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.