Dear 11-20 year old Me

As I sit here acknowledging another year gone by I thought I’d take this time to reflect and send the past me another note. My last letter brought me to the 10 year mark. This next decade will be a little more difficult to get my head around… Dear 11-20 year old Me, Congratulations, me! […]

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My Favorite Martin

It has been just over a year since I last spoke with my friend Martin. It has also been just over a year since he passed away. It is still hard to fathom that he’s no longer here. Martin & I became friends in North Carolina. We shared an office together and became really good […]

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So, I Have Clothing Quirks!

A lot of people know that, sometimes, I can have some pretty goofy quirks. Some people think I’m just plain looney. I, dear readers, appeal to your sense of propriety and fashion. I throw my self upon the mercy of the court of public record and leave it up to you to decide whether or […]

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I. Am. Iron Man.

You know, I’m starting to cultivate a very bad reputation at work. Not necessarily ‘bad’, more like ‘nefarious’. The happy hour that we had last Thursday was a pretty good success. Aside from hiking 1.3 miles in the summer sun dressed in monkey suits, RFD turned out to be a pretty good place to hang […]

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Bittersweet Good-byes

No, I’m not shutting down the Kitty just yet. This post is one that I never thought I’d have to write, though. During my tea with the ladies (which, incidentally, turned into a boozefest) I learned that earlier that day the Lockheed contract at the GAO that I used to work at was lost to […]

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Some People Should Just Learn To Shut Up

You know, I had thought that out of the respect of my last Program Manager that I could just leave my last job without having to deal with stupidity. Lo and behold, it finds me, instead. An actual conversation with one of the people from my last job after I left: designgrrl67 (1:39:28 PM): We […]

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Oh, I’m Still Alive.

Yeah, yeah. So I cribbed a lyric from Pearl Jam. Big whoop. Contrary to some of your best wishes, I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth and get smothered by a bunch of worms. Or blond women in bikinis. Damn. I would pay good money for that last part. Really. I’m now here […]

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These Boots Were Made For Walkin’…

Countdown to departure has started. I’m leaving this weekend for North Carolina and I start the new job on Monday. Yeesh. The entire ‘scrape-together-a-place-to-stay’ thing is a real pain. Luckily, I found an apartment that will allow me and my pooches to live together. Another lucky nugget: it will be about 15 minutes from where […]

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The Housing Issue

First things first: I’d like to say that I’m terribly upset and worried that Richard Hammond from Top Gear is in the hospital. Top Gear is one of the only television shows that I enjoy watching. Go and figure that it is only shown in England. Haven’t seen an episode? Check it out on YouTube […]

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Logistics, logistics. Angela and I are mulling over relocation alternatives should one of us land a job in North Carolina. Right now, I’m probably closer than she is to landing a job there what with the numerous nibbles on my resume and the various interviews I’ve been to. Since I’ve had the joy of going […]

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Must. Kill. Computer.

Shut up. Shut up shut up shut up. I know there are going to be a good number of you who will look at me like I’m a complete and utter boob and that I probably got what was coming to me. For that, I give you the pre-emptive “Shut up” and smack of my […]

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Advertising on the Kitty

So, I’m tossing around the idea of running advertising on designkitty. Why? Why not? I’m curious. I have a few other projects that are interested in using Google AdSense so I may as well use my own blog as a proving ground. My question to you is this: Will you be annoyed with it? I’m […]

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Working in the Coal Mines…

My week has been “interesting” to say the least.  It seems like right when I don’t want to find a job that everyone wants to offer me a job. Here are a few examples of opportunities that have come my way. The last job that I was at – the one where I really didn’t […]

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Dying Before “Your Time”

Last week some of my former co-workers gave me a heads up that one of my former employees died of a heart attack. After I left the big corporate behemoth late last year, he departed for another contract. Even though he was shifted to my department and only worked for me for a few months, I still considered him ‘one of my own’. What can I say? It is the Mother Hen in me.

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Is it “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”?

So…this is the first time in about 10 years that I don’t have employees to dawdle over. I miss it. I mean, I REALLY miss it. Every year was different, even when I wasn’t in charge – I would buy my co-workers/employees non-denominational holiday ornaments, organize a voluntary gift exchange and most likely take them out to an all expenses paid lunch/dinner/happy hour. This year I don’t have that. And for the first time in a long time at work I feel alone.

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