Archive for April, 2015

4/30/15 ftf, wren

Yesterday went well at work.  I was able to make headway in a few areas and am feeling a bit less overwhelmed.  I stayed up late watching David Letterman on tv last night and now I’m sleepy.  Do they have David Letterman in England or Canada?  He has been on late night tv for all of my adult life and he is about to retire.  It feels strange and a little sad that soon he won’t be there any more, even though I generally don’t watch his program because it’s on too late for me.  On last night’s show, Jungle Jack Hanna, the fellow who brings interesting animals to the program, was a guest.  They showed a compilation of his appearances over the years, and when it was done, he was wiping tears from his eyes.  It was very sweet.

morning

meditate

journal

happy dog time!

strength training

work day

e-mail

new hire documents

payroll 

finish up PARS

calendar

loads of proofreading!

late freight payroll

new internal budget

FFR transaction report – do I really have to do this? 

(4/30) “forgiveness” forms

AZ uTRAC

finalize new hire

post LCSW position (early May)

EOR 9

0 day close outs

p card report

H&G for DF to KD

list of reporting requirements and dates

review budget updates for clinical trials

op indicators reports

pass through invoices

after work

hike

read

sleep

T’s 30/4 Thursday list

Difficult night, couldn’t sleep because of a pain in my upper leg. Wonder whether it’s sciatica, or osteoporosis side effects, or having sit in the wrong armchair for too long, or having pulled a muscle while moving the furniture around yesterday (not big furniture, but certainly the carpet doesn’t help shifting things around). I know the last sounds the most obvious, but it still seems quite unlikely to me. So:

off to Boots to get something anti-inflamamtory.

off to a walk, to ease the pain.

Will look for the Italian products for the dinner meanwhile. Hopefully I find some.

For the rest, I still haven’t gone through everything in yesterday list, so I’ll pick up from there.

SL’s FTF, Thurs 30th April

Thanks for your well-wishes. I did as planned yesterday, got the meeting over and came home. Won’t be going in today either, and maybe not tomorrow. It’s quite annoying as I have two VAT returns to get done by Thursday, and Monday is a bank holiday, but if I’m really worried I could always go in on Monday and at least there would be peace and quiet with nobody else around. I was talking to G last night and saying sometimes I feel like I’m well enough to be in work if I could just be left alone to get on with my stuff, but if you’re in work then, quite understandably, people want to talk to you and call you on the phone and you can’t just not answer it. So if I’m not well enough to answer the phone then I’m not well enough to be in work – that’s a useful rule of thumb.

I started reading “My Age of Anxiety” by Scott Stossel last night. So far, very interesting.

4/29/15 ftf, wren

I’m feeling a bit discouraged and overwhelmed as my work list keeps growing, rather than getting smaller, and my e-mail is out of control.  Will I ever be caught up…or even close to it?  It’s best to just let go of that goal until after this big proposal is submitted.  Friday is our internal deadline for submission, but I have a feeling it really won’t happen until Monday.  Oh, well. 

The meeting with the development officer about a potential major donor went very well yesterday, and I feel fairly confident that some money will be coming to our Center from that source.  It reminds me that I need to find out what’s become of another nice donation.  The department chair inserted herself into the middle of that one by saying that she would get an account established, and I’ve heard nothing since.  That sort of thing concerns me, since the department has helped themselves to a couple million in donations that were intended for our Center in the past.

All worries aside, the weather was gorgeous yesterday, with more of the same in store for today.  I’m seriously considering wearing a dress to work to celebrate the sunshiney warmth. 

morning

meditate

journal

happy dog time!

strength training

workday

e-mail

look into that missing donation

clinical research meeting

phone consultant

triple check budget

allergy shot

payroll

finish up PARS

new hire documents

new internal budget

deliver doc to HR

FFR transaction report – do I really have to do this?  (4/30)

“forgiveness” forms

AZ uTRAC

post LCSW position (early May)

EOR

90 day close outs

p card report

H&G for DF to KD

list of reporting requirements and dates

review budget updates for clinical trials

op indicators reports

pass through invoices

after work

hike in the sun!

appreciate husband

read

sleep

T’s 29/4 wednesday

DONE: Got my paper back from colleague: feedback was positive on the content side and … extremely encouraging on the stylistic side, let’s put it that way. She re-wrote almost each sentence, “to make it sound more idiomatic”. I am deeply grateful that she cared and took the time to do it, because otherwise I would have never understood to what extent my writing must sound exotic and weird to native speakers. It seems to me that I have a long way to go and lots to learn. Which feels good, I mean! (just a tiny bit disheartening for my plans to publish my book in English, right!) I have to work on this and I think I know where to start from: I already started studying her corrections carefully, trying to see to which category of problem they would refer to and it seems I have some consistently weak areas, so I’ll start from them.

