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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*

Comments

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.