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Hooray for Industry Standards!

Today we discovered that the Para-Professionals (in other words, the underpaid lackeys) in our company are "being paid below industry standards," so we ALL get a 5% raise IN ADDITION to our coming merit increases in February. Whoo hoo! I'm overjoyed, since I already knew I'd be close to the top in my merit increase/bonus cash based on my EPR (performance review).

Okay, last night I finished the first run-through editing/chopping of my book, arriving at the end of the book and am now at 229,728 words/788 pages. So, before trekking back to the beginning to try and cut some more, I decided to play around with what little I'd done on Book Two (which is untitled), and found I ALREADY had over 60,000 words written! It isn't even STARTED yet! How am I going to graft on some of the stuff I pulled from Ring of Fire and still tell the whole story?!? HOW DO PEOPLE WRITE SMALL? No wonder I'm totally unable to write short stories.

In good news, Abramoff confessed and will turn state's evidence. Maybe the shit really WILL hit the fan in 2006 (knock wood). In bad news, they still haven't found the missing miners. Things don't look good for them. :(

We had some cat fun, chronicled in rahirah's journal; in order to help Cairo break the bad habit of bouncing on us all night long, we got a good-sized crate (large enough for Sam, if needed), and put him in it Sunday night. I believe the quote she used was "he didn't like it." That was something of an overstatement. It took him almost two days to get all the litter (the hard-clumping kind!) out of his fur, since he threw the litter box over along with his water dish and made the worst kinds of mess everywhere--but it affected him so deeply that he was the best cat in the whole world on Monday night, and slept nicely instead of walking to the window all night.

We shall see how long this lasts.

I just remembered the tree skirt is in the washing machine. Better hang that up.

Happy New Year, everyone!



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Jan. 4th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Poor Cairo! With any luck, he won't have to go back to "kitty jail" again.

In good news, they found 12 of the 13 miners alive. Yay!
Jan. 4th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
What good news! The 11:00 news said they'd found one body and were still looking for the other twelve men. For some reason this story's really been preying on my mind. I can't stop hearing "The Springhill Mine Disaster" in my head.
Jan. 4th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
Last night at 9:30/10:00 our time they passed the news that they'd been found alive, and were showing it live from Virginia, the families celebrating, but then apparently three hours later it came out that was wrong. Only one survived (as of this morning's news). :(

With me it's been "New York Mining Disaster 1941."
Jan. 4th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
The late night news said 12 were found alive, but it turned out they reported a rumor. Damn. :'-(
Jan. 4th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
He was cruising for it last night, but I was too tired to get up and do anything about it. {sigh}

Yes, I heard it on the news before I went to bed! Hooray!

Jan. 4th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
Oops, we heard too soon. It was a miscommunication that spread and got picked up by national news, but apparently three hours later the real word came -- only ONE survived. :( (As of this morning's news.)
Jan. 4th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
Go raise! Raise is good! ::pets good kitty::
Jan. 4th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
Here he is on my lap interfering with typing. But he is, mostly, a good kitty (although evil. Truly evil). ;)
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