I Can Not Please EVERYONE ANY of the Time!

  • Posted on September 26, 2006 at 2:47 pm


[Written on Wednesday, September 20, 2006, but not posted until now in order to keep the focus on the Great Scissors Giveaway]

I went in to work today for the first time in a week. What with being sick last week, then Phoebe’s problems and then the software deployment this weekend and subsequent recovery and troubleshooting of problems relating to the deployment, I worked from home all of that time. Which is nice, but sometimes you need a change, right?


I wish I hadn’t come in. First of all, I’m starting to notice that I don’t hit my work stride until 1:00 or 2:00 PM. I might have to do something about this, like modify my working hours or something. I don’t know.

Anyway, the day started with getting out of bed late this morning because Terry is the current keeper of the alarm clock and he didn’t realize that I had to be in for a 9:00 AM meeting. Whoops! During a hurried attempt to go from bed to the car in 30 minutes (didn’t happen), I checked my BlackBerry (these things are the most evil devices in the universe) and discovered that there was a problem with another piece of software that I manage. And it was affecting an outside customer. And I had no idea how to fix it. Still don’t, for that matter.

So, I instant message the guy running the meeting, letting him know that I would be late. I told him that I was working on some issues. Which was true. I didn’t lie. I consciously make an effort not to lie. However, if he put those two pieces of information together and came to conclusion that I was running late due to working on said issues, who am I to argue, right?

We get into work, I boot up and immediately find out that there’s a problem in the system we just deployed. This is going to be a running theme for a little while until we get through a settling period and everything gets to a normalized state where it should start working as I designed it. 😉 So, I spend the next couple of hours working through system issues, completely missing the meeting by a mile and then some. Before I know it, I’m looking at yet another issue (they just keep on coming) and my alarm goes off about my next meeting, warning me than I have 30 minutes before I need to go to that. Oh, and by the way, it’s a working meeting, for which I am unprepared because I’ve been wrapped up in this other project so long that I have gotten no other work done for months (literally). I look at the reminder and think, “There is no way that I am going to make it to this meeting.” So, I pop over to the next cubicle and talk to the guy coordinating the project meeting (same guy as this morning). Who, at this point, is quite exasperated with me. I tell him that we’re still working through issues and that I will put the work that I’ve accomplished to date (which is not a lot, but it’s something) into the database that we’re using to track the work on this project. All I get are a series of signs and “Whatever.” Nice.

So, while I am working feverishly with one group and making people happy there, I am neglecting and irritating at least two other groups. *sigh*

It just reminds me of the saying:

I can only please one person per day.
Today is not your day.
Tomorrow doesn’t look good, either.

To which, I would add: “Let’s shoot for sometime next year…”

7 Comments on I Can Not Please EVERYONE ANY of the Time!

  1. Outi says:

    “…but don’t keep your hopes up high anyway.”? 😉

    Sounds like on of those days when it really had been best to stay in your bed buried under your blanket. 😐

  2. KarenV says:

    {{{Hugs}}} Outi’s suggestion sounds like a good one. Makes me glad to be out of the rat race, although my job has its own frustrations 🙂

  3. Cathy says:

    Mama said there’d be days like this, right? That stinks, I hope things get better. Thanks for the offer of the scissors drawing, but I actually think I’m going to go ahead and just buy myself a new pair this weekend. I’m sure I’ll find a pair that I’ll love! See you Friday.

  4. Melanie says:

    I say, blow them all off, play hookey and go stash shopping instead! I’m glad I’m out of the workforce for the moment, it’s nice being able to please myself what I do (but okay, the small people have a say as well!)

  5. AnneS says:

    Oh boy, there’s something to be said for a ‘9-5’ job … you remind me of myself when I used to organise medical conferences for a living – there’s no such thing as a time card … ah the bliss now! Hopefully you’ll get things sorted somehow … and give them a big raspberry if you get any grief!

  6. Von says:

    Poor Jenna! Some days it’s just not worth the effort, is it?! Hope tomorrow is a much better day. 🙂

  7. I love that saying: I wrote it and I have it near my desk, at work. Sooner or later I’ll design myself a pattern that suits it and I stitch it!

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