Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Heeeeeeerrrrre's Jenny!

Sorry I've been neglecting my blog. I had previously mentioned to the Clan (not the Ku Klux) that my Internet was messing up last night, so I couldn't blog. Today was one crazy day, so I couldn't blog today, either.

At the end of the month, not only do I have to do the normal payroll type reports, but I also have to do end-of-month reports, billing, mileage reports, etc. etc. So I'm pretty darn busy the last week of the month. On top of that, the server died today. The only eulogy it got was the four-letter type. Seems we had a power outage and it fried the external zip drive on the computer. Considering I don't have a degree in IT (as much as my boss insists on me doing the IT stuff) I didn't realize that the server's lack of response could be caused by an external drive. So after me trying over and over again to reboot the darn thing in its various modes (safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompts, normal mode) didn't work, we called in the IT guy we use when I can't figure out what's wrong (which hasn't been so often, actually, since I started working there! HA! Maybe I'm a Hacker for a reason. LOL) Anywhoo, the boss was then mad because the guy gets like $70/hour!

Anyway, it seems we had a power surge last night which fried the zip drive. The zip drive was connected to the hard drive, hard drive connected to the server, the server's connected to the network - them drives them drives them crazy drives. Oh, wait, sorry. I broke out in song, didn't I? Anyway, it was a simple problem that only required removing the USB connection from the zip drive to the server then rebooting the server. Too bad we had to wait until after 1 p.m. for the guy to show up, and since I couldn't access any of the info I needed to do the invoicing or the reports and my boss and I weren't sure what was wrong with the server - I had to recreate all the information by going through the hard copies of all the files we were invoicing. Then I had to use Excel to recreate an exact replica of the invoices we normally generate through our timekeeping system. I invoiced 20 projects this morning! By the time Jonathan showed up, I had a headache and an empty belly. See, I didn't get to go to lunch today because I had to wait for the IT guy. Then I had to get busy logging in all the jobs that came in today but I couldn't log because the system was down. Then I had to input all the data that I had used Excel to create so the timekeeping system would match our actual invoices. Can we say "ACK!???" Then to find out all I had to do was disconnect a cable?!!!!

So, can you see why I didn't have time to do more than just post a few comments today?

I should get an award for "dedication to her job". Otherwise, I would have walked out today. But I'm not stressing too much over the missed lunch - I get to take a double lunch later this week. I'll probably do it on Friday. Then I get a four-day weekend for the holiday. I think I need it.


Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

P.S. This is probably all you're getting from me until Friday. I still have tons of invoicing and reports to do, and have to make up the five hours of time I lost this morning. You'll just have to make do with random comments on all the Clan blogs.

(wjqvdtz - which reminds me of WWJD, except I guess this one stands for "would Jesus quote very dumb teenage zippers?" or something like that)

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

Okay, now I'm getting off here to give Jamie and Ziggy a bath (yep, together. Much fun and splashing - for them, anyway!)

Tooz said...

When we used to give our dog a bath at my home in LaGrange, we used Hartz Mountain flea soap. I guess they probably have something better than that by now--I can still remember how it looked and smelled, though. It was a light brown and smelled like flea soap. Is that what you use on Jamie? I mean Ziggy?

Suze said...

oooh, can we call you jenny now????

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

Um, Suze? The answer is "no". Unless I can call you "Suzie". I just used it because I wanted to sound like Ed McMahon on the Tonight Show (you know, the one that had Johnny Carson on it - that's right, the one that was actually funny!).

But actually I was talking about this with Beck the other night. I really don't care what people call me, so long as it doesn't start with a "B" and rhyme with that thing you scratch. And no, I don't mean "bass". I've heard family call me Jenny my whole life, so I'm kind of resigned to it. In fact, as this stage, I feel so old that calling me a young-ish name is actually a compliment. Although, I want to puke at women in obvious mid-life crisis stage being called "Candi" and "Kristi" with cute little hearts over the "i".

And Tooz, I use Sargent's Pre-Tect flea and tick shampoo on Jamie - I mean, Ziggy. You scrub it on, let it sit for about 5 minutes to kill the fleas, then rinse. Then I use baby tearless shampoo on him. He has severely dry skin, and the flea shampoo makes it worse. So I use a moisturizing tearless formula so he doesn't try to bite me when I accidently get some in his eyes. Then 2 days later I put Frontline Plus on him to deal with any remaining fleas or ticks.

So, Jenny, Jennifer, Jenn, whatever. But I have to put my foot down and say "no" to Jenn-Jenn. That just makes my skin crawl! (And if you call me that, Suze, I'll baby-fy your name, too!)

ann said...

i can't imagine suze saying "jenn jenn." but now that she has a baby, i'm sure she says things like that all the time.

Geron said...

zip drive?

i didn't realize texas still was in the dark ages. next thing they'll discover is that new google thingie

(said with extreme geek sarcasm)

ann said...

geron, was it followed by a snorty laugh and the pushing up of your glasses on your nose?

Suze said...

hee hee, jenn, i just wanted to see how you would respond, and you didn't disappoint :)

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

Geron, we use the zip drive to back up our data once a week. We have six employees, so it isn't really necessary to go to a lot of expense on this. But if you have a solution that is just as cheap, I'd be glad to pass it on to my boss.

And Suze, I figured you were just trying to get a rise out of me. No problem. My family's been doing it for years! LOL


Smile, a four-day weekend is just around the corner!

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