Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Getting to work could have been more of an adventure, but it was enough. We has a couple of inches of snow Sunday followed by some freezing rain overnight. This meant there was a layer of ice over the snow. Luckily the streets had been taken care of and the snow layer made cleaning the car off (except the windows) pretty easy.
I got in at my normal time after dropping Gak off at work. He decided (smartly) that he didn't want to walk in this crud. I boot up my computer and find out that the network is down, mostly. Some people who got in early or who didn't have laptops they took home were fine, sort of. After trying a couple of things I checked and nope, I had no IP address. Not going to get anything done online then. Well, I did get some stuff done, but probably not what I should have been working on. I should have been working on revising my training materials. Instead I was thinking up crochet patterns for Scout. At least for a little bit, then I did get to the training materials. The network came up by 11, so I did end up being able to take care of some email issues and other stuff.
The fun part of yesterday was last night. Gak got a text message in the morning asking if the Bunnies were still needing attention. (He'd sent an email to Scott telling him that the bunnies were talking bad about him and to come over Friday.) Well, he said yes, come on over tonight. Kat has started her new job. She's got to redo her training (same corporation, different dealership). It is all online and was wondering if she could use my computer to get some of it done after work as her work computer is slow. I said sure, you have a key, come on over. So, Gak and I get home to a full house with dinner already partially started (spaghetti), and the living room picked up. Kat, Zoe and Scott were all over. It is so nice to come home to a full house, especially when it's full of friends. We ended up playing a couple of rounds of Dutch Blitz (Flinch on speed), which the guys didn't like, and then a game of Fluxx. Kat and Scott weren't too fond of that one because the rules constantly change. Gak and I enjoy it as does our friend Michelle. I enjoyed watching the two of them 'break' every time something changed. Call me evil that way. We all had a good evening though and good food. Zoe had fun too. It was my turn to find where she hid Jane the gorilla. (Normally Gak hides Jane for Zoe to find, it's a game that started when we were moving...)
Hopefully today will be a little more productive at work. It's not so blech out today and should be 'warm' all week. Peace to all and may you have many fun adventures with your friends.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
This has been a good weekend. Not in the spending lots of time with friends hanging out and having fun.
Yesterday after Gak got off work we went and had our taxes done. We're due a bit of a return this year, which is nice. After getting done with the taxes, we headed down to Montgomeryville. I had to run to Target to return the rug that didn't match the living room and Gak doesn't' get out as much so figured we could use a side trip. Well, Gak's been looking for a new monitor off and on for a while. We found a deal at Best Buy we just couldn't pass up. He now has a 19" flat screen monitor. It has all but solved his glare problem. He's very happy with it. As you can see, it has really cleared up a lot of desk space. I also picked up a replacement camera. I ended up getting an L6 instead of an L3. I'm really happy with it. It's just like my L3, except that it is 6 megapixles instead of 5.
I also finished up an afghan I'd been working on. You can see it on the Flickr sidebar. It's actually a navy and a mint and looks great. I may or may not use the pattern again. I really like the look of it, but you do it in strips which you have to join. Not my idea of fun.
Well, I'm going to get off here now and finish having a lazy Sunday. Peace to all and may you have at least a few bright spots in your life.
Friday, February 23, 2007
This week really wasn't all that bad. Work wasn't as productive as it could have or should have been, but I'm OK with that. They did feed me lunch today. This week was corporate's Engineers Week. Oh boy, we get to celebrate for an entire week all things engineering! It wasn't all that bad really. I was involved in none of it really. Corporate did recognize our products for an award this year, which means that we're finally being noticed outside of our group. I'm not sure this is a good or bad thing, but hey, whatever. All I know is one of the guys who got recognized really deserved it for all the work he's done. The others on the team did a lot of work, but this one guy has done the work of about 7 I think. Today was a lunch to celebrate. The guy from Virginia who's now running our engineering groups (SW and project) decided it would be much nicer (and a better PR move) to feed everyone instead of just taking the engineers out to lunch. I think he was right. I mean, a little thank you or appreciation that a lunch or even a cake or something can make a crummy week/month/year not so bad. It means that someone actually was paying attention, at least for a little bit. He seems to be a nice enough guy, this guy from Virginia. I just hope he can understand our product enough and our existing process enough to make it even better. I know there is a lot of room for improvement, but I just don't want to see it get ruined in the process of making it better, if that makes any sense.
