Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Days of Our Lives

Every few months we have a “cut-over” at work. This is when we move new models and code into production. You get the idea, I can see 90% of my readers sagely nodding their heads. This is life as we know it since school. This might be life as we know it forever...but no, no point depressing you first thing in the morning.

During every cut-over I think, after this one, I’m gonna chill for sometime. Just chill, take it easy, goof off at work. But soon enough along comes another. I should be fair and say that a long stretch without the familiar throb also makes me uneasy, makes me wonder, is this getting stale....what’s my life about, where am I going? Stuff that when I don’t have too much time in my hands seem like a jobless donkey’s thoughts.

So yesterday was one such day and the hubby found me logged on back to the servers at work even though he returned pretty late himself. I was typing furiously.

He: Dinner?
Me: *Blank look*
He: Okiee. *Heading towards take-out menu drawer* Thai?

Now, the man tries to disguise his joy when I haven’t whipped up something for dinner but every once in a while the glow speaks for itself. Take-out means chicken, catfish, shrimp, or other lovely, delectable, innocent creatures, followed by no dish washing. It’s a good day. An open-your-beer-and-swing-your-legs-onto-the-coffee-table day.

Ambling over, he says

After this cut-over, you want to take a small vacation?

Me: *Looking up greedily* YES!
He: Thanksgiving then. Small one.
Me: *Excited now* I’ll have more vacation time next year!
He: Me too!


Me: Oh.
He: Yeah.
He: Thanksgiving then.
I nod.

Every once a while, when one is submerged in the usual grind, one may forget. That’s OK, the kid will have a lot of stuff to get even with us for. It can just add this to the list.

We won’t be able to celebrate after every cut-over is over next year...
He: *Leans in at a very third-degree-style* Hon, next year’s cut-over is never going to be over.

I swing back to my monitor. This one’s a lark.


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Anonymous Ash said...

Hehe, yeah, I'm looking forward to hear how you tackle all the up-coming workload :) Btw, around when when should I be sending gifts and cards along ?

3:48 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Ash: Good one, you seem to ask the questions that matter.. :)

Gabby: Yup, when's that project cut over scheduled to be?

8:19 PM  
Blogger AmitL said...

cut-over?That's a new one for me.:)So,when're u taking a mini-vacation and chill?Suggestion:Amble over to Dubai during Jan'06...the DSF month.

8:55 PM  
Blogger visithra said...

awww hehehe

9:20 PM  
Blogger Parna said...

wonderful! all other halves are the same. honestly i don't mind take-outs myself. :p saves me the cooking from time to time :) and hey! do put up some photos of the nursery, if you are doing up one. would love to have a peek.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Rash said...

ummm...i love takeouts. i love anything that reduces my workload

12:46 AM  
Blogger Megha said...

Damn, how DID I miss this! CONGRATULATIONS Gabby! A big huge whopping one! Shame on me for not doing this sooner, but standard excuses apply so we won't go there today, pliss pliss?

And yesh, we're very excited to hear about distended belly-buttons and other argh-but-aww stuff! :) And we'll even sympathetically pat you all through it, since we've done this once before with the sister!

Hearty congratulations once again! *hugs* :)

2:54 AM  
Blogger Übermaniam said...

Jesus, that Vishtara scared. Thank god for your post. Made me smile. Hmm...jesus, that Vishtara scared me. thank god...damn, she must have scared me good. Thank god for...cheers and ciao. :-)

3:19 AM  
Blogger Rhyncus said...

And imagine, soon, you'll have to up your take-out orders...such earthshaking changes.

3:47 AM  
Blogger alpha said...

very cute post. whenever you have cut-overs, it's a nightmare for everyone around. I shud keep away from you all of next year.:)

The daily unusual is really unusual!

5:16 AM  
Blogger phatichar said...

OK, didn't quite get the cut-over thing..but yeah, i can totally relate to the diminished 'social' happenings after the stork's arrival. But hey, tht's a different kinda fun. You'll know. :)

7:13 AM  
Blogger pingoo said...

So, after every cut over u have a little vacation ?? nice nice.

Now, the man tries to disguise his joy when I haven’t whipped up something for

oh really ? r u terrible in the kitchen ?? :p .. jk :).

waise thai take outs are cool..I like it spicy...burn-everything-from-tounge to-ass-without-gas kinda spicy .

7:21 AM  
Blogger Prerona said...

i know JUST what u mean. i love takeaways too - for the same reason - though it gives me heartburn later :(

life as u know it will change ... wont it? spooky!!! but nice ...

