Sunday, July 09, 2006

Does Absolute Write Still Need Donations?

Yes, to answer the question posed in the title, it does. A great little silent auction offer is up for members of Absolute Write. Other folks are thinking they'd like to join the fun. I hope we can keep the momentum going. I have made $70 so far for the Absolute Write fund with the CafePress store (sent it off earlier this week, folk).

I had to move out of my office at work this week and into a cubicle. I've been in the office since the fall of 2002. When I was an HR manager I had to have an office because I was co-located with the client. HR stuff is sensitive and confidential so you get an office. In the spring of 2004 I took a new position outside of HR so I didn't really qualify for an office, but nobody needed it and I stayed 'under the radar' until recently. Unfortunately about a month ago I got the news that I'd have to give up the office.

Anyway, today I took down all the stuff I've stuck up on the walls and packed up all the stuff that's too precious to me to risk having in a cubicle where it's out in the open, tempting folk with sticky fingers, and over the long weekend I brought home several boxes of stuff. *sigh* I will really miss my office - no matter how hard the day got, I had a place where I could shut the door and get things done. I'm easily distracted, so being out in a cube slashes my productivity. Trying to look on the bright side, I'm really close to the bathroom.

Received another letter from my son. He qualified "sharpshooter" and has moved on to the second phase of training. Only 20 more days til I go see him. He asked me to get a letter he enclosed out to some friends of his, unfortunately he didn't tell me how to get the letter to them. I'll try to figure that out.

I've been spending time in the sun so I can go out to the hotel pool without worrying about blinding the other bathers with the extraordinary paleness of my skin. I've a pretty nice tan now - except for my back and the backs of my legs - still a bit pale. I'll keep working on that and try to lose a bit more weight and I'll be set for the cons in August and the IT Manager meeting in Arizona mid-September. Last time we were there a lot of us gathered for 'meetings' poolside. I hope we do it again.

I made a pair of earrings for my daughter - they were challenging because they had two hoops, one inside the other, with beads and those hoops hung from an earwire. I'd seen a pair at Forever 21 when we were shopping last time she was here and thought it would be a piece of cake to duplicate the idea. Nope. But I eventually figured it out and I think I had a better solution to the design than the pair we saw. Sent those off to her the other day - along with a surprise for my friend Unique in North Carolina, whom I visited a while back along with another friend I met online at AW, SC Harrison. There are a couple other folk out that way that I hope to get the chance to meet "In Real Life" next time I'm out that way. Perksie, you hear me??? And since my son will be stationed at Ft. Bragg with the 82nd Airborne, which is in North Carolina, about an hour south of where my company has its offices, I think it's a good bet I'll take a few days of PTO next time I go there.

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AstonWest said...

We generally try to use headphones to simulate an office environment (where we can get work done without distraction). Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much...

Bhaswati said...

The earrings sound so nice! I am sure your daughter will love them.

~ Sury

Unique said...

For me? {swoons}

I hope you do get to come back soon. I had the best time when you were here.

Sorry to hear about losing your office - that suxz.

Frank Baron said...

Dawno my dear, I REALLY hope you're using sun screen with an SPF of at least 15.

Don't make me tell skin cancer stories.

Dawno said...

Aston - I'll be using the iPod much more than before in the new cube - today all the chatter drove me crazy.

bhaswati - thanks! I'll try to get a picture of them posted - I spoke to my daughter tonite and she has been showing them off.

Unique - of course for you! Didja get it yet??

Frank - I won't go into details but both my siblings and my dad have had problems with melanomas for years. Me, I was a life guard as a teen back when we wore baby oil as a suntan lotion and the initials SPF hadn't even been invented. I've been checked several times and there are no signs of problems. Thanks for worrying about me :-)

Unique said...

I got it today! Yippee! It's Beeeyoootiful! I hung it up right away - right next to my big US poster in the .. .. ah... livingroom/classroom.

Where'd you get the cool blue saranwrap? Wish I had more - I'd make myself a dress.