kageotogi: (cherry)
So I'm in La Jolla, California for work right now, and tonight I went to dinner in downtown La Jolla with a coworker. We caught a cab there, walked around a while, had dinner, and got a cab back. Pretty normal, right? It was, mostly -- the cabbie asked us where we were from and if we'd heard of this exotic thing called 'snow' and was generally just joking around with us. And then something strange happened.

He asked, "So, have you ever heard of the show Cash Cab?"

We answered in the affirmative, and he flashed the overhead lights and said "Great, because you're in one."

We didn't believe him at first, and we laughed. And then, when he didn't laugh with us, I chimed in with, "Wait, are you serious?"

Yeah, he was totally serious.

We spent a fifteen minute drive trying to answer questions that we should have known the answers to (some of them I did know and the answer was on the tip of my tongue and I just kept drawing blanks. I'd say stuff like "I know she was in the Clinton administration... And it starts with an 'M'..." and he'd confirm I was right, but we'd pretty much have to give up because we couldn't remember in a reasonable amount of time). So out of four (maybe five?) questions, we answered one correctly, and the last one we started to answer but arrived at our destination and had to cut the game short. (Which is too bad, because we knew that one.)

It was incredibly surreal. But yeah, I was in a cash cab this evening, and I felt like the dumbest person on the planet. So that happened.
kageotogi: (Default)
So I went ahead and got a Dreamwidth account. It seemed like the cool thing to do, so I hopped aboard that bandwagon. Um. Cross-posting. It will happen. Also, I never check my "FRIENDS!" page on Dreamwidth but check the LJ "FRIENDS!" page almost daily, so I'm way more likely to see things posted on LJ than Dreamwidth, seeing as how I continually forget I made a journal on DW. So yes.

One of the really cool things about my job is that I get to read medical books all the time, which means I'm pretty much constantly learning new things. For instance, I now know waaaaaay more than I ever wanted to know about hepatitis, and that has effectively scared the desire to ever get a tattoo out of me. Y'know. Just in case. I also know a crapton too much about childbirth, and that knowledge makes my entire reproductive system cringe in horror. So that's fun.

Anyway. I'm a worrier by nature, so that works against me. You know how when you have a stomachache, you might go to WebMD to figure out what's causing said stomachache and -- more importantly -- how you can make it stop, and then you leave WebMD convinced you have a tumor or something? My job lets me take that to the next level. I will be feeling PERFECTLY FINE, and then I'll go edit or format a chapter about ocular tumors, remember that "omg, my eye hurt, like, last week", and subsequently convince myself that my eyes are riddled with tumors.

This is all true.

Semi-related note: I'm getting my wisdom teeth out tomorrow (since, y'know, I've been putting it off for three years). I'm not worried about the surgery or whatever. I did manage to work myself into a frenzy last week over the medications I need to take, though. I called up my mother and fretted into the phone about how I was totally going to have an allergic reaction and die because I live alone and my cats steadfastly refuse to learn how to use the phone. All her reassurances were met with a petulant "If I die, you're going to feel really guilty about telling me not to worry!", and I think she eventually just gave up because she agreed that my allergy-induced death was inevitable.

Never mind that I'm not, to my knowledge, allergic to anything except possibly goat cheese and antibacterial handsoap (non-antibacterial soap is totally fine), and that those possible allergies are both incredibly mild. Clearly, I'm going to die via an unforeseen reaction to prescription drugs.

Anyway, I'm over that now.

Mostly.
kageotogi: (five o'clock somewhere)
I'm back from my grand Ireland/UK adventure! ...and back at work.

The lingering jet lag makes answering my emails twice as difficult, but at least everyone is willing to pester me with and for stories and I'm not completely embroiled in work yet. Good things!

Lots of little adventures during my two and a half weeks away. Highlights: got patted down by security (twice!), saw tons of sights I didn't see the last time I was there (and twice as many sheep), and discovered a new bad habit (Jameson and ginger ale? Yes please!). Lowlights: lots of rain (though nothing we couldn't handle), my cohort's luggage was sent to Tel Aviv instead of Dublin (she got it back before we left Dublin for Galway, but it was a close thing!), and I managed to break my shoes (and then subsequently superglue my fingers together -- oops).

