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Mar 23rd -- that was the last posting... *sigh*

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bigfundrew for the nudge a couple days ago... that nudge combined with [livejournal.com profile] philabearjoe's recent picture of me, and inspired by the fact that [livejournal.com profile] obsessing7 is still posting... has finally got me to come in to LJ and visit for a spell.

Since March I've poked my head in a couple times and tried to keep up with a few LJ friends... but never got around to making an entry. Sad part is, I know there's been a couple of events in my life when I thought in my head "I should make an LJ entry about this"...

The truth is that I used to journal while at work... but earlier this year, I had an intense project that took away my surfing/journaling time... now, I'm just out of the habit.

So without further ado...
16 Notable Events in the Past 16 Weeks )

Kind of amazing that there was at least one important thing each week... makes me feel good to reflect on them a bit and record them. I'll have to share some pictures of them too -- once I find/upload the pics.

So now we're caught-up to today... I'm sitting at camp right now, recovering from a night of fun "Bear Weekend" partying. Barry and I are on vacation this entire week... we're going to P-Town for Bear Week. I'm excited about going to P-Town for the first time ever... and excited about having a "fire and picnic on the beach" -- something I've always wanted to do. Really looking forward to a fun and relaxing (and "sexy" with all the eye-candy there will be) week!

(Hugs)
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Good lord it's been a long time since I posted... and I've been sitting on pictures from Mardi Gras for almost two months now.

Mardi Gras (back in the first weekend of February) was a great trip. Ryan and Alison were gracious hosts. Had a great time with Kim and them in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Got my pictures uploaded.. here's a sampling... You can also see them all in the gallery.


Getz me some Sonic! Getz me some Sonic!
Yumm! I've gotz to get me some Sonic whenever I get near one. :)
First Beads First Beads
Alison, Ryan, Paul: Our first beads and Ryan got me and him coozies. "Shuck Me, Suck Me, Eat Me Raw"
Fun Times Fun Times
Alison, Kim
Fun Times Fun Times
Paul, Ryan: with the "S Word" that lasted a few nights before getting broken by beads and then stolen.
Waiting in Line Waiting in Line
Paul: waiting in line for breakfast at Mother's with "feather" beads that I caught the day before
Stopping by Brad & Angelina's Stopping by Brad & Angelina's
Kim, Alison, Paul: We stopped by Brad & Angelina's but things were quiet there.
Say Cheese Say Cheese
Bead Heaven Bead Heaven
Rolling around in the beads -- end of the weekend we had probably around 200lbs of beads -- seriously!
Kim & Paul Kim & Paul
Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace
Ryan & Alison Ryan & Alison



Since Mardi Gras, it feels like a lifetime has passed -- hard to believe it has only been 7 weeks... I've been SO extremely busy at work. Got somewhat of a promotion -- or at least a new job function -- being the admin for my department for a new software package that the company is adopting. I've been frantically developing linkage from my software into this new software so that our business can still function. The timelines for the implementation of the new software has been crazy tight... April 7th is the "go-live" date... I've been working until 2-3am in the morning a couple nights getting everything in order.

Tomorrow I leave for NYC for a week of training. I'm so excited about being in the big city for the week. I love it when the company puts-you-up and I get to be "corporate traveler". I'm hoping to catch a play and shop in the village and meet-up with a college friend. Oh, yeah, and train and work too...

Worker Bee

Nov. 7th, 2007 03:14 pm
savage25: (WorkerBee)
Is it wrong of me to sometimes just want to be a "worker bee" and not a leader or anything? Sometimes I really just wish I could sit back in my cube and have tasks assigned to me to do. This whole "be a leader: manage yourself and your workload" thing really drains me, and, honestly, I'm not that good at it. I've been telling myself (and my bosses) for the past couple years that one of my goals is to improve my project management skills and to set better commitments for my work. But, to be completely honest, I have no desire to do that. It seems all-to-often anymore that I set commitments only to have them pushed-back due to other work that comes in, or because I procrastinate because that's the type of person I am.

*sigh*

I know that being a "worker bee" isn't the way to "climb the corporate ladder" and "make the big bucks"... but I think my skills can hold their own... without me being more of a leader.

