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366 Days of Gratitude and Good Things: Day 63

Headache was gone when I woke up, so thank you all for your good mojo in that direction. And I slept well, also a good thing. Then I got to work to discover an email from about half an hour after I left yesterday, telling me yet another of our buyers found out his very important shipment was on hold at that same ruddy vendor.

I swear they’re out to get me.

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366 Days of Gratitude and Good Things: Day 62

I’ve had a low-grade headache for several hours. Which annoys me, as I didn’t get headaches for a very long time. I think I’m okay, hydration-wise, and my sinuses are fine, so it’s probably job stress. Namely and to wit, one particular vendor keeps putting us on credit hold — without telling me (as the person who processes the invoices for payment), and only mentioning it to our buyers when they ask when their order will ship, or why it hasn’t already.

And I’ve been dealing with the same damned situation, with only slight variations, for most of this month.

No wonder I have a headache.  ***rolls eyes***

On the other hand, my supervisors approved my request for Burning Man vacation time today — yay!

Now if the org (that is, the Burning Man organization) can only get Nevada to see sense about the 9 percent tax they (that is, the state) want to slap on tickets — as in, no, Burning Man is not the equivalent of a concert because no one is paying anyone to play music or do DJ sets or create art, the org provides the location and some infrastructure (and contracts for the porta potties), so the tax shouldn’t apply to this event. It’s apparently a rather slapdash regulation, at least as regards the sorts of events it applies to, and some folks think the Burn was specifically targeted, but the org doesn’t think so, which is why they’re attempting to work with the state on it.

Oh, but there have been so many…interesting suggestions as to what the org should do: leave Nevada and move to Location X (variously including Utah and some ghost town in California); buy land (again with the ghost town idea); don’t have the event this year and see how much the state likes the lost revenue…

***sound of needle scratching across a record***

That last one? I do not like this, Sam I Am!

Instead, I’ll keep my fingers crossed and keep throwing money at my vacation fund.

Because being prepared is a good thing.

And now I think I’ll take an aspirin and go to bed…

 

 

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366 Days of Gratitude and Good Things: Day 61

Well, it’s annual review time at work again. First we all do self-evals, then we find out how far off we are from what our supervisors think.

I do my best to be realistic, and then I mark myself down. Because of course I do. I always have.

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366 Days of Gratitude and Good Things: Day 60

I think tonight I’ll post the results from another writing exercise.

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366 Days of Gratitude and Good Things: Day 59

You may have noticed I didn’t post yesterday. I didn’t do much of anything yesterday except read. And much of what I read yesterday was fan fiction. So to catch up Day 59, I think I’ll make fanfic my topic.

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366 Days of Gratitude and Good Things: Day 58

Every now and then I wonder how my life might have turned out if, somewhere along the line, some counselor at either my high school or the university had said, “Since your SAT scores are terrific in both math and English, let’s look in both directions — have you ever considered writing or editing or something related like library science?” Because it never occurred to me there was anything to do with a degree related to language or literature beyond being a teacher, and at 18, it was a profession I wouldn’t have touched with a 10-foot pole.

NOT because I have anything against teaching or teachers, heavens, no! I didn’t feel I had the patience, and that I would therefore be a bad teacher. And if I couldn’t do it well, I should stay away from it.

So instead I became…a math major.

Go ahead, ask me what I thought I was going to do for a living with a math major.

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366 Days of Gratitude and Good Things: Day 57

Still no plan. I was thinking I might start with the Proust Questionnaire, but I haven’t read through the three versions carefully enough to put together a master list, if you will. It’s also just occurred to me that I might want to combine some of the questions: I see no reason why the quality I admire most in a man might not be the same quality I admire most in a woman, so the whole assumed gender binary bit of it could go bye-bye without being much of a loss, it seems to me.

But I take it you see what I mean about wanting to go through all the versions in detail. That comment popped into my head after glancing at the 35-question version for less than a second.

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