Virtual Happy Hour

Yesterday I experienced a new phenomenon that is a direct result of social distancing. The company I work for decided to hold a Virtual Happy Hour at the end of the workweek. At first I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out, but everyone actually had a very good time.

The rules were very simple. All the participants had to show what we were drinking, and either describe it or show the bottle. At first we proposed a series of toasts to set the mood and get everyone relaxed,and within a few minutes it was almost like we were out at a neighborhood pub together.

The software we used was MS Teams, because of the recent issues with Zoom, our company is moving away from Zoom rather quickly. The experience was interesting and different, but apparently this is the new “normal” that we will be dealing with for a long time to come.

Dreamer’s World April 27, 2018 – Time

    Friday is here at last. I am still adjusting to the new apartment and working from what amounts to a totally new home office. I am comfortable with the new setup, but I notice that the walls are bare. I need a clock for the desk or for the wall.
    Why does time rule us so cruelly? The need for a clock is just a symptom of the disease that is time management in our daily lives.

Dreamer’s World April 14 2018 – Saturday

    I am glad that the weekend has finally arrived. I am exhausted by lack of sleep because I just cannot sleep with the air conditioner not working here in this apartment.
    I woek up at 0300 this morning and could not get back to sleep. I ended up watching the first episode of “Lost In Space” on Netflix to pass the time. I actually enjoyed the show, it certainly takes a much different approach than the old TV series and the ‘90s movie. It will be interesting to see how this works out.
    I thought that some of the new plot twists with “Lost In Space” were rather intriguiging. Having the characters of Dr. Smith, Major West, and the Robot are not original members of the Jupiter 2 crew seems like a plot point with lots of possibilities that can be explored. Adding to that is the fact that Dr. Smith is now a woman, and this really sparks my curiosity. I love the Bill Mumy cameo with the new Dr. Smith.
    The new Judy had more to do in the first episode than the original did in all 3 seasons of the original TV show. I hope that all of the characters will become more rounded and developed with the new series.
    The robot seems to be a member of the species that attacked the Jupiter lauch station, so I sense a Star Trek type of conflict with that species later. The new robot reminds me of Odo from ST: DS9.
    Will Robinson starts out as a totally different character. He is not the nerdy prototype which served as the basis for every child actor who ended up on a science fiction TV show for the next 40+ years, and that is a good thing. In fact, his character was supposedly not even supposed to be on the Jupiter 2 (spoiler alert).
    I stayed up since it was nearly 0600 when the Lost In Space episode was over. I will see if Hal wants to watch it with me sometime. I can always binge watch this weekend if I have the time. I do have some things that are already on the agenda, such as taking Hal to and from work today and tomorrow. I also am supposed to meet a friend for lunch later today, and I might take a look at some new walking/running shoes while Hal is at work.
    I am preparing myself for the last big push of packing before the move starting Monday. By Tuesday evening we will be all set for the movers on Wednesday morning. Hal and I both agree that things will be better in the new apartment, so we are looking forward to it.
    The biggest challenge for myself today will be to remain awake and alert. If I can manage that, I will have a wonderful day. This means that I have to remain focused on things and keep my cool.
    Another night is here. I am hoping for some cool breeze through the bedroom window so I can sleep better tonight. Sadly, I suspect that I won’t get another real nights worth of sleep until after we move out of here.

Dreamer’s World April 14 2018 – Saturday

    I am glad that the weekend has finally arrived. I am exhausted by lack of sleep because I just cannot sleep with the air conditioner not working here in this apartment.
    I woek up at 0300 this morning and could not get back to sleep. I ended up watching the first episode of “Lost In Space” on Netflix to pass the time. I actually enjoyed the show, it certainly takes a much different approach than the old TV series and the ‘90s movie. It will be interesting to see how this works out.
    I thought that some of the new plot twists with “Lost In Space” were rather intriguiging. Having the characters of Dr. Smith, Major West, and the Robot are not original members of the Jupiter 2 crew seems like a plot point with lots of possibilities that can be explored. Adding to that is the fact that Dr. Smith is now a woman, and this really sparks my curiosity. I love the Bill Mumy cameo with the new Dr. Smith.
    The new Judy had more to do in the first episode than the original did in all 3 seasons of the original TV show. I hope that all of the characters will become more rounded and developed with the new series.
    The robot seems to be a member of the species that attacked the Jupiter lauch station, so I sense a Star Trek type of conflict with that species later. The new robot reminds me of Odo from ST: DS9.
    Will Robinson starts out as a totally different character. He is not the nerdy prototype which served as the basis for every child actor who ended up on a science fiction TV show for the next 40+ years, and that is a good thing. In fact, his character was supposedly not even supposed to be on the Jupiter 2 (spoiler alert).
    I stayed up since it was nearly 0600 when the Lost In Space episode was over. I will see if Hal wants to watch it with me sometime. I can always binge watch this weekend if I have the time. I do have some things that are already on the agenda, such as taking Hal to and from work today and tomorrow. I also am supposed to meet a friend for lunch later today, and I might take a look at some new walking/running shoes while Hal is at work.
    I am preparing myself for the last big push of packing before the move starting Monday. By Tuesday evening we will be all set for the movers on Wednesday morning. Hal and I both agree that things will be better in the new apartment, so we are looking forward to it.
    The biggest challenge for myself today will be to remain awake and alert. If I can manage that, I will have a wonderful day. This means that I have to remain focused on things and keep my cool.
    Another night is here. I am hoping for some cool breeze through the bedroom window so I can sleep better tonight. Sadly, I suspect that I won’t get another real nights worth of sleep until after we move out of here.