Days like this I realize why I don't really want to own my own company, even if it is a "dream" of mine to do.
savage25: (Pumpkin)
Work Pumpkin 2007
My team's entry to the Pumpkin Carving / Decorating contest at work as described in my previous entry.
We tied for first place in our department.

There's a piece of pink stationary in the front with "The Job That Ate My Brain" on it... I thought that was very apropos! :)
The items on and around the pumpkin represent the different people on my team.
savage25: (Fall)
I've never really been a big fan of Halloween.

As a kid growing up in a rural community, "Trick or Treating" consisted of putting on a costume, piling in the car, and being driven to relatives' houses. Once there, you had to do a song or joke before you'd get a piece of candy... followed by "visiting" and kissing grandma... then piling in the car and driving around more. At the end of the night, all that "work" got you about 10 pieces of candy and a buck or two.

I dreaded it.

Middle-School / High-School years brought some actual trick-or-treating once I was old enough to be allowed to walk around the nearby "town" with our cousin. It was amazing to me to knock on a door and get candy without having to have to do anything for it. There were still a few houses in the neighborhood that wanted the kids to tell a joke or sing a song or something... but not many.

Nowadays, I wonder if the kids even think about having a joke or something? It also irritates me that communities set days and times when the kids can walk around. What ever happened to Halloween Night being "the" night? And kids drive from community to community depending on what nights they each have "scheduled" for "Beggar's Night". *sheez!*

Oh... and the fact that scary movies and gore totally skeeve-me too doesn't help the fact that this is probably my least favorite "major holiday".

A friend at camp this weekend called Halloween a "Gay High-Holy-Day"... why? when did it become that? I don't think I'll ever conform to that theory. Perhaps when I was in high-school I could dress up like a girl and get away with it, and that was probably the best part... but does that really constitute it as a great "gay" day? If anything, it just makes it harder to spot the possibilities. [possible boyfriends, in-case that wasn't clear]

Oh well... I have to give Halloween some credit, as it does fall during my favorite time of the year [Autumn]... but honestly, Thanksgiving wins the title of "Fall Holiday" for me.



In other news, I coordinated my work team's "Pumpkin Carving / Decorating" contest and our team tied for first-place in the department. Let me tell you, there were some really great ideas. I think ours won because of how it tied-in a little bit of all our team members... that and the blood (aka shock-value). I'm waiting on a picture of it... but it was a pumpkin with a mean face, and an arm sticking out of it's mouth. The arm was on a bloody keyboard with a mouse eating it's thumb. Then we put things around it to represent the different members of our team.

I didn't dress-up in costume. I almost came in as "Heidi Ho"... It wasn't even that I was afraid of comments or anything... seriously, I think people would have loved it... but in all seriousness, I just didn't want people at work calling me "Heidi" for the rest of my days here. It would be one of those things that people would think was "cute" for years and I would think was "annoying" after ten minutes...
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OK... so wow... I haven't posted (or read) LJ since mid December... and that was just to grumble about the fact that Winterfest was no-more. So really, I've been out of the loop for almost three months now...
Work has been so busy for me since November... and being that the only time I really read/update LJ is during work hours: hence why I've been out of touch... Here's a quick recap of the last three months:

Work: very busy times... creating huge updates / redesigns to my web time/project tracking system... no time to breath really...
We moved to a new building in mid-December. The new place is really nice. Commute increased from 1-mile/5-minutes to 7-miles/20-minutes. *sigh* Oh well... It was "rough" at first... but totally used to it now and seriously, it's nothing to grumble about.

Thanksgiving was nice... my sister hosted and Barry and I helped with cooking and all.

Holiday Party with [livejournal.com profile] labelsdc at the start of December was fun.

Got our new living room furniture... HUGE set, but really nice.

Got a real Xmas tree on Dec 9th... Was so nice to go "tree hunting" at the farm and actually saw the tree down myself. Marea and Chris joined me and housemates Ken & Don for the hunt. Marea and Chris also got their tree. It was nice... only thing that would have made it better would have been some snow on the ground and Barry to be there with us.
(Pictures of tree and living room to follow shortly.)

