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April 29, 2005

Very interesting...

Ever wonder what the #1 song was on the special days of your lives, well now you can find out at This Day In Music. I found this over at Mikey's.

The day I was born "Hotel California" by the Eagles was #1, which is fitting because that's one of my favorite songs of all time.

See, I just told you I wasn't tired. I'm doing crap like this right now.

Posted by Jenny at 11:51 PM | Comments (1)

If I really have to.

I suppose I should be going to bed right now because I actually agreed to go into work tomorrow morning. What was I thinking? Oh yeah, I really want the project we're working on to be done and they're paying me overtime. But don't you know it, when I really need to be going to bed at a decent time, I'm wide awake without a twinkle of tiredness in my eyes. Maybe if I lay down and stare at the ceiling in the dark I'll fall asleep.

Posted by Jenny at 11:47 PM | Comments (0)

Hooray!

I've finally planned a vacation! Well, kind of two actually, but one's not really a vacation. I've got the flight booked, the hotel and car reserved and I'm ready to go. The second weekend of June I'll be heading to Concord, New Hampshire for the wedding of two wonderful and funny as heck people, Alyssa and Mark.

Isn't it cute, a blogging couple! :) But seriosly, they met when we were all on an Xtreme Team trip to Ghana in the summer of 2003 and they fell in love, even though we had said there would be no dating on the trip. Oh well, the best laid plans...

The second trip is towards the end of June, when I'll be making my way to Oklahoma for a mission trip to the Murrow Indian Children's Home.

Hey, that'll take two more off the 'I've never been to that state' list!

So if anyone knows anything about either of those places, let me know what I should do while I'm there!

Posted by Jenny at 10:54 PM | Comments (1)

April 26, 2005

???

So I just finished taking another exam for my psyc class and I'm a little confused. The syllabus says the exam is supposed to cover Modules 1-4 of our book. So why were there questions on the exam from other modules like #25 or #17 just to name a couple? I'm trying to figure out if I can't read the syllabus or the exams are just all screwed up. I'm thinking it's the latter.

Posted by Jenny at 10:37 PM | Comments (0)

Not getting any better

We apparently have this new policy in our group regarding our timesheets and how they need to be filled out on a daily basis. I don't have a problem with this. In fact, I currently have a timesheet I fill out daily. What I have a problem with is the format they want us to do it in.

They created a spreadsheet containing a tab assigned to each person. You go into the spreadsheet and input your hours. Keep in mind that this spreadsheet is not password-protected, so about 200 employees who are not a part of our group have access to it. Also keep in mind that if you were the last person to input your hours before I went in there, your timesheet would be the one that shows when I go in.

I don't want to know the hours you work and I don't want you to know the hours I work. What is recorded on the timesheet is between an employee and their management. It is not the business of all of the other employees in that area.

So being the pig-headed person I am, I'll be talking with management tomorrow about their little timesheet. I will gladly save a copy of my personal timesheet on the shared drive where they can access it and I will just as gladly password-protect that spreadsheet and give management the password. I just will not be filling out the timesheet they want us to fill out until they figure out a better way to do it.

Posted by Jenny at 05:02 PM | Comments (1)

April 25, 2005

Awful

24 has got to be the worst show in the world. Not because it's a bad show, but because I can't handle the waiting until next week! Talk about suspense! They've got their computer geek out in the field shooting a really big gun! I don't have the patience to wait until next week. Maybe I should just not watch the show while it's on DVD.

Posted by Jenny at 08:57 PM | Comments (0)

3-day weekend = Monday morning blues

There's nothing like a 3-day weekend to make a Monday morning absolutely suck. I was so tired this morning and had such a big headache that I couldn't even see straight and was falling asleep in a meeting.

I think it's time for me to go home.

Posted by Jenny at 03:26 PM | Comments (0)

April 23, 2005

Just stupid racing.

