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Boooring this-is-my-life post

I think the hardest thing about taking a couple days off is how unbelievably LOOONG the next week feels.

Overall, it wasn't too bad considering. I did have a ridiculously pleased moment of vindication when it turned out an issue that I have been trying to get the helpdesk / workday / ETL folks to resolve since February WAS EXACTLY WHAT I SUSPECTED IT WAS ALL ALONG!!!

A couple months ago, the powers that be moved all the folders around. When the UK team came to me saying their agent file wasn't updating, it was the VERY FIRST THING I REPORTED TO IT! I mean, the master folder moved.... makes sense whatever backed SQL process they had running wouldn't work anymore, but despite that fact that I filed at least 3 tickets, no one could ever seem to put 2 and 2 together. After this came back to me again last week for the umpteenth time, my manager went to the ETL team lead and asked him to provide the SQL code, and lo and behold - they discovered the process was failing.

When I got the email, I actually jumped up out of my chair, both fists in the air and yelled, "HA! You MORONS! I was RIGHT!"

In other news, I ended up on the freaking board of directors again.

Even after swearing I was not going to get sucked into serving on the board this year, and telling at least 5 people who wanted to nominate me that I didn't want to run, I foolishly did not refuse when the current president nominated me in front of the entire membership. *sigh*

I've lived here for 20 years now, and I've been on the board at least a third of that time. I honestly don't mind serving, I think it's important for all members to get involved in the governance of the co-op. BUT. There is currently a woman on the board who I cannot STAND to work with. I've been on the board with her before, and I have turned down nominations several times specifically because I DO NOT want to work with her. She had a stroke a number of years back, and the unfortunate reality is she has no business being on the board of directors. Her behavior and treatment of people was radically affected by the stroke, and she's mean, spiteful, petty and really difficult to work with. My cope is severely compromised these days, and if she pulls the same shit on me that she did the last time I served with her, there are going to be some harsh words. I have zero shits to give if people think that she deserves kid glove treatment because she's had a stroke - if she's unstable, she has no fucking business being on the board of directors in the first place.

Argle bargle. I'm pretty sure this is more of that stress the doc told me I am supposed to be avoiding.

The boy child is done at school. Today was the last day - he has officially completed the software developer course. His team did an industry project for Hootsuite, which he was pretty excited about. Also, during the last week of his course, he was creating some kind of online game as part of a job application for some local tech company - considering he had a week to build and deploy while he was working on his industry project, I was pretty impressed he got it out the door before the cut off. Even if they don't get back to him, it's something else impressive on his github page.

I'm still working on the HP movies. I re-watched Order of the Phoenix with the middle child last night. I wanted to smack Fudge. Luna made me happy - she really is a delight. I was incensed on Harry's behalf when he finally lost it and yelled at Dumbledore to look at him. I laughed so much at the Weasley twins antics and hissed with rage at Umbridge. How much do I adore these movies? THIS MUCH!

I'm tired. I should sleep, but what I'm probably going to do is read HP fic until 5 am and then sleep in ridiculously late. Then coffee. Then I HP marathon Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hollows 1 & 2. It's been really good re-watching the movies after reading all this fic. So much stuff from the books ends up in fic, and it's made things I never noticed before pop out. I'm going to be sad to be done.

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May. 20th, 2017 09:00 pm (UTC)
What does your Board of Directors direct - if you can tell me?
It's hard working with people like that ...
May. 27th, 2017 12:11 am (UTC)
The BOD here handles the overall management of the co-op. So we get monthly reports about maintenance, finances, that sort of thing. The BOD approves new members, signs cheques, handles member issues like breaking the occupancy agreement or not paying housing charges. The last few years, the BOD has dealt with the companies we hired to do the renos, so they get status reports and bring member complaints or any issues with the contractors to the meetings.

It's work, but I think all members should serve at least one term to really understand how co-ops work and to have some understanding of the work that goes into the governance of a co-op.
May. 21st, 2017 08:35 am (UTC)
Ugh, yeah. If she can't handle blunt honesty, she has no business being on the board. Tip toeing around someone does them no good. I hope everything works out with that!

I keep meaning to reread the HP books, but there's just so much else I want to read. It's a hard life for a reader ;) I'm glad you're enjoying your movie rewatch!
May. 27th, 2017 12:29 am (UTC)
I think the biggest issue I have is that she's had a brain injury that has caused her behavior to change - no fault of her own - but no one else will call her on her shit. Because it's mean. Or something.

Seriously. What the fuck. If you are a paraplegic, you can't be a fireman. Doesn't mean it's a personal failing, you just can't physically do the job. Well, her stroke messed with her personality and her ability to control her emotions and the very inappropriate way she addresses the general membership. She can't be a good board member. It's not a personal failing. It's literally a problem in her brain.

I'm not going to put up with this this time. If she spews on me, I'm going to push back. I just don't want to deal with shite from other directors who may feel that I'm being unfair.

Gah. Trying not to borrow trouble here. I'll wait and see what happens.

Hmmm, HP. Finally re-watched Deathly Hallows pt2 night before last. It really was fantastic. After reading so much fic with different views of who Lucius, Narcissa and Draco are, I found myself really paying careful attention to who they were on the screen, and I felt like I really got much more out of it than when I first watched.

I don't think I really saw the reluctance in Draco the first time round - I just had him solidly pegged as this whiney coward. Suddenly, he seemed like a lot more. Conflicted, sad, terrified really. And Harry telling Ron and Hemione that no, Draco was lowering his wand, he wasn't going to kill Dumbeldor, and then asking Draco why he didn't tell in the Manor when he clearly *knew* it was Harry... watching Draco reluctantly cross the courtyard at Hogwarts to his mother and father. I didn't *see* this Draco the first time. I see him now.

And I don't think I noticed how disheveled and terrified Lucius looked when Voldy was in the manor, when Voldy took his wand, when he berated him. For the first time I saw a man who was coming to realize the full depth of his folly, the meaninglessness of wealth and position in the Voldemort hierarchy when it meant his family was at risk. He wasn't any less of an arrogant, bigoted racist, but he grokked the evil in a way he never had previously - mostly, I think, because now he had a son being affected by it.

So. Yeah. So very interesting. I think I could read volumes on the post war Malfoy family coming to terms with everything. Oh wait - I AM!!
May. 21st, 2017 01:45 pm (UTC)
Luna is my favorite. <3

Sorry to hear you're stuck on the board again.
May. 27th, 2017 12:30 am (UTC)
To be fair, being on the BOD really isn't so bad - it's mostly that I don't want to deal with that one woman.

But. I will deal.
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