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  1. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    I’m not going to miss the open thread this week!

    I have no plans for the weekend… except to maybe go see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      So glad it’s FINALLY opening here in the “unimportant” markets.

    • pop top says:

      Let me know how it is. I love Tom Hardy but I’m not sure I want to go to the theater…

  2. JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

    OH HAI OPEN THREAD *waves*

  3. Rebecca K-S says:

    OMGMUSTHAVEPUPPY

    I just started looking at the forms for claiming the 2011 sale of my condo and figuring what/if I owe on the 2008 homebuyer’s credit. I’m usually pretty adept at this tax shit, but holy crap, I just wanna cry.

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      you cannot have the puppy because it is NOT a snack.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      I had the same feeling when I had to figure out the cost basis for inherited stocks that I didn’t actually get transferred to me for over a year after inheriting them. (Yeah, #firstworldproblems, but I’d give it all away plus mortgage the house umpteen times over if it would bring my mom back.)

  4. Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

    My mother in-law just bought me a Kindle Touch as a belated birthday present. I’ve wanted an e-reader for a long time and can’t wait to play with it when I get home.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I love my Nook Color. Oddly enough, right now I’m thinking of buying paper books because the ones I want are available in the bargain bin.

      • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

        Do you have any issues with the LCD screen?

        She offered to get me a Kindle Fire but opted for the Touch because I was under the impression that it was supposed to be better for reading.

    • CrankyOwl says:

      I got a Kindle Fire and the next day got a library card, when I realized downloadable books aren’t much cheaper than print versions :(

      OTOH, the library is awesome & they also let you download free music.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        No, they’re not much cheaper, but it’s a lot more convenient. I haven’t purchased many books because I use the public library for 99% of my reading, so when I do buy a book, I don’t mind paying the same price for the ebook version.

        • CrankyOwl says:

          You can download books at our library though…ironically, you do it through Amazon’s web site.

          • pecan 3.14159265 says:

            That’s standard across public libraries. It would just be moronic for a public library to require you to go to the library to download a book.

  5. Laura Northrup says:

    I’m at the Apple Store waiting for the Genius to summon me. I don’t understand how it is that this store is absolutely mobbed at 12:38 on a Friday afternoon when school is in session. These people can’t all be bloggers and college students.

    • snobum says:

      Lunch time!

    • Bativac says:

      Actually, nowadays, 75% of everyone is either a blogger or a college student. Or BOTH

    • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

      I know a lot of people who don’t work traditional 8-4:30 kind of jobs. It seems like 10 hour days and getting Friday off, and other variations are becoming very common.

    • chizu says:

      I asked the same question regarding the line that waits for a Shake Shack burger at Madison Square Park on a weekday. It’s an hour to two hour wait line — but that line does not end, even during the midday! Don’t these people have jobs or school???

  6. Straspey says:

    Just got off the phone & finished exchanging emails with some friends.

    We’re meeting tomorrow morning to play through some 6 and 7-part music from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in recorders and viols.

    After that I’ll race to get home in time for the kickoff of the first wildcard game at 4:30 PM – We’re in NY City, but my wife is a huge Bengals fan, so we’ll be rooting for them – just in case we have any friends here from Cincinnati.

    Sunday will be a lazy day, with more football.

    My idea of a fun weekend in January.

  7. El_Fez says:

    Good news, gay folks! Washington State is on the cusp of moving out of the dark ages of discrimination as of yesterday.

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/01/04/397766/washington-governor-elated-after-introducing-marriage-equality-bill-i-feel-so-much-better-today/

    Now I just need a man to marry and I’m all good. And I guess it would help if I were gay, too.

  8. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Anyone have book suggestions? I’m going to recommend “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had it Coming” by Mike Brown. He’s an astronomer who encouraged the scientific community to stop including pluto as a planet. It’s not a book really about science; it’s more of a book about why he loves science and why he’s in it, and how he met his wife and had a family during the time he made his discoveries.

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good by Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner

      Otherwise, my go-to recommendation is the Saxon Series by Bernard Cornwell.

