I didn’t wake up until like 9AM today – didn’t get in to work until around 10:30 or so. Today still being Monday for me, even though I’m technically 26 minutes into Tuesday. The #2 guy in my department quit today. Two weeks ago, the #1 guy from the other big department on the floor quit, and last week his #2 guy quit. It’s kind of weird at work right now and I should probably be catching some Zs so that I can be (relatively) on time for work tomorrow (today): I don’t know what time, but the owner will be making an appearance to (theoretically) talk to us about what’s going on. Our department had a non-top-management meeting to discuss things and air our gripes. I mostly kept my mouth shut (with the exception of a few unavoidable snide comments) and said that I’m really only interested in more money when they asked me what I thought about the situation. The next few days/weeks should be interesting, to say the least.
It’s still the summer as far as I’m concerned, which means leisurely working on summer research projects and enjoying the fact that work isn’t busy as sh*t right now. Things will pick back up in September, and I’d much rather get stressed when things get stressful. A lot of people are pretty stressed out and worried right now, but for whatever reason, I’m not. I kind of feel lazy – that I should be freaking out and doing something to secure my future, but it’s just not happening. Oh well, we’ll see what tomorrow brings.
I spent most of my free evenings last week shopping for a seersucker suit (or a linen suit) for Saturday’s wedding, but returned each night empty-handed. Too bad. I ended up wearing my light khaki suit to the wedding, which worked out fine. I looked relatively sharp and was happy with that. It was a lovely wedding and I had quite a bit of fun.
Sunday morning, Scott made it to my house by 5:45 so that we could be on the road at 6 to meet a group from the forum at 8AM in the Catskills. This was particularly impressive, as Scott and I had both been up until around 1:30 that morning (separately). Scott was partying with Brian and a few chicks and I was reading.
We made it to Woodland Valley Campground on time (which was impressive because my car’s GPS wasn’t working), shuttled over to the Slide Mountain Parking Area, and headed up Slide Mountain (the highest in the Catskills) via the Step Trail. Slide is a pretty popular destination and taking this route up meant we didn’t see anyone else until it intersected with the main trail. I’ve been up Slide a few times, and this was by far the most beautiful route so far. We then went over Cornell and Wittenberg mountains and ended back at Woodland Valley (and were shuttled back to my car at Slide PA). Afterward, several of us went to dinner at a restaurant called Peekamoose on Route 28. I thoroughly enjoyed my $13 hamburger and $8 brownie.
There were about 8 of us in the group and we moved much slower than Scott and I usually do, but it was an extremely pleasurable hike. We bagged lots and lots of views and hung out with some really cool and knowledgeable people. I was pretty psyched to hang out with Heather Rolland and her husband Tom – Heather and I have become buddies via facebook, but haven’t had a chance to hike together yet. Because the pace was so relaxed and good conversation abounded, I hardly even noticed that we were climbing mountains. Sure, I was sweating, but I wasn’t breathing particularly hard, nor was I wicked exhausted when we finished. My legs were a bit tired today, but no big deal – it was a 9 mile hike, after all.
Tack three more mountains onto my grid list and I’m now 81/420 (8 for July). Holy shiznit – I’ve done 81 climbs of the 35 highest mountains in the Catskills! And that doesn’t count the 5 or more mountains I’ve climbed twice in the same month (the grid is each of the 35 peaks in each of the 12 months – 35×12=420).
So yeah: busy weekend. I’ll talk to you more during the week, dear reader; it’s off to catch those Zs for me now.