Sep. 11th, 2013 09:00 am
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I remember the first 9/11 like it was yesterday, sitting at a window-facing cube at Tufts Health Plan. Company closed early for the day and then I headed home to the Shaghaus, or old apartment near Brandeis.

Today is the Bossman's last day. An end of an era. We had a nice dinner with him last night at http://www.seasons52.com/ - it opened recently in the Wayside Commons in Burlington (at the old Border's Books site). Really, really good food. Good conversation.

Such an odd week. I will relish my weekend.


Aug. 16th, 2013 08:58 am
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I've been enjoying the cooler air, getting excited about fall. I love summer 'stuff' but hate the heat. Fall is surely my most wonderful time of the year. I do regret not getting to the drive-in yet this season, though we still have some time. We only made it to the beach once. We did enjoy our neighborhood spray park a good deal. And walked a lot. And ate a lot of local ice cream. We've been enjoying the free concerts on the common a good deal. Mina has a 'boyfriend' there that she calls "Bat". He had a Batman shirt on the first night she met him, a month or so ago. Last night's band was really kickin', called "Legit", they are a huge wedding band. That girl was ripping up the dance floor, getting a lot of attention from the locals.

Our summer ballet hasn't come back which makes me feel lazy, but the studio will open again for the year in a little over a month. Mina will start lessons in the baby class. Just nuts! She is growing like a weed, so I'm hoping she can get away with wearing the size 7 tap shoes I have for her. She is just almost out of a 6 now. We went to buy her some more shoes this week, a 6.5 and a 7. The girl loves shoe shopping. I am doomed! She picked out some BRIGHT aqua blue Saucony sneakers. The bigger ones are Stride Rites. Investing in proper footwear is important to me, because I want to keep her walking well.

She is talking up a storm. And counting! At school yesterday the director said "look at these two pretty girls!" and Mina replied "Kyla 1, me 2". She counted them! We talk all the time, do our abcs and 123s and count things out for her. All kids reach things at different times and by kindergarten they are all pretty on par with each other. It is just nuts to hear her conversing in sentence-like phrases and she's 19 mos.

Sleeping is getting better. She's staying in her bed more, and we are putting her down awake, though still sitting with her, holding her hand/rubbing her until she is asleep. She is surely a snuggle bug.

Work is getting interesting with lots of people leaving and things up in the air while we are in the process of a potential merger with Partners and are waiting for new IT systems to go in (unrelated to the Partners thing). Last year I had a reading from a reputable psychic/medium, and she told me that she saw great change/upheavel in my professional life coming, but didn't see me moving location. This could surely be it (if you tend to believe in those sorts of things). One thing is for sure, I am never bored here.

I'm looking forward to a few days in the White Mountains and then some local day trips for our (finally) vacation.

Convention season is ramping up. I need to figure out what I want to wear.

And I want to get sewing and knitting again. And cooking and baking. And cleaning/organizing our house. Fall/Winter is the best time of year for these kinds of things for me.


Apr. 6th, 2012 07:21 am
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I went to my last Thursday drop in group at Newton Wellesley Hospital (lactation support) and talked with Sherry (consultant) about what Beth (Isis Consultant) said. The two of them go way back, and Sherry said that Beth is the best and she'd support whatever advice she had. Except for her bottle suggestions - she suggested a breastflow bottle and gave me one to try. She also said that the Symphony pump would most definitely be more efficient timewise and if I use it well/often over the weekend, it could boost my supply.

Mina fed from me fairly well at the group yesterday - she took in 3.6 ozs which is about a normal at-breast meal for her. She was difficult/fighting/coming off in the beginning but then settled in well eventually. I was probably feeding her for 40 minutes between the two sides (which is long, but seems average for her, at least now). Hopefully new bottles will help with this.

I did pick up the Symphony after the group at Isis, and it is way faster/better/easier. I'll use it at home over the weekend and bring it into work next week and leave it there (I'll have the Pump in Style for at home). I'm wondering now if I should get myself another hands=free bra. It would surely be easier than carrying one back and forth each day, though it's not large, forgetting it would be a huge PITA at the office.

We're dropping her at the childcare center today and spending the day together, getting some things done. I want to stick fairly close to home so that I can pump every 3 hours as if I was at work. We'll drop her and leave my car for an oil change and get breakfast (or vice versa). I want to bring some things to my office and get the key and such. Maybe I'll go get myself that new (larger) fall/spring jacket. The girls are too big so the old trenchcoat won't close well, and there is no way in hell I'm wearing my fancy leather jacket that I bought in Florence out with a spitting up baby. For a while, that will be for special 'date night' events.