PS - This is what the wordverification says: fckuk

7:32 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

okie.. could not resist it.. Was readng the comments and saw that the word verification thingy was - MUMflxve!

MUM's the word i guess :D

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Ashok said...

Ah the open-your-beer-and-swing-your-legs-onto-the-coffee-table feeling is one to be felt.

Those days are numbered too. Mine are gone. No regrets though!

8:59 AM  
Blogger gvenum said...

I have to give it to Mr Gabby. He is a good man. (now where's my check Mr G)

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's okay dearie. I've forgotten about being pregnant and raised a toast and downed a whole glass of wine myself. Tra La La!

NOT to give you ideas!

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry. It's crazy only for the first year, things do ease out after that.

All my love

2:57 PM  
Anonymous ?! said...

Peg ... you're pregnant for a YEAR ?

Hoo boy, these phoreners overdo EVERYTHING ...

5:12 AM  
Blogger VC said...

I think what you meant to say was, after the first year, one learns to live with the craziness and the best way of doing that is to go crazy, yourself. At least, that's what I did :).
Gabby, don't say nobody warned you!!!

8:58 AM  
Blogger Übermaniam said...

i've already
been here

10:07 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Ash - Mar '06 baby. gifts and cards are eagerly awaited the rest of the time too! :)

Anti - See Ash puts the questions nicely...mentioning gifts and all. Ask that way and you always get an answer!

Amit - Jan '06? My man, you couldn't have picked a more complicated time....Ah well, some day.

visithra - good, amusement is good.

Parna - Yup...wanna do that pretty bad. Starting with these cutains that have giraffes on them. maha cute.

8:46 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

rash - when acidity rules your world (as it does mine), the workload seems more agreeable :)

Megha - where you been girl? Thanks thanks. Good, we can compare notes as we go!

Daily unusual - There there it's OK. Don't be scared. (What are we comforting you for exactly?)

rhyncus - sarcasm hahn...? doesn't suit you Rhyncy!...believe you me, you don't wanna hear about the big changes!

Alpha - Come now, you haven't ever been burned that bad! I used to keep my pain to myself :)

8:50 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Phatichar - My social life will evolve - that's how I like to see it. Into a smaller select group! Hee Hee!

Pingoo - without-gas is good. How do you manage that though? No, don't answer that question, it's ok.

Prerona - You said it. And the word verification sums up a lot of feelings doesn't it?

Anti - Putting your's and Prerona's words takes us to the whole new level of gaalis. So no, no more word veri jokes please!

Ashok - the "no-regrets" I hear is what keeps me going :) Thanks.

8:57 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

gvenum - My G has no money. Open your mouth and he'll tell you about the house and if it's not enough, about the baby. You might wanna give him some at the end of it! LOL!

Anon - Whoa! Baby turned out OK I take it. "Happy" but with no withdrawal symptoms I guess! Beautiful.

Peggy - ist year after teh baby arrives I take it :). Yes, that's what I'm given to hear. One loooong year it's gonna be.

?! - Stop. Be nice. Phoreners are not elephants. (16 months, can YA BELIEVE IT?)

vc - A new equilibrium. An unstable one! One little nudge and the system will come crumbling down :) I've seen it happen.

Daily - You're a polite one.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Twilight Fairy said... I am :)

I can see you are still getting "used to" your new status :)

11:49 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

Rule no 1 : don't plan the next year. Or do, actually, it'll give you something to laugh 'bout later.

( Nice ? When have EVER been anything but nice? No fence,Peg.)

11:27 PM  
Blogger Rhyncus said...

Sigh, you'll deny me my daily dose of sarcasm as well?? But do tell about the 'big' changes, I love hearing about these happening to others. :)

11:57 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: I believe in gifting the most trendsetting gifts. So, you have to wait till March '06. Essentially I don't need no answers. I will find out when things happen and fear not, the gifts will fly in :)

8:43 AM  
Blogger KJ said...



1:09 AM  
Blogger visithra said...

happy diwali ;)

1:15 AM  
Blogger manuscrypts said...

a happy diali to u :)

3:29 AM  
Blogger phatichar said...

Now, THAT's a thought! keep it up, girl.. :) Hey, happy diwali to you...

5:29 AM  
Blogger Pallavi said...

hahaha happy cutover ????

1:24 AM  
Blogger Prerona said...

lol - gabby, anti - just read the reply :)

3:37 PM  

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