Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like everything is going wrong? You come into work and there is a dark ominous cloud hanging over your head? Boy I sure have!
There are a few ways to deal with this; one is to get right back into bed and start over in an hour or so. It’s not always practical but it can help. Another is to charge on with the day and have it all fall to pieces, frustrating you, as you try to make things work; this is the usual path. My way of dealing with the bad day is to take a break. When things are going to hell in a hand basket and nothing I try is working then I attempt to step away from the problem and do something else (i.e. going for a walk). Taking your active mind off a problem lets your subconscious mind work on the problem without your conscious mind getting in the way. Usually by the time I get back to the task I am looking at it with fresh eyes and things usually go much better. On the occasions where things don’t get better, or maybe keep getting worse, I will call it a day because nothing is going to get done properly and I will mess things up that I will just have to undo the next day. Most times, however, you have to stay the course and take the day head on. Those are the suck days.
We had to deal with Tech support the other day and it was not pretty. What should have taken 10 minutes took 3 hours and Caitlin was ready to kill by the end of it. There was no walking away from that one; or when something is going wrong with a ferment, that’s when Caitlin the scientist comes in to save the day, however, if the alarm company calls at three in the morning I get to roll out of bed and deal with it.
Conversely, we had an FDA inspector come in to interview us about our processes (should we worry?). The gentleman was delightful to work with. He was friendly and made the whole process almost pleasant. (Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, in case his boss’ read our blog)
At the end of the day, all was made well by us sitting on the front porch, in the sunshine preferably, and enjoying a nice glass of Vivacity Spirits. She -a Native Gin and Tonic. He -a Corvallis Blunderbuss (Vivacity Spirits Turkish Coffee Liqueur with equal parts 4 Spirits Bourbon). Cheers!