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15 November 2005 @ 01:09 pm
Good things of the now  
Before anything else, I want to rec a Due South story: Gun, with Occasional Kangaroo by runpunkrun, rec gleaned from lierdumoa. I hadn't read this before. This is so freaking brilliant that I want to grab Punk and swirl and dance with her. *g* It's CANON, only better. Because, slash. It's just uncanny--the voices, the ebb and flow of the station house, the ensemble wackiness, the little touches of magical (sur)realism. I love, love, and adore it.

And my sweetie anaxila made this brief but picturesque post about camels. anaxila has been in India for several months now, and has a whole slew of posts about her visit, with amazing and cool observations--she being an amazing and cool person. I think a lot of you would love these entries (for example, see Being a rock star is not all it's cracked up to be and Ganesh Immersion), so if it sounds like your thing, you should take some time and scroll back and browse there. :)

Beyond this, I seem to have accrued some good karma that has unfolded today. One of the business teams that I support gave me, out of the blue, a Starbucks coffee card to recognize the work I've done for them. And when I took it there and happily got an iced latte, the woman at the counter was this upbeat manager who has recently started greeting me by name. I said to her, "Thank you for that little bunny face you drew on my cup the other day--it was adorable!" And she said: "Well, you're special--you're a very cheerful and pleasant person, and it's noticed and appreciated." *blush*

And on top of all that, I'd just been to visit my new office space: we are moving there in December, and my co-editor and I wanted to see where we'd be sitting. Now first of all, this building--which is just next door in the same plaza--is much nicer. It has glossy wood trim and subtle wall and carpet colors, and light sconces and so on. So, it turns out that my co-editor has half an office, which he totally deserves (and by the way, I'd hate to share an office; give me my space!), and I have a window seat with a view. Not just a window seat, though: I have a large cul-de-sac area with a frosted screen that's attached to the wall and folds out like a wall. I have big-ass windows and one gunmetal-grey wall that's a whiteboard, and IT'S SO COOL. Worst-case scenario if I jinx myself is that I end up cheek-and-jowl with some loudmouth whose obnoxious phone calls and hyena laugh float over the screen to drive me insane, but I'm going to be optimistic. *g*

I'm feeling a bit better recently, and getting work done at the office, but since the new med can't have kicked in yet, it might be because of the semi-illicit Adderall I've been taking. Which isn't a viable longer-term solution. But still...I don't know. I just have to manage my trade-offs for now.

I have more recs to make this week, by the way, but I'm parsing them out so that individual stories don't get lost in the noise.

And I want people to talk to me! I can be very erratic and unreliable about answering comments, and I often feel bad about that, but hey: will you talk to me today? ;) You guys are the mortar between the bricks of my soul! Or, um, something like that.
 
 
 
pete and gabe's collaborative dicksinlovewithnight on November 15th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
::dances you about:: Glad you're feeling better, even if illicitly. And yay for coffee karma!
Anna S.: rodney-happy-smileeliade on November 15th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Coffee Karma! It should be a song! But here's a dance to tide us over:

http://www.tmcm.com/comics/webcomics/168_coff
(no subject) - buddleia on November 15th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
WesleysGirl: Inarawesleysgirl on November 15th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
But I make crappy mortar!

I liked your story about the coffee shop lady. There's this woman I often see around town (at the fabric/craft store, where she apparently works although I've only ever seen her shopping there, and the post office, and Staples) and I have this incredible urge the next time I see her to say "Hi -- I think you're cool. Will you be my friend?" Which obviously would be the stupidest, most dorky thing ever. But she's so... I don't know, I want to say beautiful, but in a haughty sort of way, only haughty isn't the right word because I associate that word with being better-than-thou, when in reality it's just like she doesn't know. She has these awesome long dreadlocks and she's always wearing cool hippie chick clothes in patchwork colors, and she has a little girl who's startlingly blonde and blue eyed like a little Scandinavian child, and I just want to tag along after her. And we recognize each other at this point and say hi, but that's the extent of it.

Um, right. :-)
Anna S.: john-floaty-dotseliade on November 15th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
But I make crappy mortar!

