9/80 Update

For the last several years I get every other Friday off. Over the course of two weeks I work nine days for 80 hours. I love it. I got criticized by a former boss for actually taking the day off. It was like huh??

So this Friday, Heather had to go teach an exercise class so I went to get the oil changed in my car. Afterward i went looking for a geocache in this neighborhood park which made me a little nervous because it said “residents only” and then after I went across the bridge it looked like I would have to walk across the fringes of peoples back yards to reach the cache. So, as we say in the energy industry, I plugged and abandoned that plan. I like geocaching away from people, not in their back yards.

Heather and I went to a yin yoga class at our gym. It was great. The instructor had us fold our bodies in pretzels. At least it felt that way. I have very stiff hamstrings and the instructor had me do the modified pretzel. We did the dragon, the pigeon, the swan, and a few others. I have hit yoga pretty hard this year. I think this was my 18th class this year. I may not be able to do the full bore pretzel pose but I am a lot more flexible. Not that anybody but me can tell. It was the International Day of Yoga today, did you know that. It is also the Summer Solstice. Opportunities for all sorts of pagan worship!!

Everybody got home and we decided to go eat lunch at Torchy’s Tacos. Son Logan is kind of like me. He loves lunch!! I haven’t missed lunch in a long time. If I ever do, worry about me. He had a burrito, Heather had one taco and I had two. I love their brisket taco and I tried their ahi tuna taco. Not bad for raw fish is what I say. I don’t have to worry about people stealing bites of it from me.

Next to Trader Joes where I got very sad news. They are not selling my beloved pumpernickel pretzels any longer. They said they lost their supplier. Sad is what I have to say. I found some Skyhook Wine. Telling young engineers to get a skyhook lined up is a long favored gentle hazing by older people to younger people in the energy business. Along with getting a stripe of paint and other things. All in good fun. We don’t do hazing any longer. Probably for the best. I will say that Trader Joes is not where I go when I want to spend twenty bucks on a bottle of wine. Nope, I’m a two buck chuck guy all the way. Even if it is more than two bucks these days.

That is Heather’s hands picking out tomatoes and Dotson Produce in Bixby. There is a meme in facebook that says “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato” (by Lewis Gizzard) These are not home grown but slice those babies up, put some salt and pepper on them, parmesan if you are feeling fancy, and what you have is pure heaven. I dare you to think an unpleasant thought while eating them.

And that is about it. Pretty exciting huh? Great day off is what I say.

10 thoughts on “9/80 Update

  1. Hootin' Anni

    Okay. I must admit. You’re right about me biting into your fish taco! Had one in San Diego years ago…first bite & I about up-chucked right then & there! Those yoga positions sound a bit like work to me…a swan? I’ll be better shopping for wine & pretzels.

  2. Gaelyn

    I love working a 5/4/9 schedule with a three-day weekend every other week. Why would your boss complain as long as your work is done. Life isn’t about work. Guess I should think about Yoga for flexibility. I don’t really care for overpriced Trader Joes. And I will only eat orgainic homegrown tomatoes that actually smell like a tomato. So I don’t get to eat them often.

  3. Peter B.

    I would say your former boss is not a very good boss. He (she?) should be encouraging you to take your Fridays off! So sorry to hear about your pretzels. I’m not a tomato person, but I do enjoy red wine on a regular basis (the cheap stuff!).

  4. Barb

    My sons would love your “off” schedule! I would definitely steal the fish taco off your plate. I’m buying heirloom local greenhouse tomatoes here – they’re the only ones that actually taste like a tomato until the farm raised ones are in season. Bob and I are tomato people.

  5. islandrambles

    I think you had a wonderful day off, take as many days off as you can, life is short 🙂 I enjoyed your photos so much, very peaceful and pleasant. There is so much bad news lately it is nice just to see some normal living photos 🙂

  6. Amy

    wow I can’t believe you worked that many hours. But yoga is great isn’t it? I haven’t done it in quite some time but need to get back into it.

  7. Driller's Place

    I understand about not being a fan of getting too close to a strangers back yard.
    My dad told me that the maintenance crews (road gangs) on the railroad used to send the rookies back to the shop for a rail-stretcher. I suppose some sort of hazing has happened in every workplace.

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