Did you ever notice how the week before Christmas work kind of slows down – and then stops completely for the week between Christmas and New Years? It’s not that your deadlines go away but rather, like Superman being exposed to Kryptonite, your will to work just slowly seeps out of you. And this year has been harder on me than normal.
I have a home office, of course, with a desk and a filing cabinet and all that stuff, but it is in the basement and so I generally end up sitting at the kitchen table where I have a nice window to look out. Even if the weather is awful, I love to be able to see what is going on. And normally that works out pretty well, unless my neighbor across the street happens to be out washing her jeep. That doesn’t happen all that often in the winter but I still have a big distraction this year.
For some reason, my wife has decided to stick a ceramic figure of a guy skiing right on the table. And the way she has positioned it, and given the height of my laptop screen, he actually has his face hanging right over my computer. The unfortunate part is that his face has the sappiest, dopiest looking grin that I have ever seen. Do you know how disconcerting it is to start work on a cloudy, rainy day at 8 AM and have some sap with a dorky grin staring you right in the face?
Oh I know what you’re thinking. Why don’t I just turn him the other way or even take him off the table altogether. Yeah, I could do that but there’s no way this creep is going to get the better of me. No sir, I’m not going to be the one to blink. So day after day we stand there and stare at each other; me scowling and him with this slap happy grin. What a moron. Doesn’t he know that his skies are molded together? He’s not going anywhere. Besides they look like a couple of 2X4s. What a jerk. And it’s definitely breaking my concentration. But like I said, I’m not going to be the one to blink. I am, however, looking forward to the end of holiday season.