What i've been up to

This morning I had a frustrating day at work. A salesman quoted me the wrong price for a list buy and then I had to re-write the contract, meanwhile five emails needed my approval and some of them really needed edits, plus the deadlines ticking down for two major print materials....

Then I got that stuff done and took the dog for a walk. He chased ducks in the stream while I took a call.

This is what it's been like since I started my new job working from home. It's a lot of responsibility and crazy deadlines, but without the skirts or makeup or uncomfortable shoes. And when I'm done working, my only commute is to the fridge.

I am doing some traveling, which I guess could be considered a lot of traveling. In my first month I'm doing two overnights to NY and three days in Orlando, and then it'll be NY for two days every other week or thereabouts. The nights away are a bit of a pain except (and I hate to say it) they really do make me better at my job. Also, free hotel breakfast! Is 7 hours on the train worth all-you-can-eat pancakes? Um, maybe?

So that's why you're still seeing me around the neighborhood even though I am now gainfully (if not over-) employed. Remember the future that the digital age promised us? It's here commuters.


road work season

We were driving in Lexington yesterday when all of a sudden the pavement ended. Well, Leah was driving, and I was sitting in the passenger seat ready to yell "look out!" when we descended abruptly from the 21st century to the 19th, street technology-wise at least. She had things under control, though, and didn't really need my warning. The "Road Work Ahead" sign was, usefully, around the next bend.

The lack of pavement is apparently catching, because today they took the top layer off South Road by us here. The Bedford construction crews give much more warning, however, both in space and time. Not only is the work well-signed, but the DPW or whoever left three messages at our house letting us know they were going to be tearing up the street. And even if I weren't alerted, I couldn't complain too much: with all the blacktop missing the road is now rather smoother than it is ordinarily.