It's Friday and, because of my weekend rotation schedule, I get to stay home! The rest comes not a moment too soon. It was a busy and stressful week. Some things take care of themselves: no change in my job/career situation (for better or worse) as the decision was made for me. Projects at work don't usually resolve themselves: after many hours of troubleshooting I finally devised a workaround for an intranet site problem and that made a few people happy. Now my coworkers can create their paperwork without paper. At least there will be less paper wasted. Finally the week was capped off by an 11-hour day partly spent "upgrading" our PC scheduling system followed by a 9-hour day yesterday watching our networked PCs gradually grind to a halt because the "upgrade" was somehow toxic. Fortunately I hadn't tried to permanently improve all of our PCs at the same time. Of course it wasn't the software vendor's fault — no, no, no! My repeated and increasingly urgent calls for help went unanswered. Hmmm… their phone was busy all day. I wonder….. I finally remedied the situation myself, at least for a while, by shutting off the automatic portion of the "upgrade" and rebooting our PCs allowing them to regress to their stable former, non-upgraded selves. Those machines that suffered the permanent effects of the "upgrade" are hosed; I'll have to try and repair them Monday. Very stressful day. Not a nice week. I hope I don't get phone calls today… I need this day (and weekend) off! Thank Goodness It's Friday!
Speaking with the vet today, Dr. B. said Tasha's cortisone dose is to be reduced by half. Then, after another week with no symptoms, we're to reduce the dosage by half again. The goal is to eliminate the treatment entirely but the only way to see if we can do that is to see if her illness flares up again as the cortisone is cut back! The cat is getting really good at ejecting the pill these days; she runs her tongue in reverse and pushes on my hand with her paws. It's impressive how strong a little animal can be! Sometimes I can get that tiny tablet in on the first try but often it's taking several tries. For several good reasons I'll be happy if we can discontinue the medication.
At work I've been rehabbing an existing PC for use by our new webmaster — a current staffer taking a new post which will incorporate portions of my job. He starts in a couple of weeks and I'll transition my Web duties to him as quickly as I can. The enjoyable part: I haven't rebuilt a PC from bare metal in a while. It's tedious but rewarding as even older computers run very well with the OS cleaned out and freshly-loaded, current software. I've finished with the basics and the old PC is good as new and maybe better.
The weather is supposed to be darned near perfect this weekend. Sunny with temperatures in the 70s — my ideal summer weather. All I want to do is rest and get centered; stuff at work is throwing me off balance — yes, I know it is up to me to let such things flow past me and not affect my being but I never said I had myself under control. I'm tired. Between self-inflicted stress (gotta start meditating) and not getting enough sleep last night, I'm draggin'. I'd also like to know where my sense of humor went and how to get it back! Believe it or not, I used to be pretty funny! I'm taking vacation time this coming week so maybe I can look for some of those things during the first week of July. I'll bet that doesn't happen, though. Still, it will be nice to be away from the office.