My latest —

This was my day yesterday — (below)

Today I’m just going to try and catch up a little, do some dishes and laundry and pick up, and do a schedule so I can get all my work done (I’ll attach that too!)

(from my transcription board)

I have to take a break —
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You guys probably saw my worklist and event list on Thursday when I typed it out. I have not had one that long before. Grateful for it – boy, do we need the money – but I need to buckle down and focus on everything.

Then yesterday was a horrible day – well, I guess not HORRIBLE, but very trying.

I had Colleen with me because I had to take her to ER – she had blurred vision the day before and a time of forgetfulness. So her dr. said to take her to ER. She had fallen into a dresser on Sunday and hit the back of her head and had felt nauseous and headachy. She also had the flu or virus that caused her to miss 6 days in the last two weeks (she’s missed about 28 days of school this year).

So after getting a little lunch we drove out there. They examined her and said she was okay and didn’t need a ct scan. So that was good. They said this bad virus going around now that causes the achiness and everything can also cause confusion and blurred vision at times. They told her to rest and drink lots of fluids and call our regular dr.

Of course now she wants to attend this sleepover party tonight….

While I was at the ER they called that Chris was screaming and stamping his feet at school that I had to come pick him up. So right after Colleen was discharged I picked him up.

Then I went home and sat and didn’t do much. Because I never got to the store like I was supposed to (I had ended up finding about $15 I was going to use at Aldi’s to get something Ryan would eat for his birthday dinner (he’s very picky AND has a loose tooth) and to get him a cake mix to make him a nice cake) I didn’t have anything for his birthday. My MIL sweetly brought over a case of ginger ale, milk, bread, lunchmeat, and a tray of cupcakes. That was super.

I vegetated all evening, and only worked about 1 hour on the web site assignment I have. Fell asleep on the couch about 8 or 9….

Today I am going to attempt to clean up the house a little, and type while the kids go to camp.

I will be scarce the next few weeks — I just have too much on my plate!

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Re: Thursday Accomplishments/Goals
« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2008, 01:08:25 PM »

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Okay, time to do a real goal sheet. Today was my day for planning and uploading audio. I am excited about this work list – it’s probably the most I’ve ever had at once!! May I manage it well —

AUDIO DUE

Hopefully by tomorrow:
36.24

(shouldn’t be a problem if I quit doing admin stuff and get my fingers going…

by Monday:
3.25
14.56
11.05
14.52
23.15
14:28

And these are two a week until they’re done — so —
63
56.27
54.38
57.20
62.10
68.33
56.44
61.07
58.16
56.26
4 1/2 weeks – March 25 or so.

And these are by March 4:
3 hours 43 minutes hearing 😉

And here’s my appts!

* Tomorrow, my boobie ultrasound
* Ryan’s birthday
* Turn in Colleen’s school schedule
* Monday – NO school for Colleen or Ryan
* Their physicals at 8:40 a.m.
* Wed. – vocation program viewing for Chris – I think
* March 7 – audiology appt for Chris at 9
* March 10 – Chris’ physical
* March 12 – Colleen’s dentist
* March 14th – Chris’s psychiatry appt.
* March 17th – Chris’s IEP
* March 18th – Ryan’s sedated ABR, blood tests, dental cleaning
* April 1st – Chris’s sedated ABR, blood tests, dental cleaning, vision screening
* April 2nd – Chris & Ryan’s follow up audiology appt.

And I know Ryan’s IEP will be coming up. We are also meeting soon with MRDD for Ryan to get him on waivers, etc., as an elementary school student. We’re also going to be meeting with more people on other waivers for both boys, as well as new nursing/aides coming in for the boys (yes, most likely both boys, yay!).

I have a lot of calls to make but I think right now I need to just start typing for a few hours – and —

DO MY STINKIN’ DISHES AND LAUNDRY! (literally)

Put on some chicken to stew for dinner.


dori

Lest you think I forgot you —

I’m alive!

Kids have all been sick again. Ryan is home sick with the intestinal garbage (I think he fell asleep). Colleen missed 3 1/2 days this week, Chris missed one. Mom was here this week and now she doesn’t feel well. My days may be numbered. Rog was sick earlier this week while he was out of town.

