17 December 2006

Whew!: Some of the “put-offable” chores (mainly, the laundry) had really been put off lately, since I’ve been so swamped and battling that bug. So, today, I did 12 loads of laundry (up and down three flights of stairs, three loads at a time – a morning-long workout!). Took some unwanted furniture to the laundry room (a chair and small table, which we can use while waiting), dragged out all the recycling, moved some living room furniture, put away all the laundry and...

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15 December 2006

Adapting?: Or maybe today was just easier. Even though I was as busy as always, it seemed to go along with less stress and bumps. Perhaps I’m getting better at keeping all these balls in the air. Crazy stuff, and yet I cranked out a project and got final approvals on it a full week ahead of schedule. Goodbye: One of the best producers I’ve ever worked with has left us for Seattle and Microsoft. Keith, you are The Producer(TM) and we’ll miss you dearly… New Views:...

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13 December 2006

An Odd Place: Work just gets stranger all the time. In addition to writing everything under the sun lately, I’ve been planning resources – going to meetings, determining how long it will likely take a writer to do the work proposed in a project, and then assigning a writer to the project. It takes up a good bit of time every week, keeping track of the small items that pop up ad hoc, estimating the level of effort they will take, and finding a way to wedge them into either my...

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12 December 2006

Meh: Back to work today – had a mountain of small fires to put out – hardly a moment to breathe. Not that I CAN breathe, with this crappy cold. Cracked open a fresh bottle of Nyquil just now. CHUG! Cards: Heavens – got my first two holiday cards today. Better get mine sealed and sailing… E.T. Phoned Home!: Heard from one of my favorite former coworkers today, Eric Thomas (aka E.T.), who suggested a gathering soon. Should be fun!

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11 December 2006

Ugh: Stayed home from work – the nasty bug finally floored me. Dragged myself to my computer a time or two today. Heard from my buddy Wingo and another one of my British musical pals – two nice spots in an otherwise completely crappy day. Off to do a lavendar bubble bath and belt down some Nyquil in hopes of sleeping…really can’t breathe. Howdy, Readers: Views from LaFayette, IN, and my regulars in Ireland and Kentucky, in addition to the family and friends who asked for...

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Dammit, Janet…

My SoCal-dwelling sister-in-arms, cohost of parties and fellow merchandise seller is being taken away from me! We see each other whenever our musical friends tour Our Fair State (that’s California), but an old flame has reconnected with her and it appears she’ll be moving to South Carolina. I’m really happy for her, but that’s just too damned far away!

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07 December 2006

Arrrgggh!: Been putting in 10-12 hour days with a nasty bug. This insanity has just got to STOP. More Nyquil and off to bed (as soon as I do some work writing). No Man Land, Revisited: The particularly delicious coworker (PDC?) squeezed in next to me on the last seat on the shuttle to BART tonight. (He’s a very slim guy – and a lovely creature.) It’s a small thing, but it does end a hectic day nicely when I get to chat with him. TGI(A)F: This week has been SO exhausting. And...

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05 December 2006

Don’tcha Just Hate It When: You catch everything that goes around the office? A nasty, but brief bug is going through my team, and I started getting aches and chills this afternoon. Going to do a bubble bath, some Nyquil, and turn in early. Maybe just once, I’ll get lucky. Cavalry: I think the boss is trying to arrange for our illustrious contractor John Fall to come to UIW’s rescue for the next cycle of projects. I truly hope so – we’re going to be drowning in...

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04 December 2006

No Man Land: Riding home on the cable car tonight, I was reminded of a conversation I had recently with a female friend. We talked about how it seems men our age and up to 10 years older all want women younger than we are. And younger men – well, it’s a given. They do too. We’re caught in No Man Land (aka our mid-40s). She spoke of the difficulty of finding someone who wanted to share more than an occasional conversation. I’m much less focused on the issue, being...

