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10th-Sep-2010 02:52 pm - Dreamwidth IDs
To my many friends who are migrating to DW: 

I think this is a fabulous plan. I like DW much better as an organization, although oof some more readable/usable themes are needed. BUT - if your ID over there is not the same as your LJ ID, I can't find you. I'd like to keep in touch with everyone. So, if you'd like me to find you over there, either come find me - I'm toadnae over there too, or please post your ID when you say you're moving. 
7th-Dec-2009 08:32 pm - Stuff
You know how sometimes people on your friends list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when?" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes. I know I'm absolutely terrible at posting anything that is actually going on in my life.

Copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-word answers seldom help anyone out.

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27th-Sep-2009 12:42 pm - Sad News, Happy News
I had a very hard time posting about this, but we had to put EdGrr down over Labor Day weekend. He was almost 13. It was a very hard decision, but he was in a lot of pain. He'd developed severe arthritis in his hindquarters, and the inflammation was pressing on the nerves that told him he needed to potty. This led to a lot of incontinence issues. Ed was both a stoic little guy and an extremely optimistic one. This made the decision extra hard, because he exhibited so few of the usual signs of a dog in pain. Once we'd made the decision, it was a relief. Any nagging doubts were erased when the anesthesia hit. Ed relaxed and we both realized just how tense he'd been for the past several weeks. It was hard to say good-bye, but it was a responsibility we knew we'd have to fulfill some day.

We knew we were going to get another dog, and that it would be a rescue. We were planning to wait a bit and give ourselves a break. Then poor lthomas987 went to Petco to pick up some cat food. There was Homeward Bound Rescue, having an adoption day with over 40 dogs and at least 6 beagles. LT met several of them. Suddenly our timeline was picking up a bit.

After getting the carpets cleaned to make adjusting to the house and housetraining easier, we started going through the list of dogs. Because Homeward Bound places all their pets in foster homes, we had a great amount of information about all of them. Anyone who didn't handle cats well wasn't coming to live with us. While Her Supreme Majesty Shiva could certainly handle any of them, it seemed cruel to the dogs. Finally, I got it down to a short list. Fortunately, several dogs on that list were adopted before I could even get to an adoption day to meet them. Yesterday, I headed to the Burnsville Petco to meet some dogs and try to make a decision.

Stella, an adorable basset/beagle cross, had already been adopted. That left Forrest. Forrest is a very sweet, quiet little beagle. He'd come from an impound shelter in Henderson, KY, and he'd been in a foster home since May. Forrest's response to stress is to sleep in his crate, so he didn't usually get noticed at adoption days. When LT met him two weeks ago, she had literally half a dozen volunteers telling her how wonderful Forrest was. When I got there, three different volunteers helped get Forrest out of his crate because they were so thrilled that someone wanted to meet him.

Forrest and I headed outside to get to know each other. It was instant love. Despite my plan to wait until LT was back from Seattle, Forrest came home with me yesterday. He and Mort get along very well, although Mort is deeply frustrated that Forrest doesn't play with him RIGHT NOW. Shiva is cautious. They are taking looks at each other around corners and then backing off. There's been no growling or singing, which is a very good sign. Even better, Shiva has not yet attempted to give Forrest a concussion. Shiva is front declawed, but she can hit HARD.

We miss Ed dreadfully, but Forrest is a great little guy.

If I ever manage to figure out how to post pictures to LJ, I'll get them. Currently, you can see them at my Flickr page.
22nd-Jul-2009 12:41 pm - And one more try...

Since I think I totally forgot to post the newsflash here, I'm currently working on my masters in technical communications at Metro State. Then I got laid off in March. I am actively hunting for a job, but there are quite frankly very few to even apply for. Since job hunting is mainly a numbers game, this means things are going glacially slowly. Fortunately, I've got school to distract me.  The current plan is now threefold:
1. Continue job hunting thoroughly, at least until fall semester starts.
2. Go full time at school for the fall semester at least. This gets me much further into my degree, and sets me up for a decent internship or the ability to apply for more jobs in tech comm at least.
3. Turn my nascent web design/development into an actual functioning business.

