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January 29, 2009

I am tidying up loose ends at work today… my last day will be a very brief one…  tomorrow!  After lunch with the office ladies I will be running home just in time to meet Rae Rae, pick up The Child, and go to Willits. 

*contented sigh*

I’ll be back next week, though, so dont’t you worry your pretty little heads.  Have a superduperfanfreakingtastic weekend!


So, it’s 2009

January 12, 2009

Yeah, yeah…  I know.  I’ve been a total slacker.  It’s not without reason, though!

Christmas was lovely, and New Years Eve started off the year in typical insane SF style.  First a “respectable” NYE party…  It was held in a furniture showroom (c’mon!  how perfect!!) that had been cleared out for the occasion.  Of course the kitchen installations along the walls remained so Rae and I were compelled to play Vanna White and demonstrate their bad-ass-itude.


After a disco nap and much trying on of Steve B’s Burning Man attire… then it was out to “Breakfast of Champions” – at 5:00am!  (Yes, 5 in the morning).  It was a SF Freak Fest of the highest order and I was Queen for a Day!  At least it felt like it.  Steve B and I held court in our matching tutu’s 😀 (yes, we planned that)


Ahhh… I love my crazy friends!

It was a tough adjustment going back to work:  I was off since before Christmas.  Even though I had been living the life of leisure I was having a ridiculous time sleeping.  Of course people who don’t sleep well also have a propensity for being overweight and I’ve also been packing on the pounds 😦 On NYE one of my dear friends – who shall remain nameless because they meant no offense – said I was a “beautiful, thick woman”  WHAAAA???  OMG – what happened to the days when people suspected me of binging and purging because I was sooooo skinny?  People used to say I was “tiny” – now I’m “thick”?  SHOOT ME.  NOW.

So…  I finally manned-up and went to the Doctor about not sleeping and I got the third degree about why a new patient would be seeing a doctor to get sleeping pills (shocking, huh?)  He was pretty intimidating and I don’t really blame him.  I’m sure I’m not the first semi-normal looking yahoo that’s waltzed in to his office looking for a scrip.  Whilst being interrogated about why I was looking for sleeping pills it totally slipped my mind to bring up the fact that my stomach has been killing me since my birthday.  Not surprisingly the day after I see a doctor about my insomnia I end up at the Acute Care Center at UCSF doubled over in agonizing pain.  (FYI – UCSF rules!  Go there if you’re sick and in SF!)  After 2 weeks off work I ended up taking almost another 2 days off last week while I was high as a kite on Percocet 😛

The good news is that the meds they gave me for my stomach are working finally.  And just as good is that I lost 7 pounds last week!  HAHA  Well, if you can’t find the silver lining what’s the point, right?  Yesterday Haley and I did Tai Chi AND walked, and this morning I got my well-rested ass out of bed at 6am (yes SIX!) and walked again – though much more vigorously without The Child.  We now have a pact that we must walk after dinner every night in order to earn our 40 calorie frozen juice bar.  I’m also obsessively measuring and counting everything.  I am challenging myself to see how much I can drop before my trip to Colorado next month.  I *am* eating right and exercising so STFU if you feel the urge to get all up in my business about that 😛

Seemingly 2009 was off to a relatively decent start – time off, addressed health issues, addressed the horrifying numbers on my scale… except for one thing.

While I was on the phone to the Help Nurse who suggested my trip to UCSF about my stomach, my boss tapped me on the shoulder and told me to meet him in one of the conference rooms when I got off the phone.  I work for an investment bank – I’m sure you can see the handwriting on the wall, can’t you?  He was waiting there for me with the personnel lady.  We had the talk that countless numbers have had lately.  Economic downturn… blah blah… reduction in workforce… blah blah…  your hours are going to be cut in half… blah… WHAT?  Yeah…  I’m getting put on half-time as of Feb. 1st.  Maybe…  I also have the option of cutting my hours to zero.

2009 blew in on a technicolor whirlwind, but now I’m left to ponder just what I am going to do.  Every crazy thought imaginable has crossed my mind and I can’t deny that most of them revolve around me being sick and tired of being sick and tired doing office work.  It sucks to be a victim of your own skills.  I am very employable in an office and I make decent money doing it – but I’m not happy.  It’s nice to be able to travel and buy a new sofa, but on a daily basis I feel like I’m just frittering my life away.

I’ve got lots to think about…  I’ll try to be better at posting but it’s likely to be my ruminations on my future, and unless you enjoy being a voyeur to someone’s not-too-interesting life, it probably won’t be too thrilling.  Hopefully the wit and charm you’ve grown to expect on this here blog – SHHH! 😛 – will return sooner rather than later!


Mac Shmac – Mine totally looks better!

December 10, 2008

Yeah – my PC creation kicks it’s Mac ass.


Can you tell that I have not drank the Kool-Aid?  Yeah, that’s my excuse for not having an iPod or an iPhone… or an iLife 😀


The Holiday Card – done

December 8, 2008

So this is the final product.  The background was chosen by one of my Directors so it’s not 100% my taste – but I’m relatively happy with it nonetheless.



Instead of Seasons Greetings it’s kicking my ass

December 4, 2008

Yesterday I was consumed with the annual fiasco that is the creation of our holiday spam greeting card at work.  When I interviewed here I *ahem* up-sold my skills a bit on the Photoshop front.  Then, when I saw what my predecessors had created, I just knew I could blow them away with something light years ahead of what had been done before.

I totally pulled it off last year.  TOTALLY.  I even impressed myself with my hastily acquired (though tragically inconsistent) skills.  Now I need to get the greeting out for this year and, unfortunately, the bar has been set uncomfortably high.  I have to do something NEW and DIFFERENT and UPLIFTING (because the economy is in the crapper and we are in the investment biz). 


So this is what I have so far…  inside the snow globes are the big deal properties we did this year.  I need to label them (I’m thinking a brass tag on each base); and I need to – well – put a greeting on there, too 😛 That’s easy – I put that on my boss’ plate since it’s really his sentiment we should be conveying.

But it looks desperately…. lacking

Red and blue are our company colors, so that’s the logic behind those choices, but if you have any input I would totally appreciate ANY HELP because this is kicking my ass.


What is very likely to happen is that I’ll put my blood, sweat and tears in to this thing, circulate the draft for comment, and end up doing something entirely different!  That is the story of my working life… 😛


Mecca is just across the plaza

August 11, 2008

Every time I walk out the front door of my building I am taunted with the site of all things fabulous in the world of office furnishings, the Allsteel showroom. 

Summer seems to have found San Francisco today.  And they finally turned on the cool dandelion water sculpture thingy just for the occasion 😛

Here, have some moments of zen office envy.  You *wish* your cubefarm was this cool…


It is going to be a L-O-N-G week

August 11, 2008

Big Boss is in LA, Boss #2 is on vacation until the end of August and Boss #3 has moved to LA permanently.  It’s just me and the Youngsters (both of whom outrank me) in the office this week, except for Thursday.

But we three are an island in a sea of people.  My back is to the flow of traffic, so people can actually see what I’m doing now 😦

What a contrast to the last two weeks where my days seemed about 45 minutes long, I was so busy!  Now I need to figure out how to surf surreptitiously.

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