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Time for an update.

Work has been exceedingly stressful of late, as we have one woman that had to take sudden maternity leave (she was due at the end of July and the baby decided to come early), so we had to shuffle people around to cover the overnight shift for the next 6 weeks. About a week after CE left, another expectant mother was unexpectedly put on bedrest until her child is born.

With two people out, and two more recently promoted to management, we're spread out really thin. Add to that, we have AP that can't follow the most simple instructions (Telecom degree notwithstanding), and we have a surefire recipe for mind numbing stress.

In a fit of stupidity, I agreed to work on Sundays in addition to my full workweek for the next 6 weeks. This will mean lovely overtime, but also adds to exhaustion and stress levels. Oh well.. At least I can pay my bills, right?

I was struck by someone on my friends list mentioning that they had lost a friend. Lost as in, that person decided she wasn't worth their time anymore. I found this interesting, as it is a subject I myself have been pondering over the past few days. I too have lost a friend. And I'm not angry so much at the loss of him as MY friend; after all, I've known him for little more than a year. But there are others whose friendships he's tossed away like so much garbage as well, and I am saddened. I wonder what will happen when there is no one left? I suppose he will find new friends. In with the old, in with the new... and no more of that pesky honesty shit. I mean, people that love you lie to you, right? Right.

I find myself increasingly unenthused about things fandom related. Well, the furry fandom, at least. There are other things that have recaptured my interest, and I've spent more time endulging in them. When I think about it.. there's only a bare handful of people I really care about keeping in contact with that are "furs", and of those, I can't think of many that consider themselves such. Furry for them is merely a convenient method for keeping in touch with the people they care about. This is extended to cons as well- I'm glad to be missing Anthrocon, and wouldn't bother going to MFF if I didn't have obligations that must be filled. I think my entire household has decided that this will be our last year as staff for Midwest Furfest... something I'm not unhappy about.

All in all, life is decent. Personal things are going better; The medications the doc gave me at the beginning of the month have helped. I had some trouble dealing with stress yesterday, but today went better. I'm nearly out of debt, and then can start socking money into savings.

We're making plans to do Renfaire and Summerfest with Bren's Cousin/Aunt Lori, which is always fun. I am taking a 4 day weekend for the 4th of July.

I may trim my journal a little. There are some folks I don't really know. I tend to not post locked entries too often though, so it's all good either way.

I'm still hoping the move to Boston will happen, but as time goes on, I'm thinking it probably won't be next year like we'd hoped.

More later, I guess.


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Jun. 25th, 2003 03:20 pm (UTC)
Been thinking of you lately. I'm glad you're keeping your head above water.
Jun. 25th, 2003 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, losing friends like that sucks. I keep going through situations like that all the time...

If you unfriend me, that's OK, no hard feelings. :) I've been thinking of trimming my own list as well...

And it's great to hear from you, even if it's sporadic. Hope you teach those new AP people how to work right. ;)
Jun. 25th, 2003 04:05 pm (UTC)
No.. after my experiences with RB at my old job, I don't try teaching the idiots. I explain it twice, then I go to management.

I got him in trouble today because of something he did, and I will continue to do so until he either gets his head out of his ass or gets fired. It's a pity, because unlike RB, he's a nice kid. Just stupid.

But thanks for the vote of support. ;)
Jun. 25th, 2003 05:55 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. Lately nothing has been a lot of fun. And money? Geez, I'm going to start eating the grass I cut at this rate.

Hang in there. Better days, they are a coming!
Jun. 25th, 2003 07:44 pm (UTC)
Hey girl! Nice to see you surface again.

I completely agree with you about the friend's issue and know well about the friend you're talking about.

About the furry fandom.. as I've mentioned to someone earlier; I'm still interested in the genre and love the stuff, but.. the "fandom" itself isn't all that interesting anymore. Kind of the criteria I used for meeting "friends" in this fandom, that I have something in common with them outside of it.

Sorry to hear the Boston plans aren't working. :/ I'd love to have more good folks out here.
Jun. 26th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC)
Missed you!

I know what you mean about fandom activities, too. Simtra and I are currently debating over whether or not this is our last year at Anthrocon. I didn't have much fun last year and this year doesn't look like it will be any better because most of the people I want to see won't be there. We're going to try a few other things (like perhaps shifting to Mephit or MFF) before we drop out totally, but I find myself with less and less enthusiasm for the fandom in general.

I think you'd like Boston; it's a facinating, diverse city. I'm just sorry that I didn't get to see more of it while I was living in Massachusetts. I learned to use the transit system on the LAST DAY I lived there :P
Jun. 26th, 2003 07:51 am (UTC)
We spent 2 days in Worcester, and 2 days just outside of Boston (Somerfield? Bren?) on our trip out east last Christmas, and I *loved* it. One day we spent wandering around the city, walking Freedom Trail, visiting Paul Revere's grave... mmmm. I love history, and that city is completely steeped in it. I very much want to go back and spend more time wandering around, 1 day wasn't enough. ;)

We're hoping that Bren will be able to transfer to the Worcester campus with his job, but as time goes on, it's becoming more and more obvious that his company is making him a lead man in the project he's working on. Which is good- don't get me wrong; it just means that he can't transfer to another department.

The only thing really keeping us in Illinois right now (other than the job) is Feren. He's made noises about moving to Lansing on the Indiana border, or even back home to Minnesota. If he does that, we have nothing holding us to this state BUT the job... so will have to re-evaluate what we want to do.

Fortunately that decision is still a ways off, so we can sock some money into savings for when the big life changing decisions have to be made. =)
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