I finally got the battery into the camera and the lens on the camera and took a couple of pictures of Girl and her Dudley. It's awesome. I haven't installed the software or cables or any of that crap because my computer and I are on barely speaking terms this week, but trust me, it's AWESOME! I will spend my 4 days off playing with this lovely thing. And installing the software. And cleaning the house. And picking my next knitting project. I haven't received my order from handknitting.com - I know it was routed to Louet for fulfillment, so I'm not concerned, and it's not like I don't have plenty of projects. I need to get off this Flat Things thing and start an office sweater or two or three.
Oh, and going to fireworks if it's not raining, and setting up other social events whether it is raining or not.
The re-entry into work-world was jarring. Nothing happened while I was gone. It was like time stood still. All the urgent things I abandoned last Wednesday when the "ventilator" call hit my voicemail and I yelled that I had to go and blew out of there somehow quit being urgent OhmyGAWDcanyoufixthisnow? and just stood there, calmly waiting for me. The people who were screaming for status reports lived without them for a week. Nothing was seriously harmed by my absence. It's like fucking Brigadoon. I have exactly the same stalled projects, nobody knows nuthin' 'bout nuthin', including the engineers we pay to know things. Except it's a week later and the deadlines that were already blown are now way blown. And you know, I don't care. I know what I can control and what I can't, and these things are beyond my control.
And the best part was when three people asked me about the status of a problem that was being handled by three other people who are not me, and I got back from my father's funeral after being gone a week and not one of those three knew jack shit about the status and everybody was looking at me with that Scooby-Doo "Huh?" face, asking me what was going on with that thing. By noon yesterday I was proclaiming that I was going to quit and go manage a Starbucks. It did not get better today. This is a crazy business. I am okay with this. I accept the crazy. I am one with the crazy. Scream in my face, I will go to my happy place and think about puppies and expensive yarn.