Stewart and Johnson, you can wreck all you want, just don't do it right in front of Wallace. Don't you know he's my driver and I really want him to finish a race in the top 10? I want him to win the Cup in this, his last season. Your little antics have caused him to slip 7 spots in the standings and thus making Jenny an unhappy girl.

Next time you want to get together, talk to me before-hand and I'll let you know if it's okay or not.

That is all.

Posted by Jenny at 11:01 PM | Comments (0)

Ring, Ring...

I just answered the phone and it was my mom. Not surprising, but I thought she was calling to say she got back from her trip. Oh, no.

Mom: Get on the internet for me.
Me: Okay, where do you want me to go?
Mom: Look up the Phoenix Airport.
Me: What do you need at the Airport?
Mom: Directions.

Apparently the flight is later this evening, but my mom and the rest of the fam were having problems locating the airport. I give her the directions and in the background I can hear my grandpa driving, going "Do I want to get on 202?" and several other people in the car offering directions. They saw an airport sign, so hopefully they'll find it okay and eventually wind up back home. Maybe.


**Update**
I just got a call from my mom saying they were at the airport and had about an hour before they boarded the plane. I told her she needed to forgo the flight home and run over to Phoenix International Raceway and catch the Nextel Cup race, but she didn't agree with me.

Posted by Jenny at 06:10 PM | Comments (0)

April 21, 2005

Productivity is good

What did I accomplish tonight?

1. Helped Wendy while she put up her new shelves from IKEA.
2. Got all of the dirty clothes into a pile and sorted for washing tomorrow.
3. Signed onto my school's online learning site and took a couple of quizzes for my psyc class.
4. Got a 96% and a 92% on those quizzes
5. E-mailed my instructor my responses to the first exercise. (There's only one exercise, 2 online quizzes, 6 online exams and a 5-10 page paper)

Nothing like waiting until two weeks before class is supposed to be over to get some of this stuff finished.*

And what does tomorrow hold?

1. Taking as many of the exams as I can.
2. Figuring out exactly what this paper is supposed to be on.
3. Do laundry
4. Work on the bathroom. (We're getting ready to pull out the tub so we can replace the rotten disintigrating sub-floor)
5. Try not to call into work, very hard when there are several ongoing projects you are a part of.

I know you all want my life. It's so damned exciting.

*I've actually finished most of the reading for the class, so it's not like I'm completely behind. It's just that the online tests are timed, so finding time to sit in front of my computer without distractions and interruptions has been kind of hard for me.

Posted by Jenny at 11:00 PM | Comments (0)

April 20, 2005

Ah, updating PC's is so much fun

They have this ongoing project at work to upgrade everyones computers. I work for a large company with a footprint of 24 states plus some regular offices in some others. So this is not a small undertaking.

They stopped my my desk yesterday afternoon at 1:00 to start the upgrade to XP Pro and said this would take about 4 hours to install the new OS as well as all of the other software necessary for my job. I went home at 5:30 and it still wasn't done. I get to work this morning at 9:00 and guess what? It's still not completed. Apparently there was a program that wasn't supposed to be in the new image and they decided to take it out while that particular program was installing on my machine. Of course this caused the update to crash and they couldn't just restart it because that program was loaded into my profile.

Finally at 1:00, 24 hours after the 4 hour update started, they finally finished it and got my machine up and running. So then I spent a couple of more hours after that getting everything just the way I like it. Which means I had to put all of my shortcuts back on the desktop, even the ones like Excel, Word and IE. The only shortcuts that actually show up on the desktop after reimaging are the recycle bin and one of the programs we use.

Now my baby is working again and it's all sorts of happy with it's new image. And since I was one of the first in my area to have the upgrade, that means I get to help everyone else out when it's their turn. I couldn't be happier!

Posted by Jenny at 08:05 PM | Comments (0)

April 19, 2005

Pet peeve

I know people have mentioned this before, but I just finished watching Armageddon. Seriously, you cut out the last few minutes of the movie by getting rid of the wedding. What is that? Don't we want to see just how happy of an ending it really is? That life goes on after tragedy?

