Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends! I forgot to say that at work today and wish I had remembered. I never seem to remember about Hanukkah until after the fact...
My internet connection at home is down. I am waiting to receive the refurbished access card from my provider, so I am elsewhere finishing up some Spark stuff. I missed out on a lot of points yesterday because I did not anticipate the problem. The access card that may be bad is less than 2 months old, so I am not thrilled. But, as long as the replacement works, I will be happy. The other alternative is too expensive to contemplate - a failure of my laptop.
Over the last few days, a lot has happened and I always think of sharing X when I am driving, in the shower or otherwise unable to log on. Please forgive me if I seem a bit remote. I hope my workload and life calm down just a little soon so I can be back in touch with my Spark family.
Thanks for the goodies, the comments and the compassion. Y'all are appreciated!
I was cross trained on a job a few months ago and the lady who trained me was counting on my help with her work load this time of year. I warned my boss about that because he wanted me to process just the government contracts. Sure enough, she flagged me down today and asked for help. EVERYONE is swamped. I told her I would try, but that I am working on a project for our top attorney. I cannot go into details with her or here, but it takes precedence. I know she is not happy, so something will come of this. I will do what I can - I am not avoiding work, but, even with OT, I can legally do only so much.
It honestly has been nuts. Every time I start something, my phone rings, someone comes by or an email comes in. All are valid work situations, some of competing priority, but, even if I deflect the request, the interruption impacts whatever I was doing. It will change, but I am just trying to balance it all.
I DO like being busy!
I hope everyone had a fabulous day and that you are warm and safe this evening!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Thanks, JakeandNellie, for inviting me to this team. I love the name and the idea!
I was a complete couch potato for most of the weekend. Tendonitis, cold (limited heat) and general lethargy. I had to get back on track today and did so with over 8K steps. I still need to do more, but it felt good to move. I am HUNGRY tonight but am capped on nutritional metrics.
I am basking in the remembered glow of a really great day. A coworker saw my post on FB about considering law school and, as he passed me in the parking lot this morning, stopped, rolled down his window and said I should go for it! :) All it takes is money...which I don't have. I am so tired of scraping by, but I cannot complain. I am blessed. The second thing that made today great was accomplishing a lot of work today. I love that "I earned my pay today" feeling! It is unreasonably cold in the Bay Area (apologies to those of you who deal with REAL weather and that brings up my 3rd great thing for today: heated seats turned on for the drive home!
The season of food has begun. Tomorrow is pizza for lunch, countertops groaning with goodies that people bring from home. Today's offering was chocolate covered pistachios. I have no idea how they taste because the box was empty by the time I saw it. Even if it were not, I was resolved to pass it by. Still, I was glad to see the box was empty! Friday is the department Christmas lunch and I need to plan for it.
Next week is the biggest event: the annual holiday brunch buffet in the morning and the patent celebration with more food in the afternoon. BUT it is on December 7th. The date which lives in infamy will never be a day of celebration for me. It is a date for solemn and thankful memory. I always take the day off, so I will definitely not be anywhere near the pancakes, the chocolate fountain, the sausage or anything else.
More I could say, but the mental energy is waning fast. I saw a note that a member of the Spark community lost her husband last week. I don't know her, but she has been on my heart and in my prayers all day.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I had a very interesting day today. The work was a little bit of everything and I had no chance to be bored!
Lunch was a meal at an Indian buffet - impossible to judge the food. I ate veggies and a little bit of protein, skipping as much of the heavy sauces as I could. I don't know all the ingredients, of course, so eating is such an adventure. I am sure I am over for the day, but I am not going to beat myself up about it. Lunch was with two attorneys I used to work with regularly doing export control clearance, but now that I am in government contracts, that is no longer possible. One is from Germany, the other from Taiwan, so the cultural juxtaposition is fun!
I had the call with our outside counsel on the request for production. I told him that I am a new paralegal (my VP had told him I am a paralegal, but she had not told him I am newly minted!). He listened to the research I've done and sounded impressed on a couple of points. I had gone farther than he thought I would have. Of course, that was counterbalanced by a few avenues I had not yet pursued. I am so grateful that my top attorney trusts my judgment and abilities and is letting me deal with the outside counsel directly. I asked her how much she wanted to be involved and she wants an update about every 3 days.
I got in over 7200 steps today and was back in my routine of stretching and doing simple exercises in the elevator.
The day ended with my usual difficulties trying to get online at home. I called my provider and ended up having to uninstall and reinstall and remove the firewall.
As you can see, I am online. My internet connection has not run smoothly for a very long time. Woohoo!
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