Allow me to explain: I LOVE this time of year. I love buying presents for all the people I care about, I love Christmas carols, and I love getting cards with cutesie pictures of all my friend's kids. (They are growing up SUPER fast by the way!)
But, unfortunately, this is not a good time for most engineers/architects. For some reason, every owner wants to get their building permit in before the end of the year, as though the world will end when the Times Square Ball drops. (In which case, their building ain't gettin' built anyway...) So, we designers have to work our butts off trying to make deadlines, and AFTER Christmas, we tend to sit for a month twiddling our thumbs. This leaves us little time to enjoy said buying of gifts, singing of carols, and writing of amusing yet presumptuous "summaries of our year".
As it is, I think these emails I sent today may give you a taste of my frenzied days of late:
- Hey, it's me. I forgot I volunteered to make brownies for the party tomorrow night. Do you think you could make them? We don't have any sugar, and only one egg...so while you are out, you may want to pick up some toilet paper and dishsoap. Maybe stop for some beer. Oh, and while you are at it...just buy the brownies!!
- I won't be able to make it to the party tomorrow - we have another one to go to. But we should hang out after the New Year - loved your Christmas card! I'll send you one when I get around to it - estimated time of arrival: February.
- Hey, its me again. Probably working late...can you pack the car? Don't forget the air mattresses...
- Sorry, I thought I would have time for lunch but got stuck in a meeting all freakin' morning. Maybe next week?
- (To Architect on Construction Job): Here is the submittal you asked me to review yesterday. Sorry, I didn't get to it until this morning.
- (a few seconds later): Oops, forgot the subject line on that last email and thought it might go to your junk mail. Please disregard if you already got this.
- Sorry, (insert name of relative here) I haven't really had time to make a Christmas list - but I always like what you pick out! I still have
a fewall my Christmas shopping to do too!
Is that too much to ask??