So I gave into it. I ate my McBreakfast, plugged in the U2, and began slogging through the database updates. Finished those in time for the 10 AM meeting with my boss, who went over some changes we need to make in the procedure for doing the month-end balancing, formally informed me about the new guy coming on board in June, and bled on me about the stupid and pointless procedure changes we have to do because some wonk in Accounts Payable found a neato-keeno Procedures template somewhere. Another triumph of form over function at the Evil Banking Neighbor, to say nothing of all the trees we're going to kill reprinting all the procedures for our manuals now that the spreadsheets have to be scanned into the documents instead of just being indicated by links. Totally fscking stupid, but It Must Be Done. I don't know what's more scary, the idea that we're doing this kind of pokazukha to please the auditors, or that soembody in AP has even less work than I do and is wasting their time on thinking up stuff like this. Ah, bureaucracy. Having had a good laugh at this (we're crying on the inside, believe me) my boss and I adjourned the meeting and went back to our cubes. I noticed that the sun had come out - don't have an exterior office, but I have a nice view of LaSalle Plaza and the Multifoods Tower through windows in the library and Brian's office- and for no good reason felt better.
For lunch, I decided to try out one of these Go Active! Happy Meals (yeah, followed up the McBreakfast with a McLunch - and actually it works out just fine within the parameters of the Weight Watchers program), opting for the Chicken Caesar Salad and a large Diet Coke instead of the bottled water. I can get all the water I can stand from the tap in the mail room, after all. The salad was okay, mostly iceberg lettuce without too much arugula or other annoying mutant grasses, and the Newman's Own dressing was good stuff too. The free pedometer is a tiny little thing that may well be crushed under my spare tire before I reach the goal of 10,000 steps per day, but it's functional and I'll give it a try. Any nudge toward more exercise is a good thing, it is, which was part of my excuse for being antisocial and skipping this month's birthday celebration. I wandered down to the Farmer's Market on the Nicollet Mall and bought two boxes of tomatoes and one of apples for $5 and then lugged the produce over to Dunn Brother in Six Quebec for my iced coffee and Internet fix. They've improved that place rapidly - from one Gateway with a sticky keyboard, they've upgraded to what appear to be a couple of flatscreen workstations. Plus, the baristas were playing the Flash Gordon OST - with music by QUEEN! Suck on that, Starbucks!