Monday June 19, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_24

The weather was nice for most of the week but hot on Friday. The train station parking lot was an oven when I stepped off the shuttle on my trip home.

I took the train to my Job every day. I put in 40 billable hours and 10 non-billable commute hours. Drive/wait time + train + shuttle is 75 minutes. I don't have to contend with traffic, except while driving to/from the station; parking at the station is easy (and free) and I get some extra time to boot up my brain. I get in to the Company at a little after 8:00 am. You don't want to know what time I get up. (I don't want to think about it. I just force myself to keep moving.)

The Job: Internal documentation help for the Media Ops group. They're the people who keep the servers and systems running for so-called "properties": Finance (including stock feeds), Games, Sports, Health, Astrology & Horoscopes, News, and such.

I met my co-workers, got a desk and a computer (the wrong kind of computer, unfortunately), spent more time than should be necessary searching out necessary applications so that I could do anything worth while, attended a few meetings and overviews, and started wortking. I got the rhythm of the wake up - drive to station - take train commute system going. I put in 40 hours and filed my first time card (on the web; thank goodness for the Internet.)

The company has good cafeterias. There's a small one in each of several buildings, incuding the building I work in. There is also a large "main" cafeteria. The prices are terrific; I never paid more than $5 for my lunch and I had plenty of choices.

My lunches improved steadily through the week. Monday's lunch sounded promising but wasn't as good as I had hoped. It was a stir fry with broccoli, cherry tomatoes, red and green bell pepper, and spinach, over pasta. Unfortunately, the broccoli was underdone, the spinach was overdone, and the whole thing desperately needed some kind of seasoning - any kind of seasoning!

Tuesday I had a pre-made Cobb salad. The bacon was perfect and the blue cheese was real, However, I would suggest to the kitchen that soaking the avocado in lemon juice is not the most appropriate way to prevent it from oxidizing.

Thursday I had the hot entree: lamb with blueberry sauce, sugar snap peas, and quinoa with cranberries, pecans and bits of apricot.

On both Wednesday and Friday, I had a pretty nice sandwich. Wednesday's sandwich was pre-made; Friday's was "custom" built (and toasted).

By the end of each day, when I get home, I'm mentally exhausted. I don't want to "do" anything. I can't think. The last thing I want to do is check my email. I just want to sit quietly and commune with the furry purries.

I finally updated my Journal on Friday night. I caught up on my email on Saturday morning. I updated my weblog on Saturday night.

This week I read Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder. (I could read in the train on the way to and from the Job, but so far, I just look out the window and relax.)

In between and around the rest, I've had not nearly enough naps and as many snuggles with the cats as I could fit into the day. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse, friends, and new co-workers. I'm getting paid (in theory; however, I haven't received any checks yet. :-)

Onward and Upward.

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_24 ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 19 Jun, 00:13 Pacific | «e»