Hot and Cold

This has been a week to remember, or not, I guess, depending on how you look at it.

I had a blessedly slow week as far as work is concerned, although, that sucking sound you hear is my will to live being pulled out of me because the few meetings I did have got moved because, well, people don’t consider me important I guess, and they are unable to manage their own calendars or keep their appointments. So, what this all means is that this coming week is shaping up to be quite hellish. On Thursday, for instance, my calls start at 7 AM and don’t end until 5 PM.

My biggest stressor this week besides work was preparing for an audition. The Microsoft Theater Troupe is performing Into the Woods in October, and as musicals are my true love, I figured I’d try out. I hate auditions, but I did get it over with. I was less worried about the song than I was about the monologue, since I don’t have one readily prepared. I figured out that I’d do a monologue that I had done 21 (!) years ago, because it was short, to the point, and I could do it in different character voices. I ended up doing a Valley Girl – even though I’m not exactly convinced that Valley Girls still exist.

Thursday, as I was preparing, the fire  trucks showed up here, and it so happened, one of my neighbor’s houses burned down. I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I don’t know this person, but since the ash from this person’s house landed on mine, I feel as if I should.

Saturday, the Sweetie played “The Bite of Seattle,” which, with this weeks absolutely perfect weather, was wonderful.

However, we woke up this morning with no hot water. So, we have to figure out what to do about that, which should be fun. I do feel blessed that it’s summer and not the middle of winter.

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“You’re a legend”

Work’s been a bit of a challenge lately, both in the quantity of people with whom I’m working, and also with the kinds of questions they ask. First of all, the rush of people has proven a challenge to my calendaring skills, which are, well, impressive, usually. However, I’ve missed people, mis-scheduled people, and in general, screwed up a couple of times, and this disturbs me.

Second, as someone who doesn’t really understand when others don’t “get” basic computer usage concepts, I’m continually surprised at what surprises other people. I mean, I have a BA in Psychology for crying out loud – nobody taught me this stuff, I just get it. I wish I could be more specific, but I fear that the nature of stuff I could write about could potentially be at least geek newsworthy, so I won’t.

In any case, I spent my entire career at “the software giant” always fearing that I was nowhere near technical enough. Indeed compared to developers and people who live and breathe code, I am not technical. I shudder when other people label me as “technical” because having worked with folks who developed DOS, for crying out loud, I am under no illusions that I am, in fact, “technical.”

So, currently I’m having a “technical” problem with playback of MPEG4 files in Zune software. I contacted

  about this problem, because he is one of the dev Gods I worked with over the years. In the course of the conversation, I was perusing his incredibly useful WMP FAQ, and realized, happily, that he still includes a reference to me. I mentioned this to him and he replied that I’m “a legend,” which I know is tongue-in-cheek, but made me feel good nonetheless. It’s good to know that work I’ve done has made a difference, however small and silly.