Friday, August 22, 2008


To answer Sharon's question: I work for the Merrill Corporation, doing project management assistant stuff. Lots of computer work, plus other things. I try not to talk about it too much, because some of what I do involves sensitive or confidential information, so I figure the less I talk about it, the better.

That said... It's list time!

The Best Things About Working 3rd Shift (discovered in less than one week):

1. Trader Joe's Irish Breakfast Tea with a packet of Sugar in the Raw and a splash of milk. Best way to get my morning started (at 11:00 p.m.)

2. Dress code = Casual Friday EVERYDAY!

3. Peace and quiet

4. Quirky co-workers--my guess is that you've got to be a little bit weird to enjoy working in the middle of the night

5. Leaving work a bit after dawn, cranking Flogging Molly on my car stereo, and singing loudly as I drive the opposite direction from all the people just now heading into their jobs, and thinking, this is bliss.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


There's a bit of a change going on in my personal life right now: I'm switching from my first-shift, normal working day to a third-shift schedule (same job, but the different shift will supposedly get me hired on permanently faster). I worked my last day of first shift today, and I've got until Tuesday night to find a way to adjust my sleep patterns and whatnot to working from 11 p.m. until 7:30 a.m.

Right now, my plan is this: every night I'll go to bed three hours later, and sleep as long as I like (but not after about 4 p.m. any afternoon). That will put me in a place where, by Monday morning, I'll be going to bed at 9 a.m. Tonight, I'm going to bed at 3 a.m. Hence, I've got about three more hours to kill. My poor spelling and typing abilities at this moment tell me that it's going to be a LONG three hours.

Sadly, I have no stories to tell for these three hours. I was (still am) considering distracting myself with a lengthy fishing session in World of Warcraft. Fishing in the game is boring, but I want to maximize my character's skill, and it takes an enormous time requirement, and not too much in the way of thinking. Perfect for staying up til the wee hours of the morning.

I'll report back if I start getting the sleep crazies (seeing stuff, etc.). Hope the rest of you have a good night.

Monday, August 11, 2008


This past Saturday, I got a chance to do something that I've wanted to do for years and have never done: I got to see Flogging Molly at an outdoor concert at the Irish Fair in St. Paul.

I have a special place in my heart for Flogging Molly. They were the first band that I found on my own, without the assistance of a) hearing their music on the radio a billion times; or b) someone telling me, "hey, you ought to be listening to this." I fell in love with them almost immediately after hearing them online, and it was their heartfelt, loud, sometimes angry or mournful, but eminently hopeful music that helped to pull me through my first awful year of college.

Anyway--awesome. Outdoor concerts are officially my favorite ever way to hear music. It was a gorgeous evening, cool and clear. I was with a few friends, and we ended up WAYYYYYY in the back (my only regret--we couldn't see much of the band). Two favorite moments: Dave King saying that the sight of a young woman waving an Irish flag underneath a big oak tree way in the back was "the loveliest thing I've ever seen," (At least I think that's close to what he said--memory's a little foggy after two days); and the crowd joining in singing "What's Left of the Flag". Okay... third moment: this was the first time I heard "Whistles the Wind", and the lyrics Oh it breaks my heart to see you this way / the beauty of life, where's it gone? / Oh somebody told me you were doing okay / but somehow I guess they were wrong.

Yeah, I'm totally in love.