I’m just trying to catch up now from last week – which was an exhausting one. Work has been brisk without being too nuts for much of the beginning of the year – at least, short sprints and pauses that allowed one to recover. But, of course, when my boss took off for the birth of his baby, suddenly everyone needed some help. I picked up literally 6 projects last week, most with deliverables due by Friday. And the outlook for this week isn’t much easier – although now we are down Dante and Brendan, plus our co-op has finished her stint with us. So, the math:

Where p=number of projects, i=number of workers, h = # of hours allocated for projects
i = (ii/i0) = 4i/7i = 4/7 = .571
p = p0 * 2.5) = 2.5p
h = 12 hours/p
x = .571i * 2.5p * h = 1.429*h = 17.14 hours extra per person left around here. Approximately.


When I got home on Friday, I was more exhausted than I can remember in a long, long, long time. I was weary, bushed, tired, exhausted, beat, drained, outta gas, spent and worn out. I was late getting home so we ordered some food, and I barely remember it. I barely remember talking to Shari – I really was trying to focus on what she was saying but I heard my mind clock out and walk out the door, locking it behind him as he left. I fell asleep on the couch around 7, woke up a couple hours later, went to bed by 10:30 and didn’t get up again until 10:30 a.m. the next morning.

I wish I could say it was a perfectly restful sleep, but to be honest, I was enjoying the ancient Icelandic tradition of Petzapukenallnighct, which is to say waking to the warm, soothing sounds of cats and dogs puking. I knew those fake pigs’ ears were a bad idea. So, after waking up, I had the joy of steam-cleaning the entire upstairs. Happy, happy, joy joy!

I tried to put the final touches on the ZeroPercentCards.com project that Van and I are working on, but I was a driveling moron when it came to code and CSS. I’ve felt that way much of the past few weeks, honestly. Things that normally come easily are really confounding me. I’m not sure if it’s just that I’ve been away too long from the programming and design sides of things, or I’m just a moron who faked it for a while. I’d like to believe the former, since that’s fixable (just like the phrase, “you can fix ugly, but stupid is for life.”).

I got evidence in that truth because the little bit of time I was able to work on it on Sunday night was much more productive as I found and fixed a few glitches, cleaned up the design some and felt a lot better about things. I still have more to do until I get it so that it’s actually GOOD (and not just acceptable), but at least my confidence is back…


4 Responses to “Exhausted

  • I hate that kind of fatigue. Fortunately my job doesn’t require that kind of time from me very often.

    That Fluency admin theme looks interesting, although I’m not sure if there are any real usability gains there, it just looks pretty. Plus I don’t like all the wasted space in the left column. I do like the look of it, though.

  • I love “misspoke”. I was in a conference call at work the other day and someone claimed to have some “misunderstanding issues”. Our society hates assuming responsibility.

  • Job are the worse of us! I keep on thinking that one day I will retire and then do what is most important to me! Lets hope you can get out to do some birding this weekend!

  • Yeah, some times are better than others. Let’s just say that I’m VERY ready for a mini-vacation to see my nephew, sister and brother-in-law down in GA in 10 days.

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