28.03.2023 | Mysterious Mysteries

When I dropped by Bro3 in the family home for a chat, he led me into the rooms we (well he mostly) are clearing out at the moment. “These have been yours, right? Can I throw them out?” he asked with a bit of smirk.

Mystery dime novels for Girls, from the 80s
Mystery dime novels for Girls, from the 1980s

I wasn’t as embarrassed as he might have hoped I’d be. I do remember reading those. Just vaguely, but I do. I could not for the life of me recall any kind of plot from any of them though. There always was a girl or young woman and ghosts, spooky things, but no horror as such, I think. It’s been 30 – 35 years ago. I’m very amused to think that I must have enjoyed those at some point in my life. I’m so not a fan of spooky or horror stories anymore. I can’t recall if friends of mine read those as well. How did I get into it? I honestly have no recollection, expect the vague memory of in fact having read those dime novels. For many many years obviously, the first one in this collection was vom 1986. I was just 11 then. Why did my parents not intervene ;-)?

Besides that, it was another ordinary day working from home. Two big tasks on my agenda at the moment: dealing with HR stuff for our team, as long as our supervisor is out on some personal time off. He’ll be back on Friday. Hallelujah! It’s been busy without him.

The other task is compiling the bi-annual activity report. Our former supervisor used to be in charge of that and sometimes not complained, but stressed that it’s always much more work than it seems. We never quite believed him. I’m in charge of it now. Yesterday I called him in his retirement to tell him, he was right. It’s so much work. Especially as we’ve switched content and format a bit and now include much more projects from other departments. Which means I’m sending mails and reminder mails about deadlines and try to get people on the phone to remind them. A bit annoying.

There is not much more to say about my day. Ran some errands after work, enjoyed the sun and daylight a bit. Watched some more Big Bang Theory while having dinner. I was hit by a wall of exhaustion (once more) while I was hanging out with Bro3 (not his fault *g*), so I’ll call it a day early today.

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