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ARGH LIFE EATING JOB

I love having a job. I love work that pays well. I love that I mostly enjoy what I do.

However. This week ... Our product goes into beta release next week, which is a short week.
We have been trying all week to make sure every little bit of functionality gets into the system, AND to ensure that it all builds correctly. I was also assigned a bit of nastywork, in addition to my regular build and test automation (and test automation got short shrift this week!) because the Legal guys need to know the specific type, originator, and LICENSE information for every bit of software on the device. This is, like many embedded systems, a Linux. Where exactly everything came from has been deeply obscured by the many people who have touched it on the way.

All this goes into a spreadsheet, which has three pages of stuff I have to care about.
So, my tables-and-maths brains are destroyed, which of course is ENORMOUSLY helpful when I'm trying to play City of Heroes, as they now have this new 'crafting' thing where you have to do spreadsheet style work to figure out what you want to and can use. And many of my favorite heroes or villains have no functioning enhancements because I left them unimproved for a while until this new stuff came along.

So. All that aside. My brain is ALSO going flat in a way that worries me. My ability to key on names has gone to crap. I forget which acronym is which, I forget who is who, and I don't catch on to stuff I should while doing spreadsheets and such because it's all associative memory stuff, and it doesn't QUITE ping hard enough.

I think this means my medication for narcolepsy is not working right again. Last time this happened, Penny warned me about it. This time, I think I just have to be paranoid. I have an appointment with my neurologist in July. I can handle it until then if I don't get worse, but I need to sleep more carefully, and that means no unexpectedly long 10 hour days.

Which is what this week was all about.

(edit: See, here's an example.)

I meant to include: I was at work for 10 hours at least, every day this week. This left me with only 3 hours for Friday, and a meeting at 2pm, so I stayed home and got to work around 1:00pm. And I just got out at 9pm, because there were three retries on a build, and we found and fixed two problems, and I found the source for another bunch of info that had to go into the COO file, which then ate about four hours painstakingly copying it into the right slots, and replicating it.
The fact that I forgot to include that information, which was why I started this post in the first place, is indicative of what's going worng. Blehg.

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foomf
May. 26th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Alas, cannot do that at work, though I do stop and read google news or some other off-topic thing for ten minutes or so when it gets really bad.

The real drag is when the narcolepsy hits - there's certain times of day when I _always_ get extremely sleepy, and Intel does not have facilities for taking a 10 minute nap (which is what I really need).

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