Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This and that

I haven't been blogging much, and I haven't been reading other blogs lately either. Hopefully that'll change soon.

It's taking me a little while to adjust to having a full time job! It's great, and not just because I like my paycheck. But it will take a little getting used to.

And while I'm getting used to it, I don't think I can juggle it and school. So a couple weeks ago I e-mailed my adviser telling her that I'm dropping out for one term, but that I'll be back this spring. And I had better have gotten used to working 40 hours a week by then, because I'm not taking off two terms in a row.

Speaking of school...

My mom is talking about going back to school. Specifically, she's talking about doing the MBA program at my university. And Murray is also talking about going to grad school. Guess what program and what university? Yeah, MBA, and our university where we first met.

It might be interesting if my mom and boyfriend are enrolled in the same program, especially if they're taking classes together.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Funny

A guy asked me some interesting questions at work. He didn't seem too sure of how to get to the point, and I think he was a little nervous, so he sort of stumbled around a bit before getting to the point.

"Do you guys have books like Powell's* or the libraries downtown? Or do you ban some books? Do you have books about New Age and other religions?"

I told him to ask a librarian.**

In retrospect maybe I should have said "I'm a Pagan, and we darned well better not be banning books!"

*A local awesome bookstore. If you ever visit Portland, go to the Powell's bookstore downtown. It's giant. Humongous. Amazing. :)

**FYI, some people think that anyone who works at a library is a librarian. This is not true. A librarian has a master's degree in library science, and most people in a library don't have that...it doesn't take a grad school graduate to shelve books, check in/out books, take out the trash, etc.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

SEBR

Book cover
About a week ago I picked up a book titled Who Moved My Mouse: A Self Help Book for Cats (Who Don't Need Any Help) by Dena Harris. It was quite an amusing read.

There is a quiz in it to determine what type of cat any feline is. I took this test for myself, and although some of my results were almost a little iffy (a few points off from being something else entirely) my result was SEBR: Snuggler, Eager, Bold, Rebel. The description for the SEBR purrsonality type is as follows:

"SEBR/DISCIPLINARIAN: This kibble had better be good or I'm gonna put da hurt on some humans."

And there you are. That's the kind of kitty I am.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Murray

In that book which is
My memory . . .
On the first page
That is the chapter when
I first met you
Appear the words . . .
Here begins a new life.

-- Dante Alighieri


There is only one entry in all my diaries that begins with "I met _______ today." And it was Murray's name that filled in the blank.

Little did I suspect that he would become my best friend, and my lover. To be truthful, I wasn't at all sure what to make of him! lol

Ah, love...

Speaking of love, I also love the snow. Which we're getting some of here in Portland! I was excited about it, until last evening when Murray called me up to say that due to bad weather he wouldn't be able to see me as planned. My attitude towards the snow quickly went from happy to irritated.

Darned snow. Keeping my boyfriend away from me.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Buy LOTS of GS cookies!!!

I vote that we should all buy double the Girl Scout cookies that we normally do. Why? In response to the following video.



(Unfortunately, the video seems to be cut short and I can't find one now that doesn't end mid sentence. Huh.)

I used to be a Girl Scout. There are some things about the organization that I did not like, but hearing that they welcome transgender girls make me proud to have been a Girl Scout.

I wish that the young woman in the above video understood that transgendered girls are in fact female, just the same as she is. And I think that we should all buy more Girl Scout cookies than we normally would this year to counteract those who will follow her lead and boycott the cookies.

Last, I'd like to say that I like the following video response:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Elven Lover

I just wanted to share an awesome song. Only OMNIA could do "Scarborough Fair" like this.



I love them. =)

And, ok, I cannot resist. I just have to share a second song by OMNIA in this post: "Satyr Sex." I laughed quite a bit after the finale.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I love my coworkers

"So I told him that he didn't have a chance* with me," I was telling a coworker about my boyfriend, "and then less than a week later I asked him to be my boyfriend."

"Well, I guess he grew on you!" Yep, that's what she said. And I don't think she even realized the double meaning.

