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I haven't used this journal in a while and I thought I would test the waters here.  Like many other people over on LJ, I am not too happy with some of the pronouncements our new overlords are making, so getting more familiar with this place seems like a good idea.

Things have been very busy at work, which is good.  David and I are enjoying being on our own again now that Aaron and Sarah are back at college.  I don't hear from Sarah nearly as much I did last term.  She's really thriving at UVM.  She was able to transfer to a Gap store up in Burlington and she's getting more hours in a week there than she did in a month here at home.  They love her up there.  Well, what's not to love?  Aaron is thrilled to be back at school, but he's been having trouble finding a job.  He thought he had one all sewn up but the scheduling is causing a problem because his dorm is about 5 miles from the main campus and the shuttles don't run when they want to schedule him.  So he's pursuing other options and I hope he gets something soon.  His girlfriend has already been up to visit him once and I am watching this with a careful eye.  I don't want her distracting him from getting his work done.  She visited a lot in the spring semester and his grades dropped accordingly.  I told him he has to maintain a 3.0 GPA or I stop paying the bills.  Momma's not messing around.

I seem to be tired a great deal of the time, which is not thrilling me.  Of course, I'm also not sleeping much which probably isn't helping. Lots of dreams, some bad, some not, a lot of weird.  I wake up frequently, can't fall asleep again and consequently I am dragging my tail.  I also feel like I'm getting an ear infection so I am going to the doctor on Friday to see what's going on in there.

A few people have asked for an update about the situation with the skank coming to work here.  It's been pretty awful, I have to say.  I stay away from her, deal with her as little as possible, I keep it professional when I do have to deal with her but still... just the fact that she EXISTS is enough to set my teeth on edge.  I was questioning the abilities of my boss, Chris, with regard to his hiring of her.  I spoke to him about it and he said that he actually didn't hire her.  He interviewed her and then went on vacation and while he was away, HIS boss, Adam, interviewed her and made the offer.  By the time Chris got back, it was a done deal.  He is NOT happy about this.  He knows that all the PMs hate her and it is causing problems.  But Adam has a hard on for her and that means we are stuck with her for the time being.  

I have been informed by a few of the PMs (who all love me) that the skank has been saying some nasty stuff about me to the higher ups - insinuating things and making oblique references to my abilities.  So far, it hasn't caused any problems because both Adam and Chris know that I do my job damn well and the clients and our staff here all love me.  I'm big with our European offices too, so I don't think that she will have much of an impact with this stuff, but still it makes me worry.  And that probably has something to do with my not sleeping much.

I'm just doing my job, looking for ways to raise my visibility in the company - I'm about to publish internally some new documentation pieces and institute a SharePoint training request form - and I am keeping my eyes and ears open for any crap coming from her direction.  I also had a good meeting with Chris last week, which was very reassuring.  I know he has my back and that helps.

Sleeping though, would be nice.

We're planning on going out east on Long Island on Saturday.  The weather is supposed to be gorgeous.  We're going to hit up at least one farm for some pick your own apples and then head to a vineyard I've read about that has biodynamic wine.  What is biodynamic wine, you may ask?  Well, most wine has added sulfites as a preservative.  Yes, even the high priced upscale snooty French wines.  However, I am allergic to sulfites and if I drink more than 2 or 3 sips of regular wine I will need to be rushed to the ER, since my entire respiratory system will shut down.  Not a pleasant experience.  But, I have recently learned that biodynamic wines do not use added sulfites and I can drink them without fearing a tracheotomy.  We bought 2 lovely bottles up in Vermont and they were yummy.  So I found a vineyard out on the North Fork of Long Island that specializes in biodynamic and organic wines.  Not all organic wines are OK for me - some do add sulfites.  There is a trace amount of sulfites in all wine - can't be helped, it comes with the grapes.  But that I can handle.  It is the extra stuff they add that makes me sick.  So we're going to go out east for the day, get apples, wine and enjoy the day.  We're finishing up the evening going to a concert - Tom Paxton is performing and I can't wait to see him.  I grew up seeing him and it has been too long.  I will spend Sunday baking apple pies.

