Archive for the ‘FTF’ Category

1/30/17 ftf, wren

I don’t have a lot of to-dos today, but J will be back to work, so it feels as if I should have at least a little structure.  My plan is to read and nap, devote about two hours to work stuff (I’m actually making good progress on the annual budget), and do some walking at the rec center.

What’s the press over the pond saying about Teresa May’s meeting with the big Cheeto?  Lots of eyebrows are being raised over here about how they held hands when walking out of the meeting.  I think she was probably glad to at know the whereabouts of his hands…

I’m also curious to know if there’s any discussion about Putin being behind the Brexit movement?

1/29/17 ftf, wren

My main tasks these days are resting and healing, but Calypte’s Sunday post inspired me to post my own update.  The recovery from this surgery is a much bigger deal than anticipated.  I tire easily and am in a fair amount of pain, and it’s difficult to find a comfortable position.  Although my days are mostly spent just laying around, reading, watching tv and dozing, I’m not bored, which is unusual for me. 

I am working a little each day in the glorious Zen Doodles book, and I spend 2-3 hours each day on the computer dong work-related stuff.  Each day, J and I go to the rec center to walk a few laps.  Those things pretty much fill up the whole day.

I hope to finish the novel I’m currently reading (It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis) soon so that I can start on The Goldfinch.

I’m also keeping up on the news and taking political actions, such as sending e-mails and signing petitions.  I keep reading about how a phone call is more effective than an e-mail but find that difficult to believe.  When I worked for a state legislature, there were days when we would receive endless phone calls about specific issues.  The secretaries just answered the phone and made a little check mark on a list, and then we presented our legislators with a final tally at the end of the day.  It seems to me that one can get on a tally list just as effectively with an e-mail as with a phone call.

1/24/17 ftf, wren

Hello, FTFers!  Well, here I am, safe and sound after the surgery.

The procedure went well enough, although, most unfortunately, I was not a candidate for a minimally-invasive procedure, which means a significantly longer and more painful recovery period.  Before the surgery, the doc expected to find cancer.  However, no big cancers were observed during the surgery, and he now thinks that if the biopsy shows cancer, it will be very small and follow-up chemo or radiation treatments won’t be necessary.  That is very good news!

The hospital and hospital personnel were quite nice, so I have no complaints.  When they were prepping me for surgery, the nurse had trouble starting an IV, so she brought in another nurse who had this really interesting light that she could sign anywhere on my body, and it would clearly show all of the veins underneath.  This made it loads easier to start the IV, and also she started signing “Soft Kitty” just before she did the poke, so I was laughing and then it was over.  Every place that draws blood should have one of those magic vein lights.

J was a real champ and stayed with me all night at the hospital, leaving every few hours to look after the dogs, who were waiting in the car.  He took them for walks and fed them hamburgers.  I was very insistent about going home the next day and finally convinced the resident to write the discharge orders, so I stayed just one night in the hospital, which is apparently quite uncommon with such an extensive procedure.  Since then I’ve been sleeping a lot and being in pain a lot, also doing a fair amount of reading and working in the Doodle Zen book (thanks for the recommendation, Calypte).  It also has snowed nearly every day, and it’s nice to not have to worry about driving in it it.  It is pleasant enough to watch the snow fall from my upstairs window and keep tabs on the community of mockingbirds who have taken up residence in our blue spruce.

My post-surgery visit is on February 1.  I’ll get the biopsy results and have the surgical staples removed then and should also get a better idea about a return to work date.  J and I are tentatively planning to spend a week in Arizona after that visit, though that will depend on his ability to get the time off from work and my ability to tolerate an hours-long automobile ride.

I started doing a little bit of work yesterday (about two hours) and am thinking that this week I will continue devoting about two hours a day to work stuff.  I’m also hoping to attend a “listening tour” that is being held by the state Democratic party.  I believe the idea is that party officials are meeting with party members to discuss the future of the party.  It seems like a good opportunity to meet some like-minded people and perhaps to get a bit more involved in the political scene.  Maybe J will end up running for office!  I think he would be great at that – not that he’s expressed any interest in doing so.

1/16/17 ftf, wren

It was a quiet weekend, and today is the holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.  The snow finally stopped on Friday afternoon.  It’s much colder now, but it’s great to finally see blue sky in the day and stars at night.  I was able to get everything under control at work on Friday and have what I need to do some work from home.  If it turns out that I”m able to have the minimally invasive procedure with the much shorter recovery period, than I may not need to do much too much work from home.  J has work today, and there are things that I need to do to get prepared for tomorrow’s surgery (which is not happening until 1:30 p.m.). 

hike with dogs

tidy up house

pay bills

yoga

strength training

therapy

1/13/17 ftf, wren

My work productivity reached Feats of Accomplishment levels yesterday, hooray!  Then J and I had some fun playing racquetball.  Between my crushed wrist and his knee replacement, it’s been over a year since we’ve played.  I wasn’t sure my hand would be up to it, but it was fine and we had lots of fun.