Stories later? Perhaps. First I need to barrel through my threatening-to-explode-or-implode-I-really-don't-know-which email inbox. Sad face.
kageotogi: (here milton)
I'm not really this boring guys, am I? Seriously. I used to post just about every day, and now I'm lucky if I can think of something to write maybe once a month. Did I just get more boring, or have I come to a point in my life where I think there's nothing worthwhile to say?

Hm...

My salsa classes (did I mention I've been taking salsa classes?) ended a month or so ago, so I took an Argentine tango class for a month. It was a lot of fun, but not enough people wanted to continue on so when the class ended on Tuesday, I signed up for a swing/waltz combo class that started yesterday. I'm really enjoying the dancing, and I've met a number of lovely people. All good things.

Friend A and I are headed to Ireland in September, and that's going to be wonderful. I'm dying for a vacation and, really, that break can't come soon enough. Flights and hotels are booked. Travel while in-country hasn't been set, but most of it is easy enough to do while there. And my boss and I have agreed that we'll cover for one another while the other is on vacation (she's off for a few weeks just before I leave. Then she gets back and a few days later, I leave. Very convenient!), so I know my projects will be fine while I'm gone... which means nothing to worry about at work! It's really cool having a boss who is comfortable letting me do (or delegate) all her work while she's gone and is then willing to return the favor.

I painted my house this past weekend. It's pretty now.

And that's it. I have nothing else right now. So... Until next time?
kageotogi: (right here)
I had jury duty (for the first time!) yesterday, which was... Well, I have nothing really to report on that one. They didn't call any jurors until 2:45, and then I sat in a court room for an hour and a half while they asked questions and called people up for state/defense approval, ended up not being called (the last alternate was two numbers ahead of me, so it was close), and then went home. So everything through 2:45 was boring, then it was vaguely interesting, and then I left and spent my $15 on a train ticket and an iced latte. Because I'm classy.

Of course, my city is famous for calling people once every year, so I suppose I'll be up again next summer. Maybe it'll be more interesting next year.

The hard part is catching up on all the work I missed yesterday. My email inbox doubled in size between when I left Wednesday night and when I got to work this morning, and I don't even know where to start. Super crazy. Do I always get this many emails over the course of the day, or was yesterday just super productive for a lot of people? Argh.

At least it's nearly the weekend. If I need to, I can take my laptop home with me and catch up tomorrow morning or something. It might be a good idea.
kageotogi: (cherry)
Okay, because I apparently have nothing worthwhile to say... Here's a question meme.

Comment with "Come at me, bro," and:
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

These questions are courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] lawless523.

I answered questions! )
kageotogi: (warm fuzzies)
I spent all last week in San Diego (half for work, half for fun), and as glad as I am to be back, I kind of miss it. Or, anyway, I miss the life I lived while I was there. I walked every morning and I rented a bike (it's true: you never forget!) and I ate a crap-load of Mexican food (my favorite!) and guys, it was great. But I'm back now, and sloooowly getting back into things.

I think I need to find my old bike and pull it out of storage. There has to be some place in the city where I can bike and not, say, get hit by a car or hassled by a drug lord. I love Baltimore.

And the NaNoWriMo update!

Current word count: 45,080
Tomorrow's word goal: 47,000

I'd like to finish my project by the end of the weekend, and then have Monday and Tuesday to remind myself of my other projects and finish those in the first week of December. Fingers crossed!

Is this post coherent? I suspect it is not.
kageotogi: (office naptime)
My office is either located on the ice planet of Hoth or they forgot to turn on the heat this week. And let me tell you, ladies and gents, that the shivering makes it really, really hard to get work done. Rest assured, however, that I am doing my best nonetheless! That's totally why I'm on LiveJournal instead of, you know, submitting forms to the Library of Congress or checking page proof or, y'know, doing the other million things I need to get done today.

Because yes, I'm blaming it on the cold.

Brrr.

Also, the NaNoWriMo update...

Current word count: ~13,600
Today's word goal: 17,000
kageotogi: (teapot)
Someone left free-for-all honey in our break room at work, which is fabulous because I love honey in my tea and zomg honey. It is also good because I think I'm coming down with my annual cold (I get maybe one or two a year, so I guess I can't really complain) and tea with honey totally makes that better. Because, um, zomg honey is magic.

