#WeekendCoffeeShare: travel mug edition


If we were having coffee, I’d… yeah.  Coffee would probably be good, 1:30 in the afternoon be damned.  I’ve kinda got a headache.  Caffeine may well be helpful.

I slept in an empty house last night for the first time in over four and a half years; since the night after the boy was born, I think.  My wife is in Boston on bidness, and because she left so late last night the boy spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  So once I got home after dropping her off, I was alone in the house.  She’ll be back on Wednesday; this will be the first time I’ve been a single parent for more than a few hours at a time since the boy was born.  I’ve left home a bunch of times, but she doesn’t travel often.  I’m not griping– I’m a grown-ass man and I’m perfectly capable of taking care of my son for three whole days while my wife is gone– but it was still weird to be alone in the house last night.  I’ve officially survived the boy’s Spring Break, and have to manage to get him up and off to school on time tomorrow.  Now, that’s usually my job, so it’s not like it’s a new thing, but it’ll be interesting to see how much of a coma he’ll be in when I get him up at “go to school” time and not “Spring Break” time.

I might ask you if you’ve ever had jury duty before.  That’s on the agenda for Tuesday, and who knows how many days after that depending on when the trial is, whether I’m selected, and how long it goes.  I’ve gotten the letter before but I’ve never actually made it into the courtroom.  I’m actually looking forward to the opportunity since I’ve never done it before, but it could have had slightly better timing– in addition to my wife needing to be picked up on Wednesday, we’re having a new washer and dryer delivered, so I’m going to have to do some fancy footwork to schedule everything if I’m going to be in court all day without access to my phone.

Hoping to have some good news on the job front this week too.  I’ve applied for several positions in the last several days that are in the “You have no reason not to call me about this” category, so hopefully at least one or two of them will actually come through.  And that’s not counting the “work for the devil” job that I mentioned earlier this week, which I think I’m going to have to decline for a variety of reasons, some of which are better than others.  Hopefully it won’t turn out to be a mistake.  I’m tired of saying no to jobs; I know I’m not actually being a prima donna about what I do next but I’m starting to feel like one anyway.

But yeah.  More coffee; let’s make this headache go away.  How’re you?

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Luther M. Siler

Teacher, writer of words, and local curmudgeon. Enthusiastically profane. Occasionally hostile.

6 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: travel mug edition

  1. Good luck on the job. I have a travel mug that enemy agents would love to get a hold of. Probably enough germs living on that old cup to wipe out a few platoons of the toughest soldiers. I still take my travel coffee, every place. I’m not sure what a travel mug cleaning schedule is, better check into that. Hang in there till your wife gets back, keep up the blog.

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  2. I did jury service in the UK. It was mostly boring, but also shocking as you could see how much the defence lawyers were muddying the truth and bullying witnesses. I also realised that the jury really is a cross-section of humanity and only two-thirds were actually keen to establish the truth, the others merely wanted the case to finish. The case was dropped as some crucial evidence was considered inadmissible, and yet the defendants were transparently guilty.


  3. I have been called for jury duty just the once. The morning was spent waiting on some last-minute negotiations between plaintiff and defendant. After lunch there was another hour delay and at the end of this we were dismissed. Apparently voir dire has a way of focusing the mind. Such often happens, I understand.


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