02CA3: Overseas Compensatory Routines

Thursday Pork Chop Dinner

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 1167

Looking back at my calendar today, I've been in meetings for most of the day. It's kind of bonkers, but given we'll be out of circulation next week, we have a lot of stuff that has been squeezed into this week instead. But after all those meetings, I didn't necessarily end my day feeling super drained. If everything, there are a lot of things that I'm excited about, even if those "things" mean even more work. 

I guess this is what happens when your company is undergoing a major transformation. It's a lot of work, but seeing how the different moving parts of the strategy connect to one another is what makes things really invigorating. 

Outside of work, I'm slightly concerned about the lack of a board game session before I fly to Singapore. The O Bar night scheduled for tomorrow is part of my typical pre-flight checklist and we at least have an RPG session on Saturday. But for one reason or another, I feel like we need to squeeze in a board game or two somewhere just to make the most of things. 

To be fair, the lockdowns have conditioned us to appreciate the diverse world of digital implementations of various board games. And given the weeks that Tobie and I will be apart, it feels like a good idea to try to squeeze in some game time amid everything else going on as it's not like I'll be going out at night while I'm away. And it's not like we have a shortage of people okay to game online either. Again, the lockdown years helped us address our board game urges through official apps and the crazy world of Tabletop Simulator. 

Ultimately, I know I'm just trying to maintain a degree of normalcy while we're apart and the potential length of our separation is making me think about things a tad more. Realistically, time just flies by when I'm away on these trips. I may not be going out at night or hanging out with Singapore-based friends a lot, but I do end up spending a lot of time with my nephews, who are quite a LOT at their respective ages. And that's...quite awesome, really. They're often the highlight of any trip and I doubt this one will be any different.

Going back to my concern...I guess we can squeeze in a game or two both before and after our Saturday RPG session. Then Sunday will be dedicated to travel time, which will take up most of my time.