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"I'm definitely going to invest in a cardboard [Joelle]. I'm serious. Maybe I'll get three of them."

     So said one of my coworkers last week; it so tickled me I had to write it down. (Everything functions properly when I walk over and stare at the equipment.) It was wonderful to be back to work. I used to live for three-day weekends (the rest of my life until this year) but with my depression, they're not terribly pleasant. No distractions from my miserable thoughts, no one to talk to, no rambling conversations to listen in on and ocassionally interject something into. Work is a wonderful distraction.

     "I think I'm going to need some of those cardboard cutouts too." That was another coworker this morning, when her pc started acting up again the moment I walked away. Oh, that place is a blessing!


     And another treat for me when I dropped by my FictionPress page and decided to check my statistics on a whim. Apparently somebody out there paid attention to my announcements, as all the latter chapters of Hope's Passage had an extra hit on them. I'm guessing they decided to save it to their computer to read at leisure instead of worrying about my pulling the rug from under them. I checked the 'watch' listing too, to find a handful of new folks that I didn't recognize from last time. How they find that story, and what they think of it, are mysteries I shall never fathom. So many 'mute' invisible readers! Perhaps that's what it was like to be published before the internet and Amazon reviews--only figures to tell if something was liked, but not much in the way of words. Ah well, it amused me, somebody out there pays attention to my FP page and announcements!


     I won an auction on eBay I was pretty excited about...AND I got an e-mail that my Burpee petunias have finally shipped! Hurrah! Hopefully I can finish up my garden planting this weekend!


(Got something else nice to post about, but that will be separate)
Emotional Status:
sore sore
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On May 29th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC), silvanime commented:
How dumb am I. It only just occurred to me that you must be feeling pretty lonely since your parents moved away *hugs* I'm sorry.

The cardboard cutouts definitely amused me. With how busy things are looking at the moment, I think I could definitely invest in some myself. Or maybe clones. Cardboard might work for machinery, but people tend to see through them.

Oooo... petunias! I take it planting was a success, now that you have figured out how to stop the cats from trashing the apartment?
On May 30th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
That's quite all right. I prefer it that most of my coworkers forget, because it just brings a big lump in my throat when they ask. Eva's the one that always remembers, probably because she left her family and homeland of Poland for an American guy that wound up being a huge jerk, divorcing her, and leaving her alone in a land where she didn't really even know the language (her tale of going to court for a traffic ticket is just hilarious). That reminds me I'm supposed to start training her tomorrow...

I wouldn't feel it near so much if I could write or do art, but the smaller holidays (Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, etc) do feel strange without being able to get together with them.

I've a feeling the cardboard wouldn't work for the machines/computers either--but it would make a funny picture! ;) It would be nice, some days, to stay in bed and let the clone do the work.

Planting's gone well. The stuff I planted earliest is coming along nicely. The seeds not so well, as temperatures have been a roller-coaster this month. Give them a hot week (which is bound to come soon) and they'll take off.
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On May 30th, 2007 11:40 am (UTC), silvanime replied:
Weather's crazy here too. The temperature absolutely plummeted today. Fancy trading houses for a season?
On May 30th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
I would love that! =D
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On May 29th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC), wispywillow commented:
^_^ that is funny! but isn't it wonderful when people say things like that: it makes you realize how much you're appreciated. it sounds like you work with a good group of people; I'm glad you have them to help distract you as you work through this dark period.

*shuffles feet* If i may ask, where is your portal page? I had been in the habit of reading off your FictionPress page, but since that is coming down...
On May 30th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
It's a great group, and the two 'difficult' personalities work under Greg, not me. One of them just lost her father; I never realized until I read the newspaper article they were passing around today just how renowned he was as a Cambodian musician.

My fault for not being clear, since it's got different names on my bio page and sidebar links. It's right here.
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On May 30th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
So glad the petunias are finally coming. I am looking forward to seeing them.
Good news on your ebay auction.

So good that the Lord has provided you a good job and co-workers to help you through this rough period.
Did you get to have lunch with Christi? SD
On May 30th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
I'm looking forward to seeing them too!

They certainly are a blessing. Yes, I did have lunch with Christi. We might be doing a movie or eating out next weekend. =)
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On May 30th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
heeehee... we could use a "joelle" cardboard cut-out here in CA...that way, you could sit in on all the political conversations and board games!

On May 30th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
I wouldn't mind that--I should get myself one to substitute for me when you try to drag me into board games! ;)
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