Monday, January 16 – Thursday, January 19

Break from the usual

I spent these days working on a special project at my main job. It was quite different from my usual activities, in fact I haven’t done work of this nature in at least two years. Adding to the difference was that on Wednesday and Thursday I worked at a site where I’ve never been before. That made things a bit more interesting than usual, even though I was at a familiar location on Monday and Tuesday. Whether I’d like to do this sort of work on a regular basis, I’m not so sure, maybe I’m just accustomed to a routine, but it made for a nice break. Especially after those two tough weeks.

Thursday was my only Major Home Improvement Retailer shift, and there wasn’t much to note about it. Monday and Wednesday evenings were gym trips, and while I’m not trying to set the world on fire or anything I was pleased with how I’m doing.

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Friday, January 13 – Sunday, January 15

It was a lucky Friday the 13th, not in the sense that anything of note happened (nothing did), just that unlike the previous Friday it was an actual day off. Believe me, after that brutal two-week cycle at my main job, the day off was highly appreciated. Other than going to the gym, I didn’t do much.

Saturday was a 6-hour shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer, and for the most part it was pretty quiet. Things will stay that way in Garden for a couple more months, until the spring gardening season picks up again. Hey, I’ll enjoy the leisure while it lasts. Sunday was a rare weekend day off for me, and I took advantage of the break by making a lengthy gym trip. Things are going well there, with what seems to be reasonable progress.

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Tuesday, January 3 – Thursday, January 12

Back to work with a bang!

Well that’s an example of not easing back into things. After the 3-week break I went back to my main job on Tuesday, hoping that I’d have an easy cycle to get accustomed to the work. After all, the company wouldn’t make me (metaphorically) jump into the deep end, right?

You already know where this is going. I was absolutely bombarded with work, to the point that even with skipped breaks I had to stay at least an hour late most days. I kept asking myself why I was undergoing this trial by fire, and of course coming up with no plausible answers. It’s not that I was being singled out, other people at other work sites were going through the same thing, but that didn’t make it any easier. If there’s any consolation, it’s that I will be doing a special group project for a couple of weeks once this cycle ends, and from what I’ve heard it will be tolerable. And different.

What with the seasonal slowdown I worked only eight hours this period at the Major Home Improvement Retailer, four hours on Saturday the 7th and four hours on Sunday the 8th. Saturday was extremely busy because it was snowing at a pretty good clip. People were rushing in to buy shovels and ice melt and firewood. Best of all, people bought almost all the snowblowers in stock, and they’re big ticket items. Nothing like a good snowfall to drive business. Sunday was quieter but still moderately busy.

Several more gym trips, and I seem to be gradually getting back to where I was before I got lazy. I’m not tracking everything, but one thing I did note is that on Thursday the 12th I was able to get six reps at 225 on bench press, an accomplishment I haven’t done in a year.

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Saturday, December 24 – Monday, January 2

As the vacation winds down …

It’s funny how things seem to slow down at the end of the year. Christmas and New Year’s came and went, and my three-week (unpaid) break from my main job neared its end. Traffic seemed to move more slowly, many online sites saw fewer updates, the whole pace of life got a bit poky. I guess that’s normal, and I’ve certainly seen it before, but it just comes off as odd.

Not too much new to report. I worked at the Major Home Improvement Retailer on Christmas Eve, selling the very last Christmas tree of the season late in the afternoon, and on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve was very quiet, at least in the afternoon when I worked, but New Year’s Day was a totally different story. The store was hopping, even though there weren’t any special sales. One thing I did was help throw unsold Christmas trees down the trash compactor chute, which is a difficult job because they jam up like nobody’s business.

I’ve settled into a routine of going to the gym three times a week. Mostly upper-body stuff, I really have to add more leg work. So far it’s going well.

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