7/25/17 ftf, wren

Greetings from the motel in Park City.  It’s been a quiet and somewhat strange long weekend.  Starting on Friday, we’ve been spending nights at a motel about 20 minutes from our home and then going home for the day.  This accomplished our goal of keep the dogs protected from the celebratory war zone sounds of the fireworks.  Neither J or I slept terribly well, though, and so there was a lot of napping during the day.  I did enjoy three very nice, long, summer hikes, and today we’ll go back to sleeping at home.

BTW, I heard on the local news that many letters of complaint have been written about the insanely permissive fireworks laws, which are a fairly recent occurrence, and it’s possible that they may be revisited.  I hope so!  It would be nice to not have to flee my home for two weeks every July.

The glorious days of bosslessness end today.  I anticipate him wanting to have a long chat with me, as he seems to have been quite busy at his conference in London.  I didn’t achieve my dream of getting completely caught up, but I did make good progress. 

Speaking of London, J and I are now seriously discussing adding a week in London to our springtime Italy adventure!

work day

e-mail

Biogen invoice

EOR

ejournal training

ePARs

August calendar

Abbvie invoice

earnings to income

nursing quarterly reconciliation

letters for forgiveness of reimbursement

Eisai uTRAC

Eisai forgiveness of reimbursement

evaluations

complete first RATS class

after work

therapy

garden

sleep

Managed about 7 hours sleep which is quite good by my standards at the moment! Still feeling a bit snuffly but think I’ll get through today’s meeting all right. Then this evening it’s the annual fancy dinner where we have to make small talk with trustees’ husbands – the chairman loves that whole boy-girl seating arrangement which I find so old-fashioned. I usually dread this occasion but end up getting drunk having quite a good time after all. At least we have selected some good wine to drink 🙂 Will be glad when it’s all over and I can come home and collapse though.

  • writing
  • STLs
  • final prep for meeting
  • various adjustments to stat acs
  • big meeting!
  • fancy dinner!
  • come home and collapse!

calypte 24th July

Well I survived the driving! It was entirely stressful, and not something I want to do more of in the near future, but it was good to realise I still could and that with a bit more practice get back into it being routine rather than awful. That said, on top of all my other current anxieties (“What if the surgery doesn’t happen soon? What if it does?”, etc etc) it was just too much, and I ended up having a dreadful night – *afterwards*. Just, free-floating stress o_O

Still, K is delighted with her new furniture. It took her 3 or 4 trips to get it from the car to the flat (no, I wasn’t helping with lifting!), so I saved her as many return visits to the store to pick up bits at a time. I also took all the empty packing boxes from her flat, so cleared up space for her, and I suppose I can start filling them with my stuff whenever I please!

Although I am now more realistically looking at a spring move, I think. Was doing the dates this morning, and I’ve been waiting for this op since about mid-May – almost 2.5 months ‘extra’ now. I am amazed work aren’t hassling me more. I had hoped to hear something today, but nada – so, now the anxiety is who to chase, how, and do I need to start looking at the private option? The idea of a nice room rather than the awful zoo of the huge mixed ward is rather appealing – but still have the advice that while it’d be the same surgeon, the aftercare specialism if anything happens won’t be as available in a place more used to doing plastic surgery and hip replacements (probably). Hmm.

Either way, definitely ready to get this over with already and move on to a proper phase of recovery!!

The eye appointment went well on Friday and I’m good to go for another year; in fact the woman who gave me my results seemed to be saying that my eye pressure is now normal, if I understood her correctly, so that would actually be an improvement.

Then had a very nice time at home looking after the cats. Tiger and Tilly  were both very pleased to see me and there was much purring and snuggling all round. I took my laptop home and did some writing and played a bit of piano and the time just zipped by.  Such a world away from London and work.

Tomorrow is the big quarterly meeting and the annual dinner, so I have to get through today first. I have a sore throat and am feeling a bit rough this morning. Hoping it will go away rather than develop into a cold just in time for tomorrow.