    • Jane_Gage says:

      We’ve just read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, which was enjoyable. I’m reading a collection of short stories by Cortazar that are mostly pretty good.

    • Thyme for an edit button says:

      I’m listening to that one on audio book! Really enjoying it and learning things about astronomy.

      I just read “The Hunger Games” and thought it was really good.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I think I’m three digits deep in line for those books at the library. People can’t get enough of them and I wish I had put them on hold before the movie trailer came out and people went nuts.

    • pop top says:

      If you want to talk about the guy who killed Pluto, look no further than Neil deGrasse Tyson, specifically “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet”. Tyson is a science bad ass and is incredibly intelligent, gregarious and funny. If you like science-y memoirs, check out “Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut” by Mike Mullane. Mullane was a shuttle astronaut and talks about his life, his time in astronaut training and dealing with the Challenger explosion (one of his best friends died on the shuttle). It will have you laughing out loud and openly crying. It’s a great book and I can’t recommend it enough.

      Are there any other genres you’re interested in?

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        Thanks for the suggestions! I read mostly nonfiction of nearly all genres but I’m working my way through a few novels right now, so I’m building my nonfiction queue.

        • pop top says:

          Then definitely check out any of Tyson’s other books, as well as “Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. That’s a collection of stories from interviews with Richard P. Feynman, a brilliant and funny physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project. If you’re into space stuff, also look at “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void” by Mary Roach. It’s a collection of interesting facts and short stories about astronauts, the space program and other fun space facts (like how astronauts have to learn how to poop!).

        • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

          More nonfiction recommendations, mostly social science/social psychology:

          “The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives” by Leonard Mlodinow
          “Outliers” and “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell (both much better than The Tipping Point, IMO)
          “Traffic” by Tom Vanderbilt
          “How We Die” and “Doctors” by Sherwin B. Nuland
          Anything by Bill Bryson

          • pecan 3.14159265 says:

            I’m a fan of Dan Ariely’s books on irrationality. They’re very insightful. Malcolm Gladwell is a really good writer; I liked his books a lot.

    • Murph1908 says:

      Have you ever read “In Search of Shroedinger’s Cat”

      http://www.amazon.com/Search-Schr%C3%B6dingers-Cat-Quantum-Physics/dp/0553342533

      There are some really interesting experiments discussed within. One such story involved how light behaved differently when observed and when not observerd. When a single photon was released and had the option to go through one of 2 openings in a barrier, it created a pattern on the other side consistant with a particle. When a sensor that did not affect the photon was placed to see which opening it went through, the pattern on the other side was consistent with a wave.

  9. El_Fez says:

    Also, while I’d like to blame it on the holidays, really it’s just my own weakness and lack of willpower – my weight loss is going in the entirely wrong direction (I’m back up to 265-ish from the 250 from 4 months ago). So I’m announcing here and now that I’m back on my diet HARDcore – I’m even shunning the doughnuts that someone brought into the office today.

    So yes, please publicly shame me for being a fatass! I need some motivation (and/or whipping) to get back on the treadmill!

    • Jane_Gage says:

      The New York Times magazine says it’s not your fault. When you diet your body releases a hunger hormone called gherlin to make you miserable and undermine you. The only way to stop it is to get a NY cheesecake and a Criminal Minds marathon.

    • Murph1908 says:

      I feel ya.

      Man, nothings harder to pass up than the free donuts/cookies/pizza at work.

    • nicless says:

      I was 250 pounds by default for 10ish years (no diets, no excercise *obviously*) I just stayed at 250. Now all of a sudden I shot up to 265. I’ll be talking about weight issues and healthy eating when I go to my first doctors appointment in 10 years on Monday.

      The real reason I’m interested in losing weight though is my son. He’s 10 months old (as of the 10th) and when he grows up, I don’t want to be “Dad watching him play” I want to be “Dad playing with son”

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      *SPANK!*

      No really, just eat lots of veggies and drink a lot of water. That will help fill you up. Allow a tiny treat now and then. A small piece of dark chocolate–the higher the cocoa percentage the better–is good. It’s very satisfying, much more so than a doughnut, with far less calories. And you won’t feel deprived.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        LOL when I do that, there are other results other than losing weight involving the ladies room!

