This my obligatory monthly post acknowledging how much I dislike the “other” office.
We have that hot desking thing going on at work and I have to admit that I wish we had assigned desks and offices. Although mine would be covered in papers, so maybe that’s not such a great idea.
All day meetings and work dinners will be the death of me. How can anyone handle more than 2 of them a year?
Had a work meeting at the airport. Interesting, I guess. Save an hour or so of travel to those arriving by plane.
Was there no one to point out that scare quotes don’t work in this context… or are they low-key stating about they really think of JRC’s work?
I get overly excited about tangentially related stuff, even on holiday.
Someone remind me to update the French tax office with my new address in November.
Today I get to announce to my boss that I’m leaving a couple of months. While I am looking forward to working on new stuff, I am not looking forward to talking to my boss about it.
There should be a rule that if you insist on rereading something “quickly” and making comments, you should be required to reread the sentence/paragraph you’re commenting on twice before leaving the comment. I got a presentation back with a comment asking which products are covered by a certain sentence… listen, I don’t know, how about the ones listed after the “e.g.” literally 2 words later? Ah. Monday mornings.
I’ll try a new rule at work today: fewer than 50 emails in my main inbox. This will require me to reply to some stuff I’ve been putting off because of urgh reasons.
Ah, being able to wear almost any type of shoe to work – this is why working in research is great. I actually just realised I didn’t really have “decent” shoes to wear to a fancy meeting next week as my Chucks are all very colourful (besides boots)… so I ordered some grey-ish Vans shoes.
I try to rarely bring work to do during the weekend but there are weekends where I just feel productive… and now that I can easily connect to my work computer from any other computer, ah well, sometimes the temptation is huge!
Friday, Friday, Friday, one more report to get done… maybe by the end of today, but we al know that it will happen by the end of Sunday night.
I have to chair a meeting today and I kept getting these nightmares last night that none of the industry participants were civil during the meeting.
And to think that a few years ago seeing this in a hotel kitchenette would have meant nothing to me!
Yesterday a co-worker asked me what “Black Friday” was because she kept on getting emails about Black Friday offers… that usually last at least till Monday (is Cyber Monday dead?) and still takes place even though pretty much no one has ever heard of Thanksgiving outside of English classes. Globalisation!
By the time this gets posted (it’s 6:45am, this will go live at 2:44pm) the fate of six of my projects will be known – positive vote or not. The last two days have been “folkloriques”, as the French say, because of those six projects but also other political news that was shared with us… but at least the meeting in March should be much calmer.
Day 1 of the meeting chairing went well. Poor attendees though, 37-40C yesterday and it’s probably get hotter today.
Today and tomorrow I’m chairing the biggest meeting I’ve ever chaired. 50+ peeps from all over, industry, government, NGOs, etc. Rather interesting discussions are expected… and by that I mean “heated discussions”.
Was at work for around 12 hours yesterday, not even half an hour for lunch, and that’s been the norm for the few days before that also… but we’ll get everything published soon enough. And my next few days off aren’t till July, boo.