Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Half Day, by Christopher

Today is a half-day at work and tomorrow is a half-day at work. Is it correct to hyphenate half-day? I could ask the modern-day-oracle-at-delphi-known-as-Google, but obviously I enjoy hyphenating words too much to find out.

Do two half-days equal one full day, or no day at all? I suppose it depends on your point of view. I guess I'm in the “work smarter, not harder” camp, so I judge two half-days as a nice break. But depending on your industry, two half-days might be more of a curse than blessing. Salespeople, waitstaff, and tattoo artists probably don't like half-days. It's better for them to just take the whole day off rather than to cope with half the number of walk-in customers, half the tips (and no dinner crowd) and half-finished body art. Actually, I guess tattoos could wait a bit. You'd just have to deal with the looks you got when you showed up at the gym with a decapitated mermaid on your forearm.

I think there's a very good chance I'll go home at noon today and keep working. I am snowed under in thick drifts of paperwork at the moment, and though I cherish the moments of the day when I'm not hovering over a sheet with my eyes slowly crossing, I like to do the work I'm doing.

My principal has tasked my teaching partner and me with creating the technology curriculum for first through fifth grade. This is a huge undertaking. On top of that, I've got my first midterm due next Monday (a take home test). Plus, I'm trying to develop a computer certification program for each grade which will work like a martial arts belt test but with computers. Plus, the administration decided to change all campus computers over (about 230 of them) from Linux to Windows and the IT Committee (which I am a member of) has been tasked with making this happen from purchase to implementation.

If I didn't deeply dig all this stuff I would go home, catch up on several episodes of Heroes, and take a nap before grad school tonight.

But deeply dig it I do.

Well okay, maybe a nap.

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