When is this going to end?

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Friday, June 9, 2006

I've been on a course for the last 2 days for work, so therefore have not been in the office. I have returned to total chaos and drama. John and I leave next Friday for China for 2 1/2 weeks, and I can't even imagine what I'm going to come back to... two DAYS were bad enough! Don't get me wrong, I really actually enjoy this job. And at times I could see myself staying with this company and continuing on quite happily. But really... why does there always have to be so much drama in a corporate environment? AND my biggest peeve - why so little pre-planning? Every company I have worked for has ended up with last minute panics because of lack of pre-planning - drives me NUTS! Everyone causes themselves so much extra stress unnecessarily because of it. And it saddens me that perfectly capable people feel the need to exert their power in order to feel good enough and worthy of being in the position they are in. I just wish I could close their office door and tell them that they ARE perfectly capable etc and that if they quit stepping on everyone else's toes, they could be very successful. But then, some would see that as being confrontational, when really, it's just one person looking out for another. If I was doing it, I'd want someone to sit me down and acknowledge my abilities and then tell me to knock off the act and just do what I'm apparently really good at. Ok, enough ranting.

We leave in a week - at this time next week I will be in Vancouver already, probably waiting or already boarding my flight to Beijing. We got our tourist visas the other day, so now we just need to find a place to stay our first night there, and of course pack.

I'm rethinking using a palm pilot and a collapsible keyboard and thinking of just using a simple notebook and pen. Then I can pull it out no matter where we are and not worrying about pulling out "the goods" and getting robbed because of it! The only pain - spending all that time in Internet cafes - don't like that. Hmph. Maybe a combination - do both. Take the notebook with me during the day, and then use the palm pilot at night... any suggestions from those of you who have done it? My big thing I'd like to work on this trip - downloading pics WHILE we're on the road. I always say I will do it, but never get around to it. There's got to be an easier way.
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jessica_cdn on

Palm v. notepad
I'm doing a similar thing - going to bring my laptop with me as I have to work on it, but am going to bring a normal paper and pen for jotting down stuff on a bus / cafe etc. 'cause I also don't want to bring out the goods.

incrediblelife on

Re: Palm v. notepad
Ah yes, the age old question of what to bring and how best to track the daily craziness of a trip! Recently in China I ended up going simple - a 5 1/2 x 3 1/2' notebook with 400 pages - turned out to be PERFECT! You wouldn't believe the things I used it for! Sometimes it was as simple as taking notes of train times etc, but that in itself is a good memory and showed what we went through when deciding how to get to places. Plus I made odd notes everywhere we went and then pulled it out when I updated my pod... reminded me of odd things I would have forgotten. I think it's been solved... a little notebook it is! Packing light is always best!

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