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July 05, 2006

My Day at Work

This conversation pretty much sums it up:

Me: I need mass amounts of mind-altering psychotropics right now
Jake: hahahah

Posted by Highwaygirl at 05:40 PM | Comments (0)

May 16, 2006

Meatloaf With a Tie

I think I have reached a stage of delirium.

I'm laughing inappropriately - too long and too loud, with the snorting and the fist beating on the desk - at things that Jake says that aren't really even funny. He referred to El Paso as "meatloaf with a tie" and I lost it; tears streaming down my face and everything.

And then I proceeded to giggle and laugh under my breath for the next half hour.

I think it's from a combination of:

1. Lack of sleep
2. Lack of food
3. WAY too much stress

And I keep typing "Meatload" which, in this context, is entirely too gross.

Earlier, Jake told me he smelled onions. I came back from lunch, sat down at my desk, logged onto my computer, then loudly declared that "it smells like BACON in here."

Olafactory hallucinations, are they a sign of mental illness?

Posted by Highwaygirl at 05:23 PM | Comments (1)

February 27, 2006

With Friends Like These...

Me: I suck today
John: oh, don't sell yourself short
John: you suck EVERY day!
John: (hahahahaha)

Posted by Highwaygirl at 03:48 PM | Comments (0)

February 09, 2006

Bigger Is Better

Today at work I was given a 21" monitor (in black) to replace the paltry 19" monitor (in cream) that I had.

As in many things, those extra two inches make all the difference, believe me.

Posted by Highwaygirl at 03:23 PM | Comments (1)

January 05, 2006

Under Construction

Pinellas County has been tearing up the roads outside my office for about 18 months now and they're STILL not done. I took this so I can do a before-and-after thing once the project is finished - in 2012.

This video shows a gorgeous blue sky, and all three buildings owned by my company. And my car!

Posted by Highwaygirl at 12:43 PM | Comments (1)

October 10, 2005

Jumping Ship

Today I quit my job.

My last day is October 21, and after that I will start my new job as a HIGH POWERED EXECUTIVE RECRUITER. Which I have no formal experience doing. But I'm charming and persuasive, so hopefully I'll be good at it.

It's kind of like jumping off a cliff. In a good way. As a bonus, I'll be working with my friend Phil! He thinks I'll do well at this, and I trust the man to know his stuff, so I'm fairly confident. And I'm really jazzed to be doing something challenging and completely different than what I normally do.

And I get to WORK FROM HOME.


Posted by Highwaygirl at 01:21 PM | Comments (1)

June 30, 2005


Doom Song: God, I'm slow today.
Me: I am so exhausted I'm about to fall over.
Doom Song: I need, like, 6 more Diet Cokes.
Me: I need vodka, and a naked man.
Doom Song: Dude, NICE. That's my girl.

Posted by Highwaygirl at 03:47 PM | Comments (1)

June 28, 2005

At Your Service

People often ask me just what the hell it is I do for a living. Well, I do a lot of things. One thing I do is research and write help text.

Today, I spent 7 hours on the following (help text for a Military Service section of a registration page):

Some of the fields described in this help text may not be shown, due to your systemís configuration.

Military Campaign Badge | Transitioning Type | Veteran Status | Combat Veteran | Type of Discharge | Disabled Veteran | Homeless Veteran

Military Campaign Badge - Campaign badges are awarded to military servicemembers who participate in certain expeditions/campaigns around the world. For more information on which expeditions/campaigns are eligible for badges, visit the Office of Personnel Management's Veteran's Guide.

Two recently awarded campaign badges not listed in that guide include:

  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal - Eligible servicemembers must have served in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom on or after Oct. 24, 2001, to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense or the cessation of the operation. The area of eligibility encompasses all land areas of the country of Afghanistan and all air spaces above the land.

