Thursday, December 02, 2010
Today was not what I expected, but I am exhilarated at the end of the day. It took me all day to do the research for our outside counsel. I worked through lunch, taking time only to walk down to the cafe for the free fruit that I never ate. Towards the end of the day, he emailed me and asked my opinion about the response that he was ready to file with the court. Me! I replied that I would not dream of correcting his response, that I appreciated being asked and that the response was too general to require any inside the company insight that I might be able to provide.
I love doing this stuff! I know the company hates getting court orders to supply info for people who are suing each other, but the discovery is interesting, fun and, when a deadline looms, creates an adrenaline rush.
I ate a very high fiber cereal this morning and did not feel hungry for hours. Was it the cereal, the concentration or both? Not sure. I am ending the day low in a lot of the nutrition metrics, but I feel FULL! No reason to eat just to eat. Tomorrow is the department luncheon. I am having halibut. Not sure what else. I am going to have yogurt or fruit in the morning just to ensure I don't overdo it.
I did not get many steps in today and have to guess what I did get because I took my pedometer out of my pocket to log in yesterday's steps and forgot to put it back! ACK!
I spent a couple of hours on the phone with my internet provider. The replacement card arrived, but it did not work. Ultimately, they figured out the wrong serial number was recorded somewhere and, as you can see, I am connected again. I was so frustrated and so afraid that it was going to take time and money, but....it's all good!
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.
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