The Little Things

This morning right before I woke up, I had a strange dream. Michael and I had both traveled somewhere for work. I was dealing with a change in process for coding invoices. The GL code was changing, and there was a problem that was going to affect someone’s paycheck. Once we got that sorted out, we met back at the hotel to check in.

This is where it got weird. The hotel was a boutique hotel. It was the only one that had available rooms, and we knew it was going to be weird because they made us book separate rooms.

Michael was on the fifth floor, and I was on the top floor. They called them by weird names. Like mine was the rooftop room XXX. When we checked in, it was an old couple who owned the place. The woman explained that men and women had to stay in separate rooms and sex wasn’t allowed.

Then she went over to the sink and started preparing pitchers of iced tea and lemonade. Her husband said that she made the best lemonade and that it was an old recipe really hard to find.

The husband explained that on Michael’s floor, certain rooms received “visitors” (not for sex, of course) but apparently everything but. I was very unhappy by this.  They said that new laws were being passed that would limit this, and Michael suggested they just stop doing that.

We went to our separate rooms, and were told to be very quiet. I got to my room, and the door didn’t shut all the way – there was a large crack in it. I changed clothes and turned on the tv, and there was a movie playing that I had wanted to see called “The small things” or something like that.

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Office Space

I dreamed I was at work but I was in a very small room. I still worked in customer care but repair was in our room too. We were trying to make copies of a process and repair refused to give us a copy of their spreadsheet. They went through a fancy animated presentation but I still needed the spreadsheet. A friend of mine tried to make a copy of it but the copier wasn’t working so someone had it moved to where my desk was. We all had to cram into a little tiny office space area. I was so close to one lady our legs were touching. I told Elizabeth we were too crowded and she said it was fine. The lady next to me asked about how I had gotten something done and I said J had done it while repair was talking about something I wasn’t interested in. Then it switched and we worked for the church. I was trying to document training for a call center to support the church and tell them when to call the office vs. when they could handle things. I started documenting funeral procedures and I took some soap or something and wrote instructions on the floor (which was brick) just inside the chapel. As I was leaving it was dark and rainy and I almost got hit by a car.

Gaming….

I dreamed I was playing games. I was with a weird mixture of people from home and a guy from work I had never met before but he was staying with a friend. I was not dressed up- I was in sweat pants and. t-shirt. We were playing online trivia. I had a teeny tiny computer and I saw a mouse on the table so I plugged it in. The mouse was huge (uncomfortably so) and I joked it was almost bigger than my computer.

When that was over the kids were there and we had a box of tiny plastic items and had to find certain ones. I thought it was an alligator we had to find then someone said no it was a can of gumbo.

Mystery Interview

I dreamed that a friend (maybe Kathy J?) had suggested that aj interview for a job. I honestly didn’t know anything about the company or the job other than I would need to move to Manila. I was at dinner with a bunch of people and I had to step out in the hall to call in for this interview. The hallway was very noisy and then Austin was with me. I had a hard time dialing the number and started to use a pay phone then decided to use my cell phone so they could call me back instead. I struggled dialing the country code but for it figured out.

Austin was with me and ordered me a fancy drink that came in a pitcher. The bartender came to the table and continued to tweak it.

Then it switched and the main ladies I was interviewing with were with me in person but there was a man on the phone on video.

The interview wasn’t flowing very well- I had to carry the conversation as they weren’t asking me very many questions. Finally they asked if ari had done the activity. The activity was a set of worksheets with different problems listed. For each question you had to prioritize the issues for which you would tackle first and then choose a contractor. I told them I had prioritized the problems but needed to do more research on the contractors. They seemed ok with that answer.

The company seemed to have some hug. to do with fashion- they kept showing me photos and magazine layouts and the ladies in the interview were in ball gowns. At one point they said that the clothes were a great perk and I told them I hadn’t really thought about that. The guy on the phone said I could pick it new clothes and started going through the dryer and I laughed and said I wouldn’t have thought any of their clothes would be in the dryer. He said that was a good starting point.

He and ali got disconnected but I called him back. I asked him to tell me more about the job and he said that I and my family would have to move there and he wasn’t sure if I could take my dog. I told him I would see how much travel there was and then figure out what to do with Buster but I was extremely sad at the idea of leaving him.

He said the company had branches in Manila, India, and Meridian MS.

He had a cat on video conference and was making it look like t was talking then he made it look like he was laughing and it’s whole mouth was wide open so you could see all it’s teeth and the roof of its mouth. It sounds creepy now but was funny at the time.

I woke up before the interview was finished.

Elevating Education

I was in school, and I don’t remember much other than going from one large classroom to another.

In real life, my friend is recovering from surgery. In this dream she texted me very upset. She asked why my son Dylan was so mean. I didn’t understand so I called him and he said he had made fun of her when he saw her in the elevator. I went to the elevator and she was huddled in the corner on a conference call. For some reason she had to stay on the elevator u til the call was over and she was miserable and looked awful.

“Meeting” expectations

I dreamed I was at church for a building committee meeting. Brian (our architect) was there presenting. There were two or three other groups there meeting and so midway through we switched to the library. There was food there and my childhood friend Alison was there. She found a load of fresh blueberry bread and said she was going to have one slice, but then the two of us ate the entire loaf. Bill Buhner or someone was writing budget numbers on the board. I took a picture of them.

Afterward, Will and Ben were going to a dinner but Will left his bag outside. It had a red plastic folder inside (the kind that’s like a portable filing pouch.) He has also left a couple of other things. He was sick and appeared to have the flu so I was worried about getting sick but I decided to take them to his office. On the way I stopped off in another room like the library. For some reason I took off my shirt and bra and was washing them. Then a new people came in (Suzie was cleaning and I wondered why.) I explained I had spilled something on my anker and was washing it. Michael was there too.

At one point I had a 1:1 with Elizabeth, my boss. She was yelling at me about staffing but then told me about some program where you and your kid could fly to NY for a mentoring program. I started filling out the application online and realized Austin and aj had already started.

Running, Worrying, Waiting

I dreamed that Alex and I both had jobs at a place. We were in different sections but I saw him in passing from time to time. One day we were under attack. I was in an auditorium and men with machine guns came in. Someone really close to me got shot at. I put my hands up but they didn’t care. So I ran and escaped out the side door. I was looking for Alex and saw a giant Winnie the Pooh balloon. I knew without a doubt that’s where he would be. Sure enough he was hiding behind it and when I found him he gave me a big hug. Then we were separated again and I was working in the stained glass division which, for some reason, I thought made me safer.

Our life became repetitive threats though- at any time, these men could come in killing. I started sitting near the far doors in auditoriums so I could be among the first one la out of a room. One day two men burst in on me and another girl while we were using the bathroom. The bathroom was weird- no stalls just two toilets next to each other, but by this point we didn’t have any shame. They weren’t there to kill us though, just to clean up water in the bathroom. They said they would come back the next week.

We were trying to come up with an escape plan but hadn’t by the time I woke up. The dream was very repetitive- running, worrying, waiting. Running, worrying, waiting.