Not a thing to do!

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I slept in! This is amazing. I managed to sleep until 06:18am this morning. I haven’t slept in past 05:30am in what feels like months! I feel like I am the only one that appreciates how big of an achievement this is.

Today is the first day of the winter schedules for Winnipeg Transit, which means that, as drivers, our shifts have also changed. I am officially no longer a spare operator and have my own regular work. I managed to sign nice late start times in the morning which will hopefully assist with the return of my social life past 7pm.

Yesterday was an awesome last day of being a spare driver though. I scored a straight shift (same bus for my whole shift) on the 15 Mountain- Sargent bus. It is one of the busiest routes, but that definitely helps to make the day go by faster. It was exceptionally busy yesterday with everyone out shopping. I can only say that there was no lack of stories that came out of those 8 hours, but it was a great shift that flew by.

Before going into work, I had time to meet up with my friend Clif for breakfast. I was running super tight on time. We went to 2 Kelly’s restaurant in Fort Garry Place. They were so accommodating and rushed my breakfast so that I could make it to work on time (I also ordered the fastest easiest breakfast they could make to accommodate rushing). Breakfast was amazing, and it was great to spend it with one of my best friends (who even spoiled me by paying for breakfast). However, running on a full stomach to go catch the bus I was supposed to take over was quite painful, but I made it on time with two minutes to spare.

I’m off today and have NOTHING on my calendar which is really exciting. I’m sure that will change when I get bored of watching old episodes of Gossip Girl in about two hours. Until then, I am going to enjoy my coffee and relax on the couch curled up in my warm blanket. Unfortunately, someone forgot to pick up milk yesterday like they said they were going to. I used all the milk in our house in my first cup of coffee, and now have to wait for the stores to open so I can have more caffeine.

Hope you have as great of a day as the day I have planned!

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Four more epic shopping days left…

1507801_10152572889677817_1583107785695146969_n‘Twas the last four shopping days until Christmas and the rush is on to pick out the perfect gift for the last few people on your list.  However, if you are like me, it is four days until Christmas and the rush is on to start shopping for anyone.  Talk about leaving things until the last minute.

Unfortunately, I have to work today and won’t be able to take part in the mass chaos that is the very last Saturday before Christmas presented by all the shopping malls near you.  I am not even looking forward to being anywhere near a shopping mall today driving as people forget all sense of safely while operating their vehicles and are far too busy rushing from store to store grabbing the few remaining gifts off the shelves.

I have tried several times to start Christmas shopping, but I find it such a challenge to pick out the perfect gift for people who already have far more than what they actually need.  I am guilty of buying gifts all year round when I see something that a friend or family member wants/needs.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the patience to hold on to things until their birthday or Christmas to wait to see their excitement about the perfect present I have found.

So, thus far, all I have accomplished is wasting several hours walking around the malls getting increasingly frustrated with the people that have taken Christmas gift giving way too far.  I am also extremely disappointed with how few people have put up Christmas lights and yard ornaments which hasn’t helped fuel my Christmas joy.  Now I am also guilty for not having lights, but in my defence, there are no plugs on the outside of this old house.  I suppose that should be added to the “honey-do-list” for next summer.

Needless to say, I am going to spend this holiday faking some Christmas spirit and braving the malls on Monday trying to find some sort of gifts for the important people in my life.  This feels like a recipe for an epic holiday disaster.  Please, for the sake of my sanity, leave some stuff on the shelves this weekend for me to pick from on Monday.  Happy Gift Hunting!

Is your name Matt?

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Yesterday was my “Friday” (the last day of work I was scheduled before having a day off – aka the day before Saturday).  I couldn’t have been more ready to have a day off work and was trying to get through my shift without incident.  I wasn’t in a bad mood, but I definitely ready to be finished work for the day and on my way home to my nice warm bed.

For those of you that didn’t know, I drive a transit bus.  I love what I do and find it fascinating to meet different people.  However, the most challenging parts of my job are traffic, construction and dealing with customers.  While some customers are more difficult to deal with than others, there are a lot more amazing passengers that ride the bus every day.

Yesterday evening, as I was nearing the end of my shift, a man came up to me as he was preparing to disembark at the next bus stop.  He asked me “Is your name Matt?”  Now the first thing that went through my mind is How does this guy know who I am?  I glanced in my mirror and realized that I had driven a different bus on which this man had been a passenger.

After briefly chatting with this passenger, it turns out that this passenger had taken time out of his day to call my employer to provide a commendation about me and my friendly attitude towards him on his last bus ride.  It was amazing to be able to thank him in person for taking time out of his day to provide positive feedback about my performance about which my supervisor had already followed up with me about.

I was having a less than stellar day, but having this passenger remember my name and express his gratitude for the service we provide as bus operators certainly improved my mood and made me feel awesome.  I am always fascinated about how life is able to put the right people in the right places at just the right time to make everything seem just a little better.  I am really thankful that this passenger was able to remind me why I love my job.

Running on Empty

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I wish that I were a robot. There I said it! I have been so incredibly tired lately and feeling overwhelmed by the growing list of tasks that I am trying to accomplish. I wish there were a way that I could just plug myself into the wall and recharge my batteries in 10 minutes and get back to accomplishing my list of chores.

Unfortunately, I, like most of you, am burdened with the need for sleep. My current shift at work isn’t very accommodating to this at the moment, but thankfully that ends as of Saturday and my days shouldn’t be 14 hours 5 days a week anymore.

I am struggling to stay motivated lately in life though. I have so many things that I want to do like organizing my photo collection on iPhoto which is comprised of over 6,000 photos and growing as I continue to play with my camera. I am also trying to finish the basement in our house, but have no desire to work on it without help because it is cold and dirty down there. I am trying to organize my contact list which is currently spread out over five different email providers and I have no idea about which phone numbers are current and which no longer work. I could continue to burden you with all the tasks on my long long long list, but I think you get the idea.

As a result of having so many projects on the go, I am consistently disappointing myself in not being able to accomplish any of them because my attention is going in way too many directions. I know I’m not the first person to be overwhelmed by life, nor will I be the last. However, I am struggling to keep my head above the water and roll out of bed to complete anything.

Which brings me back full circle to wishing that I were a robot because, on that note, I think I need a nap!