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          LOL! Also, you cannot possibly be more clumsy than I am and I manage to figure skate! Clumsily, but still….

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      No public shaming from me, but I will offer encouragement! I’m trying a smaller plate size to make it appear like I’m getting a full plate of food, but really it’s about 1/3 less. Maybe that will work for you? And Hogwartsprofessor is right – a small piece of plain, dark chocolate, left to melt in your mouth, is yummy and will keep you out of the cookies. I always keep a bottle of water and gum at my desk, too.

      Oh, and here’s a tidbit for you – one of my coworkers gave me three aerobics tapes, apparently to promote the weight loss they feel I need to accomplish. I am the most uncoordinated and clunky person I know. NO WAY would I ever in a million years be able to hop around like those women. LOL!

  10. pop top says:

    I had a great time on my vacation. Went to Nashville and saw some friends, ate some tasty barbeque, went to a few honky tonk bars. In Kentucky we did three distillery tours (Bourbon Trace, Woodford Reserve and Wild Turkey) and had an amazing time at each one. I’m slowly working on liking bourbon, but the best part was seeing the entire distillation process from start to finish and learning some of the industry’s tips and tricks.

    What was also really interesting was the fact that there is a point of no return, that once you put it in the barrel, you just have to wait and can’t do anything to speed up the process. Like the tour guide at Buffalo Trace said, “We just fill the barrels, Mother Nature makes the bourbon.” I’m a huge alcohol nerd and didn’t even know it! If you have the chance, visit a distillery, especially a bourbon distillery in Kentucky. The process is so fascinating (especially if you’re a nerd like me) and the places we went to were beautiful. Plus free bourbon at the end!

    • El_Fez says:

      You got booze? When I was on the Jack Daniel tour – well, the distillery is in a dry county, so no free samples!

      Sounds fascinating. I didn’t think that distilling would make for a good tour, but I love the JD tour. I’ll have to get in on the wild turkey if I’m ever in Kentucky.

      • pop top says:

        We got one free sample at Woodford Reserve (regular Woodford Reserve bourbon), two at Wild Turkey (you have a choice of 8, I chose their American Honey bourbon liquer and Rare Breed) and four at Buffalo Trace (Buffalo Trace White Dog, an 8- and a 10-year old bourbon that I can’t recall the name of, and the incredibly delicious Bourbon Cream). There is a special Kentucky Bourbon Tourism board that has a Bourbon Trail Passport thing where you can go to six specific distilleries (Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Four Roses, Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey and Heaven Hill), have the passport stamped and once it’s full, turn it in to get a free t-shirt. Two down, four to go!

        • Misha says:

          American Honey tastes like being ten years old and sick and being given a glass of whiskey and honey to help you sleep.

          • pop top says:

            Who in the world gives their child whiskey to help them sleep?

            • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

              my mom did. i turned out *hic* ok!

            • exit322 says:

              My parents think of me as a horrible parent because I *don’t* give my kids whiskey to help with toothaches (rubbing it on the guns) and giving them a little bit like that to sleep.

            • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

              At least whiskey doesn’t have narcotics in it! Check this out: Paregoric (camphorated tincture of opium). Yes, this was used on gums for teething at one point, as well as to control diarrhea and coughing. I have a little bottle with a about two teaspoons inside just as a conversation piece. Alcohol – 44 to 46% by volume, with Anhydrous Morphine 0.035 grams to 0.045 grams per 100 cc. Label is from an old drug store in town (long gone).

          • El_Fez says:

            It sounds a lot like the Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. Normally I don’t dig on the Whiskey, but this stuff is GOOD! It’s oh so smooth!

  11. Murph1908 says:

    Joy. Geico has brought back one of the most annoying commercial characters of the past decade.

    Please, tell me who approved another “pig that cried wee wee wee” commercial so I can shoot out their porch light.

