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Time Flies…. October 12, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — mintlatte @ 8:59 am
Well, it seems like I get here practically every day to make an entry…only to find I don’t.
 
Phone lines at our house are down as of Tuesday night and the phone company can’t come out and fix them until tomorrow.  Which basically stinks.  We are in the middle of too many things right now to not have a phone. 
 
Work is work,  nothing very interesting as of late…..in fact just a litany of broken rafters, sunken slabs and other dull things.  I keep hoping for something a little more interesting.
 
We do have a couple of jobs where we get to do some testing though.  Now while you might expect that to be interesting…..it isn’t.  I mean, really, unless you truly get into shearwalls and the strength of shearwalls, the testing we are doing right now is BBBBOOOOOOORRRRRIIIIINNNNGGGG….yawn.
 
SO I am relegated to data entry.  I don’t know much about the legal system in all honesty, although I learn more and more every day, and one thing I can tell you is that if you are ever involved in a class action law suit……..you are basically making a law firm, (or a few law firms) a LOT of money.  See class action lawsuits involve a LOT of data….becasue they involve a LOT of people.  Legal people do not like to share data…..so if the lawsuit is against you and you put together a nice database of info regarding all involved in the suit, you do not share that.  What you do is send the opposition THOUSANDS of copies of the questionairres that the class action parties filled out, and let them spend countless more hours making their own database.  Granted the nature of lawsuits is that the parties are opposed to each other…..but if you only saw how many times I have digitally recreated something that we only had hard copy, and that the opposition had e-filed…..it would make you cry.  Especially since the majority of it is purely data…not conclusions or case stuff or any such thing.  ANyway, I guess they figure if I paid to have it done you should to.  The curious question is why I get to do it. 
 
If I listed all the inefficient, money wasting things I have seen it would take me a whole day, and I am rather offended because I instead have the spend the whole day doing inefficient money wasting things.
 
Sigh…..
    
 

Woooo Hoooooo… October 6, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — mintlatte @ 1:20 pm
Yes, that would be a BIG woo hoo…..
Despite all the doubt I carry around with me, at WW today I weighed in 5.8 pounds lighter than when I started last week!!! Like I said however, I carry a very large bag of doubt….so I am not in any kind of disillusionment that it will be like that every week, but it sure does feel like a nice start. 
 
Absolutely NO interesting jobs today.  SO it is a good thing that something interesting happened… one of the engineers here was playing with his 2 1/2 year old last night, and the child fell, and knocked out two of his teeth!!!  His daddy license has been revoked, and today he has to take the poor tot in to be fit for a partial!!! Anyway, despite SEVERAL calls to dentists and a visit to the emergency room last night, not one single soul told them that there was a good chance that the teeth could be implanted again…NOT ONE!!!
Anyway, we have now learned a few things….
 
ALWAYS keep your tooth in a glass of milk until YOUR dentist tells you otherwise to your face,
Baby teeth ARE a big deal as speech development depends on them,
and you are never to young for dentures.
 
OH and your kid is WAY tougher than you are, so really if it is an accident MILD bad feeling will do….. Really… how many three year olds do you know that have not had at least ONE black eye???  My son has taken some doozy falls, and kisses heal them…..such being said, toothless tot seemed to be only mildly phazed by the incident and after a moments worth of crying, got over it, I am not sure his mother took it that well.  Now I do not know about you, but I think if I lost a couple of teeth impromptu like, I might have more than a three minute crying jag. 
 
 P.S. Now feeling a bit smug about parenting skills, as I have never, ever managed to knock out a tooth!
 
 
 
 
 

Another Day…. Another Dollar October 5, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — mintlatte @ 11:45 am
Or, More hopefully a few dollars. 
 
No blogging fo a few days, engrossed in highly entertaining novel.  If you have not heard of Jeff Lindsay, and you like crime stories, you need to go find his books.  Deeply Devoted Dexter is the latest, and it is FANTASTIC.  Told from the view of a sociopathic individual, it is unique in its genre. 
 
Also on the bright side, no more headaches.  Apparantly my sinus cavities have simply exploded inside my head, hence the disappearance of the horrible pressure.  I am beginning to LOVE the cold weather…..
 
Strange things afoot at work, we have a case in which a woman allegedly found a condom in a pizza.  There is a significant amount of debate as to how one could go about proving at which stage of the pizza making/delivery/eating process the condom was actually inserted into the pizza. How do you tell how much heat a condom has been exposed to, and just what is the best way of determing how much heat is in a pizza at any of its various stages, etc.  Not to mention the sticky issue of biological evidence.  So far that topic is lying under the table.  No one REALLY wants to believe you could find something like that in your food in the first place, let alone the admittance of whether it had been used for its intended purpore prior to such findings.
 
I am reminiscent of the Wendy’s finger in the chili that made nationwide news (ewww) and am very glad that some things do not get the same amount of publicity others do. 
 
The other topic at work: Potty training.  You would not think that potty training could inflame tempers, could cause debate or whatnot, but apparantly there are a few different trains of though on the whole thing.  THe first includes timing potties, and trying to convice child to do what we all know they eventually must.  The latter involves introducing child to concept and waiting till they are good and ready.  Me, I am with the latter.  Having tried the former with my daughter and FAILED miserably, son got the second tactic.  Just wait.  DH is at home with him however and really had to bear the brunt of the theory, but when he was ready he was ready. 1 month later we are having practically no struggles, he wanst to do this, and even wears big boy undies to bed, staying dry.  But the whole point is just saying such things leads tho office into chaotic my parenting is better than your parenting debates.  I am particularly conviced I hate these becasue most of them are probably better than I am, however for once I got to be smug.  Now I just get to enjoy the office potty training debates 🙂