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03 December 2006

Party!: Happy birthday to two of my favorite co-workers, Audrey and Kevin. You both ROCK! Frozen: Toes and fingers still missing. I’ve had my place shut up tight for days, and in such an old building (1910) the air gets musty quickly when you do that. So this morning I have on three layers of clothes and have tossed all the windows wide open to change out the air. I can almost see my breath. Brrrrrrrrr! Health: I have felt GREAT for well over a week now. It seems I’ve turned a...

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02 December 2006

Woo Hoo!: After trying to get pregnant for two years, a friend of mine is finally with child, through her first trimester and all is going well. Can’t WAIT to be an Auntie again! Love ya, Plum! Woo Hoo 2!: Happy birthday, Deb! Tons o’ hugs, me2 Blog Peeps: Welcome to readers in Lafayette, IN, my regulars in Chicago and Atlanta, and ‘ellllo, Wiltshire, UK! (Plus the folks I made this blog for…) 2007: Want to ring the new year in somewhere different – maybe somewhere...

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November 2006

30 November 2006 From My Journal: Strangest thing a guy ever said to me – from someone I saw occasionally while on the road the last couple of years (we both travel a lot). After having awakened together several mornings, he dopily muttered, “Bash, it’s nice that you don’t make a scene in the morning.” Completely out of the blue, with no context. Huh? I didn’t pursue clarification, but couldn’t help but conclude that he hadn’t been keeping good...

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October 2006

Work: My team at work is morphing into a more final form – all except for the part of the team I’m on. I and my fellow UIW (User Interface Writer) are sort of drifting along while the merchandise/marketing writers are getting settled into their new verticals with their new bosses. Final preparation for the redesign launch took us up to the October 24th unveiling of the new site, which has been a real success. Fun: Moving to the third floor with the rest of my teammates at work (we...

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September 2006

Work: More of it, all the time. The redesign will be worth it if it all goes off well. Health: Still extremely exhausted, and late in the month the “shedding” began – loads of acne, hair falling out, etc. Was told to expect it! Fun: Fun is a day when I feel sorta decent. Few and far between. This too shall pass!

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August 2006

Work: Chaos continued, long-form. Health: So, it began. Nerve regeneration, pain and total exhaustion. Fun: Well, sorta. Re-convened with Janet and a group of folks for a short stop in Las Vegas late in August. The pool at the Hard Rock was a fantastic experience and I met some nice new folks. But I was so tired that I couldn’t join folks for evening activities most of the time I was there. Still enjoyed what I could of it. Soap suds (they are always present when this group convenes)...

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July 2006

17 July 2006 Work: Back to work for the first time since late May. Total chaos as the site redesign was in full swing and I had to find a way to reintegrate myself into radically different processes. So much had changed in seven weeks. Health: Feeling fairly well – still without pain and possessing more energy than I thought I would. 10 July 2006 Melancholy: Flew home today. Janet and I were both weepy as she dropped me off at the airport. Home was good, I had missed my cats, but it was...

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June 2006

30 June 2006 Fun: Lots more friends arrive in Santa Cruz for an annual gathering that includes sun, sand, the beach, great music, food and drink – an ocean of booze (not for me)! The usual mayhem ensued, the usual trollop got drunk and hung all over guys just trying to make a former boyfriend in attendance jealous, plenty of soap suds in the beer suds. 29 June 2006 Fun: Drove to Santa Cruz with UK pal. Met up with dear Janet -hadn’t seen her in a year. She, pal Roger and I joined UK...

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May 2006

Work: Preparing for medical leave. Personal: Preparing for surgery and post-op time at home. Sport: “Month of May,” Indianapolis 500 kept me company; amazing 90th running of the race.

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March 2006

Work: Relegated to clean-up crew on site redesign when it was to be my project (third-party issues). Personal: Exhausted due to lack of time off and exasperated by the turmoil. Weather: Rain for 30 days. Survival Plan: Vacation in Orlando. Detour: Trip cut short due to medical emergency.

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