So the Friday frustration finally faded, but not until Saturday evening (aided by food and wine and soaking in a hot tub in the company of favorite new friends and favorite old friends). In the future, I think I’ll take pains to form no alliances at work, except those that relate to my job. I should have been honest about what had caused the whole thing in the first place (one coworker’s request that I keep an eye on another coworker). I’m staying out of their feud in the future — it has nothing to do with me.
I spent a few hours yesterday and today at work, catching up on things, getting ready for The Great Rearrangement, in which I’ll lose some space to a grad student work area, but I’ll be gaining an office. I need wall decorations! I have: a lot of postcards, near and dear to my heart, collected over the years on travels (I tended to spend more on postcards than I did on food). And I have two IKEA wall-cable things that hang a couple of inches off of the wall with little clips and hooks for hanging things (like or unlike postcards). It’s a start. Apart from that, I’m at a bit of a loss. I definitely need lamps — the light in the soon-to-be-0ffice is depressingly yellow.
I didn’t spend my whole weekend at work, of course! Erica and Lacey came with me on a little visit of my hometown in Southern Colorado. I think they thought I was exaggerating how small it is. They know now. We had a good hike on Saturday, just at the end of my road. We had good Mexican food (though not as good as I remember it) at Dos Rios, and one of the unexpected highlights was catching up with Shane and getting to know his girlfriend, Mira, a little better. With wine. In the hot tub. In one respect, I was sad it was such a rushed trip, but it was nice to get back home with some of the weekend left (even if I did spend a fair amount of it working).
Oh! When I wasn’t working, I managed to finish History of Love by Rachel Krauss, which was a really excellent book. Kind of Holocaust survivor story meets South American magical realism meets contemporary thoughtful teen lit. In the best way possible. It’s beautiful and romantic and a little heart-wrenching and definitely honest. It was filled with little jewels of clever and accurate description. I recommend it.