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Aug. 9th, 2016 06:26 pm
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Lots going on around here...

Work is still frustrating me. We have a new software package that we are going to use, in part, to track our contracts. I have done extensive testing and though the programmers are still working on some detailed information we need for the contracts, we are ready to start entering the basic information about the companies. I opened a ticket asking them to move the form for entering companies that we had customized in the test system to the live site so that we could start on this part of it. It's been over a week, and in monday morning's IT meeting, I brought it up, since no one had addressed it. The person who is supposed to be working on it said he had to check with his boss to see where it would be prioritized. The IT director asked them to make it happen sooner rather than later. After ignoring me for the rest of the day on Monday and most of today, I got an email this afternoon that it had been prioritized underneath training other employees. I don't know, maybe moving stuff into the live site is extremely difficult. But it's incredibly frustrating to still be sitting on hold.

Zen's testing situation is still frustrating me too. He needs to take a test that will allow him to FINALLY get a job in his field. I faxed in the paperwork on June 22nd, thinking that the sooner we could get it processed, the sooner he could take his test. Then we waited and waited (though they charged the credit card on the 22nd!). At the 3 week mark they told him they had just changed the test, he needed a new study guide, and it would take some time to get his approval. Last week (at the 6 week mark) he contacted them again and heard nothing until yesterday, when they told him they had sent the email (on 8/3) but it must not have come through. So finally we were relieved that all we had to do was schedule the test. Well, they sent instructions for registration that said that he needed to go to a website, select the test location, select the name of the test, and then pick a test date from the calendar. The problem is, there are NO test dates listed. The email states that if there are no test dates listed, they are "not accepting testers at this time" and you should either try back later or try a different location. We looked at all 6 locations, including the ones that are hours away from us. Exactly zero of them have any test dates listed. So he's going to check with them to see if this is correct and then it's more stinking waiting.

On a less-frustrating note, I took off Thursday and Friday and am going to do some fun stuff with my niece. A friend of mine who has a daughter about the same age as my niece invited us to go to a waterpark close to her house that has a really nice section for toddlers. So we're going to go in the late afternoon (starting around 4 or so) and let the girls have fun. I'd like to take her to see The Little Prince, which my app says came out last Friday, but which does not appear to be playing anywhere near us. Unfortunately it's going to be very hot on Thursday so that somewhat limits our plans.

I also got to visit with old coworkers last Friday, which was great. We always had a very "family" vibe there, and even though it's been a decade since I worked there(!), it was so wonderful visiting with everyone. About 20 current and former employees showed up and it was so much fun. I'm also having dinner tomorrow night with my former boss (from my current job), and I'm really looking forward to seeing her. We have game night this Saturday and on Sunday I'm going with my mom to brunch and a show called Deathtrap. We're actually going to the final show of the run, so I'm glad we were able to book our tickets.

I've been trying out Khan Academy on some math and programming things to try to get a sense of whether or not I want to continue to move forward on getting my Masters Degree in Business Analytics or if I'm just going to stick with the certificate program. I'm taking Machine Learning in October so I also figure it would be helpful to brush up on statistics before class starts.
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