Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Keeping my nose to the grindstone...

has paid off; I was asked to become "permanent part-time" instead of being a "seasonal" employee the other day.

I'd have never thought working 4 days a week could shoot such a hole in my life (with some 5's thrown in through the holidays)! Dottie and I finally had our first day off together between our schedules since before Christmas this last Sunday!

That said, we got through the holidays, managed to make all the family parties and survived both our birthdays, along with a couple of seasonal bugs and rounds of anti-biotics. The 5 year Delco battery in her Malibu died on schedule, replaced of course, by a Die Hard Gold...we've shoveled as much snow so far this winter as we got all last winter...

Life is pretty much keeping on keeping on!

One nice thing about the holidays being over is I have to take hour lunches now instead of 1/2 hours, so I'm taking books to work to read. I put away a history of Chicago Jazz from 1904-1930, a book that didn't just deal with King Oliver going up the river and Louis following him, but the socio-political-financial stew that made it take hold and grow before it migrated off East to New York as the "social reformers" and gangsters battled it out for control of the city.

That led me into a well written biography of Glenn Miller, because Miller, along with the Dorseys, Benny Goodman and others all played there in the days before Swing became King. I'm 2/3 done with it, and my Amazon list is growing accordingly...

Now it's time to put together some potato/bacon soup for dinner. Sorry I let things here sit for so long before I found my way back...

May the week be kind to each of you!

alan

10 comments:

von Krankipantzen said...

Congrats on the job permanence! And may 2011 be wonderful to you and your family.

CrackerLilo said...

Terrific!!! I was really hoping it was good things keeping you busy; looks like it mostly was. Congratulations on the job becoming permanent!

robin andrea said...

I'm glad you updated the blog, alan, and that is well. Congratulations on the permanent job! Enjoy the books; it's a great way to spend the lunch hour.

chrissie said...

The thing is that working 4 days a week is as near to full time as dammit and so yes, it IS gonna take as large a chunk out of one's life as a normal, 5 day week.

But it has its advantages, not the least of which is income.. :-)

Naukishtae said...

I always enjoy your blog Alan.. be well..
Naukishtae

Green Tea said...

Like me you haven't been posting as much..life is crazy isn't it..I am glad things are going well with you..:)

fineartist said...

The snow shoveling has been my least favorite thing about this winter. This last snow, I didn't shovel my porches off out of protest and because it wasn't finished dumping snow on us according to the weather report, and then I fell off the porch and busted my can. Crap.

I miss you Alan, and I'm glad your job decided to keep you, they would be fools if they didn't.

love you,
lori

Dr. Deb said...

I love the new phrases that get created. Permanent Part Time is a great one. I'm happy for your good news, nonetheless.

Hawaiianmark said...

Please let us know you are Ok

Green Tea said...

Now I am beginning to worry..:(