I'm hiding out in my office tonight, back of the house, avoiding the Halloween trick or treaters. Ordinarily I buy candy and enjoy filling the sacks of the little goblins and witches and, well, whatever cartoon character is current that I have no inkling about. But Saturday night I felt the creeping fingers of a cold virus at my throat, which then took full demonic possession on Sunday and has only slowly been seeping away since. I never got out to the store to buy candy, and anyway I'm too tired to deal with it.
I worked from home most of the week, trying to keep up with the onslaught of an unhappy client and none too happy work associates. A measure of it was my fault, but the largest part was not - my first of this type of project, following what the project manager thought was the right direction, reviewed internally then sent to the client. Compounding the stress, besides the nasty lurgy, was fear of the dreaded reviewer from my former job who followed me to this one a couple of months ago (my boss assuring me in my PTSD that DR would never be reviewing my work - ha). Yesterday, after listening in on a civil but very uncomfortable client conference call in the afternoon, I did manage to rouse myself to get dressed and go out to dinner with colleagues and our rather genial overseer boss visiting from overseas, which took a bit of the sting out of things.
Then today - a lucky turnaround. I went into the office, met with DR who didn't attack me and confessed her own anxiety over having to deal with the kind of client issues she thought she left behind at the old job. We worked up a plan for fixing things within the tight timeframe: one week. Then... the client emailed this afternoon giving us a month to work on it. Yes!
And so, a bit of time tonight to feed the blog, sadly neglected. I only took a few pictures this past weeked before succumbing to the lurgy - added to the continuing set of Fall 2013 in Boston. I also have a set from the Head of the Charles Regatta the weekend before.
In the midst of my lurgy and work issues, our beloved Red Sox were in the World Series. Mostly I went to bed before seeing the end of any games, but I did stay up last night until they won - grateful they only went six games, not seven, so I can turn in early tonight. Here are a couple of pics from the Public Garden this weekend -- the Make Way for Ducklings and George Washington sporting beards and uniforms in support of our team!