Maybe if you didn't have so many commercials you could show the whole thing.

Okay, I'm done now and I feel better. I just need to get that off my chest.

Posted by Jenny at 08:58 PM | Comments (0)

April 18, 2005

Happiness

This is my definition of happiness.

Happiness.jpg


**Average high for April 18: 59 degrees**
***I should have done this a couple of hours ago when the temp was actually 80***

That and a nice 45 minute stroll by the river at lunch today!

Posted by Jenny at 03:30 PM | Comments (0)

April 16, 2005

Everyone should do it.

Every food place should have online order and delivery. I just ordered my dinner from Pizza Hut, and since I'm too damned tired to pick up the phone, I decided to do it this way. In 35 minutes I'll be chowing down, and it's a good thing because I haven't eaten anything all day. And I've been up since 8:30. No wonder I'm so tired right now!

Of course, that could also be attributed to the replacing of the garage door opener that took 5 1/2 hours.

Next time I spend the $150.00 and hire someone to do it.

Posted by Jenny at 07:59 PM | Comments (0)

April 14, 2005

Ah, the joys of work.

They installed some security patches last night here at work that totally messed up some of our programs. So this morning I get asked to create an upload to run the entries for one of those programs.

Here's how the conversation went:

Manager from other area (MFOA): Jenny, can you create the upload for xyz program?

Me: Sure, not a problem.

MFOA: I've got a template saved out there for it. Last time we had to do this it took 6 hours.

Me: 6 hours!? How did it take 6 hours? Last time I had to do it it took 10 minutes.

MFOA: How did you get it done in 10 minutes? Don't you have to go out into Z program and export and do all of these other things?

Me: Ah, no. You just open your text file right in Excel and put the columns where you want them to separate the data. It really took you 6 hours to do this last time?

15 minutes later (I chatted on the phone for a little bit)

Me: Hey MFOA, I'm done with the upload and I've sent it over to you.

MFOA: You're done already?

Me: I told you it wouldn't take very long!

Don't you love it when people in charge have no clue what's really going on? Apparently the last time this happened was the day I called in sick. There are several people in this area who know how to do what I did, but MFOA didn't deem it necessary to ask anyone. Well, it wasn't a waste of my 6 hours that day, so that's all that really matters.

Posted by Jenny at 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

April 13, 2005

Duh!

We've been waiting for a fax for the past hour or so, and it hasn't come yet. So I had dude who needs it call the person who's supposed to be sending it. His response? "The fax lady is at lunch so when she gets back she'll send it out to you."

Seriously? You can't walk over to the fax machine, punch in the appropriate numbers and send the damned thing yourself? What the hell is that? You do realize we need that information before 2:00 so we can run the entries to fix your mistake, right? We told you that. We're talking about millions of dollars and you have to give it to the "fax lady" to send?

Posted by Jenny at 01:31 PM | Comments (0)

And the name is!

Okay, I got a call yesterday with the name of the baby:

Micah Alexander

From what I've heard he's a beautiful little boy and he and his mommy are doing great!

Congratulations Michelle!

Posted by Jenny at 09:48 AM | Comments (0)

April 12, 2005

Love them

*singing*

Meetings, meetings, oh how I love to go to meetings!


Although, it could be worse. It could be a repeat of last week with 5 hours of meetings every day.

Posted by Jenny at 03:38 PM | Comments (0)

Congratulations!

I just got a call saying my friend had her baby today at 9:24! So now there is a new little boy to break all of the little girls hearts in Chilton, WI! I got the call just after she had the baby, so a name hadn't been given at that point in time, but I'll let you know what it is as soon as I find out.

Posted by Jenny at 11:07 AM | Comments (0)

April 11, 2005

I hate this company!

Some of you may remember I applied for a new job within my company back in December. I had interviewed, been told they were still making decisions and I never heard back from them. I know some other people who had interviewed for the same job and they received rejection letters but I got nothing. Now when I go and look at the job postings, I see one out there for the same position I interviewed for.

