October 5th, 2004

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Amazon

Am I the only one who sometimes goes to Amazon.com and finds it looks weird? I think they must test out new prototypes or something in the middle of the night. Several times I've gone though and though "Huh, a slight redesign!" only to find that in the light of day, nothing has changed. Right now I'm looking at a version of the site with text-based "tool" links and only 2 tabs, instead of it all expanded. Looks like of like some fast-loading version of the page, stripped down. Tomorrow the graphics and tabs will be back, I best.
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Can't cope

The feelings of confidence I developed just before bed did not keep through my sleep. I woke up at 5 besieged by pounding, cyclical thoughts of all the things I need to do, how I'm so behind, how I'm going to be behind for weeks, how I can't do all the stuff I promised, how I dread starting any more projects, etc., etc. I started off just thinking about this one client, but then I thought about all my clients and when I can get around to their stuff. Could not sleep, although I tried for a long time and even went to try sleeping on the couch. Concluded that I just have to start working on ONE thing at a time and if that means some stuff has to take longer, that's tough, because this trying to do everything at once thing is not working. Also concluded, can't take on any new clients 'til mid-November. Just not a good idea. Gah.

And now I'm awake 1/2 hour before I'm supposed to be and on only like 5 hours of sleep I must go to GTRI. I don't really blame the GTRI job for this crisis with Metro Girl work, since I should be able to handle the work minus two days a week, but I just have way too much work.
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Time to scream

Just took a shower and had another stress attack, this time about stuff at GTRI! Aaargh! Everywhere I turn, there is just all this CRAP to deal with. None of it would be bad on its own but when it's heaped on so thick I feel like I barely move and NOTHING can get done! It's only because I'm so bull-headed I ever muddle through and so here's hoping that works for me.
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Over My Head

I'm here at GTRI and once again I have reason to fear I am not up to the job of this redesign. Shelley "finished" things up and left so damn quickly that I got almost no instruction or document in ANYTHING and piecing together what she did seems beyond me.

I spend all Thursday afternoon having problems but I thought it was because I was using the wrong files. Now that I have the RIGHT files, things have not improved. The combination of CSS, PHP includes and JavaScript is too much to puzzle out. I had wanted to alter her colors, styles, menus, but I've been tinkering for 2 hours now and haven't managed to alter a single thing -- at least not successfully. Couldn't fix the top nav color, the side column color, and forget this global navigation, which is incomprehensible to me.

I'm loath to admit any of to my supervisor, but when he comes by this afternoon I guess I will have to say something because how am I going to meet an Oct. 15 deadline when I'm sitting here unable to do ANYTHING.

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O kaaaaaay

I just came out to somebody at work. That's something that has almost NEVER happened before in the work setting. About the only time I can remember from before this is when I came out to a co-worker at Public Health, and even that didn't happen at work, but out one day at lunch or something. Here at work there are people like Tonette who know I've done web site for gay groups and know for example that Caleb is gay, but I have never, EVER made any reference whatsoever to my sexuality.

Anyway, today this woman Angela for no apparent reason starts going on about Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift being gay and this former co-worker saying he was bi even though he was really gay and wouldn't "own up." I looked at her and I was like, "Well, I'm bisexual." She kind of blanked out for a second, then kept right on going. LOL. I wonder what the heck the rumor mill is going to do. Also, I'm a bit confused now as I had previous gathered that this woman was highly religious but she tells me she used to hang out in gay bars. Ah, the complexities of the office...
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Signs Your're From A Big Family

Because my brain is recovering from updating our corporate intranet...

TOP 10 SIGNS YOU'RE FROM A LARGE FAMILY
Based on the Darling family (5 kids)

10. At the beginning of the school year, new teachers would greet you with "There are MORE of you!?"

9. Any where you go in town, somebody or other has just seen one of your siblings or wants to ask you about them.

8. When your family shows up at church, people make references to the "clan."

7. You can't remember all immediate family birthdays without an Excel spreadsheet.

6. Parents manage child labor with a board mounted in a cabinet, with major chores rotating every week and each kid only having to do one thing.

5. By the time your siblings have kids, you wanna throw the towel in on the whole holiday gift thing because it just about bankrupts you, even if you obey the $10 per person spending limit.

4. Hall closet contains "family clothes," including jackets, boots and prom gowns.

3. As a child, your books contain signatures and drawing by several different kids.

2. In a group eating situation, you always pay close attention to everybody else's eating speed and available portions, timing your eating so you can have seconds.

1. You call home and your dad runs through half a dozen names* before he says hello to YOU.


* Several times my dad went down the list -- Nancy, Betty, Carolyn, Tom and then said Taffy, my dog's name!
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Yeah, gotta hate that

Caleb just called me from the highway. He's got a meeting in Buford tonight for work and unfortunately getting there involves driving during the Atlanta rush hour, so he's stuck in traffic. He's like, "How can people be so STUPID and do this EVERY DAY?!" I agree with him, which duh, is why I don't do that and never will. He'll be stuck in traffic for an hour probably, as Buford is pretty darn far away.
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*chuckle*

I have to admit, after 7 years working for Georgia gov't & education, I've developed a sense of humor of images like this:



This comes from U. System of Georgia web site. Dork-o-rama!
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Relatively better

Even though I still think he's an evil ogre, I have to say Cheney is definitely a lot more convincing than Dubya. I mean, he speaks ENGLISH, already a big distinction, doesn't say "ugh," and sounds calm and collected, not like a little boy caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
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Ghosts from the Past

My mom emailed me tonight saying this girl (woman, I know shaddup) I went to high school with, who was a year below me, apparently wants to get in touch with me. She lives in Springfield (Mass.) now but her mom is still in Andover and part of our church I think, and she came up to my mom to get my email address. It sounds weird, but I have this premonition of what she's going to email me about and I'm kind of looking forward to it. I won't say more because for all I know she's found me online already and is reading this! (Ya never know!)
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