workaday Thursday

October 12th, 2017

We do a lot of icebreaker questions at my workplace. Not entirely sure why; some people really like them, and keep the tradition going, I guess.

(Even though I secretly suspect it is a waste of time, it is a waste of *paid* time, and if the company wants to pay me to talk about how the movie ‘Next’ confused me because I thought Jessica Biel was Nicholas Cage’s secret daughter, which made their romantic relationship come totally out of left field for me, I’m cool with that.)

Anyway. Yesterday a question comes up that’s basically ‘if you could always escape one criminal charge for your whole life, what would you pick.’ I’m thinking speeding, right? Because A) it seems like it would genuinely be handy, and B) it is a super safe thing to admit at work. Like, if you have to admit to a crime at work, speeding is a good one. (Unless maybe you work in trucking? Or some other safe driving oriented career? I do not know those worlds. Please don’t take my advice about admitting crimes at work.)

But then! Then the person next to me says: murder. WHAT IN THE WORLD. I am still boggling over this.

I feel like there is more to say, but just — boggled. WHO SAYS THAT.

time to admit it

October 11th, 2017

My cat has fleas. Ugh. I don’t even want to type it, but it’s true. Not guessing — I pulled four off him this morning.

I have serious concerns about where he picked them up — he’s an indoor cat in a second floor apartment, seriously, I did not think fleas were going to be an issue. Not sure if the possibility of them coming from someone else’s apartment is reassuring (not my fault! ultimately meaningless but a load off my mind!) or awful (doesn’t matter how good a job I do eliminating them in here if they’re just migrating from elsewhere).

I also have serious concerns about treating them — it’s really hard to convince myself to use a collar or drops that have reviews that include ‘my cat almost died when I put this on them.’ Cats are basically mysterious furry aliens, their bodies are totally wacky and unpredictable. Also, he’s seventeen years old, so I’m already babying his kidneys and liver as much as possible.

Right now I’m using diatomaceous earth and visualization. (Not kidding. It can’t hurt, right?) We’re in that stage where I alternate between thinking ‘yeah, I think this is really working’ and ‘everything is a disaster and it’s definitely not working.’ So, I have no idea.

The only positive of the situation is that the cat is loving all of the extra attention. Combing, patting, kitty massage — basically my every waking moment is spent thinking about the cat or doing something for him. Just as he likes it!

(the answer is no)

October 10th, 2017

me at work: “Even the healthiest diet may have some nutritional gaps.”

me at home: …can I count cornbread as a vegetable serving?

oh, work

October 9th, 2017

Last week, someone at work said, “I don’t think we’re going to have a fall this year; it’s just going to go right from summer to winter.”

I found this statement baffling, but kept my mouth shut because I’m already the “difficult one” at work, and I wasn’t willing to make that worse by arguing about weather words. Besides, that’s what the internet is for!

So, coworker who was totally wrong about the weather, but still a great person: this *is* fall. And yeah, every year is a little different, but I don’t think this one is super weird. We’ve had cold days and hot days, sunny days and rainy days. The leaves are changing color. It’s fall! (My favorite season, so let’s not have any more talk about skipping it!)

(PS: In other somewhat humorous work news, we got a policy announcement back in mid-September that may or may not limit our ability to work from home on a non-work computer, among other things. I asked my boss about it. She had not considered this implication. She said she would look into it. I have heard nothing about it since.)

to nano or not to nano

October 8th, 2017

Still trying to figure out if I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I haven’t gotten very far.

Considerations on the ‘yes, go for it’ side:
1. I think I kind of want to?

Considerations on the ‘eh, maybe not’ side:
1. I have absolutely no idea what I want to write about.

It’s a conundrum, truly.

sometimes a little knowledge is good

October 7th, 2017

All I know about Star Trek Discovery is what starandrea has posted and the (surprisingly little) that has crossed my tumblr dashboard.

Here is what the show looks like in my head:

1. There is a woman. (I hope more than one?) She is great. I like this part.

2. A desert? There was a desert in the trailer. I’m guessing this was not important, since the show is named after the ship.

3. There is a ship. The woman is not the captain? I don’t know why.

4. There is a tall alien. Presumably there are other aliens also. Probably in the Star Trek universe they are not called aliens? Because it seems like in space they would either all be aliens, or none of them would be.

5. I would like for there to be a cat, but I feel like the internet would have told me if there was one. Data had a cat. That was pretty great.

6. I like to imagine that the bridge crew has cupholders. (I like to imagine everyone’s station has cupholders.) So they can bring their bevs to work.

7. I really hope that instead of focusing on the war with the Klingons, the writers of the show take time to boldly explore and inspire new tropes for fan creators everywhere to embrace.

fic rec Friday

October 6th, 2017

Sticking with the Harry Potter trend for a third week! This fic holds the (dubious?) honor of being the only fic I’ve ever read with Theodore Nott as a romantic lead.

Extremely light-hearted, extremely AU — featuring helpful mirrors! blind dates! everyone lives!

Finding Mr Right, by Nia_River

Wherein Ginny thinks Heidi needs to get laid, Hermione make *so many* charts, Lily wants grandbabies, the romantic prospects sometimes verge on the horrifying, and James Potter just wants to know what’s so wrong with Heidi joining a convent!

thanks, NPR!

October 5th, 2017

Learned about Safecast from NPR.

Safecast is an international, volunteer-centered organization devoted to open citizen science for the environment.

(Basically a group of people got together after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, and started figuring out how to crowd-source radiation data. It’s grown a lot since then!)

The whole site is pretty neat, and there is a map!

workaday Wednesday

October 4th, 2017

So, my workplace is actually spread out over four (relatively close) separate buildings. And things change a lot, as things do, so people move around with some frequency between these buildings. Not just ‘visiting for a meeting’ but ‘my desk is now at a different mailing address’ moving. Which makes the fact that the team I’m on hasn’t moved in three years pretty unusual.

Is it because the company has a deep respect for our work and doesn’t want to disrupt a functional dynamic? Nope. It’s because the phones at our desks are linked into a phone queue, and no one knows how to change it.

Not kidding. Whoever set up the phones that way in the first place has since left the company, and the tech itself is old enough that the supplier no longer supports it. Every phone that was originally linked to the queue still is, even when they are being used by other teams. (Those people just have to be really careful with their settings to make sure they don’t get a customer service call.)

Which is all a very long way of saying — we’re getting a new phone system, and that means all of a sudden moving is looking a lot more likely.

thanks, past me

October 3rd, 2017

Yesterday a coworker told me that there is such a thing as Thin Mint Cereal. I was skeptical, but apparently this is true. Much more importantly, it reminded me of a Very Important Thing: there was a box of Thin Mints tucked away in my freezer!

I put them there in the spring, and then — in the way of freezer things — forgot all about them. UNTIL YESTERDAY!

(It’s possible that was the best thing that happened to me yesterday. Definitely in the top five.)