Not knowing what to do, I left a message with the HR rep in charge of the posting to ask her what was going on, but of course she was out of the office for an all-day meeting. I just want to know if there's a reason I never got anything, or if they had so many applicants the first time around I wound up falling through the cracks.

I want out of where I'm at and I really would like this job, so I'm trying to figure out if I should apply again. Hopefully the HR rep will be helpful and I'll get some stuff figured out.

Keep your fingers crossed that they really do want me and my info was just misplaced!

Posted by Jenny at 04:26 PM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2005

Kids say the darndest things...

I haven't had any posts from my friend's kids recently, so here's a couple of tidbits from them.

Brandon:

When Alien Marshmallows Attack

One day when Bud went outside to play he saw a weird machine like thing. So he picked it up...it seemed to be broken. When he looked closer he saw writing. It seemed to be instructions on how to build it, all the necessary parts and where they are. Then he went off to find all the parts to put it together and after three years of looking he finally found all the parts to the machine and tried it out... it worked! Then he heard talking through the machine. So he decided to see if he could talk through it too... and it worked! Bud talked to them for three hours and found out a lot of new stuff like he was talking to alien marshmallows and that they wanted to visit him on earth and that they were coming in ten days. So in ten days he prepared, and told his friends about the aliens. When they arrived everybody was amazed that aliens were real. But when the aliens came out of their spaceship they had whips and told them they wanted human slaves for their home planet. But the humans wouldn't stand for this so they started to fight. But they had no weakness. Whenever somebody did physical harm they just got stronger till one fat kid got so hungry he ate the alien! That gave Bud an idea so he told everybody to eat the alien marshmallow they were facing. The aliens were losing their army so the rest of their army got on their spaceship and went back to their home planet never to be seen again.

THE END

By: BMW - Age 11

Samantha:

The Princess and the Witch

Once upon a timen there was a princess that was really beautiful, her name was Sammy. One day Sammy went out to see all the people. When Sammy got there people loved her. She was so happy so she thought that tomorrow she could see all these people agian. So while Sammy was sleeping a witch came and casted a wicked spell on her. When morning came Sammy got dressed and went outside. As she was out there people where staring at her and whispering at her. She heard one of them say that she turned ugly over night. When Sammy heard that she looked in a mirror and screamed with all her might cause when she looked in the mirror she was so ugly. Sammy cried all the way home and nobody saw her for a long time. When Sammy finally told her father, he sent all his good men to go find whoever did this. They finally found the witch that did the curse, they killed her and after that the curse was broken and Sammy lived happily ever after THE END.

By: SRW - Age 12

And there you have it, some more stories from kids.

Posted by Jenny at 06:36 PM | Comments (0)

April 08, 2005

Happy Friday!

Nothing important to say, other than happy Friday!

And wish Wendy safe travels as she goes New Jersey this weekend!

Posted by Jenny at 10:21 AM | Comments (0)

April 07, 2005

Work too much.

Signs you work too much:

You lay in bed at night and can't sleep because you're thinking about all of the projects going on at work. (12:00-1:00)

While you're thinking about this, an idea relating to one of those projects pops into your head. (1:00-1:30)

You get out of bed, find a notebook, jot down your ideas and make a phone call to your project person telling her to call you in the morning. (She looks at you kind of funny when she comes to see you because she heard the time-stamp on the voicemail. (1:35 am))

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April 05, 2005

What's offensive?

Everybody has their own idea about what offends and what doesn't. I think that in today's society, a lot of people take what others do personally.

Case in point: Arkansas nixes offensive pink jerseys

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has decided that his players who are caught loafing will no longer wear pink jerseys during practices in an effort to avoid offending breast cancer survivors.

Okay, I can see where some could find offense, but it's a football team. They're guys. Most of the guys I know wouldn't want to have to wear a pink jersey during practice.

