Am I ever glad this past week is over!!!
It started well, at home anyway. I was home for the day Monday because the girls didn't have school. The Divine though Blogless Elizabeth brought her gals over to entertain my gals, and we did phase one of my stash inventory and photographing, and photographed some of her stuff as well. Her goal: post that part of her stash with which she can part on knitswap. Mine -- get a clue what I actually have, figure out what I can post on knitswap, and prepare to Flash My Stash with the rest.
Over all we were successful, though this room is now a disaster area. We took many pictures, we organized drawers in the yarn closet, and we uploaded all those pictures to my computer, converted them to smaller sized things, and uploaded most of them to the net. Even though it was a yarn-filled day, it was also a computer-filled day.
At work, however, they had no computers at all. ALL DAY LONG. I think lots of filing got done.
Tuesday, I endured one hour-long telephone conference for work before I resumed sorting and updating the stash inventory spreadsheet, and creating the post listing that part of the stash I hope to sell, and uploading more pictures to the net. By day's end, I had worked out and posted a big chunk o' stuff to knitswap. At work, they STILL had no computers all day.
On Wednesday, I arrived to learn that we were getting computers again, but that we'd suffered a "bit" of data loss. Evidently, the crotchety server we'd been fighting with for months finally died. When they replaced it, and went to upload all our stuff from the back ups, they discovered that the controller card that ran the back up drives had, er, failed back in mid-December. The end result? EVERYTHING that had been entered, typed, drafted, emailed, etc. on the computer since December 12, 2006 was GONE.
I keep my calendar on the computer at work. I do not have a reliable hard copy anywhere. For the past month, I've been doing a ton of scheduling in all of my cases -- depositions, hearings, client conferences etc. So, for the past month, I've put more information into my calendar than I have in the previous three or four -- all of which is now gone. I am NOT amused. I am less amused than others in the firm, since I have repeatedly asked that the tech guys set it up so that EVERYTHING I do on my computer get stored on my physical hard drive (you know, the C: drive -- right there on my machine in my office) as well as on the server's drive. I was told that they'd done that. Except, well, they hadn't.
I do not enjoy calling opposing counsel to explain that our computer system failed, and that we're such idiots (as are our technical support team members) that we don't have anyone VERIFYING that the backups are actually backing up anything, so we don't have all this data. I do not enjoy asking everyone to tell me what we have already scheduled so that I can get the data back into my computer. I do not enjoy calling to ask for extensions of time in which to file and or serve things because the copy that was almost ready to go has to be recreated from scratch .... I do NOT enjoy feeling like an idiot in front of that many attorneys in town.
Sigh. I've gotten almost no real "work" done all week. Everything has been trying to get myself to where I was when I left the office the previous Thursday.
Diet Saga and More Work
I was really kicking butt for a while there. I was working out w/ DH at lunch almost every day, and getting in big work outs on the weekends. For the past few weeks, this has not played out as well. Worse yet, I seem suddenly to be eating more... and being hungrier. (grrr).
I have put a bit of a monkey wrench in the daily lunch work out schedule by starting to schedule what I call "Networking Lunches" with folks around town. I decided that I needed to meet more lawyers around here -- partly because its always nicer to have met someone and established yourself as a reasonable person before you face them as opposing counsel in a lawsuit, and partly because I want people to think of me when they think of hiring someone at my level. I have a great job in many respects (where else can I work at this level and still have the full flexibility of not going in whenever the kids are out of school??), but my boss and I have very different approaches to litigation and settlement and client management -- and sometimes that leads to ... discomfort. So... I'm meeting folks, and eating lunch, and doing good things for my career while slowing the diet process.
I am managing to maintain my average 1.1 miles per day walking somehow, so I'm still on track for Run-A-Go-Go. Using Googles pedometer thing makes tracking so EASY!
As you might Imagine, this last week's stress load has not improved my work-out/diet schedule much at all. I got no work-out Monday or Tuesday (unless you count walks around the neighborhood after dinner), because I was home w/ the girls all day and they are NOT cooperative about lurking quietly at the club for the hour to hour and a half I need to get a solid work out in. Wednesday included a "networking lunch" and thus no noon work out. Finally, Thursday and Friday I snuck in some quality time with the elliptical and the exercise ball. The result -- the scale hasn't moved more than about 1/2 a pound in two weeks. Sigh.
At least I've gotten some knitting done, though.
On Tuesday, when I was still photographing madly, my Red Scarf Project Scarf looked like this:
It has more than doubled in length since then... If you haven't started YOUR RED SCARF yet, there's still time! (although at this stage, I recommend using worsted or heavier...) The whole story is here. But I'll sum up swiftly so you know what I'm up to. There is an organization called The Orphan Foundation of America Among the wonderful things it does is send care packages to Foster Children who are in college (a stressful time in most young people's lives, when they're away from home for the first time, and when Foster Parents stop getting funding and so often can't afford to do things like send care packages to students surrounded by others with parents who can and do). In February, every year, they send a package of stuff for Valentines Day. Thanks to the Red Scarf Project, every package can include a hand knit (or crocheted) red scarf to keep the student warm, and to remind each student that someone somewhere cares enough to make something for them. Not surprisingly, we knitters have (okay Norma has) created our own blog for the Project. The pattern I designed last year is here, if you want it. This year, I've adapted the "His/Hers Reversible Scarf" (see, I'm not the only one) from Melissa Leapman's Cables Untangled to DK weight (by adding an extra repeat). It's fun and fully reversible. But you don't have to do anything fancy! Even a bulky garter stitch scarf is good! Go read the rules... get your scarves out!
Tomorrow (?) More knitting reports.... and another round of Flash my Stash