Wednesday Weirdness #57

As part of enhancing security, they recently changed the network to require two-factor authentication to log on whenever you are not in physically the building. Plus, they decreased the timeouts, even if you are actively working. So we now spend almost 5 minutes out of every hour getting re-connected. It’s a HUGE waste of productivity. And they wonder why people who aren’t being laid off are leaving.

Monday Monologue #57

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • After rowing so much on weekends during the summer, running in the park on Sunday seemed kinda strange. We both still ran individually during the week. But, we had not gone on a weekend run together since mid-May.
  • My most recent video card upgrade was uneventful. That wouldn’t be news except the last one was a gigantic PIA that left us with a blank screen until I could find a way to uninstall and reinstall it without being able to use the monitor.
  • The Bengals and the Buckeyes both won this past weekend in epic beat downs. That doesn’t happen very often. Sadly, football fans in Ohio have been disappointed so regularly that a good game for more than one of our teams in the same week is extremely rare.
  • It took parts of three days but the car is fixed and everything is good. I am just looking forward to when I can finally get a good night’s sleep. I’m running on coffee and determination.

Friday Featurette #56

The Wife lying naked on the bed waiting for The HusbandIt’s been a difficult week. We’re having car problems. And I’m trying to meet an impossible deadline at work. Plus we’re still bummed about the end of cold weather. I’m glad for the weekend; but, it’s really won’t be much of a break. I’ll be at work for a lot of it. And, when I’m not working, I’ll be trying to fix one of our vehicles. So, I already know I won’t be catching up on my sleep this weekend. Where did the lazy days of summer go?

Wednesday Weirdness #56

A former coworker who was let go in a recent “right-sizing” is helping out the person who is taking over for him. Amazingly, he will be on the phone for long periods of time essentially training someone else. And he is not a just answering quick question here and there; but providing a detailed and methodical how-to for the tasks he was responsible for. I know he’s friends with the person still at the company that he is helping out; but they are getting paid and he isn’t. I think most people would be too busy looking for a new job or experiencing “memory loss”.

Monday Monologue #56

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • I’ve now cut the grass two Sundays in a row. There isn’t enough light to do it in the evenings anymore and we’ve been busy on Saturday. But, since I almost never used to mow on Sunday, I’m starting to feel like one of those people who does there lawn twice a week and plans their schedule around the weather and their yard work.
  • I wish that I could thumb type better. It’s frustrating not being able to do things online while I’m waiting on the computer to finish installing or updating something. Especially in situations like earlier today where a video drover update hung on a blank screen and I had to completely power down and perform a full install which took a lot longer than I planned.
  • I was on hold for almost an hour trying to contact the IRS about a notice I received trying to find out what form I needed complete and mail them to correct their records. A financial institution didn’t properly report something; but, of course, it’s our responsibility to make the corrections.
  • It was kinda sad making our last lap around the course that we row on the river and downloading the data from our SpeedCoach. There is a chance of snow this week and with the blow freezing temperature we are having at night the water temperature is dropping fast. We like the change of seasons but we are definitely becoming more summer people.

Friday Featurette #55

The Husband and The Wife enjoying a moment togetherWe closed the pool this week. And it suddenly got much colder. Plus it looks like our last day to row for the season will be Monday. Summer is abruptly over so we’re both feeling a bit droopy. We know we’ll open the pool again next spring. And that sooner or later the weather will be warm once more. And we’ll be able to go rowing once again. But, right now, these days seem a long way away. When I was growing up, my mom always talked about a long, hard winter. I didn’t understand what she meant then. But; this time of year, I appreciate what she was saying.