Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Burned Out

Everyone in the office is gone, EXCEPT for me.....I think I am going to head home in a few minutes as well, and just finish up my remaining projects on Friday. I am burned out right now.

Morning Update

I incorrectly assumed traffic would be light this morning. My regular 20 minute commute was over 40 minutes! And I am super tired this morning. My little sister's flight did not arrive until 9:45 pm last night. I tried to stay up late with my husband and sister to watch the latest episode of NCIS, but I crashed around 11:00 pm. Anyway, I am hoping that I can get caught up at work today and get out of the office by about noon or 1:00 pm at the latest. I would have stayed home today, except that I still have two outstanding projects to complete. If I can get them done today I won't have to work on Friday.

On a fun note...There was a guy playing a trumphet by the parking garage in the O'Hare Airport last night. As we approached the parking garage elevators he called my little sister out and played the Air Force fight song for her. It was pretty cool.

On another fun note...I ordered a bracelet from Lisa Leonard Designs. If you are interested in buying some neat, cusomized jewelry for someone, I recommend ordering from this site! The bracelet I ordered turned out awesome.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving

I am very excited for the Thanksgiving holiday. My little sister is flying out from Colorado Springs to spend the week with me and my husband. I am looking forward to relaxing, shopping, watching the Packers beat the Lions and hanging out...that is, if I can get all of my work projects done by Thursday. I made the mistake of saying I was bored last week. The result of that confession was 5 gigantic client files being dropped on to my desk. Luckily, I have completed 3 out of the 5 projects. So, I am going to guzzle some coffee today and move at incredible speeds to complete the remaining two projects!

Also, I feel like I am getting a cold. I have swollen glands and a headache. I am in denial about being sick. I am the only one in the office who has not had a cold, yet.. Alright, I am off to work!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Running

I had an awesome run last night. I started out a slow pace and steadily progressed until I was basically running as fast as I could go for the last two minutes. It was the first time in a long time that I felt as strong as I used to feel back when I was competing in college. A positive side effect of my running schedule is that my confidence is increasing everyday as I become physically stronger. Here is to hoping that I can continue to balance my running schedule with my work schedule. Sound mind and sound body, right?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Busy, But Not Stressed, But Maybe Slightly Angry

I have way too many outstanding projects with deadlines fast approaching, but somehow, I have managed to avoid being overly stressed. I think working out every night definitely helps me manage my stress levels. It probably also helps that my husband is super laid back. He balances out my wacky, high strung self. Anyway, the only projects that are driving me crazy are the non-billable ones I have been assigned. I have not had a chance to finish these internal projects, and have been emailed almost everyday regarding when I plan on completing them. It is starting to make me mad. I have a crazy billable hours goal, and I have plenty of billable projects. But, somehow, I am expected to not sleep or something, and to complete these two time consuming non-billable, internal bs projects at the same time..The other crazy part is that there are plenty of associates sitting around here with nothing to do..Maybe one of them could take these internal projects off my plate.And let me say that I am not avoiding pro bono work or something similar to that, I have been assigned to basically go through some data and check it for accuracy...Ok, done venting...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Chicago is weird...

Ok, well technically, I live in a far north suburb of Chicago...so I should say North Chicagoland is weird...Why do I think it is weird? Well, my husband and I went Halloween candy shopping at around noon on Saturday. We went overboard, buying 20 bags of assorted candy for all of the neighborhood kids on our street. As we drove home from the store we noticed that there were a few kids already trick or treating at 1:00 pm..Wtf? Apparently, kids in our area do not wait until night to trick or treat. The city I reside in has a pre-established window for kids to trick or treat in the middle of the day! I have never seen such a weird set-up. In Utah, kids wait for night to fall, and then head out for candy. Anyway, we only handed out candy to three trick or treaters, as we missed most of the kids while we were at the store!

I would blog about the Packer game last night, but I am too bummed to do so.. Stupid Favre! Stupid Vikes!