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It's been an eventful couple of weeks since last you saw me here. I started my new job last week, and so far I like it very much there. It's a cool company (they do websites and digital marketing), and everyone has been very nice. They provide lunch for us every Thursday, and once a month we do a potluck. Today was this month's potluck, and I made lacy oatmeal cookies, which were very popular. I have to take the recipe in tomorrow so people can make copies of it. They have a wine & cheese club every other Friday at 4:00; last week I brought a nice Irish cheddar with porter, which was appreciated. There was also candied bacon and bacon-infused bourbon, in addition to other cheeses and wine. I have found my people. *g*

There's a cooler (like you see in stores) stocked with soda, seltzer, energy drinks, and beer. Yes, beer! They also have a microbrew club. There are gumball machines (for which you don't need coins) filled with Skittles, M&Ms, and pistachios. They even have a couple of Keurig machines, with all the fixings. They take good care of their employees!

It's a ten-minute commute, all on back roads so I don't have to get on the highway. I'm not sure how that's going to be when it snows, but we'll see. There are lots of shops and restaurants in the vicinity (not that I go out for lunch all that much, but it's nice to have options). There's even a lovely atrium in our building.

atrium

My second day on the phone, I got a live one. They're seriously considering us, and if we get it, it's a pretty big sale. My boss is really happy. The CEO high-fived me. I've been sitting in on the calls so I can learn the process. So many new terms to learn! It's all very interesting. I now know the difference between a CRM and a CMS. I've lost track of how many times my boss has said "Good job" to me. So nice to hear.

So yeah, lots of things to be happy about. Which makes the election and its fallout all the more heartbreaking. So much anger, so much pain. I've been spending a lot less time on social media because of it. I'm just sick over what's happening. I don't have it in me to be an organizer, but I will do everything I can to help those who are, and those who are affected. If they start registering Muslims, I will stand in line and register myself. I will stand up to hate wherever I see it. We must not allow it to take over. There are more of us than there are of them, even though they are louder.

I am doing what I can to share positive and beautiful things on Facebook, because somebody's gotta do it. Not to minimize the bad, or belittle anyone's pain, but because I believe in reminding people of the good in this world. To show what we're fighting for. Just like Samwise Gamgee.

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I haven't been able to write since the election. I'm giving up on NaNoWriMo, for now. November isn't the best month for me anyway, and with all that's going on, my brain just can't get into that space right now. Maybe in January, when it's deep winter and going outside isn't as good an idea. I'm scribbling short ideas down for when I do have the brain for it.

Hopefully this weekend, I'll be able to corral some brain cells into putting together a new calendar. It's way past time for me to do that. Oh, and I found out my company did Lulu's website! Small world.

How are you all holding up? I've been reading your posts, even though I haven't been posting or commenting all that much. I'm glad we're all here.
lizziebelle: (calvin & hobbes)

blaze of glory, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The day has turned from a bright and beautiful morning into a blustery October day. Political candidates are driving me crazy (thank goodness this is the last edition before the election, or close enough). At least we had free pizza and cookies today!

lizziebelle: (calvin & hobbes)

blaze of glory, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The day has turned from a bright and beautiful morning into a blustery October day. Political candidates are driving me crazy (thank goodness this is the last edition before the election, or close enough). At least we had free pizza and cookies today!

lizziebelle: (Default)

election day, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went out into the slushy rain to vote this morning. I even walked to the polls. There were a few other folks there voting, and I overheard one of the volunteers say that they've had a good turnout.

I sincerely hope that Martha Coakley wins today, despite the fact that she's not the candidate I would like to have seen win the primary. The alternative is so much worse. I really hate having to vote for the lesser of two evils, but a lot of the time, that's what it comes down to. Our system is imperfect at best, but it's what we have, and we must participate for it to work at all.

another picture, this one having nothing to do with the election )



Oh, and guess what? I actually slept in until almost 9:00 this morning! That's probably only because I fell asleep during Heroes last night, and then was awake until almost midnight. But still! Not the crack of dawn for a change!

lizziebelle: (Default)

election day, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went out into the slushy rain to vote this morning. I even walked to the polls. There were a few other folks there voting, and I overheard one of the volunteers say that they've had a good turnout.

I sincerely hope that Martha Coakley wins today, despite the fact that she's not the candidate I would like to have seen win the primary. The alternative is so much worse. I really hate having to vote for the lesser of two evils, but a lot of the time, that's what it comes down to. Our system is imperfect at best, but it's what we have, and we must participate for it to work at all.

another picture, this one having nothing to do with the election )



Oh, and guess what? I actually slept in until almost 9:00 this morning! That's probably only because I fell asleep during Heroes last night, and then was awake until almost midnight. But still! Not the crack of dawn for a change!

lizziebelle: (Default)

thin ice, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I'm supposed to be off today, but with the weather forecast for tomorrow calling for snow, sleet, and driving rain, I decided to switch days off this week. Which is really too bad, because today's a rather nice day for December, and I had a bunch of things I'd planned to do. Oh, well.

Down at Heritage Park, there was a thin skin of ice over part of the pond, and the gulls were jockeying for space while trying not to fall through. By the time I left, there was very little ice left, and the gulls were all crammed onto it. You can see geese in the background, floating on the water that hadn't frozen over. Also, one of the swans seems to be missing. I'm shocked that they're still there; usually by this time, they've been trundled off to the zoo for the winter. I wonder if they just couldn't catch the other one?

