I don't like Mondays but I hate Tuesdays even more

Trip Start May 27, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2011

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Tuesdays are a drag, every week is a rollercoaster, dipping at Tuesday, peaking at Friday.  I know I've written about this before, but when you have so much time on your hands, you think a lot.  Such is my case.  

It goes like this:

Monday - you snooze a couple of times when the alarm goes off.  You don't want to go to work but think "buggar it, let's get this week started," so you get up and get going.  You get to work, have a chat about everyone's weekends, make a cup of tea, and then get down to business.  If you're lucky, the day goes quickly.  And at the end you say to yourself "see, it wasn't all that bad."

Tuesday - you snooze a couple more times than you did on Monday, somehow always feeling more tired than you did yesterday.  You get up, with a big frown on your face.  Thinking that life sucks, you check your email on the iphone and hope for an email telling you that your office had been bombed so you don't have to attend work (but would still obviously get paid).  When the email telling you not to come to work fails to appear in your inbox, you get up and get ready, and trudge in to work.  Tuesday is the worst for me.  It's a real nothing day.  Nat calls it "Trash Tuesday".  Whether you've had a big weekend or not, you always feel like rubbish on Tuesday and want to stay in bed.  I personally get really down on Tuesdays, thinking that I could be feeling this miserable at home and then I start wondering what I'm even doing here in the first place.  But then it reaches 5:15pm and I can smell Wednesday on the horizon and my frown starts to turn upside down. 

Wednesday - After Tuesday suddenly disappears and you've put away the knives for another week, Wednesday pops up out of nowhere and you find yourself saying "wow, it's midweek already" and doing an emotional fist pump.  You feel refreshed and in better spirits than you did yesterday.  You almost actually want to go to work and because of this, it's not too hard to get out of bed. 

Thursday - This is my favourite day.  No one understands why it's my favourite day, but my reason is that it means it's Friday tomorrow.  And that makes me happy.  It means that you've gotten through 60% of the week (80% by the time you finish work).  It also means, if it's a casual clothes day at work on Friday, that the "official" week is over.  It's like a four-day week, even though you still have to work the next day.  

Friday - Oooooh yeah WOO HOO!  You spring out of bed, excited that it's the last working day of the week.  You whisper a "suck shit" under your breath, directed at the people who have to get up on Saturday to go to work.  You get ready, put on your jeans (on a casual day) and head off, ready to face the day and get this week over with.  You get to work and realise that even though you're in casual clothes there's still work to be done.  So you knuckle down, and work through lunch if you have to.  By 5:30 you're absolutely parched and hanging for a drink, so you rush home, praying all the way that there are no train delays or disruptions, burst through the front door of your home (or the pub) and reach for the first liquid you can get your hands on.  And that's when you sit back and think "yep, I made it.  You little bloody ripper."

And then there's Saturday.  You wake up with a start at 6:50am thinking "ohhhh no my alarm hasn't gone off", but then quickly realise it's the weekend.  WOO HOO! 

On Sunday you're thinking WOO HOO again because it's still the weekend.  But sadly, Sundays are sometimes on a par with Tuesday.  You spend most of the day doing the things you want to do.  But you also spend part of the day getting ready for the week ahead, which is a depressing reminder that you're about to board the un-fun rollercoaster for another ride.  

So in all of this, it appears that there's only really one day that we're totally happy - Saturday.  I think the important thing to note is that as long as you have things to do that break up the monotony of Monday to Friday, you should be right.  Moreover, if you have things to look forward to at the weekend then that makes it even more tolerable.  It would be sad to think that we would wish away 70% of our working lives.  But if the balance comes on the weekends where you can make up for it with the remaining 30%, then you're on the right track.  Bring on the weekend I say!

Tube observation:  There never seem to be any school kids on the train.  Unlike Melbourne where you would battle your way through swarms of school kids with their Justin Beiber haircuts and motioning for them to move their oversized schoolbags, London doesn't seem to have any of this breed on the trains.  Perhaps it's just a peak hour thing and because I get an 8.45am train to work, and a 5.45pm train home, the kids are either already at school having been driven by parents or nannies, or they're back in their estates in the afternoon sniffing paint and shagging each other.  It makes for a reasonably pleasant commute without them though.  So there's no complaints from me!

