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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
10:32 am
Well they shut off LJ access at work. Then I quit that job back in September and got a new job also with LJ firewalled. I'm home sick today, though. Also, I sorta hate my new job. Alas.

Oh, and I'm way pregnant. Like, I'm due next week. I'm having contractions right now, even.

Current Mood: okay
Monday, May 24th, 2010
11:25 am
Lost thoughts (but no spoilers)
I'd love to dig into all the bits and pieces, but I don't have time. Still, I wanted to comment on this:

If you wanted concrete answers...not so much. If you wanted a satisfying ending to the journeys of these particular characters...yes. Very much so.

I thought it was beautiful and emotional. I'm still feeling joyful despite being sad that it is over.

Current Mood: thankful
Friday, May 14th, 2010
8:30 am
So. The Cleveland Cavaliers, the team with the best regular season record and led by incredible talent and league MVP LeBron James, got bounced from the second round of the playoffs last night by the veteran Boston Celtics.

This is a huge shock to everyone. Everyone, that is, except for Cleveland sports fans. For us, this is just the annual crushing heartbreak that one or more of our sports franchises visits upon us without fail.

Look, I know there are way more important things. I know that children are starving and the economy is a mess and politicians are tearing the fabric of our country apart by being more interested in winning than in working. I know that there are huge wars and individual heartbreaks and people who are lost and hurting. I know that I have job worries and family troubles to take care of and all manner of real life things to concern myself with.

But today I don't care. Today, I'm trying to fight back tears because my team lost and our star let us down and he's probably leaving. I feel like I'm at the beginning of a bad breakup- I feel betrayed, but I don't want him to leave. And I hate myself for wanting him to stay and I hate him for not acting like he wants to stay.

It was a restless night at our house. Hard to sleep when you feel like this. My husband figures that he'll never see a Cleveland championship in his lifetime. Mind you, he's only 36, so most likely he has a while to bear that out. Still...I see his point. It feels like that. It really does.


Current Mood: depressed
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm
You catch more flies with honey...
The guy I just spoke to on the phone for work is a known shit-stirrer, a gossip, and a disorganized work-shirker. But I'll tell you what, he's a pleasant fellow to talk to and he always, always compliments me, my work, and my department- both to me and to my boss. So, yeah, I totally know he's blowing smoke, but I much prefer working with him than to the honest, hard-working hard-asses around here who can barely be bothered to smile and say hello.

I feel guilty about that, on some level.
Thursday, February 18th, 2010
2:21 pm
Solicitation for input
I'm bored. I either need a new job or a new hobby.

Friday, February 5th, 2010
10:08 am
I made it, no real problems. I'm working from home today so I could sleep in a bit, wait around for the water heater inspector, and avoid the snow storm we're going to get hit with.

It is gooooood to be home.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
3:05 pm
With any luck, the airport is clear here tomorrow, the weather is bad enough to delay my flight in Stockholm for a little while (my connection is really, really tight), but not enough to ground us, so I make my flight in Copenhagen. If I don't, and I'm stuck overnight in Europe, then I run the risk of not being able to get into DC tomorrow in the snow storm.

Send good travel thoughts toward northern Europe, please!
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
8:11 am
It has been snowing all day. The Swedes are all like, "damn, that's a lot of snow." I'm just awed by how beautiful it is- as I don't have to drive in it or anything, I'm just enjoying it. Everyone says this is the most "traditional" Swedish winter they've had in several years, and although I can't attest to that, I can say that it looks exactly like that stereotypical image you have in your head when I say "Winter in Sweden."

My only concern is that it might impede me getting out of here on Thursday if this keeps up. On the other hand, this IS northern Sweden and these folks know how to handle winter weather. I'm really not that worried.
Sunday, January 31st, 2010
11:58 am
Helloooo, luggage?
Well, I'm in Sweden. It is snowing lightly, but because it is Sunday the hotel restaurant is closed so I had to go across the street and get fast food (Max burgers are good, though, this isn't really a hardship). My first and second flights were both delayed- I caught my third plane with literally five minutes to spare. I was not one bit surprised that my suitcase didn't make it with me. My biggest problem was fear that the bus from the airport to the hotel would leave without me while I was filling out the missing luggage report. This airport is too small to have a fleet of taxis just waiting around. You have to arrange them in advance to come get you. So if the bus had gone without me, I'd have had to wait for one of the previously-booked cabs to take their fares into town and then come back.

Fortunately, that "tiny town, tiny airport" phenomenon works for good, too- because the airport desk guy yelled out to the bus driver to wait for me, and he did. Ha!

So I'm going to be in sweats for work tomorrow, but I will have a clean t-shirt and panties (I always have those in my carry-on), so I'll be overly casual but not smelly.

