Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy New Year, or Thank God That's Over

It's a new year! I have plans and a vision and this year is going to be awesome!

Okay, I know that this is just the kind of annoying New Year talk that lasts about a week -- a month if you're really lucky -- and then is thrown aside and turns into the regular old midwinter blahs. Been there done that. But this year might be a teensy bit different in that over the years I've learned to tailor my plans and vision to something sustainable. And this year I'm hanging on to my goal with every fiber of my being.

Yes, this year I have plans and a vision of not crashing into the lab with a golf cart and breaking the front of the building. At this point, anything that does not involve doing that again would qualify as awesome.

Oh, it's a tired old saw, I know. You try to take the golf cart down to the parking lot to collect your co-worker who has blown out her knee so she doesn't have to walk all the way to the building, but it's really cold and the golf cart is acting weird and doesn't want to go and then it goes all of a sudden and you go to stop it but your foot hits the wrong pedal but you don't know it and you can't figure out why you're not stopping and so you floor it and then you run straight into the front of the building and the tires are still spinning because you still can't figure out why you haven't stopped and Oh God, the facility manager is crazy about his golf cart and what have you done to it so you get out and check and it is perfect -- pristine -- and then you turn and look at the building and the wall of windows in front of you is now about four inches east of where it was when you started. And the door to the building is twisted and won't close. Oh, and about a dozen guys from facilities management had just gotten there to run some tests on the generator and fans and they're all standing there looking at you. So you smile and wave. I mean, why not? Then you run to the bathroom and cry. Sorry, co-worker, you have to walk up on crutches after all.

So that was my last Wednesday. How was yours?

Yes, my goals this year are simple. No repeat of that, and I'm a happy girl. When, exactly, did it come to this?

By the way, the building is fixed now. The fixing was a little ridiculous itself -- some guys came and kicked it back into place. Yes, Missouri tax dollars build only the best. Oh, and for those of you concerned -- since I do work in a biocontainment facility -- this was just the front of the lobby area that broke. Beyond that room is where the steel and concrete begins. So, yay for that. But still. ::facepalm::

Actually, I do have a couple more goals for this year, but they're not nearly as interesting.
  1. Get stronger -- Physically, I mean. And I'm not quantifying "stronger". Just stronger than I am right now will be fine. I'll work on it and do the best I can. Just stronger.
  2. Be selfish -- Okay, some of you are totally rolling your eyes right now and thinking, "Oh, yeah, Sus, that is just what you need to do, sweetie." Let my qualify -- this is about handwork, people. Last year was a lot about making things for other people. Which is fine! I like making things for other people! I do! But this year, I'm making stuff for us. I have a queue a mile long of things Gator and/or I would like to have -- or need, really -- that I have the materials and the means to make, but I don't have the time because I've always got deadline handwork. Not so much this year. I've got two things to finish up in the next couple of weeks and then it's all us for awhile. The world will keep turning and everything.

So, that's it. My hopes for 2011. They get more humble every year. Funny, I get happier every year. Related? Gee, you think? ;)

Love and blessings to you all in the new year! Hugs all around!!


YarnThrower said...

Okay, so I laughed out loud about the whole golf cart thing (sorry!), though that is an awesome goal to not repeat that, totally! I'm looking forward to seeing the items you are making for yourselves! You always have such fun projects...

YarnThrower said...

PS - Have a great 2011, not running into buildings with golf carts and all... You're going to achieve your goals! I just know it!

Becky G said...

I'm sorry but I laughed, too! Good luck in 2011 not repeating that incident.

From what I've read , and people I've talked to, 2010 was a rough year all around. Here's to a better year.

Anonymous said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I am very sorry to say but....I just laughed my butt off!!!!! :o) Only my auntie!!! Love You Susan ~ and by the way, that is totally something I would do!!!!!

Sus said...

Oh guys, don't apologize -- it's okay to laugh! :)

Joyce said...

I wanted to but I can't laugh...I am recovering from dental surgery. Enjoyed the post though. Happy New Year and thank you for your lovely comments.

jmk said...




I don't think I could have gone back there. :-)

I expect you'll never go near another golf cart, so your first resolution is safe. But I bet it won't be long before you see a pattern that would be just perfect for So-'n-So and they have to have it and you can't wait to make it and give it to them and see how much they love it! ;-)