Whole Lotta Trouble

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Location: Wheatland, California, United States

I'm a mom. I'm a civil servant. I have a sense of humor, and I'm not afraid to use it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Thanks Everyone!

Just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for all Mom's well-wishes. She's out of the hospital, and seems to be doing better. It got a little hairy for a bit. It seems she didn't react too well to the anesthesia. It's kinda funny, actually.

Normally, it would take a person about half an hour to start to come out of the anesthesia they administered to my mom. Well, she's kinda sensitive to drugs. To make a long story short, it took her almost 8 hours to fully come to. During those 8 hours, she was in a drug induced combative state. She wasn't conscious, but she was fighting.

During the procedure, some blood ended up in her stomach, and in the recovery room, she started to get sick to her stomach. For some reason, she thought she should be standing up while this was happening. Some of the nurses and orderlies tried to get her back into bed. She was having none of that, and tried to fight them. It took EIGHT nurses and orderlies to get her back into bed. She put one of them in the Emergency Room.

That's right, folks. My 61 year old mom fought off eight trained medical professionals, and injured one enough to have to seek medical attention themselves.

Don't piss off Mommy.

And she wonders why they released her and had her standing on the curb waiting for a ride home two days later . . .


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Quick Update

Thanks everyone for your input on my presentation. It went well. I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be, and I used most all of your suggestions. Most of the attendees only gave me a score of 3 out of 5 for the category "Style, delivery, enthusiasm, and rapport", but I guess it's better than zero! I have to give the presentation again next week, and then one last time in November. Then, I can get back to my regular job. Yay!

I may not be around much this next week. My mom's going in for surgery today. I'm sure it will be fine, but she has some health issues that make the surgery a little more taxing than it would be for most patients. She's having tumors removed from her neck, and there is the possibility that the surgeon could nick a nerve that would paralyze half of her face.

So - keep your fingers crossed, and send her get well vibes.

Thanks guys!

Thursday, October 11, 2007


I have to give a training presentation next week.

I am the world's worst public speaker. I'm one of those people who get up in front of an audience and every other sound out of my mouth is, "uh" or "um". There are also periods of long silence while my brain tries frantically to find the word I need (which it never does, and I'm left trying to explain the word I'm thinking of - never a good feeling). Not to mention the sweat, and the terrible trembling in my voice that I cannot hide.

We had a dry run through it yesterday, with only my boss, Accounting's boss, and the Accounting Lead analyst. Just in front of those people, I stank.

Any suggestions? The training is Tuesday the 16th.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Working Girl Blues

I made it back to work.


I miss my friends from my old job. I don't, however, miss the crazy lady. I suppose it all evens out in the wash.

Funny thing happened yesterday. A few weeks ago, the other lead analyst, my supervisor, and I were given laptops, so if we needed to work at home, we could just unhook them from the docking station, and take them with us. On Thursday, the other lead had taken her laptop home with her. She came in on Friday, and I could hear her turning the key which locks and unlocks the laptop to the docking station. She would mutter under her breath, and I could hear clicking. I went over to investigate. When I looked over her shoulder, I saw her attempting to turn on the empty docking station.

"Where's your laptop?" I asked.

"At home," she responded.

"Well, you kinda need it if you expect to do any work," I informed her.

"But, they told me I could take it home whenever I wanted!" she exclaimed.

"Yeah, but you have to bring it back the next day. The docking station isn't a computer." I was trying very hard not to double over in peels of laughter.

"Well, they never told me THAT!" she huffed, and left to run back to her house to get her laptop.

I finally did it, boys and girls. I finally found someone who is less computer literate than I am!

*whistles merrily*

Have a wonderful weekend!