Friday, October 23, 2009

My Eyes Hurt

When I walked out of work tonight, I could see my car. For the last week or so my car has been invisible. For starters, the jeep is black. There are no security lights in the parking lot of my workplace, and I've been leaving work well after sunset every night.

I've also been getting to work before the sun has fully risen as well. When I left work this afternoon I squinted, eventhough it wasn't a particularly sunny day. The daylight burned my vampirish retinas as I groped my way in the blinding light to the car.

I sat in the drivers seat for a few minutes, waiting for my eyes to adjust to the light before daring to drive. I hadn't been outside in the daylight since Sunday. Today is Friday. Almost a full week without daylight. And it's not even the end of daylight savings time yet.

This is what I've succumbed to as a result of the busy season at work. 12 hour days. 13 hour days. Five o'clock passes and I think "Oh good, I'll be able to get some real work done now." What the hell is wrong with me??

Then it occured to me that the only times I'd been outdoors at all in the past week were the walk from the car into work, and then the walk from work and into the car. In the mornings I get into the car, in the garage, without stepping outdoors. Then I drive to work and get out of the car. Once home, I pull the car into the garage, and walk from the garage, through the basement, and into the house.

Over the weekend I plan to do the reverse and be indoors for a few minutes, and spend the rest of the time outside.

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