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Night owl, early bird, and asynchronous communication

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

My non-Sparking sister has a daughter in a family emergency situation, which caused her (sis) a few days ago to make an unexpected and of undetermined length trip to help out said daughter, son in law, and grandchildren. Which means *I* get the duty to watch over sis's home and kitties.

Anyway, the night owl / early bird thing is that my non-sparking sister is and always has been a night owl. We used to share a bedroom as kids, which was interesting because I am, and always have been, an early bird.

How does that play into this whole "pre-dawn adventures" status? Well, in all the shuffle, sis had a package expected from FedEx, and she tried to get them to change the delivery address (to my house) while it was in transit. SHE had the tracking information and notification, down in Kansas. I have the physical ability to check on things here in Nebraska.

So... she e-mailed me Monday evening that the package was in Missouri, in transit (got your maps out folks?) OK, I think, that means it will arrive Tuesday or Wednesday. I went to do my check up on the kitties yesterday around noon, after my workout with the coach. Came home for a shower first. (TMI?)

As the afternoon wore on, and knowing her mails gets delivered around 4 p.m., I considered going over to check for a package on her porch. It hadn't showed up at MY house. Should I make a second trip over? I opted not to do so.

I was in bed and sleeping by the time sis sent the next e-mail (10 p.m.) that she'd received notification that the package was delivered at 3:50 p.m. I read said e-mail at 5:30 a.m. when I got up, dressed, and went downstairs. Yikes! The package is NOT at my house, so it's probably at HER house... and the news is full of reports of "porch pirates".

So, before the sun rose, I trekked myself over to her house to discover the package, sitting undisturbed on her front porch. Took it inside, along with the mail, and the morning newspaper. She had not had time to stop either of those regular deliveries before leaving to help her daughter. Thank goodness for good weather (package was dry, streets were dry) and a pretty safe neighborhood with alert neighbors. Kitties were fine, of course. Talked to them for a bit, then came home and e-mailed sis before she likely was up for the day!

I have to love asynchronous communication, including e-mail and text... so that people can sleep, run errands, and live their lives on a schedule that works for THEM!

Now I'm all breakfasted, and ready for the rest of this good weather day. I am all full of positive energy from the success of my pre-dawn adventures!

It is my hope for all of my Spark buds that we accept whatever role we have in whatever phase of life we're in, and make the best self-care decisions we can manage on this one and only Wednesday, December 4, 2019 we'll ever get. We are worth it, each and every one! emoticon emoticon emoticon Opening my present (today)...
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    6 days ago
    Glad that you were able to get your Sis's package with no problem.
    50 days ago
  • SPICY23
    You describe my Sis and Me growing up to a T. She is still a night owl and will respond to messages at all hours. I am more of a luddite and may not even look at messages for days. I imagine I frustrate her as much as she does me. Guess that's our jobs, huh?

    Peace and Care
    50 days ago
    Good calls all around.

    I've used text as preludes to conversations. U BZY? Kids with kids, working and running errands. It allows them to get back to me when they are free and I'm not hanging on a phone where everyone is crying, yelling and wanting moms attention!
    51 days ago
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    52 days ago
  • NANCY-
    I totally understand about the night owl / early bird thing. I'm the night owl and my sis is the perky morning person. Sharing a room was so much fun, NOT! LOL Glad this are working out.
    You are a wonderful sister.

    52 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    52 days ago
    I'm glad the package was still there. There was another story on the evening news tonight about the robberies that take place when a package is delivered.
    52 days ago
    Glad you were able to intercept the package. It is sad that there are so many instances of package pirating, but it is a reality!

    Prayers and good thoughts for your sister's family.
    52 days ago
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    52 days ago
    Yes, I love texting, espeically the grandkids. And all the fun GIFs. And sometimes it is just so much more convenient to text than to call, especially as my sister is 3 hours behind me, so even if we did get up at the same time (I'm usually earlier than she is) timing is an issue.

    Kitties and sis are lucky to have you. I know you are doing great and I bet you are truly appreciated. So glad the package was fine. Now hope the family emergency resolves to everyone's benefit.
    52 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I agree, technology is great! I wonder how I ever survived with none! But on the other hand I found out I have a big fat virus on my laptop but am so thankful I bought another one for travel and emergency which this is!
    52 days ago
    Whew!! Glad you were able to get the package before the pirates woke up! Those commercials for “ring” are tempting! Catch those crooks... or avoid them like you did!
    52 days ago
    Yes: actual phone calls are now pretty much considered RUDE since the recipient is picking up on the caller's schedule rather than attending to text/email etc. on their own!!

    And: I'm finding that millennials have so little experience with actual phone calls that they aren't really sure how to handle them!!
    52 days ago
    I had 5 packages delivered yesterday...was able to alert my next door neighbor to put them inside my house. Normally not a concern but my sister's Christmas gift (a robotic vacuum) was being delivered and I did want to feather some one else nest at $225.
    52 days ago
    What would we do without today's technology! It does give us freedom in the long run! emoticon
    52 days ago
    Text and emails have brought a lot of freedom with schedules which, as you noted, is great for opposing schedules.

    52 days ago
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