BO-ring

Jan. 18th, 2009 10:31 am
aceofkittens: (drink!!)
Unlike many people on my f-list and elsewhere, I do not have tomorrow off. This is very disappointing for a number of reasons, but chiefly because I find that I am so exhausted by work right now that it takes me the entirety of Saturday to recover. I mostly just lie there going "buh buh buh" and staring off into space. By Saturday evening, I've perked up, but don't want to do anything. That means Sunday ends up being the day I have to do all those nasty life chores I have been avoiding.

Although, lying there going "buh buh buh" is also quite appealing.

I think I'll go do that for a while.
aceofkittens: (not here)
I've been trying really hard lately to practice mindfulness, because I am tired of constantly losing things. I went through and tagged my entire LJ over the holidays, and the fact that "losing my stuff" earned fifteen entries and that I was struggling with this very issue in 2004 really says a lot.

It's not simply the grief at losing a beloved slug hat, or the annoyance at losing a particularly cute set of fleecy striped gloves (as I did over the holidays and still do not understand how that happened), though those things are irritating and painful. It's the underlying knowledge that you're scattered, careless, disorganized, brainless. Except that I have a mind like a steel-jaw trap, which retains facts and trivia for all of eternity... so it makes no sense that my body is like a sieve, constantly leaking small items.

Really, to give myself a little bit of slack, it's that I've got other things on my mind, so these little trivial matters like "Where are the car keys this time?" fall by the wayside. However, after losing the striped fleecy gloves, I really had it with myself. I decided I would pay close attention to all of my small objects, a roll call of items, if you would. This involved saying to myself: "Ok, the car keys always go in the front pocket of my bag. The work keycard always goes in the other front pocket. The sunglasses go in the back pocket. This is where these items live and they have to come home every night to where they live."

It has been working pretty well, and I was giving myself a pat on the back for no longer having to worry about losing my stuff. You can tell there's a "Dun dun DUNNNNN...." moment coming, right? Yeah, well.

Blah )
aceofkittens: (not here)
Well, so far, it seems that my decision not to get a permanent LJ account may have been the right one, but, who knows. All I can say is, it was super easy to download everything via LjArchive. I had all my entries and comments backed up in about five minutes. Yay! I still may reclaim my paid account, eventually. Given my current Posty McPostersons tendencies (sarcasm), it may be a while.

Work has exhausted me to a point where I really have nothing else to say, despite actually having some funny stories I considered sharing earlier in the week.
aceofkittens: (one step at a time)
I dreamed last night that [livejournal.com profile] toastmantom and I were supposed to perform two sets in a club. The talent scout was coming for the second set. After we finished the first one, I went upstairs, while Toasty and a bunch of other people worked on making the punch for the Memorial Day Party. I went for a drive in Baltimore with my mom and some other people, and saw there were a lot of really really tall trees with large grapefruit hanging down. "There's pomegranates, too!" said the driver, whoever he was, and after I unsuccessfully tried to take one off a tree (it turned out to be a strawberry), we returned to the club to discover that Toasty was now too drunk to perform a second set so our big chance at stardom was ruined. Boy, was I mad! The dream went on into other directions, but that was the best part.

By the way, neither [livejournal.com profile] toastmantom nor I are musicians.

But here's what's really going on - tl;dr )
aceofkittens: (hmm2)
Chip update: no change, he is still limping horribly. He otherwise seems happy and perky, and is behaving fairly normally. He doesn't seem to be getting worse, but he's not getting better, either. The vet on Wednesday said to give it time, but he had no answers. He didn't think it was a blood clot, but had no real ideas beyond that it's "neurological." I am at a loss as to what to do. I guess I'll wait. :(

Ok, so now I've got this quandary and I honestly don't know what to do about it. My company has won a major award for the project that has been my "baby" for the last year, the company Intranet. The award ceremony is in NYC on June 12 and my boss said that I can go if I want to. If we don't send someone, they'll just ship us the award — there's not much real "benefit" to the company to send someone (the networking opportunity is minimal). So this would primarily be a "reward/recognition" thing for me for all the work I've put in on this project.

However, I would essentially be going to NYC for one day. I'd fly out on the red-eye on Wednesday night, get there Thursday morning - bum around all day, go to the awards ceremony at night, then go back to LA Friday morning. reasons to go or not go ) What do YOU think?

[Poll #1196973]

Thanks! :)
aceofkittens: (work)
I have a huge presentation today at noon, a "Lunch & Learn" during which I will demo our (*ahem!* award-winning) Intranet to the company. The thing has been up and running since December (did I mention we just won an award on it?) and it's pretty much my "baby," but people just aren't really using it like we'd hoped, so this presentation is basically our first major marketing push for this beastie — and hopefully, will decrease the number of "wait, we have an Intranet? Where is it?" comments I hear on a daily basis.

