Woeful Wednesday

I don’t know why, but for the past month or so, Wednesdays have proven to be the most exhausting and problem-filled days of the week for me.  Everyone seems to go into crisis.  I get more phone calls.  Coworkers need more things from me.  Administrators are around more.  Things get hectic at the regulatory board of which I am a member, so I get many emails from the office needing immediate replies.

I typically don’t dread any day of the week, but I am starting to dread Wednesday.  Even Monday is better.

Which day of the week, month of the year, or holiday could you do without?  Which do you welcome?

47 thoughts on “Woeful Wednesday”

  1. Don’t send message for please Tarehe 9 Ago 2018 1:04 PM, “Trail Baboon” aliandika:

    > reneeinnd posted: “I don’t know why, but for the past month or so, > Wednesdays have proven to be the most exhausting and problem-filled days of > the week for me. Everyone seems to go into crisis. I get more phone > calls. Coworkers need more things from me. Administrators a” >

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    1. what were you trying for
      nyamwezi?
      welcome and enjoy
      it looks like thursday poses some problems for you
      where are you located? i see you posted 4 hours before it posts for us
      you can be having a wonderful day for hours before we even risectovwelcomecthe new day

      maybe we could ask you to be a barometer for us
      if it is a good day let us know so we can get going early and if it’s terribleness can simply pull the covers over ourcheads

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  2. analytics is such an interesting field
    i’ll bet if you dig deeper you could predict the hour even the minute of the day that is most likely to be dreaded

    i welcome every day
    i look forward to the challanges and opportunities
    i have partners who use anaitics to predict sales and responses and we even use analytics to decide if we should act in many cases
    it is an amazing phenomenal tool that makes it possible to put your efforts into the most needed and beneficial bucket instead of screwing around on the one that sucks you in

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  3. i love sunday mornings
    cbs sunday morning at 8 is always a treat and i get up to a fresh paper an empty kitchen and an hour and a half of of bliss
    potato onion mushroom concoctions with a cup of tea and a positive spin on the world

    maybe i should figure out a way to start each day that way
    if i’m lucky the trail does that
    if i’m not so lucky i get to the trail later and find out what’s up in baboon land where my equivalent to cooking happens on the screen

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    1. Nice thoughts, tim. I look forward to November, since cooking Thanksgiving Dinner is my favorite cooking activity, and because the garden is all wrapped up and we have a respite until the seeds get started in March.

      I picked a 1 lb Brandyboy tomato from the garden yesterday. It is one of about 10 or so that will be ripe this weekend. We are canning tomatoes on Saturday.

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        1. Well, if I leave them on the vine they don’t clutter up the kitchen. I also think they taste better left in until ripe. If they are ripe but I don’t have quite enough to can right then and there, I peel and stew them and refridgerate them for a day or two until I have enough to can.

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        2. Vine-ripened always produces the best flavor. This year my vines, ridden as they are with blight, are producing starting amounts of tomatoes. I canned 7 quarts of soup last weekend, and I will repeat some variety of canned tomatoes this weekend. It is early for this.

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    2. I love that sort of Sunday in the golf off-season (otherwise I usually play on Sunday mornings). Leisurely breakfast, coffee, read the Sunday Strib, great music playing on my stereo (old fart alert!) in the background. My wife LOVES CBS Sunday morning but she listens with her TV Ears so we both get to listen to what we want.

      Chris

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    1. The 92 year old war vet I drive tells me he appreciates each day and how wonderful the world is but he wishes each day were his last. Yesterday he did something to his right hip and can barely walk. I think maybe he broke it. Vine is looking into it but they have no power to make him go to a dr.

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      1. NS: I have an older friend in her 90s (94, I think) who is not very enthusiastic about living any longer. Her thinking is surely influenced by her faith that there will be a life for her after this one. Her basic attitude is, “Why am I still here?”

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        1. Very common for people in that situation. Not sure her faith drives that statement. Lee is the same and keeps telling me how he lost his faith so he is ready to go on.

