My new job is taking a lot out of me everyday.
Two hours a day are spent on a busy highway with my morning and afternoon commutes. Even if I’m lucky to show up to work without a bad mood accompanying me, I’m sure to get one after an hour of interacting with my coworkers. They can be frustrating, especially the man who is constantly making noise. He fidgets on a level I have never before seen in another person. He’s either addicted to prescription stimulants or he drinks too much coffee. Whether he’s creaking his chair, clicking a pen, talking loudly into the phone, or slamming his keyboard with brute force, I struggle to stay focused during my shift. I asked my boss if I could use headphones and listen to music at low volume, but he refused. It’s definitely not my favorite job of all time, but it isn’t the worst either. Occasionally I’m granted the chance to take a day off from work if I absolutely need to make a doctor’s appointment or meet a relative at the airport. For instance, I took this morning off from work to monitor the installation of my new central air conditioner. My former HVAC system lasted for 18 years before the air handler finally quit working. It was finally time to get a new air conditioner altogether, especially knowing how inefficient my old system was. Thankfully, the installation of my new air conditioner went off without a hitch. I made sure that the technicians vacuumed my copper refrigerant tubes before putting in the new condenser. This prevents any old coolant from contaminating the new system and damaging its compressor outside.