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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:44
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I have a 4 day weekend.


I am getting ready for the ceramic show. I don't think it will do well, but we re trying. I do like the 1 day concept, but I think out tables are too expensive....but we have to cover 1.5 days of a hall rental.

I am looking for some good things.....

I may go play tomorrow morning and work in the afternoon.

Poor Cassie

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 12:37
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I went in to make the bed this morning and didn't realize that Cassie had burrowed down into the pile of blankets (she usually sleeps on the folded up fleece blanket I have off to the side for the kitties to enjoy). I yanked on the covers and the poor thing came tumbling out. I felt so bad, she was clearly asleep and hadn't heard me come in. =(

But she got lots of lovins before I left for the office. Everyone did.

Brownies anyone?

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 09:25
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Yesterday someone brought in brownies to share in the kitchen at work. They were cut into tiny squares, so I took two, But after I ate the first one I decided (like I often do) that I wanted a glass of milk with my brownie. So I wrapped the second tiny chocolate chunk up in a tissue to take home and have after dinner. Where I put it on the counter and promptly forgot about it.

Until about 3:00 am, when I was woken up by the distinctive clinking of dishes and glassware. Which meant that some naughty kitty was on the kitchen counter (and that I really needed to get around to emptying and filling the dishwasher). I jumped out of bed to go yell at whoever it was. Let me tell you, discovering a brown blob on the carpeting in the middle of the night when you’re not wearing your glasses is not a fun experience.

Brutus had dragged the brownie out of the kitchen and all the way into the hallway. It definitely had teeth marks in it, so it went into the trash. *mourns loss of my brownie*

I’m more convinced than ever that the previous owner 1) probably fed these kitties people food (evidenced by all three of them swarming me the first time I bought home McDonald’s french fries) and 2) probably let the kitties go hungry more than once (evidenced by how they eat normally if I keep the food bowl full, but bolt their food if I let it go empty. And how all three of them prowl the kitchen counters looking for food scraps).

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:44
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The VP that I am fond of just told us he was leaving the company in October.... and does not have a job lined up. I am sad for him as his twin girls are in year 2 of an expensive college here in Boston.

I am worried to as he was a buffer .... and a better VP than my 2 cousins have... that one is a prick.

I am curious how John, the boss I really like... like I'd date him..., will hold up.... will he stand up for the way we work , which is more laid back than my cousins, or will he cave. I could loose my hours... the only thing that makes it okay here... we'll accept from John 😉


Monday, 18 September 2017 21:14
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So the nun who won the axe throwing contest back in 2015 was at faire again this weekend with two of her nun friends. I recognized her because I’ve got a photo of her with her prize from the contest on my hard drive. The guys from the Hitting and Stabbing Emporium went out of their way to find an appropriate prize for her. Since clerics aren’t supposed to carry edged weapons, they found a mace for her somewhere, and that was her prize. Supposedly she’s a school teacher and had said she’d use the mace to keep her students in line.

They were at the entrance to the encampment and I went running over to them and was just the biggest fangirl. “You’re the one who won the axe throwing contest at the Hitting and Stabbing Emporium, aren’t you?” She laughed, and her friends did too (I think I recognized one of them as the nun that was with her that year). We chatted for a few moments, and she said she was planning to go visit Hitting and Stabbing again.

I just think it's awesome that the nuns like to come out to the renn faire.

some B&W

Monday, 18 September 2017 21:01
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I have been challenged to a 7 day B&W photo project. No words, no questions, and no people. This is good as it gets me back tossing the camera and learning this new editing program (learning is more like wrestling)

This and that.

Monday, 18 September 2017 20:35
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Fighting he bad memory head space... Hind sight is 20/20... and painful considering what happened to Ma.

Trying to keep busy... and brain filled with other things.


I have been asked to come up with a craft program for the developmentally disabled people I did this with a few years ago. Trying to decide if 3or 4 projects that take 2 weeks or more each would be better than trying to do 6 like before. Not all the people are at the same level and so the time it takes to do a project varies. I am thinking of a ceramic item, a jewelry item, and a painting item.

