I may need to work on the weekend-this weekend again. Yesterday was an odd day for work, poorly planned, or not planned is better. We had a major application closing at 4:00, and while we only post questions and answers, we still respond to technical issues on a one to one basis. This time of year is also when we have various proposals pop up, and we need people with expertise or depth of knowledge to weigh in. I am a point person on this-either to respond, or get it to the right person and gather their responses. Here's where the poor planning comes in. I had given approved vacation for the team member that leads this application process. She has done a stellar job all along, and really, it would be just technical glitches to watch for in the in-box. I hadn't connected the dates when a month ago another team member, our data base specialist, also requested this day off. While most messages can wait until Monday, I still needed to watch the box for any urgent problems.
Then another division supervisor, who is serving in the interim director role since our bosses promotion (but doesn't want it long term) also took vacation days Thursday and Friday, as did two of her direct reports, both of whom had content expertise on several of the proposals that might have landed. You guessed it-two proposals did come to my attention, one on Thursday and the other yesterday. All this is to say, with checking four email boxes and responding, plus two urgent proposals to route and collect responses on, my "to do" list was barely touched, and I have a couple deadlines for early next week. Job security is how I am going to look at it and I know each of these folks needed and deserved a break. My midweek day off last Thursday did me wonders.
I got a little preachy yesterday complaining about selfish Americans traveling on vacation. I do feel that way, but I need to remember I can only do for me. I just get frustrated when I know my son's work has been so disrupted, and now with new faster spreading variants (though thankfully it seems the vaccine works for those as well), we still have many months before the people closest to me will benefit from the vaccine. Let it go Sam, breath, relax, and keep doing what I've been doing, is what I am trying to tell myself.
So besides putting in a few work hours, my weekend will look pretty much like past weekends. The moonlight hike is actually next month that my daughter signed us up for, with DD2 as well. We decided we are still going to do our own tonight. I have the book club pick to read and a new Guidepost came, though I thought my MIL was going to cancel my and one of the SIL's subscriptions as neither of us were really reading it, but maybe I should to get a little spiritual inspiration. I of course have laundry and the weekly hosue upkeep that I let go until the weekend, but I don't have the stock pile of last week. I feel like I should bake something-maybe vegan oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies. That way my daughter will be able to enjoy. I'll freeze part of the dough as we just can't nor should we eat the whole batch and we both really enjoy the cookies when they're fresh baked anyway. I still have some TJ chocolate chips from Christmas baking though I'm tight on flour, so making them oatmeal chocolate chip, I should have just enough.
I guess my Saturday posts are just a rambling of whatever pops into my head. I'm playing around with a food, kitchen cooking blog-maybe to launch in March. My hesitancy is how bad a food photographer that I am. I made DH some blueberry pancakes-the pictures prove my point. Who wants a food, kitchen, cooking blog with lousy photos! Whatever or where ever your Saturday takes you, and I'm not judging (or maybe I am), make your weekend a good one.