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April 18, 2000
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Work Panic

It is not a good sign when all the software engineers are in the hallway playing hacky sack.

Not a good sign at all.

The network was down during my 9 a.m. meeting, so I'd gone to the meeting, as it was useless trying to work. I was frustrated enough already. I did talk through the next set of steps with John and while the network was down before the meeting, I did a paper drawing of all the flows and what I had to write and all the modules within the diagram and all their interfaces. That worked out nicely.

But I paniced with the network down, as I had to still get GUI stuff from another developer from the network before I could actually integrate or really test all that much. I paniced at Steve and John and Bill and they were good and calmed me down and said that they might push things until Thursday, so I might have an extra day. Which did calm me down enough to sit down and just get my head down and work.

I had some time with Geoff, but was mostly distracted. I took lunch to just talk and rest a little and then kept going some more. It felt good to just work like crazy. Still felt mildly mushy brained, but mostly good enough to get somewhere. There was just so much left, though, that I was in a panic nearly all day. Not as bad as yesterday, but still pretty stressful.

I got through a good deal but gave up around 7 p.m., as I knew that my brain wasn't working anymore from tiredness. Lots to go. Made me a little sad and mopey, but John got me through Safeway on a hungry stomach and with a short list, got me home, got very brave and he made spaghetti carbonara for the both of us that came out really well. Tasty with bread. Yum.

I finished Mockingbird and enjoyed the ending a lot. Sean Stewart writes good books.

John chased me off to sleep soon after, and I went to bed and slept for a while before a big, cold body came into bed with me. He snuggled up and I went back to sleep with code running through my dreams and my head all night.

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