All in all, looks like a good weekend.  How's life in your neck of the woods?
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Just when I had gotten myself worked up into a full bore grump last night over the whole "But it's Friday night and they want me to work late and it's the night before my birthday, and it's NOT FAIR!" whine, David comes along and with one sentence, changed everything.  "So you'll work from home Babe and then we can go out to dinner".  Um, I really should have thought of that myself!  D'oh. 

One of the nicest things about my job is that we do have the option of working from home, pretty much whenever we want to - as long as you don't have to go to a client site.  So I will work from home and be done by 6.  David won't even get back from the city until at least 6:30 or 7 and then we will just meet up with our friends as planned.  I guess I was just so tired yesterday - and more than a little annoyed that a client would thoughtlessly request training at a time which they KNOW is unreasonable - that I couldn't see the forest for the trees, so to speak.

I feel better now. :)

Work has been incredibly busy again, after a lull of a week or so.  This is good for the company and good for me too, since I don't like being bored.  Hopefully it will also mean that we will get bonuses at some point.  Money is always appreciated.  We didn't get any bonus money in mid-March when we were supposed to get our annual reviews.  Didn't get reviews either, actually.  We did get rather minuscule raises, which is better than nothing.  Hopefully if we hit some good numbers they will spread the wealth.  In the meantime, at least I am gainfully employed and paid pretty well for what I do.

So it is Friday, we have a great weekend lined up and hopefully, work will not be so insane today.  We're going to see this on Saturday.  And we're going to see the Sabres play the Devils on Sunday.  We also really need to shop for a suit for David.  We have 2 weddings to go to this year (NO Tal, one of them is NOT mine!) and he has literally nothing to wear.

Have a great weekend, all!  And thanks for all the words of support and encouragement yesterday.  Matt, I might take you up on that someday!!
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Just when I had gotten myself worked up into a full bore grump last night over the whole "But it's Friday night and they want me to work late and it's the night before my birthday, and it's NOT FAIR!" whine, David comes along and with one sentence, changed everything.  "So you'll work from home Babe and then we can go out to dinner".  Um, I really should have thought of that myself!  D'oh. 

One of the nicest things about my job is that we do have the option of working from home, pretty much whenever we want to - as long as you don't have to go to a client site.  So I will work from home and be done by 6.  David won't even get back from the city until at least 6:30 or 7 and then we will just meet up with our friends as planned.  I guess I was just so tired yesterday - and more than a little annoyed that a client would thoughtlessly request training at a time which they KNOW is unreasonable - that I couldn't see the forest for the trees, so to speak.

I feel better now. :)

Work has been incredibly busy again, after a lull of a week or so.  This is good for the company and good for me too, since I don't like being bored.  Hopefully it will also mean that we will get bonuses at some point.  Money is always appreciated.  We didn't get any bonus money in mid-March when we were supposed to get our annual reviews.  Didn't get reviews either, actually.  We did get rather minuscule raises, which is better than nothing.  Hopefully if we hit some good numbers they will spread the wealth.  In the meantime, at least I am gainfully employed and paid pretty well for what I do.

So it is Friday, we have a great weekend lined up and hopefully, work will not be so insane today.  We're going to see this on Saturday.  And we're going to see the Sabres play the Devils on Sunday.  We also really need to shop for a suit for David.  We have 2 weddings to go to this year (NO Tal, one of them is NOT mine!) and he has literally nothing to wear.

Have a great weekend, all!  And thanks for all the words of support and encouragement yesterday.  Matt, I might take you up on that someday!!
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I am tired, almost incapable of speaking and more than a little pissed off.  I've been in a fairly good mood most of the day but now I am ticked.  I ran 5 training sessions today - that is over 6 hours of me talking non-stop.  More than minds can hold, right?  But that's my job - I teach people.  For the most part the groups were pretty good, nice people.  One douche bag but there is usually at least one per day.

