It’s amazing how one can waver between a couple choices, and follow both choices out quite a distance from that “catalyst point” very quickly before making a decision. And how other stuff can come into play as a result of that decision that you’d not intended to have be a part of things.
I do not like “doing business” on the phone–I don’t like setting up cable/electric/water/other utilities service, I don’t like having to deal with the credit card company or my bank on the phone…shoot, I don’t even like ordering a pizza on the phone, and would be perfectly happy to go from talk of a pizza to having a bowl of cereal if it meant not having to call the pizza place myself. (Dealing with stuff in-person or online or via text-messaging, however, I’m perfectly fine.) That said, so far the few times that I have had to deal with my bank on the phone (usually involving lost/expired ATM cards or arranging for a debit card), they’ve been just about the best for me to deal with, not putting me through a bunch of hoops and automated systems ‘n crap like that. (a couple menus to filter me to the live person who’ll be most helpful upon picking up the line, but that’s ’bout it).
I’ve realized that the Aliens franchise is one of my favorites, particularly when it comes to the books and comics. To me, the concept actually works best in the books and comics….the movies are almost too “limited” in what can be done/shown and the level of story that can be told.
I’ve been watching The Office in the mornings this past week, before going to work myself. Due to how cold it’s been, anything I’d usually take with me for breakfast-on-the-go would be cold by the time I finish scraping off the windows and get movin’ and such. So I’ve been getting up about a half hour earlier, which allows me time to eat a quick breakfast BEFORE leaving. And since my roommate’s gone before me, I can put the tv on (without worrying about waking anyone). Since there’s not time to watch a full 1-hour show (42ish minutes after commercials have been zipped through) I need something shorter…and The Office is the perfect length, being a 1/2-hour show (about 22 minutes when commercials have been factored out). Plus, I work in an office, so the show is QUITE fitting.
I’m at my parents’ house right now…the cat has finally decided the food I put down for her is “good enough.” I refilled one of her waterbowls, and she sat and meowed til I refilled her OTHER bowl, which she was happy to drink out of. While I was on the phone with the bank (see above), she came into the room and started yowling at the top o’ her lungs at me. I pick her up, she wants down. I don’t pick her up, she meows and yowls and cries. She has also prompted me to say stuff I usually would not expect to hear myself saying. Like after picking her up and her paws feeling damp, stating “your paws had better NOT be wet from walking through pee.”
…and with two phone calls with about 6 minutes, I have plans for next weekend, and the weekend of February 20th.
It’d be nice to be able to put in for a Monday off work…but given what they have me doing lately, I doubt they’d let me off for a Monday. Perhaps a Friday, though. Will have to wait ‘n see.