Now I have to do a few hours of work so 1) I'm ready for the project I'm in Sweden to actually do tomorrow, and 2) to keep myself awake until a reasonable time to sleep. Tired as I am, I really shouldn't go to bed at 6pm.
Thursday, January 28th, 2010
1:38 pm
As You Wish
Rachel is recovering from the nastiest-looking case of Hand, Foot, & Mouth disease that I've ever seen. The other two kids at daycare have it now, too (thanks, Rachel!). I'm home from work with an ear ache. The doctor looked in my ear and said I just needed a nasal decongestant to reduce some middle-ear fluid. So I'm doing that and trying to work. However, the neighbor is doing some sort of home repair and keeps. on. hammering. on our shared wall (we live in a townhouse). So that's fun.

I'm leaving for Sweden on Saturday, back on Thursday. The warmest day I'm there will get up to 17 F. That's -8 C. A big change from the chilly but not bad weather here this week, although we do expect some snow over the weekend.

My mom was here last weekend. She and my aunt came through on their way to Florida. It was great timing because we needed a babysitter of Saturday so we could go to a wedding, and then they stayed an extra day to watch Rachel so I could work (she was still too sick to go to daycare).

I've been so busy with work and houseguests and sick kids, etc., that I've only read two more books-

3) Born Fighting, by Jim Webb. Webb is a US Senator. He is also a novelist and wanna-be historian. In this book, he outlines the culture and history of the ethnic group called the Scots-Irish (or Scotch-Irish), and makes a case for their culture being sort of the bedrock of the blue-collar American culture today. Very interesting, if not wholly convincing.

4) The Princess Bride, by William Goldman. After the rather poderous historical records in the previous book, I needed something light. This is definitely a re-read, but I really just love the book. Also, you can tell the author is a screenwriter who did his own adaptation for the movie- some of the stuff that you would assume was just for the screen is really in the book!

Oh, and my fic auction got up to $50, so I'll be writing something shortly. I feel great having done a small thing to earn more money for the Haitian relief effort.

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, January 14th, 2010
1:11 pm
Doing something to help
OK, so here's the thing. I'm going to donate some money to Haiti relief, but it is more satisfying to actually do something.

So, I'm offering my scant skill as a fanfic writer up for the highest bidder. A very cool website has been organized to help raise money for charity. If you are a writer, editor, artist, baker, or just about anything, you can put your skills up for bid, with the proceeds being donated to charity. Here's a link to my humble offering, but I know there are talented people who read this blog who may be able to offer something. Or, you know, bid. That would be OK too.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
3:54 pm
I visited Haiti twice in my teens- when I was 14 or 15, and again when I was 18. It was very hot and very, very poor, and the work I did there (helping to clear a field to build a clinic, weeding a pineapple patch, and working with the sponsored children at the missionary school) was very hard and very rewarding.

The missionaries we went to work with had a "compound" for lack of a better word, including the church, the classrooms, a small dormitory for visiting groups, and, in the later visit, a clinic.

Right now, a group of 58 ladies is down there to distribute the special gifts, etc. that sponsors had sent for the school kids for Christmas. When the earthquake hit, several of them experienced minor injuries, but nothing serious. The village, however, was not as lucky. Gretchen, the wife of the missionary couple, is reporting that villagers are crowding the compound looking for shelter and medical attention- the nearest hospital collapsed in the earthquake. She's a nurse and they have the clinic, but they aren't an urgent care facility and they are not at all equipped for this. She's already tried to treat one child who died of blood loss, and another toddler whose amputated arm she bandaged with duct tape for lack of anything else to use.

My main memories of Haiti are the heat and the poverty. I can't help but wonder what happens when people who have virtually nothing lose even that.
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
8:23 am
Happy New Year!
You know, I check LJ just about every other day, but I sort of forget to post.

Anyway, Rachel enjoyed her second Christmas. She looooves the "lies" on the "tee." She's a big fan of "Sanna!" (except when we went to see him live for pictures. Then she hated him.)

We went to a party, an actual grown-up party, for NYE. Rachel stayed overnight at her daycare lady's house. Everyone had fun, but I think we're all still trying to get back to our normal schedule.

At the end of the month I'm going to a fancy wedding. My mom and I took two days to find me a dress- we estimated that I tried on at least 45 dresses before I found one that was both attractive and appropriate. Now I'm trying to decide which crash-diet technique to try so that I feel like I actually look nice in said dress. Thus far, I'm employing the "sit around and eat exactly as much as normal while complaining about how fat you are" method. We'll see how that goes.

In other news, work continues to be busy and stupid, but at least so far they haven't cut off access to LJ, so I'll be watching you, even if I do forget (or am too lazy) to update.

OH! I'm going to keep track of my 2010 books (I read a ton in 2009 but didn't keep track). I'm already off to a good start, with 2:

1) Blood Rites - this is a book in Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series. I really like Harry and his adventures.

