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2017-02-01 01:52 pm

How things change

My son has always been social, but in the last year or so he's been doing most of his "social" stuff online. With school friends or his Canadian buddy who all like the play the same games. It's social all right, they skype and all. But it just feels very different from what I am used to.

Well, now I have spent the last two weekends waiting up for him to get home after 2 am because he's at Denny's with friends after something social. And last night he said "Busy weekend, Mom. I'm giving blood Saturday, then trying a noodle place with friends. Sunday I'm going skiing." This is in addition to the Super Bowl party I already knew was on his plate.

Also: He's talking about "backpacking through Europe" with a friend.

Well, I'm pleased as punch.
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2017-01-11 05:08 pm

And here I land.

Well, here I am, having fled livejournal.
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2016-12-07 02:27 pm

Coming up for air to complain about not being able to come up for air

I whispered, "Maybe I AM going to survive this busy period at work. I think I can see a way through. An end in sight."

The cruel Universe has exceptional hearing, friends. One phone call later and I'm back to "Holy shit" territory
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2016-08-26 12:41 pm

Money I could have spent on shoes

Well, it looks the kid who hit our car (repeatedly) was not insured, so I think I can kiss my deductible goodbye. Little pissant!
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2016-06-20 08:41 am

LJ email

"Your email address has been marked as unvalidated because we have been receiving errors messages from your mail server for at least one week. This indicates the address may no longer be functional. You can re-validate this email address or switch to a new email address to begin receiving notifications again."

My email address is valid. Twice now I've asked it to send me a revalidation and it never arrived (I checked SPAM folders too). So I dunno what's up, LJ.
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2016-06-03 10:12 am

Loss, Moving, Travel

A student died at my son's school on Wednesday, from a fall. It was a shocking thing, still more questions than answers, but it's been gratifying to see the school pull together. He was a middle schooler (they share a building). Today was supposed to be a fun day of "olympics" and a BBQ, and the staff decided to go ahead with that, which I am glad for.

Last weekend I headed home to help my sister as she moved into our parents' (former) house. We inherited it when Dad died, and I sold her my half, and my nephew has been living there in the interim. But now she's moved in. She had a long wishlist of things she wanted to change/fix before move-in, and I was surprised to arrive and find that so few of them had been tackled. But she's in, and I'm glad I helped, and the other day she posted a nice lake view and it made me feel good that she and her husband are there.

I cannot believe that in a few weeks I am putting my son on a plane to go to Greece on a school trip. We've been apart that long before, but we were travelling, not home. The house will feel very empty.
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2016-05-12 03:16 pm

Insert exciting subject line here!

If I had the time, I would describe the pretty awesome college tour we had at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee here!
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2016-04-11 10:37 am

College Tour Reaction

I found the campus to be more attractive and imposing that I expected.

I didn't think the guy we met for the info session was that great, and I didn't think the tour was so great either.  My husband and son thought they were both just fine.  I can't tell if I'm just being a hardass because this was my job lo these many years ago, or maybe I'm just cranky, or maybe they have no perspective since this is our first one.

I'll be eager to see how our next one goes, wherever that will be.
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2016-04-08 09:10 am
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The college search process milestones

Today is our FIRST OFFICIAL COLLEGE VISIT OMG.  [The kid went to an info session at U-M last summer, but missed the tour.  And he did that alone.  This is the first family trip to do this].

 We're just zipping down to U of Toledo, not that I think will end up high on his college list, but he talked to them at a recent college fair and mentioned them as a place worth checking out.  I glommed onto it and made it the only entry on our "to do" list for his spring break.
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2016-03-21 10:16 am

The moral is: just avoid Christian Bale.

I dreamt I was working for Christian Bale, an esteemed surgeon, and was boarding in a little room off the main office.  He (of course) turned out to be a serial killer.  I walked in to find my room cleaned out and he and his partner in the operating theatre, dismembering a body for eventual disposal.  They did not see me.  I couldn't figure out if that was me they'd killed, and I was lingering around as a ghost, or if they'd accidentally killed someone else.  I stood there paralyzed.  Do I to flee as quickly as possible, or stay there touching everything first so I left my fingerprints all over (so there'd be evidence if they did catch me and finish the job).

