Roll-out stress

Every time we get near the end of a software project, the rollout stress becomes almost unbearable.  Each time I think how I never want to go through this again, but somehow, I get through it.  What hasn’t helped much this time around is the fact that my right hand is still in a lot of pain.  I have a pretty high tolerance for pain and so I don’t think I realize how bad it sometimes gets.  Last night, it was bad enough for me to sleep in the guest room so that I didn’t disturb Kelly with my tossing and turnings.  She has a difficult enough time sleeping, being more than 7 months pregnant.

I called my doctor this morning and left a message to see if he can recommend someone closer to home who can take a look at it.  Initially, he told me that if it wasn’t better when I got back from L.A., I should see this other doctor he often refers people to up in P.G. County.  But I don’t have the time to go up to P.G. County.  Something closer would be nice and so I am hoping I hear from him today.  Also, I don’t think the weather is helping any.  Or the fact that I am spending my days typing.  But what can I do?

On a more positive note, we have our first baby class tonight, part one in a series of four weekly classes on birthing.  We have other classes scattered through April as well, but tonight is our first.  We are supposed to bring two pillows and a blanket and meet in the hospital lobby.  I don’t suppose it will be difficult identifying the other class members.

I watched the series finale of Life on Mars last night.  Without giving any spoilers away, all I’ll say is that I was actually pretty happy with the ending, although there were similarities to a Joe Haldeman novel from a few years back that didn’t make it completely original.  But it was a satisfying conclusion.

I watched a couple of more episodes of Cosmos yesterday and I’m still enjoying it.  I had intended to get some writing done, but work stress, to say nothing of my hand kept me from it.  No, that’s not entirely true.  I could have written something, but I was just plain lazy.

Originally published at From the Desk of Jamie Todd Rubin. You can comment here or there.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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