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It's not exactly goodbye

As I told someone in an e-mail message yesterday, there are some unpleasant changes afoot at work involving my department.  I won't bore you with details, but the end result is that my opportunities to look in on LJ during the week are now going to be pretty much limited to days like today when I come in at 6:30 a.m. and can spend ninety minutes or so online before everyone else arrives and the workday officially begins.  Lunch breaks, which have always been flexible and which I normally spent at my desk, will now be fixed and will be spent as far away from my desk as I can manage.  As to weekends, unless I make the trip downtown to the office on a Saturday or Sunday, my computer access from the library will be limited to two hours a day maximum (new library rules).

Wish things were different, but they're not , and sometimes you just have to learn to adjust. 

The good news (for most of you) is that I won't be boring you with quite so many posts of newspaper articles dealing with European politics.  The bad news (for a couple of you) is that it's going to be harder for me to interact as promptly as I've been trying to do.  But, Jen and Tavi, we know all about setbacks in relationships, don't we?

Okay, enough of that.

On a much happier note, I've been showered this week with postcards from LJ friends who've been on holiday in (from my point of view) exotic places.  So, thanks to Adriana, Aline, Jen, and Rosie for sending me little tastes of Brasil, Marseille, Moscow, and Vienna!   *blows kisses*

Aside to Jen:  It took three weeks for your Valentine's Day postcard from Moscow to reach me; compare that to the six days it took for mail sent from Kyiv.  Maybe there really is something to your theory that Ukraine sees foreign mail as a virus that needs to be expelled from the country as quickly as possible (and to my theory that the "foreign mail as virus" attitude also explains why mail sent to Ukraine from abroad can take weeks or months to be delivered, and sometimes never reaches its destination at all).

I was so angry when I left the office last night that I thought of changing my default icon for a while from Jem's swan to Jen's blue ocean (*points*); I thought it would do as a "Proceed at your own risk" warning, lol.  But I'm feeling a little more philosophical about things this morning, so I'm not going to do that.  No reason to take my frustrations out on all of you.  *loves flist*

Oh, and Jem?  I haven't seen my flist for a couple of days now, so I don't know if you've posted any updates on the St. Louis situation.  I still have my fingers crossed that everything will work out for you.  *hugs*

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crazybutsound
Mar. 10th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
Well, that sucks. And it confirms what I've always said: send less presents to your friends and put money aside to give yourself a present in the form of a computer darling. We'd all rather have more of you online, I'm sure. (I know I would)

As for myself and St Louis, things are proceeding forward. No definite answer yet because paperwork needs to be completed and my teacher has been taking his sweet time doing his part. *grmph* So I'm still not going overly enthusiastic, we'll see. Maybe if I do make it to St Louis, I can at least call you from there? No sucky time zones and probably less expensive than it is to call from here, lol. But well, I might not go at all so... *keeps fingers crossed as well*
french_hobbit
Mar. 10th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, I second the first lines here!

*hugs you*
aswanargent
Mar. 11th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, Rosie, thank you!

Very nice icon, btw. Here's your lion's distant cousin. :-)
aswanargent
Mar. 11th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, Jem. Thanks for the kind words. As to the computer, well, it's number one on my wish list, but that doesn't mean much. Still, I'm putting all my spare change into jam jars, and maybe if I quit visiting Starbucks and quit buying books and CDs and all the other impulse purchases, I can channel that money into a computer fund. In the meantime, I'll adjust to the new constraints, and life (including life on LJ) will go on.

I don't know why I thought you'd be coming through LAX if this teaching job works out. Paris - Los Angeles - St. Louis doesn't exactly sound like the most direct route, does it, lol?
crazybutsound
Mar. 11th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Paris - Los Angeles - St. Louis doesn't exactly sound like the most direct route, does it, lol?

It certainly doesn't, lol. If I had the money, I could have popped over for a weekend, but that's out of the question. As it is, it's only because they'd be giving me enough money to pay for my plane ticket that I can even consider going.

As for you and your computer... you could also always try and sell some of the stuff you have. Books? DVDs? CDs? I'm sure you could get rid of some without missing it too much and it'd help build that piggy bank faster! Though I say that but I've been meaning to do it myself for months and still haven't gotten around to doing it, lol.
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aswanargent
Mar. 11th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
That's one advantage to getting older; you learn when to stop beating your head against the wall and instead use the energy to see what you can do to improve a bad situation. So, I'll keep my head down and give it some time, and I'm sure things will settle down again. Meanwhile, I'm saving my pennies for that becoming-more-and-more-necessary computer at home. Maybe if I spent my Starbucks allowance on lottery tickets, and didn't buy so many books.... *puts thinking cap on*
castalie
Mar. 10th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)
That sucks! If I could make a computer magically appear in your house I would do it right now... as it is, well, we'll have to make do, right? We'll definitely miss you *hugs*

And I'm sorry about work giving you grief *hugs some more*

aswanargent
Mar. 11th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! I'm still going to be around, though, as much as I can. And if I learn to walk by Starbucks instead of going inside, my computer fund should start growing a little faster, lol. *hugs you back*
adrianabr
Mar. 10th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
Not totally bad news but it's a pity you won't be around as much as before. Are you going to have to stay at work long hours again? It'd be a good time to surf, I suppose, but of course it'll be a lot better when you have a computer at home - you should really consider buying one. And I'm glad cards had arrived!!
aswanargent
Mar. 11th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
No, the long hours bit is over for now, but I'm going to be taking on some additional duties which are going to be very time-consuming and labour-intensive. That's one reason internet-surfing during working hours is going to become a thing of the past. Another reason is that the company (I work for a big firm) is on an "no unauthorised computer use" kick; so until that dies down, it's better to keep a low profile. I'll look in on LJ as much as I can, though, and one of these days I'll manage to get a computer of my own so I can play from home.
dominiquelechic
Mar. 11th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)
That's awful! Why are they doing this? I hope they're paying you enough for this job - you sound so unhappy with it.
aswanargent
Mar. 11th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, not really unhappy. Frustrated's more the word for it. It's part and parcel of working for a large, impersonal organisation, where having good political skills, rather than being competent at your job, is the key to getting ahead. See what you have to look forward to if you join the corporate world? (Btw, what are you planning to do, and what are you reading at university?)

Now, not meaning to make you jealous or anything (*hopes Tavi doesn't notice crossed fingers*), I just found out yesterday that my friend Aline (alinewrites) met Dominique once. I don't think she was very impressed. And so Sarko can trace his family back to the Crusades, can he? No wonder you warned against bringing that subject up with a certain someone. ;-)
dominiquelechic
Mar. 12th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
When did I mention Sarko's genealogy? I looked at it last year, and the noble side only seems to back to 1600-ish, when a soldier was rewarded with the title. And no, Dominique would probably not want it mentioned. Although, if that's all there is to it, you could probably make a case for Domi's being better. It depends what you value more, royal blood from 10 centuries ago, or 400 years of (probably) non-royal nobility.
aswanargent
Mar. 12th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
When did I mention Sarko's genealogy?

I don't know that you ever did. You just warned me when Swan first started talking to him that it would be better not to ever say anything about Sarko's family being better than his; I think you said it would be like implying someone had better hair, and that his reaction would be similar. :-D
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