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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Warning: eating burritos can be dangerous to a dog's fur

douglas CO

finished everything
tired as I have ever been.
feel confident
looking forward to my pillow


peace and love
ps. an eggroll is a chinese burrito.

kaoba 11am


See you all tomorrow!

kaoba done - HOO RAH

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

kaoba 10am

Almost, almost there (94%). I am so tired and sick of this project. Ugh. But I am almost done. Thanks journey and Henry for the encouragement!

Journey 10:00

Did ok yesterday in spite of my lapse into web surfing.  I'm still not sure how that happened!  I do know that I was at the point in  my implementation plan where the most tedious stuff had to be done:  checking and double checking and triple checking addresses and commands.   I'll be on the lookout for that in the future. 

My three biggest procrastination inducers: 
FEAR - especially when doing an unfamiliar task, being afraid I can't do something, or having to (gasp!) ask for help.
INDECISION - when I'm not sure what to do next, it's easy to do nothing instead
BOREDOM - I guess that's pretty self-explanatory.  I often procrastinate on housework just because it's so incredibly boring and I've been doing the same sh*t over and over again for 40 years.  Jeez.

So far today, I have:
gone to the gym
read and processed my email inbox to (near) empty
done my daily planning

next task:
Complete the stupid verification form, another form in the long saga of trying to get my SL reimbursement. 

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Journey 10:25

Found and printed the stupid form.  I'll fill it out and fax it at lunchtime. 

Next, 10 min break and then:
check on maint progress, ask Steve if I can copy it over yet
re-check implementation plans and submit


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

journey 1:30

still working on implementation plans - had some last minute changes to incorporate -
soon as that's done I'm going to fill out and fax that stupid verification form.


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Journey 3:00

Done with implementation plan for today; it will need to be double and triple-checked one more time before this weekend. 

On a conference call now, multi-tasking (sorry, leo)

NOW for the fricking form!


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Journey 5:20

Finally got off the endless conference call, then talked to my daughter about some disagreements in her World of Warcraft guild, had a couple of trouble calls, and then goofed off some :( but I'm going to go fax that stupid form before I leave for today. 

I didn't finish everything I planned to do, and I wasted an hour or so chatting and generally doing nothing, but considering I'm on call this week that's not bad. 

Working from home tomorrow, and you know that spells trouble for me!  I'm only working half a day though and keeping my adorable grandson the rest of the day.    Although he is getting to that less-than-adorable terrible twos stage :)  He's allergic to my cat so we'll probably stay outside all afternoon, or maybe go to the park.  the high is 73 tomorrow - I think that's about 25 C for those of you outside the US.  Maybe someday we will enter the modern world and switch to the metric system and centigrade temp.


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Good to see u again, folks :)

I´ve been on vacation. How r u doing? :)

ok, here we go:

10am-12: correcting my dissertation

12: making some calls (office, partner, bank)
12:30: lunch, shower etc.
13:30: dissertation (2)
15:00: prayer time
15:30: dissertation (3)
18:00: prayer
18:30: dinner
19:30: dissertation (4), until the end.

Have a nice day! God bless,


wb Henry!

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey




hmm, very productive

hmm, very productive morning, terrible afternoon :(

a long night still ahead... :p wish me luck


kaoba 8am

So, I am about 85% done with this thing. I am here with a cup of coffee by my side and will not get up until am done. Deadline is about noon.

Go, go, go, everyone!

kaoba 85%

Well you should be at about 90% now lol . . . good luck . . .

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey


oops, u´re a lady :grin:

just my ADHD again :rolleyes:

kromer 8:45 CI

Didn't have a great day yesterday, will try to make today better!

Big tasks:
*Serious progress on senior thesis
*Go to class+do daily HW
*Prep for Harambee tomorrow
*Grad school stuff

Already done this morning:
*Started laundry

Up next:
*Catch up on Spanish homework (Done)
*Go to class until 12 (Done)
*Call to ask question about Harambee
*Email about mtg w/ EE faculty
*Email about mtg w/ Bioengineering/bio faculty
*Email about test data set
*Go to econ at 2

kromer 12:15 CI

All right, having a hard time getting started on work after class.
Next up:
*Print out info on CS faculty I signed up to meet (taking longer than I thought it would, but I've done 4/8, I'll wait for tomorrow for the rest)
*See if there are any interesting EE faculty I'd like to meet DONE
*Email about mtg with EE faculty DONE
*Email about mtg with bio/bioengineering faculty (Main email done, waiting to hear back to figure out whether I should email individual faculty)

kromer 1:45 CI

Made good progress prepping for next weekend's interview.
I realize I left my draft email about test data set at home (guess I *really* don't want to send this email)
I hate to keep putting it off, but I guess I'll wait until just after I get home.

