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Feb. 8th, 2008

earth

Following the light

Fridays make me happy. I won't have to get up early tomorrow morning. I won't have to do much work over the weekend. But more importantly, I won't have to wake up early tomorrow morning.
Yeah, I'm rather overworked and sleep deprived. I'd say that being a team lead isn't all it's cracked up to be, but I don't really think that's the case. I think that once I get an extra admin to make up for the group being one short, and I make the time to train someone else to do all the things that only I know how to do, and I get over the learning curve for things like making up project charters and task lists, things will go much smoother.
I'm looking forward to it.

Feb. 6th, 2008

earth

The madness of the week

The past week and a half have been an exercise in chaos and insanity.

My supervisor had a very unfortunate accident at home. As a result, he is now in the hospital and is not likely to come back to work. He was already planning on leaving us in a couple of months to go to med school (he decided to be a surgeon). He is still planning on going to med school, but will be going to rehab instead of work until then.

As a consequence of this accident, now I am the acting team lead for my group. I had already talked to the boss people about taking the post after he left, but I hadn't expected it to be so soon. I've been completely swamped, partly from the new responsibilities that I don't have down to a routine yet. The other part is from the fact that many of my previous responsibilities can't be delegated to another team member until I can make the time to train someone to take over them (I was the only one specializing in my subject).

The good news is that it seems that I will be remaining in the team lead position for a while, am going to get to hire someone to round out the team (since we are now short one body), and I'm already working on a few projects to make sailing a little smoother in the future.

Feb. 5th, 2008

earth

So much

So many things whirling around my head, and so little time. Can't BELIEVE it's been nearly two months since I last posted. Ack.

Dec. 8th, 2007

earth

Happiness is a pint of ice cream

I just tried a new Ben and Jerry's flavor. One I had not seen before.

Creme Brulee

The only words I could come up with were "Oh, wow".

Seriously, if you have never tried this one before, you don't know what you're missing. Go out and get some.

Why are you still at your computer?? GO!!!

Nov. 29th, 2007

earth

Getting ready for the onslaught

Lots to do, lots to do.

At this point, I think I have enough to do that if I spend every waking moment doing it, I might finish it in time.

And don't even think about the stuff that I want (but don't technically need) to do.

Madness!

Nov. 25th, 2007

earth

Cleaning house

I spent a good part of my day today cleaning house. And it wasn't even my house! It was my stuff though.

When I left Atlanta, I moved to NY with whatever fit into my car (yeah, that tiny little thing), and left the rest behind.

The Rest turned out to be 2 plastic crates, 4 cardboard boxes, and enough clothes to fill up about a foot and a half of closet space.

This morning I went through the clothes. I am taking some of it back with me, leaving only a few things here, and the rest (easily two thirds of it) is going to be donated. It's all in pretty good shape, but it's stuff that is so old that even I wouldn't want to wear it anymore (the biggest difference is in the pants, I just can't wear pants that are up to my waist anymore!).

The rest of the morning and a good part of the afternoon was spent going through the boxes of my possessions in the garage. I found all SORTS of old things. I even found my SS card, so now I might actually be able to get a NY state license! (long story involving some serious RIDICULOUSNESS at the DMV). In addition to that, I found my high school diploma and yearbook, tons upon TONS of pictures from my high school and college days, old letters and cards that I have received from long lost friends, stuffed bears, harlequins and other toys, alarm clocks and lots of matted pictures from my photography class. There were lots of old CDs with ancient and obsolete software, more floppy disks than I can count, and bunches of cassette and VHS tapes with movies and soundtracks I now have digital versions of. I even found a Barbie. With her hair cut. Don't ask, I can't explain that one.

Then dad and I went for a walk. We had no idea where we went, had never been down that way before, and got home just as it was starting to get really dark. A look at the map later revealed that we actually covered about 3 miles, so we did pretty good.

Nov. 22nd, 2007

earth

Just call me ant food

I really love coming home.

