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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Well then...

Okay, clearly my own perceptions are skewed, according to the common perception, but it's been one of those weeks where my body and I just aren't on the same wavelength. It's very frustrating to do all the right things and get rewarded with the opposite of the expected result. But that describes several other things going on right now as well, so maybe it's just that general malaise coloring this and other things. Not to mention that I'm also mad at my body about this stupid cough nonsense. Ten days of coughing? I've never felt sick the entire time. I feel fine. I sound horrible (between hacking and my voice being all tweeked from all the hacking). But I feel fine. Still. Sheesh. Stupid body.

On the other hand, there is a lot going right in the world. I had the best time ever at the PEERS ball this weekend. PEERS events aren't generally as much fun as say a Gaskells or a Friday Night Waltz for me for a number of odd reasons (no set list, having to be quiet during breaks instead of socializing, blah blah blah), but none of that mattered on Saturday. All of the folks I'd hoped to see were there, and a great night of friends and dancing ensued. Ah happy days.

Speaking of Friday Night Waltz, learning the Maxixe (pronounced "Masheesh") was a hoot. It's a two-step pattern from Brazil. It's bouncy and showy and silly fun fun fun. I hope I can remember it a while from now.

I am almost caught up on West Wing. I've got 7 episodes left from last season, and then all of this season, but all of it is recorded. I get two more at Paul's house tomorrow, then several at home, one more at Paul's and then I'm home free! It seems odd to be so thrilled about catching up on TV, but this has been a project since August. You know that thing about how I like to finish things? Yeah, even TV. Oddly, getting caught up on that will feel like an accomplishment. Plus, it will mean I'm no longer unduely imposing on Paul and Bill's Tivo. Plus, I won't have to go around with my hands over my ears going "La la la" whenever people talk about West Wing. That'd be cool.

And then today, I got to have a lunch out with Mr. Lowe. He's our favorite customer this year. Most years, the customer who makes it all worthwhile is someone who has never danced before and really enjoys it. I didn't have any of that breed of magic customer this year, but we did all enjoy the company of Mr. Lowe, who fell in love with Fezziwigs and has been well and truly adopted by the cast. He's even invited to the cast party. Anyway, he's a law student here on campus, so when I found out his finals wrapped up on Monday, I invited him to lunch Tuesday to celebrate. So we had good conversation, and yummy pizza and salad at Pizza My Heart. He's an interesting puzzlement that one. He's young, Republican, Christian, and yet I get along with him. Of course, he's also a dancer and a gamer geek, so y'know, he's not the football watching, big truck driving, hunting small woodland creatures sort of mid-western christian conservative that scares me senseless. Anyway, hope to pass some time with him again soon. I suspect he may be interesting to get into long twisty politico-religious discussions with. I've not had a sparring partner of that sort for many years, and I think that I could really appreciate it.

I mailed off the CD of all project documentation to the folks in Research Compliance and Key Solutions on Friday. I'm officially off the eProtocols project now, and I even got to deflect a support request as a result. Truly, it wasn't a question I could answer anyway, but it's just nice to be able to say, "Actually, I'd love to help if I could, but you really want to talk to the support team. Their number is..." Did I mention I love being done with something? Yeah.

Testing on Workflow marches on. I'm really a bit disappointed in our business owners for this project. They didn't make it to our 1 hour weekly meeting for the second week in a row this week. They didn't respond to the emails I sent them last week. It makes a girl wonder, out loud, to her manager, "Seriously, do they want this to go live or not, because I've got no problem with going and working on something else instead." Grr. Oh well. At least my manager volunteered herself and Jo-Ann to test for us today and we got two solid hours of real serious testing done. It was probably far more useful than the past 3 days of my testing. Different hands on the same system do very different things. We shook out four or five new quirks. Yay! We've also got Leanna coming to test tomorrow. I'll be feeling much more confident in the system after that. Next week, we're getting some payroll folks to test for us for the terminations section. Almost there... stay on target... Oh please let this go live in February!

Took Pixel to the vet this weekend to get a 1 year checkup and introduce him to what I expect to be his place of permanent care (Adobe Animal Hospital). He's a healthy growing boy. He's gained 3 1/2 pounds since we got him in October! Zoinks! He's going to be a very big boy when he's all grown up. He weighs 9 1/2 pounds now and he's still growing. On the trip home, we picked up a 3 story cat condo from Wal-Mart, because after MUCH shopping for a suitable scratching post thing, this was the best size/configuration to fit our needs, and was fully 1/4 the price of similar things at the pet stores. He instantly knew it was for him and played with it all the way home. He's such a spoiled boy.

I'm making more eggplant soup tonight and being all sorts of domestic - changing sheets, doing laundry, cleaning my room, folding clothes, cleaning the bathroom - so that I can play the rest of the week. There's West Wing on Wednesday, ceili on Thursday, sewing on Saturday, and glasses shopping with Chris on Monday, likely followed by a short trip to the Plough.

Oh, and I've got Page Mandarins from Cosentino's. These are the best tangerine type fruit ever. It's like the best clementine you've ever eaten, every time. I wish I could find a tree of this type to plant in my yard. That would rock. They only exist in the store for 3 weeks or so each year, and I managed to be there and grab them. Woohoo! Produce from Cosentino's and food from Trader Joe's makes me all kinds of happy.

Anyway, just thought I'd post a non-bodily function post since my blog was starting to look really boring and stuff. As per the usual, life isn't perfect, but it sure is awfully nice most of the time.


  • Wow. Mr. Lowe has a journal. So odd to read about myself at the Halloween Gaskell and hear bits of conversation echo in my head. I think my eyes just about popped out of my head! Now, to figure out how to make that an RSS feed...

    By Blogger Laura, at 8:46 PM  

  • Indeed, dears, he seems to. And while I dislike actual adversarial sparring, Ammy, I'd be happy to oblige you in a friendly sort of way if you felt so inclined.

    By Blogger Natalie, at 1:35 AM  

  • I was going to tell you to say "Hi" to him for me, but there he is, so "Hi!" - I met you (Mr. Lowe) via an unexpected pinch-hit dance for a friend with an injured foot - hope to see you out on the floor somewhere again!

    By Blogger BlackSheep, at 2:52 PM  

  • I'm sure I look forward to it as well, though I'd look forward to it more if I knew who you were. Blogger is acting up and does not want to take me to your page, so I can't even try to deduce it. Well, at any rate, I look forward to seeing you next!

    By Blogger Natalie, at 3:11 PM  

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