Tuesday Dreaming about work

4 Jan

Yesterday, right after I finished posting my blog, I caught that lizard.  He was not grateful and rewarded me by latching his mouth onto the tip of my finger. I assured him this was for his own good. I walked to the front door, opened it and tried to drop him out the door but he hung on. I shook my finger and he finally let go. Then he literally hit the ground running. Alas, he decided to run right back inside of the house and found a hiding place.

In hind site, I realized I should have attempted to release him deeper into the yard. My bad. But I wasn’t really wearing pants at the time and it was broad open daylight. I didn’t want to upset the neighbors, after all.

Within about 30 minutes, I found two of my cats hunched down on the living room floor. They were clearly scrutinizing something. Then I saw the lizard. Alas, they had been doing more than scrutinizing him prior to that moment. All of my cat + lizard fears had come true.

Now, let us never speak of that lizard again.

I return to work today after 5 days off.  I feel like I have been away a long time. The truth is, 1 of those days was the holiday and 2 days were the weekend. Only 2 of those days were vacation days. Everyone else was off for 3 of those days. Still, I always feel like I am going go back to work and find everything has changed. Some key event has occurred and since I missed it, I will never get up to speed again. I am now hopelessly out of touch.

Of course, I shake that crazy notion about 10 minutes after getting back to work. But that doesn’t keep me from dredging up those crazy fears anew each time I have been away from the office for any sort of extended period. Silly, I know. Especially since in this modern age in which we live, I can still peruse my emails even when I am not at work. As near as I can tell, there haven’t been any of the radical changes I fear, but I do have a lot of work waiting for me.

Actually, I was sick most of yesterday. A sore throat began to vex me on Sunday evening, but it seemed better when I got up yesterday. As the day progressed, I felt worse, so I pretty much laid in bed and let my laptop entertain me.

By “let my laptop entertain me”, I meant I watched movies on Netflix.  Just to clarify.

I tried to take my  temperature last night but, wouldn’t you know it?, the battery on the digital thermometer was low. The thermometer would only register up to 97.8. Beyond that, you were on your own. Now why, in the vast array of batteries we have in this house, do we not have a battery for the digital thermometer? I could have been dying and that blasted device would have sworn I was a cool 97.8 degrees.

I am tempted to make some old man observation about “back when I was a boy, we didn’t need batteries to check our temperature” but I will let that temptation pass.

What I was tempted to do, however, was call in sick today. I mean, I could have a fever for all I know. The sore throat has evolved into something going on in my chest, so I am starting to cough. But, I’m not calling in. I am going to give it a go. I am pretty sure if I miss today, I won’t even know the place when I try to return tomorrow. If i miss today, I bet they’ll move someone else into my office.

OMG. That last sentence just triggered a memory of a dream I had last night. Here I am sort of exaggerating my personal neurosis and I remember I dreamt that I had to share my office with a new executive. The office in my dream was much larger than the one I actually occupy. No wonder I was so vexed when they pushed my desk up against the wall and moved this woman in. This woman and I were both concerned because each of us was required, during the course of our work, to have confidential meetings with people. We weren’t sure how we were going to work that out. There was also some subplot concerning weird voicemail messages but it is all a fog now.

So, like I said, I am going to work today. Hopefully this thing is “just a cold” and I will not die before we can muster up a new battery for the thermometer.

Happy Tuesday.


3 Responses to “Tuesday Dreaming about work”

  1. Lisa January 4, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    Does it make you feel any better to know that I was thinking, “this is why I don’t like those new fangled thermometers… don’t trust ’em… batteries, pfffftttt… OMG I SOUND LIKE MY GRANDMOTHER BABBLING ABOUT ATMS!”


  2. Gay Groom January 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    The best way to check for a temperature is have a someone (preferably someone you know) kiss your forehead. Actually my husband has been sick for a couple of days – I still sent him off to work with a handful of Dayquil though. I’m a firm believer that one can work off a cold.

  3. That Weather Girl January 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    I recently found a (deceased) lizard in my studio. I had been trying to catch him for over a month but there are at least a million places for a lizard to hide in there!

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