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  • Writer's pictureElijah Ricks

Highs and Lows

This week was a collection of highs and lows. One wonderful highlight was the lower temperature throughout the week. Rather than suffering through the low 100s, we had a lot of rain which brought us down into the 80s for a few days. It was glorious.

A fantastic high of the week was just last night. The little smile machine drifted peacefully off to sleep around 10:45 p.m. and did not wake up until around 7:00 a.m. He might have gone even longer, but Kira was in need of some relief so got him nursing. We are now officially going to keep him in the family.

The low of my week was easily Friday. My employer has transitioned to new Human Resources software, and apparently that means a whole lot of problems for me. The first month they forgot to pay me, and then it took them 3 days to get me my money. One would think that the first time would be enough motivation to solve the problem, but then it happened again for this month. I was told that I could pick up a check  at 3:30 on Friday. Mind you, by that time Kira has been home with 3 loud and needy children for several hours so that I can try to get my dissertation off the ground. I show up right at the designated time, and the office person tells me that it won’t actually be there until 4:00. I sit, wait, and grumble. I can’t get any work done because I’m in a waiting area without a computer, and my children are probably eating each other alive at home. But all I can do is wait.

Finally, at around 4:10, the checks arrive, and I patiently wait for my name to be called. The woman tells me that someone is coming to speak with me. That strikes me as odd, but I wait for her to come and bring me to her office. She explains that they “forgot” to print my check and so it’s going to be another 20 minutes…

If that wasn’t enough, when I finally got my check, I needed to stop by the store for diapers for Smiley McGee over here, because he blows through them like nobody’s business. Of course, it’s rush hour by then, and it has been raining all day. El Pasoans get very weird about driving through rain. In sum, it took me about 30 minutes to make the normally 12 minute trip.

Finally home and defeated, Carver unleashed on me with his foam sword, and I bore it all with resignation.

Maybe Hakan sensed the trouble, and decided to fix his sleeping schedule to keep me from tipping over the edge. In any case, he sure is a charmer, and seems much cuter after some good, solid sleep.


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