Home has been nicely uneventful. I've been playing on the computer a bit, but not so much. I miss having Gak in game with me. I mean, for the longest time, we could never play at the same time, but there was always 'someday'. Since June we've been able to play together. Now we don't. I still get to see my friends and hang with them, but it's different now. I didn't think I'd really miss him in game or even notice really. Maybe it's just because I've been home the last few weeks. I guess part of it is now I don't have much drive to level Zeri because Ahri is already 2 levels behind and we were growing them together. Who knows. I still enjoy the game and my friends, but something is missing now.
Speaking of games I realize I never did give an update on how Sunday went. Well, despite fighting off a headache, Kat seemed to have fun. We all went out to dinner (well, not Stu) last night and she said she enjoyed herself. I didn't kill Stu. I didn't kill anyone. I went from 'being the one with the most invested so the one who made the final decision' to a passenger. Just like RL I guess. I don't mind, at least not much. We did have fun and it will be fun to see where things go. I am a bit worried though. Gak went in early Wednesday to work and spent the time creating more plot outlines. We're in trouble! But it will be so much fun!!
You may have noticed, but there is a Flickr stream on the sidebar now. I had a photobucket account, but couldn't link it to the blog. I can with Flicr. So now, instead of just getting one or maybe two pictures in an entry, you'll get to see the most recent 5 photos I've uploaded. You can even follow the link to see everything I've posted to Flickr. I hope to get a replacement for my digital soon, so I should hopefully be posting more pictures.
Well, I guess I should wrap up the wrap up. Peace to all and may you have a good weekend.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Most of you know I've been in dire need and searching for new jeans for months now. Well, I think the search is finally over! My order from L.L. Bean came in yesterday. I ordered two different styles and both, yes both, fit! Admittedly, one fit a little better than the other, but they both fit and are keepers. It is good because the one style comes in black and khaki so I can order those for training clothes. I really don't enjoy ruining a pair of nicer pants at a coal-fired site when everything turns grey or black just by showing up.
Ok, back to your Wednesdays everyone. Peace to all.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Yesterday was Monday. Yesterday was a good day. I had off work because it was President's Day. Mom had off because it was a Monday. She's finally been set free from the boot/cast and can now go places and do things so much easier! Therefore, she came up to visit me. She actually brought with her one of her vests so that I could have the right measurements for making her one in crochet. I picked up some really beautiful wool/silk blend sport/baby weight yarn back in November. I will hopefully get quite a bit of that done in the next few weeks around my other projects.
The three of us went out to lunch and then Gak had to go to work. Poor guy. I'm guessing he enjoyed it a little bit more than going down to Target with me and Mom. We spent quite a bit of time there, wandering, chatting and buying things. We found a rug we liked for the living room. I thought it might be a little too yellow, but got it anyhow. Target is good about taking returns if you have the receipt. Well, it was too yellow, so it'll be going back some time this week. I would go to Target more often, but right now it's too far away. Luckily in the next few months, there is one in town that is going to open. I can't wait, I won't have to go to WallMart unless I really need something only they have!
But yes, today is a Monday. It is a Monday in the sense of it's the first day of the work week and getting into gear is a little rough. I have gotten a few things accomplished, but still feel quite unorganized about some things. Some of these things are totally out of my control, such as not hearing back from marketing or my boss about shifting responsibility for the logistics of some things to someone else. I guess I need to fire off an email to follow up on these things. The chaos I've been feeling at home is worse here at the job. Every department seems understaffed, under budgeted, over stressed and not communicating. I think it's always been that way a bit around here, but it just keeps getting worse and worse. I'm not the only one saying it either; a friend in another department commented on it earlier when he stopped by.
Oh well, we'll see. At least I'm home for another week or two, maybe longer. March is looking deceptively calm on the calendar. At this point it looks like I'm actually going to have to cancel my first regional seminar of the year. I haven't had a single soul sign up for it and only about 3 people ask about it. I haven't done a darn thing for it, and neither has marketing. I really feel like I'm adrift and no one knows what's going on or cares. It could be worse I guess, I could have no job at all. So, for now I'll keep the one I have, but maybe it is time for me to find something else, or at least another direction within this company. Yeah, I've said that before and never done anything about it then either.
Oh well. I guess that's enough complaining on my part. As I tell other people, either fix the problem or stop complaining.
I hope your Monday of a Tuesday is going better than mine. Peace to all.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
This weekend is my sister's birthday. Last night also happened to be "Island Night" at the Spinnerstown Hotel, with Craig Thatcher playing. It's always great to go see Craig, even more fun when it is Island Night. There were about 5 of us who went, and Mom joined us for a little bit as well. We didn't stay out too late, but late enough to have a great time and hear some really good music.
