danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
Really, is it only Monday?


Cut for length, because I care ;) )


What, me busy?
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
File under TSTL: woman in front of me on the escalator (going down) this morning in North Station decided to take ONE step off at the bottom and stop dead to adjust her hold on her bags. Of course, having literally no where to go, I plowed into her when the escalator pushed me off behind her. Idjit.

Other commuting excitement: Last week, as I was about to get off the train in the evening, the girl in front of me passed out and fell backward into my arms. I was able assist her in sitting down, then got her out of the flow of traffic and into a seat. At which point, another passenger who was an EMT came to assist, and we discovered that she had given blood a couple of hours before. She called her mother to come get her (she was parked at the station), and when she was able to stand, we helped her get down the stairs and off the train. The EMT waited with her until her mother arrived, since I as now already late in getting to the school to pick up E after play practice.

I got a new computer at work! Well, it's the same machine, just with more memory and an upgrade to the OS. They also gave me a new bigger monitor and a new keyboard. The cool part is that the battery on the old one was dying, usually lasting barely an hour. The new one lasts much longer so far. Which is good for the train.

Much writing to be done. One deadline coming up next week (6/15), and story is only about half done. But it's starting to flow pretty well. Haven't even started on the Dean/Cas big bang yet, but now I have IDEAS.

Exhaustion is setting in big time. I've been burning the candle from both ends for about two weeks now, and it's catching up with me. Went to bed last night at 9, slept like a log until my alarm went off at 6. I should be able to get some serious sleeping in done this weekend, although I also need to make some new garb for me and the boy for an event next weekend (Palio). Luckily, I have 16 yards of linen in 6 different colors that I ordered recently from Fabric Store sitting in my living room just waiting to be used. Hehehehe.

We had a mouse in the house the other day. M saw the cats hovering around the bottom of the stairs, and when he moved the small table there (thinking they had batted a toy under it), there was a live mouse! Unfortunately, it scurried behind the filing cabinet before he could catch it. Well, the next day, B calls me around lunch time to say that Shadow has caught the mouse and is playing with it, doesn't seem interested in actually hurting it, and what should he do? So I told him to get an empty margarine container and scoop it up, and toss it outside. He was successful! No more mouse. We are probably still going to get a couple of traps just in case it finds its way back inside. Oh, the joys of living in the middle of wooded conservation land.

Speaking of B, the boy is now a Man of Leisure. He has an orientation at college on Monday, and the following week, we meet with MRC to start his paperwork for his SSDI application. I would really like him to try to do some writing this summer, so he does SOMETHING creative. Also, once he gets his Mac Book (which he has to have for college), I have other plans for him (see below).

Fanfiction dot net now has the ability to accommodate art! I haven't tried it yet, but evidently you can attach art to your stories. Now, I only have a couple of stories that have art/covers, so the other thing I'd like the boy to do this summer once he gets his Mac (and a copy of Photoshop) is to make me some ART.

Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. Work is also slamming my ass. And mostly because other people can't get their shit together, so I end up doing and redoing things multiple times while they keep changing their minds about what they really want. Oye ve.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
File under TSTL: woman in front of me on the escalator (going down) this morning in North Station decided to take ONE step off at the bottom and stop dead to adjust her hold on her bags. Of course, having literally no where to go, I plowed into her when the escalator pushed me off behind her. Idjit.

Other commuting excitement: Last week, as I was about to get off the train in the evening, the girl in front of me passed out and fell backward into my arms. I was able assist her in sitting down, then got her out of the flow of traffic and into a seat. At which point, another passenger who was an EMT came to assist, and we discovered that she had given blood a couple of hours before. She called her mother to come get her (she was parked at the station), and when she was able to stand, we helped her get down the stairs and off the train. The EMT waited with her until her mother arrived, since I as now already late in getting to the school to pick up E after play practice.

I got a new computer at work! Well, it's the same machine, just with more memory and an upgrade to the OS. They also gave me a new bigger monitor and a new keyboard. The cool part is that the battery on the old one was dying, usually lasting barely an hour. The new one lasts much longer so far. Which is good for the train.

