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I'll Show You My Dark Secret

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Not much to report and I don't have a dark secret -- that's just my shameless ploy to get you to read today's entry.*

The song is because I gave blood today (yeah, it's about vampires. My apologies to the wonderful nurses who took care of me today).

Otherwise, I'm starting to settle into a bit of a routine. And this job has two fabulous fitness perks. One I already knew, that I get in a half an hour of walking every day, without fail, simply to get to and from the office. The other is that I've been drinking more than 8 glasses of water per day. It's usually more like 9 or even 10, sometimes another when I get home (I don't lift until I get home).

As for the actual work, I am beginning to find things I can do, or I learn them and they work. I was getting frustrated before but I think I've turned a bit of a corner and now it's starting to push into a better groove.

*Well it worked, didn't it? ;)

Hopefully I'll have more substantial things to report about the next time I blog.

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JESPAH 7/18/2008 5:20AM

    Ah, yes, it's the amazing power of finally doing something not wholly unfamiliar. I hope I get a few more of those moments every day -- they definitely help.

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JUSTME2C 7/18/2008 12:42AM

    Keep groovin' and losin'! emoticon

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TUESDAYS 7/17/2008 11:33PM

    What a trickster! Shameless indeed... but then I knew that about you...
Congrats on that "corner turnin' stuff!" We lovvvvvvvvvvve when that happens here at SP, don't we??!

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TELERIE 7/17/2008 6:27AM

    The shameless ploy worked, keep'em coming! You're doing great, and seem so happy with the new job, it's all good!
- Marit

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JESPAH 7/17/2008 5:32AM

    I never thought it was a vamp song either -- can't recall where that was pointed out to me.

Thank you both for commenting.

{thinks of other shameless ploys .... ;)}

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LOBRENNAN 7/16/2008 10:07PM

    Dude. I never thought of that song as having to do with vampires. But it makes sense now! It all makes sense!!!

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SWINGCAT 7/16/2008 8:01PM

    Oh noes I was got by your shameless ploy!!! Haha. Great work today and good for you donating blood! Remember keep turning those corners in STYLE, with a done girls dance!

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You Know

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I'm going with this song because the other day I heard one of my coworkers speaking fluent Hebrew and it included the word "Shema" (I understand maybe 30 - 50 Hebrew words, many of them numbers) which I know means "hear" or "listen". So he may have been saying, in Hebrew, "Can you hear me now?"

He was pretty helpful today, though, as I was again struggling with the SQL beast. I'm having a bit of a frustrating time of it but that is typical for me in new job situations. I want to be comfortable immediately, and I'm not, and there's also sorts of acclimating that has to be done, and it's not happening fast enough for my tastes. I get antsy and then start doubting things. I suppose a bit of it is buyer's remorse.

It's probably also fatigue. I am trying to do all of this without resorting to caffeine, and so far that's not working out as well as I'd like. I'd just tired. A lot. I'm getting enough sleep in terms of numbers but clearly I need more. But there's no time, so I get what I can and do everything else to be healthy and hope for the best. I'll be able to make up a bit of the sleep debt over the weekend but after a while it's past time and you can't do anything about it, anyway.

And it's not even like it's much of a sleep debt. I actually get seven to nine hours per night but my body is telling me to go for ten. Well, I'm not going to give up eating or showering or a fast morning commute, or going online. It's looking a lot like I should just crawl into bed right after dinner every night but, heh, I like to have occasional conversations with my husband.

I'm funny that way.

In the meantime, while I attempt to wring another hour or two out of the day, enjoy the lovely Ofra Haza. This is the only Hebrew pop song I know of (she apparently has others on Youtube). Poor Ofra had a beautiful voice and a tragic life. Look her up some time if you're curious.

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JESPAH 7/16/2008 6:10AM

    Yeah, it's really sad. She had such a beautiful, haunting voice. I found, of all things online, a Paula Abdul song with Ofra being sampled.

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LOBRENNAN 7/15/2008 8:37PM

    I've got the Sisters of Mercy song Temple of Love with Ofra singing in it. Now I'm going to look up what happened to her.

How sad :I

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That's Okay With Me

Monday, July 14, 2008

Beware: this video will keep playing and playing if you don't stop it. Consider yourself duly warned.

Well, I'm working. And I actually have some stuff getting assigned to me already so, heh, ready or not, here I come.

I'm starting to (slowly) get used to the routine. I'm still somewhat tired but today I got home and had some energy, which is more than I can say for much of last week. Also, on Saturday we ran a bunch of errands so I'm glad that that's all done and no errands need be run this weekend, except for standard food shopping.

