Thursday, January 30, 2014

I think I could pull through sir...

okay, so if I didn't mention it before, the move is completed, but my internet has yet to be hooked up, which won't happen till Tuesday.



So things will still be slow until then, but I promise I'll be doing nothing but hitting the keyboard like a cracked out monkey for the following week.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Platitudes. A fun word to use in conversations.

I am woefully out of practice when it comes to sarcastic exchanges, but thankfully there are a few people that I know who keep me on my toes.  for example one young woman with whom I work who I didn't really like a first but came to be a very appreciated presence when I'm in a particularly sour mood.  She recently married and is moving away, and I had the following email exchange with her (edited to protect the blatantly guilty):

From: Lady McCrazy
Sent: Friday
To: Just about everyone in the freaking company
Subject: Last Day

So.. I planned to write everyone their own individual note today and have specific things to say to each of you, but I just didn't have time to get it all done. So here is a collective Thank You.

Each one of you have been such great examples and huge assets to my progression here at  (insert generic workplace). I am extremely thankful I had the opportunity to work with each and every one of you. I've learned so much not just business-wise, but personally in the past two years. And none of it would have been possible without all of you.
I’ll never forget being asked if I could Tap Dance in my second interview.
And all the potlucks and everything you've all been through with me.
I’m sad to move on and not be able to come to work every day knowing I work with a dedicated group of people who genuinely care about each other and the company.
Good luck with everything you do and please keep in touch. My email outside work is blablahblah@blah.com  or look me up on Facebook. I’d love to keep in touch.

Thank You,
Lady McCrazy

From: StGrendel
Sent: Friday
To: Lady McCrazy
Subject: RE: Last Day

Figures.  No one has time for anything special these days.  Good to see that you kept everyone’s hopes up for some kind of personal “you’re special” and “I’ll always remember you” platitudes, but instead went for the mass-market paperback version.  

Well, despite my antagonistic tone, it’s sad to see you go.  Especially considering there’s no one else here I can be this sarcastic with and still have them talk to me afterwards.  So have fun out there and try not to kill the kids, okay?  Take care.

StGrendel

From: Lady McCrazy
Sent: Friday
To: StGrendel
Subject: RE: Last Day

That was THE BEST email ever! I’m seriously going to miss our conversations like that. I may need to email you every now and again just to get my dose of sarcasm to keep me going. J

Thank You,
Lady McCrazy

Things that cheer me up

Okay, compared to the beginning of this month, this hasn't been a bad week at all, but certainly has been exasperating.  So, in light of that, here's a short list of things that really helped to cheer me up after such a long week:

Due to Jennifer's great suggestion, I started reading The Blogess, and came across the greatest chat conversation ever.

Reading up on Larry Correia's Sad Puppies 2: Rainbow Puppy Lighthouse the Huggening campaign is great, but this post was particularly good.  Which reminds me, I still need to buy the rest of the monster hunter series.

Tam's Fun Show song always warms the heart.

Aviationintel is back with more fascinating articles for nerdy enjoyment.

A famous person that I can actually care about had a birthday the other day, and we should all be grateful for his discovery of God's own caliber (.45 ACP).

So enjoy these distractions while I continue with my moving of locales. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Music

This one brings a tear to the eye.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Change is good...so far?

Well, it's official.  I'm moving.  It appears the insurance company is insisting the apartment is "livable" even though there was no working drainage of any type for days, and the bathrooms have been completely torn apart.  So, I'm gonna go take a look at a very promising place further up north that it the same size as what I got now, but will be a good $100 cheaper a month, along with having fiber optic internet available.

So despite the setbacks, it appears things may be looking up.  Speaking of things that are looking up, I just saw on the Firearm Blog that H&K's civilian G36 will be priced below $2,000, which is making me salivate.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

it's the little things

Was driving to work this morning behind a rather clueless driver in an old European luxury car, when I noticed the funniest vanity plate/bumper sticker combo ever.  The vanity plate translated to "snobby" while in the rear window was an Obama 2012 bumper sticker.  As I drive along, I then notice it pull into the state capitol building.  It figures.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Another delay

I would be back to blogging on a more regular basis, but I was recently treated to the gift of an sewer line disintegrating under my humble abode.  My router was (thankfully) the only thing effected while the rest of the place became awash in a sea of poo.  Thankfully, I will be treated to a completely free remodel, as the property owners will be footing the bill, but in the meantime my correspondence will be light.

I swear, ten days into the year and I'm already considering drinking as an alternative to facing reality.


On the bright side, Dad's bout with kidney failure over the holidays seems like it's going to have a happy ending, as he is home and enjoying a belated birthday present from yours truly

Monday, January 6, 2014

Those loved

I had a post lined up for today.  In fact, I had a few.  But now I don't know what to say or do.  There are many times when I feel completely emotionally detached from the world around me, now is not one of those times.  I have only felt this way once before in my life, and that was on September of 2001, and I hoped I wouldn't feel it again.  I may not have kept in touch with my cousin; I didn't even know she was pregnant.  But that doesn't change the fact that I remember her well, and that I love her as much as my brothers.  

When I heard not too many hours ago that she was murdered last night, I just stayed in a state of shock.  I felt like my mind just couldn't process the information.  I don't know what happened, but not many others do either.  What slowly seeps in now is the feeling of being useless, that there's nothing I can do.  I hate feeling like I can't make a difference.  I was never what you call close to my cousin, but it still hurts.  I've been present at more than a few funerals to those in the family who had passed away, but I have never known a member of the family whose life was taken from them before their time. 

 My prayer for her is that now she is in that other life, that she is no longer burdened with the trivial thoughts of mortality, but now can embrace those who have been waiting to see her again and that she can now feel the unfettered love of all those who care for her and spend the eternities with her child.  May almighty God bless her and help her along the path to the fullness of joy.