Friday 5: Everything in its place

July 16, 2021

Happy Friday! This week is my summer Friday, but it wasn’t supposed to be. Fun fact: the Big!Work!Upgrade! that was supposed to launch yesterday has been pushed to September. I was planning on forgoing my Summer Friday today to work on pressing upgrade issues (if any), but it’s not necessary. Moving the project has left me kind of adrift, because I had the next 2 months of work planned out in my head – upgrade, bug squashing, re-writing/redirecting reports to new server, PTO in September before the fiscal year ends, start the tasks I tabled until after upgrade was finished. Now I have this chasm of free work time. However, it’s not enough time to properly complete the projects I had pushed until after the upgrade. I guess I’ll take a whack of PTO in August instead?

I went down the shore to relax, but it was so terribly hot and muggy that I felt worse afterward. Usually it’s an escape from the humidity here at home but not today. Not at all. Also today I learned that the sun’s rays can come through my beach umbrella’s cloth and burn me even if I have sunscreen on and never leave the shade of the umbrella. Am tired and crispy.

photo of my beach umbrella
Et tu, Brute??

Here’s the Friday 5: This week’s theme is everything in its place. I see the word organization in these questions and I am excited. I love organization, because it doesn’t come naturally to me. All of the things you see me try to do with planners and bins and labels and the continuous reorganizing of my closets is me desperately trying to stay on top of everything.

I haven’t interviewed for a job in almost 10 years (wow.) but here is an interview question that historically have knocked the socks of of interviewers.

Interviewer: What is your greatest strength/weakness. (doesn’t matter what they say)
Me: (pause, breathe, smile) I have to say my greatest strength is organization, and that’s because it is my greatest weakness. Since it doesn’t come naturally to me, I have to excel at planning projects, writing notes, and having a tidy workstation.
Interviewer: (hands me briefcase full of cash)

  1. What is the least organized area of your daily life?
    Don’t look in my garage. Just don’t. It’s the boneyard of every project we’ve tried.
  2. What is the most organized area of your daily life?
    My photo backup system. Photos are backed up to Dropbox from my phone. Once a month, I take the photos out of Dropbox and drop them into my paid OneDrive account. I have a Google backup set up to my local OneDrive folder. In the OneDrive folder are subfolders for each year; each year’s folder has 12 folders, one for each month.
  3. How well do you handle disruptions of your routines?
    I used to handle it well until the pandemic, now if a routine is disrupted I’m completely thrown into a tizzy.
  4. How do you respond to unexpected blocks of unstructured time?
    At home I’m fine with it. Something always needs to be organized and there are 280 books on my Goodreads ‘to read’ list. At work? See above.
  5. How structured is your time this weekend?
    Other than weekend housekeeping, I have no plans and I’m 100% okay with it. I’m sadly skipping Movie Night because I’m likely going to fall asleep as soon as I hit post.

Forgot to add this earlier in the week: Murphy’s leg is fine now — it had improved so much by Tuesday night that I cancelled his vet appointment or else it would have been one of those visits where I try to convince the vet of his injury while he’s parkouring off of the exam room walls. Tonight he leapt up and snatched a firefly out of mid-air.

murphy, me, and my eyebrows.
This is why we can’t have nice things.

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  • SMD July 20, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Last week was no relief at the shore. I learned last year that typical umbrellas that you rent there do not protect from the rays like mine does. That was not a great thing to find out. LOL I would have walked my lazy ass back to my house and gotten my own