Much writing to be done. One deadline coming up next week (6/15), and story is only about half done. But it's starting to flow pretty well. Haven't even started on the Dean/Cas big bang yet, but now I have IDEAS.

Exhaustion is setting in big time. I've been burning the candle from both ends for about two weeks now, and it's catching up with me. Went to bed last night at 9, slept like a log until my alarm went off at 6. I should be able to get some serious sleeping in done this weekend, although I also need to make some new garb for me and the boy for an event next weekend (Palio). Luckily, I have 16 yards of linen in 6 different colors that I ordered recently from Fabric Store sitting in my living room just waiting to be used. Hehehehe.

We had a mouse in the house the other day. M saw the cats hovering around the bottom of the stairs, and when he moved the small table there (thinking they had batted a toy under it), there was a live mouse! Unfortunately, it scurried behind the filing cabinet before he could catch it. Well, the next day, B calls me around lunch time to say that Shadow has caught the mouse and is playing with it, doesn't seem interested in actually hurting it, and what should he do? So I told him to get an empty margarine container and scoop it up, and toss it outside. He was successful! No more mouse. We are probably still going to get a couple of traps just in case it finds its way back inside. Oh, the joys of living in the middle of wooded conservation land.

Speaking of B, the boy is now a Man of Leisure. He has an orientation at college on Monday, and the following week, we meet with MRC to start his paperwork for his SSDI application. I would really like him to try to do some writing this summer, so he does SOMETHING creative. Also, once he gets his Mac Book (which he has to have for college), I have other plans for him (see below).

Fanfiction dot net now has the ability to accommodate art! I haven't tried it yet, but evidently you can attach art to your stories. Now, I only have a couple of stories that have art/covers, so the other thing I'd like the boy to do this summer once he gets his Mac (and a copy of Photoshop) is to make me some ART.

Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. Work is also slamming my ass. And mostly because other people can't get their shit together, so I end up doing and redoing things multiple times while they keep changing their minds about what they really want. Oye ve.
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
So E brings home his science homework this weekend, and has to go through a study guide on Ecology, filling in definitions and giving examples of all sorts of vocabulary terms.

And he says to me, "Mom, can you help me with my science homework?"
Me: "Sure, what do you need help with?"
E: "I need definitions for these words."
Me: "Have you looked in your book for the definitions?"
E: "Yes, I couldn't find them. They aren't in there."
Me: "Look again. I know the definitions are in there, because I wrote that science book!"

He's using the Prentice Hall Science Explorer series, which I did the last major revision of back when I worked at Publicom.

Sometimes it sucks to be the kid of a textbook editor.
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
So E brings home his science homework this weekend, and has to go through a study guide on Ecology, filling in definitions and giving examples of all sorts of vocabulary terms.

And he says to me, "Mom, can you help me with my science homework?"
Me: "Sure, what do you need help with?"
E: "I need definitions for these words."
Me: "Have you looked in your book for the definitions?"
E: "Yes, I couldn't find them. They aren't in there."
Me: "Look again. I know the definitions are in there, because I wrote that science book!"

He's using the Prentice Hall Science Explorer series, which I did the last major revision of back when I worked at Publicom.

Sometimes it sucks to be the kid of a textbook editor.
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
So after Sunday's no-good-terrible-lousy start, M and I went grocery shopping for much needed food. $300 later, we have food again. The painting of the living room never happened (big surprise... not), so I spent the afternoon writing and watching movies in the background. So what do I not turn off when it comes on HBO? The Time Traveler's Wife. Ugh. Another freaking one that makes me cry at the end. At that point, I really, really desperately needed the liberal application of alcohol (mention of which evidently freaked out a couple of my FB friends). Instead, M and I decided to go see a nice horror movies, because they are always good for what ails me.

