Friday, July 23, 2010

And Reality Has Been Restored

Alrighty. BossLady says that there actually *is* a mechanism to cover time shortfalls when projects ebb/flow, so my hour deficit is *not* a problem. Not sure why none of my co-workers were able to remember this or perhaps I was expressing the problem in such a way that they didn't quite understand what I meant. Anyway, the problem is solved.  I get to keep my extra hour cushion and there's no bottomless hole to dig my way out of. According to BossLady, that was an easy problem to solve. Now I don't need to worry about potential future penalties for pulling down a paycheck that wasn't actually on the timesheet! Yay! 

So I'm calling an end to last night's pity party and going to go read a book or watch a DVD now. BossLady said to go home and forget about work for the whole weekend. I think that's good advice. (She's a darned smart BossLady.)  By Monday my normal good cheer should be restored, which is good, because I'm on a plane for Seattle at 6am for a one-day business trip to the rainy side of things.  Its hard to believe that flying is actually cheaper to the company than paying me to drive, but it is. Crazy.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Who's On First, The Shakespeare Edition

I do believe I like this version even better than the original Abbott and Costello.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Making Progress

While I didn't exactly hit my goal of working out, I have managed to get some things accomplished in the evenings besides surfing the internet.  I've done better with cooking and getting my apartment cleaned up/put away.  Last week I was away on travel and slipped a bit on the "doing more than reading e-mail in the evenings", but I also had a screwy schedule too. This week I'm much more on target.  Now I just need to hear my alarm clock go off in the morning so that I have the option of working out before work.

Last week I was in Colorado Springs at a training meeting and then headed off to Atlanta for a project meeting.  My hotel room in Colorado had a great view of Pike's Peak and I got to see the Pike's Peak or Bust Rodeo parade while having dinner at a local restaurant.  Had some great thin crust pizza at Varasano's in Atlanta. Had a pretty good IPA there too, though I don't remember the name of it. The flight back from ATL had to divert north around a thunderstorm so we flew within 50 miles of my house in TN.  Watched The Ghost Writer on the flight back. It's not a bad movie, but I'm glad I didn't pay to see it.  By the time the trip was over, I was glad to be home and in my own bed.  Monday I have a day trip to Seattle, but at least I'll be back home at the end of the day.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Time Flows Steadily On

I've been bemoaning a lack of time in the past couple of weeks.  Except that the problem isn't exactly a lack of time.  I've still got the same 24 hours in a day that I've always had.  I've just not been using it as wisely and as effectively as I could.  If I get home at 4:30pm and I get in bed at 9, then turn the lights out by 9:30, that gives me nearly five hours of time in the evening to tidy up the house, run errands, work on personal projects, cook and knit.  That's even plenty of time to workout in the evening if I don't manage to get working out done in the morning.  The trick is that I need to NOT check my e-mail as soon as I get home.  If I start to check my e-mail, I get sucked into the computer for at least an hour and usually longer.  Not a good way to use my time to my best advantage.

So for the rest of the week, I'm going to avoid e-mail until after doing 30 minutes of tidying up around the house and/or working out (assuming I don't workout before work).  I'll be logging how I use my time in 1/2 hour blocks too.  I know there's a bunch of time escaping in there than can be used better.  I might actually get some snail mail correspondence done and finally set up my computer room!!!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Washington to Washington

I spent the beginning of the week in Washington D.C. for the kick-off meeting for a new project.  It was a last minute trip when the Principal Investigator (PI) suddenly realized that he was going to be the only person there from our team.  Frankly, PI would have done his usual excellent job on his own, but I can understand wanting to have an ally present too.  I was pleased to be asked and happy to go. 

The trip was a stunning success.  PI and I made a favorable impression on our clients.  We also discussed other projects that we're involved with.  It readily became apparent that we have very compatible working styles as well as complementary research interests.  It is quite likely that we'll be collaborating quite a bit in the near future.  This will be a whole lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to it.  We've got a lot to learn from each other and I think we can accomplish much as a team.

The last day in D.C., our flights didn't leave until 5pm, so we did some sightseeing.  PI went to the National Geographic Museum and saw their DaVinci exhibit.  He said it was a really cool hands-on exhibit and he got to run around being a little kid the whole time.  I went to the Textile Museum, which was fun, but not nearly as fun as the DaVinci exhibit sounds.  I also wandered about Embassy Row a bit.  This cheery panda was outside the Laotian embassy, if I recall correctly. I ate lunch at a nice bookstore cafe in Dupont Circle before heading out to the airport.

Working Out Plan
Still no progress on this front.  I toyed with the idea of signing up for the gym this weekend, but I'll be out of town for an entire week in mid-July, so it would silly to waste that time right up front.  I'll wait until I'm back from my next cross-country business trip.  Now if only I'd get a better handle on my eating habits (which got steadily worse before I traveled to D.C.), that might help.  I missed having green monsters every morning this week.