The hardest thing Iíve ever done is spend a day doing nothing. Today, with the auditor here for nearly three hours, I had no choice. He was sprawled out (or rather, his laptop and papers were sprawled) over my entire workspace, and all I could do was sit quietly at the computer and pretend to be busy while he copied the lines of numbers Iíd given to him.
I couldnít talk, and I even had to cut short some phone calls I really wanted to take. I couldnít move around, because he was pretty much in the way, like the elephant in the punch bowl (or however that goes). Besides, Iíd cleared off all my own work and piled it on the bed, out of sight, so he could have the space. I just didnít think it would take most of the day, or be so exhausting.
So I caught up on a few journals, and cleaned up about half of the dead links on my Links page. Iíll get to the rest of those next audit, I guess. Some I kept around for old timesí sake, since I donít know that anyone else uses that page the same way I do. It was hard to concentrate on anything that would have been more productive, so I didnít even try.
And when he left, a little after four in the afternoon, I kept on not trying. I was ready for a nap and a cookie, and just to show how worn out I was from all this doing of the nothing: I took the nap first.