Brainstorming preliminary session with I about the menu for saturday dinner.

Managed to rarefy my confused thoughts about the German talk: I now think that I have 4 strong points onto which I will develop my argument.

TODAY:

– B’s book: (don’t forget I’m here for that, so get back in touch with it, add P. notes, make a list of next steps -30′-)

– German talk: see if I manage to jot down the great bulk of it today,

– extract abstract

– email abstract to MK, ask him for a shuttle service from airport?

– VZ Paper: work 30′ on polishing it following J suggestions.

– email (EC, RS, and the others)

All the rest: walk, grocery shopping, remember to drink and to eat, etc… try to go to bed before midnight.

Oh, and Skype/viber with M and I after 9 pm

Check in for flight next week after 10 pm

SL’s FTF, Wed 29th April

Got through yesterday’s meeting but lost my voice in the middle of the finance report (awkward!) and am still feeling awful but have another important meeting today which has had to be rescheduled previously. I may just go to that and then come home rather than spread this thing round the office. Have already told book group I can’t make it.

We found out on Monday that a distant colleague, a very energetic Irish guy who was a high flyer within the NHS, had died suddenly. He was 57. I barely knew him but it was still quite a jolt to think of someone who was in our office just a week ago now snuffed out. Then last night G told me that his firm’s head of litigation had been found dead in his hotel room yesterday. He was 58. Think somebody in the sky is trying to tell us something about not working ourselves to death. Rural idyll research to continue…

  • breakfast
  • prep for meeting
  • payments
  • meeting
  • consider what to do
  • probably cancel second, less important meeting and come home
  • food shopping – stock up on ginger and lemon
  • try to get over this thing

calypte 28th April

I do like long weekends, but I have to suggest that the next three (!! two bank hol Mondays in May, and a long w/e visit in Aberdeen ahoy!) have to be a little better structured than the one just gone: got several things off my list, got out and about, but did nothing ‘important’. Work in progress, as always 😀

One thing I did manage yesterday was another recipe/blog post, and submitted it to a ‘link up’ thing today – to be greeted with 10 new visitors! It’s addictive, isn’t it? 🙂

While I might complain about unproductive time, some is essential. I had a cracker of an idea on how to go forward with my (ahem!) next book idea – it’s probably a bit of a cliche, but hey-ho – and prob how it could finish. It’s a huge departure for me in terms of genre (inspired by Sarah Addison Allen – recommend her work, it’s so sweet!), but I love the exploration of different styles, etc. The ‘plan’ at the moment is to keep generating ideas, work a lot on characters, and have everything lined up for 1st Nov and the next NaNo – huzzah! 🙂

I also started my second attempt at the Start Writing Fiction course on FutureLearn. There are 7 of us taking it together, on fb, and so far the (small) ‘group’ aspect is encouraging. Got 5/15 of week one’s stuff done yesterday, good start.

Stuff I would have liked to do more of:

  • exercise: I deliberately skipped trying a yoga class to do more ‘useful’ stuff, which then didn’t happen! At the moment plan is to pay for the gym for May, and use the bank hol-laden month as a tester, especially now the weather’s not great again
  • cards: wedding and just because and birthday all coming up
  • zentangle: c’mon! It’s a gateway to more sketching in general, which I also want to do
  • radio drama: want to finish Good Omens before it disappears again!

And ideas floating for just now:

  • sewing: want to learn how to add darts to reshape shirts, save me having to spend £45 a pop!!
  • more cooking! 🙂 Bean and squash crumble at the w/e maybe?
  • try yoga/pilates/just treadmill at gym? – even if I just go at the w/e it’s better than now!!

I really must get some of these thoughts in my Scanner Diary, too!