2018-02-05 Choosing the Bright Side

I’m ready and waiting for another great week! I did a fair amount of ranting last week, but, you know it’s all just temporary. All of it. Life itself is temporary and too short to not be loving it. One can choose to linger with the devil and his details or let go and embrace the beauty that’s all around us!

It’s cold this AM and I got a call from C who is at his dads wanting a ride to school. A few people who shall not be named have hated on my willingness to drive my kids to school. I choose to see it as an opportunity to see them and talk just a little more. They get to avoid the bitter cold and I get hugs. It’s a win-win.

Not every morning is cold like today and I don’t always get those kind of feels, but in a few short years they will be gone. I gotta try to get all I can while there is still time; while they still need me. My kids are both truly awesome.

I’ve got to get to work early this morning because the Beta test starts today so we all have to be on standby for tickets coming in. But.. this is very much NBD. Last year when I went to Phoenix for a go-live with my last company, we did testing on live the weekend before the users were on the system and it was a scramble just to triage and get everything documented. Once the trigger was pulled, there was no going back and everyday dozens of new issues were reported. It was sick. Between training, pre-go live, go-live week, and all the weeks to follow, over 300 issues we’re logged. And circumstances being what they were, yours truly was A#1 in charge of managing that shit show.

It was one of those situation where failure is not an option and I was bound and determined to leave those folks with a positive Impression. Nobody really saw what I saw except maybe my team on site. They felt it too.

I had daily talks with our data conversion person who was being put through hell with the grossest source data ever. I had to talk our clinical analyst through a mini-breakdown when one of her users put in their notice to quit mid-week. We were all stressed to the max. Add that to the list of reasons I’m not with that company anymore. We didn’t even get proper recognition when we got home. Whatever. Still, I learned a lot and have to try and look on the bright side of that too. I made that project a success and formed some lasting relationships and got to go to Phoenix (though I didn’t really get to see much).

With the current situation, not only am I the low person on the totem pole, but it’s small potatoes. There might be 1 or 2 issues and our dev team will have it all under control in short order. They are awesome. I may not have said it yet but these guys are all awesome. Oh by the way, one of the developers is the same guy who was doing that data conversion for the Phoenix project with me last year AND who connected me with my new company AND whose house I stayed at while me and my people were in Maui last year. Needless to say, he’s a pretty great guy!

This week is going to be a good one. I can just feel it! I got a ton of stuff done this past weekend and I’m ready to hit the books hard again. I’ll undoubtedly have more work this week and I’m thinking it will be just enough. I have a date on Wednesday I am looking forward to plus I’ll officially be done with the Whole 30 that same day which I am also very much looking forward to. When every side seems bright, it’s an easy choice where to look.

OK – time to get after it. I actually ran out of time and finished this up after our initial “kick-off” this morning.

Party in the House,
~Miss SugarCookie

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