I wondered how bad it would be, as I said, not that bad. But the wonderment that I felt while waiting for all to start was unbearable. I stayed up too late on Friday waiting on it, a drivel of snow and not much else. On Saturday morning the dusting fianlly gave way to a few inches and not much else. I stayed up late Saturday watching the ice fall, waiting for the change to the heavy snow that was expected. It didn’t come, I went to bed. I woke up this morning to a fresh blanket of snow, underneath the ice lurked. I figured yet another day of staying inside and doing nothing awaited me.

It’s been a long weekend though. Friday consisted of shopping, dinner, and way too many people out and around for my own sanity. Saturday I was lazy most of the day, I had no plans with Erin because we expected the snow to start much earlier than it did. I cleaned the house a bit and watched Waitress and Sicko. Neither were great, but at least now I’ve seen them. I didn’t really leave the house at all on Saturday.

It was nice, was being the operative word. I didn’t even bother getting dressed, just lounged around and did nothing in particular. Today was different. I’m getting a bit lonely and cabin feverish. I went out today, I spent a good hour or so cleaning the 8 inches of snow off my car and then chipping through the half inch of ice that was under it. I drove around town a bit, checked out the roads for work tomorrow and then went to Marsh to pick up some much needed supplies, Swiss Rolls in particular. I love those things.

I’ve been doing some thinking lately. I feel like I live 6 inches inside the walls of my apartment. It’s just not quite home yet. I feel like I live in it, not “in” it really. There’s something about it that’s not quite right. I’m going to take my vacation time that is coming up over Christmas to paint. I’m planning a color scheme of a bright green, a cadet blue (lighter though) and a soft gray with whiteish-gray as my main color on the walls. Basically each room gets a color on one wall, with the whiteish-gray on the other 3. The hallway is going to be the tough one, probably something neutral. I’ve also decided that I’m going to fix my bar. I have a small half-wall dividing my kitchen from my living room. The bar is small, 7 inches wide. Just wide enough for your keys and wallet but not much else really. I’m going to expand it a bit, make it a bit wider, add a small area for eating at the end. Still working on color but I’m pretty sure it’ll be something a bit more colorful than the plain bright white that it is now.

It’s been a long weekend and honestly I’m ready for the week to start. I’m ready for it now. I’m heading to bed soon and when tomorrow is here, the week will start anew, back to the hustle and bustle of regular life. I have 11 days off coming soon. I wonder if I’ll survive?