We went to see Insidious. Which was actually pretty good, although not on the stay-up-the-rest-of-the-night-scared-shitless-at-every-sound level that Paranormal Activity was. But it was good enough to give me a good freak at the time. Aside from the fact that the soundtrack sounded extraordinarily similar to someone trying to scratch their ass with a violin. Repeatedly. Funny thing was, got home and a couple of hours later, I slept like a baby. Go figure.

Work today was work. Incredibly boring, more data entry that a chimpanzee could do. Oh joy. Tomorrow, I get to explain to the folks who are supposed to be supplying our data in the format we want why they fail to even live up to the standards of a chimpanzee. The rest of the week should be pretty quiet, and f'ing boring, as I have more data entry stuff to do. Blech.

Next weekend, I most likely won't be going to the Carolingia 40th event, because the boys have a camporee, and the troop needs adult leaders to help. Hoping to have archery practice on Sunday, even looks like the weather may cooperate (sorry you didn't get the memo about yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] brokk , but I hope you and your family had a happy Easter). B has to do another practice exam for his AP calculus this weekend, so that will have to happen sometime Sunday, too. So, things could get interesting, schedule-wise with doing archery as well. But I really, really feel the need to shoot something, even if it is just cardboard.

Writing goes well. Still waiting on feedback for the story I posted last week, but it is long, and it was a holiday weekend for most people. Meanwhile, I'm working on two different stories, switching back and forth between the two when I hit a block in one.
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
So after Sunday's no-good-terrible-lousy start, M and I went grocery shopping for much needed food. $300 later, we have food again. The painting of the living room never happened (big surprise... not), so I spent the afternoon writing and watching movies in the background. So what do I not turn off when it comes on HBO? The Time Traveler's Wife. Ugh. Another freaking one that makes me cry at the end. At that point, I really, really desperately needed the liberal application of alcohol (mention of which evidently freaked out a couple of my FB friends). Instead, M and I decided to go see a nice horror movies, because they are always good for what ails me.

We went to see Insidious. Which was actually pretty good, although not on the stay-up-the-rest-of-the-night-scared-shitless-at-every-sound level that Paranormal Activity was. But it was good enough to give me a good freak at the time. Aside from the fact that the soundtrack sounded extraordinarily similar to someone trying to scratch their ass with a violin. Repeatedly. Funny thing was, got home and a couple of hours later, I slept like a baby. Go figure.

Work today was work. Incredibly boring, more data entry that a chimpanzee could do. Oh joy. Tomorrow, I get to explain to the folks who are supposed to be supplying our data in the format we want why they fail to even live up to the standards of a chimpanzee. The rest of the week should be pretty quiet, and f'ing boring, as I have more data entry stuff to do. Blech.

Next weekend, I most likely won't be going to the Carolingia 40th event, because the boys have a camporee, and the troop needs adult leaders to help. Hoping to have archery practice on Sunday, even looks like the weather may cooperate (sorry you didn't get the memo about yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] brokk , but I hope you and your family had a happy Easter). B has to do another practice exam for his AP calculus this weekend, so that will have to happen sometime Sunday, too. So, things could get interesting, schedule-wise with doing archery as well. But I really, really feel the need to shoot something, even if it is just cardboard.

Writing goes well. Still waiting on feedback for the story I posted last week, but it is long, and it was a holiday weekend for most people. Meanwhile, I'm working on two different stories, switching back and forth between the two when I hit a block in one.

Whew

Mar. 15th, 2010 01:52 pm
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
So the feast on Saturday went well. I won't say "without a hitch" because there were small hitches. I forgot a couple of spices, but nothing that ruined any dishes. The rice for the second course got a little scorched, but was mostly edible. And the crust for the lamb kibbeh in the third course didn't bake right, and had raw meat in it when I scooped it out, despite the fact that the sides were burnt black, so I fried up batches of it in a frying pan and we had lamb hash, instead.