  • Iraq Campaign Medal - Eligible servicemembers must have served in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on or after March 19, 2003, to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense or the cessation of the operation. The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Iraq, and the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above the land area of Iraq and above the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles.
Transitioning Type - Select the time frame for your transition out of the military. If you are not a transitioning service member, select "Not Applicable" from the drop down list.

Enter dates for transitioning, entrance into the military, and discharge in the fields provided using an MM/DD/YYYY format (e.g. 04/19/2005), or by clicking the calendar icon beside each field.

If you do not know the exact day you or your spouse entered the military or were discharged, use "01" as the date (for example, 06/01/1984).

Veteran Status - Choose Eligible Person from the drop down list if you are the spouse of:

  • Any person who died of a service connected disability;

  • Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application, is listed by the appropriate Secretary in one or more of the following categories for a total of more than 90 days: missing in action, captured in line of duty by a hostile force, or forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power; or

  • Any person who has a total disability permanent in nature resulting from a service connected disability, or who died while a disability so evaluated was in existence.
Combat Veteran - Make a selection from the drop down list using the following guidelines:

  • Not Applicable - You or your spouse is not a veteran of a campaign.

  • Yes, Vietnam Veteran - You or your spouse served in the active U.S. military, naval or air service and was discharged from such service under conditions other than dishonorable during the Vietnam-era (the period beginning on February 28, 1961 and ending on May 7, 1975, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period, and the period beginning on August 5, 1964 and ending on May 7, 1975, in all other cases.)

  • Yes, Campaign Veteran - You or your spouse is a veteran of a campaign other than Vietnam.

  • Yes, Not a Campaign Veteran - NEED DEFINITION

  • Eligible Person - You are the spouse of:

    • Any person who died of a service connected disability;

    • Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application, is listed by the appropriate Secretary in one or more of the following categories for a total of more than 90 days: missing in action, captured in line of duty by a hostile force, or forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power; or

    • Any person who has a total disability permanent in nature resulting from a service connected disability, or who died while a disability so evaluated was in existence.
Click the Combat Veteran Website link for more information about which armed conflicts qualify as campaigns.

Type of Discharge - Make a selection from the drop down list using the following guidelines:

  • Honorable - You or your spouse received an honorable discharge, having met or exceeded the required standards of duty performance and personal conduct.
A less than honorable discharge refers to a discharge that occurs under other than honorable conditions. This can be due to generally improper conduct, conviction of a crime either in a military court martial or a civilian court, or some other inappropriate action on the part of a soldier or someone associated with that soldier.

The United States military subdivides less-than-honorable discharges into four categories, in increasing order of severity:

  • General (under honorable conditions) - You or your spouse received a general discharge when you separated from the service under honorable conditions, but without a sufficiently meritorious military record to deserve an honorable discharge.

  • Other than honorable - You or your spouse received an other than honorable discharge for misconduct or security reasons.

  • Bad conduct - You or your spouse received a bad conduct discharge when you separated from the service under conditions other than honorable under an approved sentence of a general or a special court-martial.

  • Dishonorable - You or your spouse received a dishonorable discharge when you separated from the service under dishonorable conditions after a general court-martial.
If you were a commissioned officer who received a dismissal from the military, select "Dishonorable" from the drop down list. A dismissal of a commissioned officer, in general, the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge of an enlisted member.

Disabled Veteran - A disability is considered to be service related if it was incurred or aggravated during a period of active military service from which the veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, and was not due to willful misconduct of the veteran. A service connected disability evaluated 10 percent or more disabling by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs entitles a veteran to receive disability compensation.

Make a selection from the drop down list using the following guidelines:

  • Yes, Disabled Veteran - You or your spouse is a veteran who is entitled to disability compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the U.S. Department of Veteransí Affairs for a disability rated at less than 30 percent, and who is not classified as a Special Disabled Veteran (see below), or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service connected disability.

