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I know it's a crazy thing to say, but I really do love my bosses. Every year I throw a big BBQ in August; it's this coming Saturday. This year quite a large number is coming [40+] with a few of those being people I work with. My bosses called me into one of their offices today to give me $200 to put toward food and drink... it's not even that it's about the money. It's more that they wanted to do something to contribute and made sure I had it well before I need to go shopping on Friday.

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I’ve been living in the Highlands full time for almost 3 years now, part time when I bought the place in 2002. Saturday, an older gentleman was walking his dog and moseyed over to my workshop cause he heard the buzz of my router [I was making shelves]. His name is Ken and his girlfriend is also a woodworker. She does wood turning which is very cool. So he asked if he could come by with her another time and I said sure.

Now last night, after another fun filled naked old man day with my uncle, I went to my favorite place [Home Depot] and bought some plants to do something productive. While putting them in another neighbor comes over to chat [look at me Ms. Popularity all of a sudden]. Her name is Cathy and you know I’m never really home if I didn’t notice her and her girlfriend [Patty] have been living across the street from me for oh… about 4 years [!]

Then Steven, my buddy from next door, is turning 50 next week and his wife is throwing him a big party the same day as my big summer BBQ. I told them to start at my place then we’ll move the festivities over to their place.

Next weekend is the Clam Festival; I wonder what neighbors I’ll meet next…

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In "East of Eden", John Steinbach wrote how he believed people were born good or evil... how about born lucky or unlucky?

My snazzy new TV that my sis & her family got me for my bday is great except the remote didn't work. So I called up and had them send me a new one. Well it came when I was away and last night I realized that it still doesn't work so I called again cause now I'm thinking it's the TV. First they gave me a hard time because it's past the 30 days that I got the TV, then after a while they said ok and will send me another one.

Sounds like problem resolved right? wrong. I have to be home to sign for the package so I'd have to take a day off work but I can't take off cause one of my bosses is out and I have to cover. I'd sound like a moron if I said I needed to stay home AGAIN to get the TV *grumbles* All the neighbors I trust with my keys work all day too so that option is gone. I think I'll just redirect the shipment to Friday since we close at 3:30... maybe I'll leave early, like 2ish?

Then I had the post office hold my mail while I was away but they haven't delivered any yet. So I go to the post office and it's closed... great... they are only open 8:30 - 5 during the week and only till 12:30 on Sat. Had I known I would have gone over there early today, but that jimmy jammy is still poking me damn it.

And last but not least, my client wants us to do a couple more groups for free to make up for the miscues [that they are partially responsible for]! We might do it cause they are a big client, but it still makes me crazy... well, not user friendly ;-)

I swear I must have torn the wings off of flies in a previous live.

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Right, so I'm finally home... for good. The last groups were good, my clients thanked me profusely or the job I did and my flexibility. One also thanked me for my patience with the other two younger chickies. They apologized for the obnoxious emails from Germany and any stress it might have added to my performance while moderating... In the end they were very happy with both the research and the way I handled all the wacky things that went on along the way. It's nice to know they are aware of the challenge it was and that they thanked me. I am soooo glad to see this trip end on a good note *wipes brow*

I brough some real Brooklyn canolis and Italian pastries back with me for the office. My staff did such a kick ass job, I wanted to thank them the proper way... with food!

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I missed Harry's lovely breakfast because I had to be at the site early. My clients once again changed stuff and basically took the free time I had before the groups away. So I called my bosses and begged them to send more staff my way. Well, have I mentioned I LOVE my bosses? They sent 3 of my staff who were able to knock out the remain work in a few hours. I treated them to lunch at my pub across the street. They liked it too.

I went back to the pub after the groups were done and had big salad, amazing skirt steak, roasted potatoes and mixed veggies sauteed in olive oil... when you're down to one meal a day, you have to make it count!

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So there are 2 ways to show a product: as it is with all the labeling you know and love [branded] and with all labeling removed [blinded]... don't you know that Friday night's groups were given the wrong questionnaire? Can I just say FUCK! It's cursed, cursed, cursed I tell you.