Doing the beef for the tagine dish instead of the goat was definitely The Way To Go. And the pomegranate chicken came out awesome. I was very pleased with most of the dishes. I was nervous about multiplying some of those recipes up 6 to 10 times for some of them, to get enough for 40 people, since not everything does well with being made in bulk. But I tried to keep that in mind when I selected dishes.

The major learning experience I came away with was about portions. I was pretty much taking the "serves x" at it's word, without taking into consideration that it would serve x, if it was the main dish being served in a meal. When it is just one dish in just one of three courses, it will serve more than that, even when I took the larger number if there was range of how many it would serve. So I think next time, if it says, serves 6, I am going to assume that in a multi-course feast, it will probably serve more like 10. There was a LOT of food left over, but I was true to my PA Dutch heritage that says better too much than too little. But I would have liked to have spent less of the Shire's money, even though I think the feast at least broke even, and maybe even made a little bit. I still have about $190 I have to give back, since when I got my original budget, it was for 50 people, and I ended up only doing for 40, and we actually had 36.

My kitchen crew ROCKED! Especially the guy (Tegan) who wandered in and started washing dishes... and kept washing dishes the entire time until the last pot and platter were clean. I love cooking, but hate washing dishes. And considering that we had to reuse some of the large bowls and pots several times, he was invaluable.

It was great not to have to worry about dessert, either. Between Toi's soteltie and [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox 's baklava, everyone had a satisfied sweettooth. Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox , how did the kids like the children's buffet? [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  made some great period mac & cheese and carrots. I just wish there had been more kids there to enjoy it. E, after insisting that he would perish if he didn't come to the event, declared half an hour after we got there that he was bored to death and wanted to go home. So after some coordinating between Himself and M, M came and picked E up and took him back to Himself's house.

Yesterday, after I recovered the ability to actually move without disturbing the crushed glass in my joints, and putting away all the stuff from the event, I went and got the boys from Himself, who is having basement flooding issues again. The boys already had no access to the Wii or PS2, and down to only 1 TV, and they were having network problems because of the rain. So they couldn't really do anything other than go stir crazy in the house (and wasn't helped by the presence of their stepsister, who they don't really get along with). So Himself asked if I would take them, and we decided I would just go ahead and keep them for the night, too. That allowed me to help E work on his Paul Revere biography project, and start working on his costume. We went to JoAnn's and found a pattern for breeches and a waistcoat, and got fabric. I got everything cut out last night, and am anticipating getting most of the construction done tonight, and hopefully the finish work tomorrow night. The project is officially due on Thursday, but I'm not sure what day he will be doing *his* presentation, and need the costume. I also need to hit an iParty and see if they have tri-cornered hats. Otherwise, I see myself hiking down to Quincy Market to a souvenir shop some day during lunch (ugh).

Oh, and everyone at work is being completely unreasonable, because they don't like the answers we give them when they have omgwtfbbqurgent!!! stuff that we can't get done in 2 days, because we are a department of 2. One person even asked if there are "additional resources" we could bring in to get *her* stuff done when she wants it. Hahahahahahaha... additional resources....hahahahahahahaha. Nope. We require that *you* plan ahead and anticipate your needs. Your urgency does not equate to our emergency. And no, you don't get to cut to the front of the line, either, m'kay pumpkin? 'Kthxbye.

Whew

Mar. 15th, 2010 01:52 pm
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
So the feast on Saturday went well. I won't say "without a hitch" because there were small hitches. I forgot a couple of spices, but nothing that ruined any dishes. The rice for the second course got a little scorched, but was mostly edible. And the crust for the lamb kibbeh in the third course didn't bake right, and had raw meat in it when I scooped it out, despite the fact that the sides were burnt black, so I fried up batches of it in a frying pan and we had lamb hash, instead.

Doing the beef for the tagine dish instead of the goat was definitely The Way To Go. And the pomegranate chicken came out awesome. I was very pleased with most of the dishes. I was nervous about multiplying some of those recipes up 6 to 10 times for some of them, to get enough for 40 people, since not everything does well with being made in bulk. But I tried to keep that in mind when I selected dishes.

