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Monday, September 22, 2003

Sometimes I create my own problems. (Sometimes?) I spent most of today waiting for something to interrupt me. I knew there were big meetings going on in Southern California, and I knew someone would need my help. That's why I didn't get started on any big projects of my own. I didn't want to have to stop and start over.

If the phone had rung, or if there had been an emergency revision of the letter we were working on last week, I would have felt pretty smart about not getting started on my daily work. I waited and waited, but the shoe never dropped. I guess that's why the expression mentions the "other" shoe. If you're waiting for the first shoe to drop, you might not exhale for a long, long time.

Don't get me wrong. It's not as if I took the day off and sat around waiting for the phone to ring. But I'm only working four days this week, and I could have made up the whole extra day I'm taking off if I'd ever managed to get myself going. It was mostly a little filing here, a little data input there, until late in the afternoon, when I finally accepted the fact that they could get along without any help from me.

I did start doing the accounts payable late in the day, but my heart wasn't in it. It was hot, and I really wanted to be sitting in front of the fan. I got a lot less done than I would have on a normal Monday, even with normal Monday interruptions.

It just goes to show you— something. Never anticipate, never assume. Which is a crock, because if you don't anticipate you're never ready, and if you don't assume, you have to start from zero every day. I base everything I do on assumptions and anticipation. Today I just assumed the wrong thing.

14 September 2003

House and yard, along the fence line.

After starting so late, I couldn't work as long as I would have liked. It starts getting dark so much earlier this time of year, and I don't like to turn the lights on any sooner than necessary on these steamy summer-fall days. I was going to get back to it later, but that didn't happen, so I'll have to do double duty tomorrow. I'll just assume that nobody will interrupt.

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I had no intention of watching Monday Night Football, having had my fill yesterday. When I found out there was a chance I'd win money on this game, though, I was there. It was a slim chance (the Broncos had to win and the total points had to be more than 47 and less than 51), but it's the closest I've come in the weekly pool in a few years. So I watched, and I waited the whole fourth quarter for somebody to score one more touchdown. It didn't even matter which team scored (to me anyway; I'm sure it mattered to someone). But it ended 31-10 and I'm a loser again.

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