Random Thoughts

Listening to the waitstaff who just got off shift talk shit about the customers is incredibly satisfying


The person next to me said “happy Mexican Independence Day” to the bartender. He looked at her oddly and said “I’m Puerto Rican”


Free drinks. That’s why people play black and red.

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Daughter is up for a caesarian section today,.first grandkid on our side. I was planning on getting a lot of work done today, but looks like that’s going to get blown up shortly, when spouse hits full panic mode as soon as the call comes in.

On her.husbands side, his parents likely won’t even show up at the hospital. They’ve got 11 kids and 9 grandkids so far lol.

We don’t know the gender yet. Spouse is telling me we have to rush in the way to the hospital so we can stop and get a blue or pink something or other. Me: oh for crying out loud.

Spouse is also riding me to finish attaching a bookcase (we are big on reading to kids, so we have a lot of kids books) to the wall. Me: oh for crying out loud. I have a year before the kid is going to be anywhere near that bookshelf.


Also random thought, I should tell my spouse to go buy a blue and pink outfit right now, then return one later.


Mini Me was using rolling over as a legit means of locomotion at 4 months. She’d start at one end of the room and at first it took her a bit but she’d roll all the way across the floor to get to where she wanted to be. She got surprisingly fast though. There were a couple of times when I left her on the floor for like 30-60 seconds to, say, refill my water or something and I’d come back and panic because I didn’t see where she went she’d rolled so far so fast.

So you maybe only have 4 months to get it secured.

Regardless, congratulations on the grandkid. Hope everything goes smoothly today.

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Yeah, lol. Either way I don’t think we need to panic about it right now, do we? Some disagreement on that point.

Particularly since I need my cordless saw to make a mod to the bookcase first, and I loaned that to a student. So now I need to drive into town, connect with the student, then come back, get the bookcase set up to be modded, make the mod, etc. Seems like a ‘maybe next weekend’ job to me.
Meanwhile spouse: Just attach it to the wall.

No, definitely no need to panic today.

First rule of being married to MrsSL. Panic when she says panic. OK, maybe first rule Stay the FO my kitchen, and then panic.

Congrats Papalob!


Not about the grandkid. But about the irate spouse…


I hope everything went well!

I’ve been focusing on gratitude, at night before I fall asleep. I used to lie awake at night while my thoughts circled like vultures, but now, a few months in, being alone with my thoughts is the part of my day I consistently look forward to.


Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:18)

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I attended 5 professional sporting events in the last 7.5 days. That has to be a personal record.


I think I attended 1 professional sporting event in the last 20 years, and that’s only because the tickets were given to me.

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I should enjoy more long weekends. Took Friday and today off, and it was just what I needed to recharge.

I’m also taking four days off next week, and another two days the week after. But those are all to do specific things, not to enjoy time away.

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I’m trying to do this. I’ve lost a lot of PTO in the past, due to staying at a place with bad work/life balance. I’m now at a better place and I’m right at the PTO cap. I get 22 days/year so I’m trying to take every other Friday or Monday off.

Even though it’s my time to take, still feels kind of weird to just have a day off for no reason. It’s starting to feel a bit more normal.

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I get 28 days. I still have 12.5 left although I plan to carry 5 over. Taking off next Friday, and also the four days between Christmas and New Years, leaving 2.5…

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This year has been extra challenging for me to fit in my PTO. I get between 23 and 28 days off per year, depending on how much blood I give and how much money I donate to “buy” a couple extra days off. I rolled over 7 days last year, but I’m intent on rolling over less than 1 day this year, so that means I have to take off around 30-35 days. And, since I was out for two months, plus I got 3 days of foster care leave on top of that, it’s been challenging to fit it all in.

I’m taking another 16 days through the end of the year. I basically have to take a week off around Christmas, which I prefer not to do most years.

I forgot what I was going to post here.