And Now I’m Going to Go Ahead and Complain for a While Because I’m Just Kind of Cranky

“Hello, you’ve reached the winter of our discontent.”
-Troy in Reality Bites

Today marks three weeks since the last time I saw Jason, which is the longest I’ve ever not seen him since the day I met him, over eight years ago now (!). The first week, I was on vacation, and that was fine because I was very busy and having a lot of fun. The second two weeks, though, Jason’s been in Europe, and I’ve been working and life has been all topsy-turvy, and that has not been fun. For me. Thanks to the Internet, I’ve been talking to Jason, and he’s been having a great time, which I’m glad of. Really. I’m just used to him being around all the time for comic relief.

The thing about my colleagues is that I really prefer when they’re all at work in their offices where they belong. I am not quite over Lisa retiring, and that was a couple years ago. She is living it up since she retired, and I’m so happy for her, but I also still feel like it’s weird that she isn’t in her office working every day.

Anyway, since Jason has been gone, I’ve had to do all the storytimes, which isn’t a bad thing in itself. I love doing storytimes. Back in the day, I did all of them and it was no big thing. But I’ve really gotten used to having a partner, or, as I put it to Diane last week, “a crutch.” For instance, last Wednesday and Thursday were Bad Days, and under normal circumstances, I could be all like, “Jason, I want to sit in a corner and cry. Would you mind taking the lead on this storytime thing?” And he’d be like, “Sure!” I powered through the storytimes by myself (not entirely, even, because Mrs. L was present–THANK GOD), but every time I hit a lull between stories, I’d think, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.

But, you know, I did, and it was fine.

But it would have been easier if Jason were in the United States. At WPL. Where he belongs.

Also yesterday I had to write a paper for this marketing class I’m taking. A PAPER, I tell you. I haven’t written one of those in over fifteen years. At first, I was resentful about having to write something I wasn’t publishing, but then I got into it and am all proud of it. I wonder if it’s going to be graded? That’s what they do in classes, right? I hope I get an A. There is something unseemly about being 37 and hoping you get an A on a paper, but there you go.

Also my stupid arm hurts from typing. Stupid tendon problem.

One thing I can’t complain about is Halloween, because we always have fun and there is candy. Thank God for chocolate.


  1. Posted October 31, 2011 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    Yes. People ought to stay where you put them. But no. They have to vacation and things. It is Quite Annoying of them.

    I have been saying, “I can’t, I can’t,” a lot, but usually it’s about working out. And yet: I still can. Funny how that works.

  2. adrienne
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    For me, sometimes the transition is the hardest thing. Usually once I’m doing something, I’m happy to be doing it, but it’s deciding to do it and getting a move on where I get hung up.

  3. Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    A non sequitur to cheer you:

    Last night, we tried watching a movie that ended up being a giant suck-fest. So, we switched to another movie that ended up being disturbing AND a giant suck-fest. So, we landed on older eps of “30 Rock,” which we’re slowly watching, and in one of the eps last night, Liz Lemon said:

    “Can I share with you my worldview? All of humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich.”

    That just made me laugh.

    I bet your paper is good.

    And I hope your tendons feel better soon.

  4. adrienne
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I do like sitting in peace and eating a sandwich.

    I watched another episode of Breaking Bad last night. I feel like I may have to watch another one tonight, assuming I have any energy left after our trick-or-treating extravaganza.

  5. Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Handing over a Green Hand sandwich :).

    Hope you eat lots of chocolate today and it makes your arm feel better. You will get an A on your paper!

  6. adrienne
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I just had a fantastic lunch, so that always helps.

  7. Posted October 31, 2011 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Poor Walt. Things just can*not* end up well for him at the rate he’s going.

  8. Jp
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    It’s nice to be missed.

  9. adrienne
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Don’t let it go to your head, mister.

  10. Jenmcmitchell
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I had an “I can’t” day yesterday.
    If I catch myself in the I can’t chant, I try to replace it with
    Today was a bad day, tomorrow will be better.
    Which is really a mouthful when “i can’t I can’t i can’t I can’t” is so easy to say
    Caffeine is usually pretty helpful.

    I hope your day got better!

  11. adrienne
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I have been hitting the coffee pretty hard this last couple weeks. I’ve also been getting those wonderful salted caramel mochas they’re making over at Starbucks that must be five million calories but taste completely delicious.

    My day did get better, and the days since have been better. It’s so hard to remember that things get better when I’m having a bad day, but they do.

    Hope your today is an I CAN day.

  12. Jenmcmitchell
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks : )
    Today has actually been a surprisingly easy day.
    I like those.

    I’ve tried disliking Starbucks, but just can’t.
    The things they do to a cup of coffee are oh-so-wonderful.

  13. adrienne
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Hooray for easy days!

    I want to be too cool for Starbucks, but on top of everything, they’re all SO NICE over there.

  14. Jenmcmitchell
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    : )
    I know!
    Especially the one over by the library. They are always saying nice things:
    “I hope you are having a wonderful day”
    “What a great sweater”
    “I love your hat”

    It would be nice if my coffee pot at home came with that service as well.

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