Liz' s Musings's

Liz's musings on life – mostly her kids though.

Entry for January 30, 2006 January 30, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 8:57 am

Have you ever had one of those weekends that just leaves you exhausted but you can’t really remember what you did? What did I do this weekend? It’s Monday morning at 9am and I already feel like I need a nap. It didn’t help that Christopher woke up at 5am.

I’m going to be 40 on Friday. Wow. I remember being a senior in high school being in awe that I would be 34 in the year 2000. Well that came and went without much fan fare. I imagine being 40 will be the same. I need henna for my hair.

 

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01/27/06 TiVo January 27, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 11:14 am

Work, work, work … have you ever had so many things to do at the same time that you couldn’t do any of them? I have so much stuff piled on my desk that all needs to get done right now and I just don’t know where to go with it. So here I sit not doing any of it. It’s sort of a paralysis of the brain. Crap and someone just walked into my office with yet another thing for me to do.

TiVo is even cooler than I’d hoped. Jonah paused live tv and came back to it 15 minutes later. I watched the last 10 minutes of Lost and was able to fast foward through the first part in a minute. It’s just cooler than words.

 

01/26/06 TiVo & Lost January 26, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 3:49 pm

I wonder if the person who invented television regrets it. I wonder if he realised what he started. Why do I bring this up? We got TiVo. I have wanted TiVo since it was in development. A friend of a friend was a hardware designer for TiVo and I was this close to being a beta tester. No video tapes. No video tape problems. So we finally got TiVo. I have all of our shows programmed. I don’t have to change tapes, I don’t have to remember to turn anything off. I recorded our first program last night … Lost. I haven’t checked to make sure it worked. I hope so, because I fell asleep before it was over. Poor Charlie.

When you examine it, Lost is a stupid show. First of all what are the chances that people would survive a plane crash. Second of all, what are the chances a plane would crash on the beach of an island when the route from Australia to LA is mostly over water. Third of all, what about all of the whacko people who were already living on the island. But I watch it every week and love it. Maybe Lost isn’t stupid, maybe I am.

 

Entry for January 25, 2006 January 25, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 8:13 am

I have three sets of thoughts going through my head this morning … and my brain doesn’t know which direction to go. Oh, and I have work to do too.

The first thoughts were about the damn review. Not that I don’t have some culpability in what  I do. But some of his comments were just plain uncalled for. I don’t really give a rat’s patootie about his wonderful team he had at his last job. He has us now, and in my opinion we’re a good team. We have our flaws, but no one is perfect … least of all him. I could go on, but it’ll just make me mad again.

My second thoughts were about Micah and his IEP. I was talking to Thomas (on the cell phone) on our way to work. Where is the line drawn? He is in sports at a time when he should be doing homework (after school is his best homework time), then his mom wants him in an IEP program (that he might actually need) because he’s not getting his work done. Again, I could go on for a while.

My third thoughts came after I read my sister’s comments to the Walkabout entry. We are all ever evolving (hopefully, since I think it’s a good thing). Being single I was able to do all of the art I wanted and I was evolving in that direction. Being married with a family I am now evolving in a sort of different direction. Part of it is due to new interests or activities and part of it is the limitation of time. How do you maintain a balance when there are only 24 hours in a day and I really need a lot of sleep right now? Thomas wants to help me carve out time for art, but it has been so long since I’ve sat at my desk and done anything art related that my muse crawled under the house and doesn’t seem to want to come out. And the last few times I’ve gotten together with my art group (ok, so it was before the baby was born) I didn’t feel like doing anything. There are no answers here, just questions.

 

01/24/06 Walkabout January 24, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 9:23 am

I was reading my sister’s blog (rhoz.blogspot.com) and I remembered I wanted to keep this paragraph, so I am reposting it here …

“The term Walkabout comes from the Australian Aboriginal. The idea is that a person can get so caught up in one’s work, obligations and duties that the truly important parts of one’s self become lost. From there it is a downward spiral as one gets farther and farther from the true self. A crisis situation usually develops that awakens the wayward to the absent true self. It is at this time that one must go on walkabout. All possessions are left behind (except for essential items) and one starts walking. Metaphorically speaking, the journey goes on until you meet yourself. Once you find yourself, you sit down and have a long talk about what one has learned, felt and done in each other’s absence. One talks until there is nothing left to say — the truly important things cannot be said. If one is lucky, after everything has been said and unsaid, one looks up and sees only one person instead of the previous two.”

I remember seeing a movie, when I was a kid, about an aboriginal boy who went on walkabout (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067959/). I also remember the doctor on Babylon 5 who went on walkabout (as best as you can do on a space station). The latter made more of an impact on me. For some reason the part about walking until you find yourself resonated with me. Why?

 

Entry for January 24, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 8:18 am

There should be no guilt with a blog. Why do I feel bad that I haven’t posted anything since Friday? I try to stay away from the computer on the weekends. I sit at one all day during the week, and more at home when I go to school or do homework. No guilt!

My review was less than stellar. I ended up getting a “3”, which is “meets expectation”. But my boss succeeded in raking me over the coals pretty thoroughly. Suffice it to say that I don’t particularly want to work for a guy who doesn’t want me here (he made that pretty clear too). So I am quietly looking for a new job.

We drove to the snow on Saturday. No I am not going insane. Yes I went of my own free will. We saw pretty snow, the kind you find on trees and next to streams. Not ugly dirty stuff you see in cities (well we saw some of that too, because the sand they put on the roads makes for yucky stuff along the side of the road). Christopher wasn’t very impressed. His favourite part was the high school band that was playing out in the snow. Poor kids!

Christopher had his 6 month check up yesterday. 19lbs 4ozs and 27″ tall. He’s at the 75th percentile for height, weight, and head circumference. The doctor asked how tall Thomas and I are (5’11” and 5’5″) but I added that Thomas’ dad and brother are both well over six feet tall and my mom and grandfather are tall. But my dad was only 5’9″. So Christopher will either be tall or short and hairy 🙂

 

 

01/20/06 It’s raining again … o/~ January 20, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 1:34 pm

Guess what? It’s raining again today. I can’t believe I’m saying this but … I’d even welcome some snow, just to break the monotony of the rain.

I’m getting my review today. I always dread reviews, even when I think they’re going to be good. I haven’t had one in over a year and a half … and the first 10 of those months weren’t the greatest. My boss was let go and we had this dolt of an interim boss. Now our department has a good boss, but he’s seen a lot of the stuff I let slide. I let it slide because no one cared. It’s hard to care when no one else does. So I’m not anticipating a bad review, I just don’t like to hear about the stuff I know I screwed up on. Besides I’ve only worked with this guy for 4 or 5 months, so it’s not like he has a lot of experience working with me. Oh well.

They’ve shut down our network to upgrade it from Novell to Microsoft. Who knows when the internet connection will be severed for the day. All in the name of progress …