The major learning experience I came away with was about portions. I was pretty much taking the "serves x" at it's word, without taking into consideration that it would serve x, if it was the main dish being served in a meal. When it is just one dish in just one of three courses, it will serve more than that, even when I took the larger number if there was range of how many it would serve. So I think next time, if it says, serves 6, I am going to assume that in a multi-course feast, it will probably serve more like 10. There was a LOT of food left over, but I was true to my PA Dutch heritage that says better too much than too little. But I would have liked to have spent less of the Shire's money, even though I think the feast at least broke even, and maybe even made a little bit. I still have about $190 I have to give back, since when I got my original budget, it was for 50 people, and I ended up only doing for 40, and we actually had 36.

My kitchen crew ROCKED! Especially the guy (Tegan) who wandered in and started washing dishes... and kept washing dishes the entire time until the last pot and platter were clean. I love cooking, but hate washing dishes. And considering that we had to reuse some of the large bowls and pots several times, he was invaluable.

It was great not to have to worry about dessert, either. Between Toi's soteltie and [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox 's baklava, everyone had a satisfied sweettooth. Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox , how did the kids like the children's buffet? [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  made some great period mac & cheese and carrots. I just wish there had been more kids there to enjoy it. E, after insisting that he would perish if he didn't come to the event, declared half an hour after we got there that he was bored to death and wanted to go home. So after some coordinating between Himself and M, M came and picked E up and took him back to Himself's house.

Yesterday, after I recovered the ability to actually move without disturbing the crushed glass in my joints, and putting away all the stuff from the event, I went and got the boys from Himself, who is having basement flooding issues again. The boys already had no access to the Wii or PS2, and down to only 1 TV, and they were having network problems because of the rain. So they couldn't really do anything other than go stir crazy in the house (and wasn't helped by the presence of their stepsister, who they don't really get along with). So Himself asked if I would take them, and we decided I would just go ahead and keep them for the night, too. That allowed me to help E work on his Paul Revere biography project, and start working on his costume. We went to JoAnn's and found a pattern for breeches and a waistcoat, and got fabric. I got everything cut out last night, and am anticipating getting most of the construction done tonight, and hopefully the finish work tomorrow night. The project is officially due on Thursday, but I'm not sure what day he will be doing *his* presentation, and need the costume. I also need to hit an iParty and see if they have tri-cornered hats. Otherwise, I see myself hiking down to Quincy Market to a souvenir shop some day during lunch (ugh).

Oh, and everyone at work is being completely unreasonable, because they don't like the answers we give them when they have omgwtfbbqurgent!!! stuff that we can't get done in 2 days, because we are a department of 2. One person even asked if there are "additional resources" we could bring in to get *her* stuff done when she wants it. Hahahahahahaha... additional resources....hahahahahahahaha. Nope. We require that *you* plan ahead and anticipate your needs. Your urgency does not equate to our emergency. And no, you don't get to cut to the front of the line, either, m'kay pumpkin? 'Kthxbye.
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
Dear Coworker in a business unit that we live to serve,

Would it be way too much to ask that you actually make sure that these standards EXIST before you put in a OMGWTFBBQURGENT!!!!111!!! request for them and expect us to rearrange our entire work schedule to accommodate it?

M'kay, pumpkin?

kthxbye
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
Dear Coworker in a business unit that we live to serve,

Would it be way too much to ask that you actually make sure that these standards EXIST before you put in a OMGWTFBBQURGENT!!!!111!!! request for them and expect us to rearrange our entire work schedule to accommodate it?

M'kay, pumpkin?

kthxbye
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I have survived the latest natal day, and it's belated celebration. The celebration was belated because I spent the actual natal day camping in NH with a dozen and a half boy scouts from my son's troop.

The camping trip was pretty good. The scoutmasters surprised me with a cake Saturday evening, which all the scouts loved helping me eat. :)

Sunday, the boy and I came home, cleansed ourselves vigorously (B stinks after one day, imagine him without a shower, or change of clothes, for a whole weekend; for the record, he had changes of clothes, just opted not to make use of them), and then delivered B to his father. I came home and did some work on the 6 scrolls I have to do before the end of this month, until M's parents arrived.

