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Weird Morning
I'm not feeling entirely well today. I don't think I'm sick (I hope I'm not getting sick!), I think it's mostly just a combination of allergies, a bad night's sleep, and feeling sore from a hard workout last night.

I had all kinds of weird and restless dreams last night. When my alarm went off this morning, it was all mixed up in my dream-brain. I was dreaming that I was at a colo (business trip), and I was oversleeping. When I woke up, bleary but panicked about missing work, I found that almost my whole team was in the hotel eating breakfast, hanging out and chatting: we had all overslept and we were all skipping out on work. I felt bad, but sat down and talked to people anyway. I figured we'd all walk over go to the office together.

One guy (Andy) was eating a really nice-looking piece of fish, and I asked him about it. He started expounding on the fish, the place he got it, and fish-buying in general, in the excitable way he has.

I glanced briefly at my alarm clock, and it said 7:15, which is good. It wasn't scheduled to go off until 7:30. I went back to Andy's fish-talk.

Then I heard music playing downstairs. It was my "daily scrum" alert, indicating that it was 8:13am and I had precisely 2 minutes before I had to be on a conference call participating in our morning status meeting. Oh crap, I was still asleep at home, not eating breakfast in the hotel with the team after all!

I stumbled out of bed and down the stairs, bringing my eyedrops with me (because eyedrops help me wake up in the morning). I was cold and groggy, but had to call into my meeting. I turned off the alarm, turned on my computer, put in my eyedrops, and picked up my cordless phone, and dialed the conference number -- all kind of at the same time.

While listening to other people's status reports on the phone, I tiptoed back upstairs and quietly found some clothes to wear. I was chilly, so I put on jammie pants, a sweatshirt, and warm socks. A rule I have for myself is that I am supposed to wear a bra when working (jammies are okay, but clean underthings are required). I picked up a bra, and experimented with putting it on while keeping the phone on my ear. It didn't seem possible. I carried it downstairs and set it on my desk, to be donned after the call was over.

I went to the kitchen and started to make coffee -- but running the water seemed like it would make too much noise. (I wasn't using my cell phone, which has a mute button and a speaker, but my unsophisticated regular phone.) So I abandoned the coffee half-made and returned to my desk to finish getting my computer booted up.

The call lasted awhile, and it wasn't until 40 minutes or so later that I was able to go finish making coffee. I then stared at my breakfast options, and decided that none of them sounded appealing. Instead I settled in to work.

A little while later, deciding I was still cold, I went back upstairs and put a bathrobe on over my sweatshirt and jammie pants. I also put slippers on over my socks. The fact that my house thermometer said 71 degrees (and it's August) made me question my health a bit, but I'm frequently cold so it's hard to tell.

It now says 74 and I've taken off my bathrobe. That's a start! I might even switch to a t-shirt soon. Oooh, I'm a wild-woman, I tell ya.

Around noon I heated up a nice healthy Seattle Sutton lunch. When I was coming back to my desk with it, I noticed my bra sitting on the desk corner. I started at it in puzzlement. Why had I left lingerie in the middle of my office? Then I remembered that I was supposed to be wearing it. Oh right! I put it on and ate lunch.

The day is improving a bit, and I'm successfully getting stuff accomplished at work. I still don't feel right though. Nothing specific, just feeling kind of shaky and "off". I have a club bike ride tonight, and hopefully some exercise will perk me up. If not, hopefully a good night's sleep will help, so those are my goals for tonight.

Tomorrow I'm going out to dinner with friends, to which I am very much looking forward! I've spent far too little time with my local friends recently, so I'm glad that's going to change.

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ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: August 20th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can very much relate to your experience with confercne calls - and trying to multi-task while listening on the phone (I do a lot of them as the board I sit on draws on members from across Canada and we usually meet by phone.) Anyway, point is I've tried to do stuff while on the phone, but have learned call partipants can hear more of your background noises than you think. I certainly couldn't feed the dogs for instance, although I've tried.

Now putting on a bra I've never tried . . .
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 20th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
The hard part is not being sure how much they CAN hear!
From: nicegeek Date: August 20th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Two words: Mute button. Anyone who participates in conference calls on a regular basis definitely needs to have one.
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: August 20th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
You need a hands free headset. I'm not, however, convinced you need to wear a bra. (There's an Arlo & Janis cartoon on this, but it's on my refrigerator, and I'm not home).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 20th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problems are:

1 - I'm planning on disconnecting my landline to save money because this is almost all I use it for anymore, so I don't want to buy a good handset for it.

2 - My personal cellphone, which has hands-free stuff and I used to use, doesn't have great reception so I can't hear when people aren't close to their speakerphones. Also, it uses up a bunch of my minutes (see "saving money" above).

3 - My work phone, which is free and good quality, is a headset connected to my laptop. I could carry my laptop around, but it's inconvenient.

Heehee! The bra thing is mental -- it makes me feel like I'm "awake and at work", instead of "bumming around my house".
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: August 21st, 2008 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
3) Bluetooth?

renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 21st, 2008 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha! I like it.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Holy crap, a Scrum at 8:15am? What sort of sick bastards do you work with?

I complained when our last Sprint had Scrums starting at noon, that was just... uncivilized. I'm barely awake by then! We're at 2pm this time around, and that's nice because now I'll have had lunch before anyone expects me to be coherent.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's 2:15 Belgian time. Being on an international team complicates things, and certainly forces one to be more flexible on timings! We can't ever have afternoon meetings.

Our DS time varies from sprint to sprint, last month it was 9am which was nicer. But it's actually kinda nice being forced to get moving earlier, as it means I can end my day a bit earlier.
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