After that was shown to me, 15 minutes before my next group, so I was nicely freaked before I had to conduct it... I think they want to see if I'm going to crack under the pressure... the groups today actually went really well - shocking no?

The very best thing about being in Brooklyn these days is the pub across the street, my standing dinner order [which I eat around 10ish] is an outstanding skirt steak over mesculyn salad - ymmmm, oh yes and a pint or two of Bass. Can anyone tell me why I can't get a John Smith's bitter in the states? I miss my John Smith's...

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By pushing myself so hard these last weeks, then totally chilling yesterday, I'm soooo beat today - wiped. I worked a bit this am, then watered my poor thirsty garden, then hopped the boat back to Brooklyn. Gram and Arthur were ok, she even did laundry this morning *shakes head*.

Left her place to re-check into the B&B and after I stowed my stuff, I just chilled on the bed and googled until I found this really neat tat possibility. I kept telling myself I'd get another as a reward for this insane trip. I'm thinking the back of my left shoulder... it's the Wicca sign of the Goddess: Maiden, Mother, Crone. It can be traced back to the Druids: waxing, waning, full moon also representing the 3 elements air, earth, water. God I really am a geek.... oh and another thing: it looks super cool :-)

Need to work a bit more then maybe I'll explore Carroll Gardens for a while.

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I got in at 1 am this morning crashed then refused to get out of bed until noon - how decadent. I did a little work formatting the questionnaires and arranging some more last minute details then went for a swim in the bay and lay in the sun for a couple of hours. It was beyond perfect.

Decided on the perfect metaphor for my clients... they are like my uncle Jorge... they drop a grenade then wait to see what happens *grrrr*

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So, I finally had a good day. The client didn't flip out about the scales being wrong, the both groups went very well, I took Rachel out for a fab lunch for her Bday and I ended up having a couple of beers with the clients while I waited for my boat.

The clients actually seem happy with the survey results so far. Just 3 more days with them, by the gods I hope I can make it. Still have work to do on Sat and Sun but at least I'm home and can relax a little.

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Man, how did I forget this userpic??? Yes, shadenfraude... in German it means laughing at other people's misfortune, rather fitting for my situation, no?

Before I go to the tragic comedy, if anyone ever comes to NYC and wants to stay in a really fab B&B, The Basiley House is the place to be. Henry is an exceptional host and the Victorian feel to the house is so relaxing. Once again my day started with Henry making us a lovely breakfast. There are only 3 rooms here, so the other house guests are a cool couple here in NY for holiday [she is from Belgium and her bf is from Ireland] and a typical Midwestern, American lady in her 60s who is visiting her daugher. God, watching the European couple try to be polite to this stereotype come to life amuses me each morning.

As soon as I got to the test site, the manager changed the whole set up of the test. Way to freak me out before I had my 3rd cup of java. Then we had a huge briefing that was so $%^&* up to start with but ended up ok... kinda. The clients seemed ok but it's really hard to tell when they are speaking in German. It's like they are hiding something from me when they speak in their language... it makes me uncomfortable.

So then the groups go really well and I start to feel like we are finally going to be ok. Ha, picture me laughing at myself for such silly thoughts. One of the scales the respondents need to use was totally messed up. I mean completely. How this happened? I have no clue. They were ok yesterday, or at least I thought they were. I noticed it too late to do anything, so the client will find it tonight and I will get chastened tomorrow :-( SHIT! Ok, I'm not dwelling, I can't do anything about it now. I fixed the scales for the remaining groups. That's all I can do. I'll come clean in the morning with the client and take my lumps.

Only good news of the day is my bosses told me I can have Rachel for another day. This made me really happy. Also tomorrow is her birthday, so I will be taking her out to a very nice lunch to thank her for all her help on this project.

Tomorrow is Friday and I will be going home after the groups for the weekend then back here from Mon - Wed. I really just want to sleep late in my own bed and forget about this study for a little while. Being home may bring back a little sanity... hopefully...

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