I'm also working on the project management certificate program available at Metro State, so my main class still left this semester is Project Management. It's an entirely online class, which is handy and not so good at the same time. Right now, I'm plowing through my research paper for this class. After over a ream of paper about best communication practices in virtual teams, my brain is very full. So I'm hunting displacement activities that don't mean I stop working for an hour or so. This seemed like a place to start.  We'll see if this posting spate lasts any longer than the previous ones. I won't bet on it, but we'll see.

22nd-May-2009 10:14 pm - Yes/No Meme
I have fallen for the meme!
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11th-Dec-2008 09:59 am - Trying to avoid impatience
So back in October I was actually accepted into the Masters in Technical Communications program at Metro State.  This makes me very happy on several counts. 

I mostly like my current job, but it's moving into boring territory, which I traditionally have difficulties managing.  I'm really hoping that school will provide the intellectual stimulation I need.  With this economy, I'd really rather not go job hunting!

I think I've finally found a direction I'd like to take career-wise that I can run with for quite a while. I tried sales, and I was good at it.  Sadly, it also ate my soul.  When I was laid off from my last sales job, my dominant emotion was relieft.  Not fear, not wondering what the heck I was going to do now, but relief that I wasn't going to have keep trying to turn myself inside out to do this job.  There are a lot of different directions I can go, once I have this degree.  That is a very good thing.

I love being in school.  I've missed it.  As I was saying to a friend recently, school is one thing I KNOW I'm good at doing. There's a relief to this.  Yes, I may well have to work hard, and I'm sure I'll be grousing about homework and group members.  I have complete confidence that I will do well.

I thought my mother was going to have a heart attack of joy when I told her.  It's made her crazy for years that I'm in admin work.

The down side to all of this is that SCHOOL HASN"T STARTED YET.  I would like my distraction and shiny new toys NOW.  I'm ridiculously excited that next week I can go buy my books for next semester!  I know exactly which day I'll get my excess loan money, so I can go buy my very first laptop that will be all my own! I want the syllabus posted!  I'm sure that amblypygid is shuddering at the thought of having to get all of this ready for next semester, but ... impatient!

Of course there are other preparations I should make that I'm avoiding.  The largest is that I'm going to need to actually unearth my desk at home.  There really isn't a bit of open space.  That's going to have to change.

Maybe today I'll go poke around and make sure there aren't any more financial aid forms I have to complete.  I do still have to mail the form that will let me go buy my books next week, too. Time to stop procrastinating on that!
20th-Nov-2008 10:14 am - I can't resist ...
It's entirely tammylc's fault.

1. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's & father's middle names)
* Lynn John (certainly qualifies as bland!)

2. NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad)
Gordon Daniel. Unless we go with the name he was born with, then Gordon Bernhard.

3. STAR WARS NAME: (the first 2 letters of your last name, first 4 letters of your first name)
* Ledena

4.DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
* Purple Beagle - fear the nose!

5. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you live)
* Joy Brooklyn Park - meh.

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite alcoholic drink, optionally add "THE" to the beginning)
* The Blue Green Demon (may it should be the Teal Demon?)  

7. FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)
* Dele

8. GANGSTA NAME: (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite cookie):
* Mint Chocolate Chip

9. ROCK STAR NAME: (current pet's name, current street name)
* EdGrr 84th - umm, kinda lame.

10. PORN NAME: (1st pet, street you grew up on)
* Mollie Oregon - huh, not bad.
27th-Oct-2008 03:58 pm(no subject)

I find this article about voter turn-out simply fascinating.  The greater the secrecy we've applied to voting, the lower the turn-out has been.  Knowing if your neighbors voted significantly increases the likelihood that you'll vote.

2nd-Sep-2008 11:43 am - Weekend and maybe school!
Toad Behind
My weekend was a lovely combination of busy and relaxed.  We've started half-day Fridays at work again, so I was able to sneak out of the office at 11:30 am.  I do love this perk!  There was a lovely lunch and afternoon with Thomas, followed by a Friday night filled with slack.

