So this, honestly, is my schedule for Friday. And a wee smidge of Saturday too:
5.30 am - Haul ass outta bed.
6.00 - 8.30 am - Try to cram most of a day's work into two hours. (I can bank on about a half hour of time wastage in there.)
8.30 - 9.00 am - Have a pre-meeting meeting.
9.00 am - 12.00 pm - Have the meeting where I get to present for the last hour.
12.00 - 1.00 pm - Lunch meeting to review the meeting just concluded.
1.00 - 3.00 pm - Volunteer time at the university for the engineering career fair where I get to answer the same five questions ad nauseum.
3.30 pm - Arrive home and lay out clothes for my Super Wicked Awesome Holy Cow This Is Better Than Christmas... Burns Night Supper!!
4.30 pm - I am fully dressed in my Scotch finest (regimental) and out the door to head downtown.
5.15 pm - Knock on door of friend's suite and partake of fine cheeses and single malt scotch for about an hour.
6 ish pm - Down to hotel lobby to partake of the 'free' bar that comes courtesy of the overpriced tickets for this rather exclusive supper.
7.00 - 11.00 pm - Eat, drink and be merry. Be sure to scoop the last of the haggis off the stomach walls so as not to waste any. Gawdstrewth that's damn fine stuff!! Revel in the ineluctable aural orgasm that comes from listening to the pipes and drums on stage for half an hour. Choke back tears if they play Amazing Grace.
11.15 pm - Stand and join hands with 500 other men dressed in pleated skirts and attempt to sing Auld Lang Syne.
11.30 pm - Back up to the hotel suite for post-event port and cheese.
1.00 am - Home again, home again jiggity-jig.
6.00 am - Get up to head into work for a few hours on a Saturday to make up for too many meetings on Friday, and be home in time for Dex's swimming class at noon.
12.00 - 12.30 pm - Swim class!!
1.00 pm - Take a deep breath.