So as I was making my way out of the office for lunch a co-worker asked if I was leaving the building for the hour. He indicated that he was finding his way to cafeteria so he could read. I told him that I need to leave the building at lunch time so I feel more grounded for the afternoon. It’s a good way to clear my head.

As corporations continue to squeeze every possible ounce of work out of their employees, many feel the crunch of working in a situation that I’m currently in: we work in a group of three that should be a group of 10-12. This type of situation can create unreasonable amounts of stress and we all know that stress isn’t good for the body, mind or soul. Stepping out of the office for an hour and having a change of view helps me keep that stress under control. Stress that is under control is good.

I’m enjoying lunch in the autumn sun. I’m watching a small calico cat make her away along the perimeter of the parking lot. She looks to be in hunting mode. She’s a small cat but when I made a friendly cat sound to her, she stopped, perked her ears and up looked at me and then continued on her trek. Occasionally she stops in a grassy area and watches for field mice, ears perked in the direction of possible mouse movement. She’s a short-haired calico cat with white paws. She seems content and she appears to be very car smart. Car smarts is a good skill for a cat.

There have been a couple of times in the past two weeks where co-workers have tried to schedule meetings during my lunch time. I refuse to play that game and I decline invitation for this type of meeting. Some may say that I’m being selfish; I like to think that I’m being responsible and doing what I need to do to stay on top of my game. A homemade lunch and a few moments away from a computer (other than my iPad-derived blog entries) and I’m good to go.

Now it’s time to take a short nap.


  1. why don’t you get a cage and take her home. if she’s left out in the wild she’s going to multiply. at least get her fixed . then find a home for her. it’s a good thing. you will be blessed

    1. I don’t think she’s a wild kitty cat. I think she may have been from one of the nearby houses. I wouldn’t want to cage up someone’s pet.

  2. I loathed when someone would schedule a lunchtime meeting. I was always like “Really? Do you not have a life?”. Then I’d hit the decline button. It actually happened so frequently I created a block of time on the calendar that said Busy during that time.

    1. I have created the same block of time. I have also blocked out chunks of my schedule and attributed it to productivity. When the number of hours on conference calls outweighs the number of hours available to accomplish what is talked about on the conference calls, something has to change.

      And no one messes with Daddy’s lunch.

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