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FRIDAY, February 26, 2010

Pyrotecher CI Fri 26 Feb 2010

Check-in at 7:00 pm

Since last check-in, I've continued to grind gears, basically keeping up with immediate urgent (mostly maintenance-mode) tasks and only giving bare attention to things that need to move forward.

Trying a different approach, I took my "master tasklist" (which given the total disorganization of my actual tasklist system, is basically "the stuff nagging at the back of my mind") and I put it into one list.

That's an exercise I've done before, but here's my new twist:
I added flags to the list to indicate
1) if there were "consequences" to letting it slide
2) if the "task" is really something I need to find a system for so it is better managed in the future
3) if the task was something I'd been in avoidance about

I don't know whether I'll be maintaining this version of the my list (most likely it will morph again) but the exercise sure was telling. The flags lit up the list and gave me a graphic indicator of the many neurons in my brain that were stressing out over things that (a) I'm avoiding, (b) have consequences if I don't do something about them, and/or (c) I need to find a way to organize.

It also drove home the point that some care is needed in prioritizing from all those tasks. This is where Master Tasklists can be counterproductive for me, becuase getting "it all on paper" tends ot make an overwhelming list. To try to avoid that trap, I ran through this list and highlighted the items I thought I could/should address this weekend and put a note to revisit the list on Monday.

So rather than pour the whole list here, I'm going to summarize thus:
For this weekend:
  Events: 1 (Optional)
  MUTs: 18 Line items
  MITs: 8 Line items highlighted

Let's see how it goes...

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
Benjamin Franklin

Brilliant idea, well done!!

Brilliant idea, well done!!

tiptree 12:20 pm CI

to do:

- pick up prescription
- read 50 pp. of BoD
- 1884: impl and test 3 hrs
- 1868: finish implementation + test 1 hr
- 1761: close loophole 1/2 hr
- 1691: 2 hours of work on feature
- read grid Catalyst code 1/2 hr
- 1829: impl + test 1/2 hr
- close one other bug
- clean office
- shave/shower
- clean bedroom
- try to fix sink pipe (plumber's putty + duct tape + fingers crossed)
- exercise
- pay property taxes
- call re bill
- change direct deposit distribution
- practice piano and/or guitar
- file nails
- read ch. of admin book
- work through pt. of Cat. tutorial
- fill box with (candidate) items for yard sale
- listen to Haydn symphonies
- read 25 pp. of Ambler novel
- watch Castle film

Vic 2/26

Show up (done)

Happy it is the "final friday" in Feb. March and spring around the corner!!

Grateful for rest, my HP, this site. 1. drove son to work in the blizzard/ was not too bad2. called friends 3. papers out Next: add min to son's cell phone ,letters, post office, store (all done)1.pick up son 2. fax some papers 3. walk. Haven't walked/exercised in the 3 day blizzard,beautiful now, need to just do it or I will get down/sick. (done) feel so much better and got some sun.

kromer 9:55 CI

OK, still feeling kind of under the, I am sick of being sick!

I'm in lab later than I would have liked, and am having trouble getting started. Here's what I need to do:

Scheduled: lunch seminar 12:30-1sh, youth group 5:30-9ish

*Email about HPLC (working on this now)
*Deacon list
*Read 4 papers from AvO lab, email AvO (working on this now; one paper read, email composed)
*Call AG
*Get someone to show me how to do purification w/ phase-lock tubes.

If I have more time, I'll:
*Look at interesting genes
*Do some cleaning

OK, heading to the chatbox to help myself get started, I'm feeling very stuck. 

Hope you feel better soon!

Hope you feel better soon!

re: under the weather

I feel your pain Kromer and hope you feel better after a nice weekend! 

Every time you get up and get back in the race, one more little piece of you starts to fall into place - (from "Stand" by Rascal Flatts)

Journey 9:45 omg y'all

After yesterday's check in I started feeling worse so I packed it in and went to the doctor.   My chest was hurting and although I felt a little silly, I know you're not supposed to mess around with that symptom, so I headed to the doc.   They checked everything out and said I am, indeed, still recovering from the flu and have somethign called condochronditis which is a fancy way of saying I have an inflamed muscle in my chest wall - probably initially caused by the stomach flu and made worse by going back to the gym too soon :O .    So I have official orders to rest up yay!  I'm in the office today, but will probably leave early and take it really easy this weekend.  Wow, that was kind of a wake up call, although it turned out to be nothing serious, it makes ya think, ya know?

