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Like I needed another reason to vote against Maria Romano [Apr. 5th, 2013|09:17 am]
Apparently her campaign thinks that going on to private property in order to execute the most irritating method of advertising known to man (leaflets under windshield wipers) is A-OK. All the cars in my building's parking lot - which is behind the building, completely enclosed by a fence - had two full-sized sheets over paper under the wipers this morning telling us to vote for her and the ballot question she supports.

No, I don't think I will.
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It may be a good thing that I will be traveling less soon. [Jun. 13th, 2011|10:13 am]
[Current Location |US, Texas, Houston, Harris]

I got a horrendous cramp in my leg during today's flight; I actually felt nauseous for a few minutes after it finally let go. I think my body is losing its tolerance for this flying around all the time.

But this is one of the last few trips I'll be taking; Hawaii next week will be a very nice way to wrap it up. It's been an interesting almost-decade if running around for work; now that I won't be doing that I should have more time to run around for myself and my friends.

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One of those days... that end up turning out all right. [Feb. 1st, 2011|06:58 pm]
When you're on the road and you wake up to find that your rental car is encased by a quarter-inch of solid ice, you might think to yourself, 'I should check my messages back at the office before driving over to the client this morning. Because, you know, schools CLOSE when bad weather transforms the roads into unbroken sheets of black ice. '

I am not that clever. It was an exciting drive.

On the up side, after I determined that the cold, dark, locked building was in fact empty I got in touch with my main contact. We got the work done that needed doing today, and the roads were clear by the time I returned to my hotel, and I did not crash or fall down at any point. So everything turned out for the best!

I'm thinking that I'll check both the weather report and my messages before I leave the hotel tomorrow, though.
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2010|07:10 pm]
Just in case there's anyone on my list who hasn't seen this yet: a large chunk of MA is advised not to drink the water without boiling it:

'Course, I'd been drinking water all morning before we saw this...
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(no subject) [Mar. 18th, 2010|10:58 am]
I'm getting a new clutch!

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Leg. [Feb. 8th, 2010|01:27 pm]
(Recap for those of you I haven't seen lately: almost two weeks ago now, I woke up with a painful right ankle. Limping around on it and ignoring it did not, in fact, make it go away; I saw my doctor on Friday and he is supposed to call me with the results of various tests and x-rays today.)

Having a leg that causes non-negligible pain to walk is turning out to be a real hassle. I am tired from being in low-grade pain whenever I'm not sitting down, it's making me irritable, and it makes me feel like an entirely different person.

Normally, I move *constantly.* I move because I enjoy movement. I fidget, I shift, I pick things up and put things down, and (much to the amusement of my coworkers) I often skip, gallop or run to get where I'm going rather than walking because it makes me happy. Unceasing, unplanned motion is a pretty important facet of the Me at a level I wasn't fully aware of until now. Needless to say, it is impossible to skip on a lame leg.

I am, if anything, fidgeting MORE because of it; I was playing with the teabag tags hanging out of my cup while I read that last paragraph over. But it's getting to me in a - mental? spiritual? psychological? - sense to be tied to one place. I pace to think, I pace to take a break. People have given me a hard time (in a nice way, usually) before because I have my nose in a book while I walk, but the truth is as much that I read while I walk as it is that I walk while I read.

Right now, I've got the bad ankle tucked under the good knee to warm and stabilize it. It has been there for five minutes. That's too long for it to be still, and I can feel that fact all the way up my calf and into my thigh - there is potential motion there that it's taking a not-quite-conscious effort to restrain.

I am already sick of this, and we're moving steadily from 'unhappy about it' to 'this is unbearable.' If the doctor tells me that there's no real solution except to stay off it, I'm going to I-don't-even-know-what. Probably nothing, because there won't be anything to do but grin and bear it. I'm going to have to get a handle on it to prevent it from turning me into a jerk, though; I am becoming annoyed with people who are offering to help me BECAUSE they are offering to help me, which is an idiotic reaction. My gut response is 'no, I don't need a ride / a crutch / you to get me X, I can get it myself,' but that is me being stupid and if I have reacted that way to you lately, I apologize.

On the optimistic side, perhaps I will find out an hour from now that we know exactly what the problem is and I'll be fine in a week. But in the mean time this was digging around in my head and I needed to express it.
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(no subject) [Jan. 16th, 2010|10:33 pm]
I got to put in a bunch of hours at the Mystery Hunt, leppanen  cooked me an excellent birthday meal, my presents were fun and good, and I got a call from all my siblings.

All in all, that's a pretty good birthday right there!
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(no subject) [Dec. 13th, 2009|06:57 pm]
While we were out at lunch, our cats - who have coexisted peacefully up to this point - apparently decided that they were bitter enemies. We came home to see them staring at each other, making angry-cat-growl/yowl noises, and a big ball of cat hair (as if from a fight) on the floor. Since we got home, they have been trying to stalk each other CONSTANTLY unless we act to keep them apart.

What the heck HAPPENED while we were out? It's hours later and they're still worked up.
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(no subject) [Dec. 6th, 2009|09:41 pm]
I am still occasionally impressed by some new wonder of the Modern Age.

In this case, I am updating my livejournal from seat 20A of an airplane. That's really something, when you stop and think about it.
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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2009|07:33 pm]

You know, UPS, there's a spot right on your 'missed delivery' card to check if you can't leave the package even when I sign that card. If you'd checked that box, I would have called and made arrangements to pick the package up. But apparently you'd rather return to sender! Great! Good business practice!

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