  • Yes, Special Disabled - You or your spouse is a veteran who is entitled to disability compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the U.S. Department of Veteransí Affairs for a disability:

    • Rated at 30 percent or more; or

    • Rated at 10 or 20 percent in the case of a veteran who has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veteransí Affairs to have a serious employment handicap under Chapter 31, Training and Rehabilitation for Veterans with Service Connected Disabilities; or

    • A person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service connected disability.
  • No - You or your spouse is not a disabled veteran.
If you or your spouse is disabled, chose a Disability Percentage from the drop down list.

Homeless Veteran - A homeless veteran is an individual who:

  • Served in the active military, naval, or air service
  • Was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable
  • Lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
This definition includes any individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is a publicly or privately operated shelter for temporary accommodation; an institution providing temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

Posted by Highwaygirl at 04:36 PM | Comments (2)

June 27, 2005



Still ... yeah. I may have portrayed last week/weekend as a hectic time at work, but it's this week when TOTAL CHAOS is about to break loose.

Deadline is Thursday night. I'd say we're about ... yeah, no. I'm not going to commit what I think to print.

I'm taking my 2.5 minute break and eating a cup of Publix Fat Free key lime pie yogurt and slice of whole wheat bread.

This is what I've become.

I plan on getting way inebriated Friday night. And this weekend, I hope to get Movable Type loaded on my impending photoblog:

FOECUS - Girl vs. Camera

Posted by Highwaygirl at 11:10 AM | Comments (4)

June 24, 2005

Hell Is For Children


Yes, YOU. The person reading this. I may or may not know who you are. But here's the thing - I am in work HELL right now. I'm serious. I'm ... very stressed. Yes. There is very little joy in my life at the moment, in addition to very little time for social activities such as updating this site.

This is where you come in. Do me a favor? Post a comment to this entry. Anything, I don't care. Something funny, something poignant ... something I never knew about you (if I know you), or an introduction if I don't.

I need something that will help me get my mind off of work during those rare minutes when I'm not frantically trying to fix something that's messed up. I'll be working all weekend (bleh); I need you to give me the will to go on.

So if anything I've ever posted has amused, entertained, or otherwise held meaning for you, be a sport and return the kindness just this once. My sanity thanks you.

Posted by Highwaygirl at 11:33 AM | Comments (16)

May 11, 2005

Have Pen, Will Travel

I think I should apply for this job:

Position: Journalist: Test and Evaluation Specialist with PSYOP Experience
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: $75,000 to $100,000
Website: http://www.paegroup.com

Position Description: Publish newspaper in Kabul, Afghanistan. Responsible for overseeing Target Audience Analysis Section and performing as the Senior Analyst responsible for designs polls, organization and conducting focus group meetings with local Afghanistan citizens. Planning future target audience analysis programmers and synthesizes all information in detailed reports to include supervising and administering 15 member local staff polling team.

Job Requirements:

  • Superior understanding of the information support requirement for PSYOPS Operations

  • Superior communication skills in English both written and verbal

  • Superior analytical skills

  • A very good listener

  • Capable of juggle more than two balls at a time

  • Sense of humor

  • Capable of thinking outside the box

  • A team player

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Profound knowledge concerning surveys and polls

For consideration please send resumes to paejobs@paegroup.com or contact:

Carlton Miller, Corporate Recruiter PAE Government Services Inc. 213.593.3235 voice 213.494.6428 cell paejobs@paegroup.com www.paegroup.com

I'm a freedom-loving patriot who wants to bring the heralded concept of free speech to a dusty far-off land ...

... but hopefully not die for it.

Posted by Highwaygirl at 12:37 PM | Comments (0)

April 15, 2005

Thermostat Wars

So. Last week two new people moved upstairs in my building, taking up Jake's old office. We also hired a brand new person (the research assistant position I was interviewing for) and she's in there, too.


Ever since then, it has been BRUTALLY COLD back in my office. The thermostat is out in Jake's old office. It's a new digital thermostat that has been in place for about a month. We never had a problem with it until ... THEY came over.

My office is FRIGID. I'm wearing a t-shirt, a long-sleeved shirt, and a sweater, and I'm still shivering. Cindy (my officemate) just came over and put her fingers on my cheek - ice cold.