That night, had a good time at Bill & Jerry's annual wine-tasting party. Got snookered. :)

Annual tree-trimming party at Brian's was fun... drink a beer and hang it on the tree. What a great concept... my only concern is: after a few weeks, does the tree start to smell of rotten beer?

Got to visit campground on the 16th... weren't going to do any parties that night, but then decided at last minute to stay at hotel with Ken & Don and go to Pat's Holiday Party. Was fun... drank a lot... The next morning, our drive home wasn't so "fun"... but we made it and recovered over the next two days. :)

Christmas gift shopping went rather well... Barry and I got out several nights and managed to get everything we wanted to get. Spent one evening at Tara's getting some pearls for several of the girls on our lists (family/friends). (I helped her with her website... check it out: Perennial Designs Jewelry.)

Fantasy Football: I lost... darn... so close though... I was doing well, then really bad... then I started to do better... but it was too late... *sigh* Oh well... at least the dinner and cooking part was all done on one night and was rather fun... Todd's new house was really nice and got to play "Wii" as well, which was interesting/fun.

Christmas was very nice... I went to my traditional dinner at Grandmother N's house. That was nice to do... Barry didn't go, as we still aren't technically "out" with that side of the family yet... but I have a feeling that won't be the case for much longer... Barry's been included on my parent's xmas-card-letter for the last two years. And was in the picture they sent to all the family too this year. :) Christmas morning was at my sister's house... she being pregnant (due in March), she didn't want to travel, so all of the family (including my brother) came to her. It was such a nice day: three hours of present opening -- we take turns and really cherish each gift. Took a breakfast intermission to eat "Cheese Strata" that Barry and I made (YUM, new tradition?)... I spent the most of the day putting together my nephew's "Kenex Roller Coaster" -- It was like a big puzzle or like playing with an erector set or legos... FUN!
(Speaking of Christmas Card Letters: Once again I did not send any cards this year... I'm such a slacker... this is the second year in a row without sending any letters... *grrr* I'm so mad at myself... and yet, have I done anything to correct the situation? no... *sigh*)

New Years: Barry and I went to spend the weekend with Frank & David (our neighbors at The Woods). It was such a fun weekend. They hosted us in their beautiful house in NJ. They drove us into New York on Saturday evening... we drove around in their convertible (through China Town and Little Italy, top-down, freezing weather, bundled-up in blankets and earmuffs, playing loud music, people looking at us like we were a bunch of fags out on the town... which we totally were... it was so much fun!)... then we walked around the village and had some drinks... the two of them are very familiar with the gay bars and places to go/see in the city, so I felt very comfortable and it was SO NICE to be in the city again. (Oh how I've missed the city...) We went to see "Drowsy Chaperone" on Broadway and had front-row mezz seats... it was AWESOME! Then went back to the village to hang out and drink until wee-hours of the morning... and flirt with a bunch of cuties...
Sunday (New Years Eve), we slept in and then helped them prepare for their dinner party that night... they hosted a "murder mystery" party. I was "Mary Kay Eternity" -- in drag, I was the wife of Barry (who played "Jim Bob Eternity") -- we were a TV-evangelist-couple from the south (think Tammy Fae Baker)... very fun... wonderful dinner and lots of champagne...
The following day we recovered from our hangovers and just lounged around.
(Pictures of this also to follow soon...)

January was pretty uneventful... just lots of work, rolling out my system changes to the department, including training all 140 associates in the enhancements.

Barry and I got an SUV (replacing his car) on Jan 24... We got a Toyota FJ Cruiser. It's SO awesome... We totally love it. 4WD and high-clearance... it's going to be so cool to have for the summer going up to camp... and for the winter snow... and just in general it's so cool... :)

Last week (Jan 27 - Feb 3), Barry and I went to Breckenridge, Colorado with a big skiing group. Being that I've always wanted to go skiing out-West... when Matt and Tara suggested that we go with this group that they have gone with a couple times in the past, I jumped at the chance. Barry was looking forward to just getting-away for the week even though he doesn't ski, he figured he could sit in the condo by the fire and relax. It was a great week away from things and I got some good skiing in. At first I was disappointed at the conditions, but then we got about a foot of snow on Wednesday and we went to Vail that day... it was the most amazing riding I've ever done (I'm a snowboarder)... That's what I went out-west expecting. It was great. Barry hurt his knee on the first day, which made it difficult for him to enjoy his time, but we managed to go out around the town one day and go out to eat a couple times. He also cooked a big spaghetti dinner for a group of 10 of us the one night. All-in-all it was a fun time. I'm not sure if I would go out-West for skiing again and may just stick to Vermont for my "big snow"... but who knows... perhaps another ski trip is in my future.