Today is voting day here in Massachusetts, in the primary for Senator (to fill the late Ted Kennedy's seat). After careful consideration, I've decided to vote for Capuano. He seems to me to be the best chance of having a real liberal in the Senate who won't cave to corporate or special interests. I would like to have voted for Martha Coakley, as having a woman senator would be nice, but a couple of things she's said and done just didn't sit right with me. I think she will probably win, but I don't think she's the best choice. Also, she sounds like she's from Minnesota. What's up with that? The western MA accent isn't quite that flat. She should sound like [livejournal.com profile] perseph12; instead, she sounds like my cousin Jan. *g*

lizziebelle: (Default)

thin ice, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I'm supposed to be off today, but with the weather forecast for tomorrow calling for snow, sleet, and driving rain, I decided to switch days off this week. Which is really too bad, because today's a rather nice day for December, and I had a bunch of things I'd planned to do. Oh, well.

Down at Heritage Park, there was a thin skin of ice over part of the pond, and the gulls were jockeying for space while trying not to fall through. By the time I left, there was very little ice left, and the gulls were all crammed onto it. You can see geese in the background, floating on the water that hadn't frozen over. Also, one of the swans seems to be missing. I'm shocked that they're still there; usually by this time, they've been trundled off to the zoo for the winter. I wonder if they just couldn't catch the other one?

Today is voting day here in Massachusetts, in the primary for Senator (to fill the late Ted Kennedy's seat). After careful consideration, I've decided to vote for Capuano. He seems to me to be the best chance of having a real liberal in the Senate who won't cave to corporate or special interests. I would like to have voted for Martha Coakley, as having a woman senator would be nice, but a couple of things she's said and done just didn't sit right with me. I think she will probably win, but I don't think she's the best choice. Also, she sounds like she's from Minnesota. What's up with that? The western MA accent isn't quite that flat. She should sound like [livejournal.com profile] perseph12; instead, she sounds like my cousin Jan. *g*

lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)
It's been an interesting morning around here. There are a few other staunch progressives here, but there are also a few rabid conservatives who are very unhappy. Well, now they know how we've felt for the past eight years. For the first time in a very long time, I actually have hope for this country instead of despair. I really wish these folks had actually listened to both McCain and Obama's speeches last night; both were calling for unity.

I was watching MSNBC last night (and switching occasionally over to the local station to check on the local races), while jumping around from Facebook to Twitter to LJ on the 'puter. It was all too much. I switched off the 'puter at 10:30.

Highlights for me: when they called PA for Obama, and I had real hope that we could really do this; when they called OH for him, and I knew we could do it; when, at 11:00, they called the election for him, and I saw all of those cheering crowds, and Jesse Jackson with tears running down his cheeks, and I teared up myself. Wow. We really did it. My country is back.

It was lovely to see all the jubilant posts this morning. Yay, we won, they all said. Yes, we can. Yes, we did! I am so looking forward to having a President I can be proud of. I heart Michelle, too, and the girls. And they're getting a puppy! That was so sweet. *snif*

I am very disappointed in the Proposition 8 outcome in California. I think it sets a dangerous precedent to be taking civil rights away from any one group, and writing discrimination into the constitution. That is so not what this country is about.

I'm really tired today, but I'm glad I stayed up to watch the whole thing, especially Obama's speech. It was truly inspiring.
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)
It's been an interesting morning around here. There are a few other staunch progressives here, but there are also a few rabid conservatives who are very unhappy. Well, now they know how we've felt for the past eight years. For the first time in a very long time, I actually have hope for this country instead of despair. I really wish these folks had actually listened to both McCain and Obama's speeches last night; both were calling for unity.

I was watching MSNBC last night (and switching occasionally over to the local station to check on the local races), while jumping around from Facebook to Twitter to LJ on the 'puter. It was all too much. I switched off the 'puter at 10:30.

Highlights for me: when they called PA for Obama, and I had real hope that we could really do this; when they called OH for him, and I knew we could do it; when, at 11:00, they called the election for him, and I saw all of those cheering crowds, and Jesse Jackson with tears running down his cheeks, and I teared up myself. Wow. We really did it. My country is back.

It was lovely to see all the jubilant posts this morning. Yay, we won, they all said. Yes, we can. Yes, we did! I am so looking forward to having a President I can be proud of. I heart Michelle, too, and the girls. And they're getting a puppy! That was so sweet. *snif*

I am very disappointed in the Proposition 8 outcome in California. I think it sets a dangerous precedent to be taking civil rights away from any one group, and writing discrimination into the constitution. That is so not what this country is about.

I'm really tired today, but I'm glad I stayed up to watch the whole thing, especially Obama's speech. It was truly inspiring.
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
I've been collecting links about the election, and instead of posting each link, I'm instead posting a link to my del.icio.us election links page. There's lots of good stuff there, from an anti-Palin rally in Alaska (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ellen_datlow for that one), to fact-checking sites, to opinion pieces, to an article where even Rove says McCain goes too far in his ads. Check it out, spread the word, let's get (and keep!) those lying liars out of the White House! I don't know about you, but I can't afford another 4 to 8 years of the status quo.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zarq, [livejournal.com profile] sleigh, [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday, and many others for the links!
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
I've been collecting links about the election, and instead of posting each link, I'm instead posting a link to my del.icio.us election links page. There's lots of good stuff there, from an anti-Palin rally in Alaska (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ellen_datlow for that one), to fact-checking sites, to opinion pieces, to an article where even Rove says McCain goes too far in his ads. Check it out, spread the word, let's get (and keep!) those lying liars out of the White House! I don't know about you, but I can't afford another 4 to 8 years of the status quo.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zarq, [livejournal.com profile] sleigh, [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday, and many others for the links!

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