Okay! I will grind your bones with my pestle to make bread! *cheery smile*

Hee.

Mmm, cool hippie chicks. There are many here in Seattle too. And cute baby dykes whose paths cross mine in Pike Place Market--invite me to your dinner parties, cute baby dykes! Feed me tofu and play Scrabble with me! ;)
(no subject) - wesleysgirl on November 16th, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - eliade on November 16th, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - wesleysgirl on November 16th, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Pouncer: Fight Crime!thepouncer on November 15th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yay for cheer and good karma!

If you're in the mood to look at silly dogs, I suggest here.

I also posted pictures of my trip to Savannah and associated dolphin cruise.

Mmmmm. Lattes are yummy.
Anna S.: dh-and-dogeliade on November 15th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, the puppies are *hysterical*! *love* Thank you. :D
(no subject) - thepouncer on November 15th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
deaverdeaver on November 15th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
Well, you're special--you're a very cheerful and pleasant person, and it's noticed and appreciated.

I will second that, only wish I could draw cute bunny faces in this post, but alas, am not much above the :) level of computer art.

Thanks for the camel photo link... what fun!

The only problems with having a big window at your desk (now that I have a GIANT one at mine) are a) lots of computer screen glare. This however, has been resolved mostly by my lovely new anti-glare screen, which has funny messages from it's previous owner stil taped to it. They amuse me greatly. and b) it is so easy to get distracted by the goings on of the people outside. I just sit and watch the random passerbyers and make up little stories. Doesn't make for a particularly productive work day.
deaverdeaver on November 15th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
er, meant to say "camel story link" sometimes my fingers don't work on the same topic as my brain.
MELODY GLOUCESTER PEGASUSjolielaide on November 15th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
Hi, cutie. I love your coffee karma story. Isn't it strange (well, it's strange for *me*, anyway) to think that people out there in the world, you know, random people, notice me? Enough to react, or to have an opinion or to identify me in some way? Cool. And very cool that you make some random person smile on a semi-regular basis. I mean, besides people on the internets.

Plus, bunny face! :)
Anna S.: john pretty!eliade on November 16th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
Bunny face! Maybe I'll call you that from now on.

Isn't it strange (well, it's strange for *me*, anyway) to think that people out there in the world, you know, random people, notice me?

It can be unnerving. But as long as they're not serial killers I don't mind too much.

*hugs*
ngaiongaio on November 15th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
I like the sound of the new work space. A mumble number of years ago when I worked in an office (give me back an office job, I'm fed up of the unwashed masses!) I had the cringe-worthy status of sitting with my supervisor a metre behind me, effectively peering down my neck. ::shudders:: I can't sit with my back to the people in a restaurant, never mind someone who's my boss who can see my computer screen. Ugh!

(but i want an office job dammit ... i want not to have to speak to little old ladies about their ulcers and little old men about their prostates ... make me file and photocopy dammit!)
Anna S.: alien reseliade on November 16th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
I had the cringe-worthy status of sitting with my supervisor a metre behind me, effectively peering down my neck. ::shudders:: I can't sit with my back to the people in a restaurant, never mind someone who's my boss who can see my computer screen.

Oh god, no kidding. I always try to have my back to the wall. *heh* The cube I'm in now is very oddly shaped but I managed to do it, and I think my manager was vaguely suspicious of my motivations because for the first few months, he wouldn't merely come to my cube and stand at the entrance, he'd get right up next to my chair so that my screen was in view and loom. *g*
bibliokatbibliokat on November 15th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Yay for the kangaroo story!

And I think your new work space and coffee card sound awesome. I'm glad you're having a good day!

You guys are the mortar between the bricks of my soul!

I'm going to use that quote someday. I'm not sure when or where, but someday.

Um, talk to you. Well ok. I have to do my homework. I'm really good at procrastination. I love fandom, it helps me;) That's a bad thing, I'm sure. And now I'm babbling at you to put off doing a paper. Darn it. *goes to, well, not do her paper*
Anna S.: joe-flaniganeliade on November 16th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
I love fandom, it helps me;) That's a bad thing, I'm sure.