I wish there was a honey produced under the brand 'zomg'. I would buy that and keep it in my purse for all sorts of nefarious deeds. But mostly to put in my tea.

(Moral of the story: I like honey.)

Today is Friday, and for me it is a half-day Friday -- in part because I have worked SO VERY HARD this month to-date and in part because my car just got summoned for a safety recall, so I'm taking it to the dealership to get that fixed up (apparently I need that part to, y'know, steer my car, and it would be a very bad thing if it broke). Darling coworker/friend A is accompanying me and helping me kill some time between when I drop off my car and when I pick it up, so I'm expecting a fabulous afternoon. And also a very busy weekend, because Sunday is pretty literally the last mostly-free day I have between now and November 28. You suck, schedule.

Speaking of time management, I haven't put up a to-do list in a while. So... I guess it's time to break that streak. Aren't you lucky?

This weekend, I will... )
kageotogi: (more excitement)
Babeh Kitteh and I went to the vet on Friday, and it was relatively uneventful. The vet performed some basic tests, couldn't find anything particularly wrong with him, and recommended me to a veterinary neurologist across town. I have an appointment with said veterinary neurologist tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, though, Babeh Kitteh had two more seizures yesterday (one around four in the morning, lasting about two minutes, and another at one in the afternoon, lasting three minutes). The fact that there were two seizures in less than twelve hours -- and the fact that they seem to be getting longer, although that could be a time-keeping error on my part -- is a little worrisome. I'm hoping the neurologist figures something out. Or at least that there's a medication of some sort we can try to help control the seizing.

Babeh Kitteh does not seem to give two craps about the seizures, mind you. He has them, he gets a little disoriented for a few minutes, and then he's either really needy or remarkably antisocial for a few hours. So I guess that's a good sign. Le vet seemed to think so.

Work is still kicking my ass.

My grandmother's surprise party went over well. Having most of the family -- including those members that we usually only see over Christmas -- there was really great, and we moved G-mom to tears. She did get tired after an hour and a half or so and went to her room to rest, but I think she really did enjoy it. And it was a good time, overall.

All right, I need to get back to work. If I don't, I may never finish this stuff and then all my books will fail to publish on time and I will find myself unemployed, and I certainly don't want that to happen. To work!
kageotogi: (talking to a chimp)
The weather in Baltimore is absolutely gorgeous. And it's supposed to stay sunny and gorgeous through Wednesday night, at which point it's supposed to rain up a monsoon through Thursday or Friday. Luckily, I'll be in California by then. Stuck inside a hotel, yes, but still. Avoiding the rain. Yay!

The whole trip thing kind of snuck up on me, though, which means I've a lot to do today and tomorrow to prep. And you know what that means...

If you guessed 'to-do list!', you guessed right. )
kageotogi: (that's how she became)
I go longer and longer without posting every time. I'm not sure if this is a personal failing or if I really just have nothing interesting to say anymore, and then I have to wonder what happened to all the things that either were or at least made me think my life was more interesting and get a little paranoid that I've gone completely boring and then I can't post because I'm insecure that no one will care and, really, the eljay is partially for me but let's face it, other people read it so it's really partially for you as well, and what's the point if no one even cares?

And that's why I don't post. Or is it?

It's almost March! Can you believe that? I'm sure you can. You all probably deal much better with the months drifting by than I do. But it's still a bad, bad thing, ladies and gents, because many aspects of publishing go on a month-to-month thing, and that means the end of the month is a mad scramble to keep everything on time. On the other hand, it means we're one month closer to much more interesting things like, say, being able to sit outside and knit without freezing my bejeezus ass off, and that's all well and good. So yes.

I'm being a total slacker on the writing front lately, and that's got to really stop. Not only do I owe, like, a trillion drabbles to various people, but that Super Epic Everybody Does Tragic Fic I keep promising myself I'll do isn't being done. And that's no good.

Thus, even though it's a day early, I'm posting a to-do list. Because sometimes they work, and sometimes they keep me just a little more honest. And I could use a little more honesty, really.

Thursday's Tasks )

Friday's Foibles )

Saturday's Scramble )

Sunday's Siesta )

And that's that.
kageotogi: (moon jelly)
Today I made a vet appointment to castrate the kittehs. They're very excited. Or, rather, will be when I get home and tell them to be excited. So that's fun.

