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?