Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Belated picture from Halloween. Eating candy. Chocolate all over her face. ;-)
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
I went to a DreamWeaver MX training in Lexington yesterday. It was pretty cool stuff. Mark makes fun of WYSIWYG programs like DreamWeaver. He's a true geek and prefers to write his own code. La dee dah.
I'm trying to finish creating a course in BlackBoard this morning, but the trainer has given me almost no content. So it will be a pretty shell for not much of anything. I don't know why I bother.
At 11:00, I'm going to the meeting about the job. Not sure it's going to work out, though, because it's a state job. Right now there's a hiring freeze on, and only internal mobility positions are being filled. So only current state employees can move into these positions. I am not a state employee, so I'm not sure if I'll even be able to apply for this job if it sounds good. My contact did send me a job description, and it's all very possible for me. But I'm betting that the pay would be significantly lower than my current salary. We'll see.
After that, I'm having lunch with my friend Rich, and then going to the office (eek, yuck) for a while to work on some things I can only do on the network. I did find out yesterday that the University president has decided to close early tomorrow to give staff early holiday time. Yay for her! Of course, that means rescheduling a meeting that was supposed to take place at 9:00 in Richmond. Not much point in driving down there to meet for an hour and then leaving because the University is closing at 11:00. But it's an early holiday anyway.
I'm looking forward to Turkey Day. I love all the food. It's family traditions and history all wrapped up in edible bites. Plus it will be yummy!
Saturday, November 22, 2003
Great news. My brother's surgery went very well. It was supposed to take 2 1/2 - 3 hours, but they were done in less than two. They put 2 metal plates in his back and relieved the pressure on his spine. Apparently, these were the largest bone fragments that the surgeon or resident had ever seen. They were compressing his spine, causing tremendous pain and nerve damage.
I was getting ready to head to the hospital this morning when Mom called to say that Scott was being discharged and not to come to Lexington. I got to talk with him on the phone, and he said he was in very little pain. His back felt a hundred times better. He was really hoarse, and his neck was sore. The incision was about two inches on the right side of his neck, and they moved his esophogus and other body parts & pieces out of the way to get to his spine. No wonder he was sore!!!
Now we need to wait to see if the nerve damage reverses itself. He's got significant weakness & numbness down his left arm. Makes it hard to pick up his kids, which just kills him. Hopefully that will improve. *Fingers crossed*
But I'm so relieved that he's ok. I was totally fine yesterday, until the surgery was over. We went out with some friends for dinner & drinks, and I was a nervous wreck then
, after it was all over. I really am weird.
Friday, November 21, 2003
Well, I'm going to try to do better about blogging. I know that only a few people actually read this page, but it's still pretty cathartic to get it out of my head. Lots of times if I write something down, I can obsess about it a little bit less. Aren't I odd?
Here's a bit of good news. Yesterday, out of the blue, I got an e-mail from someone about a possible job. We're going to meet next week to discuss it in general. I have no idea what the job is, the pay, or anything. The person who contacted me works for another agency and is someone I've worked with before on projects. As Mark said last night "it feels good to be headhunted, doesn't it?" The answer is yes
, even if this job doesn't appeal to me, the pay is too low, it's not a good fit, or whatever. It does still feel good to be seen as competent and a potential asset. Plus here's some karma for you - I was headhunted into my current employment - I wasn't looking back in '97 but have been here for 6 years now. Maybe I should always
consider the offer if I'm headhunted. Despite recent events & stresses, my current job has been a great experience overall.
I'm getting ready to head to the dentist and then the hospital for my brother's surgery. I'm not as nervous as everyone else seems to be about it. I mean, it's Scott
. He's indestructible. Isn't he???
Mom, Dad, Mark, and my sis-in-law Julie are all nervous as cats about it though. Maybe that should tell me something. But I've decided to go Scarlett today, and ignore that which I cannot control. Tomorrow is another day and all that.
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Oh yeah, and I'm fighting a world-class case of bronchitis and my brother is having surgery tomorrow. Bleah!
OK, so I know it's been forever
since I posted anything. Life has sucked just a little bit lately. Not all of life - home is wonderful, Mark is great, Lauren is a trip. But my work has gone from bad to worse to barely tolerable.
Basically, a former employee made some false allegations of racism, our Division has been restructured, my boss (who was terrific) was involuntarily transferred and her position abolished, our building was closed and our staff moved to the big building with terrible parking, we have no training space any more, and our Management Team has been disbanded. I'm temporarily on "special duty" to EKU, an hour away from my home. How amusing is that, considering I just moved in part to be closer to work? Fortunately, I'm not expected there every day and work at home most of the time. I'm actually ok with that part of it, because I'm basically antisocial anyway. I get a lot done when it's quiet. But it is a little lonely sometimes, and I miss being a part of the driving force of our agency. I'm pretty much out of the loop, in exile. For what reason, I'm still not sure.
I've been awful lately, people have called and e-mailed and I just don't have the energy to respond or talk on the phone. Then you know how it is - it gets to be too long to answer or return calls without hours of explaining.
Depression? Maybe a little.
I'm unhappy with the results of the election for Governor, but at least it does mean that the people who have made all the decisions outlined above will be GONE. Sayonara to them. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Can I help you pack up your office?
We joke amongst ourselves that the new leadership coming in will still mess with us, just in a new and different way! We'll see what happens. I'm worried what a republican will do to human services. Last time I checked, that wasn't too high on the GOP priority list. And of course, since we're mostly contract employees, there's not much to prevent the new gov from saying "Thanks but no thanks". I don't think
that will happen, but it could. If so, then I'd be out of a job. And thanks to the economy, there isn't much out there. Trust me, I've been looking.
So if you know of any jobs for a techie type person with a background in social work and administration, give a yell. I'll try to answer.