My biggest fear is not that I will offend someone, it's that we as a society will get to the point where what we wear, what we do will be dictated by the ideas of others. We live in a country that values freedom. Our men and women have fought and many have died over the past few centuries to ensure that we can remain free, that we can choose what to wear and what to do. Just because I'm wearing a certain color of shirt doesn't mean I'm for or against anything. It's what I wanted to wear that day. If I wear a yellow shirt, it doesn't mean I put it on that morning thinking LiveStrong. It usually means it was a clean shirt in my drawer or closet and I needed to get going for work.

That leads me to lawsuits. I spilled a cup of hot fast-food coffee on me. I'm going to sue them for millions and now they need to tell us on the cup the coffee is hot. It's coffee, people. It's supposed to be hot. I am so sick of looking at warnings and cautions on everything that I purchase. I know I shouldn't put the baby near the plastic bag, because it could suffocate. I know I shouldn't pull the battery apart because it could cause personal injury.

People need to take responsability for their actions. They need to pay attention to their kids to make sure they aren't getting into things they shouldn't be. They need to use some basic common sense. They obviously survived their childhood without all the warnings, why do they need them now.

I'm done ranting for the time being, but you may hear from me again the next time I read something that irritates me like this.

And for those who might take offense at this post, tough. I completely support breast cancer patients, survivors, family and friends. I've had family and friends who have died from this disease and friends who have survived it. I just think people need to grow up and figure out that not everything in the world revolves around them. Like football players forced to wear pink jerseys for being late.

Posted by Jenny at 10:02 PM | Comments (0)

Won't do it again.

Now I remember one of the reasons I never call in sick to work. I got in this morning and there are a million things to do. There are system changes that went in over the weekend that are affecting our work today, and all sorts of other crap.

I realize I'm allowed to actually be sick enough for the first time since I started here (7 years ago) to call in, but damn it, that's like admitting I'm weak and I can't accept that. Do I have some deep psychological issues? Perhaps, but I generally keep them under control.

Back to work for me know and maybe I'll have the one day of accumulated work cleared off by the end of the week.

Posted by Jenny at 09:39 AM | Comments (1)

April 04, 2005

Daring

I've decided to attempt some things with my blog. I've added stuff to the sidebar before, but this will be my first attempt at actually messing with the style. I've changed it to a template for the time being, and I'll be working to get it how I really want it. So if you have problems, bear with me and I'll get them fixed eventually.

Has anyone read or seen the Movable Type 3.0 Bible? I'm thinking about picking it up to aid in my designing and understanding of my site. I'll take any other suggestions for reading material if you've got them.

Posted by Jenny at 09:02 PM | Comments (0)

April 03, 2005

Love it!

I am an Alias freak. I love this show. And I just have to share with you a short excerpt of why I love this show.

Setup-Marshall, the computer geek, has to go into the field with Sydney. He inadvertently kills a guy they need to get into a computer network (via the oh so wonderful retinal scan). He's on the radio with Jack, Syd's straight-faced, wouldn't know a joke if it hit him in the face, dad getting instructions on how to remove the dead guy's eye.

So here goes:

Jack: "You're going to need a digging instrument to assist with this."
Marshall: (searching through the dead guy's desk) "Uh, I got a spork!"
Jack: "What's a spork?"
Marshall: "It's like a half-spoon, half-fork. Will that do?"
Jack: "That will work."

If Jack doesn't know what a spork is, he needs to get out into the real world. You know, the one where people use plastic utensils.

Posted by Jenny at 06:22 PM | Comments (0)

April 01, 2005

Do you need some privacy?

I'm riding the train home from work today and a woman with a baby in a stroller sits down next to me. She takes the baby out of the stroller and sets its on her lap. Really cute little girl, all giggley and stuff.

After a couple of minutes, mom proceeds to whip out a boob and start to feed the baby. She covered herself with a blanket, but COME ON! Do you have to do that next to me? Really, you couldn't wait another 15 minutes until the train got to the mall (the last stop) to do that? It's not like your baby was crying or anything, she was just looking around and laughing!

Posted by Jenny at 08:15 PM | Comments (0)