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  4. I think I’ve mentioned here before that Friday evenings are very nice for me. Even though I like my job a lot, I get an uplifting of spirit on Fridays after I leave work for the weekend. And of course this summer I’m using up all of my vacation days … I haven’t been working Mondays, so now Tuesday is the new Monday. Ick.

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  5. I’m not particularly fond of most Novembers in MN. Oh sure, Thanksgiving is great, but unless it’s nice enough to golf, most days are spent patiently waiting for enough snow to ski on and the river to freeze for skating.

    Chris in Owatonna

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  6. Rise. And Shine Baboons,

    I hear you about the quality of Wednesdays. Yesterday was kind of a nightmare day and I was exhausted by the end of it. I do know why that happens some Wednesday, and a staff person who does not do her job adequately is part of the problem. She is leaving, thank goodness.

    I would love to delete Christmas from the calendar; or at least Christmas in the traditional sense. The holiday expectations and traditional religious celebrations leave me cold. And lots of times it just never went that well. In these last 10 years, we have chosen experiences as gifts, seeing movies, and game days with friends over the extravagant gift exchanges. THat approach suits me better.

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  7. During the local growing season, Fridays are my favorite days; that’s when I go to the local farmer’s market. Another thing that makes Fridays special is Black Market Barbecue. On most Fridays, this young couple set up their barbecue rig on Isabel St., and from 5 PM to 7 PM, that’s where some of the state’s finest barbecue can be had. It’s best to order in advance if you want to be sure to get some. Neighbors set up their lawn chairs on the sidewalk, and the pie lady sets up her table with pre-ordered pies on the boulevard, and people visit in a leisurely and neighborly way. Then you go home and fix a nice salad with ingredients fresh from the garden or the farmer’s market, unwrap your still warm ribs, uncork a nice bottle of wine, invite the neighbors over, and sit back and enjoy. On 8/31 TPT will be filming a section of Almanac from there, should be fun.

    But, I agree with Steve, all days are pretty damn precious, but what’s not to love about a day with no cooking and hardly any dishes?

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      1. I’ll try to remember, BiR. Yes, it really is a nice little neighborhood gem, and I said, the BBQ is out of this world. The Best! Ordering the babyback pork ribs for tomorrow.

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  8. Yesterday was a problem day for me as a VINE volunteers. I was supposed to visit my Caring Connection partner, a mid-60’s man of limited mobility. He lives across from our last house. I knew him then. He called to ask to postpone it but I could not because of drives to do. The we set up I would drive him today to the dr. He called to say his wife would drive. Every time we set something up it falls through because he does not remember and does not write it down. He does not answer his phone either. I will keep trying.
    I was supposed to drive four people. Three canceled. That happens with us old folks. Then the last drive did not show up for his exercise class, my war vet. At the last minute hew walked in with his bad hip. Could barely get him into the car, after repairing his walker. Struggled to get him into the house. These things happen with the elderly.
    Today I am doing the house floors and tubs and sinks before my procedure next Tuesday. Getting it out of the way to rest up before that.

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  9. Mondays suck, Fridays are great and the weekends are lovely. Any holiday that involves a 3-day weekend is my favorite.

    Of course, Christmas is always lovely. Halloween is fun to dress up as someone else. Even where I work, we have costume contests and department decorating contests on Halloween.

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  10. The only days I’d rather not have on the calendar are those when I’m booked solid, and run from one thing to another without much of a break.

    I’m with Jacque about Christmas. I do enjoy most of the Christmas events and just wish they were more spread out – into, say, January!

    I enjoy most holidays if there is an option about whether to go to whatever event is available, and I love any feast that doesn’t happen here.

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    1. You should fire the person who keeps overbooking you!

      Handy tip: we used to send Christmas cards in December, then we got lazy and slid into March. Once we got our Christmas cards out just in time for Easter. People loved it. When you get a card in the holiday season it feels like there isn’t time to savor it. A Christmas card with a nice letter is a treat in March, and you have better chances of getting a nice reply.

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        1. I have a friend who always does Thanksgiving cards instead of Christmas cards. So hers is always the first one we get at the beginning of the season.