So weird, that my little girl will be 12 weeks old on Tuesday. My first day back at work and I have dance class that night, so it would be a long time away from her on the first day. It is also our wedding anniversary, so I'm going to skip class so that the three of us can spend some time together.


Jan. 5th, 2012 09:12 am
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My last planned day at work is a week from tomorrow (1/13). I have never taken this much time off from a job, as long as I've been working in a taxpaying capacity (age 14). Brian asked me the other day how that felt, and at this point I just can't grasp it. I'm sure that the time is going to fly by.

I've been slowly working to try and prepare things that I do to run without me while I'm gone (or put them in a state where they can just sit for 12 weeks). It is nice to feel important. There is a lot of construction and moving planned in our space soon, though the timing is still up in the air. I'm packing up my cube so that if a move happens while I'm out it will be easier for people to move my stuff AND easy for me to settle in when I return, knowing how things are packed. Also, my cube will be free for someone to use during the 12 weeks I'm out (a bunch of people are being displaced from their current area while a new call center room is built out for them).

I do have plenty to do to bide my time, but thankfully none of it is mission critical. It is a nice feeling (because I was freaking out a bit a couple of weeks ago).

Alas, Brian can not say the same thing. Things are going crazy at his company and they are not set up well to cover for folks if they are out. Whenever I have the baby, he will be out (and unavailable to the office) for two full weeks. It would have been longer, but they just can't survive without him. That, and his company is not as generous with the paid time off benefit. He has had extremely stressful days at work all this week (he's going in early today for a build but can't leave early due to a meeting/gathering at the end of the day), but then comes home to face last-minute baby prep and a cranky 38 weeks pregnant wife. Our car seat is installed and the hospital bag is finally in my trunk, so the important stuff is done done done at least! I hope that he can get some things resolved at the office before this babe comes so that he can relax a bit.

He sent me the sappiest e-mail the other day, at 1:00 in the morning. We are trying to stay sane and spend some quality, quiet time together before our life is thrown into a bit of a chaos, despite things going nuts around us. He's sleeping in our bed on the second floor and I'm sleeping on the loveseat with my feet up on the first floor. When we're in the living room hanging out before bed, we can't even share the couch anymore given my 'feet above my heart' needs. I miss snuggling with him and our cats. Still, I know that this adventure will be over soon and bring its own set of new adventures for us to explore together. I think most fascinating from this experience is the effect of hormones and the situation on your relationship. I think we really could take on anything right now. I felt like that before, but this is just more raw - or real - or something. Evolution at work! Survival of the Species! ;)
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A fresh hair trim
The Elephant Walk
Cats that let you rub their belly
The preciousness of life

My old coworker lost her husband of almost 50 years to cancer this week. She is such a sweet woman and I know he had been sick for a while, but I feel so terrible for her. I'm glad that she has a lot of family and friends around to keep her up. Since she retired from our group she would e-mail me from time to time to see how my cats were and to give me updates on her own.

My old boss is at the end of her own battle with cancer. It started in her breast in 2002 (found in a self exam) and despite active treatment spread to a few places. We've heard that she was slipping into a coma and was being transferred to a hospice facility. She is young, and has two school aged children, diagnosed in her mid 30s.

Please keep them all in your thoughts. And please try and remember the gift of time that we have on this world and make the most of it.
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A very yummy, totally homecooked dinner.
Laughing with Brian about "Would you like to date my avatar" being stuck in our heads all night.
Spooky Halloweenie t-shirts from Target (check the pajama section).
True Blood (all caught up now, wow).
Catching up with an old THP colleague (now at PCHI) while he restored my ODBC connection on the new computer.
Seeing Allegria tomorrow night, finally.

I am going to finish sewing my placemats tonight. I am also going to get dolled up and take my ISO http://imperialserviceorganization.com/ photo. I figure, if I tell you people, I won't wimp out on it. Crazy hair be damned! I'm creative and I'll figure something out. :)
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Does anyone know how to get this kind of functionality http://help.pop.psu.edu/help-by-software-package/sas/lag-and-dif-functions in an MS Access query? Access will take some VB and SQL script, but I'm not able to get anything out of it using what I'm familiar with.

Thanks in advance! :)
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There's a meeting next week, where groups that received grants for 2008 programs are presenting the results of their 'studies'. I pulled some data for one of ours and got roped into helping with the poster design and completion. Yay for graphs and silly clip-art! I only wish they had scheduled this presentation after my vacation, because I would have liked to have attended.


Jan. 13th, 2009 08:37 am
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We went gothing at ceremony last night - how great to see people that we don't see often enough and go dancing!

