Married to Middle Management
Good news first: everybody please congratulate the lovely and talented laurie_robey, who has been promoted to "Application Development Lead" where we work, officially taking over the spot our previous boss would have occupied in the new organization structure if he hadn't left to become a Fed. In order to avoid nepotism, I am being shunted to another New Sub-Boss, although in actual practice I'll probably be working for Laurie more often than not.
Wait, You Just Got Here!
Bad news next: One of my recently-hired co-workers abruptly quit this morning; seeing as how two others are on vacation, it doesn't look like "Crazy Schedule From Hell" time is going to stop any time soon.
I Need to Stop Staying Up Late
By the end of the day I haven't been in much state for creativity, so I've been grinding away in LotRO more than anything else; unfortunately, the combination of "Just One More Room" syndrome and "Late Night Time Warp" means that if I decide to start making my way back to town to turn in quests and sign off at, say, 10:15 p.m., I end up actually signing off at 1:00 a.m. This ends up with me getting 5-6 hours of sleep on a good night, which means I have even less energy for creativity the next day. Today I ended up coming in late for work because I just couldn't get up — and I don't have the vacation time to be doing that. So yeah, I need to nip this problem in the bud.
Speaking of Middle Management
New Sub-Boss is instituting a morning "scrum," a 15-minute meeting every day at 9:45 where everybody reports what they did the day before, what they're going to do that day, and any problems they're having. While I can actually see the value of such a thing, it also annoys me terribly. I like to receive an assignment via e-mail, grind away undisturbed in my cubicle, and turn it back in via e-mail. Any interaction with my co-workers other than a cordial "Hey there!" in the hallway tends to make me grind my teeth. Not because I dislike them — I don't — but just because I'm an introvert.
Where's Mah Interwebs?
The internet connection is wonky here today. I don't know if this post will go through, and even if it does, I can't connect to Gmail to read the responses.
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