Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Uh-Oh, Here We Go

Although I love Texas, I'm getting a bit perturbed with the weather here. We have cold spells, mixed with high winds and misting rains, and then we have days like today, in which it is a good idea to leave your jacket at home, although jeans are not so very optional. Yesterday, it was so cold, I shivered as anytime I had to be outside for any length of time, not to mention the rain leaving puddles to soak my feet and jeans, which did not exactly help with the chills and shivers. And yet today, it's sunny and cool, without being cold. In fact, it feels downright nice outside. I get tired of this state's bipolar weather patterns, and even more tired of the weatherman predicting things that will not happen. They *said* it "felt like" 58 not too long ago, and yet I was sweating. Do you need a degree for weather-forecasting?

Anyway, I haven't written lately so I thought an update on our weird weather fluxes might be something to write home about. . .

[And just for my sister; the title refers to a song called "The Sound of Madness" by Shinedown. The completion of that first sentence is "Uh-oh, here we go/another loose canon gone bipolar.] :) Cheers!

Friday, December 4, 2009

When Work Goes Awry

It started out as a normal day.
If by normal, I meant waking up in order to get to work by 7:30 in the morning. I can already hear some of you whining: But I have to get up at 2:30 in the morning to get to work, because it takes hours to look this dang good, and then I have to stop off for a super whipped cream mocha latte with cinnamon, and if they get it wrong I have to make them do it all over again because you cannot have too much cinnamon, and then traffic is so bad it makes me want to cry!

Yes, life is so very hard. But back to me.

I arrive at work while the sun is still in the midst of rising, and things are pretty normal.

If by normal, I meant 7 computers were down, 4 more failed within the first few moments of testing, and we had 11 finals, two other tests, and yet one more large test occurring within my lab. I actually had to pass out numbers and call people when a computer was free. I think I used the word "SNAFU" at one point. My boss found it amusing that I was feeling so very frustrated.

It didn't help that my coworker decided not to come into work with not so much as a by-your-leave.

I also forgot to mention that it is freezing outside, with a driving rain and ice. This may sound normal to some, but I live in South Texas. This is rare. You would think global warming would take care of these little problems, but I guess it's not all it's cracked up to be.

On the plus side, my boss picked up delicious soup from my favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Rice noodles, cilantro, chicken broth, some sort of sprout. Divine. Seriously. Perfect for a day like today.

So, I was cranky, but then I got soup out of the deal, and then really, who can stay cranky after soup? All I know is, I want to share the soup with my significant other and spend time doing cold day stuff with him. Soon, work will be done, and life will be good.