1. Leaving the house at 4:45 in the morning is less scary in the spring and summer. Partially it’s due to the longer hours of daylight — it’s grey-ish out instead of pitch dark. But mostly it’s due to the fact that the birds are chirping and singing. It’s hard to be afraid of The Gentlemen or The Silence when there are birds chirping.
2. I finished Allison Weir’s excellent The Wars of the Roses. I am afraid I have only the dimmest grasp on that period of English history, still, but it’s better than it was.
3. The t.v. series Hellcats was cancelled. I am trying to figure out what I want to try to say about this show. It was not free of flaws, yet I feel it was doing something incredibly important on network television. Moreover, every episode had cheerleading routines and musical numbers.
4. Speaking of musical numbers, I saw this post from Dorothy Snarker discussing how freaking hard the Glee kids work, and how now that the season is over they are taking a live show on tour. Jeepers. I concur with Ms. Snarker’s hope that, when this is all over, I hope they can each but whatever the hell they feel like. I hope they are being well compensated for their work.
Here’s the thing about Glee. It’s not really my cup of tea. I love about 50% of each episode and fast-forward through the rest, so I stopped watching it. However. However. I am thrilled to no end that this set of present-day icons for self-pride, self-worth, and self-expression are musical theater geeks.
I love musical theater geeks.
5. Work has … Ugh, I think about trying to explain how and why work has been challenging the last couple of days, and my brain gets tired just thinking about how I would say it. Work has been hard.
There is a thing, though, that happens. It happened yesterday, and this thing is so freaking awesome that it keeps me coming back for more. I was working the high-altitude arrival sector for the GEP5 arrival, sector 11, and the weather was sitting over the field and the SKETR3 arrival had been shut off. After the weather moved just off the field, planes starting coming out, deviating and diverting through the holding, deviating, and diverting inbound aircraft.
For two hours I worked that sector, and it felt like ten minutes. For two hours I completely had the flick. There is nothing that feels as fulfilling, as solidly good, as all-powerful and godlike as really good air traffic control. I got out of the sector, walked to the geek room for my break, and literally stared at nothing for fifteen minutes before I had the brain-power to watch a video.
It’s been a tiring week.
6. That said, today is the last day of my work-week before my Wiscon vacation. I’m off until June 3rd, and I am really looking forward to it.
Though, the number of things I have written down on this piece of paper that says “To-Do Tuesday” is, um, optimistic.