My employer is extremely generous with my schedule. Not so generous that I am paid for time I do not actually work, but that’s a tall order in the part-time world. I worked the past two days but yesterday the guys were in the office a lot more and noticed plague-like sounds coming from my desk.
I had already been given the option that I could work or not work on Friday as I saw fit. Since I plan to go in at least an hour or so to keep on top of the mail and not cry over this payday, I figured I could go ahead and mention the idea of my not coming in Wednesday (today).
They were quite fine with not having someone hacking up lung all over the copier. Nicer still, I was given the go ahead to bill a few hours if I wanted to work from home on some design stuff.
I brought home printouts and forwarded a few things but in the light of today…not so much. Cold medicine turns me a bit fuzzy and unimaginative. I’ve spent the day mostly watching old YouTube videos.
That’s not true. This morning after I decided three cups of tea did NOT equal a cup of coffee and brewed my fix, I had a spurt of productivity where I wrote a bit about Thanksgiving meals (not done yet…see: cold medicine vs. coffee), roasted some butternut squash to go in a salad tomorrow (SPOILER: my Thanksgiving includes butternut squash. And kale.) (I just took out and put back in that period SIX TIMES. THERE IS A COMMA HERE BUT ONCE THERE IS ONE PERIOD IN A PARENTHETICAL I THINK IT LOOKS WEIRD WITHOUT. PERIOD.), and then I sorted the six million pounds of laundry that have piled up.
We got off our laundry schedule because my Mom was nice enough to do some laundry for us but it was right after we’d done a bunch a laundry so we sort of tried to ride the wave of her niceness and fabric softener a little too long.
But I still wouldn’t let Tom do laundry today. Partly because I know there are some work clothes I hung up that technically should be washed but I’m too fuzzy to figure out that particular closet conundrum.
Partly because Tom said he wanted to do some black Friday shopping (??) and I said OK then afterwards you could do laundry at the laundromat by my work while I catch up on the mail and he said OK.
And this type of conversation and miscommunication is extremely typical of us. We have a conversation about how a particular day or timeline or procession of tasks might be achieved. I walk away from it thinking that it is set in stone. He walks away from it remembering that tasks need to get done. And quite often he will offer to do said tasks in a manner other than discussed that are 1) accomplished sooner than planned and 2) require less input/commitment from myself. And yet I refuse his suggestions because I have now worked out a thousand other tasks in my mind around the original discussion and cannot fathom how the world will work different.
Even if his new way is actually more convenient and would mean I had clean Penguin Pants.
(And if Tom read my blog, he could gloat at how in my medicine haze I just admitted sometimes I am an idiot and stubborn and quite possibly not the easiest of lifetime companions. But he doesn’t. So at least I still have that.)