We know the usual story: You go away for a week, you get back, you find that everything is on fire.
That wasn’t my story, though. My fan belt has been screaming like a banshee first thing in the morning and it has been going from it squealing for a second, to two seconds, to, like, 10 seconds and stopping for a second, then starting again when I back out of the driveway.
So, last Friday, I talked to my supervisor and said “hey, I called the place and they don’t have an appointment available for me on Friday… can I take my day off on Monday and come in on Friday instead?” and she made noises about whether I’d really want to come in, wouldn’t I want to use a vacation day instead? Everything is fine, so on and so forth and I said that, no, it’s fine… I also wanted to check in with my various teammates and projects and see if I couldn’t get started on the process of turning the crown fire into a brush fire again.
And I get to work and… everything is mostly okay? Apparently, the various managers of some of the other teams also took that week off and anything that caught fire was not fanned by management, and so somehow managed to take care of itself. “I thought you were on vacation this week!”, my boss said to me as I sat down in the lab. “So did I!”, I told him.
So I got to work on stuff and get into a nice solid groove and things felt good, everybody went out to lunch, and we get a call at the restaurant and OH MY GOSH IT’S ONE OF OUR OFF-SITE TEAMS EVERYTHING IS ON FIRE and, right there in front of my boss, me and my main man took care of it on speaker phone in the restaurant (can we get a to-go box?), on speaker phone in the car, and then on speaker phone once we got back to the lab.
And off-site said that everything was fine right as the weekend started.
As we were leaving, my boss pointed out that it was fortuitous that I just happened to pick the day that he’d get a call from off-site.
And I am so very tickled about that that I had to share the story.
I figure that it was a better one than the “I sorted laundry today after a week of being back at work and noticed how many more button shirts there are in it compared to last week when there were practically nothing but fuzzy pants and hoodies.”
And as such, this weekend, I will spend it doing laundry with button shirts in it.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Image is “Play” by Clare Briggs. Used with permission of the Briggs estate.)