all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
The sound you are hearing? It is the sound of NOSH not withholding federal income tax from my paychecks last year.

I would merrily kill whoever is responsible for that, because I sure as hell didn't tell them to not give the federal government their cut.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
Last night I tried to get out bed while half asleep, fell, and sprained my ankle. At least, we hope it's only sprained. Anyway, it hurts like a sonofabitch. As a bonus, both of my feet are covered in mosquito bites.

But saturday is my last day at nosh!
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When your parents are encouraging you to quit your job, saying they'll cover your expenses AND give you a monthly allowance of spending money until you can find a new job if you will PLEASE JUST QUIT, it's time to type up your notice.

I did.

It feels good.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (going mad)
I have a crappy job that provides no intellectual stimulation whatsoever, and where I am treated as if I am a drooling simpleton by almost everyone, including my manager and my boss.

AAAAAAAAAAARRRGH!

It would be so nice if they would just acknowledge that I am, in fact, extremely intelligent and fairly capable, even when confronted with physical tasks rather than intellectual ones. I'm not even saying that they have to appreciate it, just NOTICE that I am not the imbecile they seem to think I am.

I'm really just feeling rather frustrated and down today, and being at work really didn't help.
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Dinner at midnight-thirty and trying to find notes on a fanfic I last updated 4 years ago. Yep, sounds like my life. To be fair, lunch was at 5:30, so dinner's not quite as insanely late as it sounds.
Although breakfast was at 9:30.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (you and me)
So, I've been reading this blog written by a very interesting woman who is much more religious than I am, and one entry in particular has made me think a bit about what constitutes a good, healthy marriage. It cites the verse of Ephesians which enjoins women to submit to their husbands. Now, laying aside my massive issues with the Bible in general, I have major issues with this verse.

I feel I may be sensing some surprise in my audience at this point. Allow me to explain- I dislike this verse for a couple of reasons. For one thing, I feel there are a lot of people who interpret this not as "Respect and honor your husband, care for his happiness at least as much as your own, and consider his opinions rather than just dismissing them if they don't suit you.", but rather as "OBEY!" or perhaps "Take those shoes off and get back in the kitchen, woman!". For another, you hear "Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands" a lot more than you hear another injunction given only a sentence or so later- "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself." To me that says that yes, your wife should honor and respect you, care for your happiness and consider your opinions- and in turn, you ought to do the same. Because that's what love is- caring for someone else's happiness more than your own, acknowledging and honoring their abilities and qualities and capabilities, and acknowledging and forgiving their failings. It is giving up defensiveness in favor of trust.

An ideal marriage is where each partner puts the other first. If both people are focused only on themselves, I would have to say the marriage isn't likely to last long. By the same token, however, if a woman puts her husband first (submits to her husband- no, not that kind, get your mind out of the gutter) and her husband also puts himself first, then an extremely unhealthy situation is created. Obviously, if one reverses the genders the result is still the same. It is only when the other party in a marriage in turn considers the needs of their spouse before their own that the relationship can be in balance. It's not about constantly looking out for yourself- it's about looking out for your partner's happiness, and trusting them in turn to care for yours.

One thing she talks about which I agree with her on 100 percent, no worrying about semantics, is making the conscious decision to be with the person you are with- to love them even when they are being unlovable and even when you're not feeling in love. That idea just resonated so strongly with me that I really feel like I have to reiterate it.

And now I've talked for a really, really long time about something I so do not need to be worried about yet.

In other news:
-I definitely DID NOT spend a whole bunch of time picking out yet another icon to upload just for this post.

-I am slowly but surely learning to love Stacks. My desktop is so clean… which is awesome, since it's rockin' an interior shot of the TARDIS which I love to death.

-I spent 11 hours at NOSH today because my boss failed to schedule enough people to cover lunch. I went in at 11:30 and had a half hour break at 2 to eat before clocking back in at 2:30 for the shift I was actually scheduled for and manning the front ALONE from 2:30 to 6. Thanks, Wendy. End result? I feel like I've been run over by a giant NOSH-shaped steamroller. Also, I will be slightly less broke for my birthday than expected.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (I have medicine)
1. Patience. Patience, patience, patience. Apparently that's going to be this year's theme.
2. Pincurls v. curling iron? or Pain in the Ass v. Heat Damage, as I like to think of it.
3. Paranoia! Nothing like being alone in a 40-odd year old house at 2:30 am. House settles, cat jumps and looks intent, Sara gets creeped out and sneakily dials 911 on the cell phone just in case… yeah.

ah, hell with it. odds are fairly low that I'll be murdered in my bed in my middle-class neighborhood by a stranger, and I've got to be at work at 11. Yay baby shifts ("Just three hours on Saturday? I don't have to close? SIGN ME UP!"). Wendy is so lucky that I have no life.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". ([exciting event here])
Well, I've signed up for the official insanity train- I'm giving NaNoWriMo a fairly serious try.

