Benji and the Torrid Pace

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks.  I’m sure you saw my Grey Cup articles so I don’t need to go into much detail about that, but maybe I’ll shed some light on the happenings between the mentionings.

Benji flew in from Regina for the game, and stayed a few extra days.  It was great having him over.  Made the whole experience that much richer.  I was able to snag an extra media pass for him from the Argos.  We took in the Argos’ final walk-through at field level in Rogers Centre.  The pass also got us into a few other events over the course of the next two nights as well.

I enjoyed introducing Benji to my Admiral colleague, Andrew.  Passionate Rider fan meets passionate Argo fan.  Benji didn’t even know there was such a thing.  We spent most of Grey Cup Saturday drinking together while criss-crossing the town.  Later, we got together with Frank for a concert we had access to.  The three of us had a great time together.

Beyond the Grey Cup, it was great to mix a little Regina into my Toronto world.  Once the excitement of Grey Cup Sunday gave way to the fog of Monday morning, I was able to slow the pace down a bit.  Benji and I sat on chairs outside my place and watched the city go by.  We walked the neighbourhood, and took in a French cafe in the Junction that I’ve become fond of.  We took in other neighbourhoods too.

I tried to get a bit of work done while he was here, but that didn’t go so well.  Couldn’t concentrate.  Kept feeling like I was being a bad host, so I decided to take a few extra days off work and just roll with it.  Things were much simpler for my headspace after that.

Benji and I always had an easy time talking to each other, but we never hung out on our own that often.  There was always someone else from the Romanian Syndicate around as well.  On this trip we talked a lot about a lot of different things.  Learned a lot about each other.

I dropped Benji off at the airport on Wednesday night then set my sights on the backlog of work I needed to finish.  Plugged away for a couple hours then turned in for the night.

That’s when things fell off the rails for me.

Woke up Thursday morning with a cold so bad, I nearly fell over when I stood up.  Went right back to bed and stayed there all day.  Just laid there and watched my edit suite not working, letting the guilt wash over me.  The backlog of work I had waiting for me seemed to delight in my frail state.  I was not amused.

It’s now Tuesday, and I’m finally starting to feel like myself again.  I’m about a half day away from being completely caught up and I’m hoping the torrid pace I’ve been working at these last few days can be maintained right up to Christmas.

It would be nice to go into a holiday ahead of the curve for a change.

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