Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Settling in and hodgepodge of other topics

It's only Wednesday and I'm already exhausted. It's mostly because I should have foreseen picking up the cold that Cameron has. It really should have occurred to me by the sixth time she sneezed all over me. Because I'm back at work I have to save every brain cell for my job rather than coming up with entertaining blog posts. And I need to remember a million and one new passwords. Single sign on is a joke. If it really worked my phone, Blackberry, VPN and computer passwords should all be the same. And security wonders why we have to write passwords down.

It hasn't been as hard to "turn my brain on" as I thought it would be. It helps that I am still on my old team so the technical knowledge I acquired on my last project translates pretty well. The biggest challenge? Learning all the new players. And I'm terrible with names. I have a problem even remembering the names of the kids in Cameron's class. By the way, there is another kid in her class with the name Mr. That's it. Mister. M-r followed by a period. I actually asked the assistant director about it because I thought it was a privacy thing. Nope. Just crazy parents. Aside from learning all the new players I actually have to learn their voices too. Most teams at BigFinance are virtual. I worked with people for over a year and never met them in person. Sometimes it's nice when there is another woman on the phone (I work with 90% men) because at least I can pick her out! Of course that means everyone recognizes my voice and can address me by name while I flounder around trying to pin down who is who.

Is it sad that this morning I forgot my lunch and I was actually relieved it wasn't something more important like my pump? I now have to remember so many more things when I go to and from work. I can't just pick up my purse and computer and head out the door. BigFinance has a great room that I've been using to "do my business." That's my new code phrase for pumping. A. thinks it sounds like I'm going to poop. So if anyone has a better term, let me know. The room has a couch, a fridge and a lock on the door. Of course now I think of it as "my" room and get annoyed when the security guard is in there eating her lunch. But really she should be using the lunch room, not the wellness room. Other than her I haven't seen anyone else using the room.

It looks like we are heading toward another drought in Charlotte. It's been almost 3 weeks of 90+ degree weather and not a drop of rain. We have an irrigation system but it doesn't get everything and hand watering is just a pain.

How dumb can the soon-to-be former Governor of South Carolina be? I feel for his wife. The dumb ass actually said that his Argentinian mistress is his soul mate but he is trying to fall back in love with his wife. That poor woman should kick him to the curb.

The Democrats officially have 60 seats in the Senate now that Al Frankin has been declared the winner in Minnesota. That majority means the Democrats are officially filibuster-proof. I wonder if that will actually be much of a political weapon for them. There are conservative Democrats just like there are moderate Republicans. Not to mention Senators who have to take their specific state interests into consideration when voting on legislation.

Feel free to weigh in on any or all of the topics I've nattered on about here. I promise a more thorough debriefing of my first week back and Cameron pictures in a few days.


LauraC said...

Glad to hear the transition is going fairly smoothly! Hopefully once you settle into a routine, it will be easier to remember everything. Although I say that and I still have days where I forget stuff for the kids.

I think Mr Yup is definitely the most insane name I've ever heard!

Oh and my friends have long given me the hardest time about being such a germaphobe with my own kids. Jon catches everything from the kids (and I mean everything!) so I can't afford to get sick when I'm taking care of three babies. ha ha!!

Amanda said...

My first couple weeks were exhausting and I still have certain days. It seems like there aren't enough hours in the day sometimes. How are her naps coming along this week? I couldn't believe gov. sanford's statement this week she totally needs to kick him to the curb and if he really feels that way then he should be with her anyway.

Helen said...

sorry that you got a cold! That sucks! I can't believe that governor of SC is still holding on! What a jerk, his wife will kick him to the curb eventually!

Mommy, Esq. said...

Put a sign on the door that says for "Pumping Moms only". Passive aggressive but will work. I totally agree about the voice game! I have such a hard time. The SC wife is just being quiet b/c she's marshalling her legal resources and signing a book deal. He'll be gone in 2 months.

jerseygirl77 said...

I'm glad you are settling in to your new routine!

You know Allen Iverson has a son named Mister. Full name: Mister Allen Iverson. I'm just sayin. That's probably where those parents got the idea.

Anyway, I agree with Mommy, Esq. about putting a sign on the door. Oh, and I used to call it "making lattes" instead of "doing my business."