  12. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    About a month ago, my boss asked me and my cube mate if we’d like to move to a private office. We were thrilled, and looked forward to having quiet time away from the cube farm. So we waited patiently. Yesterday, we overheard our boss tell two other coworkers she was moving them to the same office. Several hours later, she summoned me and my cube mate and said she changed her mind about the move. We told her we already knew, as we had overheard her tell the other two. She offered no explanation.

    We wanted to move, and the other two don’t want to move. Their cube mates aren’t happy either, as we are paired together, and the left behind cube mates don’t know who will be moving in. It could be the constant throat clearer, the loud talker, or the perpetual nosy gossipy one who leans over your shoulder to read stuff on your screen.

    I know I’m just an hourly peon worker, but geez. Don’t dangle the “get out of cube farm” carrot and then just yank it away. It’s cruel. And she wonders why a lot of us want to work from home.

    **sighs**

    • pop top says:

      Can you get a privacy screen in case you get the nosy person?

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        I have two large monitors, so not sure…but I face the door in my cube so she can’t sneak up behind me. I’ve gotten pretty adept at hitting the desktop icon when she appears! Plus, when I leave my desk, I always do the ctrl-alt-delete thing and lock it up, so if someone sends and email or instant message, no snooping can occur. One of my friends told me she came back to her cubicle from break and caught this person reading her instant messages (she didn’t lock the computer).

        After all these years, doing that ctrl-alt-delete key combo still gives me hives. If I remember correctly, in the old DOS days, it rebooted your computer and dumped your work.

        • pop top says:

          Don’t forget about Windows button+D to minimize all of your windows if you can’t get to your mouse in time. I would also report her if I caught her doing that to my computer. That’s just disrespectful and creepy.

          • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

            Or WIndows-L, to lock it. I am at the point where I do that automatically when I stand up now, for security purposes.

            OP could also get one of those polarized screen covers, like an anti-glare cover, but it makes it so that the screen is only visible from straight on, not at an angle. But I don’t know how pricey they are.

            • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

              I was thinking about making my Windows screen saver say something like “hey Jane, the computer’s locked so quit snooping” so it scrolls across the screen when I’m away. My boss would scold me for it, though, and then I’d get a lecture about how I should be more kind and understanding to my coworkers. GRRR!!

              • HogwartsProfessor says:

                LOL I wanted to make a sign to stick to the back of my laptop that said “I’m at lunch– Go away.” People are always bothering me at lunch, even though it’s obvious I’m not working. The only way to get away from them is to leave the building, but there’s nowhere to go; we’re in an industrial park far from anything.

  13. Thyme for an edit button says:

    I saw “The Artist” last weekend and LOVED it.

    I kind of want to go to the movies again this weekend, but am not sure what to see. Any recommendations?

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      I, too, loved The Artist. i saw it on Wednesday.

      I’ve seen quite a few movies the past month. I really liked Mission: Impossible… but I liked all the others as well. Sherlock Holmes was pretty fun.

      • Thyme for an edit button says:

        I haven’t seen the other Mission Impossible movies. Do you need to have seen them to enjoy the one that is in theaters? It looks pretty good.

        • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

          Nah, I don’t think so. I don’t really remember any of the other movies, just that I liked them.

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      I really enjoyed the new Sherlock Holmes, even more than the first.

  14. Gally says:

    Lady’s out of the ICU. Yay for more radiation to come.

    Took a pay cut at work, but still have a job.

    Winning?

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      yay for out of the ICU and still having a job. it’s the little things really

  15. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    i’m in insurance purgatory at work [helping people sort theirs out, it’s part of my job]
    this is the crazy busy season for us.
    in the meantime, the new roommate is working out
    but the uninvited guest is still an issue
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/catastrophegirl/6645974377

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      oh, and i found something weird and am wondering if anyone else has ever dealt with anything like this
      i was googling my address recently and discovered a listing for my house. a new listing. i bought the house in 2009, i’m not in foreclosure or anything. my mortgage is held by my credit union and they haven’t sold it off.
      it’s an actual legitimate realtor’s website, not a craigslist ad or a scam site.
      it’s got an MLS#, square footage, number of bathrooms/bedrooms, details on my shed and carport and everything. no photos.
      i cannot figure out why this exists and if i need to do anything more than contact the realtor and ask for it to be taken down or if i need to take some legal action

      • pop top says:

        Wow. That is insane. I would call them and ask why they have your house listed. If they don’t take it down, do you have any lawyer friends that can send them a letter?

