June 10, 2005

Pain in the Neck

Melissa and I have been helping out with our church's Vacation Bible School again this year. Melissa is a teacher proper, and I watch the little ones in the nursery, including our Matthew. Apparently I've pulled something in my neck in the process of corraling the tykes and carrying them around. Yesterday I woke up unable to turn my head without my whole body following suit.

The doctor agreed and gave me some mild muscle relaxers, with instructions to take it easy for a few days. He was right, they are not the knock-you-on-your-ass kind of pills that I'd take before. They do make me sluggish and a bit hazy, but I'm still clear enough to take them at work, with a cuppa joe to counteract the side effects. The only other effect is that it makes me grumpy, from a combination of the pain and the pills.

On the positive side, I've signed on for a new assignment at work that will have me billable for three months minimum, but more likely 6-12. Ends up that Kelly, a friend of mine from my first Job at Alltel, recommended me for the position. I'll be back to being a Technical Business Analyst, running reports and working between clients and programmers again, but I don't mind the change of pace one bit. It's another "Virtual Team" environment, where members are based out of offices across the country, supporting centers in Jacksonville, Chicago and Little Rock. So I may not ever meet these people, or talk to them outside of Instant Messenger.

Also, since most of them telecommute, I'm going to try working from my in-laws' basement two days a week. It's got a desk setup, printer and a DSL like I can use, and it's only 20 minutes drive instead of 90 to Buckhead. I'll let you know how it goes.

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