The Wednesday Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.
Nope. I have ancestors who fought in the Civil War --- on both sides --- but that's about as close as our family has been to that form of public service.
Perhaps a little, but not much.
Part of it is that I married a woman who believes in a somewhat strict observance of Sabbath --- no vocational work on Sundays. And I've taken up the practice. Don't get me wrong --- we're not legalists about it. But we rather unabashedly plan on spending Sunday doing things that we choose to do instead of things we're paid to do. It does make the other six days go more smoothly.
4. We can't head in to the Labor Day weekend without a related question, can we? Complete this thought: I work best when____________________.
... the work I'm doing is valuable --- not just to me, but to others.
Nope. Some things (and some people) are immovable.
I'm sure I've visited a few in the various vacations we've taken, but it's hard to make a list. Yellowstone was probably the last one I visited, just a few years ago, so that's the one that is most prominent in my memory. Absolutely stunning natural views.
You load sixteen tons, and whaddya get?
(Okay, I cheated on the word count. Deal with it.)
This week, I received two of the oddest complements, from two different people at work. I won't repeat them --- partially because it would be self-serving, and partially because it would take too long to explain them. But one thing they had in common: people recognizing the unpleasant work that I've taken on, and how well I seem to be doing it. It was quite encouraging. A lot of the time, I don't feel like anyone notices the value I contribute to the organization. This week showed me that what I do is making a difference.