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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Well, sure I can; I can eat lots of things. But it's easier to just go with a yes/no, black/white, all/nothing mode with the folks. Not that they don't understand but it's easier to just say no than to explain why, well, that quiche would be lovely but that means that I don't eat Mexican tonight because my fat and cholesterol would be off the charts so thanks, I'll just eat a salad alone.
Eh, I'm not a victim and I don't want to be seen like one or treated like one but I have to say that both parents' homes are food problems for me. At least my own parents' house has a second floor so I'm somewhat removed from the food. My inlaws live in an apartment so getting away from the kitchen is not easy. And then, of course, someone's always offering ice cream.
It's tomorrow I'm most concerned about, and I may not be on to blog so that's an issue in and of itself. My folks are having company over and that means food. EVERYWHERE. The entire first floor will be something of a minefield for me. I've been doing well so far. Probably not great with the nutrients but fat and calories are acceptable. Tomorrow, though, there will be little dishes in every room but the bathroom. My husband and I will go walking a lot, heat permitting. I've got to get away from the mines when I can.
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