Good morning, welcome to another edition of #weekendcoffeeshare. It looks like it’s going to be another cold one today. So please come in, hang up your coat and join me with a hot cup of something. I’m having my usual today – coffee with no sugar, no cream with a just a dash of unsweetened almond milk.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you a shortened workweek is worse than a regular workweek because you must get everything done in four days as opposed to five even though you were already having trouble getting things done in five days. Just so happens, this week was health wellness week at work. There were activities (socially distanced, of course) everyday this week. We were encouraged to participate as we would earn points for each event which will go toward a raffle drawing next week.
It’s nice to get a break from the monotony of work but somehow, this week felt like it was the worst week to hold these events. Aside from participating in these events, I had work meetings almost everyday this week and they were all about one thing – debt collection. My boss often tells me and my teammates, “Just a few more months of this and we’re done.”
How many months exactly? Mind you, he said this middle of 2020.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you the best day this week was Thursday. I usually head into the office on Wednesdays but due to a big snowstorm that blew past the night before, I woke up on Wednesday morning to whiteness. The commute is going to be chaotic, I thought, better go in tomorrow instead.
Quite a few people – 5 others to be exact – from my department showed up in the office on Thursday. Maybe he’s feeling guilty of bombarding my email inbox and all the talks of debt collection, my boss – the CFO – decided to treat us to a lunch. It turned into a impromptu small gathering of 6 people. We ate, we talked, we laughed. It reminded me a little bit of what work life was like pre-Covid.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you I spent the week listening to Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I’ve had this audiobook for around 2 years and finally committed to listen. It’s long – 49 hours – and I am now a quarter through. So far, I’m not seeing the appeal of the story and not exactly loving the character of Scarlet O’Hara. She’s coming off like a spoiled person who’s trying to steal somebody’s husband, and let’s not mention when she’s miserable, she likes to make sure to make the people around her miserable too, sort of like my mom is this aspect.
I’ve seen the movie and thought somewhat of the same thing. I thought about quitting the book but if I stop now, I can’t claim I’ve read/listened to Gone with the Wind, can I?
Beside listening to Gone with the Wind, I’ve been spending a little time each night reading aloud Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth Jr. I need to practice my enunciation of English words as I’ve been having trouble speaking lately. It’s probably because since the pandemic, I haven’t had many people to talk to other than the family who only speak Chinese. Mom speaks English but her English is terrible and it makes me wonder how people manage to understand what she’s saying when I can’t.
If we were having coffee, I would thank you for joining me in this edition of #weekendcoffeeshare and hope we’ll both return next week.