The Sunday Salon: Back to Square One
Sunday, July 27, 2014
It's back-to-square-one weekend here. That's what I call weekends when I do a lot of purging, resetting, and marking all as read. I wonder if whoever first used the phrase "Back to square one" knew that it was going to be used a lot. Isn't it nice to come up with a phrase that sticks for a long time? I know I've said this story before but I like it so much I keep retelling it. When we started summer hours at work four summers ago, my colleagues and I found it pretty challenging to adjust to. At the time, we were all doing a lot of documentation, reviewing, and tech-writing, and not enough coding, so everyone was burned out well before half a workday was underway. The last half hour was the most challenging. Nobody wanted to start reading a new paper or even attempt to continue something. After a quick meeting during one of those last half hours, a colleague and good friend said she was going to "shuffle papers" and look busy while she waited for the clock to say Go Home o'clock. Since then, we've shuffled a lot of papers whenever we have reached the end of our productivity and shared quite a lot of giggles over it.
Anyways, back to square one. I'm caught up on all my emails in my blog inbox, mostly caught up on my feed reader (just a couple of folders left), and then just two more inboxes left to clean. I seem to do this often. Only a few months ago, right around when Spring was beginning to knock on wintry doors, I did one of these purges. Makes me think that I probably follow too many and subscribe too much for my own good. Right after a purge, I do a great job of keeping track for a few days and then things are the same as ever. I am amazed when people attempt to unplug and even succeed at it, but somehow I can never make it work. Sometimes, I'm not sure I want it to work either.
Next week, I'll be in New Orleans for three days to be at a trade show for booth duty. I've always only been on the other side of such shows or events, as the visitor. It's going to be interesting to be the one doing a lot of talking and advertising. Not. I don't even like to talk a lot. Nor do I like grinning much. I'm looking forward to seeing how I'm going to fare there. It's not going to be all bad though. I've never been to New Orleans before, plus I haven't met many of our customers either. So some of that is going to be fun to explore. I'll be flying out Sunday and back home on Wednesday.
Speaking of flying, what is happening to planes all of a sudden? Definitely freaking me out.
I'm planning to spend my Sunday submerged in graphic books. I have been reading Stephen King's On Writing (an amazing read!) over the last week but while I ponder some of the gems of wisdom that he has imparted, I'd like to drown in some graphic media. I'll probably be starting with Raina Telgemeier's Sisters, which I've been excited to read ever since I loved her Smile and Drama. I'll probably follow it up with The People Inside, which has been on my to read list for a good while now. The Walking Dead books (Vols 17-20) are probably what I'll dig into last, letting the anticipation build up until then.