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Thursday, 24 July 2008

Ag ci

Wow, this day was outta control. I got through prayer, sorting my MITs and NMITs, and then bam!  Husband is very ill - so is the dog (coincidence, they have different problems but both pretty serious). Parents are also in a health crisis in another state, so I'm having much spontaneous and intense correspondence with family members about that situation.

Spent time caregiving husband and pets before preparing and managing conference calls at 10, 11, and 12:30. Then called drs, did urgent MITs that developed from conf calls, took husband to dr, pharmacy and grocery. At home resumed caregiving, returned email and phone calls, walked the dog, and revised plans for tonight.

I am behind the 8-ball on some deliverables for work tomorrow. To avoid an all-nighter, and because he is so sick I'm a bit afraid to leave him for long, I gave up my 12-Step meeting tonight. I have to pick up a sponsee from her DUI class at 10 pm, so I should be spending this time working. But instead I've been eating too much food and wasting time online for the last 90 minutes.

I really don't have time to process how I am feeling, but I'm pretty sure that I'm awash in fear that my Dad, Mom, husband, dog and cat will all die and leave me alone and stunned crazy with grief, and I'll spend the rest of my life living alone in national parks, camping from my truck and talking to trees...OK, that's sufficiently ludicrous and dramatic to make me lol!  

I'm going to chat through getting off this pity party and working hard for the next 45 minutes.

Ag 11:15 pm

I'm actually doing better than I thought, when I review my MITs for the day:

  • Prepare a remote-TA strategy for the DIY sites and email Cheryl - DONE
  • Catch up Status for Michigan conf call 10 a.m. - DONE
  • Catch up Status for Kansas conf call at 11 a.m. - DONE
  • NMITs:
  • Call Mary: dinner and mtng? - MISSED
  • Job Prep edits and invoice pre-June
  • Other State report updates DONE
  • Status.xls updates
  • Know my remaining K hours
  • Pick up M from her class - DONE

The microburst chat helped...I'm off to do another burst because Status and K hours can absolutely NOT be postponed. They are the core of a 1 p.m. conf call tomorrow.

Grail - 12pm, CI (Friday)


I've actually managed to do work all morning! I've gotten more done than all yesterday. :rolleyes: No, but really. A solid mornings work? First time in two weeks. I'm rocking!

I've gotten 7 units done. If I can get another 11 units done of approximately the same size, then I'll actually be... finished. o_O!

Of course, there'd also be closing up projects etc, but still. That can be the goal!


Grail - CO, Fri

Ummm. 3 more units.


But still, thank you weekend for being here, and thank you world/mind for things *feeling* a lot better.

Go Grail Go!

One chorus of old cowboy tune: "I'm back in the saddle again..." :grin:

Recycler CI 6:10pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

I love today's thread-starter. It's giving me a Clint Eastwood moment - "are you feeling Lucky?" ;) OK, I'm going to try to make my own luck this evening by continuing to check in and re-edit my thread through the evening.

Today: early train, elliptical, stretching. Ordered autumn wardrobe (Ladies, royal blue/cobalt blue is a Fashion Forecast color for this fall/winter/next spring, so save all the vivid blues you already have in your wardrobe :) Typed documents for committee leader. Rode train home; fixed and ate dinner. Checked Internet groups.

Tonight: wash clothes & sort through things, and re-edit my thread from time to time.

6:30 started first load of clothes in washer; took items upstairs. Next: sort through tote bags ;)

7:10pm put clothes in dryer; started 2nd load of clothes in washer. Sorted through & put away 1st set of tote bags/gym bags. Next: I see a stack of tossed-off shoes ;)

8:15pm put shoes in shoe bins. picked up/threw away stray papers from floor. Folded & put away dried clothes. Hung up other clothes to dry. Took more items upstairs. Next: brush & floss teeth; wash & moisturize face. Write e-mail to international friend :)

9:40pm Wrote e-mail to international friend. Washed & moisturized face. Brushed teeth. Had run out of floss, so cannot floss until after go to store on Saturday. Next: read inspirational literature. Maybe send one more email? Talk to you tomorrow!

Have a great night, everyone! :)


Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)

Journey 3 pm

k, I've been fairly useless since lunch.   Posting to get back on track.   I attended a "lunch and learn" at lunchtime and then spent some time gossiping with coworkers about an exciting corporate announcement that we got today.  Which would have been fine, but when I got back to my desk, did I get right to work?  No, I have been reseraching online to find out why Bookworm no longer supports internet high scores. 

 Jo slaps herself in the forehead and gets back to work! 

Also, I need to go talk to another person about the the thing from yesterday . . .and I don't want to do it . . . gonna go do it now and get it over with.


