December Crochet Crazy

This is a post that’s been a while in the making. It’s been taking me a bit to pull the photos from my camera and then sit down and actually look at posting them up. These were gifts that I gave to family and one was for a white elephant.

I made a unicorn for my sister. read more

Ravellenic Winter Games

It’s been a long week of still trying to catch up with things for work (especially since I was gone for 3 weeks) and in between all of that, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Ravellenic Winter Games. This occurs during the Winter Olympics and the goal is to complete as many projects as possible in the various categories that are puns after the actual events. read more

A Normal Week’s Stress Compressed

Last week… felt like a whole month.

Monday, the government shut down for the second half of the day (as compared to my normal work schedule). However, things did not go as expected. We were provided with one set of instructions on Friday. Pretty much, plan to be furloughed. So when everyone came in Monday morning, facilitators were asking for the new flight schedules and check out dates of students. In the span of about four hours, we got three more ever changing sets of instructions. Enough so, that apparently people got up and walked out of other seminars (11 total) from the frustration of it all. What it boiled down too is that the schoolhouse failed to tell us their intent (to get us to pass that week and mark us as accepted employees for the furlough period) so everyone had already mentally prepared themselves to be headed home on Monday because our congress kept bickering over things. So, when I came to class on Tuesday (after congress reached an agreement), I was not surprised when we were told that while they could get us done by Wednesday, they’d be keeping us until Friday as originally planned. read more

Future Unknown

The immediate future at least. I’ve survived a second week of class and I am exhausted. I am trying to debate if I want to stay up to see if my home government can get their crap together. That’s why I was referring to a future unknown. If we fail to pass the budget, I get furloughed. For how long? Who the heck knows. That will cut my class short as a result and I’ll end up home before Saturday with some kind of follow up work for the last week of class to be able to get my certificate. read more

Dear Jet Lag

You will not get the best of me. But, man, 3 hours difference from my usual time zone is really throwing me off. I feel for those that came from overseas (Europe in this case) because I would be even worse for wear.

I traveled this weekend and am now at a class for the next three weeks. It’s been interesting for the first two days. The course is a leader intensive course and basically how to be a better employee from a position of leadership. The main theme is it doesn’t matter where your at on the totem pole or where your at in the grand scheme of the company organization chart, everyone has the opportunity to be a leader. read more