The Daily EO: March 26th, 2013

Is there anyone out there who uses MicroSoft Exchange as their work email software? You know what I love about it? The meeting booking functionality – you can choose who you want to come and look at their calendar and book it. And it syncs with my phone. As long as I don’t lose my phone, life is well scheduled.

But the best part of the meeting booking is the boardroom booking. You just add the boardroom based on the availability and you’ve got yourself a place to meet!

Send and then you sit back and wait for responses – hoping your meeting topic and timing is of interest and works for everyone. But the boardroom will respond instantly telling you it is ready to go!

March 26th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary: The boardroom always thinks your topic and schedule is a great idea. Instant feedback.

The Daily EO: February 28th, 2013

There is a point at which during every month of February, I realize that 15th of February (which happened to be a Friday this year), will fall on the exact same day in March.  And every four years I am slightly disappointed that it is not true.

I have a bizarre sense of pattern recognition and when things deviate from those patterns.  I don’t live my life in repetitive patterns (there is no “it’s Friday, so we have to eat Fish” in my house – for many reasons), but it gives me a schema to categorize the world and deal with it’s constant chaos.

Analogies and strange comparisons work for me.  It’s the ease of pattern recognition – and the deviations – that make me a good Materials Manager.  It’s data, data and more data when analyzing inventory, demand, orders, etc and being able to find the pattern within chaos.  And seeing when you have a problem – the pattern goes out of whack – is the most important.  I can see it before most and have a plan ready.   My desk is completely cluttered and my brain pings back and forth, but there is a pattern in that for me.

February 28th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Find your strengths, and work with them.  They may be bizarre, but somewhere out there you’ll find something that you can do better than most.

The Daily EO: February 25, 2013

You know those weeks where you sit at the beginning of it and wonder how you are going to get everything done.  This was such a week.  Which is why I am telling you about it at the very end of it, breaking my own rule of trying to write within 24 hours.

It wasn’t necessarily the number of things (though there are quite a few), it is a huge project that is due on March 1st at noon.   It feels huge, but it probably the same size as term paper and everyone knows you never do those things ahead.   Just exactly when you need to.  Just in Time.

February 25th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  The beginning of an insurmountable week – that I know now from age and experience  I will get everything done.

The Daily EO: February 20th, 2013

When we moved to Vancouver, my husband got an official job before I did, but it was a 7 month contract. That was 6 months ago. This week, they decided to extend his contract. Until September. Which means he now gets benefits for the duration. And they are talking about full time too.

February 20th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary: There was really little doubt – everyone likes Emile and he is great at what he does – but we’ve been here before. Nice to have it official.

The Daily EO: February 14th, 2013

After spending all day Wednesday wearing contact lens and having my hair down (as usual), something needed to change.  I wear my contact lenses 24/7 for two weeks, then I rest my eyes for 12 hours and put in a new pair.  This tends to work well except when I spend 6 hours typing handwritten data into spreadsheets.  Between my hair hanging in my face while I typed and read and my eyes going buggy, I was rather annoyed with myself.

I did use a green paperclip to hold my hair back, but that looked awfully bizarre especially when I left my office to walk around.  So today, I pulled out my old terribly scratched up glasses with a 15 year old prescription and used a bobby pin to more artfully pin back my hair.

Trying to rock the sexy librarian look did not work out.   My glasses made my face greasy, my lenses were foggy, the bridge of my nose hurt, the sides of my head ached and not just one person said “Hey, I didn’t know you wore glasses”.  That combined with me frothing at the mouth and losing sleep about the inventory I was working on, I was about ready to go home.

When I finally did get home (at 9:30 pm), Emile said “Hey, wearing your glasses today!”

February 14th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Sigh.  At least glasses hide the bags under your eyes.


The Daily EO: February 11th, 2013

When I was in University, I got a job working for the ADAM project.  That is the Adult Development and Memory project.  Essentially, seniors came in and did a bunch of tests, then three years later they came back and then three years later again until.. . . well, they could not come back for many reasons.

As you can imagine, the study was a long one, and started many years before I got there.  Before modern things like bubble sheets – you know those things you used with multiple choice exams?   Well, as it was thought that perhaps switching from writing answers on a sheet to filling in little bubbles would possibly skew results (ie, a senior may not be able to understand these new fan dangled bubble sheets or not have the dexterity to fill them in correctly).  So, they needed some undergraduates to sit and fill out the bubble sheets to allow for the data to be analyzed faster and more effectively. (Say, cheaper than paying an undergrad full-time at minimum wage).

So, that is what I spent an entire summer doing – bubble sheeting.  Filling in bubbles with lead.  It was pretty boring.  Until I realized that if I memorized the data  (ie, question 1 What is your gender, I knew that A= Male and B = Female, no need to look it up), I could go really fast.   So fast in fact, that I could do bubbling sheeting twice as fast as anyone else.  I would take 8 hours worth of work home, watch TV while completing it in 4 hours.  That was a good summer.

I was mentioned in a published psychology paper too – all for my bubble sheeting speed and accuracy.  It looks like the project is ended now, but I hope that over the span of the study it gave some insight on how the human brain ages and processes information over time.

I find mundane repetitive tasks a challenge.  How can I do it faster and better?

When I had to review and determine the action required for over 150 reports at work, I took it as a personal challenge on how quickly I could get it done.  I got into it on Friday, but had to leave before I could really get it done.  It was bugging me.  Alot.  I needed to complete the work and quickly.

February 11th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  So much did it bug me that I took BC’s first Family Day to go to the office and complete the work.



The Daily EO: November 18th, 2012

Emile and I had sushi with my grandma today.  I worked all day to catch up on some work, and we went over to her house after that.

It doesn’t matter what I tell her, she cannot understand why the company is making me work on a Sunday.  That’s awful.  Do I have to work every Sunday?  Did I have to work a shift Monday through Friday and still have to work Sunday?  Is it always going to be like this?  Can’t they let you have time off?  Are you going to get paid extra?  Does everyone have to work Sunday?

November 18th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  My grandma thinks the management at my company are terribly rude – she doesn’t get that I am part of that management team.