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1. Yah, David Cook! Yah! *tries to be nonchalant, fails*

2. OMG work I hate you. OMG crazy people stop coming into the store and talking to me. OMG former substitute high school teacher, why do you I see you everywhere I go, and why are you always wearing a singlet.

3. Tony/Pepper! New best thing! (Vic P's del.icio.us account has an excellent round-up of fics.)

4. Ice-cream, licorice and cupcakes are not the best supper ever.

4b. Sugar crashes are real.

oy.

Jan. 18th, 2007 09:11 pm
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Minutes after I put up the "get out of Dodge" post, my roommate arrived home and breezed into my room. "You should apply for this," she said, dropping a Workopolis ad in my lap for the sweetest of all the sweet jobs I could think of. "Your boss is an ass. And you could totally do this."

(She knows my boss is an ass because my boss was her boss too, until yesterday, when she quit.)

So, I have. And I could do it, even though I'm a bit fuzzy on what publicists actually do, besides go to a lot of parties and, since this is the Canadian publishing industry, soak publicity materials in lemon oil. (Okay, so that was a long time ago. But they did! For a book called "Bitter Sweet Lemons & Love"! Which flopped!)

Anyway, I'm now feeling slightly panicky. I was hoping for a long, protracted stay of complaining and scheming, and now I may just, y'know, end up with a much happier life right away. I feel a little rushed. And like I'm being a big wuss.
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A colleague who wasn't a friend but still deserved better got fired on Friday. And after that I got asked up to the boss's office for a "fear of God... this might have been you" talk, which was total bullshit.

Of course, it's done nothing but galvanize me to leave, as soon as possible, preferably to somewhere glamorous and with a cushy hiring package.

Argh. My stupid job.
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Okay, not really. But Christmas shopping, and shoppers, and the fact that I work in retail, since apparently I'm a masochist, yes, that I hate.

(I attempted to outline why today sucked so bad, but y'know? It makes me all tense and frowny just to write it, and I can't imagine anyone wants to read it. So.)

I have one day off to finish a sweater and bake cookies, and then I get to start the whole thing again. Except I think I'm going to start keeping a flask of something behind the cash desk. And the coffee's getting Irished up on Monday.
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I have Been Away, flist, and am now back, and oh, I missed you all.

I have to sort out my current internet access problem. Dial-up is stupid. Buying dial-up in tokens of 20 hours in embarrassingly dumb. And working at a job where the boss has made you sign an agreement that you will be fired if you check your email at work is also dumb.

Anyway, the confluence of dumbness has kept me offline for two weeks. It is now Saturday evening and I finally gave in and bought more tokens and am now sitting with a bottle of wine reading back the hundreds of posts on my flist that I missed.

And am going to go make brownies in a minute. Mmm. Brownies. In short, this is a fairly perfect day. Also? There's a knitting store a five minute walk from my house which I did not know about. Five minutes.

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Things I have done these past two weeks instead of read fanfic, since I was cut-off from fandom goodness:

1. Ziplisted a lot of David Thewlis and David Hewlett movies. (I was also looking for Two Girls and a Guy, out of curiousity, but it seems that zip.ca does na' have it. I have a feeling that I am probably better off. And I'm still waffling about whether to watch Slither.)

Mike Leigh's Naked was difficult. I gave up, actually, 3/4 of the way through. Criterion pick and critical praise notwithstanding, I made a decision a while ago that I was going to stop watching films where women got sexually assaulted or killed in order to further the storyline of a male protagonist. Thewlis was very convincing, and certainly earned the Cannes accolades that the film received, but I still don't want to see it again.

(I did, however, find the werewolf comments early in the film pretty hilarious.)

By contrast, Treed Murray, which I watched yesterday, was fantastic. It's unsettling but eventually redemptive and the storytelling is awesome and I absolutely adore ensemble pieces where no-one is good or bad or eclipsed. And the pacing was great and the cuts were great and Hewlett was great and that Ashmore kid was surprisingly awesome. Also, it ended at precisely the right time. Y'all should go rent it. It's a very satisfying film.

2. Re-read Anthony Robbins' "Awaken The Giant Within". It's been remaindered at my store, which I find sad, but it meant that I could buy a copy for $3.19. I find Tony inspiring. Also, the last time I tried to read a "design your best life!" book, I found myself covering my eyes and reading between my fingers, totally involuntarily, so the fact that I managed this one--in a normal, sane, fashion--is promising.

3. Obtained seemingly hundreds of root vegetables, which I have no idea what to do with.

4. Neglected to honour my mother's self-imposed state of denial about the fact that my sister and her boyfriend are living together and yes, sleeping in the same bed. I feel kind of bad about this one. Jess and I have agreed to let her be happy and deluded, but then I had to go and say "no no, I don't need that extra bedframe you've got, but Jess and Matt would probably like to get the mattress they're sleeping on off of the floor."

5. Have bizarre "terrorists are buying books at our store!" problems. $2500 email orders for bio-chemistry textbooks and rocket engineering tomes to be delivered to tenements in Montreal, to be paid for by obviously stolen credit cards. Totally uninterested RCMP officers. When a plague descends on Quebec, I won't be surprised. I tried to stop the apocalypse, flist, I really did.
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Okay. Brownies now.
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I've been immersed in Work, which is enormously annoying since my Work is Bookselling, and it deserves neither a capital nor immersion. I mean, there are things about it that are awesome, but it is, at the heart of things, retail, and it does not change the world.

However, it has been a good three years since I was working 40 hour weeks and as such, I am rusty at making a fulfilling personal and creative life fit in the few bits and ends of time left over from 40-hr work weeks. So, no writing. And not much socializing, either.

And I have to arrange better internet access, but am having a hard time tracking down an AirPort wireless card that won't cost me more than $100 bucks. (Anyone got one they want to sell?) Also, I've never set said wireless access up before, so I don't know what I'm doing. (Again, help?)

As a result, I've been offline with the exception of furtively checking my email whilst at work. And therefore I haven't read anyone's blogs, or checked the progress of S&J's collaborative bodice-ripper , or had any clue that there's a hp masterlist of fic in progress. (OMG [livejournal.com profile] dreaminoflorian, I love you.)

The world and interweb went on and I am so very far behind.

When I get my wireless access, though, my eyes are going to burn out from reading fic every free second of the day.

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