July 19th, 2007

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I Love My Life. Really! I Do...

I love my life...

...but some weeks I really don't love doing the garbage and recycling. (sigh)

Okay, as I was doing it, I kept reminding myself just how important it is that it gets done each week. It's far from glamorous -- but hell, much of the work we do in life isn't anything about glamour!

Somebody has to take out garbage and clean the toilets and vacuum the floors, after all. Which is why I say we should never look down on anyone who does those things as a job! I certainly don't want to start doing these things at the office, as well as at home... (grin)

It's been a rough week already -- and it's only Wednesday! Okay, technically it's Thursday -- at nearly 4:30 a.m. But you get my drift.

We've got another hard day to go before we get our long weekend. Hopefully we won't need to work this weekend...

Marilyn mistressmarilyn is dead to the world. Or she was, until I woke her while doing the weekly chore! I couldn't help it. I'd been being quiet, but then I dumped out a waste basket -- and Henry Tudor cat promptly jumped in! It's one of those deep, office-style black numbers. We have them all over the house, actually. (Thank you, Costco!) I laughed out loud because he looked so damn cute -- and because when Colin Kitty was a kitten, he used to do the same damn thing!!!

I didn't think he'd be able to get out unless he tipped it over, so I carefully lifted him out. Then I was sitting laughing in a chair, breaking down a box for recycling. Marilyn woke (she was asleep on the sofa, as usual) and I told her about it. And the next thing I know, he's run over and jumped in again! And then he quickly jumped right out -- probably to show me he could.

We're so delighted with how well he's doing. There's still something wrong with one (or both) hind legs, but he's jumping -- and walking -- much better now. And growing like a weed! And he's taught himself tricks to get up on things. He takes a running start to jump up on sofas and chairs, for example. (Though he sometimes still drags himself up.) And he's the king (grin) of finding ways to jump up on something as a step or stair, in order to get on something tall (like my bed). Clever boy!

It feels hot in the house to me right now. I've been out in the cool night air, so I'm sure that's the answer...

I haven't been recording the actual work I've been getting done. And I need to be much, much better about recording my hours in the future! Much better. (sigh)

Anyway, I had to trade out all the Image Shack photos I'd put up for the STORY BLOG over at OregonLive.Com -- because way too many of them seemed to constantly 'disappear' for no reason! Our LiveJournal version of the STORY BLOG is a Permanent account, so now I'm hosting all the photos there, instead -- for use in both blogs. But what a lot of work to swap them all out!

I still far prefer the way LJ works, compared to using MovableType at OL.Com, believe me! I seriously think we don't know how damn lucky we are here!!! I do, though -- because I've got that constant comparison...

Tom has been laid up with gout, poor baby! Summer is his busy season, too. Hopefully he'll enjoy his vacation -- he's certainly earned it.

Well, there's tons of other stuff I could say, but I should go to bed for a couple hours...

Oh -- I almost forgot! Amanda is coming tomorrow night to give Marilyn a massage, here at the house. It really helped her bad shoulder a ton the last time.

I'm thinking of having her do my neck, on the left side. (Where I get my knots and headaches that seem to go over into vertigo.)

And Friday we're getting (much needed) manicures again! (I might also get a pedicure, while we're there.)

Life is good!

charlie 2012 beige

Should Be Working. Would Rather Blog. (heh)

It's 7:45 a.m. as I start this entry.

I should be working.

I need to get tons more blog entries up for the STORY BLOG (for the festival) today. Seriously. I'm at 160. I should be closer to 200. (sigh)

Speaking of cyber-duties (did you know you can't use cyber as a stand-alone word?), I should update the festival MySpace site. Another person yanked down all the 2007 stuff -- including some coding that shouldn't be messed with. (sigh) I need more control over it -- which is supposed to happen soon, anyway... I've partly taken over the MySpace account, mainly because I'm able to code it -- and no one else at the festival office has a clue about CSS, so... (grin)

Secondly, as I mentioned in my entry last night (early this morning), Amanda is coming to the house tonight. I need to clean up the living room -- and vacuum. And I should think about mopping the bathroom floor, too...

So I've got plenty to do.

I just don't want to. (smile)

I'd rather sit here sipping my coffee and reading at LJ. I never get much chance to just read anymore! And for those who've never seen how long that can take me, feel free to check out my LJ Friends list. Yes. I belong to a ton of communities (some that I help moderate) -- and I also have a lot of (amazing and wonderful) friends.

Have I said recently that I love LiveJournal? I do.

I guess I should be glad that part of my work is blogging! It's just not the same, putting up the shared festival memories of others. I should share some examples at some point, shouldn't I? The photos are amazing, I have to admit!

Well, want to or not, I need to get to work now...

(Yes, I'm yawning. Remember, I didn't go back to bed until 5:00 a.m.! And I was up before 7:30, so...)

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"I Like Turtles"

Have you heard about our famous zombie, Jonathon Ware (of Milwaukie, Oregon)?

Marilyn mistressmarilyn ordered and has already worn her tee that has his likeness on the front. (grin)

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And, of course, I have to share the YouTube video that made him famous! (smile)

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I just remember how flabbergasted I was when Marilyn first shared the YouTube link! You just never know...

stormy road

Festival Layoffs... (sigh)

We knew that there were changes coming. And, yeah, we figured it would mean losing staff members.

Hell, Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I even speculated that it might be HER getting laid off...

You never know, after all.

Anyway, it's a done deal now, I guess. We're losing part of our amazing TEAM.

I've been crying, because I love the festival staff (team) -- and I wish I could be there with them today. It's very hard being here at home while it's happening. Thankfully they won't just be 'gone' after today -- so I'll get to say goodbye to my friends (and co-workers). I've been a lot of places where being laid off meant you left that day and didn't come back again, after all...

Marilyn must feel terrible. Hell, I imagine everyone feels terrible about this! All the work EVERYONE put in for the Centennial -- with long hours every day and long weeks over months and even years. (sigh)

It's not going to be the same.

I know we'll need to muster our resources and stick together and move forward. It's just hard. Very hard.

I'm wishing the best for the four people who were laid off today. They're all talented, incredibly skilled and very special people -- so I believe they'll have no trouble finding new and exciting employment. I'll be praying hard that they do exactly that as soon as possible.

And I know the festival will manage. The organization has survived so many difficult periods during the 100 years it's been around, after all.

Change is hard. But I'm sure we'll make lemonade out of these lemons -- somehow...

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Not Again! Fic Writers, Take Note...

Just when I was so excited about the announcement of some positive changes here at LJ, I come across THIS!

If you're writing fan fic that includes any UNDERAGE characters, then you've got a problem, it appears. (sigh)

I'm going under the cut to discuss this. If you feel you'll be offended by my personal views, then please don't read. I don't think anyone can believe I support the idea that you must be 18 to be mature or an adult, if you know me at all. And hypocrisy always bothers me, frankly -- and I think this country can be so damned hypocritical about sex. (sigh)

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Well, I'm too upset about other things to give this any more of my angst today.

Thanks, LJ. You've done it again... (ugh)