Money aside, the other main theme of work last night was stress. It should go without saying why, but the moment I started to help make food, it felt like I was being pulled hard in one direction from things that were on my mind, and at the same time in the opposite direction from having to focus on work. In a single word, it was terrible, and once again, Tom came right up close and asked "I haven't done anything to make you upset, have I?" The fact that I can remember him doing that a couple other weekends recently as well though shows me that this is an ongoing thing. Last week, I was still worked up about Squeeze (the person Dan told me about). This week, as of yesterday, I'm worked up about a picture I saw online. I'm not sure about next week yet, but there's bound to be something. Maybe I'll spend more than I expect to on groceries, and worry about where that'll leave me for going away. After all, things apparently won't turn out quite as I was expecting them to. As of October 17th, we all officially started working for the new company. One of the previously unmentioned changes that brings is when we get paid. It's more of a subtle thing, but starting on the second week of November our pay periods / dates will be moved up one week. In other words, if that change had gone through already, I would get paid this coming Thursday, instead of the one that just passed. Because of that, I won't get nearly as much on the 1st as I was expecting to. According to Manoah, it should be about half my normal pay, plus special outstanding amounts - current vacation pay, and uniform deposit. Following that, on the 8th, we will get the other half of what we'd normally be paid. For me, that means I should get ~$400 on the 1st, and another ~$300 on the 8th. It evens out, yes, and it'll give me a bit of extra money to go out for dessert before going to the train station on the 8th, but that was unexpected.
Work aside though, I think I will just go back to other things now. I should be able to complete at least another four puzzles in Mario no Super Picross with the time I have left, but there's also an email that I need to respond to, and I have some dishes to be taken downstairs. At least I can say I'm not quite as tired as normal for once. Why? I actually set my alarm clock for 3pm when I went to bed last night. I feel like I had a good sleep too (although part of it was a really strange and slightly awkward dream about an old friend), so maybe I'll be a bit more alert and less stressed at work tonight. Things that were bothering me yesterday still bother me, but I've said all I really can for now. I may have missed using the word "vile" before, but I'm not getting into that again. Here's to hoping for a good night~