satisfying after hours work
Thursday, June 23 2022
I end up sleeping in different places when I wake up in the morning. Last night I was gradually squeezed off the bed by Neville's encroachment. This morning I awoke at the end of a dream that had me back in Harkness, the dorm I lived in at Oberlin College in the late 1980s (though it also had aspects of the layout of Riverheads High School, where I'd spent much of my time prior to then). The dream had me needing to take a shit very badly, so badly that I began to shit my pants as I ran down the hallway to my room. And then, due to defects in my room's wall and door, I couldn't get enough privacy to clean up the mess. Some man I didn't like showed up and started hassling me from the hallway through the defective door and wall, and so I started hurling my feces at him as if I was a monkey in a zoo.
Gretchen left for western Massachusetts late this morning to meet up with her long-time college friends Mary P. and Katie for some sort of overnight thing. Meanwhile I had the house all to myself, because Powerful was still down in Westchester being treated for Clostridioides difficile. Unfortunately, though, I had meetings clogging up the pipes of my day. It's hard to complain about working from home given what the alternative is, but even so, some days are better than others.
I tried to take a bath after work but the water in the tank was tepid and the just-in-time electric water heater wasn't doing its job, so I gave up on that and went to bed, where I slept for a couple hours surrounded by cats and dogs. I woke up at around 8:00pm, took the dogs for a brief walk, and then did some rewarding workplace work: building out the backend for a tool I'd built into my AppStream login system's admin pages designed to update a specific attribute for many records in a DynamoDB database. It felt good to get a good chunk of work behind me, and it didn't bother me at all that I was working well outside of business hours. Then I kicked back with a glass of scotch on the laboratory bean bag and watched archived episodes of the Computer Chronicles (a computer news show that I used to watch in the 1980s and early 1990s on the local PBS station in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley).
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