But right at the end of the day, I get a request for a training session from a California client for Friday, April 16.  At 2 PM PST which is 5 PM my time!!!!  On a Friday!!  The day before my birthday!!!!  Damn it people!!  Have a little consideration for others!   We were supposed to go out to dinner with some friends and, while it was not planned as a "birthday dinner" still, I was looking forward to it.

Now I won't be getting home that night until at least 8:30.  And I'll be grumpy.

So I am getting an advanced start on my grump.  Hopefully by the time next Friday rolls around I will have gotten over it.
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I am tired, almost incapable of speaking and more than a little pissed off.  I've been in a fairly good mood most of the day but now I am ticked.  I ran 5 training sessions today - that is over 6 hours of me talking non-stop.  More than minds can hold, right?  But that's my job - I teach people.  For the most part the groups were pretty good, nice people.  One douche bag but there is usually at least one per day.

But right at the end of the day, I get a request for a training session from a California client for Friday, April 16.  At 2 PM PST which is 5 PM my time!!!!  On a Friday!!  The day before my birthday!!!!  Damn it people!!  Have a little consideration for others!   We were supposed to go out to dinner with some friends and, while it was not planned as a "birthday dinner" still, I was looking forward to it.

Now I won't be getting home that night until at least 8:30.  And I'll be grumpy.

So I am getting an advanced start on my grump.  Hopefully by the time next Friday rolls around I will have gotten over it.
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I am working from home today.  It is a nice perk that we get at my company.  Lots of people work from home periodically and we have some employees who don't actually have an office at all.  They work from home full time.  This is, of course, what I aspire to do.  Hopefully in the next 18 to 24 months David and I will pack up the cats and the rest of our stuff and move to Vermont.  My job is portable - I don't need to be in the office to do 90% of my job.  As long as I have a fast-speed Internet connection and a phone I can perform most of my duties.  For the rest, as long as I am near a decent airport (thank you JetBlue for flying out of Burlington airport) I can get to where I need to be.

So today I am working at home with a cat sleeping peacefully behind my laptop and another one somewhere on the floor.  The kids are home - Sarah is throwing things into the crockpot to make BBQ beef sandwiches for dinner (note to self: buy rolls!!) and Aaron is scrubbing the downstairs bathroom.

I like this.  A lot.
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I am working from home today.  It is a nice perk that we get at my company.  Lots of people work from home periodically and we have some employees who don't actually have an office at all.  They work from home full time.  This is, of course, what I aspire to do.  Hopefully in the next 18 to 24 months David and I will pack up the cats and the rest of our stuff and move to Vermont.  My job is portable - I don't need to be in the office to do 90% of my job.  As long as I have a fast-speed Internet connection and a phone I can perform most of my duties.  For the rest, as long as I am near a decent airport (thank you JetBlue for flying out of Burlington airport) I can get to where I need to be.

So today I am working at home with a cat sleeping peacefully behind my laptop and another one somewhere on the floor.  The kids are home - Sarah is throwing things into the crockpot to make BBQ beef sandwiches for dinner (note to self: buy rolls!!) and Aaron is scrubbing the downstairs bathroom.

I like this.  A lot.
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I'm in 2 days of Boot Camp at work. 2 all-day sessions on everything and anything you'd want to know about my employer. It is being coordinated by yours truly but taught by various people within the company. The scary thing is that after this one I will have to run these by myself. Yipes. I need to stuff knowledge into my brain. Fast.

So I'm not online much today or tomorrow. No IMing or stuff. But it's all good 'cause I'm employed. Which is a good thing.

Catch you later!
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I'm in 2 days of Boot Camp at work. 2 all-day sessions on everything and anything you'd want to know about my employer. It is being coordinated by yours truly but taught by various people within the company. The scary thing is that after this one I will have to run these by myself. Yipes. I need to stuff knowledge into my brain. Fast.

So I'm not online much today or tomorrow. No IMing or stuff. But it's all good 'cause I'm employed. Which is a good thing.

Catch you later!
kukla_red: (Fall apart)
I am having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

I realize that some days are like this.

I know that my life is not defined by my job, nor the people I work with.

