Have you ever had one of those days? You know the kind I mean—a day when you feel like you’re forgetting something. Wednesday was like that for me. You see, the first full week back to work after a long weekend (Martin Luther King Day) seems to stretch out like a desert road whose end you can’t see. It always hits me on Wednesday. The previous week the third day of work was the day before Friday (and I mean “Friday” metaphorically, as the last work day of the week). The first full week you’ve been at it three days and on Wednesdays I realize, “I’ve got two more days to go.” So, although it was sunny around here, I sulked all day feeling like I’d forgotten something. I had.
I post on this blog every day. I have for many years. The way this works on WordPress is you get your post ready and you’re given an option to publish. I get my post ready before going to work (which in my case means going upstairs to my office). I delude myself into thinking I have regular readers and that they will be looking for the post at its usual time—around 6:30 (I start work early). Wednesday I finished my post even earlier than usual and I thought, “I’d better not publish now, or my readers won’t see it.” I trudged upstairs, however, and began to work. Once work starts, all bets are off. Even with the sun warming my chilly bones, I had a nagging feeling I was forgetting something. I’d forgotten to click “publish.” My post, which had been waiting patiently for publication (I know how that feels!) never got launched. I didn’t discover this until Thursday.
You see, we’re not supposed to use social media at work. Although I work remotely, unlike Republicans I play by established rules. So I went through my day feeling I’d forgotten something, but not knowing what. It’s not that I forgot you, my dear readers, I just forgot to click “publish” before heading up to work. At the end of work, after staring at a computer screen all day long, I tend not to go online. Most days I read a book, or get supper ready. So I awoke on Thursday to find Wednesday’s post, well, unposted. Some of us aren’t constitutionally compatible with the nine-to-five schedule. My mind goes lots of places during the day. Often those places are reminding me how many more days I have to do this before a break comes. And some weeks, it seems, it never does. If I recall correctly.