madbaker: (KOL)
I may be all by myself in the office today (or the intern might show up, I'm not sure). Either way hopefully I will be able to get a lot done, because one cow-orker is in Hawaii this week and another is taking three weeks off to get married and honeymoon. The nerve!

I have a work thing after work tonight, so I'm also staying late. I had planned to bring my home laptop, so that I could do some work on my volunteer job between work and the work thing. But I forgot this morning.
madbaker: (scary clown)
The heat came back after a couple spatters of sky-water. The mugginess made it feel like it was 10 degrees warmer.
The only one who slept well was the cat, but he gets plenty of practice. Between 3-day-weekend work catchup and the fatigue, it's a rough Monday Tuesday.
madbaker: (Nubian?)
Off to the office shortly for (hopefully only a few) hours. We are moving our stuff from the 4th floor to the 8th. Lots more room, but not as much as triple the rent would have you believe.
madbaker: (Galen)
I took Friday off. Originally it was so that we could go to A&S. But around Tuesday the wife and I looked at each other and said "Idonwanna." Instead of spending Wednesday cooking, Thursday packing, Friday driving and setting up, then Sunday breaking camp, packing, driving, and unpacking - I did not much of anything Friday. It was kind of glorious.

The downside was that we still had to go to the event. It's a Kingdom-level event, and that's part of the current set of responsibilities. We day-tripped which made for a very long day. We left the house at 7 AM and got back around 9:30 PM. But we did get to spend the night in our own bed...

It's disturbing how much work piles up when I'm off for a day. Back to it.

madbaker: (Nubian?)
My calf seized up in the middle of the night. I hate that. This wasn't even a "rotate the ankle and the calf seizes up" - it just spontaneously did. It's still sore.

In other news, BART had problems and I was quite late to work today. So I should probably get back to it.

madbaker: (scary clown)
I got up late. Partly because I didn't sleep incredibly well - the cat threw up during the night, then demanded to sit on my chest and groom my face to comfort himself. I didn't get back to sleep for a while.

That put me behind in leaving, so I watched my usual bus go by as I turned the corner towards the stop. I took my backup bus and BART instead, which gets me to work a couple minutes later (no big deal; I just generally prefer not to transfer).

When I got to the office, I discovered I'd left my ID and key inside last night. This is the first time in five years that I've done that.

Waiting for the next small shoe to drop...
madbaker: (Default)
"The hours passed, like a kidney stone." -Ursula Vernon

That feels way too apropos today.
madbaker: (Nubian?)
"I'm having a difficult time concentrating today. It'd be bad to leave work and start drinking, right?"
"Drink at your desk."
"...Why didn't I think of that?"
"Beats the hell out of me. Seemed like the obvious solution."

madbaker: (disgruntled clown)
I had a very nice day yesterday. It was the wife's birthday. I took the day off to spend time with her; we did a bunch of good low-key things, like seeing the Monet exhibit at the Legion. Which was fabulous, and well worth seeing.

Sadly, today's workload was "thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges." I had about three days' worth of work jammed in. I got as much done as I could, and I really hope I got enough done that we can leave on time for the event tomorrow.

I'm ready to fall down and go boom now.

madbaker: (Bugs Bunny)
I just figured out why I'm so cold at work today.

Did you ever see some of those old TV shows set in NY or Philly or something where the super is banging around the boiler in the basement of the apartment building? Our building is over 100 years old (it has a 13th floor!) and still has a steam radiator heating system. No thermostats. It doesn't work very well; my desk is right by it and I have to crank it up and down.

Well, apparently they turned the boiler off over the weekend and didn't get it back on.
Brrrr.
madbaker: (scary clown)
I needed a second cup of coffee today. Weather, financial reports, long work day yesterday talking to (friendly) SEC examiners...
Soft Cell's cover of Tainted Love in the coffee shop helped too.

madbaker: (Reginald Perrin)
I'd say they're interesting things, but that would be a lie. Except to those who find the minutiae of S-corp taxation vs. LLCs fascinating.
Which, to be clear, does not include me even though it affects me deeply.

madbaker: (KOL)
Things are a bit stressy right now. I probably won't see people before some of it passes, but if I do and I'm a bit short - please try to understand.

Quarter-end exchequer reports are actually going better than I'd hoped. I've gotten lots of help and the past efforts to get people caught up seem to be paying off. I still have to spend a fair amount of time with last-minute "Aaagh! I can't get this to balance!" people, but I expected that and it's fine. Saying I don't begrudge spending the time is, in fact, a lie - I really do, I'd rather be watching a movie with the wife and relaxing - but I don't begrudge having to do it. I wouldn't offer help if I didn't expect it to be taken and I won't blame the people for the time.

Work is the major part. We've gotten to a size where we're undergoing our first SEC audit. It's routine and we're doing everything we can to keep it so. However, this still means that we have a ginormous amount of information to pull in less than a week's time. I expect I'll be staying late all week. I barked at one of my (non-involved) cow-orkers last night because he kept bugging me for some trivial information that he never remembers how to get himself. I apologized today but I kind of feel justified...

I've been sliding into having a second cup of coffee at work more often. I'm trying to prevent from that becoming a full-blown habit. That means that days like today, where I really could use one, I'm not getting it. I had a second yesterday so I'm trying to force a weekly limit.

madbaker: (scary clown)
I don't expect that anyone else will actually understand this. That's okay; this is a very deep subset of the financial markets, and most people don't know the lingo. Heck, my cow-orkers won't get this without explanation. The effort that my subconscious put into this is staggering... but why?

I dreamed that a business contact, who is an inflation strategist, was holding a TIPS-themed Christmas costume party. The wife asked what she should wear. I told her to go in gold. I was dressed in twigs with balloons (i.e. inflation hedge). Someone else at the party was also in gold, but with added deely-boppers (a gold bug). Another person at the party suggested I add a cape to my outfit, so that I could be a dynamic inflation hedge.

The best costume, in my opinion, was a person dressed as the top of a Japanese house.

madbaker: (Nubian?)
Me, yesterday on the commute home: "Geez, the bus is really full all of a sudden."
Me, today and yesterday on the commute in to work: "Geez, I missed the bus by a minute and now there isn't another for 10+ minutes. Usually there's another along in less than five. What's up with the sudden change to the bus schedule?"

Oh. School started up again.

madbaker: (Nubian?)
I didn't think about the terrazzo repair. The office is a room on the front of the house, and the workers are grinding the outside front stoop. With loud grindy machines. That grind. Loudly.

I'm not blaming them - it's what we hired them to do. But I really should have seen this coming.

madbaker: (demons of stupidity)
Me: "I'm going down the street to a box-lunch place."
Puzzled cow-orker: "What's that?"
Me (non-plussed): "It's a place... that sells lunches... in boxes."

madbaker: (tard)
We have a consultant coming in roughly once per week. He showed up early today and knocked on the door. When I let him in, I asked for the password. Instead of playing along, he looked at me blankly.

I told him it was "swordfish". His response: "I never saw the whole movie." Mine: "You mean Horse Feathers? It's pretty funny, if not their best work."
...I should have known better than to make a Marx Brothers joke at work.

madbaker: (Bugs Bunny)
I didn't sleep well until I fell back asleep less than an hour before my alarm, at which point I had a very vivid and strange SCA-related dream. Then I got in to the office and discovered I left my phone at home.

Those are grounds for going home and taking the rest of the day off, right?

madbaker: (Galen)
The office manager is sitting outside my door, crying and whining. He may well work himself into a throwing up fit.

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