I know that I will feel better after some food and some sleep.  However, I also know that it will be some length of time before I can achieve this happy state.

In the meantime, I am trying very hard to hold it together.
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I am having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

I realize that some days are like this.

I know that my life is not defined by my job, nor the people I work with.

I know that I will feel better after some food and some sleep.  However, I also know that it will be some length of time before I can achieve this happy state.

In the meantime, I am trying very hard to hold it together.
kukla_red: (Striped lilac)
I mean with me.  As the lovely [profile] karlita nudged me recently, I haven't posted in a while.  Mostly because I've been so busy I haven't had any time.  Since my former assistant, Chris, left near the end of January I have been working like a mad woman.  This is SO not a one person job.  Of course as soon as Chris left all kinds of cases started coming out of the woodwork.  While I am glad that the Litigation department seems to have caught on to the reason I am here, it does make it difficult to keep up with everything.  However, I am thrilled that the woman I first interviewed for a replacement accepted the offer last night.  She probably won't actually start and be useful until sometime in the middle of April, but at least I know there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I hated interviewing anyone else after I met with Jeanette - she is perfect and we both knew it.  But I had to go through the motions and see more candidates just to keep HR happy.  All's well that ends well.

I am looking forward to Spring and the coming of birds, flowers, warmer weather and BASEBALL.  As [personal profile] cazul_blue reminded us all yesterday, we have to set the clocks ahead on Sunday.  I don't really hold with Congress screwing around with our time but I will enjoy the added light at the end of the day even if it does mean getting up in the dark again for a little while.  And anything that gets us closer to opening day at Shea is all good in my opinion.

David and I need to plan some long weekends away.  The Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY is on the horizon and I know we'll go up for that and get to see his best friend, JC again which is always fun.  But I'm thinking that we need to plan for something else too.  Both of us have been very stressed and tired and we need a break.  The kids are going away with idiotboy for the week of April 19 - 26 and I'm debating whether we should get away then too or just stay home and enjoy the solitude.  Jury's still out on that one.  (For those who may be new to this journal, idiotboy or IB is how I refer to my ex-husband, when I'm not calling him buttface or BF.)

I have a moral dilemma to consider these days.  According to my divorce decree, if idiotboy pays any child support at all - even the measly $100 a week I have garnished from his salary - he gets to claim the kids as tax deductions.  Since $5200 a year doesn't make much of a dent in supporting 2 teenagers on Long Island, I really  think this is unfair.  Even the nice lady I spoke to at the IRS last week thinks it is unfair.  Well, I filed my 2007 taxes a couple of weeks ago and my accountant messed up and listed the kids as deductions on my return.  Evidently idiotboy has not filed his yet, which I found surprising.  Every year he brings me the paper from the IRS that I have to sign that gives him permission to claim the kids.  Usually he is Johnny on the spot with this, shoving it at me through the door sometime right after New Year's Day.  This year I hadn't heard from him about it and I was puzzled but I try not to concern myself with his doings much.  But sure as God made little green apples, this week Sarah came home from dinner with him bearing a little envelope with said form for me to sign.  Oops.  Too late.  I've already filed.

So my dilemma is this: do I do the "nice" thing and amend my taxes to let him take the deductions or do I put my foot down and say that it isn't right that he should get the deduction and let him chase me for it?  I'm not sure what the ramifications are if I stand firm.  The decree does say that he gets the deductions, but he does not support these kids.  I do.  $100 a week doesn't even cover the grocery bill for 2 teenagers.  He's never contributed a penny towards their orthodontia (over $15,000 and counting for both), school costs ($600 for Sarah's chorus trip to Boston this year alone), clothing (don't ask), and all the rest.  He's also on the hook for Aaron's college costs and I know I will never see a penny of that.

So my thought is that I will tell idiotboy when he calls me - and he will - that I will waive his having to contribute half the college expenses (which will increase mightily when Sarah goes to college in the fall of 2009) and he will let me keep the tax deductions on the kids.

