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Not dead, just exhausted

Monday was the worst day I've had at work since the period right after my old boss was laid off two (or was it three?) years ago, and pretty much for the same reasons: I had some new reporting dumped on me that I didn't know how to do (and which had to be done by the end of the day), and one of our standard reporting databases (written by the old boss) was producing an error that I couldn't find the cause of. I got the new reporting done by the end of the day, after many consultations with others about how to do this or that, but I was absolutely baffled by the error. I went home feeling completely exhausted, fell asleep early, then woke up in the middle of the night grinding on it. Then on the walk to work, sorting through the various things I had tried and had looked at, a possible cause suggested itself to me, and indeed that turned out to be the problem. Once I figured out what was causing the problem, I was able (after consultations with others) to figure out the solution.

Other stressful things happened yesterday (including a return visit to the periodontist where I discovered there's still a small infection near the implant that was put in in July), although nothing quite as epic as Monday. Still, by early Tuesday evening I was still feeling completely wiped out and was grumbling to myself because I had a number of things I still wanted to get done before I called it a day.

On the other hand, I did get to watch the third episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is a show I'm really, really enjoying. It's the first new TV show to engage my attention in years. I love the quirky sense of humor and the unexpected political dimensions. There's something about the pace of the show that feels very energetic and slightly off-kilter. So far it is creatively embracing a number of contradictions.

And then I started reading Delany's "The Mummer's Tale" and was so caught up in it that I almost stayed up to read the whole thing before I sternly reminded myself that I needed some goddamn sleep, the more the better. But I was feeling stressed out enough that it still took me a while to drift off.

And so I'm feeling somewhat restored today, but still a bit burnt out. Who knows what fresh crises today will bring?

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daveon
Oct. 9th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
If you haven't seen it yet, we should do an outing to Gravity at the Sundance and have some beers and watch the movie. It's very good.
randy_byers
Oct. 9th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
Luke and I are going to see it tonight. Looking forward to it!
surliminal
Oct. 9th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
OOh. We don't get it for ages. this is one where windowing still operating with a vengeance..
kalimac
Oct. 9th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
That should strongly reinforce the lesson: if a problem is baffling, stop beating your head over it. Set it aside for a bit, and work on something else. The answer may just come to you.

Of course, if the deadline is "the end of today" that makes it tougher, but it can still help.
randy_byers
Oct. 9th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, that report was due on Monday too, and I arrived at work on Tuesday to find an anxious email from boss' boss wondering where it was. That didn't help my own anxiety level. But yes, I just needed to come back to the problem with fresh eyes.
don_fitch
Oct. 9th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
Today might bring you rain. Yeah, I understand that rain isn't unusual in Seattle, and that it isn't something that makes people who live there especially gloomy, but here in the Los Angeles area we're starting (as of about noon) to get a few drops of what promises to be a light but long-lasting rain... and one that is distinctly chilly -- a combination that informs those of us who have lived here for Ages that Winter actually is immanent. (Yesterday it was Summer, and I felt silly planting seeds of broccoli (a Romanesco/Mandlebrot/Fibbonachi-spiral type) ; today I'm thinking that it might have been a bit late (as well as that my spelling (& ability to managed nested parentheses) may leave something to be desired.)
randy_byers
Oct. 9th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's beginning to feel a bit wintery around here too, although right at the moment the sun is out. Yesterday there was at least one thunderstorm. There's been more electrical storms this year than I can every remember before. Not sure what this means for the broccoli. May your Mandelbrots proliferate!
surliminal
Oct. 9th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Poor you . I'm def v stressed too :( It is in the air at start of term..
I weirdly q like SHIELD too. Not sure why as it is mostly quite hoakey so far. I like the non heroic appearance of rhe lead I think. Hes not buff (they have a buff team mate to fill the gap) - it makes a nice change!
Im now booked for Berkely 2 Nov to 13th - come visit me!
randy_byers
Oct. 9th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, well, you're stressed in Brussels, and I'm jealous. If I could have a nice bottle of lambic, life would be a lot better.

I'd agree that a lot of SHIELD is hokey, and also that Coulson is a major reason why it's more interesting than it should be. But I also think it just has a slightly odd perspective on things, and an interesting air of mystery and knowing paradox. I see lots of fannish bitching about the show on the interwebs, but they are ALL WRONG! Although I do hope the team-building shtick doesn't drag on for *too* long ...

Edited at 2013-10-09 10:57 pm (UTC)
surliminal
Oct. 9th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
I know this seems unlikely but to me Brx now mostly connotes work and rain and stress! But tonight was nice because nwhyte contacted me for a random networking evening and that was really lovely of him :)
Im afraid I did drink beer but its a bit wasted on me on any connoisseur like level.I now have a shiraz and am q happy:) So you have the acess to my Brussels, the West Coast where I feel relaxed and empowered and drink great local wine!! aint life strange.
surliminal
Oct. 9th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
ps surely you can get lambic in Seattle!
surliminal
Oct. 9th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
pps re team building in SHIELD - boy yes they laid it so on with a trowel i thought it was an ad for crowdfunding!
randy_byers
Oct. 9th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
You got me there. I had some on my birthday, in fact.
randy_byers
Oct. 9th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
However, it'd damned difficult to get anything from Cantillon. It's not distributed here and only occasionally shows up in bars.
ron_drummond
Oct. 10th, 2013 07:09 am (UTC)
Hope things settle down soon! Maybe after Gravity.
randy_byers
Oct. 10th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
It brought me down to earth!
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