I am tired of complaining about the cold, it is not like complaining changes anything, I drove to the office today, it takes a little longer then the subway and is a little more frustrating, but I was thinking, less time out in the cold, an opportunity to park the car in the garage and get the snow and ice melted off.
I am working on travel plans - what else would travel penguin do? I have a conference in Austin, Texas in early May. It is a conference I have been to year after year, and it is being held in my least favorite city in Texas. I felt obligated to submit a proposal to speak, so I did two, but not very well. I was thinking, I will do my part and hope that the proposals get turned down and I can skip the conference this year. No such luck, both made the agenda. I need to find a way to enjoy Austin. Maybe some good bbq, and a little rest. I will go on from there to Florida where I have a conference the following week. What was I thinking, two conferences back to back, being gone from the office for 12 days, I will be buried in work when I get back. I really should have said no thank you to Austin this year.
I have been working on comments to a government agency. I should have said, no thank you, when I was asked to work on them, but I was thinking "why not." I have sorted my way through a long a complex policy process. I actually wrote in an email that "if I appear to have bruises on my forehead, it was from all of the brick walls I ran into on this project." Word this afternoon that we have found a way to make it happen, well hopefully, there is a plan B if I run into another brick wall. I know our policy making process is complex, many- many lawyers trying to be careful not to piss to many people off. What was I really thinking, our assistant director wants to cut back on hours and surrender the management title, I'd like it and the raise that goes with it.
I keep trying to come up with something funny or inspiring. The muses are either frozen, or on vacation in the tropics. I keep thinking they will return, and they will, some sunny warm day.