Work is less ass-kicky than it was last week, which is wonderful. However, I need to remember how stressed out I was last week and stay on task this week. Which is difficult for me, because I'm made of fail (in case you didn't know). It helps that I finally finished the self-evaluation portion of my performance review, which I always turn into A Big Deal, mostly because I essentially say the same thing over and over and over again and run out of different ways to say it. Eventually it makes me feel like I've accomplished nothing, loser that I am, and completely kills my desire to go on. But it's over now. And that's good.

I am very hungry. And the weather is nice. I think this means the day calls for sandwiches.

Sandwiches!

I'm going to try my hand at making some barbecued ribs tonight. This will be new and exciting for me, partially because I very rarely cook any meat other than chicken (and even that is a rare thing). Also because I've never done it before and am probably going to set my kitchen on fire. That aside, I'm sure it will be delicious.

I have a to-do list for today that I haven't even started. I should really get on that.
kageotogi: (grammar time!)
Today at work I had to find a picture of shingles (yes, the medical condition). A particular picture of shingles. This involved trolling through our image archive. When nothing came up under "shingles", I tried "T10 zytosis", which meant I had to sort through about sixty pictures of herpes before I found the specific picture I was looking for. Because she happened to be on IM at the time, I kept [livejournal.com profile] punctuates updated throughout my perusal of anal lesions and eyeball contusions. What did she have to say about it?

Quoth the Joan: I'm glad I came with you on your voyage of DISGUSTING.

 
We then followed this up with a discussion about what kind of tools we were. (She's a hammer -- thus the icon. In case you were wondering.)

Urgh.

Dec. 15th, 2009 04:40 pm
kageotogi: (today didn't happen)
Work is totally overwhelming me this week. Mostly today. The fact that it's nearly five on Tuesday and this is the first time I've sat at my desk (for more than two minutes) so far this week is really very telling. And I'm completely beat and wishing I didn't have tomorrow afternoon off (because there's no way all this is getting done before the end of the year) and it's all a mess.

That is all.
kageotogi: (love [violetfairygirl])
Hoo. I worked late at the office today -- later than I normally do, anyway -- and I'm actually really, really glad I did. I feel like I got a lot done, which is important since I'll be out next week, and it was just an utterly gratifying day. Nothing went wrong, nothing super urgent (as in "ZOMG PUT EVERYTHING ASIDE AND GET THIS DONE RIGHT NOW" urgent) came up, and the day went by quickly (almost too quickly!).

I love days like that. They really make me like my job.

Nonetheless, I might treat myself to an extra-long lunch tomorrow or something. I'll probably definitely ditch a little early on Friday so I can do some stuff before I head to HoCo for pickup. That way I get my hours' worth. No need to put in too much overtime, after all!

Dreams.

Nov. 19th, 2008 11:44 am
kageotogi: (topeka [domacatrix])
I had a strange dream last night in which I got fired from my job, and then went to talk to HR because no one could figure out why they'd told me to leave. It turned out that the pink-slipping was a result of many, many misunderstandings, but at that point I was so consumed by vitriol that it was all I could not to gather my things and quit (since they'd receded the dismissal) without yelling at anyone that they could have stood up for me or, y'know, checked with HR on their own instead of letting me believe I'd done something horrible.

I have no idea what any of that might mean. I'm certainly not worried about getting laid off, and I don't think I have anything to fear from HR or my awesome bosses. I did spend about half a second wondering how yearly reviews would go this year (since I'm technically working for at least three people and have no idea which one is actually my manager), but I somehow doubt that would feed into a "OMFG I've been fired?" dream.

Silly subconscious. You're so weird.

[livejournal.com profile] thstlenshmrock and I used some of yesterday's lunch break to go to Victoria's Secret and get sized for some unmentionables. It's something I'd meant to do for a while, so I'm glad it's finally done. Then I went home and ordered some unmentionables via the neterwebs, so here's hoping that, y'know, they're true to the size. Skeery.

The train I take into work is currently rendered useless due to leaves. No, I'm serious. Leaves. In any case, it's not effecting me altogether too much. One of my cool bosses lives pretty much right down the road, and he's so cool that he's actually driving me to and from the office, when he can. There's also a bus that will take me downtown (provided it shows up; I have issues with buses), so that's an option, too. All in all, I have no reasons not to go to work. Yes.

