Friday's are a strange day at work. For some reason I always have far less meetings. Through the week, I have at least six meetings a day, on Monday I had thirteen. However, today I only had three. This should mean that I get lots of real work done on a Friday. Fat chance. You see, Friday has another unusual characteristic. Everything breaks on a Friday. So, rather than get a lot done, today was another day of fire fighting.
I've checked our records, and Fridays contain about 60% of the week's incidents. I don't know why yet, but I have my suspicions. Fridays are a busy day and people try to get their week's work done. This involves a lot of rushing and lest checking than normal. When people then launch their hurried, unchecked problem it all goes to hell in a hand basket.
That's what happened today. And Last Friday. And the Friday before...
The truth is, I love it. I am an operations person through and through. True ops folk love the stress when the shit hits the fan. It's the hero/saviour character flaw that's in us all. My job is to stop fix failures, and make sure they never happen again. I do this. Luckily there's a never ending list of reasons that feeds my Friday buzz. So while I get stroppy to people who launch bad things and damage 'my' website, I guess I actually enjoy it.
Today another colleague who I hadn't seen in a while took a look at me and went "wow"! I'm getting used to the reaction. He offered congratulations and then checked himself as he asked is I was ok. I'm getting that more and more recently. I've asked a few folk if I look ill, but apparently I'm fine.
It's after 7pm on a Friday night. Normally I'd be in the bar at work or on the way to a restaurant. Instead, I am writing my blog and planning a fishing trip for the weekend. This would have felt ridiculous, and a bit sad a few months ago, but it doesn't feel so bad now.
I'm also thinking of heading to a kayak/canoe shop this weekend to see what's available. I might head down to Brighton, do a spot of sea fishing and look in Brighton Canoes. This missus is off paint balling, so I have the day to myself.
I mentioned in yesterday's post that I may go under the 19 stones mark soon. Well it happened this morning - I weight 18st 13lbs. Of course, now I am dressed and had my soup I now weight 19st 7lbs. It'll be a while before it is my real Lighterlife weight.