I have Some Thoughts

February 22nd, 2018

::deep breath:: I have Some Thoughts about the upcoming MCU Infinity War movie. And also fun thoughts. Let’s go with those.

1. A huge shoutout to that tumblr blurb about Shuri and Peter Parker pulling the “what’s updog” joke on Thanos. I chortled through the entire trailer thanks to that, and enjoyed it immensely.

2. Back in the first Avengers movie, wasn’t Loki supposed to get Earth in exchange for the Tesseract? It’s only been six years; that’s like — pfft, hardly anything to super-long-lived beings. Because if that deal was still in place it would be really handy.

3. PLEASE can the running joke of Infinity War be Steve’s three-quarter length sleeves? Because I feel they are worthy of at least ten thousand jokes.

workaday Wednesday

February 21st, 2018

Since it is unseasonably warm at the moment, a post about going outside at work!

1. I work near an airport, which means every once in a while a very low-flying plane will go over while I’m out walking. This constantly gives me the urge to throw my hand up in the air, Free Willy style. I have polled 1 (one) other person, who said they do not ever experience this feeling. Maybe it’s just me?

*PS: While I love the Wonder Woman stance, I think Free Willy may have given us the ultimate confidence pose: one hand up, defiant, while an orca leaps over your head.

2. I often walk (on lunch break) along a short dead-end street. It ends in a loop (for trucks to turn around) — sometimes people park down there to smoke, and sometimes it’s deserted. When no one is there I like to indulge in dramatic sing-along hand gestures to whatever I’m listening to.

*PS: So disappointed yesterday when there were a couple cars there, because the song ‘Evermore’ from Beauty & the Beast had just come on, which is really A+ material as far as overdramatic hand gestures go.

*PPS: For any Pandora music listeners, the ‘Walk the Moon’ station is a wacky-but-fun combo of ‘fast tempo songs in the style of Walk the Moon’ and ‘Disney soundtrack songs.’ I have no idea why, but I like it. Yesterday I went right from ‘Mr. Brightside’ to ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You’ from Mulan.

apartment check-in

February 20th, 2018

1. I found the card! Last night, in (yes, of course) a box of other cards. And with still over a week left to go in February — truly a success story for the ages.

2. I also found a key. It is a key with a sticker on it with my apartment number, which makes me think I really should know what it’s for. Possibly an extra mail key?

3. Even more awesome than card or key, I found letters from *Andrea (I know there are a lot more tucked away in a different box, so these were a surprise). <3 It’s about 30 years late, but congratulations on your stickybear spelling accomplishment! You are amazing!

that makes no sense

February 19th, 2018

Here’s a thing I’ve never understood: telling people who are nervous about something, like public speaking, to imagine the audience naked, as if this will somehow ease their nerves. (There’s a song getting radio play right now that mentions it, and keeps bringing it back to my mind.) ((‘There’s Nothing Holding Me Back,’ Shawn Mendes))

HOW WILL THAT HELP? It’s like taking an awkward and nerve-wracking situation and making it a million times MORE awkward and nerve-wracking. Is that the point? Maybe I’ve mis-understood this advice for all this time, and it is actually meant to indicate that whatever you’re about to do isn’t the *most* awful thing — after all, it could be even worse; the audience could be naked.

questions ANSWERED!

February 18th, 2018

Saw Black Panther yesterday, thought it was excellent. Would watch again. And now, answers to the Very Important Questions. (Pretty non-spoilery, especially if you have seen the trailers.)

1. Does T’Challa like cats? Answer still unclear. I would tentatively say signs point to yes.

2. Does *everyone* in Wakanda like cats? Also still unclear. I would tentatively say signs point to a likely *respect* for cats, but not necessarily a liking.

3. Will there be cats in the movie? Yes! (Totally counting dream!cats.)

4. Will there be a *lot* of cats in the movie? I didn’t really clarify what a “lot” would be. Google tells me panthers don’t live in packs, so seeing even a small number in one place might count as a lot. There were several, anyway.

5. Will there be an actual (CGI) black panther in the movie? YES. I mean, it was a vision on the astral plane, or whatever. But yes.

6. Will anyone get to pat the CGI panther? Sadly no, but kinda yeah? I mean, the panther transformed into his dad, and they hugged, but that seems different. Going to go with no on this one.

7. Will my cat enjoy watching this movie when it comes out on dvd? Very possibly. He likes it when things move around a lot on the screen, and there was a lot of motion in the movie. He will probably enjoy all the running parts.

okay, one more work post

February 17th, 2018

Happenings from yesterday, in no particular order:

*Listened to a manager try to explain to a director what a return purchase order is. (“Yes, that’s what it’s called.”) ((PS: He was totally right.))

*Heard that the CEO gave blood at the blood drive and was asked if his socks met his sweater-vest. (Blood drive employee did not know he was the CEO.) ((PS: No word on the answer.))

*My boss, the one who chided me for my negativity in the interview, returned to their office in the middle of the afternoon, said “oh sh*t” about five times, added “sorry guys, running behind,” and shut the door. (Totally unclear if she was talking to herself, to us, or on a phone call.) ((PS: This is not uncommon.))

Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

bonus work update

February 16th, 2018

Had a fantastic email exchange yesterday with someone, and it went basically like this:

Me: Hey, so we used the chart you sent us to make our version of the chart. I’ve attached ours to this email for review and approval.

Them: Yeah, could you change yours so it matches ours? That’d be great, thanks. I’ve attached both here for comparison.

Me: ::confused:: ::opens both charts::

Me: Uh, not to indicate that you’re reading your own chart wrong. But here’s the thing. You’re reading your own chart wrong. Upside is, pretty sure they already match, and when I say ‘pretty sure’ I mean they do, I’m just trying not to be a jerk about it.

Them: Oh I see that now. Yes, ha ha, of course. Consider it approved, have a great day!

Me: You too, thanks ever so!

workaday Thursday

February 15th, 2018

My workplace has started a book club. (It is fascinating to me that a group of people who *constantly* talk about having so many demands on their time that they can’t even check email until late in the day think that adding ‘read a 200+ page book’ to their list is a good idea.)

Anyway, I’ve signed up. Because even though I don’t particularly want to do it, I also don’t particularly *not* want to do it, and I try to pad my workplace participation points with things I at least don’t mind doing, so that I can more easily get out of things like parties and after-hours socializing. It’s a careful math.

very important questions

February 14th, 2018

Interrupting the usual workaday Wednesday post not because it’s Valentines Day, but because BLACK PANTHER is about to hit theaters. (Official release date 2/16, which I assume means people can start watching it tomorrow night?)

Which means it is time for some Very Important Questions about this movie:

1. Does T’Challa like cats? (Come on, even Sam Wilson wanted to know!)

2. Does *everyone* in Wakanda like cats? (Fandom says yes, which is baffling to me, and yet I love it.)

3. Will there be cats in the movie? (The MCU has been sadly bereft of cats so far; this could be their chance to turn it around!)

4. Will there be a *lot* of cats in the movie?

5. Will there be an actual (CGI) black panther in the movie?

6. Will anyone get to pat the CGI panther?

7. Will my cat enjoy watching this movie when it comes out on dvd?

“yes, I’ve read a poem”

February 13th, 2018

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a live cam of nesting Layson Albatrosses in Kauai, Hawaii. Very enjoyable background to working!

And yes, it’s terrifying that google sees all and knows all, but it also means that I can search the phrase “tumblr baby bird is muppet adult bird has eyeliner” and it will *actually* lead me to the post I was looking for. Truly, we live in an astonishing time.