Dreamer’s World April 13 2018 – Time For Happy Hour And The Weekend

      I am so glad to report that I made it through this week. There have been ups and downs, but I am still here and ready for the weekend. What makes today even more special is that it will be a short day at work since the local employees from my company are holding our quarterly Happy Hour this afternoon. Since it is Friday, we always start the event earlier than most. I will be leaving at noon to travel to the event since one of the other people has organized it close to his home. We take turns changing the locations around so that we all have events close to our home and don’t have to travel as far.
    Today is also the last day at work for me before the move next week. I am taking next week off work to prepare for the big day, survive the big day, and recover from the big day, at least that is the plan right now. I know that Monday and Tuesday will be very busy around here with packing up the last items so the movers will have an easy time when next Wednesday arrives. I am looking forward to the move and looking forward even more to completing it.
    As for the guitar amplifier issue, a new one has been sent to me, and it should arrive on Monday. This is cutting things closer than I would like, but at least it should be here in time for the move. I think that the problem with the original amp I ordered was a faulty power switch. The amp would not power on at all. The power cord had a brick in the middle that has a light to indicate that there was power going through the cord, so the problem had to be with the amp itself. When I explained this to the distributor, they were more than happy to get a new one sent to me at no charge, as well as free shipping on the original amp to be returned to them.
    In addition to that problem, I still have to get my guitar restrung. I simply don’t have the time or the patience right now to do this. Last night I took the guitar to a local ship that assured me they could restring the guitar in less than 30 minutes. I sat in rush hour traffic for nearly an hour to get to the store. When I got there, the person informed me that they didn’t restring “those type of guitars” and that it would have to be sent away. I would also be charged $90 for the privilege of being without my guitar for at least a week.
    Obviously, this was not going to happen. I informed the people at the store that I was not going to conduct any further business with them because I had described my guitar in detail when I called them to ask about the repair in the first place. I will take the guitar to Guitar Center either this afternoon after Happy Hour, or more likely, tomorrow. At least I know and trust the people at the local Guitar Center. I should have gone there in the first place. Even if they cannot get the job completed right away, I won’t be waiting for a week or more, and I won’t be charged nearly as much.
    I must be feeling good this morning because I just realized how much I wrote over the last few minutes. I suppose that part of this feeling is the sense of relief that the big objective (the move) is nearly accomplished. I feel like a new beginning is here, and I am ready for it. My motivation for guitar has recently increased as you might have guessed, and I hope that will also transfer over to my writing as well.
    The day went well. The Happy Hour was a success, and I got home and still had time to get my guitar repaired at Guitar Center early in the evening. I have had a tough time sleeping because the air conditioner in this apartment is completely useless. The management says it has to be replaced, but we decided that it will wait until after we leave. We have enough chaos right now without people running all over the apartment maing more mess. There is less than a week before we move, and I will survive until then.
 
 

