Karen (estherchaya) wrote,
Karen
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General Things

I did sign up for NaNoWriMo yesterday. The worst thing that happens is that I don't finish it.

Yes, There are other things I'd like to do. I never finished the embroidery on my chuppah (yes, I got married a year ago. We ended up using someone else's chuppah instead of the one I was making. Then the project got put by the wayside because I got sick, then it just ceased being a priority). I'd like to find a gym I'm comfortable at. I'd like to start thinking about going back to school. I'd like to focus on improving my frumkeit. I'd like to read more. I'd like to finish the scrapbook I was making from the wedding (yes, it was last year, lay off!). I'd like to take a tropical vacation.

But you know, none of that actually precludes me from taking some time to write every day. After all, I used to write pages and pages a day. My friend Steve (who still needs to get an LJ Account!!) pointed out that I probably wrote 50,000 words a month to him when he was in college. Of course, he's exaggerating. But what the heck. I'll give it a go. If it's too hard or I don't like it, no big deal. So I stop.

So that's that. I'm kind of excited about it, actually. :)

What else. Hrm.

I had an extremely productive day at work yesterday. It made me feel very good about myself and my work. I'm proud of the quality of work that I produce, but sometimes, it's harder than it looks. Yesterday was one of those days that just kept falling right into place. All the people I needed to talk to called me. I got answers to most of the questions I had to ask. I fielded a lot of questions from sites, and handled them pretty darned well. And I stayed organized throughout the day. I think the worst thing for me is that once I cease being organized at work, I cease feeling like I'm accomplishing anything useful. Yesterday, I took a few minutes after every call taking careful notes and putting the notes in an appropriate folder. That will make the end of the week status meeting *much* easier for me. I'm very happy. :)

When I got home last night I was *exhausted* and I had a splitting headache. I had dinner with beaniekins and then went home. I was certain that I would crash immediately, but I managed to pull myself together. The house is a mess because we've been trying to pack things up while we get ready to install hard wood flooring. Poor sethcohen usually ends up with the brunt of the cleaning by the end of the week, because I end up in the kitchen cooking for shabbos. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. So I figured I'd give him a bit of a break. I spent a while clearing off the table, moving some boxes out of the way in the living room and dining room, vacuuming, doing a few dishes, and generally straightening up. Oh, and I threw out a bunch of crap. That was cathartic. Then I curled up in a tiny ball (okay, well, I'm too fat to curl up into anything tiny, but you know...) and watched West Wing and Law and Order while awaiting sethcohen's return from gaming.

All in all, a nice day. Exhausting, but nice.

Maybe tonight I'll actually get around to polishing my shoes. I have a pair of black shoes which desperately needs to be polished. We'll see. So far I've started out having a productive day. I've written all the reports I need to this morning, I've reviewed two files. I have plans to review security documents for three sites. So far, so good.

Seth is taking a new position at work (for those of you that haven't already read it in *his* journal). The hospital has a Robot that manages most patient orders. I'm putting this badly, because really, what do I know about it. I think the robot does most of the cartfill, but I could be wrong. Anyway, it's massive. There are several technicians that work with the robot also (doing some nebulous thing...Seth is obviously better at explaining this than I am). Anyway, Seth is taking on an administrative position in which he will oversee the Robot Staff and the functions provided by the robot. He'll still be staffing a few times a week, but he'll have fewer evenings, and he'll get a small raise. Yes, small. But a raise, nonetheless.

Anyway, Seth and I spent a long time discussing the position last night in response to a meeting with two of his bosses yesterday. There's quite a lot to be done, and he has so many opportunities to excel in this position. I think it's very well suited to him, and I just hope that he is given the opportunity to show what an effective manager he can be. It's an excellent career move for him. Keep your fingers crossed.

Finally, I should be seeing a raise in my paycheck tomorrow. My annual review which should have been done in March was finally done a few weeks ago (despite me having turned in my part of it in April...it had to be delayed since I was on disability when it was originally due). I don't know what the increase will be, but I will have another review in March, so if I determine that it isn't sufficient, I won't fight that battle until review time again. Someone did hint to me that it was a nice raise. But I've gotten "nice" raises before. Nice tends to refer to the percentage, not the number. And a large percentage of a small salary still doesn't work out as nicely as a slightly smaller percentage of a large salary. So we'll see.

Anyway, that's all for now.

Just FYI, Word Count for this post is: 1060. And that's not even trying. If I need 1700 words per day in November, I think it's doable. Of course, some days, I'll need to write more than that, because I won't be writing on Shabbos, and there are bound to be other days that I'm not interested in writing also.
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