Nooo! Good good thing! Or, wait--was that your subtext? *g*
(no subject) - bibliokat on November 16th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
Herself_nycherself_nyc on November 15th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Can I ask a nosy meds question?

I wonder if you could take the Adderall if you also took an antihypertensive. Or if that would be medically irresponsible. Or maybe you DO already take an antihypertensive and your doc has ruled out taking Adderall regularly.

I wonder because I identify with the getting-the-benefit-of-it-but-its-bad-for-you thing
Anna S.: monkeyeliade on November 15th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
Actually I do take a antihypertensive--I was taking two at the time that I was on the Adderall & my bp was going through the roof (like, 170/130). I've been avoiding taking my readings lately. :P
(no subject) - taverymate on November 16th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - eliade on November 16th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - taverymate on November 16th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - herself_nyc on November 16th, 2005 02:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
witlingwitling on November 15th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
Awesome camel post. And yay for good karma. You are indeed a cheerful and pleasant person, and it's nice to have that rewarded with an iced latte now and then.

And what can I share in return? I have a picture of an extreme close-up of an elephant's eye sitting on my work computer's hard drive right now. Her eyelashes are long and wiry. Her skin is grooved. She looks placid. But that's probably me, projecting.

And I just got liquid paper on my left thumb, neurotically erasing a foregone conclusion from my datebook. Liquid paper stays, I've found.
Anna S.: cupcakeseliade on November 16th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
You are indeed a cheerful and pleasant person, and it's nice to have that rewarded with an iced latte now and then.

Aww. You are sweet. :) We are mutually admiring! I will buy you a latte--and you can buy me one! And since we'll break even, this can be an entirely virtual exchange! Hee.

*kiss*
Trepkos: Manly by Deadwillwalktrepkos on November 16th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
*waves*
Glad you're having a good day!
I went to fencing this evening and beat a guy I lost to last week, and accidentally dislocated his thumb!
I was scared he'd set his mum on me, like a kid I accidentally knocked down at the Sunday School Treat. I still remember her looming over me and telling me "He's got a bad back you know!"
But he just popped the joint back in!
Phew!
Anna S.: polarbeareliade on November 16th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
Yikes! Thumbs are very important. I have three of them, and I am always on the lookout for more.
Sylvikefishsanwitt on November 16th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you're feeling better (if it might be illicit :)

And your new office sounds *cool*.
Sylvike: Star Trek logical assfishsanwitt on November 16th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Left out 'even' - sorry about that :)
Anaxila / Babblesanaxila on November 16th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
Awwwwwww, you're so sweet! I can't believe I'm gonna be home so soon. We should totally do something the weekend I get home, which I CAN'T BELIEVE is just three weeks away. We can bring Sandy. It could be a thing. I'm picturing movies on your couch, but then I'm always picturing movies on your couch.

I'm happy that you're hitting the office space lottery, but vaguely panicked that I won't be able to glide down the hallway to disrupt your train of thought any darn time I please.

My icon wants to eat you.
Anna S.: monkeyeliade on November 16th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
YOUR ICON WANTS TO EAT ME. You weren't kidding. *g*

I'd totally love to do something with you--but the weekend you get back? Shyeahhh. You are going to hit turf, go home, and fall on your face. *g* Jet laaaaaaaaag. You'll sleep for 72 hours. Admit it. *squishhug* But after that, sure.

And you never know: they might move you next door too!
drc: niptuckdrc1 on November 16th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you are feeling better.:-)
lyrstzha: Goddess: lanninglyrstzha on November 16th, 2005 11:36 am (UTC)
And she said: "Well, you're special--you're a very cheerful and pleasant person, and it's noticed and appreciated." *blush*

Yeah, it's amazing how much little things like a bunny face, or somebody we barely know telling us that they appreciate us can totally brighten the day. I love little things like that.

And hey, congrats on the nifty office, and on feeling better!
all right, so you're nonchalant: me & the major are from different worldsrunpunkrun on November 17th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
That works out SO WELL because it always makes me want to dance and twirl when you like one of my stories!