Saturday I got up eventually and headed off to the wilds of Cottage Grove to help the sheep (Bri) move into her very first apartment!  It was a pretty quick move.  There are advantages to moves involved tiny adorable studio apartments - there isn't room for much stuff.  I helped her unpack a bit.  Next, I introduced her to joys of Aldi's for those on the college student budget.  We got almost everything she needed for just about $100!  I continue to win at the budget/clearance shopping!  We "splurged" on Little Ceasar's pizza and crazy bread - taste of my childhood.  I know it's crappy pizza, but the nostalgia factor kicks in every once in a while.

Sadly, this was followed by her cell phone disintegrating in her hands, so we voyaged out to Target to acquire a new one.  There was a bit of trepidation, as this was money not in the usual incredibly tight college budget.  I'm hopeful that a warranty claim will succeed, as her phone was only 9 months old. After more hanging out and arranging the kitchen, I headed off to Thomas' to get his old green chair for the sheep's apartment. 

We decided to go out for appetizers/dessert at Buffalo Wild Wings and got some of the worst service I've ever gotten there.  We showed up a full 40 minutes before their advertised close.  The waiter had already dumped the iced tea and was distinctly not friendly.  He wasn't directly rude, but he was brusque, rushed, and stand-offish. He let us hear he and the kitchen girl complaining loudly that we'd ordered food, despite the significant advertising campaign that their kitchen doesn't close until they do. Our waters were never refilled.  He brought us plastic silverware and literally snatched the wrappers off the table as soon as we set them down. He loudly banged the stools and chairs he was already turning upside down on tables.  We were distinctly underwhelmed.  At least the food was still decent.

Sunday I lazed around with LT for a bit, and then finally headed of to cheshirekate 's home.  We had a good, productive afternoon.  I got Colleen started on her next knitting project - she's going to make an afghan of squares from the screamingly loud yarn she got for her birthday.  It's so cute - she's very excited about all the math involved!  She's definitely improved in knitting - she was able to do almost all of her own cast-on.

Home to LT and we induldged in delayed Olympics-watching.  I love that we were able to record a bunch so I can still watch it.  Olympic volleyball is just such GOOD volleyball.  Lots of fun, up WAY too late.

Monday we finally rolled out of bed, got some things done around the house, and finally realized that food was not optional.  Off to El Loro for tasty tasty meat.  Then we did a grocery run for LT's honey caramel plan, and I got the stuff to make hummus.  I love doing my own chickpeas in the pressure cooker, although I must agree that soaking the beans is very helpful for even cooking.  This time I experimented with adding some lemon zest to the olive oil.  Very tasty, very lemony hummus resulted - I am pleased.

Over lunch, LT and I started talking about a program that Metro State has for a Masters in Technical Communication.  I was poking around their website for the Sheep and was stunned to discover how reasonable their graduate tuition is.  This program really sounds like a good fit for me, and it would let me transition into more of a process-oriented role.  That's the part I love about being an admin, and the rest of the admin gig is getting kind of old. 

So, now I'm filling out FAFSA's again and trying to put together a portfolio of work, letters of recommendation, etc.  This portfolio thing is kind of throwing me - I have no idea what I should put in there or how to lay it out or anything.  I'm hoping that when their admission office responds, they'll be able to give me more details.
22nd-Aug-2008 10:53 am - Sudden inspiration
Suddenly, I'm feeling inspired to post! We'll see how long this lasts. 

Currently, I'm very excited that our household is going to make another attempt at Chore Wars. I always wanted a chore chart with stickers as a kid.  Someone has kindly made one for gamer geeks!  I've already collected 6 XP by taking the trash cans to the curb and back into the garage. Here's hoping this continues! 

AnimeIowa went startlingly well.  This caused a brief moment of euphoria in which I seriously contemplating continuing to head a department.  Reality is rapidly returning.  I need a break!  Although there is this bit I could as just a staff member .... I think it might be an addiction. 

Perhaps I will begin preparing a longer AI report!
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