Any thoughts on this from anyone?
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I mean with me.  As the lovely [profile] karlita nudged me recently, I haven't posted in a while.  Mostly because I've been so busy I haven't had any time.  Since my former assistant, Chris, left near the end of January I have been working like a mad woman.  This is SO not a one person job.  Of course as soon as Chris left all kinds of cases started coming out of the woodwork.  While I am glad that the Litigation department seems to have caught on to the reason I am here, it does make it difficult to keep up with everything.  However, I am thrilled that the woman I first interviewed for a replacement accepted the offer last night.  She probably won't actually start and be useful until sometime in the middle of April, but at least I know there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I hated interviewing anyone else after I met with Jeanette - she is perfect and we both knew it.  But I had to go through the motions and see more candidates just to keep HR happy.  All's well that ends well.

I am looking forward to Spring and the coming of birds, flowers, warmer weather and BASEBALL.  As [personal profile] cazul_blue reminded us all yesterday, we have to set the clocks ahead on Sunday.  I don't really hold with Congress screwing around with our time but I will enjoy the added light at the end of the day even if it does mean getting up in the dark again for a little while.  And anything that gets us closer to opening day at Shea is all good in my opinion.

David and I need to plan some long weekends away.  The Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY is on the horizon and I know we'll go up for that and get to see his best friend, JC again which is always fun.  But I'm thinking that we need to plan for something else too.  Both of us have been very stressed and tired and we need a break.  The kids are going away with idiotboy for the week of April 19 - 26 and I'm debating whether we should get away then too or just stay home and enjoy the solitude.  Jury's still out on that one.  (For those who may be new to this journal, idiotboy or IB is how I refer to my ex-husband, when I'm not calling him buttface or BF.)

I have a moral dilemma to consider these days.  According to my divorce decree, if idiotboy pays any child support at all - even the measly $100 a week I have garnished from his salary - he gets to claim the kids as tax deductions.  Since $5200 a year doesn't make much of a dent in supporting 2 teenagers on Long Island, I really  think this is unfair.  Even the nice lady I spoke to at the IRS last week thinks it is unfair.  Well, I filed my 2007 taxes a couple of weeks ago and my accountant messed up and listed the kids as deductions on my return.  Evidently idiotboy has not filed his yet, which I found surprising.  Every year he brings me the paper from the IRS that I have to sign that gives him permission to claim the kids.  Usually he is Johnny on the spot with this, shoving it at me through the door sometime right after New Year's Day.  This year I hadn't heard from him about it and I was puzzled but I try not to concern myself with his doings much.  But sure as God made little green apples, this week Sarah came home from dinner with him bearing a little envelope with said form for me to sign.  Oops.  Too late.  I've already filed.

So my dilemma is this: do I do the "nice" thing and amend my taxes to let him take the deductions or do I put my foot down and say that it isn't right that he should get the deduction and let him chase me for it?  I'm not sure what the ramifications are if I stand firm.  The decree does say that he gets the deductions, but he does not support these kids.  I do.  $100 a week doesn't even cover the grocery bill for 2 teenagers.  He's never contributed a penny towards their orthodontia (over $15,000 and counting for both), school costs ($600 for Sarah's chorus trip to Boston this year alone), clothing (don't ask), and all the rest.  He's also on the hook for Aaron's college costs and I know I will never see a penny of that.

So my thought is that I will tell idiotboy when he calls me - and he will - that I will waive his having to contribute half the college expenses (which will increase mightily when Sarah goes to college in the fall of 2009) and he will let me keep the tax deductions on the kids.

Any thoughts on this from anyone?
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So it is approaching 7:30 PM as I write this and I am still in the office.  I have no idea when I'll be out of here because the process I am waiting on is still chugging away and I can't predict with any certainty when it will be done.  Once it is complete, I have to do some additional maintenance on the database so that the review team - who keep checking in with me every 10 minutes or so - can begin their work.  It is a frustrating experience for all of us. 

