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Not Sure If I Still Have Much of a Brain

At least half a dozen times this last week I meant to post SOMETHING to this journal, and never once did I have the time. I'd think about things I wanted to post on my way to work, and then wind up so busy never had time to think about it any further, then be so tired and brain-dead when home I'd never remember, so never end up posting anything.

It adds to the overall "what kind of writer am I, anyway?" feeling, since I can't even keep a regular journal, much less actually write any fiction.

But on the other hand, I have been busy at work, and still apparently largely indispensable (very pleasant feeling, even if it keeps me running all day). I have decided that corporate execs receive their mail after it's been opened and organized by their team of secretaries administrative assistants, and they have determined that all mail must arrive that way, so all we have to do at our level is open the envelope and shove it in the scanner. It'll be 1-2-3 easy to organize it on the screen in images.

Except that the speed which was gained by doing mail that way turned into almost four extra days trying to index it that way.

I wish people who made these decisions actually did the job.

But we've all just thrown up our hands and said, "Okay, if you want to serve your customers that way, we'll do what you say..."

And I have to keep saying that, to try and keep stress at bay. Several times in the last few weeks I've felt my TMJ coming back (which, in me, manifests as an EARache -- my old doctor was going crazy trying to figure out what was wrong with my ears before finally sending me to an ENT specialist, who figured out what was happening). I guess I don't like being told by my boss that he WANTS me to do a crappy job.

Eagerly looking forward to vacation next month.

Behold the Catio:

Last week while watching the Preakness, I painted our front door (with thanks to ljs):

The Preakness was pretty awesome. I really, really, REALLY want to a $10,000 horse win the Triple Crown.

While I did that, Barb re-tiled our back bathroom (the one used almost exclusively by the cats), and once the tile was laid, the old crappy paint showed up, so this weekend we're painting it. It's not a perfect job, but anything would look better than it used to! Pictures of THAT when we're done.

Also today roasted a chicken out at the grill with sweet potatoes and corn. Welcome to the new season. Of course, it was, despite the "cool snap" we just had, horribly hot, so mostly I stayed inside. When I brought IN the bird, it was cooling down as the sun set and the coals were beautiful, so I wished I was just getting started with it. If I had more to grill I'd have had it out there.

The chicken came out perfectly.

I think it's been the stuff at work that's made me touchy and argumentative at home, since I have to be cooperative, cheerful, and smiling at work as I agree with enormous stupidity.

YAY, another day.


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May. 26th, 2014 03:25 am (UTC)
I'm glad at least the job appreciates you, even if you're not getting much writing time. And I'm not sure why your boss wnts you to do a crappy job but I'm not sure the answer would help. I know what you mean though, my TMJ is often an ear ache.

dinner sounds yummy

i like the door
May. 26th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
Well, I'm sure, in practice, they want good jobs all around -- but the way they're asking us to do it is pretty well guaranteed to produce really crappy work. (And worse, it IS.)

It came out super yummy!

May. 26th, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
I know how that goes. My college president shifted us to a new block system that lost 2 time slots, creating huge conflicts and insures you can't get a degree in 4 years and then left the college.
May. 26th, 2014 03:46 am (UTC)
I really, really want to do some sort of catio... and we have a lot of options for places we can put one, so it's mostly going to be a matter of deciding where we want it and actually building it. Love that video though, especially the three-legged kitty named Trinity. Funny that she got all puffed up over a deer in the yard. Numfar will do that, sitting on the back of my chair if she sees deer out the front window (which happens quite a bit here). She'll get all puffed up and will growl until the deer moves away (although sometimes she'll hop down and run to another window to growl at it a bit more). Of course, she'll also growl at our across the street neighbor if she's sitting in that spot and sees him going out to get his mail.

And IIRC, we had that exact same door on our last house! At least until we replaced it as part of our remodeling. We painted ours purple (or, sorry, we painted it "Enigma" because of course that name describes the color perfectly. :-p)
May. 26th, 2014 05:25 am (UTC)
"I wish people who made these decisions actually did the job."

If only!

Yum for good chicken.

I noticed the door the other day, but forgot to comment because I was juggling everything I was carrying. ("Brain no can brain.") It looks nice. I've noticed a trend toward red or reddish doors in Phoenix...not sure what that's about. I'm glad for a little more color, though.
May. 26th, 2014 05:25 am (UTC)
Love the catio!
May. 26th, 2014 10:33 am (UTC)
Gorgeous front door! :)

Hugs for stresses at work, cheers for you, Barb, and the good things. :)
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