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I don't feel good. I don't feel BAD, but I don't feel good. I've just been a little off all day. I hope I'm not coming down with the dreaded flu -- at least two folks at work had it and were out for DAYS. (And no, I don't get flu shots, usually for several reasons but the most notable is I'm a fainter, and free clinics aren't likely to tuck me onto a couch for an hour or two while I sleep it off.)

But I don't have a cough or serious body aches yet, so maybe not.

It's been a very fast week. We're not super busy at work, but I seem to always have SOMETHING to do in my newest position, and with the close of last year's performance reviews, I have been granted an ENORMOUS raise (although because of my percentage level, most of it is going into my bonus rather than the actual salary -- which will repair itself next year if the Powers That Be come through with the promotion), which means we'll be able to refinance our mortgage/equity loan and possibly move forward with the further home repairs/upgrades we've been discussing. Now of course will follow the difficulty in living up to the praised-to-the-stars review (I was rated level 3/3, which is the highest and amazingly rare--I am tremendously honored by this).

I'm also moving up on my 15th anniversary with the company, so I received the catalog of 15-year gifts, and got myself a little Cuisinart 8-bottle wine cooler/cellar. I found immediately the shelves are adjustable, so I can go with six bottles if I want a couple of the slightly fatter champagne-style bottles in there (and I love sparkling wines, so I usually have a few of these to hand). It's not a complete replacement for a fridge for really chilled wines, but it's pretty close, and it's totally nifty.

I have found one thing I don't like about having to settle for Outlook 2013 -- I can't seem to get the reading pane on incoming mail larger -- it's all filled with a huge pane for the incoming information -- it's an information pane which you can minimize on Outlook 2010 (which I have at work), but there doesn't seem to be a similar option on 2013. But I can't get Thunderbird to work on Windows 8 for some reason (Firefox works just fine).

It's raining today, after so many months of dryness that the skin on my fingers is starting to crack--a lovely genetic problem I seem to have inherited from my mother; I always thought her fingers cracked like that because, as a nurse, she was washing her hands in alcohol 90 times a day--and the crack on my thumb appears to be slightly infected, because there's red spreading under my nail and it hurts like fire. Dang it. I have a hard time wearing band-aids on my fingertips.

This is worth a read, for both thought and a chuckle -- this was my favorite passage:

A larger question for those who want to stand athwart history yelling “Stop!” is whether a majority of Americans now favor all the things that Obama alluded to on the first full day of his second term. In fact, they do. The electoral realignment is happening so quickly it looks like an Alaskan river thawing before our eyes. In opposition, Republicans speak for a fast-fading past, or a permanent winter.

And that sneaky, Machiavellian Obama: he made them do it. He’s trying to “just shove us into the dustbin of history,” said House Speaker John Boehner this week. No shoving was required — the Republicans climbed right into the dustbin and put the lid on to keep out the light.

The entire article is here.

Saw a little news item that should be dear to the hearts of all movie-loving geeks -- a guy was almost removed from a flight because he was wearing a t-shirt that had a fake name badge on it which read, "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Apparently other passengers felt "threatened" by this. Remind me never to wear my Jane "You're beginning to DAMAGE MY CALM" shirt on a plane!


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Jan. 26th, 2013 12:02 am (UTC)
I laughed at that Inigo Montoya shirt story. Admittedly.

If you can't do bandaids on your fingers, can you do Scotch tape? When my fingers start cracking and my cuticles are bleeding and sore, I wrap a couple of layers of Scotch tape around them; protects pretty well and relatively easy to get off. One of the store reps told me he uses white duct tape the same way, because it looks more like bandages, and he doesn't get asked about them.
Jan. 26th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
I just got a suggestion of super glue (and I have "Nu-Skin," which is similar) -- first I have to get in there and clean it out real good, I suppose, and then see what works.
Jan. 26th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Mom uses Nu-skin.

Drinking lots of water is supposed to help, too.
Jan. 26th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
I do drink lots of water.
Jan. 26th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
That's a good thing. :D

When my hands used to crack and bleed when I was in high school/college, I'd slather them up with petroleum jelly and put gloves on before I went to bed.
Jan. 26th, 2013 05:35 am (UTC)
That, too.
Jan. 26th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
Yay for raises and new wine-chillers! :)

Jan. 26th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)

Jan. 26th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
Ugh to feeling a bit off... although it's probably a good sign that it might be time to start in on some extra vitamin C. I'm a fan of Emergen-C, myself, but if you're really worried, you might consider taking something like Zicam. rackham has been doing the Emergen-C thing, since whatever it is that's been going around at the office is still going around.

As for your Office 2013 issues... I haven't actually used it yet, so I'm no help. However, I'll ask my resident Microsoft Office expert when it gets home from work to see if he can give you any suggestions.
Jan. 26th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've been mainlining the Vit-C since I started feeling off. I just take ordinary 1000-mg tablets, nothing fancy, but Vitamin C is Vitamin C.

Any help is good help. I knew I was rolling the dice on any program in its first appearance, but I couldn't beat the price, and I REALLY needed Word.
Jan. 26th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
Paint superglue on the cracks on your fingers. Trust me.
Jan. 26th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a thought! I'll give it a try and see!

Jan. 26th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
hope you feel better. I'm sort of like that myself this week.

yay to the raise. YAY. good luck with all the plans you have for that.

I saw that article about the t-shirt the other day and just shook my head
Jan. 26th, 2013 05:38 am (UTC)
Thanks! You feel better, too. :)

We'll keep our fingers crossed.
Jan. 26th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)

hahaha indeed, just not crossed hard (I missed the problem with your fingers. I have the same thing going on. Stupid heaters. This wasn't problem til Ihit 40) It's amazing what Neosporin can do. My finger was red and weeping. one hit of that stuff and it's not swollen and the wound sealed.
Jan. 26th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I never had problems with dry skin until I was past 40. Stupid genes.

It's currently wrapped up with Neosporin (or, rather, the cheaper CVS version of same). Still a little sore but when I changed the bandage it looked better.
Jan. 27th, 2013 02:35 am (UTC)
I'm also using lac-hydrin to strip away the excessive dead/dry skin (it's pricey but it's what I used to use on patients' feet) but you don't want to overdo that one.

ditto the cheaper cvs version. hopefully it'll heal up fast.
Jan. 27th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
I have been known to cut the calluses off my feet with scissors...

It looks a little better this evening (the bandage fell off after I did the dishes).
Jan. 27th, 2013 04:29 am (UTC)
the podiatrist isn't listening to you.
Jan. 27th, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
hee hee hee hee
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Jan. 26th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
I am very pleased with my supervisory staff. It's a joy to work for people who appreciate my work (not to mention understanding with an open mind when I rant about something -- since they often feel the same way about Corporate-minded insanity!!!).

Ooo, great article. We do have some Burt's Bees (almond rather than banana, though), and it's wonderful for this -- not to mention Barb was using it on her face to prevent scarring after that face-asphalt meeting a few weeks ago. It's doing wonders. Thanks!
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