New timetables were posted for the bus I take to school last week. The bus leaves every hour in each direction and two buses run in the morning, at midday and in the afternoon when most people use them but for the second half of December and first half of January there won't be two buses, presumably because fewer people use them during those dates. This is a problem because it will decrease the likelihood of getting a good seat meaning next to a window so there's something more interesting than your knees or the back of the seat in front of you to look at and higher chance of getting the whole seat to yourself.
Normally I don't use the closest bus stop because the second bus starts one stop further along the route so that's where I go. (I don't go to the first stop because that would take 25 min or so extra and is not worth it, this stop is maybe 3-8 min extra depending on whether I use the bike or walk.)
(This all sort of just happened over the past year, I started out just going to the closest bus stop, then started looking for faster ways to get there, then noticed the second bus thing and realised I could get a better seat if I went to the other bus stop etc.)
So, what I'll do to solve this problem is use the stop that's closer which means getting on earlier in the route and so there will be fewer people on the bus and I'll be more likely to get a good seat. (In reality all I thought when I saw the new timetable was that I'll use the other bus stop but this is trying to explain the reason for it.)
Recurring problem at work that I actually thought about this summer since I'd not been there for a year and still ended up being the person doing this.
Saturday morning, you show up and see in the dayplanner that someone's called in sick and that the night staff hasn't tried calling anyone in. This most likely means we'll be understaffed, possibly all weekend but at least that shift since few people are willing to pick up the phone knowing they'll have to work on their weekend off. If no one's done so already I get all schedules out, get the phone and list of phone numbers and try to get someone to start calling people while I start looking at everyone's schedules. I'll be looking at those to find which one can most easily be portioned out and where to fit the work, if there's anything that absolutely can't be moved to a different timeslot etc. Usually someone starts helping me and we can be done in 5-10 minutes and everyone only gets slightly more work and will still be done in time for lunch without having to rush too much.
People at work think I'm good at this sort of thing but I'm not sure if I actually am or if it's just that I actually do something instead of sitting around fretting and asking what we're going to do, or grumbling about how we don't actually start until 7:15 and how we're working for free (nevermind the fact that if we wait that long we'll be running even *more* late than we already are and might not finish in time for lunch + will have to rush like crazy to do everything that needs to be done in the morning and I care more about keeping stress as low as possible and getting my full half hour lunch break than starting 15 min earlier without getting paid).
I wanted to make tomato sauce but was out of garlic. If I made it normally and just left out the garlic as it wouldn't taste right so I looked through the cupboards and fridge for ideas. Problem was solved when I spotted the carrots because they would add some sweetness and make it different enough that I wouldn't miss the garlic but could still have tomato sauce.
Any of it useful? (Or have an opinion anyway?)