So, last night, I was at work late trying to finish the PPT for the presentation, and I realized there were some screencaptures I needed to do from home. So I went home, did more work, didn't go to Prince Caspian like I'd hoped, and tried to make it an early night to be well rested for the preso, especially since I still have to add all the new slides I made last night at home. Except of course I couldn't sleep, ended up just lying on the couch for a while, then eventually drifted off into a fitful slumber.

Do you know how in dreams, when you're trying to read something, the words never stay the same? Some people can't read in dreams at all; others (like me) can do it, but you can't go back and re-read it again the same way. I tell [livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf this factoid every chance that I get, and he just sighs and rolls his eyes.

Well, let me tell you, trying to add slides to a PPT during a dream does not work either. ;) I dreamed about the presentation all night long. It did not work out well between the inability to add the necessary images, PPT constantly shutting down, and various other computer issues. :) The funny thing is, I don't have any kind of phobia about public speaking. I've been looking forward to giving the presentation today! But, my dream brain apparently didn't get the memo.

I then dreamed about the new Indiana Jones movie. Hmm. I hope it doesn't suck.
aceofkittens: (crrrrrazy)
What's going on with me lately? I know you've been wondering...

Wonder no more! )
Well, that's probably more than enough: tl;dr... Over and out.

Snails

Mar. 31st, 2008 10:04 pm
aceofkittens: (stik)
My snails are a lot of work.

First of all, the HR girls gave me a bunch more from their fish tank — in fact, they gave me all the snails from their fish tank. Those girls know I am soft hearted and won't let any snails get flushed down the garbage disposal, which is what they said they would do if I didn't take them. But that means that my snail population is constantly growing and the filter isn't able to keep up. The water is icky and smells bad and even though I've tried to do population control by scooping out eggs, I still end up with tiny baby snails. Eventually, I will have 10,000 snails.

Meanwhile, I bought new rocks that are bright white so that I could see the snails better. They were very hard to spot on top of the dark rocks. I like how they travel along on the underside of the water, hanging upside down. It's very cute. I also like to make them happy by throwing algae flakes into the water. They still like the pirate ship and travel up and down the rigging quite a bit. Captain Jack Snailo is very large, comparatively speaking. Pretty soon, s/he will be big enough to photograph, I think.

So, in a nutsnail shell, my pond snails are nice and I like watching them. However, I really hoped for something a little less high maintenance.
aceofkittens: (kitten sniper kta)
This morning, I was having the following dream. I dreamed that I was already at work and getting ready for my meeting. It was quite realistic. I got my coffee and some water, then thought I'd check in on the fish bowl. The water was very dirty and the fish were looking quite sick. (Sure, I don't have fish in reality, but I think this must have been the HR fish tank, now that I think about it!) I started cleaning the tank with some paper towels, being careful not spill anything, and realizing that I better hurry, because my meeting would be starting soon. Then I woke up and realized: Oh yes, I'm NOT at work, and my meeting WILL be starting soon. Noooo! So I leaped out of bed and was out the door in record time. It took me 6 minutes to drive to work like a maniac, and as I peeled in to turn into the little service road to the parking structure, I saw a bunch of bees over at the hedge. As I started turning right, I looked directly into the hedge, and actually shouted "Eeeeee!" because a swarm of bees was inside it.

At lunch, I borrowed my co-worker's camera and went down to take the bees' photograph. I thought maybe grounds maintenance would have gotten rid of them by then... but no, there they were. Bees.

A million ancient bees began to sting our knees )

Kind of crazy, huh?
aceofkittens: (stik)
So, my coworkers have a little fish tank and their fish tank snails had bred and multiplied. I kept telling them I would take some snails off their hands, but I just never got around to doing it, and then we were moving, so I told them that I'd go get a snail bowl after the office move.

Well, they got sick of waiting for me to do it, and this morning, I got surprised with a gift of a fish bowl filled with snails and a pirate ship. As my coworker Josh gave it to me, he said: "Snaili-yo-ho-ho!" It was so awesome.

Snaili-yo-ho-ho! )

The only problem is, they are all escaping out the top. I'm going to come in on Monday and have a desk covered with 45 escaped snails, I can feel it. :)
aceofkittens: (Default)
Last week proved to be a very long one and I kept meaning to update and never did. I had lots happen and yet no motivation whatsoever to blog about it. I'll try to do a summary. With 2 photos.

Week in Summary )
aceofkittens: (woohoo!)
I'm going to copy [livejournal.com profile] futureboy's style and do a little "Weekend in review" thing with highlights & lowlights.