I don't have any pictures as I didn't bring my camera and we were sitting almost behind the band. We had fun at any rate.
Today the gang is coming over here and we're finally picking up the Werewolf game again. I'm really pretty excited, as my sister is going to join us as well. All I know is that where we left off, when I find out what Stuart did, he's toast. Or at least Scott is going to have to do a lot of quick thinking to talk me down from this one. It should be fun. We'll see.
I'm just glad that I have Monday off for Presidents Day. Even though last week was really messed up time-wise, it is still nice to have a three day weekend.
Peace to all and may you have a great rest of the weekend.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
This first one is Scout trying her best to take over the two Linus blankies. The blue one is almost square. I meant to make it square, but I missed by about an inch or so. It's a waffle weave pattern I've done before. I used some yarn I picked up in North Dakota a few weeks back. I did most of it on my plane rides Monday and Friday. I finished it up yesterday. I'm impressed at how quickly it really went. The white and bright is a pattern I got out of a book I have. Of course I modified it a bit, since I can't seem to stick to any set of directions long. The bright is RedHeart Super Saver. I'm never using it again. It was very tough on my hands while I was working it. It washed up OK, but not great. I also whipped up for Gak, but I didn't get a picture of it.
Here are two pictures of the truck. This is the only damage that the tuck has. From the top one, you can almost see that the car that hit me was a dark red. There is amazingly little damage. It's mostly annoying. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get it into the shop and it'll be done quickly. I'm just glad I have the insurance I do. They're taking really good care of me and very quickly too.
Well, I'm going to end this post here. Peace to all and may you not have as much chaos in your life as I do.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Yesterday was an adventure of sorts. Mostly good. I manage to get to the airport about an hour early. It takes me about 10 minutes to check in and I've got about 25 minutes before they start boarding. Then I see the line for security. I haven't seen a line like that other than in Philly for a while. Oh well. It moves fairly fast and no issues.
Then I get the pleasant surprise of the day. I'm in first class.
How'd that happen?
I have no idea how it happened, but my first two flights from Sacramento all the way to Atlanta are in first class. Wow! I was spoiled fast. I had plenty of room and they fed me!
Then I get to Atlanta.
Atlanta being Atlanta, everything goes downhill quite rapidly after that. To make a long, painfully story a bit shorter, several gate changes (including one to the absolute other end of the terminal, from 2 to 34) I end up getting home an hour and a half late. Not bad all things considered.
I was a lazy butt today and sent Gak in to work by himself and spent the day doing almost nothing. Well, I did manage to finish another Project Linus blankie. I'll posts pictures tomorrow.
Life didn't get interesting until dinner.
Gak and I sit down to dinner.
We hear a large crash and crunch.
This can't be good.
Gak goes to check it out and sure enough, our truck had been hit and the other car vanished. Of course, as Gak gets downstairs and goes outside, our friend Stew is passing on his way to Scott's and stops. Perfect timing huh? First call, the Police. Did I ever mention that we live right across the street from the borough hall where the Police are? Well, they show up in about a minute flat. There doesn't seem to be much damage to the truck. We were lucky that there was a strip of ice under the driver side wheels and the truck got pushed forward just about one whole parking spot. I was impressed really. There was some debris from the other car, and it is a car not a truck, in the road. The officer makes a preliminary report and says he's not overly hopeful that they'll find the car that did it.
Well, I call the insurance company to start the paperwork. I am on the phone with my sister when the lady from the local office calls back. I miss the call and call her right back. As I'm on the phone, I look out the back window in the living room and wouldn't you know it, the cops have a car missing the driver's side headlight stopped across the street.
Well, it turns out that this is indeed the car that hit us. It also turns out that I have a very good policy and it will cost me at most $100 to get the car fixed. I just have to figure out where I'm taking it by tomorrow. I've got a few places listed and my sister knows some too. If they're with my insurance company, that's where I'll go.
Luckily no one was hurt and it doesn't look like the truck was all that damaged. I'll post pics tomorrow.
The chaos continues.
Maybe this week will be better?
Peace to all and may you have a chaos free week.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Ok, so yesterday I was hoping to go have dinner with Syn, since he lives not too horribly far from here. That is until you factor in California traffic and a recurring cold and the chaos of my week. I didn't get done until 4, and at that point, trying to get anywhere would have been more painfully and time consuming than anything. That and Syn is trying to get over the same cold yet again. We did talk for a good bit and decided we'd have to try next time I'm in the area. Who knows when that'll be, but hey, it could happen.