They hung out at the house with me for a couple of hours until M got home from skiing, then we went off to try Karma restaurant in Westford, which I have read has The Best Sushi in the World. And indeed, the rumors were true. We consumed much sushi, and after M's mother mentioned this was my birthday celebration, the waitresses presented me with a plate of fried ice cream with "Happy Birthday" written on the plate in chocolate sauce. And they sang. It was all very cute.

Today, with the snowpocalypse having caused the cancellation of school and the closing of my work, I am home today with the kids. I think technically, I don't have to do any work, even though I had planned on working from home, since the office is closed.

Once breakfast digests and my coffee kicks in, I'll probably go back to the workshop and scribe like there is no tomorrow. I'm trying some Russian illumination styles I've wanted to do for  while. The nice thing about doing 5 award scrolls for Northern Lights is that it is a good excuse to try some things I'd like to add to my repetoire for kingdom award scrolls. I've been playing around with gold leaf gilding since I got the supplies from [livejournal.com profile] yew_hall  at Birka. Unfortunately, it's an expensive thing to practice (with the leaves being 23K gold and all that), but I definitely want to practice it a few times before trying it on a real scroll.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I have survived the latest natal day, and it's belated celebration. The celebration was belated because I spent the actual natal day camping in NH with a dozen and a half boy scouts from my son's troop.

The camping trip was pretty good. The scoutmasters surprised me with a cake Saturday evening, which all the scouts loved helping me eat. :)

Sunday, the boy and I came home, cleansed ourselves vigorously (B stinks after one day, imagine him without a shower, or change of clothes, for a whole weekend; for the record, he had changes of clothes, just opted not to make use of them), and then delivered B to his father. I came home and did some work on the 6 scrolls I have to do before the end of this month, until M's parents arrived.

They hung out at the house with me for a couple of hours until M got home from skiing, then we went off to try Karma restaurant in Westford, which I have read has The Best Sushi in the World. And indeed, the rumors were true. We consumed much sushi, and after M's mother mentioned this was my birthday celebration, the waitresses presented me with a plate of fried ice cream with "Happy Birthday" written on the plate in chocolate sauce. And they sang. It was all very cute.

Today, with the snowpocalypse having caused the cancellation of school and the closing of my work, I am home today with the kids. I think technically, I don't have to do any work, even though I had planned on working from home, since the office is closed.

Once breakfast digests and my coffee kicks in, I'll probably go back to the workshop and scribe like there is no tomorrow. I'm trying some Russian illumination styles I've wanted to do for  while. The nice thing about doing 5 award scrolls for Northern Lights is that it is a good excuse to try some things I'd like to add to my repetoire for kingdom award scrolls. I've been playing around with gold leaf gilding since I got the supplies from [livejournal.com profile] yew_hall  at Birka. Unfortunately, it's an expensive thing to practice (with the leaves being 23K gold and all that), but I definitely want to practice it a few times before trying it on a real scroll.
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
It's not a difficult form. It's not even particularly complex. The fact that you are "having a difficult time distinguishing what information belongs where in the form!" is really just beyond sad.

Type of Request
For standard sets, please include standard set name and year, subject area, grade levels needed and requested date of completion in space provided.
For Intermediary correlation requests, please include standard set name and year, subject area of standard set and intermediary, grade levels needed, and requested date of completion in space provided.
HMSI Standard Set Info:
STARS Standard Set Info:
Correlation to Intermediary Info:

You seem to have no trouble telling us in an email what you want, why is it so hard for you to put that same information in this  form? All you have to do is cut and paste.

And the fact that you think that a minimum of two months work can all be done by tomorrow does not impress me, either. Not to mention, get in line behind the 50 other requests we have that came in before you.

