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Little things: For some reason, being told that my justification to add a new vendor to our purchasing system was the best that the purchaser had read all year makes me feel pretty good. The justification was actually written for a different purpose, which it also achieved, so it's good to know it was doubly effective.
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It has not been a really sterling week at work. On the plus side, I took Monday off! On the minus side, both Tuesday and Thursday were almost completely occupied with nothing but meetings. For those of you keeping score, that means I had Wednesday, and only Wednesday, to actually do anything. So I stayed two hours late tonight, and am... partly caught up. If I make it in promptly tomorrow and blow off opt out of that one meeting, I may be able to do what I need to do before my afternoon barrage of meetings... which will last from 2 to 5 PM continuously.

Er, on the plus side again, I managed to get to the gym the last couple of days, which helps my stress levels. Also my fiance is awesome. And I addressed a bunch of envelopes last night and think they look nice. I'm gettin' stuff done, outside of those pernicious meetings.

Gah

Jun. 9th, 2008 05:48 pm
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I have spent several work days on the annual report now. I am sick of it. I will have to proof it one more time tomorrow and then I will be able to get rid of it and not look at it again.

Time to go to the gym. I will melt if I try to go home now anyway so I may as well work out in the AC.
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The tale of the weekend will wait. For now, a brief note sharing an article I just read at work, about conflict management in the workplace. It's short, and I think perhaps some of you will find it valuable. It seemed worthwhile to me.
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Yesterday:
Subject: Help I left my computer in budapest airport security
not spam! )

Today:
Subject: Garage Band Task Force
Not about GarageBand software... )
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I hate going back to work after vacation. Not only is the adjustment a shock, but the pile of work is frightening.

I will resurface eventually...
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Playing catch-up...

Work is going pretty well these days. Sometimes I am bored or stressed out at work. Recently it's been fairly engaging and I have not been overly stressed, so I'm happy about that. It's pretty darned busy, though.

I'm also making a project of trying to figure out what comes next. That is, I have made a commitment to my boss to stay in this job for two years. That is, until April 2008. That's a ways off, and of course I can stay longer if I want, but it seems like it's a good time to think about what I actually want my next job to be - perhaps even what I want my career to be. I've been reading books, cruising web sites, looking at job postings, and talking to people. This weekend my friend Cristina and I had a good conversation about job stuff. Tonight I'm going to a panel on international exchange programs. I'm trying to figure out both what I want to do, and where I want to do it, although an amazing job would make the "where" decision for me.

I've gotten a lot of sewing done lately, which has been really satisfying. I'm almost done with the project for [livejournal.com profile] pisces3857, and I'm pleased with it. It's at the hand-sewing stage, so I took it with me last night when we went over to watch the Oscars with C & J. We didn't watch the whole show but did enjoy the part we did watch. I'm pleased that Pan's Labyrinth got as many awards as it did; and that Jennifer Hudson won for Best Supporting Actress. Apparently I need to watch the other major winners.

I got to talk to [livejournal.com profile] tomscud yesterday, and my parents. [livejournal.com profile] tomscud is moving here, and I am really excited about that! While I talked to them I looked out the window and watched it snow big fat fluffy flakes; it was really pretty. Today it's all slush and is melting, so Tom, you don't have to worry about this snow being here to greet you in a couple of weeks, anyway! Also, I did my taxes yesterday (refund, all told, but not humongous), and I applied for passport renewal (actually I still have to mail them, but I'll do that later today). I feel pretty productive. Let's hope for an equally productive week!
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I haven't said much since the holidays either, have I? I really did enjoy the vacation. Going back to work in January is always tough, and this year's no exception. But things are going okay.

Weather & Social Life: On Saturday we had ridiculously gorgeous 60 degree weather here. Sunny, too. I'm a bit disappointed with myself, though: [livejournal.com profile] purple_cow_0206 and I had talked about doing something outside, but instead I was bit with the cleaning bug and did not take advantage of the weather... other than opening the windows, and going for a walk with [livejournal.com profile] azure_armand. That was nice. Sunday was much nastier weather-wise but we did get to see D & MC so that was good.

Work: This week is busy at work but mostly for the office I used to work in. Now, I'm only peripherally involved. It's a relief, although I kind of miss the hustle and bustle and satisfaction of putting on a really good event. I've mostly caught up with my work, although I still need to clean off my desk. Yesterday I had two grad fellows in to help out, which made a huge difference.

School: I went to see my prof the other day, the one grading my final paper. He said, "I haven't had a chance to read it thoroughly yet, but I read enough to know it's A work, so I'll be submitting your grade soon." I'm mostly happy - hooray! it's done, and I got an A, and that means I somehow managed to finish grad school with a 4.0 GPA. On the other hand, I'm a bit bemused - he didn't even read the whole thing before submitting a grade? I guess he knew he liked my writing. Or he just didn't want to bother. I told him I would like a copy of it back when he'd had a chance to read and comment, since I do think it might be publishable in some form and his feedback would help.

School, cont'd: I don't know if I want to take a course or not this semester. My options:
(a) take nothing. Enjoy a semester of no homework, and be social, sew, cook, be de-stressed, etc. Downside: not taking advantage of free tuition.
(b) take something that relates to my field. Grow professionally and take advantage of that free tuition. Downside: stress, homework.
(c) take something totally off the wall, like ceramics or something. Have fun, take advantage of free tuition. Downside: time-consuming. Also, I am likely to be the oldest student by 8+ years; I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Right now I'm leaning toward (a). I dunno, though. Opinions?

Random: 5 police officers required to arrest historian for jaywalking. A colleague was at the conference where this happened; she received a stern lecture for jaywalking but was not arrested. Apparently the Atlanta police were all hanging out right in that area, working hard to beat the surge in jaywalking crime.
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I've really been a big slacker today. Yesterday, you know, I was busy, I did a lot of teaching and so on, and was really patient; I helped run a meeting; stuff. Today, I slept in. I have almost finished re-reading a fantasy novel. 'Cos, you know I have the day off, and I should be doing taxes and laundry and academic reading and research, but I'm a slacker.

Unfortunately, my delight in being a slacker has just been fouled by finding out that I messed up at work.

Ugh.
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