It's Finally a Friday!!
Today is the day I will get my first full paycheck.
This is the day when I start looking at the forecasts for the weekend. Since starting this job, I've only been able to manage one session per week because of the rain. This weekend brings the potential promise of two days in the water. To say I'm excited is an understatement.
I'm already all in a state of bother over it. I want to get wet. I sit most of the day in an office. That's not bad. Many of us do that. What I find a bit difficult is that I sit in semi-darkness in an office without windows. Since I'm the company's proofreader, I sit in the department with the graphic design folks who put together the stuff I proof. They sit with their noses pressed up to their massive monitors. The light that had been over my desk, before I got there, proved bothersome to them, so it was disconnected. Once I was hired, it was reconnected. Then, after the outcry from the graphic designers, it was disconnected again. That meant my desk was, and still is, in the dark. Don't make me go into how long it took them to get me, the person who must often look at small type, a lamp. Order one from an office supply store? Not this company. Find one somewhere in the building? Good luck with that! It took a couple of days and then someone appeared at my desk with a lamp that had apparently been hidden away somewhere.
This is where I work.
Anyway, I sit most of the day in front of a computer. When there's no work, I surf the net if I don't have anything to write. I often watch the water. I want, and need, to see what the ocean is doing. I miss it, yes, but I am so glad to be making some money at a time when we desperately need it. Few people at my company do anything at lunch. Some people don't even take a lunch. They stay chained to their desks, as if doing so will get them into heaven faster. If that's the case, I won't see any of them up there. I spend my lunch walking, getting my blood moving, waking up my muscles, seeing the sights, looking for potential places to skate and thinking about staying fit to surf. I walk every single day. Sunshine. Fresh air. All of that helps to fight the stasis that rots your body and your brain. Yes, I said "rots".
Why am I writing all this? Oh, I don't know. It's my blog and I just feel like spending some time with it before I start my day. It's pay day. It's the day before I surf again. It's Friday. And I'm happy because I'm surviving in a milieu that I've found distressing for most of my adult life. For the time being, I'm content. The folks I work with are cool and quirky. I am a bit of an odd duck there, but I no longer feel like an outsider.
I've decided I'm going to wear Vans to work one day. Granted, this is fashion. And you do see some things, especially footwear, that will make you snicker. Still, it's more laid back than I first thought. So, I guess, as I allow myself to be myself, I will find the job even more tolerable. Vans will help!!