Almost there...

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Okay, I know I kept saying it would get better, but it has. Work is better. I've got one day today where I need to get a lot of things done, but I can because I have no meetings. None. Not a single one. Just ran out to do my dance fitness class and later I'm planning to take Bill on a magic cart ride to introduce him to the campus.

Oh, and by the way, one of the primary reasons it's better is because of Bill. Bill is Paul's roommate, and until Tuesday he was an unemployed tech writer. Tuesday he started being a temporarily employed tech writer working for my projects. Shirley has said I can give him anything to work on that I desire. I am so thrilled to have some support. I immediately thought of four or five things I could hand off to him quickly, and there's another several big chunks coming at me that I'm going to gracefully sidestep and allow to land on his plate. This is such a good thing.

This morning I did some basic maintenance around here (though I still need to put some hours into taming my email inbox, now bursting with 631 messages). This afternoon, I'm planning to work on a long put off Leave of Absence web form development. I've been trying to get to this for about a month now, but knew I needed about four hours of quality time to get to the next step with it. Now, I have it. This makes me so very very pleased.

Plus, Bill's so happy to have a job, which is an added bonus. I said hi this morning, and he said, "Do you like chocolate?" I said, "Yes," knowing full well that today was the day I'd intended to really throw myself at my diet anew (having now gained back five pounds lost last year. Grrrrr.). He handed me two enormous slabs of chocolate, one of which was a 70% dark chocolate imported from Belgium. Yeah, we'll be really doing the diet thing tomorrow. Today, it's the diet thing with a little piece of chocolate thrown in (only 3 points worth!). Still doing my darndest to be very very good.

Anyway, it's a good day. I'm getting stuff done, and there's still a lot to do, but it's not an overwhelming toppling mountain, and I've got some clarity on how to work with some other folks so that maybe we can avoid pissy outbursts in the future. I hope. See - I've got hope again. That's such a cool thing!


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