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This all-week training would be a challenge under ideal circumstances, because it's packed with hard-to-understand material, and the East Coast time schedule is throwing me all out of whack.

On top of that, since it's being delivered virtually, there's a whole technical component: dual monitors, a "classroom" interface, a phone headset and glasses on all day long, a constant muting and unmuting of the microphone.

Add to that the fact that I'm in the box-a-day Kleenex phase of a nasty cold (coughing should begin tomorrow--hope I remember to mute the microphone), where my lips are chapped from the mouth-breathing, and my nose is sore from the aforementioned tissues, and my ears are a little stuffy and my head hurts--well, in a word: it's no picnic.

I won't dwell upon the scintillating subject matter, or the fact that today was the easy day, according to the instructor.

On the plus side, the bike commute at 5:45 a.m. is lovely and quiet, as is the return journey at 2:00 in the afternoon, and I didn't have to get on an airplane for it. And when it's done, I have four days off!

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Apr. 26th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Wow. I admire you for taking this on. I hope the week passes relatively painlessly.
Apr. 26th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I hope so too--though I'm not feeling very sanguine about it just at the moment. It was performance measure for my job to get a week of technical training in, and with budget and position cuts, I had no wish to be the proverbial low-hanging fruit.

So I bitch online and smile at work!
Apr. 26th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that you have to ride your bike so early when you're sick! But I'm glad to hear that you're making the best of it. &hearts
Apr. 26th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
The early bike riding felt like the silver lining of the whole business, actually. I'm powering down the vitamin C and generally trying to insure that I stay well enough to keep doing it, since I have to go in no matter what.
Apr. 27th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
Maybe you cld have a nap in the afternoon...I love naps! esp when I'm sick. :)
Apr. 27th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
I've never been a napper. My mother tells me that even when I was little, I didn't like to sleep during the day. I may have to depend on early nights and valerian root to get my night-owl self through this skylark schedule.
Apr. 27th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
My sympathy for the awful schedule!
Apr. 27th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Sympathy gratefully accepted.
Apr. 27th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
*big hugs and extra soft kleenex*
Apr. 27th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Those "Puffs with lotion" are actually pretty nice.
Apr. 27th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Wow. If this is anything close to what I had not too long ago, you have my profound sympathies. And admiration at your sheer cussed perseverance. :) Even watching TV was too much for my brain during that whole thing, let alone trying to focus on something so complex and demanding and dry. I don't suppose they're paying hazard pay for this thing?? Yeesh.

::big hugs::
Apr. 27th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
I have never, ever been to a work-related training that I enjoyed. I've rarely ever been to one that was actually relevant.

This one is dry as dust, and only about 40% relevant to my work. Day 2 is more than half over, though.
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