Bored At Work Diaries – 14 April 2017

This week has dragged on for me. It didn’t help that most of the “important” stuff I have to do dried up on Monday. Monday! What is going on here? It’s getting worse and worse with each passing week. Right now I’m sitting on something to complete it later. This is to make it look like I’m actually doing something. I’ve been slacking since I got back from lunch.

I can’t leave until 16:00.

I don’t like doing this, but what choice do I have? There’s the internet, but that gets dry fast. Stuff on my phone ends with me refreshing Twitter a bunch of times. I could read that book I brought, but the chances of getting caught slacking increase with that.

I want the day to be over. Deep down, I know that Monday and next week will be exactly the same. Though I pray it isn’t.

Lifting has been going well. I decided to up my squat by 5 lbs after doing 115 lbs for a month. Overhead press, bench press, deadlift, and rows are the same as before. The OHP weight I had to drop to 65 lbs due to the knot/tightness in my shoulder from that massage. That has healed though. I do feel that I’m neglecting my core/abs, but the difficulties of ab work doesn’t make me anxious to do it. A hole in your side can do that. There is a possibility that I can ask Redhead for some help since that type of thing is her milieu. I should ask the next time I see her. I don’t doubt that she’ll help me out.

A good sign of this consistent lifting is that I’ve filled out a bit. My jeans tightening up at my thighs, and the arm holes of my shirts filling out. For weight, I’ve been fluctuating between 151 and 154. Hopefully, I’ll be seeing some of the weight gain I’ve had before as I build more muscle. As long as I take it easy and be careful, I won’t hurt myself again. I don’t want another setback.

I haven’t been doing much lately after work besides lifting. Most nights I’m too tired to do anything more than reading, playing a game, or watching YouTube. With the weather warming up and the pool on its way to opening up, I’ll be outside much more. Hopefully, this summer won’t be as hot as last year. Getting into my car on a sunny Saturday or Sunday was like getting into an oven. I miss having a garage.

Trip-wise, I’ll be heading out to Hawaii with the rest of my family to see my brother. That should be a good time, barring anything that happened like last time that kept us from meeting up. I’m not looking forward to the flight though. I should bring some melatonin with me to help me sleep on the flight out and back.

It’s also Good Friday too, one last Friday in Lent with I have to abstain from eating meat. It always ends up where I have a severe craving for a burger or steak on Lenten Fridays. My parents are coming down for the weekend too, so it will be nice to see them. I’m not sure what we’ll be doing this weekend, but we’ll figure something out. My Dad will want to go to the casino and try his luck at the dice (I still have $100 left from Vegas, so I will too). They’re leaving Sunday afternoon. It should be a nice weekend.

Now, all that needs to happen is for me to get out of work.

Bored At Work Diaries – 20 December 2016

20 December 2016
15:05

Oh look, work has dried up once again. Work ahead they said. We’re so far behind they said. You all need to work harder the next couple of weeks.

I click “refresh” in my program, nothing shows up.

I walk by the posted “how are we doing?” graphs, we’re ahead of this year’s goal.

At least this year management didn’t try to pull the “optional extended workdays” bullshit like last year. I declined to do both, since I would’ve sat around for two hours twiddling my thumbs.

It might seem that I’m complaining a lot about how the day seems to crawl, I was actually surprised today that the time passed. Except for that meeting this morning (that ran over time, typical). I’m holding off on doing a piece of work until tomorrow, because I have to parcel out and time-manage like that to keep sane.

Yesterday, I found out that the back coil springs (both of them) on my TDI rusted out near the bottom and broke. Apparently this is a typical and normal thing for my car model. One more repair that gets added to my car’s 90,000 mile service on New Year’s Eve. The car is running great and since I take very good care of it, it looks almost brand new. It pays to take care of the things you own, especially expensive ones.

Even with having a massage this past Friday, I’m still slightly sore. It must be a combination of the weather and me beating the shit out of my body with lifting/running. Maybe if I’m lucky, the girl I go to in Buffalo will be available for a massage. This girl is the standard that I base all masseuses on, so I hope she has a cancellation when I’m in town next week.

Talked to Redhead last Thursday, and I’ll probably see her again tonight in my complex’s fitness center. I’m still talking with her, and she with me, so I guess things are still going alright. It would be nice if her schedule cleared up though (an actual full schedule, not the fake full BS) so I could actually take her out for a drink. Be patient, but don’t lose sleep over it. She’s telling you stuff about her life, letting you in slightly bit-by-bit, another good sign. To be honest, if she had a boyfriend, was seeing someone, or wasn’t interested she would’ve told you so already. Don’t worry. Just be a normal human being and enjoy being in the moment with conversation.

Bored At Work Diaries – 13 December 2016

13 December 2016
15:15

Snow.

It started to snow earlier today, and many of my coworkers are freaking out about the drive home. I swear every year this nonsense happens every time the white stuff begins to fall. My commute home tonight is most likely going to be very slow (even if the roads I will be traveling on will be clear). Not looking forward to that drive at all.

The infrequency snowfall here in Columbus probably feeds into the “freak out” that happens. A dusting occurs overnight, and all the school districts in the county close up for the day due to “weather.” Total BS.

I remember growing up that if my school district actually closed up for snow, it was really bad out. I’m talking blizzard conditions or heavy accumulation (>2 ft). Even after moving away from WNY, I shake my head in disappointment when Columbus, still in the North, acts like they’re North Carolina or Georgia when snow falls. It also doesn’t help the city when most locales, like the City of Columbus proper, don’t plow or salt the roads. I fear ice more so here than when I’m back in Buffalo!

And they get worse weather!

