Monday, May 21, 2007

wackiness at work, resigning.. etc!

So i resigned from my position last thursday (05/17/2007). Yay for me... boo for the program. Not only are we severely understaffed, now with me gone there really is no one left in the program full time other than the program manager. He will have to shadow me for 2 weeks (well if you take out the weekends and holidays.. more like a week), and it will be his responsibility to translate all this knowledge to the next person in the job. So when i went in to give my resignation, i started crying.. I dont know why, but I just know that I am THAT emotional, so it was not unfounded that i would start to cry. Why cry when i've been griping over the work situation? well, perhaps its because i know that the patients really wont have an advocate for the time being. I will miss my patients, perhaps thats why i cried.. and i will also miss some of my friends from here.. *sigh* I got asked repeatedly why i was leaving, and if there was anything they could do to prevent me from giving my resignation, to which i basically said i'm taking this new job no matter what, so pretty much nothing will be keeping me from moving.

Friday I decided I needed to tell my PI directly, and went over to his office to give him my resignation as well as my former manager. Of course i started crying there too..(this emotional thing again..) My former manager was not told by anyone, and I was the first to tell her. She agreed it was best for me to leave, and told me to stop crying (course with me telling me to stop crying doesnt work..)

But in between all this, work has been piling up (of course.. when does it not?) oh well, guess its not going to be my problem for very much longer. Wednesday (05/16/07), one of my patients found out some news that he didnt want to hear. I remember distinctly when he was going through the bx process, he stated that he hoped that he would not have to come back and hear bad news. Well it was bad news that he heard *sigh* but the program will help him through all his hardships and hopefully he will get the treatment he deserves and will be able to get all that help that he needs in order to get everything done. He is the last patient I will be working with, since his appointment date is the 30th and my last day is the 1st. I have already started the calling of my patients to tell them i am moving on.. i am such a good lackey!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

cookbook fun.

Who thinks MJ did not know what she was getting herself into when she volunteered to help out with the cookbook? Here are some problems.. from this years' fun bday project"
- people still submitted entries days late
- people asked if they could change their entries
- formats were funny (I had to redo pages because of formatting)
- we didnt realize the amount of work involved in doing the final pages
- TOC's were a nightmare [lining up dots, constant page changes, making it fit on 1 page]
- people DID NOT follow directions (good thing MJ's computer recognizes chinese font, and so did her computer)
- people used backgrounds that were too dark, MJ and the team had to edit
- MJ was brain dead and cut it wrong.. so then subsequently had to reprint, and recut all the pages
- some of the actual pages were smaller than the rest of the CB, so if MJ forgot, she had pages that were cut off (this happened like 4 times)
- last minute recipes were given (though, the very last one is forgiven)
- last minute phone calls/ripping apart envelopes
- people did not pay

After countless hours of talking via IM/MSN/gtalk/sms the cookbook was finally printed, cut, and taped/glued and sent to Canada to get bound and sent to the PO box. Yay! Bunkee i would offer to buy u a drink, but u live ini canada.. have fun.. sorry i had problems with my cutter on some of the edges :|

Mezze, Fells Pt, Baltimore, MD

Well, Mezze is never a good place to go (just because its in fells point) and fells point is just insane on friday nights.. Well, we went without reservations, which is usually not a good idea, because they may refuse to sit you, but they were nice enough to seat us today. Their babah ganoush is pretty good, so that is always an order, we tried the smoked salmon, grilled? salmon, raw oysters, portabella mushrooms.

Today it took a while to actually get the menus. It took our waiter a couple of minutes before he realized we were seated and had no menus.. He quickly rectified it, and gave us menus, and immidately asked us if we wished to order drinks. We asked for a couple of minutes to decide (why bother since we always order sangria.?) We decided on the white today instead of the red, and got a similarly sweet sangria (i am still not sure i like theirs as much as i like Tapas Teatro or Tio Pepe's) The white sangria i think was better than the red, but it has been a while since i've had the red. The food came rather rapidly today. The oysters were yummy, too bad JL refused to have any. But most of the food was rather unremarkable, the tiramasu was really yummy.. (hmm notice i jump straight to the dessert?) hah so was the dessert JL and CH shared.. forget the name but it had like pistasho and ice cream.. and some yummy layered phyllo dough stuff..

CH getting ready to eat her oyster Me after i had an oyster in my mouth

edit: blahs i will fix my table later.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Baltimore Road Rules

For those who are from Baltimore, still live there, have traveled there, and/or plan to travel through there in the future...

First, you must learn to pronounce the city name. It is Bawl-mer, or Ball-da-more, depending on whether you live North or South of Route 40.

Next, if your road map is more than a few weeks old, throw it out and buy a new one.

If you live near Howard County and your map is one day old, it is already obsolete.

Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Baltimore has its own version of traffic rules... "Hold on and pray."

There is no such thing as a dangerous high-speed chase in Baltimore. We all drive like that.

All directions start with "The Beltway"... which has no beginning and no end.

The morning rush hour is from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. The evening rus! h hour is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday's rush hour starts Thursday morning.

If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear-ended, cussed out
and possibly shot.

When you are the first one on the starting line at a light, count to five when the light turns green before moving ahead to avoid crashing with all five of the drivers running the red light in cross-traffic. (However, if you don't go as soon as it turns green, you will get the horn.)

Construction on I-97 is a way of life and a permanent form of entertainment.

Interesting that it's called "an Interstate," but runs only from the Beltway to
Annapolis. Opening in 1992, it has been torn up and under reconstruction ever
since. (Does Former Governor Glendening have any relatives who build highways?)

All unexplained sights are explained by the phrase, "Oh, we're in GLIMBURNIE! (Glen Burnie!)"

If someone actually has their turn signal on, it is probably a factory defect.

Car horns are actually "Road Rage" indicators.

All old ladies with blue hair in Buicks have the right of way. Period.
And the same goes for all old men wearing hats!!!

All roads mysteriously change their names as you cross intersections(8th Avenue and Dorsey Road is a good example).

If asking directions in Ellicott City or Columbia, you must know how to speak Korean. If in Randallstown, Ebonics will be your best bet. If you stop
to ask directions in Brooklyn ... well, don't.

A trip across town (north to south) will take a minimum of four hours, although the tunnel does have, on occasion, more than one lane open, but never on holiday weekends.

The minimum acceptable speed on the Beltway is 85. An! ything less is considered downright sissified. The Beltway is our daily version of NASCAR.

If you drive to a football game, pay the $75.00 to park in the "Ravens Lot." Parking elsewhere could cost up to $7,500 for damages, towing fees, parking tickets, etc.

If some guy with a flag tries to get you to park in his yard during Preakness, run over him. It's probably not his yard, anyway.


Monday, May 7, 2007


So, its monday.. how fun.. Well the week surely does fly when there is a deadline. LH's bday gift from HSH is due soon, i've been busy all week with compiling, talking with JEM team to figure out what is the deal.. in addition i have actual work to do (this is what happens when you have a job). I've been offsite a lot so it hinders my ability to be in the board meetings to discuss what is going on.. *sighs* anyway i gotta get back to HSH stuff because its due to J of JEM team like yesterday.

Work was well interesting... site visits, offsite events, finding out that yes i did get the job but now i have to wait for HR to let me know when, telling DHMH that yes i will be moving on, but not sure when...
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