For the jewelry I want to do the memory wire bracelets...I will also be making these for a craft show. Like this type of bracelet because =, depending on the beads, it can be fancy or Bohemian.

For the painting I wanted to do a button tree... it is something I would put in my house. You paint a stylized bare branch tree and then you glue on buttons for the leaves. This is great if you happen to have Grandma's button box, or just a few special buttons.

I also thought of getting some rough would and letting them stain it. Then stenciling some words and glue things onto the board. An example is the words :Make a wish upon a star fish. Then glue craft starfish to the board. It should be rustic and artsy.

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Friday, 15 September 2017 23:13
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After work I took a trip to the pottery place in Braintree to get slip... and they were out of it... so I guess all I can take to the ceramic show is what I have made so far... I now need to prep it all for the kiln and fire it up. Fingers crossed I sell things...

Tonight I took a break from clay dust and visited friends. We watched a show called Dr. Blake's Mysteries... an Aussie mystery show set after WW2. The lead actor reminds me a lot of a man at the Rent Faire that I had a crush on for 23 years.... I am such a silly woman


Friday, 15 September 2017 22:06
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Busy day and I want to get to bed for faire tomorrow, so you get a bullet post!
  • Survived the trip to the vet. And the kitties not being fed until 3:00 so that their meds stayed down. There was even peaceful sleeping after all that excitement (the girls on the same ottoman, a small miracle!)
  • Worked at home today which meant I got much laundry done! (Sheets, all the cat blankets, and darks)
  • Also got the house tidied up and did the Hoovering. I feel like I’m almost keeping up with the housework this faire season. Go me!
  • I took out the trash AND the recycling! Whoot!
  • And made a grocery run. Foods! Om nom nom.
  • Also paid and mailed the bills! Whoo! On a roll!
  • Still on baby watch, no bébé yet.

Kitties have been fed!

Friday, 15 September 2017 15:49
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The kitties have been fed! The starving times are over!

And there was much rejoicing.

Feed me?

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:24
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I am happy to report that we've survived our first trip to the vet! And nobody made a mess in their carrier on the car trip. They were mostly well behaved, no hissing or scratching. The only person who got scratched was me, despite the fact that everyone got a manicure before we went. Someone raked me with their hind leg when I was holding them for the vet.

No ear mites. They all got treated for tapeworms. And Brutus got his anal gland squeezed (poor boo!). Hopefully between the two, that will clear up the hot spot on his tail.

Now to see how long before they forgive me. (And I can't feed them until the afternoon, so they don't upchuck their meds.). I suspect it might be a long afternoon.

Who knows if I'll get any sleep tonight

Thursday, 14 September 2017 21:56
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Kitties are going to the vet tomorrow, and since I don't know if they'll get carsick or not, I've emptied the food bowl.

Brutus is always so polite but insistent about letting me know when the food bowl is empty.

I hope he lets me get some sleep tonight.

Baby day

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:39
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Today is Brittney's due date.

So I'm officially on baby watch until the kid decides to head out.

(Yes, I mark these things on my calendar!)

Tuesday – back to work

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:44
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I finally put on pants and drove into the office again today. And, because I feel better, my sinuses decided to celebrate and drain. Oh joy! I was just a fountain of phlegm today!

I just felt generally disorganized after working at home all last week. I should have looked at my calendar yesterday. I thought my every-other-Tuesday full of meetings was last week. But it was this week. And I missed my 8:00 am meeting. Whoops. Well, I think that’s the first time I’ve missed it, so I’m not going to feel horrible about it. It just wasn’t the best way to start the day. Running late, and then finding out you’re later than you thought. Bugger.

I was also buried in e-mail. I guess everyone is back from their August vacations, because suddenly I can’t keep my inbox clear.

