ginny
 member, 266 posts
Tue 30 Dec 2014
at 22:47
Re: Mind. Blown.
Last month our cat Oreo went missing, we thought him to have been run over by a car.  I was searching our local Humane Society's web page today just for fun, and found a picture of another cat that looked just like him.  When I went there to see if it really was him, I was happy beyond words to discover Oreo was still very much alive. ^_^

Whoever found him must have kept him inside over the last month, because now he is huge.  Hoping to bring him home tomorrow ^_^  So happy :)
Holobunny
 member, 8 posts
Fri 2 Jan 2015
at 22:27
Re: Mind. Blown.
Playing board games with my dad and brothers and some other folks on New Year's Eve. Time well-spent. I learned Terra Mystica. Highly recommended for anyone who likes a good strategy board game.


Now to win a match. I've played 3 so far and ended up in second place about 5 points outside of first every time.
st_nougat
 member, 428 posts
Fri 23 Jan 2015
at 14:16
2 week notice
broke up with my job today
pfarland
 member, 375 posts
Fri 23 Jan 2015
at 22:26
Re: 2 week notice
Finally won custody of my girls!
GamerHandle
 member, 624 posts
 Umm.. yep.
 So, there's this door...
Fri 23 Jan 2015
at 22:32
Re: 2 week notice
Quit my job - only to literally have a new job appear in my life a few hours later.  Was serendipitous.
facemaker329
 member, 6566 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Sat 24 Jan 2015
at 02:14
Re: 2 week notice
Latest freelancing project?  A friend of a friend of mine has hired me to be a fight choreographer and teach stage combat to her students...

I'd be happier about it if said friend of friend was in...oh...Vegas.  Or Southern California.  Or Florida.  Flying to North Dakota in late January feels a little too much like Russian Roulette to me...*grin*  But I'll be getting paid almost as much for a week of having fun as I get paid for two weeks of my regular job.  So even if the weather isn't what I'd like it to be, I'm still excited for the prospect.
Shei-kun
 member, 816 posts
 A Giant Shei draws near!
 Fight-Magic-Item-Flee
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 04:02
Re: 2 week notice
I have a job interview in twelve hours.

I learned about it half an hour ago, because the position opened today due to someone leaving the tax firm.

I just graduated from university with a B.A. in General Business and a B.A. in Accounting.

But I haven't done any actual accounting stuff for a year.

Here's hoping I get to post the results of this interview in this thread soon instead of the vent thread.
Merevel
 member, 956 posts
 Gaming :-)
 Very unlucky
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 04:05
Re: 2 week notice
In reply to Shei-kun (msg # 582):

Relax, I will tell you a secret my brother, an auditor, told me. No matter how experienced you are, no matter how fresh from college are or your grades, everyone needs training.
nuric
 member, 2806 posts
 Love D&D,superhero games
 Not very computer savvy
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 04:39
Re: 2 week notice
In reply to Shei-kun (msg # 582):

I've been told that most places that hire don't want perfect skills as much as want a competent person with a good attitude.
In other words, they want someone they can train who'll work well with them, than a brilliant person who won't get along with anyone.
So attitude is everything.
Brianna
 member, 1946 posts
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 06:06
Re: 2 week notice
Also, sometimes the person who isn't so well trained works out better, because they aren't set in someone else's pattern.
Merevel
 member, 959 posts
 Gaming :-)
 Very unlucky
Sat 31 Jan 2015
at 01:22
Re: 2 week notice
Found out today that my sons are both ok with me dating. They pretty much demanded I get a girlfriend or get back with their mom. I am not sure whether to be annoyed or find this cute.

>.<
Brianna
 member, 1947 posts
Sat 31 Jan 2015
at 22:51
Re: 2 week notice
In reply to Merevel (msg # 586):

Depends why?  Do they want you to be happy?  be busy and butt out of their lives?  or??
Merevel
 member, 960 posts
 Gaming :-)
 Very unlucky
Sun 1 Feb 2015
at 00:29
Re: 2 week notice
They are 2 and 4 lol. At least once a week my oldest yells at me about it. So either he misses having his mommy around all the time, or she is putting him up to it.

Then again, he is not the only one trying to get me to date again.
facemaker329
 member, 6577 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Sun 1 Feb 2015
at 04:15
Re: 2 week notice
Finished up a week as a 'guest artist' teaching stage combat.  And I've gotta say, I've had a GREAT time.  I still need to type up the choreography notes...but everybody seemed to pick up what they were taught quickly (and, just as importantly, nobody did anything stupid to get hurt, and they all listened and adjusted what they were doing when I made suggestions or provided critiques).

I'll admit, the whole thing's made me a little nostalgic for my college theater days...but only if someone else is paying the bills.  *grin*

Still...even though it's a tiny university in the middle of North Dakota, and there's precious little glamorous about the city, or the university, I've had a really good time.  Certainly didn't suck...and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Lancebreaker
 member, 134 posts
Sun 1 Feb 2015
at 04:59
Weight loss goals
I rededicated myself to some health goals at the first of the year.  I've already lost 24.5 lbs since January 1st, and I feel great!  23% of the way to my goal weight for the year in just a month, I started at 310 lbs, and I am shooting for 201.5 lbs.

Before you balk at the weight loss rate as being unhealthy, I am eating plenty of good food and giving myself plenty of fuel and nutrients to maintain my body as I work out.  I just finished a Whole 30 (strict elimination Paleo diet), and I've also been doing T25 (yeah, yeah, I know it's Team Beachbody, and I got it through an infomercial, but its a good, solid workout), and a nice, moderate three classes a week of Bikram yoga.