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  11. Every day is equally bad to me right now, but I’m hoping that once this class I’m taking is done (and the homework associated with it), and also once my health improves, that I can get back to enjoying at least some days of the week.

    OT: The twins turn 5 today!

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    1. Are you still suffering the aftereffects of your tick bite, ljb, or has something else cropped up? Sorry to hear it, either way.

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      1. No, the tick-borne disease I had is long gone – fortunately, unlike Lyme disease, it’s totally curable with the right antibiotic, with no aftereffects. I’m 99% sure that the issues I’m having now are stress-related and once the stress lessens, I should get better. The past couple days, I’ve noticed some improvement, so I’m hopeful that I will get better someday.

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      1. Yes, they will start kindergarten. It’s a brand-new Montessori school that is both Chinese and Spanish immersion. Multi-age classroom (with kindergartners being the oldest age). Progress at your own pace, which should be good for young 5-year old boys who are not ready for the academically rigorous kindergartens of today that expect 5-year olds to do what we did in 1st or 2nd grade – and often assign homework to boot. This school seems much more age-appropriate.

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        1. I am shocked at what “they” expect 5 year olds to do nowadays. I know I had some homework in 4th grade, but I don’t remember if I had any before that. Definitely not in K or 1st grade.

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  12. OT: this nice quiet afternoon might be a good time to update everyone on the status of my immediate family. I was jolted today to learn that my sil is so unhappy at work he’s ready to leave this town (which is where he grew up).

    We aren’t doing well here.

    Local economy: weak. My daughter can’t get appropriate work. My sil has worked in two local businesses, each with a nasty working culture where upper management exploits workers.
    Politics: not a good fit for us. This is Trump country. My daughter can’t imagine finding local folks to form a book club, and she used to live for her book club in Oregon.
    School system: very, very disappointing.
    Family ties: still a good reason for staying here.
    Health care: surprisingly good, and probably the best reason to stay.

    Our plan: we have no plan. We dread the trouble and expense of moving again, but the move now seems to be a mistake, especially for the person (my sil) whose economic life propelled us to leave Oregon. I guess we are staying here until Christmas. After that, nobody knows, but if we move it will be back to Minnesota.

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      1. Thanks, Renee! Yearn or dread? Both. My role is to be as positive as possible. We assumed I would be the person most negatively affected by the move. Instead, I am the family member who is happiest here. That’s partly because I’m just so happy to be alive anywhere. I don’t want to be a problem for others. My grandson is handling things well, or mostly well. The person most unhappy is the one who instigated the move. I’m sympathetic and concerned for him. I want a future that is right for my sil, daughter and grandson. They deserve better than what they currently have.

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        1. Here’s a little story related to my sil’s workplace. One of the workers told him she made an error that would now cost the firm dearly because they would have to do some recovery. The worker was jumpy and anxious. My sil told her things would be okay. He said he knew she was a good worker, and anyone could make a mistake. She burst into tears and wept inconsolably. “I’ve worked here thirteen years, and nobody EVER said I was a good worker!”

          That seems part of the management culture here.

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  13. For a time I worked on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and had the other days off. During those years, I tried to schedule appointments on Tuesdays. As much as possible, I left Thursdays open. I would get up in the morning at no particular time, and not wear a watch, and disregard what time it was, whatever I was doing that day. I would just eat when I felt hungry and go to bed when it felt like it was time to go to bed. Living off the clock was a rare and precious thing. It didn’t last very long, though. I was not welcome at that job under those conditions, and had to make other plans. Since then I haven’t had the luxury of setting aside a day of the week in that way.

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    1. Not sure I understand, Linda. ” I was not welcome at that job under those conditions, and had to make other plans.” I thought your living off the clock experiment was carried out on Thursdays when you didn’t work. What am I missing?

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      1. I negotiated to work three days a week for 60% of my former salary. The organization was theoretically supportive of flexible work schedules, but most of the employees who tried found, like I did, that the flexible schedule came with a certain amount of ill will from others, and eventually moved on.

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