The University seems to be forever “improving” on it’s computer systems, and this year we have a new system for the annual budget.  The old system seemed quite fine to me!  I’ll be attending the training and hoping we’re not in for too big of a change.  Tickets for Green Day go on sale just 30 minutes before the budget meeting, so I’ll be orchestrating a swoop and buy before leaving for the meeting.  Paws crossed that I am successful!

Today I will again apply my laser focus to the work at hand and accomplish all the things that really must be done.  There are other things on the list that I can do at home while recuperating. 

morning

meditate

happy dog time!

yoga/cardio

work day

e-mail

payroll 1

payroll 2

download funds

budget meeting

tickets!

calendar

out of office messages

p card documentation

start Suven uTRAC

EOR

year-end forecast

FY18 forecast

op indicators

faculty income vs salary report

fourth quarter nursing reconciliation & transfer

updated FFR

review Amaranth amendment

update Gordon’s distributions

fraud, waste & abuse training (due 3/31/17)

complete first RATS class

investigate possible classes for PAMS

after work

snow hike with dogs

phone mom

1/12/17 ftf, wren

Yesterday morning was taken up mostly by my visit with the surgeon.  He seemed nice enough and knowledgeable and competent, one of the overly-jolly white male Mormons types who are quite common in this area – annoying in the long term, but pleasant enough for minimal interactions.  He thinks it quite likely that cancer is present and thinks it’s equally likely that surgery will be curative.  He also can do some genetic testing to determine if I’m at risk for some other types of cancers.  Long story short, I will be having the surgery on Tuesday, which seems alarmingly soon.  Monday is a holiday, so I have just two days to get things in order at work. My boss finally showed at least a minimum level of interest, so it’s good to know that he does have the capacity to be a human being.  The surgeon plans to do a minimally invasive procedure but may find that it’s not possible to do so, in which case he’ll have to do the normal type of hysterectomy.  So I’ll be in the hospital for either one or two days, and the recovery will be either two or six weeks.  I could have learned if minimally invasive surgery could be done for sure yesterday but declined the pelvic exam that would be required to do so.  I am totally sick of people poking around in my private parts!

The plan for today is focus, focus focus and get as much accomplished at work as possible.  The never-ending snow storm continues, too, so driving to and from work may take up a good chunk of time.

morning

meditate

happy dog time!

yoga/cardio

work day

e-mail

call Price

put together list for Winn

meeting minutes

catch up meeting

call Kathy

follow up on rent

follow up on payroll taxes

invoice INS

call St. Marks

call Peter

update GC’s fte

ePARs

invoice St. John’s

year-end forecast

FY18 forecast

start Suven uTRAC

op indicators

faculty income vs salary report

fourth quarter nursing reconciliation & transfer

EOR

p card documentation

review Amaranth amendment

update Gordon’s distributions

fraud, waste & abuse training (due 3/31/17)

start-up cost SOP

complete first RATS class

investigate possible classes for PAMS

after work

snow hike with dogs

Project Runway

1/11/17 ftf, wren

I was so sad watching Barak Obama’s farewell speech last night.  How much happier and more hopeful it would be if Hillary Clinton were about to take office.  Instead, the orange man continues his Twitter rants, leaked intelligence reports say that Russia has compromising information about his financial and sexual activities, and he’s calling to immediately repeal Obamacare without a replacement ready, etc., etc.  As much as I do not like Mike Pence, I am hoping impeachment proceedings begin against his orangeness right away.

It’s been snowing like mad all night long and is supposed to continue snowing all day.  That should make for a tricky commute at the beginning and end of the day.  I also have my appointment with the first surgeon today.  My feelings about him are already mixed, based mostly on the lackadaisical way that his front office is run.  If I do not like him, I have an appointment with a different surgeon scheduled a week from Friday.

Medical appointment aside, it’s a big meeting day at work, so I will probably not make too much progress on my to do list.

morning

meditate

happy dog time!

strength/cardio

work day

e-mail

doctor visit

clinical services meeting

DF meeting

ePARs

follow up on payroll taxes

follow up on rent

year-end forecast

FY18 forecast

start Suven uTRAC

op indicators

faculty income vs salary report

fourth quarter nursing reconciliation & transfer

review Amaranth amendment

fraud, waste & abuse training (due 3/31/17)

start-up cost SOP

complete first RATS class

investigate possible classes for PAMS

after work

exercise

chill