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So now that you've thought on that one...

What was interesting about the announcement is that upon reading it, my problem employee looked shocked and mad. I asked what was wrong and she said, "You should get it. He's at your desk every 5 minutes if he doesn't know the answer to something." It was funny and really nice of her. I told her that I'm really happy for him and wish him the best of luck. When we talked about it later, she said, "If I want someone who is going to be my friend and let me vent, I can go to him. But if I have a question and I want to know the right answer, then I come to you."

I've had plenty of warning. In February, my ex-boss told me that he had recommended the person for his position but was worried that he didn't have the foresight to think about the department in a strategic manner. This is true. My ex-boss' boss had also talked to me about it a few months ago. He said that he'd like to give the fellow a chance for 6 months to a year to prove himself and if it doesn't work he's gone. Maybe if I had stepped up and said, "I'm not looking for another job; I want to lead the department." then I would have been considered for it. I don't want the job. Maybe four years ago I would have considered it. Right now I see that position as a scapegoat position - it's not a leadership position.

Yesterday was my husband's birthday. I left work early, picked up some groceries to make dinner, and spent some time with him and the dog on the front porch. We ended up going out to eat to a place around the corner we don't go to very often. It's a wood-fired pizza place called Figlio. It was good! I felt really pampered and had a good time. We came back home to watch the first episode of Real World in Austin and then just kind of hung out the rest of the night. I was asleep before 11pm.

Over the weekend we saw the subtitled Howl's Moving Castle which I enjoyed very much. Today I saw The Duplex which has to be one of the worst movies ever made. Still, it's no Hairshirt.