Happy Easter.  My allergies have been bothering me a lot lately.  (At least I think it’s allergies.)  I took a generic Claritin last night before bed, but it really didn’t help much.  This morning, I ran out to Walgreen’s and picked up some generic Zyrtec (Wal-Zyr).  I just took one, and I sure hope it works.

For Many Employees, A Dream Job Is One That Isn’t a Nightmare

And one more WSJ article! This ties into the stress factor mentioned in my last post. And here’s an article on burnout from CNET. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about job-related stress, and what I can do to minimize the amount of stress, both for myself and for the people who report to me. I really think I *do* like my job, though it’s challenging at times. I do get stressed out a lot. I’ve found that a quick afternoon trip to Starbucks helps out, if I’m feeling weird. And I try to shift gears between different projects often, if one particular thing is driving me nuts. And of course I try to remember the advice of people like David Allen and Randy Pausch, in terms of keeping things in perspective and keeping things organized.

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Gut Check: Why Doctors Say Not All Fat Is Created Equal

Okay, here’s another WSJ article. This article, on risks associated with “beer bellies,” plus sites like this one on diabetes, are motivating me to try and lose some weight. I’ve been going out for walks pretty much every day for the last couple of weeks. And I’ve been trying to keep to a (somewhat) reasonable and healthy diet. The WSJ article mentions that stress comes into play here, too. I don’t know if there’s much I can do about that, though, especially if I’m going to be drinking less beer!

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