So, this brings my tally of Things To Do In November up to:
1. Knit a vest for my dad.
2. Knit a long-sleeved lace shrug for my mother.
3. Knit two top-secret type gifts (expanding the Sara's Mad Christmas Knit-a-Thon to FOUR recipients)
4. Find a new job.
5. Write a 50,000 word novel.

Totally workable, as long as I grow an extra set of arms or two. Maybe I should make that number 6…
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I'm so tired I can't see straight, I think I've hurt my ankle as well as my right arch, and have I mentioned that my boss is turning into a totally wacko bitch? She flipped out on me today because I had to take my cat in to the vet and thus had to leave a mere hour after I was scheduled to be off.

*sigh*
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (im my dictionary)
So this is what happened at work today.

For those of you who didn't click the link- the police were chasing some guys who were wanted for armed robbery and aggravated assault down Guess Road, and the guys tried to turn down Horton. Instead, they hit another car head on, right in front of the store. About 20 police cars showed up, along with 2 ambulances and a fire truck. The last police car didn't leave til nearly ten. 2 hours of flashing lights and wondering what the HELL was going on.

I guess this will show me not to wish things were a little less boring at work…


In other news- as you may notice, I have actually done something on my List!
I have rotated in 19 new lj icons, I have tossed 17 boring old ones, and I have a new default. I realize that probably nobody cares about that sort of thing but me, but oh well.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (going mad)
The weird thing about working with the public is the way people automatically assume you're an idiot. It is both amusing and galling to be treated like an imbecile by people who are almost certainly less intelligent than oneself.
It leads to strange moments of wondering why, exactly, I earn minimum wage making sandwiches when I have an IQ higher than that of roughly 99 percent of the population. Then I realize that I'm being a snob and should shut up.
But I should still get a better job.
Preferably one with fewer idiots.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (crowley)
So school today was fine. Anthropology was cool (because it's anthropology), and I pwned (oh god, I can't believe I just said that) my biology test.
Coming home there was this huge accident on Bivens. Oops. The police had sprawled across the road in that way that transcends parking and were turning everyone back up the road. Eh. More time to drive with the windows down.
Work sucked. We had a bunch of really pissy and/or impatient customers tonight, so I got yelled at for things I didn't do or mistakes they made in ordering. There was also a guy at the drive-through window ranting about Satanic sacrifices on his lawn. And to top it all off, we had a group of about 7 who didn't leave when we closed. Or when I swept, took the garbage out, and mopped. And when they finally did leave, they left a huge freaking mess. *sigh* Aren't people grand?

But! There's happy stuff too!
Happy thing 1:
Othello, opening Valentine's Day. I am so there. Anybody else interested? The company is Bare Theater, and they're performing at Common Grounds Theater. Tickets are $15 for "adults" and $7 for students, and I'm going to buy mine in advance. I suspect there will be plenty of other people who think Othello is a great way to spend the evening on Valentine's Day.
Oh, yeah, the show's at 8.

Happy thing 2:
Carbon Leaf is playing at Cat's Cradle on the 16th. Doors are at 8:30, show at 10:30, tickets are $14 in advance through eTix. If anybody's interested, let me know. As long as it's not farther to your house than it is to Carrboro, I can probably provide transportation.

Happy thing 3:
I finally got my W2, so now I can file my taxes and look forward to the refund! Then maybe I'll be able to afford a trip to Boone.

Needless to say, I am Looking Forward to next week. Of course it means studying is going to get totally thrown to the wind for a couple of days, but everybody's got to unwind sometime.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (a nice doomsday)
You know it's going to be an exciting week when less than an hour into work, the sink breaks and starts spraying scalding* hot water all over you, which is exactly what happened to me yesterday. So far today has yielded up nothing more burdensome than being awakened before noon on my Day Off to fetch lunch, but I can't wait to see what the rest of the week has in store.




*No exaggeration. There's a pretty explicit warning, complete with illustrations, about how having the water temperature set above 120º is dangerous, and can cause scalding or severe burns. There's a little note that someone added up above this warning, written in marker on masking tape, which reads "Water temp. should be 130º or above". Thanks, guys.

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