Thursday, February 04, 2010

Move it...

So I've had a rather tough week... just one of those weeks where every day is a struggle to get going and I feel like I'm magnetically drawn to the safety and comfort of my house -- and yet, compelled to stay home or not, I must carry myself to work every day. I managed to get in a couple lame workouts on Monday and Wednesday (well, I'm probably being hard on myself by calling them "lame"... I DID manage to tackle more than three miles both days, but my time was much slower than usual...), but my work out days have been interspersed with "total lack of energy" days. And, as mentioned, the workouts weren't all that energetic, either. It's weird -- some days I can hop right out of bed and tackle my workout with plenty of enthusiasm... and then other days, like Monday and Wednesday this week, I just feel draggy and less-than-energetic and blah. It could also have something to do with the weather, which has been cold and misty and rainy all week... and it's been cold enough to be COLD, but not quite cold enough to freeze. All week, I've been wishing for just the sliiiiightest drop in temperature, because then all this misty, rainy stuff would turn into a nice, hazardous sheet of ice. And when that kind of weather occurs, Austin shuts down and everyone gets to stay home, snuggled until covers with good books...

Ah, well... my one consolation is knowing that Friday is now within my grasp, AND the weekend forecast is FINALLY calling for some sunny weather. I can't wait to sleep in and wake up with sunshine...

For some reason, I've been thinking about my very first job, which was at the public library in Sparta, New Jersey. I was a library page. (Yes, "pages" work at the library. I always thought that was funny... just a page amongst all the pages...) And I actually really enjoyed that job. There wasn't much to it -- my main responsibility was to reshelve all the returned books, and make sure everything was in order. Occasionally, I got to work behind the desk and put that "return by" stamp on the books. Gosh that was fun... (seriously, there's something so satisfying about stamping a date in one of those little empty rectangles... it's like a tiny little bit of library power... you must bring this book back when I say so! Otherwise, be prepared to shell out some serious nickels!!) And on Friday afternoons, I was the sole employee in the children's section -- which meant I not only got to shelve books and use the Library Stamp of Power, but I was the children's section "expert," on hand to answer patron's questions.

What I really loved about that job (aside from the fact that I had an endless supply of reading material when things got slow) was all the physical labor. Okay, "labor" is probably an exaggeration. It's not like it was demanding, exactly... but it WAS a lot of walking back and forth, and reaching and bending and lifting. I actually lost weight after I started the job, no doubt in part because I was moving around so much...

Which brings me back to my PRESENT job, where I spend most of the day at a desk. I'm not really used to sitting for long periods of time, unless I'm in a car or on a plane and it's my only option. Otherwise, I've always liked to get up and move around quite often. In fact, before I got my job, I used to keep my laptop on the kitchen counter, where I would just STAND when I typed or surfed the web... and I was constantly walking from there to the laundry room, or the bedroom, or upstairs, or wherever I needed to go to get something done. It's been such a big adjustment for me to get used to this "sitting" thing. I know some people hate moving around a lot, but I'm just the opposite -- I hate staying STILL for too long...

So hopefully I'll have one of those "hop right out of bed" days tomorrow, so I can get in an hour of moving around before I spend much of the day feeling like a sloth... minus the "hanging upside down in a tree" part... although I wouldn't mind a tree in my office... that would be cool...

I'm obviously tired... I think it's time for bed... :)

3 comments:

G said...

I can understand the sitting part. At my job, I do have a supervisor who understands the medical problems I got, so when I get up to do a two minute walk around the floor, she doesn't have a problem with it.

And I find that overall, standing to work on the computer, is much better than sitting....unless you got a wireless keyboard to play with.

Lisa said...

I do try to get up and walk around every hour or so... although sometimes it ends up being every two hours or so, depending on whether I'm wrapped up in a project.

And I'm glad someone else likes to stand at the computer! People always seem to think I'm strange when I tell them I like to stand at my computer... :)

Jannie Funster said...

Dear woman who has tasted the heady power of library stamping and organizing,

I too once swirled in the realm of library power. I got to paste stickers on spines too, kind if your behiind the scenes page? I too loved the exercise, the level changes in putting books back. The thrill of the dust.

Been schlepping myself through the mornings too. Bring on the ice.

Holiday Monday, whoo-hoo.

But with any luck, you've struck it big in Vegas and will never have to work again.