After work had sucked every last drop of inspiration out of me, it was time to visit the home of icy cider this weekend.  I hadn't made the trip to Birmingham in some weeks, so it was good to get all cosy with the brummies on the Virgin train and make the mission up to see Philo.  We booked the tickets last week.  Old mate asked whether I wanted a window seat or an aisle seat.  I said it didn't matter because it was going to be dark when I was travelling anyway and that even if it were a daytime train the view of Birmingham wouldn't make a window seat worthwhile.  I was, however, allocated a backward-facing seat which made me feel a bit ill with the speeds those trains get to.  Halfway through the journey I felt the urge to visit the toilet, but remembered the last time I was on that train and was walked in on by a stranger because I'd forgotten to lock the door.  And so I decided to cross my legs and wait until I got off the train and to a toilet where I could turn the handle to lock the door - more natural than pressing a button.  That idea might be flawed though, because a couple of weeks ago when I was at the doctors I had inadvertently left the toilet door unlocked and flashed an unsuspecting girl who thought she had hit the jackpot when she found an available cubicle.  What is it with me and leaving the toilet door unlocked, button, handle, whatever!  You'd think I'd learn.  

Friday night we went straight to the Lord Clifden and had our icy ciders.  Mmmmmmm.  These little black ducks don't muck around when it comes to icy cider - I even got changed at work before my train so that I didn't have to waste time at the other end changing.  Warhol, Banksy and Marilyn Monroe greeted us at the pub, and I met Phil's mate Dan and his girlfriend Lisa.  The icy ciders were too yum and we lost count of how many we had.  We estimate that we had about 7 or 8 pints.  It was little wonder then that we had no recollection of the dancing poses that appeared on my camera on Saturday morning.  It was also little wonder that when Phil drove us out to the country to a cider house the next day and stopped to check the directions on the sat nav, I had to lean out the door to have a chuck.  I felt much better by the time the car stopped and I'd had a steak and ale pie when we finally reached the cider house.  

The rest of the weekend was fairly quiet which was good.  The weather doesn't really permit getting out and about and doing much.  We did go to the carvery for lunch and had a big roast.  The Yorkshire puddings were huge, the meat was great, and the unlimited servings of veg were pretty good too.  It's funny at places like that where you can serve yourself, seeing the sizes of peoples' plates and wondering how they could possibly fit all that food in their bellies.  It's like they have never eaten before.  I must admit I put a fair bit on my plate, but I couldn't finish it.  So then it gets you thinking about how wasteful it is to be so gluttonous when there are starving people in the world.  

I got the train back to London and found myself crossing the street a couple of times to avoid a drunk old man who was staggering along and singing to himself.  I started to get a bit nervous, as I do in London because it's often very dark when I'm walking home (and I'm paranoid!), and when I'd lost sight of the old man I stopped behind a tree and stopped the wheels of my case making noise along the path.  Once my eyes had adjusted I realised that old mate was in a bush a couple of doors down from my place having a wee.  So I took the opportunity and ran across the road and bolted through the front door.  The old dude was still weeing at that point, and I don't think he even noticed me!  I suppose the main thing was that I'd noticed him and could avoid him.

I'm excited this week because my bridesmaid dress should arrive in the post from Brooke so that I can try it and have any adjustments made to it in time for the wedding in May.  I'm checking my pigeon hole at work every time I make a cup of tea.  I drink a lot of tea, so that's a lot of pigeon hole checking!  

So begins another week on the rollercoaster.  Gemma is coming over for dinner on Tuesday, so that should help me to avoid the Tuesday depression that has plagued me for the last few weeks!
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gemma on

hell yeah, tuesday is gonna be awesome this week heidelberg!!

Jo on

What are you doing for Australia Day? We are going to a BBQ at Leah's house (Sarah and Pauls old house) and you have to dress as an Aussie Icon. I'm going as a Logie.

Jess on

Im totally with you Heids on the whole Trashy Tuesday!!! Its such a waste of a day. Give me Thursday any(work)day !

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