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By ana (Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:03:40 PM EST) (all tags)
But it's also really exhausting. 

 So I get 4-8 weeks to train for this position, of which about 2 are past. I'm learning lots, and the DM or whoever rolls the dice has been remarkably varied in the things they've thrown at us so far. Various tests we only do twice a year came up in my second week of shadow-running the command load reviews. This week we had a fast turnaround target of opportunity: some source had an outburst or something, and so the people who proposed to observe it whenever it did that decided now was the time. So we broke in to the load for this week (which I reviewed last week), and set up a new one from this aft through Sunday with that target instead of one we had in there (to be re-scheduled sometime soon). Thermal, continuity, etc. Software bugs crawl out of the woodwork.

And the quarterly review with the management types from afar (yesterday) and an engineering review today. And a monthly meeting of our little group of 4 with the folks from the instrument team and the flight operations team that are most directly involved, to talk about instrument operations issues. Much more real than the calibration meetings.

Rode the train since we weren't sure if the traffic would be tractable, what with the VIPs and VPs in town for a certain memorial.

So, I'm tired. Took myself out to dinner so I wouldn't have to think about cooking (and I have leftovers in the fridge for another meal or two).

I guess it's a good kind of tired. Though yesterday afternoon I noticed [a] I was feeling lousy, kinda hungover even though I had nothing to drink for a couple days; and [b] I'd been sipping coffee at my desk all day, trying to stay alert for tasks that require mental focus in a timely way. Coincidence? I think not. Simple dehydration. Been here before, and so today I made a point of drinking mostly water at my desk, though I was away from my desk much of the day. I guess I feel better, though I'm still wiped out at the end of the day.

I blew off a church event, so I could go out to dinner and come home to snuggle with my kitty before bedtime.

And I could be working now, but this particular thing isn't due til 2 tomorrow afternoon (the re-written schedule for next week, given the interpolation of the TOO into this week's load). If I'm vertical, I can do it tomorrow. If I'm not, well, I'm the understudy anyway. And mostly it'll be looking at a big diff to see that nothing interesting has changed.

Friday there's a local symposium (with far away people involved) about laboratory astrophysics. I signed up before this job switch thing was a thing. I'm gonna try to go anyway.

Some time I need to find time to just play with the shiny iphone they bought me.
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Cool by kwsNI (4.00 / 2) #1 Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:27:38 PM EST
It sounds incredibly interesting. You seem a bit more content than you have lately.  Hoping this continues to be a positive change.

It sounds like a good kind of tired... by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 12:21:28 AM EST


Also, OT: Been meaning to share this with you...good, heartfelt read...
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

Dehydration is insidious. by jw32767 (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 07:08:42 AM EST
You just feel like crap but not obviously thirsty.  When I go into the office I down a bottle of water every hour and a half or so, but at home I don't do as well so after a few days of working from home I'll start feeling like crap and be unable to figure it out.

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