Counting Down The Time

December 31, 2012

In less than two hours it’s going to be the start of the new year, which is to say that the family once again has to dress up and take pictures looking our best.  I’m a bit worried of course that I won’t be able to fit into those fancy dresses again, after the gain over the holidays…  Oh well, we’ll have to see, and I suppose it’s more incentive to hit the gym daily again!

Can’t really say much about my day at work, except it was as reasonable as Monday shifts come.  The streets were a bit empty as well, but that’s to be expected on a holiday like this.

Hmm, which reminds me, have to freshen up, so I’ll just leave the few readers of my journal a Happy New Year.  May your year to come be much fruitful than my own.

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Just A Bit Of A Jump To Go

December 30, 2012

It’s Sunday once again, which meant that it was pretty busy at the office.  The queue was, as expected, a little crowded, but unlike any other week, we only experienced a few non-sequential spikes, rather than a continuous parade of frustration and stress for the entirety of the shift.  With three of us on call, it was manageable, though as usual with these types of occurrences I found myself rushing through the welcome spiels just to blow through the queue as quickly as possible.

In a disappointing turn of events, it looks like I’ll have to come in on New Year’s day after all.  The promised shift for those who came in on the 25th never materialized, but then again it was never really confirmed outside of one of my teammate’s rumor-mongering anyway.  Still, it would have been nice to have had the 1st off, if only to be able to sleep in on the first day of the year.

It was bright and hot as usual after I got out, but the heat was mitigated somewhat by a brisk and cool breeze, which made it okay to just walk to the station.  Besides, there were barely any jeepneys on the road anyway, so it’s a good chance to get some exercise in.

Aside from that, nothing much to share again today.


Counting Days Down

December 29, 2012

Last day off, and I can’t say there’s much to share about what I did today.  As one might expect, I just vegged out for the day, and pretty much did what I did yesterday.  Which is to say, not much.

The only interesting thing that I could share, not surprisingly, didn’t happen to me.  Some time before I woke up for the day, while my father was out on his usual walks, my cousin was starting her usual chores for the day.  When she went up to clean my sister’s room — which is where my father sleeps during weekdays — she was nearly scared out of her skin when our LCD TV opened on its own.  The thing is, I don’t think anyone of us (and I’m the one who usually does those types of things) set up the sleep and awake timer on the thing, which meant that it spontaneously opened on its own.

Needless to say, at least for my father and, later on, my sister and her husband, it became a topic of conversation for the rest of the afternoon.  As for my thoughts on the matter, well, I’ve witnessed my fair share of unexplained occurrences over the years, and personally I’d rather not think about them, or else I’d have trouble sleeping.

And I need the rest, because it’s Sunday shift once more tomorrow.


Friday Sleep-In

December 28, 2012

As the title says, that’s pretty much how I spent my Friday.  Aside from rousing myself for breakfast and lunch (at which I had to entertain an uncle who was visiting), I spent my time today either on bed or in front of my PC.  Did do some reading on the side though, but it’s mostly Hemingway and Chaucer.  I didn’t get any writing done though, which sadly is what I should have been doing, in preparation for my retake of the other half of my comprehensive examination.

As for tomorrow, who knows.  All I know is, because I came in on the 25th, I’m supposed to get the 1st of January off.  Looking forward to that too.


Out Like A Light

December 27, 2012

This was my state once I got home from work.  Honestly it’s not even an issue of exhaustion at all, but all those long nights and going to sleep at odd hours will add a lot of sleep debt, and it’s not too surprising that once I was in the comfortable confines of my bed (which is ironic since my bed is kind of hard most of the time since the mattress is already old) it was all-too easy to give in to slumber.  Which is exactly what happened.

Nothing really to say about my actual day at work, though I’m glad that it didn’t rain once I got off.  City weather’s been erratic, as it seemed like it was bright and sunny as we got out, only for it to turn very dark and very cloudy when I actually left the office building.  Hmm.

Tomorrow’s the last weekend of the year more or less.  Let’s see if I can put it to good use.


Avoiding the Swells

December 26, 2012

Aside from being slightly late coming to work (since I had brought two hundred pesos with me, and since it was too early in the day for likely any jeepney driver to be able to give me proper change, I had to quickly detour to Alphaland’s Chowking to buy something), my shift at work today passed more or less as expected.  Well, except for the fact that there were only two (technically three, but the other person is from the other team) of us on duty today.  It’s a good thing it’s the holidays, or else we’d likely be swamped with calls.  As it is, there weren’t any significant call spikes, but this still meant that the avail times in between calls were too short to be properly comfortable with.

Nothing really notable aside from that, except perhaps the fact that, for a good chunk of the morning and most of the afternoon, it was very cloudy, to the point where I was afraid it would start raining by the time the shift ended.  Indeed, I was quite sure that it was raining somewhere in the city.  Comes to show how strange things have been, when we’re experiencing rains (and heavy ones at that) late into the year again.  At least the evenings are cool for a change.

Aside from that, can’t really say that there’s anything else to share.  Well, I did make a detour to have my hair trimmed, but that’s not really an exciting topic for conversation now, is it?


Surprisingly Lightweight Holiday

December 25, 2012

It’s Christmas Day finally, but for me that means going back to work.  Against the odds, I actually woke up on the dot, which meant that I had enough time to bathe and get dressed without having to rush in a panic.  Given how I ate heavily just a few hours previously, I didn’t have to bother with breakfast, and was out the door as soon as I got everything ready.

I got to work with time to spare, needless to say.  While the workload was obviously heavy, it wasn’t as heavy as the usual Tuesday shift, probably due to the fact that it was still Christmas Eve in the US.  We didn’t quite have a full complement, but it was enough that when the queue got backed up, it didn’t take that long to get rid of the backlog that quickly.

Going home was a strange experience, with the streets more or less empty of people, and many of the usual establishments, even some of the malls, were closed.  Reminded me of the Holy Week actually, but it wasn’t something you’d expect of Christmas Day.  At least the MRT was still running, which made it less awkward going home.

Shockingly the pancit malabon we had didn’t even last to today’s dinner.  I expected it to last at least until tomorrow.  Indeed, it does seem that we were able to consume what was left over from the other evening’s spread.  The only thing that was left was a single grilled bangus, still wrapped in foil.  I suppose that’ll be what we’ll be having for breakfast and lunch tomorrow.

I expect things to go more or less back to normal tomorrow.  At least the malls should be open again, since I need to do some shopping that needs to be done before the end of the year.

Yeah, having money in the bank is sure a strange experience again.