I Think I Might Be Magic

I think I might be magic. Unfortunately, my magic is limited and I have issues with directing it.

We joke at work about figuring out a way to close early so we can go home. Earlier this summer I mentioned that the AC going out would be a good reason for us to gome home. Not long after that, another branch in the system closed because of AC issues. Last week, I mentioned that maybe all the storms in our area would knock out our power and we could go home. Less than an hour later, another branch in the system closed early due to a power outage. I started joking that I obviously had powers, but I was having trouble directing them to the proper place. I promised my coworkers I would work on channeling the magic to the correct location.

Yesterday I worked the 1-9 shift. While I was at home, I thought about how nice it would be to get a call that I didn’t have to go to work(I really need to retire).  When I arrived at work I told my coworkers that I had worked on channeling my powers in the proper direction while I was at home. Not long after that there was an announcement on Facebook that the library close to my house(in a different system) was closing due to a power outage. It’s obvious that I am causing these outages. I just need to figure out how to use this power to benefit me.

Disclaimer: I really don’t believe I am magic.


Thinking About Snow Days

It’s day 8 of the Month of Tater. The gift that no one wants, but keeps giving anyway.

The heat at work was broken yesterday. They made the decision to close down right when it was time for me to go home. I was rewarded for working in the cold all day with leaving work later than planned and an almost hour commute in the rain and the dark. Yay me.

Today is my late day.  I work 1-9. As I sat at Panera eating my free bagel and reading a book, I tried not to get my hopes up that I might get a bonus day off due to the broken heat, I failed. I thought about how nice snow days are. Waking up to a text that schools and libraries are closed. Drinking coffee while watching the local news coverage of the snow while everyone else sleeps. Watching a movie or playing board games in the afternoon when everyone else is awake.  The overall goodness of having that unexpected day to just push pause and relax. Was it possible that I could get one of those days without snow?

No, it is not possible. I kept checking my phone while cleaning bathrooms to see if there was an update about the heat. I finally got one and it was good news for the branch. The heat is on. We are open to the public and I will be heading to work in a couple of hours. There will be no unexpected day off for me. Good news for the public, disappointing news for a tired, middle-aged man who wanted to relax. I think it’s time for my wife to admit that she makes enough money for me to quit my job and stay home.