2) Ballad - Mary Steifvater. I may have TOTALLY butchered that woman's name. The sequel to "Lament," this book is about the continuing adventures of some musical prodigies who run afoul of the fae. The structure of this book was very interesting- the heroine and main POV character of the first book, Diedre, is moved almost entirely off-stage, so that we only know what is happening to her from the other character's viewpoint and the content of text messages that she doesn't send. Unfortunately, Dee is so ridiculously self-absorbed and idiotic even in these small glimpses that she rivals Bella Swan as my most-hated fictional heroines ever.
Monday, December 21st, 2009
8:44 am
We got a ton of snow this weekend. I'm guessing about 15-16 inches in the front yard. The back deck got more because of the wind. Rachel is intrigued by the "'no" but she didn't want to go play in it. She's very particular about where she puts her feet.

Our office is open today but not one person of the six in my department is actually going in. Keith and I managed to dig one of our cars out yesterday but the other got the double whammy of being at the bottom of a steep embankment (so snow slid down onto the top of it, about 2 feet worth) and having the snowplow push the street's snow up behind it. So Keith took Rachel to daycare in my car this mornign and I'm working remotely. Keith actually fell on the sidewalk out to the car- thank goodness for small miracles, I was catering to my OCD child by preparing to take her out to the car myself instead of handing her off to Daddy. So we got to watch him fall rather than me watching him fall with her in his arms. Scary! He's OK, thank heaven.

So today I'm goinkg to try to work rather than clean, even though my mom is coming tomorrow evening. We'll see how that goes.
Friday, December 18th, 2009
8:24 am
Dear Bosses,

When you tell me to drop my Current Project and do Emergency Project A, I will.

When you tell me that Emergency Project B is actually a higher priority than Emergency Project A, then I will work on B.

When you tell me that "Previously Considered Low Priority" Project C has suddenly been upgraded to "Top Priority"- I will drop A and B and take care of C.

Because I am ridiculously good at my job (not that you have noticed this), I can even get A, B, and C done in time to satisfy everyone who is howling that their project is The Most Important.

But seriously- SERIOUSLY- do NOT get in my face about why my Current Project is late.

No love,
Seriously pissed off and demotivated formerly-super-employee, Me

(Between being sick, having a sick kid, and working basically every night this month, I have not put up my tree, my house is a disaster, and I haven't bought my child any Christmas presents. I'm really, really at the end of my rope).

Current Mood: demoralized
Friday, December 11th, 2009
8:35 am
But the very next day, you gave it away...
I'm finally starting to feel the Christmas spirit a little bit. The neighbors down the street have erected their enormous reindeer made entirely of lights, the weather has finally gotten cold, and we had our catered holiday luncheon at work yesterday. However, none of those things really got me into the spirit. No, what triggered it was this morning, hearing the "this is so bad, so incredibly bad, that I can't help but sort of love it" Christmas classic "Last Christmas" by Wham!

It is the worst of 80s cheese, combining a soft-rock beat with lyrics about a previous lover's Boxing Day infidelity. By Wham!

I sang at the top of my lungs and then left it on the Christmas station for the rest of my commute.

Current Mood: Christmassy
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
12:29 pm
Dark Ages
We got a new directive from corporate banning access of social meda from work. The e-mail specifically mentioned Facebook and Twitter, so I've stopped looking at those. I assume LJ will be included as well, but the PDF with the entire directive is corrupt so I haven't read it yet and therefore I'm posting and reading here. I have plausible deniability at this point.

So stupid, so short-sighted, but whatever. I'll find new ways to procrastinate, never you fear.

My biggest sadness about it is that I was able to use the IM feature to talk to two of my international friends through FB at times that worked for both of us- me because I was on my computer at work, and both of them for various schedule-related reasons. I'll miss you, Heart O'Darkness! E-mail me!

Current Mood: bitchy
Thursday, November 12th, 2009
1:40 pm
Stop making me cry!
I'm tired and still sick and work sucks, and then I keep reading frakkin' Touching or Sweet or Sad stuff on journals or that people keep e-mailing me and please have mercy on me and stop it!

I am always an emotional landmine ready to go off, people! I cry at EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING! And you're killing me today. I want to go home and cry more.
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
11:03 am
Today is someone's birthday, and that someone is me
I am siiiick. I don't feel like doing anything. I am sitting on the couch, just having finished a conference call that I put on mute so I could cough without disturbing anyone. I feel every inch of my 35 years today.

I don't think it is the flu. I think I have a bad cold, but I don't have a fever (I think I did last night but today my temperature is OK). My biggest problem is body aches. My back and hips are killing me.  Keith is also sick, but so far (knock on wood) Rachel seems perfectly OK. No congestion, no fever, no irritiability. She was in a great mood last night and this morning, and slept well trough the night, so I'm counting my blessings and hoping she misses this.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
2:39 pm
Work sucks, and other news
Actually, no other news. Because work sucks and I'm too busy to post. But I'm fine, just busy. I'm going to Sweden in two weeks, that's news.


Current Mood: busy
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