Yesterdays classes continued the Chaos. I show up at 7 like planned. I had no idea what was going to be the game plan of the day. I was smart, I brought the game boy with me. I end up sitting around until almost 9 while they try and figure out who I'm supposed to be training. I then do two sets of operator training and have a granola bar that I'd shoved in my bag for lunch.
Today I head back there at 7am. I manage to finish up the first training session from Tuesday by about 9:00 or so. I then wait around for about an hour or so while they track down the last operator on duty that I haven't talked to. I manage to escape by noon.
I took a deep breath and went out for lunch. I didn't even get lost this time. I spent the afternoon napping in front of the TV and then finally got off my butt and went to the gym. My willpower is so weak with this right now. And all it does is make me mad at myself that I don't go. That just makes me depressed about everything and therefore I don't go. Lather, rinse and repeat until you drown your misery in chocolate.
On my way back from dinner I got to witness the first few minutes of a car fire. I didn't see the accident, but I wondered why the traffic wasn't moving. Luckily I was at a spot where I could turn and still get to where I was going. Well, as I get to the intersection, I see that there is a car on fire (it was just starting) and that there was a pickup involved and a guy lying on the ground. By the time the light turned and I was able to get out of the way, they had walked the guy off to the side. He didn't seem to have a back injury as he was trying to help walk, and it was probably safer to move him then let him stay there. By the time I got back to my hotel, which was right around the corner, there were sirens coming from all directions. I could almost watch the scene from my window. Interesting to see, I just hope no one was hurt too badly.
I then check my email. I planned on quick packing while the email downloaded and then to spend the evening camped out in front of the TV with my crocheting.
I get an email from the big boss asking about something that I haven't honestly had time to think about. Actually, I haven't had time and I haven't made the time either because I wanted it to go away. It is some very custom training for some very custom software that went in ages ago and will never go into another site. Therefore, I've spent most of the last hour working on that to get something out to the big boss so I can send it out to the customer on Monday if all is approved. Part of the problem is that I don't want to do this training. I don't want to for many reasons, the biggest being that I don't want to spend 20 or more hours developing something that will be done once and never done again. I honestly don't think we're going to get paid enough. I also had been putting it off because the ITO guy I asked how much I should add to the standard for the custom training didn't really give me an answer and so I was still trying to figure it out.
Anyhow, I was cranky with Gak about it on the phone. I feel horrible and I apologized a lot for it. I really shouldn't take this out on him. I'm just really not in love with my whole job any more. I would do almost anything for a nice, simple 9-to-5 kind of job where I can be home most nights and weekends. Today was a grey day and being alone in a crowded restaurant and then the email from the big boss just didn't help things any. The chaos of the week hasn't been much fun either. I'm definitely one of those people who likes to have something resembling a schedule and is almost reliable. I mean, I've gotten much better about handling sudden changes and chaos, but this week was just plain ridiculous! There has to be at least a little structure, and at this plant, the only structure that existed was Murphy and his Law.
Oh well. I'm going to go stand in the shower and crawl into bed. I have to leave here at about 4am local time for my 6am flight. I should be home by 10pm tomorrow. Yep, another 12 or 13 hour travel day. *sigh*
Peace to all and may you be comfortable with the chaos level of your life.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
That is the only word I have for this training I think.
I am currently starting this entry from the site… you’ll see why later.
Yesterday’s travel went well. I managed not to get lost on my way down to Stockton.
I ate somewhat early and headed back to the hotel to vegetate in front of the television for a few hours and then go to sleep. Well, that part of my plan worked great. Then my phone rang at 1am. It was an 800 number that I didn’t recognize, so I ignore it. The phone rings again at 1:15 and this time they leave me a message. Mind you, I have to be up at 5:20 or so because I have to be onsite by 6:30. I realize I probably wouldn’t get back to sleep until I listened to the message. It was a Dell service rep saying we’d been disconnected and the problem would be solved with a registry edit and walked me through it.
I have 2 Dell computers. Both of them are working just fine. (Well, the work computer is slow and cranky, but I blame corporate for that…) I mean, didn’t the lady on the other end of the line not recognize either my name or voice on my voicemail greeting? Oh well. I eventually get back to sleep.
I even manage to get out of the door on time to get to the site.
Note to self, make sure that you put all the numbers of an address into Mapquest when trying to get directions. To make a long story a bit shorter, I wander around a not-so-nice area of Stockton for about 15 minutes trying to find the plant, only to find out I was at the wrong end of town.
I get here around 6:45, not bad really. There is some confusion, even by the guy who set this up, as to who is actually supposed to be in my session today. Also, there is no real conference room so we’re steeling someone’s “desk” in the admin trailer. We finally get underway by almost 8. So much for an early day.