I have a meeting in 10 minutes, then I'm going to finish up what I was working on yesterday when I left, then spend some quality time with my todo list which has been really neglected this week.   I want to start next week in PROactive mode again rather than REactive mode which I've been in all this week.

UPDATE 3:45   I finally finished the above task after 3 back-to-back meetings and a goodbye luncheon for some folks that got laid off.  Now I'm going to do my time sheets (there are two of them, who knows why?) and then have that quality time with the todo list. 

Interesting incident:  My co-worker, the youngest guy on my team -  who I really thought had no respect for me whatsoever, being 1)female 2) the oldest person on the team - stopped me in the hall to offer his support for the whole mistake thing I've been whining about all week.   He said I was honest, that I did the right thing, and the one manager who made a snide comment in an email was wrong to do so.  The good news is that my change for this weekend was approved, and then it will be OVER.  And evidently in the eyes of my team I'm golden for taking it like a man lol.



Every time you get up and get back in the race, one more little piece of you starts to fall into place - (from "Stand" by Rascal Flatts)

Wow... *hugs* Hope you feel

Wow... *hugs* Hope you feel better soon!

Thanks Lucky

I felt surprisingly better once they told me it wasn't serious! 

Every time you get up and get back in the race, one more little piece of you starts to fall into place - (from "Stand" by Rascal Flatts)

Happy Friday everyone!

Let's all end the week on a great note! Laughing

  • W-2 (this is getting done today)
  • eblasts
  • call mom
  • call RF
  • call JM
  • check on gym contract 

COB: although I missed a few of these, I did accomplish a lot. I had a huge event to organize and prepare for, which I accomplished.


Rexroth Check In

Thanks for starting the thread Lucky. Strange how even though I've been retired for a long time Fridays still feel different and I'm looking forward to the weekend.

Got up washed and dressed

Write journal - dream etc
Write needs and wants - awoke thinkin of things I wanted done
Out shopping bread, fruit and veg

and whatever else...

Strange I was not looking forward to tidying up and washing up all the dishes etc which I was sure I had left last evening and this morning there they were all done. Must have done them in my sleep!

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Above except I left writing my journal until this evening and the dream has gone
Whatever else was a lot. My medical notes arrived and I spent a long time studying them. They are incomplete and a little disturbing in places but it was my own responsibility for opening them without someone to interpret them.
Wrote to the regulator about the medical notes
Wrote to the hospital about the notes
Wrote to my MP about her letter and the notes
Wrote to every (8) members of the Hospital Trust Board asking them to take some action with copies of letters
Washed up and ate supper
Tidyied up in kitchen and through out rubbish and old flowers
Had bath and washed hair

A little time on the web and an early night

I have been working well today and wish I could bring the same energy to my legal/business issues

Night Everyone



Thanks for showing us the Promises of Recovery do happen:

Where once we felt despair, we will experience a newfound hope.

  • Our Higher Power will now become our time manager.
  •  We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.

    If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through.

  • Thank you vic

    Thank you vic for reminding me of where recovery comes from.

    In recovery Rexroth

    re: doing dishes

    What a nice surprise!  That never happens to me.

    Every time you get up and get back in the race, one more little piece of you starts to fall into place - (from "Stand" by Rascal Flatts)

    Thanks journey

    Thanks journey

    That quote from Stand haunts me in a good way

    Regards Rexroth

    Lucky CI

    Before work:
    Up by 6.45 Smile
    Check in Smile
    Prayer/bible reading time - remember to pray for C, E & L Smile
    Prayer & visualisation over my tasklist Smile
    Straighten hair  Smile

    Full makeup Smile
    Read some of new bookSmile
    Do some of creative writing book Smile

    Tidy desk Smile
    Finish archiving Smile
    New phone number to bosses Smile

    Sort payday loanSmile
    Pay rentSmile
    rat food + 8-9 quid dog treats - jar of coachies + pedigree cheese/meat Smile

    After work:
    Empty bins Smile
    Pay S Smile
    Sort plan for SaturdaySmile

    Vitamins Smile
    Clear kitchenSmile
    Tomorrow's listSmile
    Wash face/brush teeth -  floss - clean contacts properly Smile
    Email report Smile
    Check in Smile
    BED straight after check in! Smile