Category: On the Yellow Brick Road
Published: Saturday, 19 November 2011 15:12
Written by David Tannen
Many miles have passed and many more to go
It has been a long time since I posted anything on my blog. That is good and bad. It is good because I have not felt like I needed to post anything. I want to post now because since I last posted my life has been going very well. I think it is good to remember and write about the good things. The bad is that I have been very busy and stressed with work. In the end that has turned out to be time and effort well spent. More on that in a moment.
I have to thank my friend Lynne for taking time with me last week on IM. She was exactly what I needed. A real friend. Thanks Lynne.
As I wrote last time I am being watched pretty closely by my boss. At first that was frustrating but now I don't mind. I think because he is seeing that I am doing a very good job and many of the things he was concerned about were minor and passing issues. I also had to make changes to my own behavior that were not being helpful at work. They were changes that will help me no matter where I work. My therapy has helped me recognize my own dysfunctional behavior based on my anxieties. Once I saw that it was pretty easy to make the necessary changes.
As I have written most of my team is in India. Since we have changed our clocks back an hour, they are almost exactly 12 hours off from us. That means it is dark when they leave work when we finish our meetings. The team asked for an earlier start time, 7:00 am, instead of 8:00 am. I had to switch my workout for the afternoons to accommodate their needs. It was a bit frustrating because I know it will be harder to get to an afternoon workout time (there is always something else to do) but when I do get to the gym I am able to get in a solid hour of time in the gym. And that is very good.
This week we finished a release and put it into production on Thursday night/Friday morning. It was a long one. We started at 10pm on Thurs. and it didn't end until about 5am on Friday. I took Friday off and took a few naps to survive
All in all it has been good.
Benjamin is very involved with the Debate Team. He has been on three out of town debates. In fact he has been at a debate event every weekend since debate started except one. He gets a couple off around Thanksgiving and then they pound out a few more before Christmas. Poor guy has a tough time keeping up with his homework and his chores. He had two weeks worth of clothes that I washed for him on Friday.
Catalina is doing very well in school. She still isn't getting enough homework - that is what she says. She is still kind bored. And she is in the accelerated classes. Since she is getting straight As I guess she is right she doesn't have enough to do.
Trudy is enjoying her job. If you want to know about it ask her.
As anyone who knows me very well knows I use to play a lot of role-playing-games. Trudy and I use to play when we first meet and were first married. But I got rid of all of my RPG material almost 20 years ago. With very intelligent, well read, but bored children I decided we should play a fantasy RPG. After talking to everyone I was able to recover some of my old material from a friend in Dallas (he had all my old minatures) and buy the other material we needed. We are now spending Sunday afternoons together playing Valdorian Age - Rising Power on the Frontier. The material you see on Valdorian Age - Rising Power on the Frontier is from a source book I bought and have been typing into the Obsidian website. It lets me keep all the material in one place. Eventually the entire campaign will be there.
Jams & Guitar Playing
Well to prepare the material for Valdorian Age - Rising Power on the Frontier I have not been practicing at all. That should change this coming week. I have been going to the jam. And that is great. In fact now that Trudy works on Sat. and Benjamin is at Debate meets on Sat. it is time for Catalina and I to hang out. One of these days we will figure out an instrument that she can bring to play and jam with us on.
My therapy work is going very well. Right now we are working on family of origin history. I will soon be asking mom and dad about how they grew up and about their parents. I am sure some of it will be easy to talk about and other parts will be harder.
Life is good.