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Aug. 23rd, 2007

Remote Access Sucks

I am no longer in awe of remote access. It used to be cool to have access to all the network folders of the office from my living room but I spent the last few weeks learning all about its limitations too. For example, I can only open one file on the network at any one time - not so great when my job requires me to compare multiple spreadsheets. For another, I cannot save a copy of any of the files from the network onto the local computer/laptop or actually copy/paste the contents of the said files. I’m also unable to attach any files from the network to emails, which means I can’t send anybody external anything I’ve been working on. The only thing I CAN do is paste a file I’ve got on the laptop onto the network but that means only people in the office have access to it – again, not so great if I need to send clients anything.

All this inhibitors to my multi-tasking is really pissing me off. And it doesn’t help that I don’t get to communicate much to my boss so half the time I feel like I’m stranded on an island with a task and no additional information to help me determine a direction to proceed in. If I thought the department was haphazard when I was physically present in the office, things are unsurprisingly A LOT worse now. I mean, my boss never has the time to catch-up on what we should be doing because he’s in 500 places at once and it is very frustrating because I can’t randomly proceed without knowing what he actually needs me to do.

To make matters worse, the only other guy in our department officially left a week ago. And I’m slowly discovering that he’s left a lot of unfinished work for us to pick up on [woof**kinggpiiee]. And then there’s the other bit about my boss going away for 2 weeks before I even get back to the office. I’m only officially back in on the 5th of September but he’ll have been away for 5 days by then, leaving me to hold the fort for another 13 days until he returns on the 18th of September. Bloody hell, I’m shitting bricks just thinking about how the agency is leaving the entire digital department in the hands of a newbie for that period. I haven’t even bloody made it past probation yet and would only have been in the job/industry for about 6 months by then. It’s madness!

So yes, it may sound like I’m going a bit crazy at the moment but I know it’s mainly because I’m frustrated at all the things I need to do but cannot make much progress on. I need to talk to my boss but the only way that’s going to happen is if he manages to clone himself a.s.a.p. GARH.

Aug. 15th, 2007

The Sleeping Partner Ban Has Been Lifted!

Tim was finally allowed back into bed last night [hoorah!]. Having spent the last 4 nights watching him re-inflate the airbed, it was definitely good to see him deflate it indefinitely yesterday. We are now allowed to be within a metre of each other again and give one another hugs as well. Still no kissing or anything more for another 10 days but hey, I’ll take whatever I can get. 

In the meantime, I’ve officially worked from home for 2 days [today is the start of my third]. So far, it has mostly afforded me the luxury of time – a few extra minutes in bed, an hour to work out in the mornings, and not needing to travel with others in packed sweaty tubes. Additionally, I don’t have to bother with getting dressed nicely or put on any makeup [a routine which sometimes takes me 20-30 mins for I am so vain] and I can still turn on the laptops and begin work at 9.30am sharp. Of course it must be said, my boss has been expecting me to learn to chill and not work so hard now that I’m at home. Sadly for me, I’m almost too damn principled for my own good to know how to slack off (even when no one’s watching over me and I have every right to take it easy for my health).

The only thing I probably do more now that I’m out of the office is spend time catching up with friends on MSN when I get some downtime. This is nice especially because it gets quite lonely not being around other people and having a sense of camaraderie. I still talk to clients/suppliers over the phone but it’s not quite the same. For this reason, I wouldn’t want to work from home forever even though the benefits are excellent. Knowing me, I’d probably catch a bout of loneliness disease and die [haha].

Aug. 12th, 2007

They’re Just Like Mini M&Ms

These pretty red tablets are 8 additional pills I have to take every morning alongside my other medication (not all of which are contained in this photo). They are called Prednisolone and are most-commonly known as a form of steroids. Apparently they should help lessen the inflammation in the back of my eyes caused by my hyperthyroidism.

It’s a relief to know that I won’t need to take these for more than a period of 6 weeks, especially with the long list of possible side-effects these babies have been known to cause..

Indigestion

Stomach ulcers (with bleeding or perforation)

Bloating

Oesophageal (gullet) ulcer

Thrush

Inflammation of the pancreas

Muscle wasting of the upper arms and legs

Thinning and wasting of the bones

Bone and tendon fracture

Adrenal suppression

Irregular or stoppage of periods

Cushing syndrome (upper body weight gain)

Hair growth

Weight gain

Change in the body's proteins and calcium

Increased appetite

Increased susceptibility to infections

Euphoria (feeling high)

Feeling of dependency on treatment

Depression

Sleeplessness

Pressure on the nerve of the eye (sometimes in children in stopping treatment)

Worsening of schizophrenia and epilepsy

Glaucoma (increased pressure on the eye)

Pressure on the nerve to the eye

Thinning of the tissues of the eye

Worsening of viral or fungal infections of the eye

Reduction in healing, thinning of the skin

Bruising

Stretch marks

Patches of reddening
Acne
Water and salt retention

Hypersensitivity reactions

Blood clots

Nausea (feeling sick)

Malaise (general feeling of being unwell) or hiccups


It’s weird to think how something that’s meant to be good for you can also be the reason you encounter a whole new bunch of problems.

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