  • check we got paid, since the troops were anxious about this on Friday – we did!
  • STLs
  • prep my talk for tomorrow (I have to have a script so I don’t start wittering like an eejit)
  • continue management accounts
  • discuss loan documentation with chief, the saga continues, now our own lawyers are hassling us! I often think the lawyers think we work for them rather than the other way round…
  • clear up carnage from last night
  • Twin Peaks! (so glad you’re watching it too, calypte, as nobody else I know is)
  • do some writing
  • continue reading the Power

calypte 21st July

Boo. No weekend away for me! 😉

I have, however, been roped into collecting/delivering furniture for/with K. Not entirely chuffed, tbh, but I seem to be the only person she knows with a car. Of course, the fact that I haven’t really driven in a year didn’t stop her asking. At least it’s not far from the flat, and tbh I did have the thought that I need to get back into driving at some point, as it’s reached the level of me actively disliking it and limiting myself a great deal. It doesn’t help that I have zero sense of direction, so I find going anywhere new very very stressful – again, didn’t stop K from piling on the ask/bribe/etc. Sigh. Well, as long as she understands that friend-with-car does NOT equal ‘taxi’… I take the bus most places, after all!!

Anyway. Mini rant over. I’m clearly not a great friend 😉

And I’m being even less sociable than normal, as I’m skipping the cinema again tonight – and prob next week too. There’s not much out, and I’m not in the mood for ‘meh’ movies (I have Twin Peaks at home, after all! 😉 ). I just do not fancy Dunkirk, which I hear is amazing but sounds like an exercise in emotional strain, which I feel I have more than enough of IRL right now! The showings were full tonight, so this week is Despicable Me 3, which I took myself to see after a hospital appointment a few weeks ago. Would prob watch it again, but seems like a lot of effort! I’m sort of at the point where 2 things in a day just isn’t happening, and this afternoon was my weekly lunch with my dad followed by groceries.

I might be rare with this, but I really enjoy grocery shopping 🙂 It helps that I like cooking (and eating!) so this is my kind of retail therapy – mostly guilt-free, too, as a girl has to eat! This week was less healthy than usual, right enough, as they’ve brought back my all-time fav flavour of cider: Rekorderlig Peach and Apricot – nom! So, had to buy lots of those, as was devastated when they stopped making them 2 years ago! Was also in the wee M&S and found their passionfruit swiss roll, which is amazing but rarely in stock, so treated myself to that. And then a lemon version as it was marked down to 60p!

So, my weekend is pretty set: first the driving, then the cake and booze and more TV! 🙂

Decluttering is going well, all things considered. Have one more box of random phone/tech stuff to sort, and that’s the living room cabinet done. Feeling quite chuffed with that, although oy do I have too many candles! o_O

And started another book – Whispers Under Ground, which is one I really want to read and not a ‘should’, which is exactly as it should be! 🙂

It took me nearly the whole workday yesterday to complete one clinical trial invoice.  Nowadays, drug companies tend to want a separate invoice with documentation for each service provided during a clinical trial visit, whereas they used to just provide a lump sum for the completed visit.  I believe this is intended to save the drug company money, as many universities are lax with the financial aspect of drug studies and just never get around to invoicing.  Anyway, a whole day dedicated to one invoice is a lot, and it’s a great relief to be done with it.  Now I need to attend to all the email requests that I put on the back burner.

This is a holiday weekend in Utah, because a state holiday, Pioneer Day, falls on Monday.  It will be the last hurrah for summer fireworks, so we are taking the dogs and escaping to a motel in another town, where we hope it will be quieter.

morning

meditate

happy dog time!

yoga

work day

e-mail

lunch meeting

pdf ADZ

provide new info for Neuronext

BrainHQ invoice

reconcile uTRAC charges

review & respond to sponsor email

Biogen invoice

EOR

ejournal training

ePARs

August calendar

finalize CREAD 2 response to sponsor

Abbvie invoice

earnings to income

nursing quarterly reconciliation

letters for forgiveness of reimbursement

Eisai uTRAC

Eisai forgiveness of reimbursement

evaluations

complete first RATS class

after work

hike

pack bag

phone mom

Argh, just woke up at 5.30, which is no doubt due to the fact that I knew I had to get up early this morning. Not that early, though! 😉

First up is an appointment at the glaucoma clinic – hoping for the same result as last year i.e. that although I have high eye blood pressure it’s not causing me any problems – and then into work. Then I have to rush home, get my bag and get to the station for a weekend of cat-sitting as Mum is now in Ireland. She’s attending the “Death in  Dun Laoghaire” (pronounced Dunleary, apparently) crime writing conference with her sister, and was very much looking forward to it.  Am slightly jealous actually, but we’ll be going to the thing in Oxford in a month’s time so I’ll get my fix then.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

  • manic packing
  • eye clinic
  • STLs
  • crack on with management accounts, got a good start yesterday, would be great to get them finished off today
  • dash home and get bag
  • train! cats! lazy weekend!