Kats (wildrider) wrote,

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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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