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          i have a realtor friend and i’ve just asked her about it, she was away for the holidays when i found out about it. waiting to hear what she says. she was the buyers agent on my house purchase so she knows all the details and the other realtor involved. the site the listing is on is NOT the other realtor

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            Hmm.. that’s odd. Maybe your friend will be able to figure it out. If not, I would call the company that has the posting up and say “Umm…??”

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            Hmm.. that’s odd. Maybe your friend will be able to figure it out. If not, I would call the company that has the posting up and say “Umm…??”

          • Ratty says:

            From a realtor/real estate broker: Contact the realtor, ask them to take it down. They shouldn’t have any issue doing this. If there’s any issues, google the realtor, find out their website and who their broker is, and contact the broker directly. Let them know the situation.

            Ideally call the listing realtor to contact and they will likely answer the phone right away. Realtors are glued to phones.

            • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

              my friend just got back to me and pointed out that on the listing there’s a little place where it says “listing: with”
              which apparently means that the listing is withdrawn. my concern then that no one but realtors know to look for that and what it means. i worry that someone will see the listing up and instead of calling the realtor, will come by the property and start poking around to check it out. and say, freak out my big, easily spooked dog in the backyard? [i’m less worried about them getting hurt outside the fence than i am that my dog and his torn ACL will get hurt trying to chase them off]
              it seems that posting withdrawn listings to boost your site’s traffic is totally legal though and they don’t have to take it down if i ask

              • Ratty says:

                You can still call and ask. What may have happened was they were trying to list a property with a similar MLS#, and goofed it, and then typed yours instead. The MLS# remains with the property forever and the information stays stored. So if they tried to list 1234567 (real house) and listed 1234576 (your house) the thing would auto-populate with your property’s information, address, sq feet, carport, everything. If they weren’t paying attention, really easy to post a listing and wait to add photos later. Doesn’t hurt to contact to see what more can be done.

                They wouldn’t be doing so nefariously (most likely). It doesn’t help their business to list unsalable properties. If you do contact them and they’re dicks, contact your state’s real estate board about it. They’re hardasses.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        Once I found out the kind ladies in our county courthouse transferred the deed to my house to another person. Turns out my deed number and the deed number of the actual home sold were exactly the same, except the last two digits, which were the same numbers but reversed, like mine was 54 and the house sold ended in 45. That was fun to straighten out. Turns out I hadn’t “owned” my house for about 5 months when I figured it out.

        I would do a little digging.

      • Thyme for an edit button says:

        I’d call the realtor and ask to see the house just to see what they said about it.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      OMG, I clicked on the link and watched the video. Your cat is all like, oh, should I get a drink or eat some food. Humm. It shows absolutely no sign that it senses a raccoon behind it! And the raccoon is all like…dang, stupid cat blocking my way to the water and food source! I showed this to my cube mate and we both giggled. What are you going to do?

      **slow Friday afternoon in cubicle land**

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        there are two minutes of previous video of the cat drinking because my sister wants proof that the cats use it before she buys one for her cats. the cat knew full well the raccoon was there. i usually know the raccoon has entered the house when a cat sitting on my lap down the hall in the bedroom sits up and stares at the door to the hallway.
        i think they just know not to mess with the Fat Bandit

        • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

          I admire you! I would have caved in and live trapped Mr. Bandit by now, and driven him far out of town and dropped him off near a forest stream. I’d really be afraid I’d wake up and think my big tiger cat was curled up beside me, and it would be the raccoon instead. Watched the video again, still makes me smile.

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            the big problem there [aside from the illegality of it] is that i live on the river, in the woods. anywhere else i take it is farm or city.

