November 25, 2013

Closing in on the Holidays

We leave for my parents' home tomorrow afternoon around 4. The weather promises to be ugly. I'm just glad to be going out of town.

It's starting to suck at work. My counterpart in the great White North for the last 2 years just got promoted out of her job. She's the one that pretty much keeps me employed.

Company X is severely understaffed and had to do some real shell shuffling to find a replacement for her. And her replacement... is probably going to keep everything as close as they can. There are trust issues, I am sure. I'm far more experienced and therefore more of a threat. I know the system, I know the players, and better still... I know the hardware.

I could be wrong, but I suspect I am not, so I've already filled my boss in that maybe he needs to find me more work. I may be going in a direction with my career I really wasn't interested in. I actually liked what I did.

So I suspect that this year will see an end to my doing something I really enjoyed, being thrust into something I probably won't, but really just doing it all because I have kids to put through college.

I'll be the average American, plugging the clock because of what is going on their real life.

Kinda sucks. But I've been there before and I can do it again. Afterall, I have a job and in the end, that's all that counts.


Bones did well on his Jury. He made a few mistakes, but I told him it's how he handles the mistakes in life that will see him through. Nobody is perfect and you have to just press on.


While I'm at my parents' home, my husband's family is coming down and staying in my home. So I've been scrambling to clean the house, the fridge, wash sheets and make beds for everyone.

I found something in the back of my fridge so moldy, that I threw it away in the container for fear of whatever was growing becoming airborne.

It was something Bones made on some cooking binge. Ugh. I need to look in the back of my fridge more often.


I am a creature of habit and sometimes that is inefficient.

A new library was built west of me about a year ago. But I always travel east, so when I go to the library, I go to the one to the east, which is 20 minutes away.

Tonight, realizing I might not have books at my parents' home (a terrifying thought to not have a book or two or ten), I decided to check out the library west, just because.

That sucker is 11 minutes from my home. Why in the hell I've been driving 20 minutes away, I'll never know.

And it's nice.

And the librarians were funny as hell.

West I will drive...


Since my sister in law is coming with her family, I took out a stack of beach towels, five of them, to use when they get here.

I keep finding them put away. I've taken them out three times.

Finally I heard my husband say to my son, "Who keeps taking these beach towels out?"

I was evidently making him just as nuts as he was making me.



We pick up my son from college on my way to my folks. He called me at work today and said, 'Ma, since we're not supposed to get in until 1AM and I don't go to bed before 4AM, I think I should just drive from 11PM until we get there. I'm awake anyway... just let me do that part of the driving.'

To which I replied, "YES!"

Posted by Boudicca at November 25, 2013 10:42 PM

Have a fantastic trip! I'm laughing at the towels - that's excellent.

Oh and I have so been there with the whole habit thing. Most times it serves me well, but not always.

Posted by: Teresa at November 25, 2013 11:16 PM

This has so much goodness to it, I just can't comment.

On your work ... I guess its time for you to get PMP certified and join the Borg. (Somehow I have managed to escape that in all my years.)

Posted by: The Thomas at November 26, 2013 12:11 AM

Thomas- Funny you should say that, my boss has just sent me to training. I'm finishing it up in the next couple weeks. I was horrified... now thinking it is for the best. :(

Posted by: Bou at November 26, 2013 07:02 AM

By the way, Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends & Influence People" does as good a job as the PMP course.

PMP is not about CPI/SPI, Earned Value, ... Its about managing people and getting the job done.

Another good book is "The Politics of Projects" by Robert Block. I especially like his idea of including a Zampolit on your project team to make management look at everybody else's project and leave you alone.

Or maybe that last was from Roger von Oech or Gerry Weinberg. I read so much its hard to remember.

Posted by: The Thomas at November 26, 2013 02:25 PM

Hope you all have a safe and happy trip!

Posted by: pam at November 26, 2013 02:43 PM

Thomas - I love Dale Carnegie's book. It's so much better than the Seven Habits that so many people tout - I couldn't even get part way through that one.

Posted by: Teresa at November 26, 2013 06:39 PM