I have to take a moment and wonder how long my heart rate has been up this high. What have I been doing today? One word – packing. There are two boxes of stuff sitting by the door so I can mail them to Gainesville tomorrow on my lunch break. The rest of my belongings need to fit into the remaining boxes and fit in my car at the same time. That’s the challenge in this whole “packing” routine. Every college student knows what I am talking about. I shudder when I think about how many boxes I am going to have to unpack when I get back to school and it gets worse when I realize I am going to have less than twenty-four hours to do it.
So it has been a while since I have written an entry. Fortunately this time it means that I have been busy during my last week or so in California. I started working overtime again this past week because my supervisor came back from vacation and he has had plenty for me to do since then. We are still working on the same technical memorandum (TM) and I have serious doubts about getting it even out of our department by the time I check out on Tuesday. Last week I had to turn in a letter of resignation and the hours I was planning to work this coming Monday and Tuesday. I said ten hours on Monday and eight on Tuesday but I guarantee it will be more than that if I want to tie up all possible loose ends. Yesterday I went into work at 8 AM (yes, on Saturday again) and started cleaning out my desk. I am about half done. Another thing I have to take care of by 3:30 PM on Tuesday.
Rebecca moved out on Thursday and that seemed to start the whole ending process for the summer. I made tacos for the whole apartment on Wednesday night so that all four of us could have dinner at the same time and sort of say goodbye to each other. I know that I am not going to think about missing anything or anyone until I get out of town on Wednesday. As soon as my brain has something to think about besides packing and my cross-country trek it will probably drift back to this week and wonder why I didn’t do more with the time I had. Right now all I am thinking about is what time I can get to bed and not feel guilty about the mess in my closet. On Friday I brought cupcakes to the office to treat everyone on Jeremy’s last day of work. They seemed to be a hit. It’s funny how much I know about Jeremy just because we shared a cubicle for the summer. At the time he was walking out of the office for the last time I was in my supervisor’s cubicle revising that stupid TM for the fiftieth time that day and he came around to say goodbye. I was sad. I didn’t see that coming but sharing my cubicle was rather a nice experience because I could never say that I didn’t have someone to bitch to when things got crazy. I am going to miss this working environment even if I won’t really miss the job.
Also yesterday I went on a tour of the Boeing Palmdale facility. The space shuttle orbiter Columbia is housed there for the time being while undergoing an overhaul. All of the orbiters are scheduled to fly dozens of missions over the next few years to complete the construction of the International Space Station (ISS). Anyway, we did indeed get to see the orbiter but I can’t say that the tour was even as good as when I went to the Kennedy Space Center in April. That and it is a two-hour drive into the desert to get to Palmdale where it is 110 degrees in the middle of the day – not the best situation possible. I slept all the way to Palmdale and most of the way back. That would have been great if it kept me from being tired later in the day. I went to the end-of-the-summer barbeque for the co-ops and interns last night and I just wanted to sleep through the whole thing. It was nice to be able to talk to the people I knew and others that I just met. Sometimes older Boeing employees view interns as little kids but when they actually get a chance to talk to us they see something different. Maybe we do know a little about the engineering world after all!
It’s nine o’clock now and my plan is to be asleep in two hours. Wish me luck because this could be a tall order to fill. I will try and write again before I leave LA on Wednesday but I am planning to have internet access on route so maybe I can post updates along the way. Life is being kicked into high gear right about now and I am nervous about keeping up with the pace.