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I just woke up from yet another multi-hour catnap this weekend. I've spent most of the last 2.5 days sleeping. It's been a useful recuperation from the recent few weeks at work. I feel marginally more energetic now than I did on Friday. I expect the stress level in December to be only slightly better than during November. There are still major projects that have to be finished in short time spans. Oh well. For now, at least it's a paying job during a bad economy.

As I woke from this recent sleep, though, I finished part of another dream...

I was living at a university. It was not a campus that I remember from real life. I was not a student there, and I didn't have a job there either. I slept in study rooms when they were unoccupied, and I read books that other people left in stairwells for reading during their cigarette smoke breaks. When daytime arrived and student activity increased for a few hours, I walked around campus among the other people, the actual students and administrators. I enjoyed learning there, even though I didn't belong.

If I ever win the lottery, I'm going to spend my money by becoming a permanent student on a college campus. I know, I know... I have to actually buy lottery tickets in order to win. It's just a pipe dream. I can't actually do work and school at the same time. I've tried that routine many times over the years. I just don't have the mental fortitude to attend to so many unrelated tasks at once, unfortunately.

This current job was my best hope at actually doing it, since it's only a part-time job. It just doesn't pay enough to keep up with price hikes in college costs over the last decade. And as long as a programming job (needing concentration for long periods of time) is housed within a facilities/I.T. department (needing multitasking on frequent new problems), then I won't have the attention to afford any class either.

Maybe someday I'll find a part-time programming job at a university that offers free tuition to its employees. Wouldn't that arrangement be nice?

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