We’re back from Denver. Amelia Bedelia was up to no good while we were away. She managed to open the freezer, (which fortunately has an auto-shutoff feature.) None of the food survived, of course. When we first entered, she made one of those extra long meows (laced with her disgust at our abandonment.)
Next time, I’ll be taping the freezer and fridge closed before leaving town. I’m sure she’ll think of another way to express her displeasure. She’s so cute. I missed her. Denver barely has winter compared to Sioux Falls. I dropped off the DIY electronics kits for the afterschool kids. It was so fun making them.
I deliberately made several errors with soldering and component placement. They’re learning how to fix shitty workmanship, check against schematics, etc. I made sure they were all differently messed up as well. I’ll be pleased if they merely identify the mistakes, as it’s a lesson in critical thinking. I’ll be over the moon if they repair them, too.
My former coworkers keep me up to speed on how the program is going. The teachers are volunteers from sponsoring companies, but they’re following the curriculum I created, mostly. They’re improving the shit out of it as they go. Heh. I’m so thrilled by their assistance and initiative. (I’m also jealous I don’t live there and miss out on most of it.)
I’m struggling to exhale, now that I’m home. For some reason, I’m still in travel mode. I’m trying not to focus on it much, as I don’t want to psyche myself out. It’s just that it’s uncomfortable, and I know when it turns off I’m going to be exhausted. So I’m probably prolonging it out of fear of being stapled to the floor. Funny how I never consciously recognized how scary it is to be too drained to function before.
When I was on active duty, I could sleep anytime, anywhere. It was something I developed during basic training. I could sleep while standing at attention, (but it wasn’t nearly as restful as laying down.) I took short naps throughout the day during scheduled breaks. I lost the ability after becoming a civilian. I want it back.
I think it kept me from getting so low on energy I couldn’t move. I don’t need such rigid structure anymore, but I miss it sometimes. I have a face-to-face meeting with the client this week, so I’m hoping I can hold out until after that. I need my brain to work well so I can comprehend what’s said, (the first time.) I’d better go read before I talk myself into panicking.