  16. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    You know what there’s not enough of on the internet? Cats! Well, that’s not true, we have cats covered. But cooking blogs, now there’s a really unfulfilled niche. OK, perhaps that’s not true either, but I started one anyway. This week’s project is white chili, although maybe I’ll rename it to blah chili.

    Separate from the cooking I’m doing for the blog, I’ve got some barley on the stove right now to use for soup.

    Oh, the blog is at http://lmrbe.blogspot.com if you care. First post should still be easy to scroll to, and it explains the concept.

  17. CrankyOwl says:

    Puppeh is full of soul-sucking cuteness.

  18. HogwartsProfessor says:

    FRIIIDAAAAAAYYYYY

    Cute puppeh! Thanks, I needed the squee today. :)

    Work is getting shittier by the day. I think we’re headed for a fall, unless corporate can pull us out of it. My resume is up to date. I didn’t want to start looking until I could get out of the city, but I don’t think I can wait that long. I’m going to start taking Spanish too. So the next thing is to fix everything I can fix, go to the dentist and the eye doctor and get all my stuff done while I still can. If I can wean myself off my Nickelodeon addiction, I may cancel DirecTV once I get a roku. *whimper*

    In other news, saw Cowboys and Aliens over the intertubes with my honey over the NY holiday. I liked it. Also finally we watched Highlander. It wasn’t bad. Was fun to watch Clancy Brown chew up the scenery. I LOVE him. :)

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Sorry about work. I know what you mean, though. When the alarm goes off in the morning, I just look at it and say noooooo! It’s hard to even come in here. But I made up my mind I’m going to suck it up, use every minute of my vacation and sick time, and then start looking. I just look forward to paydays, holidays, and vacation days, and try not to let anything that happens bother me until it starts to interfere with those three things.

      And if I could find a way to legally get the networks — CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS — on my Roku box, Comcast Cable TV would go bye bye!!

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I know, I do the same thing. Part of the reason I want to leave so badly is that I am the ONLY clerical worker in the entire place and I have to do all the stuff for everyone. It’s getting to be too much.

        Also, all the heavy boxes full of samples I have to ship (getting heavier all the time) have caused injuries that aren’t healing because they keep getting aggravated. This summer, I got tennis elbow so bad I could neither bend nor straighten my arm. My boss got pissy when I asked to go to the company doctor because he didn’t want to fill out the paperwork. Pendejo. It’s better now, although still hurty, but if I don’t find something with no heavy lifting I’m afraid I’m going to do permanent damage to myself.

        • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

          I know my boss thinks she can just jerk us around because of the economy and because we need our jobs. She’s not afraid to say if you don’t like it, quit.

          Here’s to hoping that 2012 will have a real economic turn around, and those of us who want better jobs can find them, but more so that those without jobs can find them too! I’m going to be optimistic!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      if you need squees, check this out
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8GHf-aELjY

    • ArcanaJ says:

      “Nuns, no sense of humor.” Clancy Brown is awesome.

      Sorry about the work situation, m’dear.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Thanks….maybe I’ll write a bestseller! Who knows!

        BTW my bf is reading it and he found three mistakes in the first fifty pages. GAH! No wonder no one wanted it! I’ve been over that thing with a fine toothed comb. Maybe I need a bigger comb!

  19. Jules Noctambule says:

    I’m doing an open studio event tonight, which means I get to give out free wine while people pretend to admire my work. Today is the warmest day all week, so we should get some good foot traffic.

    Also, I can hear someone down the hall speaking French and it’s making me all nostalgic but I’m too shy to stick my head out the door and start rambling in French even though I love it when other people do that. Maybe after some wine.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      mmmm, art n’ booze! first friday event?
      i never get out to it because i’m worried about my legs giving out while i’m wandering around and too far from my car.
      hope it goes well

      • Jules Noctambule says:

        First Friday it is! We have a private lot, so if you ever want to chill on Glenwood during FF, let me know and I’ll try to block off a space for you.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          thanks. i’ve lived here 8 years so i really ought to check it out at least once

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Ooh, neat. Good luck with the people!