It’s amazing how many people forget or ignore the fact that I’m on vacation and want for me to do something; even though both my voice mail and my email are set to “out of office”. I’m (mostly) polite when responding; but, the answer is still NO! Obviously, there are extenuating circumstances; but; most/all of their requests aren’t truly urgent. How hard can it be to understand that I’m not going to let non-emergencies disrupt my vacation?
We selected this picture for today’s photo post became it reminds us of summertime which seems a LONG way away. It happens every year; but it’s always kinda depressing looking outside and seeing snow on the deck and on top of pool cover. If you look closely; you can see a faint tan line from The Wife’s bikini bottom. At least the winter solstice is this weekend and the days will start getting longer again.
An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
- I worked a lot of hours last week in order fulfill my commitments and still be on (semi) vacation this week. And, amazingly, it’s working out almost exactly as planned. About the only tasks remaining are to email to the people who ignored my automatic out of office response and tell them that, yes, I’m really unavailable.
- I’ve gained some weight recently so, it looks like I’ll be on a diet over the Christmas holidays. I need to do a better job of tracking my weight during the winter. Eight pounds is not that much to lose; but it’s good to get started now.
- Christmas is next week and we still haven’t put up our tree even though we always did it over Thanksgiving weekend when the kids were in college. We’re not sure how dog-proof it is. But, a potentially misbehaving dog is not a good reason to wait; particularly since it’s something that we’re going to do soon anyway.
- I’m not done with my Christmas shopping. I know what I’m going to get the kids (and, of course, The Wife) and even the “temporary” dog; but, it’s always a challenge shopping for some other members of the family. I don’t know exactly what to get; but I know what NOT to get. This weekend should be interesting.
I actually got almost all of the work that I needed to finish before I’m on vacation for the rest of the year completed so this weekend will most be one of rest and relaxation. There’s one more task that I need to do; but, hopefully, I should be able to get it finished early in the week. So, for me, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Have a great weekend!
Just one picture again today. I’m drowning in so much work, I’m trying to decide whether it would be better to pull an all-nighter or get some sleep and work a LOT this weekend. That’s the way this week has gone. The most frustrating thing is that the “deadlines” I’m working toward are completely almost artificial. I understand that’s life in the business world; but, struggling to meet impossible deadlines is particularly aggravating during the holiday season.
But, as you can see from the photograph, I’m still hanging in and doing my thing. Hopefully we’ll have time for one of our “holiday specials”.
It took two full evenings; but our computer is back to normal now after installing the most recent group of Windows Updates. It should not have been nearly so hard to resolve the issue. I understand that the software which runs a desktop PC is complicated. But that just means there should be more testing rather than less. I even tried “Upgrading” Windows. But that failed without completing too. (AFTER grinding away for a couple of hours.) I’m not confused or intimidated by technology, so I wasn’t stumped. But I still don’t like wasting hours fixing something that I shouldn’t have had to do in the first place.
Just one quick photograph for today since I’ve become immersed in Windows Update Hell. I can’t seem to fix the files that got corrupted by something in the recent batch of Windows updates I installed. And, of course, the number of updates were unusually large. So I’ve got a lot of things to work through. I know that desktop operating systems are complicated; but some things still leave me shaking my head. Our computer is a disaster zone.
An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
- The Buckeyes had a HUGE win in the conference championship game on Saturday and “bumped” a team that was previously ahead of them in the rankings to make the play-offs. They’re our favorite college football team so we’re happy; but, I wonder why they decided on a four team playoff when there are five “power” conferences. Under the current format, at least one conference champion will always be left out.
- I really, really like the new keyboards that we purchases a few weeks ago. The mechanical key switches make it much easier to type quickly and accurately. I’d like to get one for work; but I’m sure it would vanish on day while I was away from my desk.
- The “temporary” dog is always begging for table food. It’s amazing how well behaved she is when you’ve got something that she wants to eat. Training her has been an agonizingly slow process; partly because she’s not quite as intelligent as some other breeds I’ve trained; but, mostly because it’s really not my job.
- After the last update, the FB app on my smartphone makes a bunch of strange sounds when I’m using it or notifications when I’m not. It’s weird, and not in a good way. Once again, I find myself wondering what engineer thought such noisy design was a good idea.
Amazingly, it’s already December and Christmas is less than three weeks away. I’ve been so busy at work that it doesn’t really seem like the holiday season. I kinda still have my weekends; (which means I’m working remotely); so it’s not much of a break. I’m really looking forward to the day when I’ll actually be on Christmas vacation. Until then, I’ll just do what I can, whenever I can. Have a great weekend. See you on the other side
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