Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

As I sit here and my class works on their review packets for their upcoming tests I find myself with sometime to let my mind wander for a few minutes. After about 30 seconds of my brain trying to kick start itself I remembered that I had a fiancée that I haven’t seen and barely talked to going four days now. Such is the life of a person who has two jobs.

(This is the part where I would insert a picture of me rolling in a pile of cash, but since I have loans to pay……well I think everyone can do that math.)

I immediately had a rush of feelings. Guilt, depression, but ultimately happiness and love. For today I get a break from the doubles and can resume a somewhat normal routine and get to spend time with my better half. Based on her being my first thought I would say that the old credo holds true, Absence does make the heart grow fonder.

On an aside…I know that I am normally good for more than a quick few paragraphs of nonsense, but again if it isn’t clear I am a busy person. Unless I find a respite during the day I’m normally running on reserves by late evening and not firing on all cylinders. I still have words of wisdom and other anecdotes to share just going to be bite sized chunks for now.


So I’m Going to Need Those TPS Reports by the End of the Day

If you need me to do anything for you I will normally  get said task done in a timely manor with zero complaint. However, if you make it a mandate/order you can fuck right off. Since I am not in a branch of the military that does not fly with me. Its called using manors people.

Over my 11 years of service in the pharmacy not a single manager has  ever given me a mandate nor have I been voluntold. It has always been here’s what we need to accomplish, everyone’s getting an assignment, some would volunteer for this that or the other, and the rest would pick from remaining tasks. There have been situations where I was given a specific assignment, but it was always because my skill set played well into that area. Everyone maintained their stations and tasks and asked for or gave help as needed.

When teaching never had an administrator give me a direct command. Always was asked when extra coverage for something. The one time I said no had the principal at the time explained to me they were in a bind and really needed me. Changed my schedule around to accommodate them.

It similarly works in most other life situations. The only time I will willingly accept a direct command is in an actual emergency.

People who walk around in life and expect others to just do their bidding will eventually get a rude awakening. I have been that rude awakening on several occasions. You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar people.

Delayed Gratificaton

Today while eating lunch I treated myself to some chocolate milk as my beverage and was inspired. Even after I have consumed all of the beverage there will be residue of the milk covering my cup on most sides. If I just let it sit for a minute or two it will run down to the bottom and enough will normally collect for one last hit of chocolaty goodness. (I may have a chocolate milk problem, but THERE WILL BE NO JUDGING HERE.)

I used this simple example to express a greater point of the need for delayed gratification. The society in which a chunk of the worlds population lives in expects immediate gratification. Unfortunately, there are many circumstances in which  don’t allow for that with safety, rate of use, and technological ability being at the top of the list.

Let me hit you with a couple more examples.

When teaching, especially younger students, sometimes the drive to get the answer correct is so great that it skews the learning process. There is the occasional student that just looks at something or just needs a basic gist of a concept and just like flicking the light switch to on gets it. Except for when they don’t and then it turns into an epic fight. Sorry kids, not everything will be that easy. As concepts get more abstract or if its designed to make a learning stretch not everything will be easy. You will have to learn to go through the motions.

At the pharmacy the classic example is. “I need this now”. Great, fantastic, its still going to take us 15 minutes because of other patients, safety checks, and filling protocol. There is  no such thing as slapping a label on it and giving it to you even though in the filling process that may be all we are doing. My favorite is the patient who hands us the prescription that is dated from three weeks ago and needs it now because they have a procedure in 30 minutes.

I think mentioning financial instant gratification is worth mentioning. The ability to get a credit card is extremely easy as long as you don’t mind paying a ridiculous APR .( Shop the credit companies people. No sense in getting hosed anymore than necessary.) We are long removed from the “If you don’t have the cash then you can’t get it society”. I have seen people put themselves in finical ruin with credit cards and loans for shit they should not have purchased. I can also give you several examples of how people have established an excellent credit rating with appropriate use of credit cards, myself included.

My ultimate message here is to learn to take that extra minute. Sometimes the reward is a little extra sweet.

Keeping the Throttle Pinned

By my personal definition the week starts on a Sunday. Since Sunday between my two jobs and other life obligations I have kept my throttle pinned to floor. Basically what I have done is forgone an adequate amount of sleep to accomplish everything I needed to in a day.

Sunday: Mid-shift

Monday: Double

Tuesday: Double

Wednesday: Regular shift

Thursday: Shift & ½

Friday: Shift & ½

Saturday: Off

So based on the regularly scheduled job and a need for extra help from another you can see I’ve dam near lost my mind working. Now add in the other adult things I have to do on a daily basis and you’ll be wondering why I haven’t been committed a homicide or at least been committed.

At the minimum I have a 55 hour work week so I have endurance built up, but half way through the Wednesday I started feeling it. Today I’m struggling which is why I’m working on getting tomorrow changed so I don’t crash and burn.

As the old saying goes, “you have to make hey while the sun is shining”. However, not at the risk of burning down the hay barn either. Even high performance sports cars have to ease off the throttle for a little bit.

On a happy note the latest Star Wars trailer is out!