"In our minds, we seek to be divine; but in our hearts, we know it's party time." - Rondo Bros in Aquarium Dreams


Journey 3:30

Ha!  He was on a conference call, so I got to handle the question by email! 

Not doing too bad today, even though I fell into a hole after lunch.  Starting on MIT#6!  One MIT had to be postponed until tomorrow, because it was an errand I planned to run at lunch - and I went to the class instead.  But still, I've done 4 MITs.  I was feeling pretty down on myself for the wasted hour, but now that I look at what I've accomplished today, I feel pretty good after all.  Journey basks in the sense of accomplishment for a moment. 

OK, back to work!


"In our minds, we seek to be divine; but in our hearts, we know it's party time." - Rondo Bros in Aquarium Dreams


Journey 5 pm

Leaving work a bit early again .  . . this has actually been a fairly productive day if a bit disorganized.   tonight, one errand to run, make a quick dinner, and fold some laundry.  and go to bed early again!


"In our minds, we seek to be divine; but in our hearts, we know it's party time." - Rondo Bros in Aquarium Dreams


avacal201 9:52am CI

Hello All!

yesterday was productive, but I noticed a little backsliding.

Most Important Tasks

  1. Make changes to the display and check in. PROGRESS - AND DELAYS - SO SO
  2. new tasks - bug fixes/enhancements -- NOT THERE YET
  3. testing and review of existing code -- NOT THERE YET

Goals for the day

  1. 65% or better logged work time 50% -- STARTING TO SLACK OFF - NEED TO PAY MORE CLOSE ATTENTION
  2. better note taking/journaling -- ONGOING
  3. concentrate on logging distractions --ONGOING
  4. Thanks! Have a great monday! --Pete


cl ci

bookend reading this site - it's 9:40.

9:56==16 min. There's A LOT that happened yesterday. I didnt read it all. I'll have to come out on designated breaks.

BTW, yesterday was a day when i didnt feel like a procrastinator. EVERY OTHER TIME IN MY LIFE i would have said, see, i'm fine. Now i say, MUCH more realistically, wow, i had one good day in 30. Thanks, God!

Need to button up that MIT today.

clem's good day - Gratz!


"In our minds, we seek to be divine; but in our hearts, we know it's party time." - Rondo Bros in Aquarium Dreams


journey 9:15

Good morning!  I did get to bed early last night so I'm feeling a bit more rested today.  I have a meeting in 15 minutes that I need to prepare for, so will check back around 10:30 with my MITs in my hot little hand.


"In our minds, we seek to be divine; but in our hearts, we know it's party time." - Rondo Bros in Aquarium Dreams


kromer 8:40 CI

I've been having a rough couple days. Deep breath, I'll do my best today and turn the rest over to HP.

I finished getting 2 more datasets, and now I'm going to start my algorithm running on them. Then I'm going to look for more apt. listings and email Sarah about them, and deal with 100 emails from my inbox. Then I'll pack lunch and head to lab.

At around 10:30 I need to call about an apt. 

kromer 11:20 CI

Took care of apt. stuff (one apt. already rented to someone else; called about a second promising one but haven't heard back; need to keep checking messages)

Tried 2 more datasets, they look OK but there are a couple refinements I want to make:
*sourcesum constraint
*lower flowweight
*look at res., spend 20 min brainstorming sensible way to set capacity
*Try better capacity settings

Then I'm going to make neatly formatted images of the results and put them in my lab mtg. presentation. 

Updates every 30 min.

Update 12:55--tried sourcesum constraint, lower flowweight, and better capacity for 1 dataset, also made an outline of pres. Now I'm going to look at res. for better capacity settings. 

kromer 4:30 CI

OK, this day has been pretty bad.

Since 1, I've run alg. with refined parameters on 2 more datasets, but otherwise have accomplished nothing at work.I've been feeling pretty blue, which has made it awfully hard to concentrate.

At 3 I gave up and decided to take a walk, which I think was an OK decision...I feel a bit better now, and like I might be able to work. And I made a little progress on roommate/apt. hunting.

Now I'm back in lab until 5:30, and *choose* to focus on my presentation until then.

Then I'm going to go look at yet another apt., and then take the rest of the evening off. I'll need to get up early to finish my lab mtg presentation, but I think I need a guilt-free evening. 

I'm going to work in the chatbox and see if that helps. 

I sometimes think that you

I sometimes think that you are too hard on yourself and do not differentiate betweeen procrastination and the frustrations of a research project which sometimes involves a lot of trial and error stuff and which can seem unproductive.
You work hard and are able to create a structure for yourself most of the time.

Sorry to preach...sending you encouragement and positive vibes!

Kromer's rough day

Watch out for those penalty nodes!

"In our minds, we seek to be divine; but in our hearts, we know it's party time." - Rondo Bros in Aquarium Dreams