My fingernails are a lovely shade of lavendar, even without the benefit of nail polish.

I'm seriously considering lighting the spare desk in my office on fire. It's only particle board rather than real wood, but I'm sure it will burn all the same. It might give off some noxious (and ultimately fatal) fumes, but that's only of secondary concern at this point.

And let me tell you something - walking around with CONSTANT HEADLIGHTS is a.) not funny, and b.) rather painful.

Posted by Highwaygirl at 04:04 PM | Comments (3)

March 30, 2005

Adventures in Interviewing - Round One

AKA, But What Can You Do for ME?

My first candidate for the research assistant position was Gabe (a fake name, of course), a guy in his mid-20s who lives 70 miles away. He showed up 45 minutes early for the interview. I'm all for punctuality, but that just annoyed me.

So I ask him how long it took him to get here and he tells me it's about a 90-minute commute. I ask if that's a commute he's willing to make twice a day, especially when rush hour traffic will make it longer, and Gabe says:

"I'm not sure yet. I'm really just here to check out the company to see if I'd like to work here."


I wanted to end the interview right there. And I should have, because it would have spared me wasting another 30 minutes on the guy.

But I sally forth. The next unsettling thing I learn is that Gabe thinks my company is an architecture firm. Well, no. Not even close. I ask him if he knows ANYTHING about this company (thanks, Eric!), and he says, "I didn't have time to do any research."

Gotcha! You didn't have time to do any RESEARCH on the company where you're applying for the RESEARCH assistant position (thanks for pointing out the irony, Raps!).

Blah blah blah, he doesn't really know what he wants to do, blah blah, how soon will he be getting a raise, blah blah I don't have any questions about the job or the company, blah.

He's not getting a callback.

Hopefully the candidates will get better; otherwise, I'm in for a long damn interviewing process.

Posted by Highwaygirl at 03:45 PM | Comments (4)

March 29, 2005

I Need Help

Yeah, yeah. Don't go there.

Hhhhhhhanyway, with my supervisor having given notice, it has now apparently fallen to me to become the designated Interviewer for the candidates applying for our Research Assistant position.

There's only one problem with this - I have no idea what I'm doing.

What do I ask? What DON'T I ask? What qualities (aside from job qualifications) should I be looking for? What red flags should I be aware of?

At this point I'll be leaning towards people who a.) can do the job, and b.) I like. However, I realize that B is probably not the best thing to use when judging potential job candidates (beyond a certain point - if the person is a total twit, and I don't like them because they're a total twit, then I think that's relevant).

If anyone has any words of wisdom, pleeeeeeeeeease help me out.

Posted by Highwaygirl at 09:20 PM | Comments (6)

March 10, 2005

Defending Your Job

Rappy: yo yo, rappy in da hizzhouse!
Me: yo!
Me: I'm working on the notes for my annual review
Me: which is today
Me: I need
Me: Strengths
Me: Areas to Improve
Me: how could you possibly improve me?
Rappy: impossible
Me: see? how do they expect me to come up with things?
Rappy: you could say that the state of your arm could well be improved.
Rappy: hit them where it hurts
Me: ha!

T-minus 70 minutes until review-time. Although Jake bet me a dollah it will not happen today at all. BUT IT BETTER. Because I spent hours filling out the questionnaire template form and I want my big fat raise.

Posted by Highwaygirl at 12:51 PM | Comments (4)

February 18, 2005

Cookies Make Everything Better

My coworkers sent me a Get Well Soon gift basket this afternoon:


The basket included table crackers, merlot cheese spread (fancy!), a mug, a li'l stuffed bear that says "Love bears all things," and a dozen gourmet cookies. And not just any cookies - they remembered which kind of cookies are my favorite.

The answer, of course, is snickerdoodle.

This is just further proof that everyone who meets me loves me.

