And with my longest ride of the summer, and probably my life, so far being 30.02 miles, I of course registered for the 65-mile ride.
As my AP Chemistry Teacher, Ms. Karen Campbell, always said, GOBOSH.
Go Big Or Stay Home.
Details tell me the route has rest stops. I should be ok.
Also, details also let me know that I can change routes during the race without notifying officials. I can chicken down to 45 miles if I so desire. But let’s see if I just can’t make it to 65.
On the downside, in all the excitement over registering for something, I completely forgot I have already purchased tickets to Wine and Dine Wisconsin, taking place on October 2nd and 3rd, including a beer and cheese pairing class. Oops. Bad planning.
Speaking of bad planning, I hope a 65-mile bike ride, followed by dinner and music and beer, is worth missing the Eels concert for!
I like to go on first dates every so often to remind myself that I am socially awkward.
And by first date, I meant I’m still single.
And by I’m still single, I mean I think he liked me more than I liked him and oh shit he has my number and might call me and I have caller ID and will ignore it because I am a horrible person who is not able to find the right words to say I just wasn’t that in to you.
I have a theory about my billing at work. I have a theory that our servers are so clogged with users that it’s slowing down our connection to the point where I really think 1 1/2 hours of my day is spent waiting for pages to load. Well, it turns out it’s more than that.
Today I decided to actually time how long pages took to load just to enter my case notes. I entered 7 case notes. When we enter case notes, it’s not just one page to the next. You enter a name, hit ok. Wait for the page to switch to the next page confirming the name you entered. Hit ok again. That page loads to the case note page. Click “add” to enter a new note. Wait for the page to load to the blank case note page. Enter the note. Hit “add” again. Wait for the page to load to the “you just entered a case note” page. Hit “confirm” and it loads back to the person’s list of notes. Hit “new search” to go back and search a new member. Repeat this process 7 times. At an average of, I kid you not, 42 seconds per page (ranging from 19 seconds to a minute and 10 seconds), it took me 23 minutes just to wait for pages to load to type in 7 case notes. That doesn’t include the time it took to actually type in my note. And I definitely have more than 7 case notes to enter in for today.
Case notes aren’t the only thing I sit around waiting to load. Update a medication? Wait through 3 pages. Update 4 medications? 12 pages. My care plan includes 12 work sheets per client, totaling 36 pages I get to wait to load. A falls risk flow sheet. A wellness flow sheet. I spend a lot of time on the computer. That is a lot of minutes tacked on to some already lengthy tasks.
After today, I am willing to bet at least 2 hours of my 8 hour day is spent waiting for pages to load. That is 25% of my work day. That’s disgusting. This happens to everyone in the department every day. And we wonder why productivity is down.
I have 112 people on my caseload right now. And September is just around the corner with new enrollees. Each new enrollee has a list of things that need to be done within 3 days, 10 days, 30 days. August brought me 6 new people. So, on top of 6 new people with all sorts of fun deadlines to fill, I still had 106 people who weren’t just frozen in time so I could have time to meet deadlines. I have care plans to do, I have visits to make, I have phones to call. Eight hours a day just isn’t enough to get everything done on time. Which, obviously, is no excuse for missing a deadline. So you can bet I’m putting in a request for overtime so I can actually get my work done.
Allegedly, some magical deity at our company is purchasing more bandwidth and, by Friday, everything will go faster. I’ve heard it before. I have many doubts.
Right before the sun comes up, when the sky is just starting to turn that periwinkle blue, and the old fashioned street lamps outside are still on and lit up against that sky, and then they flicker off as the sun starts peaking out from behind the trees.
I don’t think anything could sum up this experience more than the free program they handed out just past the entrance, next to the Budweiser tent:
This weekend is not about seeing artists perform in an acoustically superior concert hall. It’s not about the money, the sweat, the blisters, or the exhaustion. It is about saying yes, over and over. This is your annual musical seminar, conducted by an assortment of the biggest names in the industry. Even before the festival began, you started saying yes to this idea. It became your mantra. Yes to the travel. Yes to the city of Chicago. Yes to the same opportunities others declined. Yes to creating an indelible memory that cannot be erased. Yes has led you here, to dedicate yourself to the aural communion. Artists and fans have traveled from around the world to say it along side you, to you, for you—each with their own style, for their own reason.
I was only able to go to one day of the festival and, after weighing the line ups of each day, decided Saturday was the best. Sam agreed. We had a blast. We saw bands together, we separated and I saw some alone. Hard decisions were made, like deciding between Deer Tick and Metric. Deer Tick won. I wish I could have seen both (don’t hate me, Emily Haines!!). It was such a great experience that I’m pretty determined to make it to all three days next year.
List of the bands I ran back and forth across Grant Park to see:
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
I will never miss an Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros show again. Incredible. Having missed them perform on June 7, 2010, I now know what it feels like to regret.
I also bought a Lollapalooza shirt. It’s turquoise and has an owl. Perfect! And I bought a hat. It has bicycles on it. Also perfect! :-D
My feet hurt, I smell like a hippie. I got pulled over for a burned out headlight just 2 blocks from home. A crowd of people with signs told me I would burn in Hell for attending such a sinful event. And being a girl and outside the home. Everything was all so completely worth it for this wonderful experience. I am in love with festivals. Pictures will come soon. :)