Back to work today... and it's actually been a rather slow day... I caught up on my emails, and thankfully nothing pressing or urgent came-up while I was away. Nothing was planned for today so that I could use the day to catch-up... so I actually had some time to post this. YEAH!

One final note: Barry left his job this afternoon... they really dicked him over -- for the last time! I'm so glad he walked... They gave him a bad annual review... and he works SO DAMN hard for them... they had no right to do that. He stood his ground and told them it was unacceptable to get that kind of rating. They really dicked him over about a raise and promotion several months ago... and things have been going so bad for him there since then... and I've told him several times that the stress of that place isn't worth it... But he kept giving them his best and giving them more chances... today was the final straw, and I'm glad he stood his ground... it's the principle of the whole thing... he handed them an immediate resignation and walked out. On one hand, yes, I'm nervous... with only one salary we're going to have to tighten our belts a little and live a bit less extravagantly... but on the other hand, I'm really happy because perhaps it's a blessing in disguise... A chance for him to start new and fresh somewhere and not have this horrible stress that place was giving him. And also... haven't you always wanted to say "take this job and shove it"? Imagine: he actually got to do that today. *cool*

So that's a wrap-up of the last three months... ending on a pretty big note...
Over the next couple days I'll catch-up on some of my LJ friend's journals... so don't be surprised if you get a response to a post from months ago. :)
*hugs everyone*
savage25: (Bite Me)
Feeling a bit better today... time heals... and so does ranting to your friends. Thanks for listening and commenting. :)

In other news in my life...

Work has been ramping-up and getting very busy for me. End-of-year and there are a lot of changes that we want to make to my program/system here at work. Some major changes for 2007 will really expand my tool and make it more useful and (hopefully) better-liked by the associates. Thing is, a lot is riding on me... I'm really having to take charge of the project and manage what's going on... as well as designing the changes. I'm project manager, designer, programmer, tester, documenter, and trainer all-in-one. *sigh* I like it... but it can get a bit overwhelming at times...

And the personal-life (aka party-aggravation) of the past week isn't helping.
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Took off last Thursday and Friday to spend an extra-long weekend with my honey (aka Barry)... Thursday was his 40th birthday... he didn't want to make a big deal over it, and I knew I needed to let him celebrate it how he wanted -- but difficulty was trying to come to the conclusion / decision of what he wanted... Original plans were for a big trip somewhere, which turned into getting an SUV, which turned into nothing... which I wasn't about to have... so it turned into us spending four days together in stress-free relaxation at home. And shopping for TVs... and living room furniture... to make our house more "our home"...

It really was a very nice weekend... and we enjoyed each other's company immensely. Turning 40 for Barry wasn't a major thing -- at least he didn't give an impression as-such... I think he liked it that way... in-fact, I think the fact that no one bothered him or made a big deal out of it was exactly the way he wanted it.
(Please note, that being said, for my 40th [in 6 years], I want huge celebrations and a big trip... At least, that's how I feel now, LOL! We'll see how I feel in 6 years.)

So, we did go shopping and looked at a lot of High-Def TVs... and learned all kinds of things about them... and came to our decision -- and actually ordered it online (Amazon had cheapest price by-far [over $600 cheaper than anywhere else, including brick-and-mortar stores]). So here's Barry's birthday present:
Samsung LNS4692D 46" LCD HDTV
Samsung LNS4692D 46


It's arriving this Friday... OMG I can't wait. (Yes, I admit, his gift is partially mine to enjoy... but seriously, it's for him...)

Also arriving this Friday... our new living room furniture... a large sectional...
Lane South Beach Fabric Sectional
Lane South Beach Fabric Sectional
(No, we aren't getting the exact configuration shown... but it's that product... we're getting the reclining-armed-ends, two reclining-middles, and the two corner wedges.)


