So. I know. Bad blogger, no biscuit.
The last month and a half has been chaotic. It started with one crazy week (think 3 MAJOR deadlines on the same day and jury duty in the middle of the week that I not only couldn’t get out of but got CHOSEN for), but then kept going. So here, in brief, is the summary of the 2nd half of april and most of may.
- Seriously, who lets the PhD statistician end up on their jury when their entire case is based on margins of error. I would have thought for sure a competent defense attorney would have wanted me out of there. Unfortunately for the defendant that was NOT a competent defense attorney.
- On the plus side, I am getting promoted. On the not-so-plus side, my predecessor in this job is coming back; reporting to me, which is good, but bringing along all his 10 years worth of contacts and institutional knowledge. The trick will be to not allow him to cut me out of things. I do at least know that my boss adores me and thinks I am competent. Not to mention that she is having him report to me, which shows that I bring something more than he has to the role.
- Zoe’s autoimmune disorder kicked into high gear again and caused some major medical problems. And bills. And she blew out her knee (partially torn anterior cruciate ligament) which couldn’t be operated on right away because of the autoimmune problems. Luckily we got that under control and she had her surgery this past Thursday. She’s recovering. It’s a lot of work to keep a 96lb dog from moving around. A two-person job in fact.
- Work was kind of insane. That happens, of course, but it’s all the other deadlines that tend to pay the price.
- I had a conference in Long Beach, CA last week. I had 2 presentations. One was expected to be small. Truthfully I thought BOTH would be small, but the universe needed to shake me up. I hadn’t written the presentation yet when I got to Long Beach. So it was a bit of a surprise when the conference app showed me that, as of 3 days before the presentation, 186 people had signed up. By the day of, that number was over 225. The room was packed – standing room only. I’m told I did well, but as you might expect it was just a but overwhelming. I wore this outfit with a different (bigger) bag (Foley and Corinna Jet Set Tote in Red and Cream, which is big enough for my macbook air and makes an amazingly good travel bag). I also got a haircut before I went, so it looked better than this picture.
- I came back to a full day training session. Not a bad thing, but another day out of the office when I couldn’t get things done. It involved a couple of new types of personality tests, both of which basically told me what I already knew about myself. Ah well – it’s a leadership program, so one can always learn more.
Anyway, life has been insane, and since this blog is a hobby rather than a job for me, it was the thing that fell to the bottom of my to do list when time got tight. Here’s to getting back on track.