And my boss’s boss, our Director, is in the Westford office this week. He’s based in Minneapolis, so I hadn’t met him yet. Since he was here, the local Technical Writers all came into the office (including the new hire who started yesterday) and we went out to lunch. It was pretty cool getting to have a casual chat with him. He’s been with the company for twelve years; it was interesting to hear all the different roles he’s had over the years. And hearing some of the thing things he’s working on as far as initiatives (we’re doing a lot of thinking about how to re-work our Customer Portal to improve customer experience).

And I really love working for a company where, after you end a video conference call, the three people in the room have a discussion about how our team’s first task (and main mission until we complete it) should be to “get Gary a helper.” The local Pride chapter (LGBTQA diversity and inclusion group) met today to reorganize. Our company recently opened an office in Boston, so our local leader moved to that office. But he’s the only Pride member in Boston. And he’s currently overloaded (working 14 hours a day). So our first priority is going to be recruiting someone else in the Boston office to help him and keep him from working himself to death by taking on more work doing all the Pride stuff for the Boston office. Because he will. He’s just that kinda guy. And we don’t want him to do that to himself.

Also, one of very few “out” trans folk is out on medical leave right now. But when the folks on the conference call from HQ asked what our local group wants to focus on, three of us immediately said, “Trans rights.” Because we knew if she was here, that’s what she’d say. And also because MA is a bit ahead of North Carolina when it comes to LGBT rights, so we’re dealing with some different issues. We were the first state to legalize gay marriage way back in 2003, North Carolina didn’t legalize it until 2014. Plus they had that HB2 bathroom bill debacle.

Came home to a hairball on The Comfy Chair. Thanks guys. Nice to know you missed me while I was gone. =P

To the vet!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:32
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And vet appointment made for Friday. Oh, they're going to hate me this weekend!

Sometimes the Universe provides

Monday, 11 September 2017 20:29
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I was just thinking "I want to watch a movie, something short, with pretty dresses. I should pull out Cinderella and watch that before bed."

And I turned on the TV and checked the listings and lo and behold. Cinderella was on!

"We must simply have courage and be kind."

Sometimes stuff happens that makes me wonder who is reading my mind?

I resemble that

Monday, 11 September 2017 15:11
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my current role still boils down to ‘be the most competent person in the room'.

Things that you come across that make you go "huh, I resemble that...."


Quote of the day

Monday, 11 September 2017 13:06
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“My parents, being very Christian, they looked at it as a blessing. You don’t give back blessings that the Lord gives you.”
source = NY Times

Kitty shenanigans

Monday, 11 September 2017 13:04
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(I’m off work today, one of the three days I took off this run for faire recovery/ laundry/housework)

I still don’t know what to make of Hecate some days. Today I convinced her to come sit with me in the Comfy Chair, and Brutus unexpectedly was feeling cuddly (AFTER he got fed). So he crawls up under the IKEA side table I’ve got the laptop on so that my lap is clear for kitties and drapes himself between my legs. You know how kitties like to sleep in window ledges and other slots? I’ve got my feet up on the ottoman with a blanket draped over them. So he’s draped from my thighs down to my ankles (big kitty) with his head in my lap. And Hecate is curled up against my side, up closer to boob level. And he’s purring contently, not quite dozing, and she’s just sitting there quietly watching him.

And suddenly she reaches out a paw to swat at him.

Now why would you boop your sleepy, purring son on the nose? Let him be. I rearranged her so that she couldn’t reach him, and she gave me the stink eye for that, but settled down to nap.

And then rearranged herself again so that she was pretty much sitting on his head.

And then later woke up and stuck her toes in his face while she loudly washed her bum.

I finally scooted her down off my lap and onto the ottoman so that poor Brutus could nap without his mother pestering him.

This is why I say she’s a little bitch. A sweet kitty, when she’s alone with me. But a real bitch when her kids are around.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 08:57
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hmmmm... it was hard to sleep.

Nightmares and anxiety... Anxiety is about work...

Not that I can't do it, but it was lovely not listening to mean people for a week...

And now each date is a date that something happened last year... and that plays in my dreams...

Today I am going to the cousins for a BBQ. I need to be busy for the next few 2 months... real busy.

I do have a photography thing Halloween weekend so I will hold on to that and work on my photography.
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