These are not restful dreams to have.

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2016-03-08 10:37 am

Blind man!

They are renovating offices all around me as we reconfigure for more space.  Today someone showed up to take down a bunch of blinds, but had only a short time to work and said he's coming back tomorrow.  No sooner had he left than a second guy showed up and announced he was there to take down blinds.  So it sounds like they may have accidentally scheduled people from two different divisions to do the work, and there's all kinds of hubbub as they figure out whether this guy should be sent packing, or whether he should take down the blinds the other guy didn't get to.

But mostly I'm just sitting here DYING because I want to run out there and tell that convent story where the nuns are renovating and some guy announces himself as "BLIND MAN...."  I can hardly stand that I can't go out and tell this stupid joke.
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2015-11-13 06:00 pm

Attention:

EVERYONE IN THE UNIVERSE CAN GO POUND SAND
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2015-10-02 04:22 pm

Intellectual laziness and complacency abounds

Intellectual integrity, to me, means diligently assessing the ways that your worldview and background and biases affect how you evaluate information.  You may never be able to be completely "objective" -- and about some things, you might not want be.  But you should aspire to be aware and honest about the effect your position has on your judgment.
I think this is the part that drives me crackers when watching how most "debates" go down on the internet, particularly when people start bringing their evidence into it.
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2015-09-23 12:57 pm

This is my office

Today at lunch a co-worker described how his high school classmate went off to college and got matched up with a freshman roommate who was an active drug dealer.  His friend got a little too involved in the wares, and ended up leaving before the year was out.

Now, the rest of us around the table could have asked what kind of drugs, was his friend an experimenter in high school, what happened to him, is he okay now, etc.

Instead what we zeroed in on is whether the college mentioned had a trimester or quarter system.
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2015-08-28 11:17 am

Just to get this out of my system

I am so disgusted with my builder.  This is nothing at all new, it's just at the fore because I am sending him the final "HERE IS THE LAST OF THE MONEY YOU CLAIM WE OWE YOU, YOU SCUMBAG" check today and I hope he never darkens our door again.

To refresh my memory, and document what I am paying, I went back over old emails where I argued with him about invoices and stuff.

He was pretty great at the start.  And then he just wasn't.  I hope he drops his favorite cordless drill in a bucket of drywall mud.
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2015-05-18 01:27 pm

The fairy doors

The fairy door thing in Ann Arbor may be too twee for some people, but I generally like the effort and the quirkiness.  I am also pleased that a goblin door has popped up.

Today I read that there's a fairy door at Google-- only it has a sign in the Google font saying "Giggle."  :)
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2015-05-05 01:52 pm

No questions asked that's an excused absence.

My son went to school late this morning.  When my husband signed him in, he looked at the line above him and that kid had put "Clown attack" as the reason for his late arrival.
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2015-04-14 08:34 am
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So it goes.

Me, every time I watch a home remodeling show:  "I can't believe these clients!  The contractor finds a problem with their home, so the project costs more, and they get mad at their contractor?  Listen, morons, It's not your damned contractor's fault your foundation sucks, or some idiot cut into your roof joists!  Be grateful he found it.  They should put ME on this show; I would never be such an entitled, unreasonable turd."

Me, when my home is being remodeled and the contractor finds a problem that means the project costs more: Instantly feels antipathy towards contractor.
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2015-02-23 07:55 am

It's safe to say I'm good and sick of this cold

Most of these super-cold days, I've been parking in the attached parking structure.  That means I have some flights of steps to take, but not really much time out in the cold.

This morning I let the husband have the good pass, so I parked four blocks down the hill in a commuter lot.  Wow, was it cold.  I took a big breath at one point and my teeth ached from the cold air.

Thank heaven for these stretch fleece cuddle duds my sister sent me.
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2015-01-20 08:41 am

A note to the IT guy I just talked to

Do not call restarting my computer a "quick fix."  It may be some other kind of fix, but it is not fucking quick.