Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, but that's not quite how it worked out yesterday. Mister Bear is in the middle of UAT (User Acceptance Testing) for one of the four projects he's working on this year. This is the stage of computer development where the new program is tested, and tested, and tested again under all kinds of conditions, to make sure that there are no bugs. When a new program is being rolled out, there are three critical stages: UAT, training, and go live. Mister Bear is the project manager - officially - but for this paticular project he is also the tech writer, trainer, tester, ad business analyst. Wearing five hats is difficult at the best of times, but in the middle of UAT...
This week he is also the trainer. Yesterday we ended up at the office for 3 and a half hours while he worked on the training documentation and got everything squared away for training for the next fortnight. That was on top of the two and a half hours at the office on Anzac Day. We all went together so it didn't seem as bad, and I was able to help him a few times so that made his job easier.
We got home in time to prepare afternoon tea as we were having guests: a colleague of Mister Bear's, his partner, and their daughter. Afternoon tea was lovely - they are delightful people and for once I managed not to commit any serious instances of foot in mouth. Their two year old daughter is just gorgeous...very cute, and very well-mannered - just all round charming :)
Dad joined us for dinner - kind of impromptu - and then Mister Bear had another hour's work to do, this time testing and writing up testing documentation.
It was a busy day, but kind of fulfilling in that we got lots done that needed to be done. I hope in some small way I made Mister Bear's burden a bit lighter. The kids were great...it wasn't the most excititng day for them, but they were so patient and good-natured about it - I was proud of them.