Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chilling with the snowdrops

DSC01151 (1300x867)Today was the day for submitting our Technical File to our regulator, but a couple of key bits were still missing.  The Notified Body was gracious about accepting a 12-hour slip, but it was difficult for me to step back and accept that we needed to accept a delay.
DSC01155 (867x1300)In research, always a first time for a new technology or product category, we only have best guesses of when things will be done. A board layout takes a month instead of a week; a clinical finding requires an investigation; a failed test necessitates a redesign.
It’s always something, and thus rare to hit a milestone on time (although we always hit them in sequence).
DSC01166 (1300x867)Nonetheless, when I push myself to meet a committed deadline, I hate to give it up.  When my Body Pump instructor says to give it my all for another eight presses, I don’t have an extra four in me at the end.  If I say I’ll stop at the next turn-off, I know its irritating to ask to go one more stop.   Similarly, if co-workers put in extra effort to finish on-time, I not right for me to slip the deadline.
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This time, though, the job was huge, the delay small, and I’d had my say abut the situation.  It was time to step back and take a walk in the woodlands.
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It’s snowdrop season in the UK, the first certain breath of spring.  The white flowers bloom in forests in February, and it’s been a couple of years since our last visit to Welford Park to see the display.
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It was chilly, wet, fairly deserted at mid-week.  Admission still seems steep at £6 per head.  ‘But the forests and grounds are lovely, and it’s a nice fugue to lose myself in the fresh air and flowers for a few hours.
Tomorrow, we finish.
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