We also got new curtains -- with a "Moroccan" style to them (gold and navy blue)... very nice... Living room may be done soon... we just need to put in the wood (pergo) flooring...

OK... so that's the latest home update... Work is going OK... except my boss is still getting on my nerves with his "lack of interest" in my work... and things are starting to build-up here and I've been putting them off (like I always seem to do)... and pretty-soon "D-DAY" is going to arrive and I'm going to be a stressed little puppy...

But with that TV and sectional to come home to... I think I can deal with a little stress. ;)
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After recovering from our hangovers all day Friday... that night we did... Nothing. Yep, nothing except watch TV and recover some more. Woke up Saturday morning and we headed up to camp to winterize the camper. It went quickly and fairly easy. We put a tarp over a rope over the camper to try and help keep snow and falling-branches off it... I hope it holds for the season. Should be interesting to see how the camper fairs [or is it "fares"?]. Also, we ended-up putting mothballs in the camper to fend off animals (because we forgot Bounce)... Oh god I hope it doesn't reeeeek when we open it next year. *sigh*

Saturday night we watched TV... had thought about going out to "Bear Night" at Stonewall, but decided not to.

Sunday we did a little shopping -- looked at front-projection TV's and decided that for the quality of what we want, they are going to be out of our price range... so now we're back to looking at flat-screens. And furniture shopping too... looking for a new living-room sofa/pit-group set. Hopefully we'll find something... it would be nice to have new comfortable furniture -- especially with all the TV watching we do.

Sunday evening we met several friends at a hibachi place -- to celebrate 4 friend's birthdays (including Barry)... it was a good time... but I'm still full (even though I'm hungry).

Does that make any sense: I'm full but hungry?? I know it doesn't... but it's how I've been for the past couple weeks... I just cannot eat enough... no matter how much I eat and how full I am... I'm starving... It's so weird and so scary because I know I'm putting on weight... I can almost feel the fat molecules multiplying... and my belt getting tighter... and it's getting harder and harder to see my... well... "you know"... dickie-do-disease
*sigh*

[Edit: PS: Yes, it is not lost on me that I discuss watching tv a lot and feeling fat in the same entry... I know I need more activity... I just want to point out that I'm not that oblivious.]
savage25: (Contemplative)
Last night, Barry and I went out with Ken & Don for dinner... and drinks... and ended up at Diamonz (local gay bar)... Sang karaoke and drank way too much beer... my head is hurting BIG TIME today... UGH! And I had to wake up early and get in around 8am to meet with my boss... My day has been flying by (thankfully)... but I've still got a pounding headache and upset stomach... and just can't wait to get out of here. I bet the other guys were feeling it this morning too... *sigh*

So things here at work with my software are starting to get more intense... the recent changes had me worried that my job might go away... but definitely turning in the other direction now: they are going to cause a lot more work for me. Which on one hand is a very good thing... but on the other hand, I'm really not sure I'm ready for this. My new boss has a very different way of working... and in order for things to happen now I've really got to step-up and take charge of things. I've got to make some drastic changes and figure out how and what is going to happen... and I'm not feeling very confident in myself... It's going to be a big learning/growing experience for me over the next few months. I feel it... I'm at one of those "turning points" in my life... a point which is going to change me and what I do... I'm not sure I'm ready for it... but the snowball is already rolling down the hill and I can't stop it...
savage25: (Contemplative)
Well... once again I'm faced with the possibility of my job going away. Cut, cause it's a ramble )