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Dreamer’s World February 24, 2018 – A Foggy Start
    The fog is slowly burning off this morning as I prepare to take Hal to work. I forgot to get a picture earlier when I couldn’t see across the street, but I am glad that I wont have to drive in those conditions.
    I am not sure how I will spend today since it is nearing the end of the week off work that I so desperately needed. Looking back, we got a lot accomplished during the week. We managed to find a new apartment. We can move out of here in late April. Hal and I also had lots of time spent together, and that was something that we nboth really needed. Now as Hal goes to work today, I start to realize that Monday is creeping up on me. I wish that I didn’t have to go back to work, but that isn’t a possibility worth worrying about.
    I will come back home after I take Hal to work and spend some time with my thoughts. I have neglected writing while I was on vacation, but I managed to avoid the guilt by staying busy most of the time. Neverthless I have multiple aborted blog posts laying around that I might be able to save by combining them into something useful, or I might just decide to let them be and start fresh. I am leaning toward just starting something new like this and moving on. There is no reason to revisit the past when the future is right in front of me.
    Today marks the return of the old routine. With Hal working today and tomorrow, there wont be much chance to get out together. Hal needs to rest, and I respect that. Perhaps one of theses days he can work a schedule that will give both of us the weekend off. I am cpontent working from home during the week and avoiding the rat race commute in the DC area.
    Because we know when and where we will be moving to, I will have to set up another week or so off from work in late April. This gives me something to look forward to that isn’t too far in the future. The move will be less than a mile actually. We like it here in Centreville and see no reason to move out of the area. The new apartment will give us a lake view rather than a parking lot, and that will be a welcome change.
    Friends asked us why we are moving again. The answer comes down to the management company that recently purchased the apartment community that we are living in. The new owensership is less than stellar, and that is being very kind to them. The community portal that is used to pay rent and submit maintenance requests never works, most of the maintenance staff have left as a result of the ownership change, and finally, we were accused of not having renters insurance by the new company even though the paperwork is on file in the office. All of this happened in just over a month, and we realized it was not going to get any better, so it is time for us to move on.
    After we found the next apartment, I managed to do most of the things that I wanted to while on vacation except going to the casino. That can happen another time, there is no rush for it. We never take risks when we go anyway. We show up with a set amount to spend, and when that is gone, we walk out with whatever we have won, or with nothing left from the original amount at all, and we always have a good time. We just never had the full day to make that trip this week.
    Hal is at work, and I am back writing once again. Hal forgot his cell phone, but if he gets away from work early, he can still call me from his job. If I don’t hear from him, I know to be there at 1630 to pick him up and bring him home. I am going to rest here today since it is raining and there is no need to be out. I have food here that was prepared in the Instant Pot, and that will tide us over for the weekend. I will try to catch up on sleep again tonight and tomorrow night to be ready for the expected avalanche of emails and phone calls on Monday morning. Fun times.

Dreamer’s World February 02, 2018 – Zombiefied Friday

    Taking a nap seemed like such a great idea after work yesterday. I slept like a rock for almost 2 hours after Hal decided that we didn’t need to go anywhere or do anything. When I woke up on the couch, I felt terrific. I should have known at that point that the feeling was too good to last. I was awake most of the night with insomnia once again, and I have to make it through 7 hours at work today before the weekend officially begins. I am so used to this bullshit that it doesn’t phase me anymore. I know that I will survive the day at work and then some things must be done afterward, so I will venture out with Hal to take care of those things while keeping the exhaustion at bay until we return home in the early evening.
    The main thing I need to do is to make a trip to the grocery store. There are some items I need to cook this weekend while Hal is at work. These are perishable items, so I can’t get them and then have them sitting around for the better part of a week before using them. At least I can get some custom-made items from the local Wegmans supermarket such as cut veggies that are prepared for me when I tell them what I want. Wegmans is the only supermarket I have ever seen where they will do this, and it is a time-saver in the kitchen since I don’t have to cut up all the veggies myself. I will be picking up green pepper, onion, and celery and carrots while I am there.
    Once that is over with, we might stop at Target and Best Buy on the way home for a quick look around. I can use a laptop sleeve for the Surface Pro 4 and also another one for the Chromebook so they will be safe while traveling in the Chrome messenger bag since it doesn’t have a dedicated laptop compartment. The laptop sleeve is not a critical item to get today and can wait until I find the right laptop sleeve at the right price. If we don’t go to either Target or Best Buy at all, I won’t be that disappointed.
    My primary objective is to get to bed early tonight and hope to defeat insomnia for a change. I know that I will be up early to take Hal to work in the morning, that is a fixed event and the time won’t change based on how I feel tomorrow. The next challenge will be staying awake and productive while Hal is at work on Saturday. The same problem has to be solved, and that is getting to bed early and hoping for the best when it comes to sleep.

