I've been following Hurricane Ike all day and will probably be continuing to do so late into the night. Now that I have my new phone, I've been tracking these hurricanes like crazy. Between the phone and the hurricanes, I'm not getting much sleep lately. I'm trying to find the best coverage, switching frantically between Hurricane City, Barometer Bob, IPR, CNN and the Weather Channel to the point where I feel like my head is spinning. This is all so exciting! From the way they are talking, this thing could be nearly cataclysmic, although the media tends to overdo hurricanes a lot, so we'll see what happens.
It feels good to be away from work, as I feel like I'm working myself to death there and seriously need a break longer than just a two-day weekend. I'm happy to report that overall, things are going quite well at work, and my supervisors seem quite pleased with my performance and progress. Actually, I'm also quite pleased with my progress. When I first started there, I felt like I was checking Google a million times a day for unfamiliar things in the reports, but now, I hardly ever consult Google. Also, I've gotten much more efficient, using shortcuts and timesaving techniques to increase my productivity. The one thing I did that has really saved a lot of time is to set Jaws so that it speaks each word as I type it. I always said that I couldn't stand my screen reader talking while I was typing, but I realized that going back and proofreading from the top down was one of the bottlenecks in my productivity. Now, with word echo turned on, I know right away when I've made a mistake, so I can correct it right on the fly. It took me a while to get used to doing things this way, but it has made a huge difference. Most exciting of all is simply the fact that I feel competent now. I feel like I can really trust myself and can be trusted by the people I work for. Oh sure, there is still a lot for me to learn because the language of medicine changes and evolves all the time, and there are still types of work I haven't done yet, but I'm getting to the point now where I can really say that I know my stuff.