This morning I had to get up bright and early to go to an information session of the local Tourism board. It was a pretty important meeting. Suffice to say I was a bit taken aback when I woke up to find my roommate’s cat lying lifeless next to my bed, but that’s another story.
I assumed my boss would want to hear about the meeting while it was still fresh in my mind, especially as I’d talked to him earlier and he said he wanted to hear how it went that day. I gave him a call once I’d settled back into my office.
“Oh, hey,” he said. I explained what I was calling for. “Alright, but I may have to interrupt you and put you on hold for a couple minutes.” I wondered if something important was going on in the office and asked why.
“I have to make my picks for the hockey pool!”
Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty lethargic all the time. I basically go into work, eat and sleep. Rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat. Boring. The bad news is that when you go to bed quite early, you also tend to wake up quite early. I don’t usually have to go into work until noon, so lately, this has been resulting in me going into work an hour and a half or more early because there’s just nothing else to do. And once there, I normally just sit around on the internet until I actually get on the clock.
Last night, I went to bed around 10:30, so it wasn’t a huge surprise that I woke up around 8. I’d resolved not to go into work early today, so I just stayed in bed. I couldn’t sleep anymore, but I was determined not to get up. My phone went off with a text message around 9. My boss was responding to something I’d sent him yesterday. I answered and before long my phone rang.
“Now that I know you’re awake,” he said, and went on to ask me some work-related questions. After that was done, he suggested I could go back to sleep. I told him I hadn’t been sleeping at all, and let him know about my current lifestyle wherein I was too bored to get out of bed most days.
“What?” he replied. “You need to get out into the world. Expand your horizons. Maybe go to the library - I bet they have wireless there.”
Once he’d convinced me to quit being a vegetable, I mentioned I’d been looking into some part-time work for the winter to let him know he might get some calls about references. I needed a job, after all, if I didn’t want to starve to death.
“Starving to death takes a lot longer than you’d think, you know. As long as you have water, you can last for quite awhile. Oh, except make sure you feed your cat. Otherwise, she’ll eat you.”
Luckily at that point, he had to go and process our payroll.