First, watch this little clip from HIMYM:
Miracle – my sister scheduling my niece’s (and soon to be goddaughter’s!!) baptism for the first weekend of August despite me trying to persuade her to reschedule it for reasons that are fairly ridiculous. I got a second wind slap in the face from the recent break up today and came home to listen to some Cowboy Mouth, the official soundtrack of break ups. Then I decided this was a serious enough break up situation that I need them in concert and was willing to drive to a nearby city to make this happen if need be. Cowboy Mouth will be in St. Louis the weekend of the baptism! Woo! Ticket procured. I’m ready. I can’t even remember the last concert of theirs I went to, which means it’s been waaaay too long. Some have religion, I have Cowboy Mouth. Appropriate for baptism weekend, really.
Now that I think about, this week (outside of the above mentioned break up nonsense relapse) has been full of things that went my way. I got an unexpected extension on this project that had become the monkey on my back. I have been struggling with a work assignment for months. It’s a smaller assignment, I could have knocked it out if I had put the attention on it, I had reached the point where I thought if I avoided it – maybe it would be forgotten about. No such luck, but an unexpected shift in the deadline and a push by me to get it done means I can stop dreading this thing!
I got a second chance to fill my house with some good entertaining moments. I had a housewarming/Tres de Mayo party (Cinco was a Monday) that ended with some drunken shenanigans (not my own) that have always left a bad taste in my mouth about the evening. This past Tuesday I invited the 6 consultants that travel to Columbus each week to my house for dinner to give them a break from hotels and restaurants. It ended up being a great night – but any night that ends in people playing Just Dance on the Wii is a good night!
I recently gave a presentation on Org Change Management to an IT group at Nationwide during their annual meeting. It went well, and I received good feedback from the leaders on it. That’s good news because I want to be very successful at NW, but the most exciting part of that is the random email I got a few days later from a woman who attended saying, “You were funny. I know you’re still kind of new here – want to get lunch?” Umm, yeah I do! To top that off, I got an email from someone else who was there saying they are arranging a large all team meeting (about 250 ppl) and want me to speak to that group also.
There comes a time in the post break up/dealing with stuff phase that I stop looking backwards and switch gears to what lies ahead. Today is that day.
I’m looking at a four day weekend ahead (I took off Monday too) where I will finally begin work on the kitchen! I pushed it back a couple days for the following reasons:
1. Didn’t want the wall torn up with people coming over for dinner Tuesday night.
2. I need to buy a crow bar to pull this dang backsplash down.
3. And I need to understand what joint compound is and how to use it.
I may walk to my little neighborhood’s 4th of July parade tomorrow morning. I may go see a showing of 1776 at the local theatre this weekend (Mr. Feeney as John Adams!). I’ll take a break from the kitchen Saturday night to go to this supposedly awesome brewery in a town about an hour away with some friends. I’ll say yes to the BBQ invite I got from a newer co-worker for Sunday afternoon. And I’m taking Rex on his first trip to Ikea/Jungle Jim’s on Monday. That is a BIG day for him, I don’t even think he realizes!
When the hermit is ready, the social life appears!