January 31st, 2006

Sid

Sid's Checkup

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I'm just recovering from my Monday.

It was userinfoSid's turn at Dr. MacDonald's for his checkup last weekend and to see why he was throwing up. He has an inflamed oral cavity and the bacteria cultures came back positive for e. coli. It's difficult to pinpoint where it comes from. It's more likely that we exposed them to it. Cockatiels are much less able to handle bacteria than humans are. We have more bacteria in our mouths alone than they do in their entire bodies.

Now that I think of it, we did have raw meat in that area from hot pot. Sid's also an older bird, so he might be more susceptible to infection than Skippy is. He's on anti-biotics now and it doesn't sound like a big deal. But we should be more diligent about being clean around the birds.

He was also having digestive tract issues when Dr. MacDonald x-rayed him. I forgot to ask if this could be caused by the e. coli issue. She seemed to think it was separate and that it was a pre-existing chronic condition.

He stayed the night at the Night Owl Hospital for tests and monitoring. Dr. MacDonald was very happy with his progress since we got him in 2004. She said he's healthier all around, physically and behaviourally. She also said she could tell that we loved him very much and took really good care of him because he was so happy to see us when she brought him out to us. He was all chirping, singing and talking, it was so cute. =)

All we can do now is make sure the antibiotics are in his water, move the little space heater and thermometer near him to make sure he's warm enough, make sure he has a birdie cookie in his food cup, make sure his cage gets covered for a while during the day so he sleeps, etc.

eLouai

Double Agent

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Work was being all hairy this week.

New release went live last Friday, so Monday morning was full of questions from Production. Many of them were not bugs but phrased as bugs, so I still had to investigate and write up responses. Same ol' same ol' on Tuesday.

One co-worker called in sick.

I had to go get cake for The Big Boss at noon yesterday. I was in cahoots with his Executive Assistant Lady to get him cake for his birthday. The most cost effective option was to get three small cakes, so I had "Happy Birthday (en-US)", "Bonne Fête (fr-CA)" and "Buon Compleanno (it-IT)" written on each. Complete with locale codes just because I'm, like, The Localization Girl™ =D

I had a meeting with The Big Boss right after that to discuss the essay for one of those "Best Of" contests to nominate his Executive Assistant. Yeah, I'm a Double Agent. XD

I wrote it and sent it to him over the weekend, but he didn't use much of it. His Exec. Assistant Lady does a lot of Office Manager stuff for us as well as Executively Assisting the Big Boss too. When I read his essay, it was worrisome that the description was more for an Office Manager instead of an Executive Assistant. I pointed out that it sounded a bit like a labour code violation... or at least it's not very nice of us.

He pauses, turns his head to the side and says, "I hadn't thought of that..." I felt good about that, and I don't mean in a schadenfreude kind of way. I felt good to have thought of something important, being able to contribute and help make the result better.

He ended up using the bulk of mine and changing bits of that instead. And we beat it up for grammar, etc. The hardest thing was pounding it into 150 words. It's REALLY HARD to be outstanding in 150 words.

eLouai

As if THAT wasn't enough...

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Sunday night, I woke up four times during the night from four raging nightmares.

I forgot to turn the alarm clock back on from turning it off for the weekend. We were massively late Monday morning.

My classes began Monday evening. I didn't finish reading everything I wanted to and had to print out the docs so I could bring them with me. I walked over to the campus early and found a quiet place to sit and read. This week is the most brutal week we have with four evenings scheduled. The rest of the course should be somewhat better.

I'm getting back into The Homework Groove™ again. My books, notes, laptop and stuff are sprawled out on the bed right now. I want a small portable desk for home. I want to be able to wheel my workspace around. I'm trying very hard not to open up www.ikea.com (fuh, too late). I should be studying. =P