Safety

As a tall, white male there are few places where I do not feel safe. I feel comfortable walking around Madison alone at all hours of the night. Also, as a man who spent two years in Ukraine, where the office staff stressed safety, I feel even more confident in my safety. My understanding is that people are not out looking for trouble.  I am fully aware not everyone has the luxury of peace of mind like I do. There are far less confident people Continue reading →

A wrench in the plan

This morning I went to the board meeting, it went less smoothly than I anticipated. That’s good, though; that’s what I was asking for. The boardembers actually we’re questioning things. As it turns out, they had been meeting for an hour before I showed up, like usual. My boss has presented the proposed budget for the year and there was pushback on it. The board thought we were trying to do too much new stuff. This is something I’ve felt for a while and is Continue reading →

Board meeting

I have to go to a board meeting today. We have them once a month and I got to report on membership sales and tech status. While it’s nice being considered important enough to go, I’d rather not have to.  I feel like we lie. We take whatever numbers we have and spin them to make it sound d like things are normal or better. Rarely they are. Our membership numbers have been on decline over the course of the past few years. But I’m Continue reading →

Rearranging

We rearranged the furniture in the office today. My boss is convinced it will increase productivity. I disagree. I’m a stubborn old man, but I disagree. Our office was given to use for a year free by the company investor who owns the building. It feels like an office that was leftover because no one wanted it. It’s awkwardly laid out and we don’t have furniture that fits the space (also gifted by an investor). When we moved into the space a year ago, we Continue reading →

Dinner Last Night

Wasn’t great. Sometimes, I get a great idea of what to make for dinner but the execution ends up being off for some reason or another. Last night, I made a coconut chicken curry soup. I thought no it could have been good, but I used cream of coconut instead of coconut milk. The cream of coconut, apparently, is really sweet. Like, coconut flavored syrup sweet. I didn’t realize this until after I put the whole can in. Had I not done that, I could Continue reading →

Heirarchy

Everyone came in to work this morning ready to bitch and moan about something, myself included. I didn’t know it, but something yesterday put us all off. I think it stemmed from our boss announcing the bonus structure for the year, and it was much less than everyone anticipated and felt they deserved. Naturally. My bonus structure wasn’t announced because it’s still in planning, but I was fired up regardless. What I think everyone boiled down their frustration to is one co-worker who doesn’t really Continue reading →

Patience

I wasn’t built for patience. Growing up, if I set my mind on something I wanted, I had a whole lot of trouble waiting for it. If I was going to buy myself something, like Legos, and I had the money then I didn’t understand why I couldn’t just go right away to get it. My parents told me I needed to wait for our next trip to the store. It never seemed fair at the time, but I’m glad it worked that way now. Continue reading →

Zawacki Tobacki

This  has been long in the making, but it’s finally ready. I don’t remember when I first bought tobacco seeds, but it was at least a year ago. I got the crazy idea that I could grow tobacco in a pot and someday, I could supplement my income with it. As you can see from the photo, it’s not at supplement point yet, but for a first try, I would say this is a pretty good yield. I think this plant was a Wisconsin 951 Continue reading →

Productivity

Someday, I just really feel like getting things done. Last night was one of those nights. Granted, we did huddle under blankets and watch the office for a while because it’s cold out and our apartment is cold, but I did manage to get a few items checked off my list. I had ordered a few things recently, one of which is a locking mechanism for my monitor cable. The cats like to walk behind the computer on the cables and one of the monitors Continue reading →

Daydreaming

Sometimes I wonder if I really missed my calling in life. Most of my day is centered around emailing and de elopement and other tech related things but my mind wanders to what I’m cooking for dinner. Like a ton of my resting mind thinks about food. Yesterday a co-worker of mine mentioned she tried making pasties only to be thwarted by her husband not wanted the calories in the dough. I then decided to make those for dinner instead of whatever I would have Continue reading →