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September 19th, 2006
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Fine week
This is really shaping up to be a good week.
  • I went to test drive a car last night, only they were out of them. This is apparently a "low availability, high demand" car. Of course, someone told me I could come in for a test drive, but apparently he's "new".
  • I sat at home from 8-12 this morning, waiting for Verizon to show up to figure out why my DSL won't install. I finally called around 12:30 and talked to a very nice Indian fellow whose English wasn't all that good. After waiting on hold for 15 minutes, he tells me that someone will contact me soon to schedule another appointment within 24-48 hours. No reason given, and I didn't feel like dealing with the language barrier to try to find out more information.
  • Once I finally got to work, something popped up that I had let slip through the cracks. My boss made a comment that this wouldn't have happened if I had been following the editorial procedures. I'm feeling fairly incompetent at my job. I know that I can do some parts of the job well, but I just can't seem to do the parts that require organization. And, yes, organization is something that can be learned, but people don't seem to realize just how fucking hard that is for me. I really need to not quit my job on a day when I'm already upset, however.

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From:lizzielizzie
Date:September 19th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Popular cars tend to be scarce in September, since it's only been a few weeks since the latest models have come out. They should be able to get you one from another dealership, unless they are REALLY popular. (When I bought my Saturn in 1993, I had a similar problem.)

Verizon sucks big hairy donkey balls. They've been overcharging me on my work phone line for months now. They need firebombing.

I hope your day improves!
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From:bitty
Date:September 19th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
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There was a workshop/somesuch that BB attended, on time management and organization etc. that helped him a lot. These skills do not come easy to him, and even with the workshop it was a struggle, but I guess the trainer was really good and it was what he needed to pull things together. He can pass the info on to you, if you'd like.
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From:queue
Date:September 19th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Yes, please.
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From:bubblebabble
Date:September 20th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
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Pam Kristan, http://www.pamelakristan.com/ . Is awesome. Has a couple of books, and does trainings to start orienting your brain, but also does check-ins to evaluate how you're doing against a plan for implementing all those ideas that sounded so great in that class. A friend of mine does that with her, and has had a really good experience with it.

The most profound and disturbing thing (which becomes rather obvious in retrospect) is that there are definite benefits of being disorganized -- not having to do the project you don't want to, because you are too busy, not having to tell anyone "no", etc. -- that reinforce the bad habits and that you need to let go of before you can start to really change things.

I also suggest exploring whether your company would be willing to pay for a 1-day course on time management, or project management, or whatever title-y dimension of the ball of wax seems most pressing or fundamental. That's what got me started on this all, actually -- and how I met Pam.
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From:bubblebabble
Date:September 20th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
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P.S. -- in case the above painted a gloomy picture of self-discipline: there are also definite moments of mastery and accomplishment of getting the ball rolling. It just sometimes needs to be gotten rolling multiple times before it's steadily moving towards where you want to be. :-)
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From:hrafn
Date:September 20th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
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Now would be a bad time to mail you a box of dead things, wouldn't it?
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From:queue
Date:September 20th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Um.
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From:hrafn
Date:September 20th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
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Oooh! How delightfully ambiguous :)
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