I wish my job didn't consume my life so much.  I enjoy my work - I really do.  But it is truly becoming a 24/7 job and I don't like that.  I realize that they don't pay people the kind of money I make without expecting a lot from them, but this is so all-consuming that I think it has crossed a line.  I took last Wednesday off for Sarah's 16th birthday (which was really nice) so I had a 5 day weekend.  Except I ended up working 2.5 days of the weekend.  I worked all day on Friday.  Seriously.  I logged into the office at 7 AM sharp and I didn't get off until about 7:45 PM when David insisted we go to dinner.  And then I logged back on for another 3 hours when we got back.  I worked part of the day on Saturday and all of the day on Sunday.  I was supposed to take Thursday off this week (ostensibly to recover from the Jethro Tull concert tomorrow night) but there is so much work to be done and my assistant is off on vacation this week, so I canceled the day. 

Why am I blathering on about this?  I'm not sure.  I like my work.  I like my salary.  But I wish I could find a way to do this without it taking up so much of my time outside the office.  I'd like to get to a place in my life where I could find more of a balance between my work and my personal time but these days that seems very distant.  I'd love to get more help in the department but it took them ages to approve my having one full time assistant.  They'd probably have a canary if I asked for a second person.

Gee, it's up to 90% now.  How wonderful.
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So it is approaching 7:30 PM as I write this and I am still in the office.  I have no idea when I'll be out of here because the process I am waiting on is still chugging away and I can't predict with any certainty when it will be done.  Once it is complete, I have to do some additional maintenance on the database so that the review team - who keep checking in with me every 10 minutes or so - can begin their work.  It is a frustrating experience for all of us. 

I wish my job didn't consume my life so much.  I enjoy my work - I really do.  But it is truly becoming a 24/7 job and I don't like that.  I realize that they don't pay people the kind of money I make without expecting a lot from them, but this is so all-consuming that I think it has crossed a line.  I took last Wednesday off for Sarah's 16th birthday (which was really nice) so I had a 5 day weekend.  Except I ended up working 2.5 days of the weekend.  I worked all day on Friday.  Seriously.  I logged into the office at 7 AM sharp and I didn't get off until about 7:45 PM when David insisted we go to dinner.  And then I logged back on for another 3 hours when we got back.  I worked part of the day on Saturday and all of the day on Sunday.  I was supposed to take Thursday off this week (ostensibly to recover from the Jethro Tull concert tomorrow night) but there is so much work to be done and my assistant is off on vacation this week, so I canceled the day. 

Why am I blathering on about this?  I'm not sure.  I like my work.  I like my salary.  But I wish I could find a way to do this without it taking up so much of my time outside the office.  I'd like to get to a place in my life where I could find more of a balance between my work and my personal time but these days that seems very distant.  I'd love to get more help in the department but it took them ages to approve my having one full time assistant.  They'd probably have a canary if I asked for a second person.

Gee, it's up to 90% now.  How wonderful.
kukla_red: (Mosaic)

WoW!  I love my job - really, I do - but sometimes I hit the ground running from the second I get up as my Blackberry springs back to life at 6:01 AM and the messages from the London office start coming in - thank you Malcolm!  Then as I get to breakfast and the train, the early morning vendor stuff and the early bird attorneys start sending their requests and questions and there goes my peaceful morning.

We have so many active cases going on now and it is only going to get busier from here out.  I'm working on getting Chris to be full time with me and I can see that by the mid to end of next year I will probably need another person.

Sheesh.  I haven't even been able to finish this entry!!  It's been an hour since I started.

But I love my job.  Really.  I do.

kukla_red: (Default)

WoW!  I love my job - really, I do - but sometimes I hit the ground running from the second I get up as my Blackberry springs back to life at 6:01 AM and the messages from the London office start coming in - thank you Malcolm!  Then as I get to breakfast and the train, the early morning vendor stuff and the early bird attorneys start sending their requests and questions and there goes my peaceful morning.

We have so many active cases going on now and it is only going to get busier from here out.  I'm working on getting Chris to be full time with me and I can see that by the mid to end of next year I will probably need another person.

Sheesh.  I haven't even been able to finish this entry!!  It's been an hour since I started.

But I love my job.  Really.  I do.

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