Posted by Highwaygirl at 04:07 PM | Comments (2)

February 16, 2005

Jake's Bitter Center

Jake: t-1:45
Jake: starving
Me: bored
Jake: filled with hate
Me: want to hear something sweet?
Me: sure you do
Jake: this place makes me hate the world
Me: I just got this in an e-mail from someone
Me: "Your letters are always a nice burst of sunshine to start out my day...thank you!"
Me: isn't that nice?
Jake: 'tis
Me: I feel all appreciated
Jake: good
Jake: now's my chance to RUIN IT
Jake: *smiley*
Me: I'm going to commemorate your bitterness to the ages
Jake: I want to ram my head into the wall

Posted by Highwaygirl at 04:22 PM | Comments (1)

January 04, 2005

Stroke to the Left

There is no emoticon for how I feel today.

Me: did you send me this DC incident?
Jake: what DC incident
Me: about the CP
Jake: CP??
Me: staff only pages
Jake: oh
Me: C
Me: O
Me: N
Me: T
Me: E
Me: N
Me: T
Me: P
Me: U
Me: B
The last message was not sent because you are over the rate limit. Please wait until sending is re-enabled and send the message again.
Jake: I'm going to hurt you

Do this do that what do you think of this maybe we should do that no let's do that or maybe that but definitely not that what do you want to do about that and that and that but not that. Let's leave that alone.

WARNING! The following contains profanity.

Jake: Sean used to call him the "walking erection"
Jake: hahahaha
Me: I'm sick of you bitches not sending me email when you send me an incident
Me: oh, nevermind. you did.
Me: why would Sean call him that?
Jake: because Path will hit on anything that moves
Me: I really don't want to think about Path's cock, EVER
Jake: (and I personally believe he would fuck a dead person)
Jake: hahaahahaha dude
Jake: DUDE
Jake: you just said _Path's real name_ and COCK in the same sentence
Me: *dies*
Me: I'm going to gouge my eyes out
Jake: better make it deeper into my brain
Me: hahahahaha
Jake: I don't want to picture what Path does with himself in the depths of the night
Me: now I've totally lost track of what I was doing
Me: oh, you know what?
Jake: chickenbutt?
Me: I'll bet he uses LOTION
Me: when he strokes himself
Jake: lkeasg jhafd
Jake: afsdjgs
Jake: kf
Jake: 54yuh54jh
Jake: efhngfn
Me: *giggling maniacally*
Me: at least I didn't speculate about HOW he strokes himself
Jake: dude
Me: like, speed and stuff
Jake: I'm going to kill you
Me: I'm laughing so hard I cannot breeeeeeeeeeeathe
Me: I need my inhaler
Me: *wheeze*
Jake: you are pure evil

It's 3:30. And I'm maybe 10% done with all the stuff I need to do. Although I did finish two things for other people, so that's progress.

*wades back into the abyss*

Posted by Highwaygirl at 03:37 PM | Comments (0)

October 26, 2004

Sheep In Single File

Jake: I'm in quite the prankster mood this morning
Me: *hides*
Jake: Have any lotion I can leave on John's phone ear piece?
Me: I have a small bottle of pinot noir that you can break over someone's head, if you want
Jake: sweet
Me: although that's more "assault" than "prank"
Jake: I need some fishing line
Jake: do you have any bad smelling stuff?
Me: do I even want to ask?
Jake: french things?
Jake: i want to soil his office
Me: I'm a girl. we don't keep bad smelling stuff around.
Jake: hmm
Jake: allow me to rephrase.... "strong smelling perfume"
Me: I think you should use that big printer
Me: and print out something nice
Jake: hahaha
Me: something he could use for companionship
Jake: random printings throughout the day
Me: lifesize
Jake: hmm
Jake: I wonder how much it would cost to make a cardboard cutout of myself
Jake: put it in the corner of his office
Jake: that would terrify anyone
Jake: maybe just wearing a diaper?
Me: perfect
Me: and paint red lipstick on your lips
Me: and then smear it
Me: lots of black eyeliner
Jake: hahaha