No love,

Kthnxbye
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
It's not a difficult form. It's not even particularly complex. The fact that you are "having a difficult time distinguishing what information belongs where in the form!" is really just beyond sad.

Type of Request
For standard sets, please include standard set name and year, subject area, grade levels needed and requested date of completion in space provided.
For Intermediary correlation requests, please include standard set name and year, subject area of standard set and intermediary, grade levels needed, and requested date of completion in space provided.
HMSI Standard Set Info:
STARS Standard Set Info:
Correlation to Intermediary Info:

You seem to have no trouble telling us in an email what you want, why is it so hard for you to put that same information in this  form? All you have to do is cut and paste.

And the fact that you think that a minimum of two months work can all be done by tomorrow does not impress me, either. Not to mention, get in line behind the 50 other requests we have that came in before you.

No love,

Kthnxbye
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
My new co-worker and our boss are list happy. Everything has to be recorded into a spreadsheet. Actually, most things have to be recorded into 3 or 4 spreadsheets (yes, the same information). Because my new coworker likes to generate statistics on our productivity from all these spreadsheets.

Never mind that if I wasn't so freaking bogged down constantly updating these spreadsheets to show how productive I am, I could actually be, you know, productive.

Now I understand why these people get so little done.

No More!

Nov. 18th, 2008 09:13 am
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
...Starbucks swill, that is.

Our cafeteria here at work serves Starbucks coffee. They used to serve a "house" brand (which was also cheaper), but they dropped that a while ago and started only serving Starbucks.

I hate Starbucks.

It all tastes burnt, bitter, and way too strong, even the stuff marked "mild". Also, I really like flavored coffee, and not with syrups.

So, I've started packing a big, well insulated thermos of coffee from home to have here at work. My fav brand is New England Coffee. And in the fall, they have pumpkin.  Mmmmmmmmmmm.

No More!

Nov. 18th, 2008 09:13 am
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
...Starbucks swill, that is.

Our cafeteria here at work serves Starbucks coffee. They used to serve a "house" brand (which was also cheaper), but they dropped that a while ago and started only serving Starbucks.

I hate Starbucks.

It all tastes burnt, bitter, and way too strong, even the stuff marked "mild". Also, I really like flavored coffee, and not with syrups.

So, I've started packing a big, well insulated thermos of coffee from home to have here at work. My fav brand is New England Coffee. And in the fall, they have pumpkin.  Mmmmmmmmmmm.
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
The powers that be in management have decided to grant all of us peons the boon of closing early today, being the Friday before a long holiday weekend. So they have decided to close the office at 3 p.m.

Ok, first, two hours???!!! Come on. Like two extra hours to get the hell out of Dodge (assuming one is getting out of town for the weekend) is going to do anything for anyone. Even worse, my work day normally ends at 4, so one hour is even more pathetic.

Second, being dependent on the commuter rail, closing early does me no good whatsoever. There are no trains that go to my stop between 12:50 and 4:40. If you want to do me the favor of closing early such that I can actually get home early, noon would be much better.

Third, they just turned off the air conditioning promptly at 3:04 p.m. Hey, office is closed, no one is here, right? No need to cool the building turned into greenhouse by endless banks of windows, right?

Next time, spare me the largesse.
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
The powers that be in management have decided to grant all of us peons the boon of closing early today, being the Friday before a long holiday weekend. So they have decided to close the office at 3 p.m.

Ok, first, two hours???!!! Come on. Like two extra hours to get the hell out of Dodge (assuming one is getting out of town for the weekend) is going to do anything for anyone. Even worse, my work day normally ends at 4, so one hour is even more pathetic.

Second, being dependent on the commuter rail, closing early does me no good whatsoever. There are no trains that go to my stop between 12:50 and 4:40. If you want to do me the favor of closing early such that I can actually get home early, noon would be much better.

Third, they just turned off the air conditioning promptly at 3:04 p.m. Hey, office is closed, no one is here, right? No need to cool the building turned into greenhouse by endless banks of windows, right?

Next time, spare me the largesse.

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