daylight savings thingamajig = it's only 11.50 am instead of 12.50 pm!
it also means i've been up at a respectable hour considering it's the weekend, rather than sleeping in. i've had time to read the news, dye my hair and shower and fiddle with the upcoming redesign of LBW (as well as updating the old version with various thingies). i've currently got the winamp playing things at random and somehow it's making ALL the right choices: regina spektor followed by the Axel F theme music = excellent!
gabi had her heart set on dragging me into the city for some shopping today (although considering she's not even awake yet, i have my doubts). i'm really only pondering it because i desperately want to find new devil-horns to wear to work on tuesday. i used to have some really cute ones, as seen here, but they're lost, booo. a few moves across the atlantic and across sweden has cost me horns, several pairs of bunny ears, and several witches' hats. sucks.
friday, i had my first weekly-meeting on the phone with one of the big-wigs at the company i'm doing the customer service project for. i was really nervous. as much as i hate all the stress that comes from having to deal with my team (including firing people!), i hate dealing with Official People at other companies even more. i'm pretty comfortable with most people at my own company by now so i'm not quite as worried about acting like a nitwit around them, but i have very little experience being in charge of keeping contact with big clients, so.. yeah, i was so nervous.
of course, when i'm that nervous, i'm incapable of hiding it so i always end up involving the entire office in my task to get the stressful thing overwith. i do a lot of squealing and looking terrified and pacing and consulting with bosses on what exactly i'm supposed to say at the meeting, and what not to say, and argh. my most immediate boss enjoys dropping me into these situations because she knows i'll grow from the experience, but if she could hide her amusement at watching me squirm a bit better, i'd feel.. better. haha.
but it went well. the person i had the meeting with was obviously not at all prepared (which, in hindsight, annoyed me - i had prepared notes and was really nervous, but because she wasn't, it all just turned into unstructured chatting, which then had me go "wait a minute, did we actually come to ANY conclusions about anything??" once it was over and i tried to write notes on it.) but i did get a few major points out and get a few answers to things i've been asking for weeks now so... eh, it's overwith.
and i just want to say this, for the record of having said it: this teamleading project is really overly stressful and complicated and filled with snafu's, BUT... i'm happy i took it on, for the experience alone. while i constantly feel like i'm behind on at least 3-5 things i should be getting done, i also AM getting a lot of things done and taken care of.
i'm one of the more involved teamleaders at the company, and i feel pretty good about that, even though i'm still behind on some things. while there are many things not quite working (like having to constantly deal with ridiculous non-professional behaviour from a few on the team that forces me to have meetings and serious talks and write reprimands and just be annoyed and stressed in general), i'm always working hard to make sure my team gets all the information it needs to go a good job, as well as having constant access to my help.
worst case scenario, the project ends like planned during december and i end up going back to the tech support job i was being trained for back in august. i'll go back to a lower salary, but on the other hand i'll also end up not being responsible for Everything On Earth (it's cool to get kudos from the VP of the company, but it's also kind of uncomfortable to have the VP take such an interest in our results on a weekly basis) which actually seems nice.
also, the project ending would mean i could finally take the 90+ extra hours i've amassed and have a few weeks off work, with pay. wooo!
...but if we do get an extension on the project, i'd have a better chance at getting on top of things (i've only been doing this for two months, heh!) and get things to run more smoothly, which would mean not having to work as much overtime, and potentially a bit less stress. and i'd get to keep my new salary, which i've only gotten to enjoy once, so far (this month).
blah blah blah. it's sunday. the weather is pretty. enough prattling on. :)