Dreamer’s World January 10-11, 2019 – Awake Again

Another sleepless Wednesday night here. I went to bed at 2230 last night and woke up at 0200. After I managed another 2 hours sleep, I was up at 0400, and I knew that trying to get any more sleep was utterly hopeless. I did what I have learned to do at times like these, and that is to grab my guitar and quietly work on songs I am trying to learn. I managed to get in about 30 minutes of practice before deciding to stop and give my fingers a rest. Now, I have fired up the Chromebook and am starting this blog post in the hopes that someone will read and enjoy it.

Stevie Nicks and Hal The Cat have kept me company during this overnight adventure, and I am grateful to them for their help, and for not running away at the sound of my guitar. I have fallen out of practice recently with all of the issues on the job. I know that I need to make the time to practice again, even if I don’t really make any measurable progress, playing guitar relaxes me and takes my mind off of things that I would instead not think about.

The coworker who is leaving the company in just over a week has effectively stopped working and is impossible to get in touch with. I suppose this is expected because he has to get things ready for his next job and close things up here. The remaining coworker and I thought about a going away lunch for him, but since we all work remotely, it isn’t easy to organize and schedule. Time is running out for such an event, but I wash my hands of the whole thing. I get the impression that he doesn’t care enough to want a going away lunch in the first place, and that decision is up to him.

I am struggling to find something else to write about. Sometimes it isn’t easy, so I just start typing and hope that meaningful words will flow onto the screen.

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Another sleepless Wednesday night here. I went to bed at 2230 last night and woke up at 0200. After I managed another 2 hours sleep, I was up at 0400, and I knew that trying to get any more sleep was utterly hopeless. I did what I have learned to do at times like these, and that is to grab my guitar and quietly work on songs I am trying to learn. I managed to get in about 30 minutes of practice before deciding to stop and give my fingers a rest. Now, I have fired up the Chromebook and am starting this blog post in the hopes that someone will read and enjoy it.

Stevie Nicks and Hal The Cat have kept me company during this overnight adventure, and I am grateful to them for their help, and for not running away at the sound of my guitar. I have fallen out of practice recently with all of the issues on the job. I know that I need to make the time to practice again, even if I don’t really make any measurable progress, playing guitar relaxes me and takes my mind off of things that I would instead not think about.

The coworker who is leaving the company in just over a week has effectively stopped working and is impossible to get in touch with. I suppose this is expected because he has to get things ready for his next job and close things up here. He probably is using the time off that he already has, but it hasn’t reflected on the company website. One of the consequences of his leaving is that I am changing my own schedule to accommodate the change. I am going to make my weekly visits to the client on Friday morning from now on rather than the Wednesdays I have used on the past. There is no word about a replacement for him, I don’t know what the long-term plans are.

I realize that the extra pressure the company has put on me is the result of his leaving. I would have preferred to have been more in the loop about the situation, honestly. My perspective is that I am valuable enough to be trusted to take on some of his jobs, even without proper training and turnover.

The remaining coworker and I thought about a going away lunch for him, but since we all work remotely, it isn’t easy to organize and schedule. Time is running out for such an event, but I wash my hands of the whole thing. I get the impression that he doesn’t care enough to want a going away lunch in the first place, and that decision is up to him. I would not be surprised if the remaining coworker and I decide to have more regular meetings off-site since we both work at various locations and not in an office together. Personally, I would not mind more frequent Happy Hours to stay up to fate with one another from now on.

I am struggling to find something else to write about. Sometimes it isn’t easy, so I just start typing and hope that meaningful words will flow onto the screen. Because I am writing on the Chromebook, I am using Grammarly to compose this blog. The different keyboard makes it more difficult to type quickly, and Grammarly helps to correct the errors as I finish each paragraph. On a night without enough sleep, my writing needs all the help it can get!

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I can hear the wind chimes outside. The wind is picking up, and the temperature is dropping. Word is that we might get some snow here on Sunday, but that remains to be seen. I know that I have to take Hal (person) to the Social Security office this morning because he has had nothing but trouble with them since he turned 65 in August. That trip will take up part of my early morning time at work, but it is always quiet, and I will have my cell phone with me. Sadly, I will just have to drop Hal off and then come back home since he has already been told that he will probably be at the Social Security office all day. If he does call me earlier, I will make whatever adjustments to my calendar and go to pick him up rather than have him outside waiting on a bus.

I have written all of this, and it is just 0500. Time flies when you cannot sleep. This means that I will be starting the workday already tired, and that is never a good thing. Sadly, it is a routine I have adjusted to over the last few months. Eventually, things will work out, and I will be able to sleep again. There have been times in my life with chronic insomnia before, and I have always survived.

I survived the day on Thursday and went to bed around 2330. This meant that I had been awake for almost 22 hours. Before bed, Hal and I made a big grocery run since the forecast still says we will get snow this weekend. I have more than enough food here to cook now. In fact, I made some steaks in the Instant Pot last night, and they are going to be delicious. I also got chicken breasts and veggies to make stew over the weekend so we won’t have any shortage of good food.

Thursday night was another one. I did manage 4 hours of sleep. Friday morning started with news that a friend from the client’s office wife passed away last night after a long struggle with cancer. Hal and I will stand by to assist him if he needs any help, but I really don’t expect that will be necessary since there is family to help with all of that. The mood at the client’s office was somewhat somber this morning, which wasn’t a surprise.

I made it home and worked through the afternoon. Next Friday is the day that has finally been decided on for the departing coworkers going away luncheon. He decided he wanted one after all since the client expressed interest. For the rest of the day after work, Hal and I are going to Costco and then to dinner before coming home for the night to rest and relax.

I hope that things stay quiet at work. I hope that I get more rest tonight.

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