There was a bit of snow yesterday. I nearly thrilled myself.
kageotogi: (omg no! [kageotogi])
I come into work every morning with a very optimistic idea of how much I'll be able to get done, and then every day about this time (3:30-ish) I realize that half of what I thought I'd get done just... isn't even going to get started until the next day. Or the next. Or... Well, I'll get to it when I'm good and ready. :X

Going up the wall. However, very much looking forward to tonight's debates. That'll be hilarious.

Back to work.
kageotogi: (vote for porn [sa_kanya])
I've lately been terrible about answering emails, live journal comments, and phone calls. I mean, I've always been bad at that sort of thing. Now I'm exceptionally bad at it. It's exciting, in that not really kind of way. I've got to stop putting things off.

[livejournal.com profile] thstlenshmrock and I joined flute choir, as I mentioned previously, and we're really enjoying it so far. I mean, there are some aspects that bother me, but those are all minor minor minor things, and I can overlook them. It's just great to be playing with a group again, to have new music, to actually have a reason to practice... It's nice. I'd forgotten how much I liked to play my flute. The music varies in difficulty, and I always seem to wind up with the part with all the middle-register Cs (which I guess will force me to start playing those in tune, huh? It's the hardest note to pin down, and of course here I am without a tuner to my name...), and it's great.

Also, the conductor (B., as I'll refer to him from here on out) is sort of a younger, hipper K. (my college director) in the respect that he says some really, really silly things. He has yet to say anything along the lines of "Get your clothes back on!" or "Let's go back to sex... section B", and I doubt he'll ever need to (Anna and I are very easily the youngest people in the choir right now), but he's pretty funny. Rehearsal yesterday was spattered with references to goop and blobs, and the one before that included a fishing metaphor.

It's fun. ^__^ I'm glad Anna talked me into it.

On the writing front, things are starting to look up. I'm still relatively idea-dry, but that's all right; I have some prompts left to do, and then I intend to seriously buckle down with the Novel From Hell. My new goal is to have it finished by the end of October -- well before NaNoWriMo begins -- so that I can justify stepping away from it for a month or two before I get into the tasking task (...) of goring it. I know from experience, sadly, that I'm absolutely horrific at goring my own work, so I may recruit some "volunteers" to help me out. We'll see how particularly brave I am about sharing that monster.

I've been staying late at work a lot lately, which is okay because I keep catching the late train to get in to work. I mean, I'm still working later than I should (going by the standard "working hours"), but whatever. It's working for me, seeing as how my most productive times typically come later in the day. It does sometimes make for a sketchy train ride home, but that's no big deal. When it starts to get dark early, however, I may need to change that up. I don't mind walking home alone in the dark, and I live in a relatively safe neighborhood (you know, for Baltimore), but still. You guys know the old adage. Better safe...

...I feel like I should post something really fun and interesting in order to make this journal entry worth it for you. Here. Have a baby in a tunnel, the best x-over picture ever, and political-themed Magic: The Gathering cards. Will that do? That'll do.

Banzai!

Aug. 13th, 2008 08:23 pm
kageotogi: (blank [kageotogi])
My new favorite thing is The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, also known as Toki o Kakeru Shoujo or -- my favorite -- TokiKake. The story is great. The characters are great. The dubbing (I saw it at Otakon, so sue me) is great. The music is great. I mean, seriously, I've been listening to this soundtrack non-stop since Boon sent it to me. It's sort of repetitive, but so completely, completely catchy.

If you've never heard of it, check it out. [livejournal.com profile] whimper and I can't be the only ones with the TokiKake obsession. (She's already iconning. I... made a new journal header. But since I just changed my layout, I guess I shouldn't use it just yet, even though I ♥ it. -_-)

...that's all I've got for right now. Oh, that and this. It's only a matter of time before my office starts up something like it. [livejournal.com profile] thstlenshmrock, what do you think? Medicine vs. Health Professions? You could totally be a double agent for Medicine. But you-know-who might rat you out to the HP bigwigs. So, alternatively, Editorial vs. Accounting. The EAs would be frontline. The freelancers would be special ops...

Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] thstlenshrmrock, I am jealous of you for already having an idea for your NaNoWriMo project this year. Envy envy envy.

I screwed things up all day at work today. I've really got to work on that 'not sleeping until late-late-late thing'.

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