I still have so much work!!! It just keeps coming. Legal interviews, hearings, a focus group, and even working on a web site for someone! Rog just got more work approved too – YAY!!

Some pics — and then back to work!
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First, the brand new sink we got in our bathroom last weekend! Rog and his dad worked about 8 hours on this! The old one had quit working and only leaked drips of water and nothing else.
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Ryan just a little while ago – I thought he was sleeping —
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Then he turned over and looked at me and said “cheese” —Photobucket
What he’s watching – or sleeping through, by now! He even loves the teen shows like Hannah Montana and Zach and Cody…Photobucket
What I’ve been eating. Too. many. of.
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How I type – for the non-seasoned to transcription world readers – though the ORANGE is an extra item that I didn’t know was there – suppose I may eat it with my lunch? This is my money maker and occasionally cramp-in-the-foot maker!! I switch feet, often. It’s sitting on my scanner so I have some height so my foot doesn’t get too sore… I download audio into Express Scribe or For the Record and type away.
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Today’s ice/snow storm. I don’t think we got it as bad as south –

and I just realized I completely missed the news that would have told me (12:30 p.m. now)

Back to work!

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Decorating almost done – and apparently sickies coming back

I’ll have to post a pic of our tree decs tomorrow (2 strands of lights still not working – i haven’t had time to pursue it really).

But got breakable ornaments up out of Harm’s (Ryan’s) way today and Rog bought a new star for the top of the tree that I’ll put on tomorrow.

Chris got sent home from school yesterday and Colleen the day before. I took them both to the dr. yesterday – believed to be viruses. They finished their meds for sinus infections last week.

Now Ryan was coughing most of the evening and I’m wondering if he’ll make it to school tomorrow.

So far I’m healthy (knock on wood) but feel very very tired tonight. I did nap for a while. I am going to just go to bed, and hope that Chris goes to sleep (he’s pacing). At least he’s not taking 89 baths like he did Tuesday night!

I am getting a lot of nice legal cases to type – finished one and proofing it now and have another for tomorrow and early next week. Then I received a long speech transcription project for late next week and week after (hopefully they’ll accept it then as that’s when I can do it!!!) that is a referral from a local company I used to work for!! Word of mouth recommendation is nice!

Yawning and my eyes are watering so shall try and sleep and hope Chris doesn’t drag me up over and over again…

Yesterday – migraine day from you know where —

All chronicled on the transcription board —

“Great. Up at 5, starting my day, to finish my 15 pp of proofing, a little British QA, and then planned to take a nap.

I now have a migraine aura. I can see the screen right now but in about five minutes I won’t be able to — the flashing lights are going all over it and soon I’ll have the black “spaces….”

crap.

I can lay down in 2 hours once my kids are all gone – I pray I don’t throw up. I hate throwing up migraines.

Off to take 2 Exedrin Migraines and quit looking at computer screens …
Well, thank God for that extension I got —

LATER
I took two Exedrin migraine and laid down while my daughter got ready for school. I think that kept this from being a killer headache, though I still feel it and have sensitivity to light. But don’t feel nausea at this point and the aura is gone.

Unfortunately because of my laying down my daughter missed her bus, and when I went to drive her my battery is dead. So she’s home. She’s sick, too, though.

at least my boys are in school.

* proof my 15 pp

* Do British QA

* get car jumped

* nap — well kinda, but I couldn’t really stay asleep. It was weird – every time I was about to drop off a vehicle went by and woke me up. Sigh. I also took a shower.

Now – I want to EAT – I really haven’t eaten all day.

I have had 3 places offer me more work and I can’t figure out which to take and balance with what I already have scheduled next week, both work-wise and appt-wise – I almost want to take a little breather….

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Exhausted

Okay, I need to post every day this month.

Today I will post about how tired I am.

I got up at 3 and typed 25 minutes of audio and finished by 7 (yay!) and got 3 kids on the bus. Then I did proofing and THEN typed 15 more minutes of audio.

What is silly though is that as I did this occasionally my eyes would close. Then I would instantly start dreaming.

Through the day (thanks to probably the Coca Cola?) I was fairly awake and proofread my long hearing document halfway though. I proofed to audio 60 pp in 2 hours. Then my children came home and I only was able to do 15 pp in the next 3 HOURS. So I got an extension until tomorrow morning, bless my boss’s heart. (i have about 130 pp to proof)

As soon as my boys quiet down (hard to hear audio when they’re singing/yelling/shouting/rattling things) I will sit down and start proofing again.

