current location: House
I am often late. Many people are often late, but I could win awards for my lateness. Me being late is one of my superpowers, along with the ability to accrue astonishingly huge Library fines, and bake the best (I’m not exaggerating here) triple chocolate chip cookies in the world.
I don’t want to always be late, my father is always late which annoyed me greatly (I don’t feel I can be annoyed any more as I’m always late too). When mum and dad were first divorced Teneal and I would tell dad we needed to be somewhere 20-30 minutes earlier than we were due, so he would pick us up on time.
I think he knew though, because he was still always late.
I remember that in the first year of college I was always at school early enough to sit and chat. Once I had a car I would only arrive fifteen minutes early instead of half an hour, but I was still early. In my gap year I got to Dymocks ten minutes before work started, to chat to Brett, get a drink and all that stuff.
It was when I started Uni things started to go downhill. I was working two jobs (Dymocks three days a week, and Hogs Breath Cafe three or four nights) and cramming uni in part time. I was exhausted most of the time. I’m not quite sure how I managed, because I was also running my weekly dinners (which have fizzled out of existence now) and going to church every Sunday, and helping out with youth, and running a bible study as well.
With all this I was a pretty exhausted cookie, and I (for one of the first times in my life) didn’t like mornings. They were horrible! What do you mean I have to get up? It’s eight! I only got to bed at one! I can’t go to work! Urrrrrgggggghhhhh.
Conveniently I had just got a laptop (For busy important uni work -not at all for watching House and Supernatural at all hours)which, in my room provided a pleasant distraction for having to face the day -why yes Mr Howl (my first laptop was called Howl) I do want to watch the new NCIS. How thoughtful of you to ask! I’ll just watch the first... OH NO, I’M LATE! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
And then it become a habit. Now I don’t have half that crap on. Just uni, Dymocks, church youth and Tea... and pubquiz. No extra jobs, no bible studies, no dinners to organise. Yet I’m still often late.
Which is why I will never ever, ever put “punctual” on selection criteria.
(I may or may not be writing selection criteria for a shiny new job AS WE SPEAK...or type)