"I want, I want, I want ... but that's crazy"

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ramping up

I'm starting to think sometimes, "why did I do this?" I REALLY needed the pay increase, for one. That might even have been the biggest one. But I also needed to FEEL something more about my work. I'd been sort of dying off inside before. Now, though, I do question the wisdom in it sometimes. It's been - what? - three weeks now? Or is it four? Nearly every day's been upward of 12 hours. Most right about 13. And those are packed hours, too. The time flies because it doesn't stop for a minute. In fact, minutes overlap. Things have to be done at the same time, or I even have to be in two places at once. And it doesn't end.

This week is going to be brutal, and I'm only working three days. Off today, although I went to shoot a parade for work. Tomorrow - almost certain to be hell. Wednesday, off, but wondering if I really will be off. Thursday and Friday - work. I'm expected to do so much - then I'm thrown two more. When I start dropping balls, the whole thing's going to collapse. I've never failed at work before. I'm thrown a problem and I solve it. I'm given a task and I complete it. Even sometimes when it seems that it would have required the bending of space and time, I could manage it. I'll just have to find a way.

With summer here and the girls off school, I can go into the office earlier in the mornings. I can do things then when it's quiet: maintenance, background work, sorting copy for the day, searching for news, going through e-mails. Then I'll be ahead when the normal workday begins and I can start making phone calls and start writing earlier. In between times I can try to keep up with the copy being entered into the system, so I can get it edited as quickly as possible. With our new paginator starting as early as she does, it's hard to keep up with getting everything edited immediately so she can get it on the page. Meantime, if the layouts are ready, I need to prep the front page, since I'll be building page one and two this week. (Hmmm, see why I was wondering if I would actually be getting Wednesday off. I'm also supposed to be learning how to paginate the entire paper, front to back, beginning to end. And I'm supposed to become the expert on, I think, four or five huge, complex long-term issues in the area, because apparently, I'll be taking them all on. I can do it. I can. There's more on the list. I'll sleep on it. And I'll start early in the morning. The girls are at my mother's tonight. I can leave early.

I hear thunder in the distance, I think. I hope it's not a false alarm. I want to fall asleep to a good thunderstorm tonight.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Girls' first flight

I took the girls on their first flight today!
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Friday, May 22, 2009

Flashback Friday - Naughty Naughty

Oh this really IS a flashback! I don't think I'd heard this song since HIGH SCHOOL! It's Danger Danger's "Naughty, Naughty"!!!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Flashback Friday - Fantasy

Man, I used to LOVE this song! It's Aldo Nova's Fantasy! Life is just a fantasy....

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Where have you been?

Where have I been? Well, I've been at work every waking hour, or close to it. I've put in minimum 13-hour days almost two weeks solid now. But I'm still loving it. Meanwhile, most of my readers have abandoned me. I don't blame them. I've been extremely neglectful. I have three (completely separate) blogs, and I give THIS one the most attention. So you can only imagine how my other ones are doing. I might will be adding a fourth blog for work. You know I love this one. I have a more emotional tie to it than either of my others. I've had it much longer. And I really don't want to see it die. I am hoping that things will be easier next week, so I'll have more time to spend here - oh yeah, and with my kids too. ;)

Why will next week be better? We started our new paginator this week. She's been in training, which is why my days have been longer, because I and the editor have been building all of the pages for the paper. We've also been writing most of the stories. (In addition to the old paginator, we also fired a reporter last week.)
We started a new reporter today too. We've been interviewing people for the job for the past two and a half weeks (the whole time I've been there). We're loving him already. He jumped right in, learned the new story filing system, started making phone calls, put in a good and solidly written article(which we held), and we actually ran out of things for him to do (because it was such a hectic day). We held the story because after we sent him home, a GREAT source called in with a perspective that will turn that good and solidly-written article into one pretty hot story. It's got government corruption, unethical business practices, environmental danger, angry citizens - the whole package. I love this business! :) So anyway, we're throwing the story back for more work - and I'm betting that he's going to do great things with it. High hopes for this guy.

I had a luncheon today with the local Women in Networking group and a banquet this evening for a new educational foundation. So I was pressing flesh with the community government and business leaders from the entire tri-county area all day.
It was another 13-hour day today, but I'm loving it.


Saturday, May 9, 2009


I got my new Blackberry today. It's cute. It's pink. It's activated, but I'm transferring my phone number from my old phone, and my old phone company hasn't deactivated the number yet. Probably because customer service is only available during regular office hours now. Pathetic.
Anyway, the web browser and e-mail are working,so I'm still getting to play around with it a lot. So I ask you... what are the best Blackberry applications? Specifically free ones. I don't want to put a lot of garbage on my new toy. So I want to know which Blackberry apps you actually use all the time and love. And if you could, tell me what's so great about them. I was required to get a Blackberry or some sort of smart phone for work, so now I want to get as much bang out of my nifty little device as I can get.
By the way, does anyone know if I can watch streaming football (soccer, for the uninitiated) on this gizmo? A web site address that's got video compatible with the browser like YouTube does?
Thanks so much for any help you guys can offer.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Flashback Friday - I Wish I Had a Girl

I had to do it. :) This week's Flashback Friday is Henry Lee Summer's "I Wish I Had a Girl."

Thursday, May 7, 2009

First full week coming to a close

It's been a long week, but it's flown by. Does that make sense? I've had ridiculously long days in the office this week - one was fourteen and a half hours. But I'm loving it. I'm exhausted. My house and my kids are being neglected. But I just FEEL happier. Tomorrow's going to be a rough one though. Next week too. After that though, I'm hoping that everything will be in order, and I can get back to some semblance of normal life. I'll reintroduce myself to my kids, and all will be well.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Fourteen and a half hours at work today. Frickin' exhausted. Bed. Now.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Busy week

Well, I started my new job this week, and although I'm incredibly busy and working very long hours, I'm actually really loving it. :)
I spent Monday at my old office, then Tuesday, I went in to the new job. The morning started out with our weekly editorial meeting. I felt like I was pretty well received. As soon as I got out, I found that I had a message from the school saying Munch's tooth was hurting. (I'd had an appointment scheduled at the dentist for her on Thursday, but apparently, it was not going to wait any longer.) So I called and scheduled an appointment for her for Tuesday, then I called the school and said I'd pick her up. So, I'm called out of the office already on my first day. Munch had to get a “baby root canal.” She goes back for a permanent filling next Tuesday. My mom will take her for that. I returned to the office while Pooh watched the girls. Stayed until about 8 p.m.
Wednesday I was back in my old office again in the morning (they had a food day in my honor), then I went to the Piqua office to train my replacement. I went home after that to watch the football game, since it would be my last midweek game – maybe ever...or so it seems. After the game, I took Munch back into my old office to clear my workspace. No sappy goodbyes. It was barely noticed, I think, but at least my old boss will miss me.
Thursday, things got crazy. It was my first full day in the new office, and I was there for 11 ½ hours. But I loved it. I really did.
Friday was a little smoother. Still a long day. I still loved it too. We had a department head meeting, and I was in on it. Imagine that. Me. A department head. The publisher had everyone say something interesting about themselves, so I could get to know them better. They all got to know each other better too. My thing? My obsession with European football, naturally. :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Flashback Friday - Had a Dream (Sleeping with the Enemy)

Flashback Friday with Roger Hodgson's Had a Dream (Sleeping with the Enemy). I have to tell you, one verse of this song went through my head for YEARS, and it drove me nuts that I couldn't remember the artist or the name of the song or find any reference to it anywhere at all. Yet again, Google comes to my rescue! Enjoy the flashback! Hope someone else remembered this one too....