Countdown to the Shutdown (and other thoughts)

Sometimes things are uncertain in life, like if you are going to go to work next Friday.  Hence the paper chain, Countdown to the Shutdown:

Special shout out to Chris who made this for me!

So far I am not essential.  No one in my office is.   I’m just embracing it right now because there is nothing I can do about it.  Nothing.  Except maybe plan awesome parties.  PPC is in full swing in the Office.  What’s PPC you ask?  Party Planning Committee.  My co-worker and I decided to take over this important role when a 30 year work anniversary was almost forgotten.  Never fear.  There will be a card, treats of some kind (awkward cake!) and fun tomorrow, just in time for the anniversary.  Next week there might be treats every day, co-worker bonding before we don’t see each other for an uncertain amount of time.

Other things I am embracing, coffee.  What is happening to my life? I drank 3 cups of coffee this morning.  3 cups.  I somehow manage to get my boss to make it for me.  He told me, “you keep drinking it and I’ll keep making it.” Awesome.  Caffeine is making my mornings super productive.

Apart from the Office.  My life has been full of saying hello to new friends, saying see you later to roommate and her husband, watching the Twins win (sweet baby Drew) and planning for my summer vacation (WOO!)

Here are some fun activities I have come up with so far (or others have thought of for me):

  • going to the beach (I already have a Friday afternoon beach invitation with ex-co-worker)
  • catching up on the teen paranormal romance genre of books
  • learn a language
  • go on vacation
  • look for a new car
  • take my brother on college visits
  • knit
  • watch Parks and Rec
  • learn new dances (who remembers Soulja Boi drama senior year?)
If anyone has some more ideas for me, let me know I’ll have some down time.

2 thoughts on “Countdown to the Shutdown (and other thoughts)

  1. I like that “take my brother on college visits” activity. Let him know when you’re available because he really needs to start looking. He was lamenting yesterday that he couldn’t visit colleges outside Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin that might interest him. Yup, you’re right, buddy. Not like we can fly you all over the country.

    Haven’t you tried the knitting and language things before?

    I have two more ideas: Return to Faribault and sort through belongings and decide what to keep and/or help repaint your old bedroom.

    Oh, one more: Join your parents and bro on a trip to Wisconsin, or go there yourself.

  2. Glad you are joining the coffee drinking gang. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures. I’m sure that if you make plans for all of your “time off” the shutdown will be averted, or be short lived.

    Good Luck!

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