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It has been a really cruddy week (month?), and it isn't over yet. The team is pushing out an important 'game-changing' product (as far as the company's direction is concerned) and it has been nightmarish the past month trying to get any work done. We are a small company so we all have to stop our work in case customer support issues occur and there have been innumerable support issues lately. And not usually the quick and easy kind. One week in April I dedicate the majority of the entire week to a single customer issue.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.
This Monday, my boss gathers us in for a meeting and says that our infrastructure guy (who is also our primary support guy) needs to focus entirely on his work and the rest of the team (which means me) has to take over his support duties. Which is total bullshit because I am the one who is developing nearly the entire new product by myself! It really ticks me off because my boss knows I am going to be able to deliver no matter what load he puts on me, so he just dumps the majority of the work on my desk. That is good, in the sense he trusts and has high expectations for me. But it also sucks because this entire week was a complete waste, drowning in a sea of customer support issues I normally wouldn't handle, and I am going to be working probably 16-20 hours this weekend to try and catch up.
Then tangentially to that, it is apparently Mother's Day this Sunday. Which normal people would be fine with, but I hate being forced/coerced into celebrating these manufactured holidays and I don't want to participate or engage in any of them. Yet, my mom is guaranteed to feel bad about that. She asked me last weekend what the plan was for this wee