Gonna go grab some grub. Enjoy this obscure ditty by a group called the Members.

Oh and one more thing -- I'm a third of the way to my final goal.

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EMMASMART 7/15/2008 12:08PM

    I'm next. I'm so glad you are settling in. I have to clean the house so when I go back to work I don't have that On my mind.


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JESPAH 7/15/2008 5:55AM

    Bingo -- I'm all for stress reducterizing. :)

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RATSAMONGUS 7/14/2008 10:27PM

    Glad the new job is going well and you are getting into a routine. A little less stress and more time to enjoy. :)

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JESPAH 7/14/2008 7:34PM

    Thanks, Marit. :)

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JESPAH 7/14/2008 7:33PM

    Thank you, lovely Miss Tracy. A job with your name on it is coming. :)

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TELERIE 7/14/2008 7:33PM

    Woohoo on closing in on a goal! That's a great feeling! And a new job is ALWAYS exhausting. Glad you're easing into the routine, though. And glad you'll be able to devote the weekend to something more fun than errands! Do something good!
- Marit

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TCEDEROTH 7/14/2008 7:31PM

    It's great to be working again, isn't it? Hopefully it won't take me long to find something. The last of the surgeries is coming up soon, and then I'll be hitting the search head on. I'm very anxious.

I've been watching your ticker move, keeping an eye on your progress, and if I haven't posted it elsewhere lately, I want to say you're doing fantastic. Congratulations. Your dedication and focus are an inspiration.

And your blogs are refreshing.

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The Week Ends, The Week Begins

Monday, July 07, 2008

Hey, I'm gainfully employed! And I even went to a non-HR meeting today so, heh, I worked for maybe a half an hour.

It's a lovely place, and the people are super-friendly. I sit next to a woman who is essentially my peer and she was extremely helpful. We went over some stuff and we'll do more tomorrow, when the boss will be in. Plus the meeting was about software they just released which I will be supporting. Essentially, I will learn the software along with the users, which is good.

I definitely overdressed. I think I was the only person in the office in a blazer, and the only one in a skirt that wasn't part of some sort of sundress. My peer wore chinos and I'll probably do the same most of the time. It wasn't too overly air conditioned in there -- the blazer was okay for most of the day so I might want to keep a sweater there.

One downside, just for today, was that my breakfast was really delayed because the start was delayed. I ended up eating it at about noon or so, then lunch at 3. Not horrible and I wasn't so hungry that I was eating file folders, but I definitely can't do THAT every day. Fortunately, I most likely won't have to.

Still recovering, my head is still swimming, but I'm happy.

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JESPAH 7/13/2008 9:56AM

    Dang, hon, I'm sorry about that.

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EMMASMART 7/12/2008 10:50PM

    Good for you. Me next hopefully. The other one fell through. Apparently they wanted me under the table or not at all. I guess it wouldn't due to have a law abiding citizen there. Oh well..


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TELERIE 7/8/2008 3:20PM

    Congratulations on your new job! Great to hear you're happy about it! emoticon

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JESPAH 7/7/2008 7:37PM

    My pleasure! And, I take requests .... :)

PS, thanks

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LOBRENNAN 7/7/2008 7:34PM

    Congratulations!! And thank you for getting another good song stuck in my head :)

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You Just Might Want to See Me Come Back

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Well, I hope you want me back, 'cause I am back. Heh, I'm back either way. :)

The song, heh, the song is kinda silly and a little bit sweet and I'm posting it not because I had some massive relapse or anything but actually because I saw the Hood blimp this morning, floating up above our neighborhood.

Now, there is no Red Sox game today, it isn't a holiday (although it is a holiday weekend) and graduations are done. Plus of course there are no other major sporting events going on. No golf, no tennis and naturally no football, basketball or hockey. Hence unless the blimp is covering, er, lacrosse, maybe? -- unless it's covering something like that, then it's a runaway blimp.

Someone is joyriding in the Hood blimp. Someone has hijacked the blimp and is taking it to ... Medford.

PS We'll see how the numbers shake out tomorrow but it looks good. More tomorrow, plus stuff on the new job, which starts then.

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JESPAH 7/6/2008 11:42AM

    Ha, another Gordon Gano fan! I used to live off Gano Street in Providence, RI and always thought of him whenever I passed that exit.

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LOBRENNAN 7/6/2008 11:32AM

    I love that song :D

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