Dreamer’s World February 02, 2018 – Zombiefied Friday

    Taking a nap seemed like such a great idea after work yesterday. I slept like a rock for almost 2 hours after Hal decided that we didn’t need to go anywhere or do anything. When I woke up on the couch, I felt terrific. I should have known at that point that the feeling was too good to last. I was awake most of the night with insomnia once again, and I have to make it through 7 hours at work today before the weekend officially begins. I am so used to this bullshit that it doesn’t phase me anymore. I know that I will survive the day at work and then some things must be done afterward, so I will venture out with Hal to take care of those things while keeping the exhaustion at bay until we return home in the early evening.
    The main thing I need to do is to make a trip to the grocery store. There are some items I need to cook this weekend while Hal is at work. These are perishable items, so I can’t get them and then have them sitting around for the better part of a week before using them. At least I can get some custom-made items from the local Wegmans supermarket such as cut veggies that are prepared for me when I tell them what I want. Wegmans is the only supermarket I have ever seen where they will do this, and it is a time-saver in the kitchen since I don’t have to cut up all the veggies myself. I will be picking up green pepper, onion, and celery and carrots while I am there.
    Once that is over with, we might stop at Target and Best Buy on the way home for a quick look around. I can use a laptop sleeve for the Surface Pro 4 and also another one for the Chromebook so they will be safe while traveling in the Chrome messenger bag since it doesn’t have a dedicated laptop compartment. The laptop sleeve is not a critical item to get today and can wait until I find the right laptop sleeve at the right price. If we don’t go to either Target or Best Buy at all, I won’t be that disappointed.
    My primary objective is to get to bed early tonight and hope to defeat insomnia for a change. I know that I will be up early to take Hal to work in the morning, that is a fixed event and the time won’t change based on how I feel tomorrow. The next challenge will be staying awake and productive while Hal is at work on Saturday. The same problem has to be solved, and that is getting to bed early and hoping for the best when it comes to sleep.

Dreamer’s World February 01, 2018 – Friday Eve

    Today is Friday Eve. I always refer to Thursdays as “Friday Eve” because it means that we are one day closer to the weekend. I have been busy this week at work, as well as dealing with lack of sleep for far too many nights, so I am ready for the weekend to arrive. Sadly, the weekend doesn’t bring the relief that it used to because now I have to take Hal to and from his job since he can no longer drive. This is a small price to pay for over 18 years of a wonderful relationship, but it does cut into time I would have spent sleeping or doing other things.
    With luck I will get more rest tMy objective is to be in bed before 2200 on Sunday night because I have the long day on Monday since I take Hal to p hurting me more than I would like. One other thing that I have changed is my dependence on social media. I fouhis weekend. I already have planned to go bed early rather than stay up late. As I get older, staying up late ends uo. nd t hat I was checking sites constantly on the weekend, afraid that I was going to miss something important only to discover that I missed nothing other than sleep. I can always record MST3K on Sunday night and watch it later during the weekand from work Monday evening and don’t get to bed before 2300 if I am lucky.
    Because of those things, I am glad that the weekend is nearly here. As for today, I am waiting to conduct my weekly teleconference and then I will get some lunch before the endless rounds of afternoon meetings start. I have some research that I have to finish today, and I will do that as I listen in on the afternoon meetings.
    The afternoon meetings are worse than I feared. Nothing is being accomplished, everyone at HQ is arguing with each other and I have to listen to them. Thank goodness for the mute button as I struggle to avoid making comments as I tune everyone out and focus on my tasking here. I made it through the meetings with my sanity nearly intact. I am amazed at the time wasted with these meetings.
    Hal decided that we didn’t need to go anywhere after work, so we stayed home all evening. I took a nap after work, but it cost me overnight as insomnia returned. I am still looking forward to the weekend.

Dreamer’s World January 16 3015 – Starting the Weekend

    As Friday night rolls on here at home, I am glad to start the weekend. The exhaustion that I have been feeling should start to subside and I can catch up on some rest. Work has been very trying recently, there was a huge project that was facing a looming deadline. Luckily, the project has been completed. I am very happy and ready to celebrate.
Tomorrow I really begin my 4-day weekend. I have Monday off for MLK Day, and my birthday is on Tuesday, so I am taking that day off as well. It is a tradition that I take the Tuesday off after a Monday holiday, and my birthday just made the choice even easier. Hal and I are getting together with friends tomorrow for a combination anniversary anf birthday celebration. Our 15th anniversary was on the 6th of January, and my birthday falls on the 20th. We have always combined the events rather than have people make 2 sets of plans so close together.
     I will rest during the day tomorrow, and be ready for the dinner in the evening. Hal has to work tomorrow, just like every other weekend which is too bad but can’t be helped. The dinner will not run late since Hal also has to work on Sunday. This actually makes things run rather smoothly without being too drawn out.
     At any rate, I am relaxing this evening and looking forward to bedtime very soon. First I will have a nice shower to relax myself even more before going to bed. I hope that everyone has a great evening and a wonderful weekend.