My weekend in review )
That is all! :)

TGIF

Jul. 6th, 2007 10:59 pm
aceofkittens: (69 dude!)
I am so glad it's Friday.

That is all.

Yay!

Jun. 15th, 2007 08:17 am
aceofkittens: (yay)
I think I am finally 98% over my lingering bad cold! Hooray! :)

Too bad I have to spend this glorious day at work. :P

Blah

Apr. 23rd, 2007 06:22 pm
aceofkittens: (battle!)
Oh yeah, I'm handling the work stress well. I just squirted a shot of whipped cream directly into my mouth.
aceofkittens: (pants)
I spent most of this past week as sick as the proverbial dog, my pinkeye blooming to "Eye of Sauron" grandeur. It started in the left eye, then went into the right. ETA: But sadly, I didn't think to take a picture of it! D'oh! My co-workers freaked out so much that I got forcibly sent home, so I got to work from home! I got a lot of work done and I am hopeful that this bodes well for being allowed to work from home in the future.

Typhoid Ace )

Despite the fact that my eyes and my cough are both better, I am still feeling fairly sick and low on motivation. I haven't been to the gym in over a week and some of my best pants are punishing me by no longer fitting. Damn you, pants! Lie to me, why don't you?! :) I think tomorrow I will try to start up my running again.
aceofkittens: (crrrrrazy)
I recently got a wonderful Senseo Coffee Pod System through my magical friend, the Internet. After some deliberation, I decided to take this Senseo single cup coffee maker to work, mainly because I spend so much time at work AND the coffee at work SUCKS. Plus, I figured this way I could make nice with my coworkers — by offering them delicious cups of steaming hot Senseo coffee. By the way, did I mention this small coffee maker is a Senseo? It's actually quite good. You should get one of these coffee makers for yourself!

Anyway, I set the Senseo up last week and we had a lot of fun trying it out in my little work area, but then somehow things fell by the wayside and I didn't have any all week. But then this afternoon, things were dragging a little and Happy Hour seemed like it was hours away, because it was. I suddenly remembered that I was the proud owner of a Senseo and, hey, why not have some coffee!

So I lifted up the lid to place the coffee pods into the Senseo and... YEEEEOW! There was a giant spider in there!!! I screamed like a banshee and everyone came running to see who was murdering me. I was mortified and ashamed (for those who haven't ever heard me emit the blood-curdling "shriek of spider discovery," it is, in fact, ear-splitting) and tried to play it off like it was no big deal. In the meantime, I lost sight of the spider. So then I frantically searched for it among the papers on my desk, only to look up and see it was still sitting on the Senseo. So I screamed again. Then I took its picture. Then I screamed and flailed while taking it outside. Now everyone I work with knows thinks I'm a psycho. Not even delicious Senseo coffee will save me now! Oh well. :)

Spider picture: not for the arachnophobic )

Oh, yeah, and here are pics of the rest of my cubicle for [livejournal.com profile] darthmollusc
Cube with a view )
So, yeah, that's where I work.
aceofkittens: (rhett)
I would give anything not to feel so jagged.

The alcohol is helping.

ETA: And if my heart was a car, you would have stripped it a long time ago.

Update

Sep. 16th, 2005 08:41 pm
aceofkittens: (bad mood)
The work week is over... let the weekend's festivities begin! (sarcasm)

I'm actually going out tonight. I'll be going to a Hollywood club (*gasp!*) to listen to S.U.N. Project, one of my favorite DJs/groups, which should be awesome. Unfortunately, I'm so exhausted that if I hadn't already bought advance tickets, I'd be staying home.

Ah, sweet Morpheus... someday, somehow, you'll catch me. (*sound of a net* woo hoo woo hoo!) But it will not be this day.

In the meantime, a very brief update on Chip. Chip gave me a lot of trouble this week. He had a bout of really unpleasant stomach/digestive trouble. As a result of this yuckiness, he lost weight, which is bad. Luckily, he seems to be getting a little better. But he has fleas, despite the $$$ I spent on Advantage. How? Why?

That's all for now.
aceofkittens: (braaains)
Yesterday, I was stupid enough to go back into work. I have this psychosis about giving in to illness, so I will just keep going until I fall over. [livejournal.com profile] toastmantom understands. Well, yesterday, I went in and during our weekly staff meeting, I started having one of those coughing fits which ended in retching. After that, I was unanimously voted off the work island... my tiki torch was extinguished, and I went back home.

I had already established that my doctor couldn't see me til next week, but after numerous pathetic phone calls, I got the receptionists to give the doctor a message to please change out my antibiotic. Four hours later, success! I was able to sleep somewhat last night/this morning and though I am still hacking out my lungs, I feel like I may be on the mend. Yay!

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