Gotta love my coworkers. When it gets late in the day our brains can turn to jelly and fun things happen, though it usually isn't quite so entertaining. :)

*I was being politically correct. What I really told Murray is that I would never sleep with him. Ok, ok, fine. I think what I actually said is that I would never have sex with him.

Monday, January 9, 2012

A miracle of life

First I would like to acknowledge that today is my parent's 25th wedding anniversary. They didn't do anything particularly special though, unless you count mom taking dad out to lunch at Burgerville (it was her first time there and she went on my recommendation...eeps!) and then getting sick when the food disagreed with her. Ouch.

But, they have been married for a quarter of a century now!

So, on to this minor miracle of life...

One of my mom's coworkers, who I will call Proud Grandad, lost three unborn grandbabies in the last two years. I blogged about the first one on July 30th, 2010. That was to be the couple's first child, and they lost it two weeks before the due date. Then the next year one of his other sons lost twins earlier on in the pregnancy.

I can only imagine how Proud Grandad, and everyone else in the family, felt.

BUT, when my mom got to work today she heard the good news: the couple who lost what was to be their first child had a baby last Saturday.

Mom, and her coworkers, didn't even know about the pregnancy. The couple didn't even tell Proud Grandad until it was 5 months along, and then asked him not to tell others about it.

Any new life is a miracle, but after the family lost three babies this seems particularly miraculous.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Well...

Books are like candy. (Actually Murray says they're like crack for me...) And yet they're not like candy because with candy you eat it and then it's gone. With books you get a hold of them...and then you can enjoy them for the rest of your life.

So working in a library is like working in a candy shop. Except that I don't have to pay for any candy that I want to take home.

I'm amazed that I've only checked out four books so far, and noted down two (or three?) more titles to take a look at later. I've shown remarkable restraint. But then again I've gotten to where I sometimes (often?) don't even see the title of whatever book I'm handling.

By the way, I'm not sure how much blogging I'll be doing in the near future. Having a full time job will take some getting used to. I don't have much energy when I get home. (Although I might have more energy when I finally learn not to stay up until midnight or so when I have to catch the bus at 6:30am...or perhaps if my work hours change to a graveyard shift.) Plus I'll have my two classes starting next week, which will keep me even more busy.

Tomorrow is my Friday. I think that on Friday (the real one, not the one I have to work) I'll be catching up on sleep.

(Yes I know I'm using way too many parentheses, but I'm too tired to edit them out.)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My day

This post will not be well written or well edited. Probably because I'm overexcited about my new job, and I'm tired and want to get to bed relatively soon.

So...

I woke up today with no real TMD pain to speak of, which is unusual. (TMD: a problem with the jaw joints that involves muscle pain/aches and sometimes pain in the jaw joints. Not fun.) I think it has something to do with the sake I drank last night.

Sake diluted with ginger ale is yummy...

Today was my first day at my new job, so I took off mid-morning to catch the bus with a coffee in my hand.

Funny thing, I met an interesting guy at one of my bus stops. When we got to talking he asked if I'm single and where I'm from. There was a slightly awkward silence after I told him that I've got a boyfriend, and he wouldn't believe at first that my "accent" is a speech disorder. I'm not sure if he really believes that it's due to me falling on my head when I was young (which I did) or if he just gave up arguing.

The number one question I am asked: What is my accent?

The number two question I am asked: What high school do I attend? (Some people think I look 16...which could get interesting since I'm dating a man twice my age.)

Anyways...

Work went well. I like the job, and I like my coworkers. I only worked a half day today, but tomorrow I'll be working a full day, starting at 8am. That should be interesting, since I'm not really a morning person. I see lots of caffeine in my future.

However, my work schedule is subject to change after the next week or so...and I could wind up working nights. So, who knows? This night owl might become nocturnal. We'll have to wait and see.

After work mom, Tall One, and I did some geocaching, and then we went out to dinner with dad to celebrate me having a new job.

All in all, a good first day of the new calendar year. :)