Jake: in the words of karen carpenter... it's only just begun
Me: haaaaaaaaaahahahahaha
Me: this is going to be a fun day, I can tell
Jake: boredom drives a man to many things
Me: just don't try to play one of these pranks on me
Jake: don't worry
Me: because I will shank your ass as soon as look at you
Jake: hahaha
Jake: suck my shiv
Jake: hahahah
Me: that's a classic
Jake: and you say I never like your suggestions
Me: you like them, you just never TAKE them

Me: are you on my website right now?
Me: and don't lie to me if you are, because I have a site meter
Jake: yep
Me: okay, cool. I can see it's someone from work, but I wanted to figure out who.
Me: you're checking to see if I've posted your IMs
Jake: well, you told me you did, remember
Me: I might ... you've been funny today
Jake: I see no one commented
Jake: bastards
Jake: see, if I turned my web site into a blog thingy, it would just become one long winded rant filled with nothing but depressing bs
Jake: I'll spare the rest of the world

Jake: I cannot fucking wait for this election to be over with
Jake: I've about reached that dreaded point of accepting that Bush will win. Not "win" per se, but fix the thing with his crooked ways and no doubt lead us (or rather drag us kicking and screaming) into another 4 years of lies and deceit.
Jake: We're doomed
Jake: Maybe I should become a street preacher
Jake: Walk around unbathed and screaming about the apocolypse
Me: Sounds like your average weekend to me
Jake: hahahaha
Jake: hey I bathe!
Jake: occasionally
Jake: But in all seriousness, if I see one more fucking political commercial, I'm bound to snap
Jake: I'm sick of seeing all this shit on cnn.com
Jake: Where are my celebrity gossip stories?
Me: I'm sorry, I'm wallowing in my own sadness
Jake: sadness?
Me: well, not "wallowing"
Me: and not "sadness"
Jake: I can go get some percocet from home if you'd like
Me: I am accepting defeat, as it were
Jake: ehh... acceptance is for losers
Jake: do what I do, never back down
Jake: become a stalker if you have to
Me: meh
Jake: I'll let you borrow my binoculars if you'd like
Jake: Anything I can do to cheer you up, aside from dancing around and falling down on a pile of rocks again?
Jake: I need to let those wounds heal a little more
Jake: The bruise on my ass still has some yellow color left
Me: I wouldn't have laughed if I knew that was serious
Me: I thought you meant to do it
Jake: I'm sure a part of me did

Jake: I'm going to open a spa called THE SPARKLING PONY
Me: and I'm sure you'll be a pretty, pretty princess there
Jake: HEY now...
Jake: I'm a full blown QUEEN

Posted by Highwaygirl at 04:26 PM | Comments (148)

September 23, 2004

Aim Low

I had this conversation with my coworker, John, this morning:

[Walks by John's office]

Me: "JOHN!!"
John: "Morning."
Me: "OH, today deserves something MUCH BETTER than just "morning." It deserves ... "OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY!"
John: "Why, did you find another job?"
Me: "No! I've just made the conscious decision that today is going to be a great day. It's going to start out here [raises arm and holds palm horizontally to indicate elevation] and then it will have ... it can only go ... [looks downward] ... wait."
John: "It can only go downhill."
Me: "Dammit."
John: "You need to start closer to the bottom ... "
Me: " ... so there isn't much further to fall."
John: "Right."
Me: "Alright, then ... I think today is already a crappy day, and therefore it can't get much worse. Thanks." [walks off]
John: "Sorry to ruin your day for you!"

Posted by Highwaygirl at 10:35 AM | Comments (3)

February 25, 2004

She Works Hard for the Money

So hard for it honey
She works hard for the money
So you bet-ter treat her riiiiiiiiiiiight!

