It’s a challenging week, dear readers. Allergies (or possibly a cold, but probably allergies) have descended full-force on the top front quarter of my head and respiratory system, while our typical Colorado springtime has been cycling between 70 degrees and torrential snow every 24 hours or so. Which is not hard at all on the body. In the last 24 hours, I finished up a massive project and pushed it into beta testing (with the help of a dedicated coworker, though not the one I was told to work with.) I’m singing solo for Easter, and I should be a real treat to listen to, with my congestion, constant nose-blowing and incipient cough.
I’ve been having a version of the same conversation with some people for a long time, and I don’t appear to be getting anywhere with it. I don’t understand why not. If you see what I’m getting wrong, share it with me, would you?
When I was going off to college, my mom told me not to be a teacher or a counselor, because she had heard that both of those professions had high rates of burnout and even suicide. Continue reading
We had an interesting situation at Toastmasters, this morning. Two past-presidents were making their goodbyes.
Here’s a less common reaction, for you: I took a break at work and read this article about what you’re smelling when you smell rain. As I read about enzymes that build up on the plants during dry periods that inhibit seed germination and how they interact with microorganisms in the soil, the beauty of the system working together with such complexity to do something so familiar to me took my breath away.
In some ways, it’s slow going. In some areas, I’m making decent progress. I still have the clarity that a life with only a weekly Facebook check has given me (and in the Cambridge Analytica days, feeling better than ever about that.)
I have a call in a little less than two hours (this would be the one with the completely foreseeable hijacking). I’ve been coordinating this call for weeks, starting with a WhenIsGood, in which I indicated several windows of availability for people (taking into account their time zones.) I took the time at which the most people could attend, scheduled a conference call for that time, and I sent a calendar invite for people including the relevant dial-in details. The time and time zone are explicitly mentioned in every communication. The calendar invite auto-adjusts for people’s time zones.