Just thought I would share. :)
facemaker329
 member, 6578 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Sun 1 Feb 2015
at 05:24
Re: Weight loss goals
One thing I've noticed through the years...weight gain/loss is a very individual process.  I mean, I work at an amusement park, in entertainment...we've had dancers that joined us at the start of a season with a 36" waist measurement, who have, by the time six weeks of rehearsal are over, slimmed down to a 32" waist.  And I've worked with guys who started the summer with a 38" waist and barely changed at all over three months of full-time performance.
Merevel
 member, 961 posts
 Gaming :-)
 Very unlucky
Sun 1 Feb 2015
at 10:44
Re: Weight loss goals
In reply to Lancebreaker (msg # 590):

Good for you for losing weight. All I can say is consult a doctor. Fad diets are terrible for your health. One of my coworkers was on a diet once that was less then 600 calories a day, that does not even cover base metabolism... Reminds me of the zen diet that hit news years ago.
Brianna
 member, 1949 posts
Mon 2 Feb 2015
at 19:02
Re: Weight loss goals
Congrats on the weight loss!  But remember you are already dealing with a different body and metabolism than you started with.  It's unlikely you will lose so fast now (at least for a while), even likely you will hit a plateau while everything adjusts.  Don't let this discourage you!
Holobunny
 member, 65 posts
 Trust no one.
 Keep your laser handy.
Thu 5 Feb 2015
at 22:56
Re: Weight loss goals
In reply to Brianna (msg # 593):

Good on you! I trust when you say you have a good workout and a good diet plan. As Brianna said, though, beware the plateau. Your body will adapt. You may find switching between two or three diet plans and workouts that you are confident are healthy non-quick-fix plans is the way to go.

Anyway, to my good thing... The Waltons. I don't care what anyone says, this is some of the best television ever made. I think it's funny that I had this preconceived notion my youth gave me. I was sure before I started watching it that The Waltons was garbage. I couldn't have been more wrong. To anyone out there who remembers all the jokes from the 80's but is too young to remember the actual show... Watch it. It's seriously one of the greatest shows of all time.
Wyrm
 member, 539 posts
Sat 7 Feb 2015
at 22:45
Re: Weight loss goals
The cat got into the fish dinner tonight :D
DaleN
 member, 88 posts
 "We aren't slavers...
 just ask the Wookie."
Sun 8 Feb 2015
at 01:17
Re: Weight loss goals
What?  You didn't want fish for dinner?
Wyrm
 member, 541 posts
Sun 8 Feb 2015
at 02:21
Re: Weight loss goals
I got burgers instead, so win.
facemaker329
 member, 6583 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Wed 11 Feb 2015
at 07:12
Re: Good timing...
So, I spent this past weekend on a whirlwind roadtrip with my mom and two of my brothers, going to visit another of my brothers.  I know for some people, this would hardly be the stuff of a 'Good Stuff' post, but I get along pretty well with my family, so it was good.

But the real good part is this--as we were on our way back home, driving through the barrens of mid-Nevada, Mom started asking if any of us had a carousel slide projector.  We've been working, in fits and starts, on trying to get some family history stuff done, and there's a HUGE chunk of it that's missing, because for decades, Dad shot pictures almost exclusively on slides (because they were easier to share with a group of people than prints were, I assume...and they take up less space to store...)  She thought most of them had vanished somewhere along the line, but she found a box full of them (and I mean FULL...), and now she's interested in trying to get them organized and scanned into a digital format.  Problem is, most of them aren't labelled...and while she has a slide viewer, and even a projector that will take slides one at a time, she wanted a faster way to review them and select the ones that actually mean something and should be scanned.

None of us have one, however...I only ever did stuff with slides during about four or five years of my life, I'm not sure my older brothers EVER did much with slides (I'm not even sure how much they actually bother taking pictures...)  So, Mom was a little disappointed and had started to resign herself to doing the project the hard way...

Well, earlier today, I was in a thrift store, shopping for props for one of the shows we're producing at work this summer...and there it was.  A carousel slide projector.  And I thought, "Hey, if this doesn't cost too much, Mom would probably love it..."  So I found the price tag--$5.  And then I thought, "If the light actually works, I should get this..."

And it did.  So I did.  And dropped it off at Mom's place, where we filled it up with slides and skimmed through them pretty quickly (most of them were taken before I was even born...)

I also got costume pieces for my friend's 80's-themed event this weekend (enough to make about four or five different outfits, I think...since she performs in an 80's band every few weeks, I'm pretty sure I'll find occasions to wear the ones I don't wear this weekend), AND I got several of the prop items I was looking for in the first place.  Good time to make a sweep through the area thrift stores!
Brianna
 member, 1953 posts
Wed 11 Feb 2015
at 19:37
Nice family time
Spent the afternoon with my four sisters on Saturday.  Our mother's birthday was last week, we've been celebrating it together as far as when my father was still alive, and we are trying to carry on the tradition even though both parents are gone now.  We get together as an extended family around the typical holiday occasions, but there are so many there we don't get the chance to interact much with siblings.  (My brother would be welcome too, but he lives in Ottawa, many hours away, though we do invite the one of my daughters who lives here now.)  It was, as always, great to see them, catch up on a bit of the news, and have a nice lunch - well, I think all of us had a second breakfast since the restaurant serves that through the day.
facemaker329
 member, 6586 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Sat 14 Feb 2015
at 18:30
Re: Famous firsts...or something...
So, it finally happened...

I showed up for a show last night, with my full kit of emergency repair gear...with the exception of helping tape a couple of things up before the show started, I didn't have to fix anything.  No props to glue back together, no costumes to be repaired or altered...I actually got to sit back and enjoy the whole show, and socialize a bit before it started, even.

That NEVER happens...*grin*