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   Jan 04

Night and Day

Nothing like a bad night’s sleep to set you up for a weird day at work, I always say. Clyde the cat decided the middle of the night was an excellent time to leap on my unsuspecting form. Like most males, of the feline persuasion or otherwise, he is decidedly pro-boobs*, persistently making them both […]

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   Nov 16

The Secret World of Food

Deskside Delivery Of the many things that have surprised me about working at the clinic – and there are more than a few – one of the most unexpected is that it is a hotbed (or hot kitchen) of food. This occurred to me when I found a steaming bowl of menudo on my desk […]

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   Sep 25

Now & Then

Saturday Morning Alert the media, y’all! I slept in until it was sunny out on Saturday morning! It is amazing how a good night’s sleep can improve a girl’s outlook. I slept badly during the recent audit ordeals, despite logging long hours under a lot of pressure, and I think it all finally caught up […]

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   Sep 18

Birthday, Barfing, and Bureaucracy

First things first: it’s Rob’s birthday! As soon as it’s a reasonable hour by Rob standards, I will wish him happy birthday and remind him of how happy I am he was born. His Rob-ness never ceases to delight me, from his view that the dump is a two way street to his wry sense […]

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   Aug 11

Jack

Are there time-released bad omens? If so, I think that Steller’s Jay was one… It’s been another crazy week, and it’s far from over. It seems that no matter how hard I work, it’s not enough. I am fighting serious headwinds of feeling both overwhelmed and inadequate, which is a spectacularly unenjoyable combo platter, especially […]

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   Jul 29

Annual Ordeal

I got up so early on Hell Day – I mean Staff Day – that Clyde just stayed in bed, like a sane person. Audrey of course bustled out to take on the world and show it who’s boss while I drank coffee and tried to mentally prepare for the day ahead. I was saddened […]

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   Jul 17

Predicta-ment

One morning, I heard a text while I was getting ready for work. Usually, texts at 6:00 am are from my sister, who is still at work after her long night shift. So early morning texts do not scare me the way late night phone calls still do*. I went to see what was up, […]

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   Jul 05

Whirlwind Week

It was a busy week, full of friends, family, and work! I had lunch with a dear friend on Tuesday. She is scaling back at work since her father was just diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and she wants to spend as much time as she can with him. I really admire her for doing […]

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   Jun 20

Summer Job

It’s a sunny Saturday morning, and I’m back to my old tricks again, working at the jobette. Like last year, I will be working six days a week this summer, until Labor Day or until I can’t take it anymore, whichever comes first. So when I got home from work on Friday, I started making […]

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   Jan 31

The Rush

It’s 6:15 am. Do you know where your Suzy is? She’s blasting down the highway in her Ramones-powered car, cursing the darkness and the blare of oncoming headlights equally. And hoping that the day’s marathon won’t be as bad or as long as the rest of the week’s. I’m a slow learner. At least I […]

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   Jan 20

The Office

Hello from Absurd World, where the Wi-Fi at work hasn’t worked for over a month (wish I could say the same), despite the original estimate from the IT folks of two days. They finally got it sort of working this week, but its tenuous grasp fails a few feet from my office (and the CEO’s). […]

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   Jan 16

Ode to an Engine Light

I just wouldn’t be Me if there wasn’t something wrong with my car. I was driving to work one morning, listening to Bobbie Gentry* and being blinded by oncoming traffic as usual when I noticed the bright orange engine light blink to life on the console. This did not console me. I still think that […]

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   Dec 19

The Office Party

It turns out hell is decorated quite nicely Or “How I Learned More Than I Ever Needed to Know About Lottery Tickets”. I should get a t-shirt that says “I survived the office holiday party”. Or maybe a medal… Planning a party for more than 100 people is enough of an undertaking without the Powers […]

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   Dec 14

With a Bang

I was at work making copies when there was a huge bang and the building shook. Before my two brain cells had processed the Big Bang, the power went out and we were cast into darkness. Emerging shocked from the copy room, I heard the generator kick on and saw the pale emergency lights activated. […]

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   Oct 12

With a Little Help from My Friends

The Manic Monday theme carried on into last week with a vengeance. It was accessorized with a cold, which arrived on the weekend, making sure no fun could be had, and hung on like a guest that didn’t know when to leave, even when the lights were off and the chairs on the tables. The […]

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   Oct 03

Manic Monday

Well, the week started out with a bang that made me whimper. When my boss arrived on Monday, she flooded my desk with a tsunami of hand-written paper, all of which had to be typed up or made into charts: While I was still assessing the damage and estimating the girl hours to get it […]

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   Sep 28

A Day in the Life

Saturday was my last day of working at the jobette. For real-real, as Jessica used to say in her long-ago youth. They have hired someone to work from Tuesday through Saturday, so they will only need me on Saturdays to fill in for her if she has to work an event or something. I walked […]

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   Jul 31

Silly Rabbit

Megan stopped by my house, saying, “Rob sent you a bunny,” which is not something you hear every day. I came downstairs to find a wonderful ceramic rabbit made in 1955 (the date is etched on the base): He got it for $2 at a thrift store, knowing that it would both delight me and […]

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   Jul 28

Future Girl

Oh, future dishes – I think I love you least of all. The last time I got paid, I made the unpleasant discovery that I was overdrawn by $39. This made me realize two things: 1) Clearly, I shouldn’t have recklessly squandered $44 on gas that day; and B) I should get a summer job. […]

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   Jun 10

Get Back

Flowers Outside My Office Door It’s been so long since it rained that when the pattering on the roof woke me up last night, I was unable to identify the sound at first. Eventually, my sleep-fogged mind realized it was a light shower. By the time the alarm went off, the showers had departed, leaving […]

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