I don't know... new laptop, new dept, new team, new manager, and moving to a new building -- all adds up to a lot of changes... and that makes me unsettled... nervous...
savage25: (Default)
It's been over two weeks... I haven't read or posted anything... So far behind, it's one of those times I just have to say I can't catch-up on all of it...
I haven't anything really to say... things have been going OK... busy at work... developing websites for friends on-the-side... camp on the weekends... spending quality time with Barry... :)
So much going on... and yet... so little.
Nervous about this weekend... big Labor Day Show... should be fine... but feeling like I'm not ready... probably because I'm not... I haven't done any rehearsal yet on my own number... and since it'll be a pull-it-together kind of show, we don't have rehearsals really, so I have no idea how it'll turn out until it's show time. But, honestly, I think it will be fine.
As long as the rain holds off...
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A coworker asked me about something I delivered for him with mileage numbers in it... and said "What's a quarter mile in this?" I said 0.25... and he said, "but you have 3 zeros and 5 digits after the dot" (000.25000)... I said "Yes... that's 0.25... I need all the zeros to pad the field for your file to maintain the layout." And he paused and said OK... then said, "what would one eighth mile be?" *DUH* I said "0.125"... and he paused and said, well, what's 0.099? Is it less than a eighth-mile? *HOLY CRAP* He was serious too... OMG! Sometimes I just have to wonder... I mean, this guy is no idiot... but sometimes...
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My sister works for a corporate temp-placement firm. She called me today about a job opening in Harrisburg for a Java programmer... pay is $50-100/hr... for three or more months... Sounds like a great opportunity... if you (or anyone you know) is interested, get in touch with me. (It sounds like a perfect job for me... but I'm not interested in leaving my current job at the moment, especially for a temp/contracting position.)
savage25: (Contemplative)
I haven't been very "posty"... Don't get me wrong, a lot of things have run through my head lately that I said, "Uuu, I should post that"... but they were generally little things and by the time I got to the computer I'd forgotten all about them.

Been pretty busy at work too, so that's always a hindrance to posting... darn work... jeez! It's not like they pay me or anything. Oh... wait... yes, they do. Doh!

This past weekend at camp we were able to all-but finish the deck on our trailer. It's AWESOME! I have some pictures... but I haven't loaded them off my camera yet... *sigh* coming soon...

It was supposed to be a hot and sunny weekend... Saturday it rained... no, it poured! virtually all day. That really made it difficult to work on the deck -- but we managed to still work on the part under the awning during the rain... and made-up a lot of time on Sunday. We had Chuck and Jay up to help all weekend too and they were a big help. Along with some other friends that stopped by to help out (like Dawn, Helen, Scott, Ken, Don).

It's been so HOT the past couple days... up into three-digits... and high humidity. Thank god for air-conditioning! So hot... but honestly, I'm not complaining. I mean, if it weren't for the sweat pouring off my face, I would be totally fine with it. I hate walking in and being all sweaty in my work clothes... once I'm done with work I could care less about all the heat.

I love having four seasons. (You take the good, you take the bad... You take em both and there you have...)

In other news... Barry is going to see the surgeon today for a consultation on his knee. Hopefully it goes well, and the surgery will be "quick and easy", and he'll be back on his feet in no time. (Literally: back on his feet.) I hate seeing him in so much pain.

I have my appointment today with the therapist... I'm actually a little nervous... I hope it goes OK... For those of you hearing about this for the first time right now, I made an appointment with a counselor... in the recent past I was overwhelmed with feelings of being caged-in and not being able to express myself or figure out what I need to do in my life... and they've been suppressed now for the last month or so... and I feel better... on the surface... but a little voice has been inside me saying "something is not right and you need to work this out or you will never truly be happy again"... So I'm going for some third-party advice on how to handle the stress I'm feeling from work, the relationship, and life in general. I just told Barry last night... I need him to be a partner in my healing... Don't know why it took me so long to tell him... (ashamed, nervous, worried? yes... all of the above I guess.)

For those who already knew, thanks for the support thus-far. I hope we both heal quickly (his knee / my brain)... wish us luck.
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Last night Barry and I went to Homo Depot and placed the order for all the wood for our deck at the camper. I felt all butch and "buildery" in there telling the guy exactly what we needed and him entering it in the computer. I was doing really good up until the point when I said something like, "what are those concrete thingies called" or something like that... oh well... I can only be butch for so long I guess... LOL!

Anyway... it was easier than I thought for us to make our order and arrange for delivery for this Saturday... I cannot wait... it should be a lot of work, but I feel creative and productive when I actually "get my hands dirty" and build things... so I'm really looking forward to it. I designed the thing from scratch... I'm glad we had the opportunity to help with our neighbor's deck because it really gave the know-how to be able to do ours... otherwise I would really have been floundering.