Next up:
Go over biochem pset solutions (at least started a bit)
Go to macroecon lecture 2-3 (realized it was going to be useful and skipped, worked on Harambee instead)
Go to group mtg 3-4 (DONE--went very late, but very good mtg)
Go swimming for 30-45 minutes
Go to lab and check in with a list of stuff to do (so I can make real progress on my thesis, I'm kind of stalled out on it...)

kromer 8:30

OK, ended up having to do some stuff in bio lab (labeling 1000 test tubes...literally. Well, only 800 actually. Fun!)
 So I've gotten a bit behind.
Then I took a dinner break, and now I'm back to work!
Up next: senior thesis!
*Get expression data for coregulators from 1 data set
**This looks like a fairly difficult tasks. Manageable steps I will take tonight are:
***Finding RefSeq IDs for all human coregulators DONE
***Downloading raw data file (One DONE)
***Mapping probe IDs to RefSeq IDs (DONE)
*Write 1/2 page of methods
**OK, I'm going to face this even though I *really* don't want to. First step: open Word, decide which section I'm going to work on, post name of section here
*Finish calcs (Working on this)
*Visualize results from scdown dataset
*Compute GO enrichments for scup and scdown results
*Go home and email about the !#$! second test dataset

Lark at 8:43am

It looks like it's going to be a nice day. The weather seems good, and one of my work projects is nearly finished. I just found last month's phone bill, and it's time for this month's already. I want to make a note to get it paid when it comes.
(X)morning things
 spiritual time
 finish main work project
 go to bank
 go over kitchen table
 make errand list for the rest of the week
 check in after lunch

Paste and Tape Fur back on dog

Paste and tape fur back on dog
Very funny elizaveth..... I admit, I looked in the mirror and I DID look just like that!
go get sound bites at studio
finish recording
meet website people at 3:00
Is a gyro a Greek Burrito?
smack myself.



omg, is THAT why all the dogs are bald around here!

kaoba 6am


Finish my report by 11am. I am about 70% done with it.

Then, disconnect from the world of work for the rest of the day.

Best to all!

e's burrito-less check in

Today a list of MIT"s

bill pay
letter to umass
get meds
tell s about doctor's appointment
write nancy/call randy

e's check back

I don't know whether to laugh or cry today: I cannot tell what happened, but I do know that it feels bad and good at the same time.

I was called into a meeting today and was told how well things were going but that they needed to transfer me to another department which was in need of help. Frankly, I think this was all bs, that really they did not want me to continue with my work because I was not getting enough done quickly and because their priorities had changed so much, but in fact, the move will be good for me. I get to work in the library doing things I am interested in, with a person I like and respect very much, learning skills I can use in future positions and potentially be genuinely appreciated!  So, why do I feel so badly that I was asked to change departments? Because my work was not valued, because I knew I was not making sufficient progress, because I was afraid of the work I was asked to do because it dealt with highly sensitive information. And then I think, no one could have succeeded in the circumstances I was in, and then I feel better and worse at the same time.

In any case, I get up tomorrow morning, go to a new job, learn new skills, probably learn more language skills and hopefully will be appreciated for my knowledge and willingness.

So, I guess I get to make amends by doing a kick ass job for work in my new position.

not so bad after all!

Re: elisaveth's new position

Congratulations on what sounds like it will be a great change! You'll be working in the library (one of my dream jobs ...), and isn't this what your MA is related to? Seems like a sign ...

Also, don't be so harsh on yourself about the reasons for the transfer. You have probably been doing better than you think. In any case, congratulations again!

thanks, kaoba

Yes, I am working in the university library, which is a dream job of mine as well. I do feel badly about the transfer, but clearly I must not be feelng too badly, because I can't stop smiling!

Congrats on the new job Elisaveth!

Maybe it didn't happen the way you wanted it to, but it sounds like you're going to enjoy the new position! 

There are no coincidences . . . this happened for a reason. . . now if someone would only come down here and explain the reasons to us! 


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

congrats Elisaveth

Congratulations Elizaveth. I'm sure you deserve it. Good things happen to people who encourage others.



ta, douglas!

I thank you for your encouraging words. Today I can't stop beaming like a flashlight!

thanks, journey!

It helps to be reminded of what really matters!