Wednesday, September 02, 2009
I've mentioned before that my area at work is going through a re-org. One of the guys is moving on to another position and needs to hand down some of his projects. One in particular is fairly involved and complicated. Every department is involved, plus subcons and our Singapore site. It makes sense that he would hand this project off to me. I think so. He thinks so. My boss' boss thinks so. Unfortunately, my boss doesn't think so nor does his boss or my boss' boss' boss.
Why? I don't know, but I was irritated beyond irritation when I found out that my boss was taking this over! Granted, he did not volunteer for it, it was assigned to him. However (and really that's a big BUT!), I think he could have handled it so much better. Instead of telling the powers-that-be that he was too busy to take this on (which he probably is), as my boss, he should have been telling them why I should be the contact on this! Since he didn't (and I know he didn't, he told me), that tells me that he has no confidence in my abilities!
He knows that I don't agree with the decision. I did the right thing (if I want to keep my job) and told him that I'll help wherever he needs me to. My plan is to be an expert on this and be able to answer every question without consulting notes. I'm already familiar with the product, so that shouldn't be too hard. The twitchy part of me, however, will not make it easy on him when he needs me. I'll make sure I get the credit for my work...not him.
On the re-org subject, we've been told that the structure is set, most names are in place, there is just one more item to hammer out (must be a dang small hammer!) and that we are "this close". Should know something "shortly." Can you say vague, followed by vague with a side helping of vague....
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
1. My grandma is in the hospital. She had surgery on an abdominal aortal aneurysm. She's known about it for years but just assumed it would burst one day and kill her instantly (sorry if that sounds harsh, her words). Instead, it started leaking, causing pain and an unplanned surgery. She's stable now, on a ventilator and will probably be in the hospital for at least another week. The nurses say she is right where they expect her to be after a surgery like this.
2. Conference call at work tonight at 5:30, so got to son's practice late. (Still no team mom around!) We got our schedule of games and the furthest we have to travel is 30 minutes away! Woo Hoo!! Last year we had to travel three hours for one game.
3. My kids are in school and I have homework. My son's teacher sent home this big packet of stuff she wants filled out. Ugh! Just NOT in the mood to fill out info on my kid. He's great and all, but I don't want to have to write it down!
4. Tournament update - we won the first game, lost the next two. Out of the tournament. No idea how we placed. I want to play some more!
5. Morning exercise and me, not a good combination. Even after I announced it, I still didn't go. At least I walked the dogs tonight. That was some exercise!
6. Going to bed now...after I verify that my "homework" is not due tomorrow! LOL!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Tomorrow, I have a conference call at 5:30 pm (yep, a full 30 minutes AFTER I'm supposed to leave work). And, my son has football practice. Because of the extra busyness tomorrow, I don't see where I will have time to work out after work. That means, I need to get up in the morning, BEFORE work, and get that work out in. I have a really bad record for morning workouts, so I figured if I told the entire Spark world about my plans, I'll be forced to get up. So...keeping it short tonight so I can go to bed.
I'll let you all know how great the work out was tomorrow. Nighty nite!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Today was the big Jamboree for my son and his football team. Our area has a population of about 400,000. I think five of those folks stayed home today! LOL! Our team (Go Bulldogs!!) was scheduled to play at 11:00. Which meant, of course, we had to be there at 9:30.
Surprise, surprise, we were late. Well, technically, we were in the area on time. But when it takes almost ten minutes to walk from parking spot to meeting spot, it tends to make "on time" a little less achievable. No worries. We weren't the last ones and we didn't miss anything.
After we all stood around for the appropriate amount of time, the boys lined up to go onto the field and the parents lined up to go into the stands. I should note, that our local university (where the jamboree is held) is Boise State University. If you know anything about college football, you know that BSU has blue turf. If you do not know this, learn it now, commit it to memory and do not forget it! LOL! Here is a link to a thing of beauty...
Since the jamboree consists of 6 plays for the defense and 6 plays for the offense (~15 minutes total play time), the real thrill for the boys is they get to play on the blue turf. The real bummer for the parents is that we DON'T! We don't even get to touch it! Man!
My son played offense, so he was up first. I'm not sure if he was following directions or what, but I swear that every time I watched, he flopped through the defensive line and landed on the ground! LOL!! I'm sure I missed something, but that's what it looked like to me!
Afterward, we went to see if the BSU Broncos (football team) were still set up to sign autographs. Last year, we played at just the wrong time and did not get to see them at all. We were in luck...they were still there!! They had posters that the kids could take and have signed. My son also had a jersey for them to sign. He gave his sister the poster. They separated us (again!)...kids could get autographs, parents had to stand behind the barriers. Hmmmm....I detect a trend. Could it be that the parents did not behave and had their privileges revoked? Probably...
I do have to say this for the organizers of the Jamboree. We were scheduled to start at 11:00. We started...yes, at 11:00!! I was totally amazed! I think the first teams played at 8:00. To keep just under a billion people, half of them kids and the other half ill-mannered parents, in line and on schedule is amazing! There was plenty of seating. There was food (if you wanted it) and things were well labeled. Other than the crowds (which were unavoidable), it was a very pleasant experience. Tiring, but pleasant.
Oh, BTW, the team mom wasn't there. I expressed my opinion that a new team mom should be appointed. Then I dropped it and enjoyed my day!
(the last one is supposed to be a bulldog)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Tonight was game one of our end-of-season tournament. I don't know if they went by record to set the schedule, but since we had the first game, I'm guessing they did! I decided that my glove was broken. I couldn't stop a ball to save my life! I played catcher and I swear every single ball saw my mitt and swerved! Okay, so it wasn't the mitt, it was me! But dang! I really sucked!
My first at-bat was a bust too! I hit the ball, but it was a dribbler right to the pitcher. And to top it off, I couldn't get a good start out of the batter's box. Of course I was out on that turn. The next at-bat was an AWESOME hit between short and third. Unfortunately, they fielded it cleanly and I was out at first. My last at-bat, one of my team mates told me how to hold the bat so that the sweet spot was in front. I did. Then I hit it totally wrong, popped it up, they caught it and I was out! Son of a biscuit eater!!!
The good news? Despite my contribution (or lack thereof), my team won! And we won by a fairly large margin...14 - 2! Our next game is at 11:30 tomorrow. I can't make that one (Football Jamboree for my son!). But, hopefully we win that one and play again at 2:00-ish. I should be able to make that one! Fingers crossed!
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