Off to New York for New Year's. Should be back on the 2nd.
Ever get the feeling that the universe hates you? This whole trip attempt has been subject to Murphy's Law from the get go, culminating last night. First, I fail to find tickets for the days I wanted, and ended up getting a round trip starting on Dec 24 and ending on Jan 1, which was about the shortest amount of time that would be worthwhile. Then I get sick on the 24th, to the point of seriously doubting my ability to make it to the airport, let alone enduring the transatlantic flight. I end up dragging myself to the airport anyway on sheer force of will, going through registration, getting on the plane, and then drifting off, waking up an hour later while still on the runway to the announcement that both this flight and the next one have been canceled due to weather conditions in Philadelphia (which was the first connection in my 3-hop flight). I spent the following hour in line for the registration desk, and then was presented with the choice of going a day later or getting a full refund. Since the original schedule was already bare bones, and the mere thought of going through it all over again the next day was more than I could bear, I decided to go with the refund, and my parents agreed with the decision. So I guess I'll be spending the holidays here in Pittsburgh, and will see about seeing my folks sometime in late February or early March.
Looks like between the sudden cold snap and me getting little sleep due to work and Warcraft, I've managed to develop a cold of some sort. At the very least I've been feeling kind of dizzy and braindead all day long. I guess I should be happy that I'm getting this now, with 9 days to burn through it before my flight to Switzerland is due, rather than on the day I left like on my last trip to see my folks. ^^;
Speaking of which, my parents randomly decided that they missed me enough to offer to pay for tickets to come visit them for the holidays, so I'll be in the land of cheese, chocolate, and cuckoo clocks between December 24 and January 1. Should be able to handle most potential work emergencies remotely, and showed one of our research programmers how to reset the servers in case they're too far gone for remote administration, so I'm leaving with a fairly clean conscience (not to mention that email and Matlab will probably be the last thing on my users' minds over that time period).
Yesterday was particularly annoying since the Center's trustees were having their annual meeting, and all had Powerpoint presentations they needed help setting up. So I was at the office from about 7:30am to 6pm, running around from one emergency to the next for most of the time. Then I got home only to discover that the WoW login servers were fubar after the latest server patch, so I took the opportunity to finally dig through the huge pile of unopened mail that has all but assimilated my computer desk. There was enough paper to fill up a waste basket by the time I was done, and that's in spite of the fact that all the obvious junk mail was dumped upon reception and never even made it to the desk. Mmm, procrastination... Still, sorted through all the paperwork (luckily 99% of it was just notices, statements, and non-obvious junk mail), renewed my car insurance and registration (ow! my wallet!) and filed everything where it belonged. All in all a day that was as productive as it was frantic.
About the only thing left to process is a parking ticket that I got while my car was stolen. Apparently whoever took it ditched it on a hydrant and the parking cops got to it before the real ones did. Still not sure if I want to go through the trouble of fighting it, since it involves getting a formal written statement from the officers who found the car and an appearance in traffic court. On one hand, $45 isn't worth all that hassle, on the other I really hate giving money to the government, especially when it's money I don't owe it.