And my eyes will probably close and I’ll find myself with my head on my hand, with my hand numb and tingling and asleep, and my face encrusted with the keys of my keyboard and drool coming out of my mouth —

restful sleep vibes, everyone!

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Funny things said at work

This was in response to a “what was the funniest thing you typed” post at the transcription board —

“These are all so funny! I keep trying to think of one I’ve done and I’m sure in almost 20 years of typing professionally I’ve done many! But I can’t think of anything.

I can sure think of funny things though said at work – I remember once at the law firm I worked at which happened to have the name McNamara in it, my friend and coworker said Macaroni instead of McNamara along with the rest of the firm’s title while answering the phone, and we all just busted up and couldn’t stop laughing.

There was another time I was collecting PI information from hospitals and doctors in order to assemble it to print out final settlement checks. I was printing out checks while I was on hold on the phone. I actually went to SLEEP (Chris didn’t sleep then either – he was 4) and was startled awake by the party coming on the line to see what I needed – luckily I had it written down in front of me!

Another time I fell asleep typing a tech document in the metallurgy department of a local metals engineering firm I worked at in the 80’s. I literally shifted sidewise and almost fell off my chair.

As far as funny/humorous things I typed, I still can’t remember anything. But one interesting one is when I very first started typing care and protection hearings for Mass. in 2000, I typed Wooster for the city there pronounced that way. As several of you may know Ohio has a town called Wooster so I simply spelled it same way!!!

Little did I know it was spelled Worcester! I think my boss laughed about that for a while…”

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Our first major bonfire of 07 —




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Originally uploaded by criscollrj.


What a beautiful night! After a few days of [for me] oppressive heat I really enjoyed a day in the mid 60’s today and an evening by the fire with us heating grilled hot dogs and s’mores 🙂 We wore long sleeves and jeans and enjoyed the fire and got rid of a ton of “burnables” from my cleaning the office.

In other news, Chris has finished his first week off of school and has one more week off before he starts summer school June 18. There are some pictures in the Flickr area of where we visited his summer camp yesterday (he got to enjoy a hot dog there too!). They seem like they will be very capable with him over the summer and he’ll have a good time swimming some days too!
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Craving order, and Chocolate Cake

Ahh, just remembering the days when Ryan laid on a boppy pillow and napped while I typed.  When he was three weeks old I began my legal trans again, just a little, and I remember how I reached my arms around him to type on the keyboard.  Now he’s starting kindergarten in 3 months.  All day kindergarten.
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Instead of “The Dog Ate My Homework,” it’s–

5-11-07 (have to figure out how to change dates on these after the fact!)

–“My Headphones Sound Like Crap and I Didn’t Know It.” And this is why the transcription company I failed should give me a second chance!

Oh my. As any reader (hello out there 😉 ) knows, I was upset that I failed a test for a transcription company that is spoken of as the cream of the crop. I just accepted that I must have messed up a portion of it and thus was not chosen.

Lo and behold, my headphones broke last night. I had bought them in February, high-falutin 😉 noise-reducing RCA headphones. Then I plugged in the old ones I used before that (that have no pads on them – uncomfortable) and was amazed at how suddenly the audio was clearer. I relistened and found ALL KINDS Of errors and omissions and corrections that had to be made to my document.

Then I realized today that I took my tests last week or two on those awful headphones that broke last night (I would never recommend RCA noise reducing headphones now!). I thought they were so great and didn’t realize what i was missing.

Well, I had the whim today of checking my test file and lo and behold FULL of errors and inaudibles I should have caught. The other headphones must have inserted some kind of wind into the files. I emailed them (it probably won’t work) but explained that I just found out about a huge problem with my old headphones and would it be possible to look at my resubmitted, re-proofed files again.

I’m just so grateful I caught this before I turned in a terrible file today – I’m doing my first project for a company I worked at last year – what a bad impression THAT would have been.

Now I’m sitting here thinking about the conference I did for the local guy a few months ago and how I was complaining about the poor audio – maybe it was all the headphones then too-

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