Thursday, February 16, 2006

Diary of a Sick Day

12:35 AM
I think I'm going to hurl!

Hey! Get it together, man. 'Cause if you hurl, and I catch a whiff of it, man... I'm gonna spew. And if I blow chunks, chances are someone else is gonna honk, alright? And that's gonna set off a parastolic reaction, alright?

OK, OK, I'm alright. Chunkage contained
5:15 AM
I'm still alive! I should probably get up and get the kids ready for school, and ... ZZZZ
6:06 AM
Sent the "I'm sick today" email to work. It's official; I'm staying home.
7:55 AM
Just drove the younger kid to the bus stop because of the rain.
8:10 AM
I could sit here all day handling work email, but I need to shut down OWA and try to relax.
8:45 AM
The dog and I are watching Olympic curling - USA vs. Sweden. I just don't get this sport.
9:37 AM
Sweden holds a slight lead over the Americans.
10:02 AM
Wasn't USA curler Pete Fanson in "Death to Smoochy"?

[Photo of Pete Fenson][Photo of Norton as Smoochy]
10:53 AM
Whoo Hoo! USA tops Sweden 10-6! (I still have no idea how this sport works) Two and a half hours is a long match.
11:07 AM
As I watch West Wing, the chills have set in. I'm adding layers and boosting the thermostat.
12:00 pm
News at Noon on WLFI. It's news from where I live. (Meanwhile, in the back yard...)
12:24 PM
I'm starting to feel shakey - like a low blood sugar thing, so I'm going to have some lunch. Chicken Noodle soup with crackers should do the trick.
12:45 PM
Dave Stohler wins the Little 500! (I always seem to just catch the end of this one.)
1:59 PM
Lunch seems to be staying down pretty well. However, a nap seems to be nowhere in sight. I've been web surfing and messing with my Linux configuration. What a geek I am!
2:38 PM
Just walked past a mirror and looked at myself. What a scary sight!
3:12: PM
I just spent 5 minutes staring out the window into the back yard. It's a warm, wet, windy day, and I'm thinking about replanting grass there. It is currently mostly bare. I probably won't be thinking much about yard work in a couple of days when it will be 40° colder and snowy
4:05 PM
The kids are home from school
4:25 PM
I talked the younger kid into going to the gas station with me so that I wouldn't have to get out of the car to buy some Sprite.
5:45 PM
Supper was the rest of the Cambell's soup, along with a ham sandwich. The food didn't upset my stomach, but watching Indiana Governor Daniels on TV did.
9:32 PM
Not much on TV tonight, so I watched the replay of yesterday's Daily Show and an episode of Full House. ("Everywhere you look...")
10:02 PM
Well, I don't feel great, but probably good enough to go back to work tomorrow. Now it's bedtime.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

What? You're Happy?

Today at work, I had to kill a project.

A member of my staff and myself, along with a web developer, have been working on it for several months, and there have been many problems. No way we were going to make the deadline!

I was worried about telling the client that we had to stop, but when I walked in his office, I could tell that he had already decided the same thing. He was very nice, understanding, and happy. Basically, he just didn't seem to care that much. I suggested a new deadline of six months, but he suggested a year.

When I told my boss about it (the project was just listed as a 6 month goal in my review last week), he didn't seem to mind either.

I should probably be happy that the damage to my reputation was minimized, but I'm actually a little upset that they didn't care. Have we been busting our collective ass for nothing?

(I need to let these things go.)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Innapropriate Comment of the Day Award

I‎ ‎attended‎ ‎a‎ ‎meeting‎ ‎today‎ ‎to‎ ‎discuss‎ ‎name‎ ‎matching‎ ‎algorithm‎ ‎problems‎ ‎with‎ ‎a‎ ‎vendor‎/‎consultant‎.‎‎ ‎One‎ ‎of‎ ‎the‎ ‎issues‎ ‎has‎ ‎to‎ ‎do‎ ‎with‎ ‎Asian‎ ‎name‎ ‎matching‎.‎‎ ‎As‎ ‎the‎ ‎group‎ ‎was‎ ‎trying‎ ‎to‎ ‎find‎ ‎a‎ ‎good‎ ‎example‎,‎‎ ‎we‎ ‎heard‎ ‎‎“‎What‎ ‎about‎ ‎Chu‎ ‎Wen‎?‎‎”‎‎,‎‎ ‎‎“‎Look‎ ‎at‎ ‎Jing‎ ‎Wang‎”‎‎,‎‎ ‎‎“‎Try‎ ‎Lu‎ ‎Yan‎”‎‎.‎

The‎ ‎guy‎ ‎next‎ ‎to‎ ‎me‎ ‎then‎ ‎says‎,‎‎ ‎‎“‎Do‎ ‎we‎ ‎get‎ ‎eggroll‎ ‎with‎ ‎that‎?‎‎”‎

Silence‎ ‎and‎ ‎nervous‎ ‎laugher‎ ‎followed‎.‎

Quote of the Day

"For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three." -- Alice Kahn