I've had a pretty hellacious week here at work. Something caused one of my users' reports to go haywire. This is a report for a legacy MS Access system that I inherited, and I didn't really do much to it till now, but it went haywire. So Tuesday night I stayed at work till almost 11:00pm to re-write it (the thing was a huge kludge that no amount of modification was going to make better, so I decided to start from scratch with it). Well, the fixed I made had the effect of making clearer just how poor my users are at data entry and editing in our database... so I've been working to point out where the problems are, how to fix them, etc.
And of course, the users still aren't completely sure that this isn't somehow my fault: after all, I did write the report, so how can it be their fault?
But the point I want to make is that even though I have had two very long days at work, I got home happy and fairly stress-free because of the physical exertion I put in during my commute home. Being outside and exercising are two great ways to calm the nerves (seriously! There have been studies done!) and when you put the two together, you've got a winner. The ride home at 11:00pm on Tuesday was surprisingly refreshing, and last night's ride at around 6:30pm was just the thing - I got to blow by some stopped traffic and I even got to chat briefly with another bike commuter!
And the best part was that when I did get home, I was happy and got to enjoy reading to my son, play with the dog a bit, help my wife a bit with dinner, and the whole nine yards - with no residual stress from the day.
I can't wait for my ride home today!