I had my annual review yesterday afternoon. My boss and I ended up talking for over 2.5 hours. So yes, it went well. It was actually a very positive, enlightening conversation - I'd say that a good 50% of it involved the company in general, not specifically my work or my place in the hierarchy (although there was plenty of that, too). It was all positive, nothing negative. I'm going to be getting the opportunity to do much more in the way of system and content development, which is my strength, and much less in the way of database upkeep. So good news!

Oh, and I got the title change I wanted. I am no longer a Web Content Specialist. I am now a ... CONTENT ARCHITECT.

And I did get a raise. But I'm not going to tell you how much, because I know some people from work read this site. *waves at coworkers*

Posted by Highwaygirl at 08:52 AM | Comments (0)

February 24, 2004

Gonna Get Paid

I have my annual review at work today from 4-5 p.m. Cross your fingers for me (and the possibility of a decent raise).

Posted by Highwaygirl at 06:53 AM | Comments (1)

December 02, 2003

O Frabjous Day!

Callooh! Callay!

I had a lil' chat with our Director of Operations this morning, to ask whether or not the updating of a personal journal was off-limits under the internet usage policy (as I had been told by someone else). Happily, it is not! They are more concerned with the time spent on non-work sites, rather than the type of non-work sites being visited (within reason. I think they're pretty much against porn and eBay no matter what).

Porn and eBay should be the title of a book, or an album.

So anyway, I am allowed to update this site, as long as I don't abuse the priviledge. Heavens forfend! I would never do such a thing!

I also got confirmation that the "secureserver" part of Movable Type's URL was not an issue. So, yay! Overg again has meaning to his life!

In other happy news, my new Primaloft comforter is the shiznit, the season 2 Alias DVD box set comes out today (not buying, hoping to get for Christmas), as does Pirates of the Caribbean (ditto).

I have a question for you – do you think that everyone, at least once in their lives, should experience being fired? I've never been fired, so I'm wondering if there's anything positive about it. I have been laid off, and there were definitely some good things about that experience.

Oh, a few other things:

  • How did I miss LeRoy from Fame dying last month?

  • Pearl barley is found in the section with the dried beans


Posted by Julie at 01:20 PM | Comments (10)

December 01, 2003

Bad News and ... Bad News


The management at work is cracking down on company internet usage. Which is well within reason. However, I've been told by one person that I can no longer use my alloted internet time to update this site. Something about how "secureserver" is in the URL for the Movable Type interface that I use to perform automated updates to this site.


In the email that was sent to employees, there was not a specific reference to "updating online journals" being something that was specifically forbidden. But, it also wasn't one of the things expressly allowed.

What does this mean for us? It means we might be seeing a lot less of each other in the very near future.

Yeah, I'm a little bit ... bothered. You'd think I had gone to a restaurant down the street for lunch, gotten rip-roaringly drunk, told my supervisor when they called that I was too drunk to come back at the moment, and then never bothered coming back to work at all.

But yeah, updating a journal? Much worse.

What I need is a BlackBerry, or some other wireless internet device that will let me update my site without using any of the company's hardware.

In other news, I am apparently deathly allergic to duck down. I bought a new comforter tonight – a Primaloft Sateen Comforter – and it is truly wonderful. I have a feeling it will be worth every penny I paid for it.

I also found another tart burner at Bed Bath & Beyond for the low, low price of $5. Yay!

But I digress. So I get home after work, and after grocery shopping, and I go into my bedroom to take the flannel duvet cover off my current down comforter, heretofore known as the Down Comforter of Impending, Suffocating Death. I get it off, and within three minutes my lungs are squinching up and I'm wheezing.

That's the really bad type of allergy for me. The allergies that make me sneeze and have nasal issues are annoying, but not of too much concern. The ones that go to my lungs? Very, very bad. I've been puffing away on my inhaler since then.

And to add insult to injury – the grocery store didn't have leeks! Damn you, Publix! Damn you to hell!!!

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November 06, 2003

Work Photos

Just a short one before dinner and Survivor - my desk at work, and the photo of Dawsey I have at work.

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