The morning consists of many interruptions, side tracks and not a whole lot of training going on. We finally break for lunch, and I promptly get lost again. I made it back in time though. But none of my ‘students’ are here, just the guy who’s desk we took over.
Well, it turns out that they’re having a mechanical problem. I eventually found this out when my contact came by to talk to me about it after I’d been sitting here about an hour. His phone rang after only getting out they had a problem and I haven’t seen him since and it has been almost another 1.5 hours. I have no idea what’s going on for the rest of today. I don’t know what the schedule for tomorrow is. I do know I’m supposed to have dinner with Syn and I’m to call him when I’m done here tomorrow. All I do know is that I’m bored (I took the gameboy out of my bag…) and I haven’t been able to find anyone who could possibly have a clue as to what I’m supposed to do. Technically, I guess I can leave, I’ve been here 8 hours.
I hope your day is a lot less chaotic than mine. I mean, I like a little bit of chaos, but recently this has been the pits! Peace to all and find some humor in your situation.
P.S. I ended up leaving around 4pm when I realized that there was no way they would ever have time to finish up today. I'm supposed to be there around 7am and the chaos will continue. We have no idea what or who I'm teaching tomorrow.
Have a good night all!
Monday, February 05, 2007
Well, this weekend was a lot of fun. Michelle came up Friday evening, even though it wasn't sure if it wanted to snow or rain. We had a houseful again. Scott, Zoe and Kat all came over and we had an odd assortment of things for dinner. Then we played Killer Bunnies! Zoe helped Michelle a bit (she was very happy to see her) and wandered back and forth to watch Cars.
Saturday was fun. We all (except Gak who had to work) met Scott for breakfast. Of course, we were late. I'm usually on time, or early, but we just couldn't all get our acts together, except Scott. After that Michelle and I went to JoAnn's and had fun. We picked up some stuff for various projects. Including some stuff for Michelle to make some fleece Project Linus blankies. We then played and had fun.
Gak actually did an evil thing on Friday. He reintroduced Michelle to EQII and the fay. He and I created a monk on my account to play with her. She's now a level conjurer. Needless to say, it was quite an adventure throughout the weekend.
Sunday Michelle went home in the afternoon and I packed for my trip out here to CA this week. The trip out was uneventful, other than the fact that I had to leave the house at about 4:30 am. The classes this week are early as well. It should be almost OK, since I'm almost on Eastern time still. The cool part of the week will be Wednesday night when I get to have dinner with a friend from the game. Syn and I are meeting about halfway between where he lives and where I'm staying. Should be fun.
Well, I need to check the work email and get a few things done before I go to dinner and crash for the night.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
My first flight, while full wasn't bad. I had just enough time to walk from plane to plane in Min. Mind you, I'd gotten side tracked doing work yesterday morning so I didn't get breakfast and Northwest doesn't feed you, unless you pay $2-5. I didn't have any cash on me and it is now 1pm Central time. I eat a granola bar I had stashed in my bag for such emergencies. I make it to Dulles with enough time to get to my plane. I check the board to see where I'm supposed to be. Gate A6, Canceled.
Well, after waiting in line at Customer Service (one of the many jobs I really wouldn't want, dealing with cranky travelers all day...) I get no info, but a ticket on the 9:50 flight.
Well, at least I get to eat dinner now.
I was supposed to have dinner with Gak.
Zoe and Kat were going to pick me up at the airport and have dinner with us too.
Oh well, guess that wasn't going to happen.
To make a long painful story a little bit shorter, I ended up getting home at about 1am and still made it into the office by a little after 9. I'm really tired today and have a lot of stuff to get to for this trip next week.
I really can't wait until I get home from CA and have several weeks downtime. Well, not really down time because I have to figure out how to get the email out about my regional training in March in Atlanta and set all of that crap up. I'm not good at this. My two friends in KC were experts. Now they're either gone or doing other things because their jobs are gone. I need them! I have a hard enough time just planning my own travel, let alone an entire seminar. And don't get me started on the fact that I was hoping to have my books revised by now. I guess that'll have to happen in two weeks.
Ok, time for me to go put out fires and get stuff done. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed and that's not helping me get stuff done. I feel like that and I tend to just do everything except what I'm supposed to. That whole avoidance thing.
Oh, add to the list of things to do actually print and mail my "New Year's" letter. I wrote it in the beginning of January, but it's been sitting on my computer ever since. *sigh*
Peace to all and may your life be as stress free as possible.