September 4th, 2007


Fun & Confirmation

Two weeks ago, as well as Monday of last week, I worked an early shift at work, filling in for the other full-timer who was out on vacation.  During this time, I put in extra hours to cover the workload and also to take this past Friday off work without using any vacation days.  I hit 80 hours a little before six o'clock on Thursday evening and took off to swing by the apartment before running to New Jersey.  Things didn't run as smoothly as I hoped, but I got to my parents' house just in time to see them before they went to bed.  I spent a lot of time talking on the phone with arkofwolf, partly as an effort to reconnect to people, partly to keep myself sane for the last half of a long trip, and stuff.

Friday morning, I had a quick salad before heading out with my dad to visit the Franklin Institute's King Tutankhamen exhibit.  There was a little confusion in trying to navigate between the directions from Google and my Dad's mental map, but we made it there just fine, listening to some blues over his Sirius satellite radio, since my iTrip was beat out by local interference and his truck's stereo doesn't have an aux. port.  (Prior to that, we were listening to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OST, which has some tracks that are his style of rock jam music, and he likes being introduced to new things.)

Parking was confusing, because they couldn't figure out whether or not they were going to let us park at the institute itself.  They did let us park in a safe area outside, giving us a day pass for only $15.  (I think it was normally $32.)  We got in at about 10:30, just the right time to catch the eleven o'clock IMAX show and then enter the exhibit for the noon block.  (Entry into the exhibit was broken into morning, afternoon and evening bocks.)  My newer (and uglier) student ID got us a discount from about $75 to $50, which was nice (and more than the sign said the discount would be).  The content of the documentary wasn't anything special, but it's always fun to see big, pretty landscapes and architecture on a giant, domed screen that does its best to make you feel like you're there.  We got sits just behind the projector, which made it a great experience (and meant we could put our feet up without anyone complaining, hehe).

The exhibit itself, I enjoyed.  The little blurbs they give about each piece were often simplified to the point of inaccuracy, but it's hard to be both concise and accurate about these things, so I just explained to my Dad what little I knew about the things I noticed.  I felt really comfortable there, apart from getting shoved around and crowded at times, and I guess that's part of why I decided to major in archeology; I'm really drawn to some of this stuff.  It's so interesting to look at items more than 3,000 years old and still in good condition.  Of course, not everything was, and my dad and I were looking over a small boat and pointing out which pieces looked original and which were new; some of the original was missing, and they carved out new wood to hold up the fragments that were still intact.  It's fun to look at the boat that a little, Egyptian boy played with over three millennia ago, or the one that was encased in his tomb to carry his ba into the afterlife; or the little chair he sat in, with the foot stool where his feet rested.

We got out of the exhibit at around 2:45, which was earlier than we were expecting.  There wasn't much worth looking at in the gift shop, except for a few pieces of jewelry.  The options there were the cheap, $10-$20 items, or the expensive, $3,000-$5,000 items, and we decided that anything that could be bought there could be bought elsewhere more cheaply.  We wandered around a couple of open exhibits while trying to figure out if we wanted to wait for the Tut's Oasis restaurant to open at four o'clock.  We exhausted our patience at about 3:15, and after looking the menu over, decided to just go home; the menu wasn't anything special and while not terribly priced, wasn't cheap.  Besides that, we would have gotten out just in time for rush our, and as it was, traffic was bad enough already.  Instead of eating modern Egyptian food, upon finding out that my mom treated herself to dinner already, we went to the local Japanese restaurant, where I had sashimi and my dad tried some hibachi dishes based on my recommendations.

The rest of the weekend was more laid back, which is good as I tend to need that.  Sunday morning, after fasting through the night, I went to mmsword's place and his parents helped me use their diabetic testing equipment.  It showed that, even with my strict dieting, my blood sugar levels are in the borderline range, and Kendad told me that I was smart to have been adjusting my diet.  This pretty well confirms that I am diabetic, in addition to being gluten intolerant, arthritic, and.. borreliotic? em.. anyway. ya.. well, at least I know, with as much certainty as I can before I can see a doctor.

In happier news, my boss explained to me what's been happening with my change in employment recently, and from the looks of it, I'll basically keep my job just the way it is – salary and all – but working from home, as soon as we can work out how we'll do that in the next couple weeks.  I'll generally be required to come in every Friday in order to archive my work and pick up my paychecks.  This was based on my recommendations that we could do exactly that, and the fact that none of the other things Tim wanted to try were working out. Woohoo!