March 18th, 2010

Whale fluke

A week-and-a-half off

Slightly revised from an e-mail to my folks last night:

No, I haven't been fired. (Heh.)

Almost the entire Marketing department, the team I'm on, is gone for most of the next week-and-a-half -- several of us are in Seattle, and my boss is going to be all over the place (his itinerary the rest of the month: Seattle, central Oregon with family, Seattle again, a national meeting in Colorado, I wouldn't be surprised if maybe Seattle AGAIN, THEN back to Portland). So it's going to be reeeeeally show in the Marketing part of the main office.

I was already taking Thursday and Friday off (I'll probably go in for a few minutes Thursday to make sure some last-minute things got done); my boss asked if I could take next week off, too. I said yes. "There'll be enough stuff piled up for you to do when you get back," he said.

It's a hit to my paycheck, since I'm hourly, but I'm willing to take it to get an actual vacation, especially with how busy I've been this past year. Since I started at the dog show company job, I've had a day off here and there (holidays, yes, but also sick days and a genuine family emergency, so they didn't FEEL like days off) and that kind of frantic week at the end of October between fleeing ending the dog show company job and starting at Hoffman. My unemployed time last February-March-April didn't really count as time off, either. I can use this time off.

This will make it easier for me to get to Olympia on Friday for s00j's show. As for the rest of my time off, I'll figure that out.

So. Some unexpected time for myself. I'll try to make good use of it.
Cartoon Chris

Quotes from Emerald City ComiCon

Me upon seeing three guys dressed as Indiana Jones: "So now we need a collective noun for Indys?" (One of the Indys: "We need one more, then we can sing harmony.")

(Also? The collective noun for Indys should be "a well of Indys." At least I think so.)

"Of course R2-D2 could also be a jukebox!"

"Huh. Xavier School Musical."

"Thank you for showing that Morpheus can smile."

"We need a hero who slouches!" [said while a woman dressed as Captain America tried to pose heroically as kradical took a photo of her]

To Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content: "As much as I'm sure he'd like to know if it's possible, never let Pintsize find out if he can have sex. It'd be disappointing for him and horrifying for us."

(On a related note: Don't Google "pintsize genitalia." I haven't, and I'm guessing no one should.)

To two women who were wondering if they were in line to see artist Kate "beatonna" Beaton: "It's for Farm Equipment, greatest webcomic in Russia!"

Overheard: "Geoff Johns won't be able to use his wrists for a week."

P.S. I so wished I'd seen a sign at a table that read "Geek need food badly. Back soon!"

Taking a line from a comment I just wrote and running in a different direction with it

The first line of what follows came out of me in a comment just now, and I looked at it and thought " something with that."

Okay, me.

I am not a doctor, but I play one in my dreams
-- The resetting of health that's accomplished through hands
Through touch which shall mean whatever it may
(whatever it must)
To give one's care, to let one's strength flow
From the healer to he who grows healed
(To she who grows healed)
(To more who...)
-- And be another with the means to thus shape the force of life.

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