Anyways, due to some BS survey management made us take, we now have to have 30 minute 1-on-1 meetings with our direct manager once a month. Supposedly I was going to talk to mine at 13:30, but he ran over time with the previous person by 20-25 minutes. Unprofessional to say the least. To be honest I was fuming, and I knew these meetings were going to be a waste of my time, but to go over like that? Bad management of both time and the person you’re talking to. I mentioned some bugs I’ve been encountering and was told about when our self-assessments were due. Grand total: 15 minutes.

Overall, a waste of my time.

I came back to my office, finished up what I was doing, and began typing this. Honestly, it does help to pass the time (it’s now 15:30) until I can head home.

Now if I was a less productive person, I’d be working “bell to bell” since I’d most likely be behind on everything. Since I am very productive and know exactly what I have to do to meet my objectives, I can “coast” for the most part. Furthermore, busting my butt won’t get me promoted faster, so why kill myself?

Bored At Work Diaries – 8 December 2016

8 December 2016
15:07

Back at it again, it seems.

For some reason all the work that’s pertinent to my group dried up by Tuesday, and that’s making me scrounge by doing stuff from another work-group to keep occupied. Very tedious and annoying.

Due to this lack, I’ve been taking my time with all the stuff I do, dragging it out as long as possible. Why bother flying through some easy-to-do stuff when there’s nothing else to do after it? The lack of direction from my manager in a “focus on this after [things] are done” way is telling of the dysfunction of the company. I’m still waiting for the hammer to drop, even with upper management’s “sunshine, lollipops, unicorns, and rainbows” view of the future.

Ideally, I should be writing this directly on my blog but I’m not dumb enough to log into it here at work. While I do have the app on my phone, I find it easier to compose when using a real keyboard and not hunched over a small screen. That and making an edit on a regular computer is much easier.

I’ve been really drained as of late. While I’ve been dreaming when I’ve slept (a good sign), waking up in the morning has me feeling like I should not bother to get out of bed. The past few days I even debated on calling in sick to work, but I manned up and started my day. I’ll bet this lethargy is coupled with my “dealing with work tedium” I’ve mentioned above.

Tomorrow, I’ll be taking the afternoon off. This should give me some more time to get ahead on my recordings for Christmas week or just to veg out with a videogame for the afternoon (I’m revisiting FF13 to possibly “Platinum” the game). Either way, the weekend will be a little bit longer, and hopefully I can recharge my batteries a bit more before returning to the salt mines on Monday.

Bored At Work Diaries – Thanksgiving Week

21 November 2016
15:31

For the moment, I’m trying to kill some time before I can leave and go home. While my day went by surprisingly fast, the last hour or so always seems to drag out to infinity. Fiddling about trying to look busy is always a chore, and it’s grating to do day-in and day-out. I shouldn’t complain since my job is relatively easy and straightforward, even if it is repetitive and monotonous.

Speaking of doing nothing, I pretty much did nothing at all over the entire weekend. I just vegged out watching speedruns of FFXIII, Shining Force, and Shining Force II. Coupled with the sudden drop in temperatures over the weekend, it probably was better that I didn’t feel the desire to “head out” and do something. I even ordered a pizza on Saturday and had it delivered, even though I usually go pick it up. Pure laziness on my part. I need a break it seems.

Due to the short workweek, it’s like a ghost town. I haven’t looked, but I’m guessing that the parking lot is less than half full. If I had the extra time, I probably would’ve taken the entire week off. However, that would be a little out of character for me. I usually try to save a few vacation days for “just in case” times. As it stands, I have 2 days left for the rest of the year, which budgets the Monday after Thanksgiving and the 3 days after Christmas.

It’s not like I’m going anywhere special, just my parent’s house in Buffalo. While I might call it “home” it doesn’t feel like “home” since after I moved out in 2006. Having said that, going there allows me to “recharge” a bit, when there isn’t some “run everywhere, see everyone” thing going on. That part is draining. Of course the 5 hour drive is a little daunting too.

Looks like there won’t be any snowstorms hitting my route up to WNY this Thursday, so that’s good. As a precaution I’ll still throw my sleeping bag in my trunk.

On a different note: I hit 100 subscribers over on YouTube, so that’s cool.

22 November 2016
14:34

I feel like absolute trash today. Groggy, slow, and a lack of focus. I’m wishing that today will go by quicker so I can go home and crash. I’ll probably even skip today’s run too. It would be much simpler if I just got actually sick instead of this “almost, not quite” nonsense.

It seems that the weather report to the north of Columbus is good for Thanksgiving Day, so I shall be driving up for the weekend. I think there’s only going to be some rain forecast, which I’ll have to deal with while driving through.

Speaking of cars, this morning it was around 28°F and I had to scrape a decent amount of frost off of all my windows. I miss having a garage. Hopefully there won’t be any ice storms this coming winter, since I don’t want a repeat of 2009 when I had to break a layer of ice (from sleet) off my car door to open it. That day was a bitch to drive, if I remember correctly. Goddamn Columbus and their non-existent budget and laughable toy trucks for snow removal!

This right here is me eating up time again. I even had tea a short while ago to give me both a caffeine perk up and some warmth. Now I need to go over to the canteen and rinse out my mug. I’ll get to it in a little bit.

At least these little “diaries” aren’t a part of the 1000 words challenge I was doing. Between when I was doing the challenge in August and now, I’ve done even less.

Things seem to be slowing to a crawl, yet the days go by quickly. Like I mentioned yesterday, my weekend flew by, even with doing practically nothing. I think I’m looking forward to the “break” this coming weekend.

I’m still tired though.