In other news, Barry and I also went to the Brew Works last night. I renewed my mug membership for 2006... They made a lot of cool new incentives this year. Good god I love that place... I think Barry saw the sparkle in my eye last night when we were there and I was reading about all the cool incentives for the mug members... I think he even started to give-in a little to me about going there more often. I hope so... I hope he wasn't just appeasing me... I hope he grows to love it as much as I do... or at least half-as-much -- that would be enough for any sane person I think. *giggle*

Finally... today... feeling much better than yesterday... Most of the "drama" has been blown-over and I spoke with a couple people about it (including the poor guy that was bashed in the drama) and I feel much better about it.

The heat-pump repairman is here right now... It appears as though the fan outside was possibly not spinning... which would cause problems (obviously)... so perhaps that's all the problem was and we can look forward to a nice cool house again. OMG, it has been a sweatbox in this condo for the past two weeks or so. I cannot wait for it to work again. (I shouldn't talk so soon... I haven't actually got the verdict yet... in-fact, it's been very quiet out there... I wonder if he's OK... Guess I should go check...
savage25: (Work)
So tired...
I can't wait to get out of work today...
Still have a headache from yesterday... I think it's due to stopping my caffeine intake... So it's my own "choice" I guess... I should just drink some and be done with it.
Five days without alcohol, and three without caffeine... all for this disgusting medicine I'm on... God I hope it works this time.
My biorhythm must be in a major low or something, because I just feel so crappy: emotionally, physically, and mentally.
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I just did my first "NetMeeting" presentation where the people who attended were listening on the phone and watching what I did their PC screens. Over 60 people from across the country were listening to me and watching what I was showing them... I had no idea who they all are, I had no feedback while I was actually doing the presentation... It was a very, very weird feeling. I would pause for a moment -- that moment when you look at the audience and make sure that most everyone is following what you're saying -- but there was no one to look at. And then I just moved-on... not knowing if everyone was on-track with me. Bizarre!

But feedback from people afterward was good. So I feel accomplished. Yet another change to my system that will make people's lives easier. I like it when I can make changes that the users like... rather than those enhancements for management that cause more strife for the users.
savage25: (Contemplative)
Volunteered as an usher at the iXchange again this year. It's an award presentation by Ben Franklin Technology Partners where they award entrepreneurs and technological advancements in Northeastern PA. They bring in a really good speaker each year. This year was Daniel Burrus -- an internationally recognized technology forecaster.

He had some really good points... mainly about looking forward to foresee problems before they happen. Use hard-trends (not soft-trends) to base your predictions on. Realizing that everything is a both/and situation (like there will be both paper and paperless ways of doing things forever... it is not "only paper", it's both). And, integrating different technologies for the largest gain (like bringing together miracle-ear with a phone company for a sound-enhancing-phone-ear-plug).

One other analogy he said that I really liked was how we are all juggling several balls -- work, family, friends, etc. And we're all juggling the exact amount of balls that we can... every new thing that is thrown at us means that another ball needs to be taken out of the juggling act... or else... or else they will all fall -- I mean, when a juggler is thrown new balls until he can't take anymore, what happens... he doesn't usually just miss one ball, all of them suddenly come crashing down. And the other thing he added to this analogy is that work is a rubber ball -- you can drop it and it'll bounce back (IOW there's always another job that you can get)... but that all the other balls are made of various thicknesses of glass... but you don't really know how thick that glass is until you drop it and test it... sometimes you'll be able to pick it back up... sometimes it will just shatter and never be able to use again.

I thought that was a really cool analogy... I just love analogies.

PS: Saw several "connections" that I've made through the years being involved in the NET here. Networking connections get thinner and thinner with non-use... It's nice to know that I have a web to fall into if needed... but I'm just not sure how strong it will be if/when I do ever need it. I think I need to spend a little more time maintaining my professional network.
savage25: (Angry)
"Never let them see you sweat..." Oh christ... I shouldn't have worn this "nice blue shirt" that I look really good in... when will I learn that even though I look good in this shirt, it shows sweat like black-on-white! So I looked good for my little "training" session that I presented... up until about two minutes into it... when Niagara-Falls opened up on my forehead and pits... good lord I sweat when I'm nervous... *sigh*
At least, overall, the presentation went well.

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