Right now, home for me in is Atlanta, which is where my parents live. They have been in Georgia for about 7 years now.
4 years ago, I planted about 8 bulbs in my mom's front garden (I like working in her yard, cause it gives me a really good excuse to play in the dirt). Two years ago, I replanted them, separating out the ones that had reproduced and found about 25 of them. Today I did the same, and found about 35 bulbs and two anthills. Two really big anthills.
Fortunately for me, I had gloves, and ants really aren't that bright; they would spend a lot of time trying to bite the gloves before working their way further up. But they did manage to get that far. So I am now wearing two matching bracelets of ant bites all the way around both my wrists.

And since tomorrow (time check... oops! I mean TODAY) is Thanksgiving, and we are going to my cousin's house, I decided it was my duty as the family chocoholic to supply the deserts (actually we are all chocoholics, my penchant for baking would make me the active chocoholic). One kick-ass chocolate pie, and one big tray of chocolate chip cookies later, dad and my brother are both sitting in the kitchen, waiting on the first round of cookies from the oven to cool enough to eat. My brother started to pass the time by fixing us some drinks. Dad and I (and the brother, of course) had no objection to passing the time by drinking them.

All in all, it has been a good day. Er... night...

Nov. 14th, 2007

earth

I say go, go, go.

This week is nuts! We're all still pulling extra hours at work. I'm planning a trip to see some friends this weekend and instead of going home on Sunday, I'm going down to Jersey to see the BF for an evening. That frees up my Monday night so that I can take my Tuesday class one day early and then go home and pack because on Tuesday night I'm flying down to Atlanta. So that means I have tonight to clean up my apartment and catch up on some sleep, and tomorrow to stop at the store for supplies for the Monday class, clean out my car and pack it so it's ready to go on Friday.

You say stop, and I say go, go go.

Nov. 4th, 2007

earth

Crazy week

It has truly been a nutty week.

I was out for on a break for a complete week, but of course, that doesn't mean that my responsibilities for that week went away (I was on vacation, they should have gone too!). It just means that if I didn't do it before my trip, I had to do it when I got back.

Not only does that go for work too, but with all the extra work that we have planned for the end of the year, time is quickly becoming a precious commodity. There is nothing really dependant on the time of year, just a lot that needs to get done in the next few months. Fortunately for us (sort of), we have the fortunate combination of A) insane amounts of work to do coupled with b) overtime. Actually, as I'm a contractor now, I don't really get OT, I just get paid for the hours that I work. On the downside, one week off = one week of no pay, but working 50 hours a week = getting paid for 50 hours a week.

On the further upside, next weekend is the annual NYC chocolate show. I can't wait to go.

Oct. 31st, 2007

earth

The Italy post

I got back from Italy late last week. Yes, Italy.

I went to see my sister. Well, and Italy too. She's been in Florence since June, studying Italian, traveling around Europe, and working on her internship. So yeah, I'm jealous.

In any case, I made the trip with my parents. The brother had to miss the trip because of his classes.

Needless to say, the trip was a complete blast. Jet lag wasn't too bad, either. We stayed with my sister in Florence, and made day trips to Pisa by train, and Siena by bus. Public transportation is really good out there.

There is a lot that can be said about the trip, but there were of course, a few things that stuck out the most in my mind.

The transportation works much better out there. Trains go almost everywhere, and aren't expensive, even with the rate of currency exchange (ouch - the dollar is not well).
Tons of people get around by just bicycle, motorcycle, or just walking. And the people who do drive do not feel the need for the 3-ton, 20 mpg beasts that so many Americans like to drive. Minis and Smart cars were everywhere!

The food was just to kill for. The restaurant food was good, and of course the pizza was great. But the real treats weren't in the restaurants, they were in the grocery stores. Everything was fresh, very tasty, very not canned, very not preserved, and had obviously not been sitting on the shelves for weeks. Bread for breakfast was bought fresh daily from the bakery on the corner, and when I split it open, it was still warm from the oven.

Needless to say, the architecture was just mind-boggling. Old, elaborately decorated churches, bridges and buildings everywhere you turn. And not New York style old, where something from the 1800s is old and anything older is just a relic. These are buildings, churches and sculptures that have been around since the middle ages.

So yeah, I absolutely LOVED Italy. Didn't get to spend nearly as much time there as I would have liked, and I DEFINITELY want to go back.

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