Monday, August 25, 2014

Good Late Monday Morning (Early Afternoon)

Good Monday Morning...

Good Late Monday Morning, that is.

Well now... good early Monday afternoon. 

I have a Friday Freestyles post (half written) to put up. But we will just leave it.

Detail... DONE. Yes! My detail is over. That's what my old group boss implied when she gave me the hard stare and said "You done over there?"

"That's up to you," I said.  "You have to go negotiate me out of there."

This ellicited the hard eye roll. So yes. I guess I am done. And I rather be done. If I have to smell anymore of this strong, I'm gonna scream.

It was an interesting experience. It was a "recon" mission of sorts. I just wanted to see what they were doing over there. And it was interesting. I will probably apply for the upcoming job announcement. It will be a promotion for me. But it is one of those things that if it doesn't work out, then oh well.

What I find interesting is that this is basically a white group. First of all, I work in a predominately black laboratory. I would go so far as to say that it is at least 70% black. And so there is this group of white folks, only 4 or 5, and folks look at them as sort of elitist. I must admit that it is unnerving to speak to a couple of people in that group and they return your greeting. Personally, I like to deal with the least amount of people as possible at work. (I am only interested in folks I'm supposed to be dealing with. I am bougie like that).

So I noticed during these past few weeks in the group that I get the question of "Are they racist?"

I would think not. Sometime folks don't want to be bothered. But we are in the south... and that is our first inclination.  But we have to ask ourselves, is it the truth?

And one thing I am learning is that truth and what we perceive to be true can sometimes differ... and often it does. 

So I have gotten a lot of questions of "How did they treat you?"

And my answer is that "I have been treated nicely."

And that has been my answer in meetings.

Now that is not to say, I have stayed away from a couple of folk. I only talked to them if I had a question. None of that small talk. And they sometimes go out to lunch together. You don't have to worry about me tagging along.

But I did take the technician for the group out for lunch. She's black, and I asked her how she felt about being in the group and how she felt in general. And that was a really positive conversation and experience. She's an older lady, and I am always glad to glean some wisdom. And I felt open to share my thoughts in general about the whole experience.

I RARELY go out to lunch. As a matter of fact, I've gone to lunch with folks from work MAYBE 3 times this year. I just can't deal with the bitch and moan fests. I don't want to gossip about people. I don't want to sow seeds of murmuring and complaining.   No way. That got old real quick.

So overall, it was a good experience. I learned a lot. I have a little something extra to throw on my curriculum vitae. And that's a good thing!

My Weekend. It was quiet. I like quiet.  I ran some errands. I did some grocery shopping. I cleaned up. And right now, I am very interested in cleaning up the laundry room, because my dryer died. So I need to clean up before they come out to deal with it. Seems like a blown fuse.

And I am itching to buy some new laundry room gear. Just itching. My washer and dryer were dirt cheap. I'm surprised they lasted this long.

But alas, that is not financially sound. I can afford it, but it is not the right thing to do.  Hopefully it is a mild fix. I think it is a blown fuse.

So I have a Celie Color Purple problem now. I am drying my clothes on a dryer rack.

Well, not quite a Celie problem. I am not trucking laundry out into the backyard and hanging them on a clothesline. So this makes it a HIGH CLASS PROBLEM. 

I only wash two, maybe three loads of clothes a week. And I hang all my pants to dry anyway. So this is not a big deal.

There was much discussion between myself and LadyTee concerning this "ordeal".

"Gal," she said, "set that rack out in the garage. Clothes'll dry in no time.Won't even take an hour."

She may be right. It was in the 90s in my beloved ATL this weekend. 

I'll test that theory out this week sometime.

But my towels are not the softest. You can see here that they look a bit rough...

Look at them, all wrinkly. I don't like that. I like soft towels.


So I guess I will give my home warranty folks a call. I hope they can come out on a Saturday. I don't want to take off from work or nothing like that. That will inconvenience me... with my high class self.

Oh well... I will put that on my "to do" list.

Song of the Week. First of all, I've been testing out a Sirius XM subscription. I really like it. It is $14.99 a month, and if I find I am listening to it enough, I will keep it up.  I like black talk radio shows, so I have found a couple of daily shows I like. I also have been looking for a good praise and gospel station sans commercials and they have a couple of good ones I like on here.

I really like this song. "Great God" by Dietrick Haddon and LXW

I'm not a big gospel music listener, but it is good that I like some 80% of the music that is played on that station. I like music discovery, so if I hear something I like in general no matter the genre, I will go look up the whole CD or artist on my Spotify. That way I can have a better library of what I like.

So that's it for me.

August is coming to an end. Fall will be amongst us in no time.

So let's end the summer right... on purpose.


Slap the *crickets* out the way, kindly step up to the mike, and SAY something!!