5 minutes flat

This week started out oddly and the forecast for the rest of the week shows no indication of the oddness lightening up. Monday morning started as my typical workday, except for the fact that I had coffee in my travel mug instead of my usual tea. It was a long weekend. I started with my two work e-mail accounts, like I always do. Depending on what’s sitting in my inbox usually dictates how the rest of my day is going to be organized. My calendar in Outlook also kindly reminds me of any meetings that I have throughout the day.

The day turned weird around noon when I got a call from one of our developers who is currently working on integrating software at our customer’s site. I knew that last week had shown a lot of problems with the way we’re used to integrating software at our own facility and that my testing would also follow some of the same difficulties, but I would just have to deal with them when I went up there next week. The developer started talking to me about how I really needed to be up there this week and that there were some briefings I would have to go through and they needed some help on some test preparation that was supposed to be happening up there this week. Great. One of the customer guys got on the phone and indicated the same thing. Peachy. I spent the rest of my afternoon getting the go ahead for last-minute travel from my boss’ boss (my boss is out this entire week) and then making the travel plans.

I got to go home last night and tell Sean that I would be out of town for a couple of days, while still promising that I would be back in town for Saturday to celebrate our anniversary. I packed my carry-on bag last night. I would only need to be up there for a couple days. Nothing I couldn’t pack in carry-on.

Got to work this morning. My flight wouldn’t leave until 6pm this evening, so I could still easily get a full day’s work in today before having to catch my flight. I actually got a lot knocked out this morning. Our group took one of my coworkers out for his birthday lunch. Yummy Mexican food. Got back to work. Continued going down my to-do list. 2pm rolls around and I notice that a couple of the customer people are gathering in our conference room, but for the most part ignore it. I ignored it up to the point when the program manager walks into the room and heads straight into the conference room. She never comes to our meetings. She shouldn’t have to. Uh oh. 5 minutes later, everyone leaves the room and my boss’ boss comes to me and tells me, “Cancel your trip for tomorrow. Put your trip for the next three weeks on hold.” What?!

Turns out there seem to be problems with another component other than ours and their need for the lab/test equipment at the customer’s facility is greater than ours. Schedule push. Our developers who are up there get to fly back tomorrow morning and I get to put that part of my life on hold until Friday when I find out when it’s been reschedule to. I spent the rest of my afternoon on the phone with our travel agent and AmericaWest Airlines cancelling my reservations (I’d already done online check-in, thus the need to involve the airline in this matter).

I walked out to Sean’s waiting car after this work, turned to him and said, “Well, at least there’s one place we won’t be going to tonight. The airport.” We promptly headed to one of our favorite places in town, Mucho Gusto, where I imbibed on several margaritas and tasty food before heading back to the house.

It’s amazing how fast you can get at unpacking bags after doing it so many times. 5 minutes flat. It took me longer to type this post than it took me to unpack my things and have my life resume it’s normal spinning. Well, at least my home life resume it’s normal spinning. I don’t think my work life will ever have a normal spinning.

Upside: I get to spend more time this week at home with Sean. Downside: Sean’s just got a new video game, Burnout 3. Oh well, at least I get to read my book.