Tuesday marked my one year anniversary back to work for Pal-Tech and today marks the two year anniversary of Buddy’s passing. The last year flew by quickly.
Between work and the various clown/balloon events, I am not home nearly as much as I used to be. When I am home, I am usually tired and not really in the mood to clean up my many messes. When Buddy was alive, I wasn’t the neatest person, but I took care to keep anything that I didn’t want him getting into picked up, but since I no longer need to worry about that, it seems way to easy to toss the newspaper, a bag, or other item on the floor with plans to put it away later. The problem is that later doesn’t come until it has many neighboring items on the floor.
Buddy may be gone, but there are many signs that remain. I still have Buddy’s picture on my desk at work and on my cell phone. The other day, I found one of his chew treats under the couch in the living room. There are other items in various places around the house.
I first joined Pal-Tech in 2003 and stayed for a little less than four years. I returned to my former employer and even my old desk on May 17, 2010. During my initial time with Pal-Tech, it was a close knit team and very stable with few people leaving. When I returned, most of the people I had worked with were still there. In many ways, it was as if the previous two years didn’t exist and I was just picking up where I left off.
What time is lunch time? When going out for lunch, either to the cafeteria or out to a restaurant/fast food place, timing is everything. Arrive too early, the staff and food aren’t ready. Go right at noon and get caught in the crowds. Arrive too late and the best foods are gone.
Many years ago, I would go out to lunch with friends and usually we would leave the office right around 11:55. We discovered that by leaving before noon, we beat the lunch rush and spent less time waiting in line and could spend more time eating. At another job, 11:35 was the perfect time for lunch. The cafeteria staff took their lunch at 11:00 and were usually all back to work by the time we arrived.
At my current job, parking is limited. I get to work by 7:15, so I have plenty of parking spaces available, but some of my co-workers who arrive after 9:00 are forced to look for parking in the overflow lot. When I leave for lunch, I usually check the parking lot to see how many open spaces are available and how many cars are illegally parked. I normally leave between 11:20 and 11:30 which means I will be getting back just before noon. Normally, when I get back from lunch, there are a few parking spaces open from the people who left before noon, but getting back from lunch a few minutes later would mean more parking options. Unfortunately, it requires me to leave a little later and face longer lines.
There are two places in walking distance that don’t require me to get in the car and risk loosing my parking space. I have consdered bringing a kick scooter in my trunk that I could use to go a little further without adding the extra time of walking, but I am not sure about that plan just yet.
Once again, the Moe’s Southwest Grill locations in Northern Virginia will be supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by offering a FREE Burrito with the purchase of a drink on Friday, April 29th from 5:00-9:00pm.
Last year, I was contacted by a local resident about doing balloons at Moe’s during the event for JDRF. That night, I did balloons with a friend at the South Riding location while two other friends did balloons at the Westfield’s/Chantilly location. They liked it so much that this year they asked if I could help recruit friends for all of the Northern Virginia locations. Once again, I will be at the South Riding location, and my friends will be working the other locations.
So, if you are hungry for dinner on Friday, April 29th, stop by your local Moe’s location and enjoy a burrito and know that you are supporting JDRF.
OK, how many times have you heard a photographer say, “Smile and say, ‘Cheese’!”? I like to take pictures, but find that when I take a spontaneous, unposed picture of people, they often look better than the posed pictures. I don’t know how it happened, but I think that the attempt to get people to smile actually makes them look worse. Just look around the internet at pictures of kids and they seem to thing that smiling means showing as much of their teeth as possible.
I made a trip to the Maryland Renaissance Festival (http://www.rennfest.com/) on Saturday. This was probably my fourth or fifth time going. Earlier in the year, I tried to set aside some time to go to the Virginia Renaissance Festival, but never made it. This was opening weekend, and I figured that if I waited until later in the season, things would come up and I would miss going this year. So, I took advantage of my free weekend and went.
A friend put a status update on facebook saying that for one week he would change his last name on facebook to the last name of the first person to like his status update. I know that it is all in fun, but I think a name isn’t something to just give away or change so casually.