Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Slow Spring, Message Units, and Laughable Nest Stories

Spring seems to be taking forever to get here and show us its warmth.  Then as always we'll hop from winter to summer and then be ready for cooler air.  Yesterday looked warm but was very chilly.  Starting from 30's and taking a long time to rise.  Soon we'll be in the 60's in the upcoming days.  Today getting up to 57.  

Yesterday I was ready to go back to work.  Well, I was "ok with it" as guess you could say.  I knew it would be busy and there was enough stimuli to put you in a state of paralysis but I was ready for it.  I took my Ionix stress formula, prayed, and had listened to the Joy Junkie podcast of "Work Life Balance".  And was ready for it.  Some of the take aways of the podcast for me was that we have to take away the perfectionism, we have to understand priorities, we have to let some things go (wait til later) and basically get over our trying to please everyone because even trying it's impossible. Also it was interesting to hear that your brain can only take in so many "message units" in a day's time and once you are overloaded you start to shut down.  It's interesting to hear it put like that.  It makes me laugh to think of me saying "Oh my gosh, I don't have enough message slots for your issue today."  lol  Of course I would never say that.  I have thought things like "Yes I will do this for you but it won't be today dear".  lol  I used to give people a time frame for when I could do it because I thought it was a nice thing to do.  But after 30 years + of HR I realize it only makes people mad if they realize they aren't your top priority or some other issue is more urgent than theirs or you don't stop and do their issue right now.  I just smile and say "sure we'll take care of it".  Time passes and they don't realize it and it's done and everyone's happy.  We are slower than we used to be though getting around to meeting the needs and it's going to be more noticeable.  Instead of a 12 to 24 hour wait it's more like a 24 to 48 hour wait.  I've been trying to figure out how to be more efficient.  The email questions and requests are exploding - especially with the add on of another plant.  And rightly so.  But there are still only two of us trying to meet all these needs on an ongoing basis.  So this podcast was affirming - we don't have to expect ourselves to be everything to everyone at this very moment.  I'm pretty good at prioritizing.  And have a pretty good judgment so have that going. 

All that said, b/w my head staples pulling as the skin heals and all the "message units" coming through yesterday  - doing the prioritizing, answering the questions, pilfering through all the to do's and requests and what to delegate and what to keep and when to do it and all the interruptions and so forth - I had to take a Tylenol.  My head was pounding.  I normally don't get headaches, and haven't even needed any  since home from the hospital, but that helped.  

I'm trying to plan flights for a tentative schedule two weeks from now - we are already at a disadvantage for waiting so late to book - as the flights are now so expensive.  I'm trying to figure out whether to start in OKC or Oregon and which way to work across.  I've printed the flights  and have to compare expense and ease of schedule so it works with the plants and not too horribly grueling for us flying around the country.  I stayed til almost six yesterday working on that. 

Something really funny happened yesterday and I have been laughing since.  George got home and took the dogs out.  It dinged my phone and showed that he was through my Nest app.   I remembered that I had a talk button and so I pushed it and said "hellooooo" and then I said "Welcome Home" and then I said "iiiiiii seeeeeeeeeee youuuuuuuuuu" and said it a little louder b/c I wasn't sure he could hear me.  A person on a bicycle was going by at the time I said that.  George looked back and waved and the person on the bicycle almost wrecked trying to figure out where the noise coming from.  George said that it was REALLY LOUD - like neighborhood loud speaker announcement loud.  He said people could hear it two to three houses away.  I have been laughing my head off since.  I mean think of the possibilities. 

I woke up in the night and my mind flooded with all the things you could do with this.  
On Halloween - ghost noises.  
Talk to the cat. 
Tell the neighbors good night:  "Good night Everybody", "Good night John Boy" 
Humming the Pink Panther Music when someone walks down the street. 
Would never do this but made me laugh thinking about it - when neighbors mow without shirt off repeatedly go "Boom chic a wow wow, Boom chick a wow wow". 
Burp and fart noises (George of course). 
Weather warnings:  "Go to your safe place everybody"
Singing to the Post Man the post man song "Mister Pooo ooo ooo ooost Man, Give Me a Letter"

I began laughing so hard at all the possibilities that it made the bed shake and I had to get up so I didn't wake up George.  

Then I thanked God for the humor and the laughter.  I will never get the sight out of my head of the cyclist trying to figure out if George is saying "I see you".  He said it was sooo awkward.  I am still cracking up to tears.  He says he is going to get me back.  

I had no idea the thing was so loud.     

Anyway I'll leave on that note.  Ya'll have a great day.  I'm running about 15 min behind and need to catch up.  Still having trouble getting up every morning.  I think it's b/c I worked an hour later but still needed to do what I normally do and then I went to bed later and then slept later and now I'll probably be late to work so - it's best to just not work over I guess and keep to a schedule if it's gonna throw the whole thing off. 

Ya'll have a lovely day! 


  1. What fun you could have with that Nest! But it is a nice thing to have for sure ! I cannot see out the door that I use the most here and it would be nice to see who is outside. Now that you have made it through your Monday, Tuesday should be a snap.
    Love and hugs,

  2. Oh Sonya what a great way to start my day reading all your daft ideas for messaging through your speaker !! I am sitting here giggling and Masy is looking at me as if I’m daft...probably I am LOL. 🤣🤣. I hope your head won’t hurt so much today but if it does please take another pill as soon as it starts....As I write this you should be tucked up and fast asleep. Hope your having nice dreams as well... God Bless. Xxxx


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