July 29th, 2003

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Busy work

Been busy with work all night. We've had a job using our brand-spanking (read beta-testing) Word-to-Typeset tool in. It was due at 05:00 a.m. I am, as I type, waiting for the Quality Check and the edits that will come out of that and it is 05:49 a.m. So much for speed and accuracy.

It's not all the tool's fault. Rather than a bunch of typesetters and a bunch of proofreaders working on small chunks of this we've had me (and one other typesetter for part of the time) and one proofreader doing the whole thing. Still, the tool is clunky for parts of our work. Like financial tables which make up a significant part of the documents we produce.

At home, Ericka and I watched the Comedy Central presentation of Cecil B. Demented and both found it kind of odd and silly. Which is, I suppose, what it was going for and so I guess it succeeded. My favorite part: "Will you set your hair on fire for our movie?"

Didn't ride into work tonight as, apart from a clean bike chain, the other thing I need to get my act back into riding to work is proper time management. Needed to wrap Ericka before work and also needed to get my hair combed (all that mulching makes a guy all tousled). The latter took me longer than anticipated so I ended up being late to work even after giving up on riding in. Twins game on Wednesday so I'll be shooting for riding in on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
  • Current Music
    Loving a Hurricane--John Hiatt--Perfectly Good Guitar
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Biked in, wrapped up

I purposefully took some extra time to warm up and stretch before riding my bike into work tonight. Was thinking that it's been a while since I've done this and there's no sense getting myself all sore in the process. That, combined with the newly-lubed chain made the ride surprisingly easy. I kept to lower gears and gave myself plenty of time and the ride went very well. Even the hill from the railroad tracks to 280, which typically has me shifting down to my granny gears, was very do-able. A quick cool-down turn around the hockey ring next to work and I was still punched in early. (Which is good as I was late yesterday; gotta make up those minutes for the paycheck.)

Ericka got "compression garments" today. She'd been measured for these a few weeks ago and they were finally ready for her to pick up and try. They are basically heavy-duty elastic fabric that make up a set of socks, capri pants and thigh-high stockings. She mixes and matches these layers to provide compression for her legs to abdomen where her lymph flow is not what it should be. The idea is to provide the same kind of treatment we've been doing with the mummy wraps but in easy pull-on form. She can get mummy wraps on top of these if she needs it.

So we're hoping they help bunches and that they'll make it easier to keep the treatment going between clinic sessions. So far, they seem to be working well.
  • Current Music
    Permanent Hurt--John Hiatt--Perfectly Good Guitar