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Monday, August 9th to Sunday, August 15th


Monday – Back at work after a week's holiday. Two (two!!) meetings scheduled already. At least the first one wasn't until 10:30 a.m. Met with my boss around 9:30; got a new assignment which was connected to an old assignment. It was a case of BOHICA* and I only have two weeks to git 'er done. Then, had my morning meeting which was a proposal evaluation meeting. That went until 12:00 – 12:30ish. Walked back to the office and ran into two former colleagues/friends I hadn't seen for awhile so chatted with them for a bit. Got to the office about 1:15; dropped off the laptop and all the proposals/evaluation information, went to get a sandwich, then tried to find out what the @#!$$@ my meeting at 2:00 was related to, especially since I was meeting with one of our Assistant Deputy Ministers** and really, if I was in trouble, I'd like to know about it before I walk into a meeting. Nope – just doing a project and needed my help to get the procurement completed.

Tuesday – finished catching up on the e-mail from my week's holiday. Don't remember much about this day, except...it was very, very busy. Not sure what the heck I accomplished, though....I do think I went to the casino on this day; walked out about $140 richer than when I walked in (yay! Wish that would happen more often!).

Wednesday – Another evaluation meeting at 9:00 a.m. Got back to the office around noon-ish. Wrote the project invitation that was a result of my Monday afternoon meeting. Got that out to the reviewers by 5:09. Then I took a cab home because my #3 brother and his wife were coming into town and meeting me at my place around 6:00ish. They got there about 6:15-6:30; we headed over to his step-daughter's place and we all went out to Tony Roma's for supper. Got home about 9:00ish – would have gone to her place with them but someone would have had to drive me home later. They left on Thursday to get back to Saskatchewan.

Thursday – Not sure what I did on Thursday. Went to the casino again after work; walked out poorer than when I walked in but got several hours of mindless entertainment out of it.

Friday – is described “in great detail” here. :D

Saturday – Talked to my #2 sister – she called me even though it was her birthday and I was going to call her. #3 sister has finally chosen the dates we're going to Vegas to celebrate her 50th birthday (whoohoo!). I have to do some juggling (I'm scheduled for a course that week but I'm going to see if I can switch dates) and then I need to find a cheap flight down to meet them. Anyway, it was the Vegas trip that #2 sister wanted to talk about. Played games all day. Briefly considered doing dishes and clothes but ignored the urge until it went away.

Sunday – Chatted on Facebook with #3 sister; confirmed my intention of going to Vegas with them; confirmed what day they're going to arrive (although I don't have times yet) so I can look for flights that coordinate with theirs (i.e., get there at the same time or shortly afterwards). Otherwise, just hanging out. Doing dishes and considering doing laundry so I have clothes to wear to work tomorrow. I also still have to update my resume and draft up a “personal leadership statement” because my boss wants me to take this 18 month Leadership 101 course and I promised him I'd submit my application on Monday. Fighting the urge to take a nap this afternoon – because my “naps” are literally like cat naps: they last all day...and I really do have to get some laundry done. :D

Oh, and I did write every day.

And there's my exciting week in amazing technicolour. The excitement! The highs! The lows! I know, I know, this madcap lifestyle is tough to keep up, but somebody's got to do it! LOL

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* BOHICA: Bend Over, Here It Comes Again, a term we sometimes use to refer to those requests/assignments that Never. Seem. To. End.

** Our department's hierarchy and my place in it: Minister (elected official) ---->  Deputy Minister ----> Assistant Deputy Minister -----> Director -----> Me.




30-Day Meme:
  1. Favourite Song - July 9. 2010
  2. Favourite Movie - July 10, 2010
  3. Favourite TV Program - July 11, 2010
  4. Favourite Book - July 12, 2010
  5. Favourite Quotes - July 13, 2010
  6. Whatever tickles your fancy. - July 14, 2010
  7. Photo that makes you happy.  - July 15, 2010
  8. Photo that makes you angry/sad.  - July 16, 2010
  9. Photo you took.  - July 17, 2010
  10. Photo of you taken over 10 years ago.  - July 18, 2010
  11. Photo of you taken recently.  - July 20, 2010
  12. Whatever tickles your fancy.  - July 21, 2010
  13. A fictional book  - July 22, 2010
  14. A non-fictional book - July 24, 2010
  15. A fanfic - July 25, 2010
  16. A song that makes you cry (or nearly)  - July 26, 2010
  17. An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)  - July 28, 2010
  18. Whatever tickles your fancy.  - July 30, 2010
  19. A talent of yours - August 2, 2010
  20. Missing – so, whatever tickles your fancy - August 3, 2010
  21. A recipe - August 4, 2010
  22. A website. - August 6, 2010
  23. A YouTube Video - August 8, 2010
  24. Whatever tickles your fancy - August 11, 2010
  25. Your day in great detail - August 14, 2010
  26. Your week in great detail. - August 15, 2010
  27. This month in great detail
  28. This year in great detail.
  29. Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days.
  30. Whatever tickles your fancy.

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onceiwasaturtle
Aug. 18th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Sounds like a busy week!
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"All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need...fantasies to make life bearable."

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"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little --"

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"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

-- Susan and Death in Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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"And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based."

-- Lord Vetinari in Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

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They thought the Library was a dangerous place because of all the magical books, which was true enough, but what made it really one of the most dangerous places there could ever be was the simple fact that it was a library.

-- Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

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As a wizard, it was something that Ponder had only before encountered in acorns: a tiny soundless voice which said, yes, I am but a small, green, simple object - but I dream about forests.

-- Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

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In the 24th century, there will be no hunger. There will be no greed. And every child will know how to read.

-- Gene Roddenberry, as repeated by Jonathan Frakes in the documentary How William Shatner Changed the World

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We've got two lives, one we're given and the other one we make
And the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way.

-- Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Hard Way from the album Come On, Come On

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Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want.

-- John Mayer, Waiting on the World to Change from the album Continuum

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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow."

-- Mary Anne Radmacher, as seen in Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Tales to Inspire

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I never loved the soldier
Until there was a war.
Or thought about tomorrow
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I only talk to God
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I never cherished freedom
Freedom never cries.

-- Five for Fighting, Freedom Never Cries from the album Two Lights

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Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed: but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream

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Had a dream last night took a time travellin' ride
Back to my childhood where those monsters reside
They snack on innocence and dine on self-esteem
But I like to be in touch with what makes me scream
Vampires, mummies and the Holy Ghost
These are the things that terrify me the most.
No alien, psychopath or MTV host
Scares me like vampires,mummies and the Holy Ghost.

-- Jimmy Buffett, Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost from the album Fruitcakes

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