The http://theplumbingmuseum.org/ just moved to Watertown. I love going to obscure museums, and learned a lot about historical plumbing when I read http://www.amazon.com/Bungalow-Bathrooms-Basics-Jane-Powell/dp/1586850814 to research for our own art deco bathroom remodel http://www.flickr.com/photos/22363238@N05/sets/72157611295598210/ . I want to check this place out very soon!

Newton Wellesley is moving in on Framingham's turf, very interesting:

I need to figure out how to get myself into a strength training routine (with some more cardio in there somewhere). EJ and Christina almost have me sold on the kettlebells, but I'm worried about our low ceilings paired with ceiling fans. I'd love to make more use of our workout room. What's been inspiring you to get moving, when you have 100 other things to do?


Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:41 am
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Healthcare and the economy: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98738877&ft=1&f=1006

No more ER diversions in MA: http://www.wbur.org/news/2009/82311_20090101.asp

I'm at work today, catching up on some small miscellaneous things that have been sitting around for a while. I think that only three from my department (including me) will be here today; its a ghost town. I really enjoy coming in on these kinds of days due to less traffic on the roads, not worrying about how loud I can play my iPod (Rush on random at the moment) and the freedom from interruptions.

20 things I wish I knew from a favorite blog of mine http://zenhabits.net/2008/02/20-things-i-wish-i-had-known-when-starting-out-in-life/

Working out without a gym: http://zenhabits.net/2008/08/minimalist-fitness-how-to-get-in-lean-shape-with-little-or-no-equipment/

I bought a small Italy calendar for my office to remind me each day about our impending trip. I cannot believe that after all of these years we are going! I cannot believe that we've been married for almost 10 years!

Ciao, amici!
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Here's a crazy graph thing they showed us yesterday (what not to do). Its a riot!


It had an ad first and took a bit to load, but once its done its thing its pretty quick. :)


Nov. 17th, 2008 05:47 pm
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I went to a seminar with http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/index today at the Radisson (Seaport) in Boston. What a great experience! I've been meaning to attend one of these since I heard of him back when a bunch of my R&A coworkers at THP attended (they couldn't send all 25 or so of us, so a handful went and then came back to present on the material). It was $380 and included about $200 worth of books. My company allows each employee to take 1-2 days off to attend some kind of professional development seminar with Manager approval, and they will reimburse up to $400 of expenses, which is right in line with what I've spent (with the parking and lunch fees).

Mr. Tufte is a HUGE fan of apple products, and included a section in the seminar on the iPhone (and why the tool is a good one for displaying data). I sat through the entire seminar excited about the work I do and energized about going back to work tomorrow.

The next couple of weeks will be busy ones - I have to refresh the MD report cards for the next mailing (the goal being before Thanksgiving). This seminar both validated some of my thinking with report presentation and gave me some good tips for improving things. If anything, just having access to his books (and resources of his web forums) will be a step in the right direction.

My six year anniversary at Hallmark is this week, and my annual review should be next Wednesday when I see Kevin for my next bi-weekly meeting. Its been a very good experience for me, and has definitely helped me to move along in my professional development.
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and ironically, this *is* what I do for work

</td><td valign="top">You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.
Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

You are 30% geek

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

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We were discussing the concept of the workplace or the people you work with being like family last week in my Sociology of Organizations class. I've always been a happier and I think, more productive person when I've been in an environment where that *was* the case.

It made me think about my past work at Tufts Health Plans and where I am now. I think after being here almost a year I'm finally feeling like a part of 'the family'. We have a small group, and though its quiet and we're all very different there is some sort of camaraderie there.

A woman in my department took it upon herself to be "Activities Chair" or something like that, and wanted to get the ball rolling on fun at or after work things to take some of the boredom out of our 40+ hours each week. This Wednesday is our end of the summer get-together at one of the director's houses. Next month there will be a trivia contest (match the person to the description - i.e. obscure facts about each person where one can try and guess who they are). We'll hopefully do something once a month outside of work too. This should be nice.

The most amusing part though, is that this woman wrote a mission statement for our group, a really silly one about having fun, relaxing and trying to keep ourselves from jumping off bridges. She also gave everyone "titles" and wrote up a little description of said title. All of these are posted on the wall near our kitchen.

My new title is "Building Supervisor", the description that I am "Keeping it all together and giving Bob Villa a run for his money".

Hee hee!

What do YOU think about the workplace being family or not (and if it is or isn't appropriate)? Given that we spend more and more time at work it seems fitting that people would develop social constructions at the workplace.
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About a guy that started a website to support blue collar workers, and those wishing to go into blue collar work:
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