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Monday, August 9th, 2010
8:01 pm
Writer's Block: My Journey
If you had the chance to travel anywhere in the world for a year, where would you go?
As many places as I could get to.
Friday, July 17th, 2009
8:20 pm
Good-bye Walter
I salute you as you pass into a history. The world, and journalism, is poorer for your loss.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
9:41 pm
Friday, April 24th, 2009
9:03 pm
I'm seeing daylight!!
I am beginning to catch up at work! A week and 1/2 hiaitus for Norwescon left me buried in paper, and I was beginning to despair of ever getting caught up, because all of the offices are trying to clean up their files before we go paperless. I'm thinking they figure it's better for me to deal with it than them. It's not easy right now because we're spending time with IT working out the bugs, with policies to adjust same to new system, forms to get the on-line version up for the offenders, and so on. To top it off, bosslady and have the following schedule:
Me off 4/6 - 4/14
her off 4/27 - 4/29
me off 5/6 - 5/12
her off 5/18 - 5/22
And we're the ones that set the switch-over date! Go figure!
On the plus side, I'm getting a new computer because my old one couldn't handle the new program or equipment. Yay!
So while she's gone I'm going to finish catching up, and start working on some of my problem pieces. I have been at this for what - 2 + months, and I'm only marginally closer to feeling unburied. But I can see the daylight!
Monday, April 20th, 2009
11:46 pm
You know...
There's nothing quite as good as a cup of hot chocolate with Chambord and a raspberry milano cookie, but hot chocolate with French Kiss and a strawberry comes DAMN close!
Sunday, April 19th, 2009
9:38 pm
We had a date!
Michael and I went out to see Monsters vs. Aliens, then to dinner afterwards! Of course now we're both back at work on post-con stuff, and I'm about to catch up the ironing. whoopti.
It was really nice to do something together that wasn't con related.
Monsters vs. Aliens was cute. There were so many in jokes! It paid homage to Dr. Strangelove (one of my all time favorite movies), ET, Close Encounters, Star Trek, and dozens of others. I have to see it again to catch the things I missed the first time. It can wait until it comes out on DVD tho. I really want to see the new Star Trek movie now. It's looking better and better the more previews I see. I find myself thinking "please don't suck" when I watch the previews for that, Where the Wild Things are, and some of the others coming out. Did you know there is ANOTHER Terminator movie coming out? This one has Christian Bale and no Governator! I'm half tempted!
I just realized I've seen TWO movies in the theatre this year. I'm not sure, but I may be on a record-breaking pace for most movies seen in one year! Shhh... don't tell Jesse!
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
7:51 pm
Happy Birthday!
To my darling Gracie!!
Love you hundreds and bunches!
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
9:52 pm
I went there
Michael has parked our ugly old yellow covered with green moss and dirt van in the driveway to hook it to the trickle-charger. I came home today and as I walked in front of the van my eye caught the yellow of the power cord, and followed it up into the hood of the van, which was propped slightly open with a wooden stake, point side out. Immediately I thought -
It drives the highways, looking for vans on fire - it's DODGE, the Van-Pyre slayer!!

**chirp** **chirp**

ok. maybe you had to be there...
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
7:16 pm
New Job - old aches
I have been in more pain these last few days. Doing drugs as soon as I get home, and worthless thereafter. Tonight I'm staying sober so I can catch up Norwescon stuff.
I think I've figured out what's caused the high pain level - aside from stress - it's doing the new job. There are parts of this job that require different repetative movement than my old job. My body is trying to adjust. Please hurry up and adjust body.
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
6:14 pm
Taken
I went to a movie today! I don't go very often because there is rarely anything I can't wait to see on video. This is probably not the best thing for the mom of a filmmaker to say.
First off - I have a "thing" for Liam Neeson. That colors my opinion a bit - but only a bit.
Taken was good. Liam Neeson was good. The bad guys can't shoot for shit (but that's normal), and I much prefer action scenes done with a steady cam. The editing was fabulous. The character was what every parent would like to be if their child(ren) were ever in danger. If you don't believe that kind of person exists, I can introduce you to one if you like. Warm, loving, caring, and pleasant - until they turn the emotion chip off and become, ruthless, cold, pragmatic, and dangerous.
And that is what makes this movie so appealing. Neeson's character does what we, in our secret heart, would do if ever in that position if we weren't old, fat, slow, and creaky. The laughter you hear at points in the movie speaks more to satisfaction with the events than reaction to the dialogue. The good guy is acting like a bad guy - and we LIKE it.
Gotta say - I understand why the character's wife is his ex, and I understand why she married who she married, but I'd rather have Liam. **sigh**
Friday, January 30th, 2009
9:02 pm
so tired and stressed
Monday I go to my new position full time. I had a day and a half of training, and I know I'm nowhere near prepared. Happily my new supervisor is not worried, which surely helps. I, however, have had a headache for two days, and I feel exhausted.
I spent my day trying to sort out the things that should go to each of the 3 or 4 folks I've done projects for because I will NOT have time to do anything for them after today. I tried to catch up all grievances and correspondence, and write down detailed instructions for Greg to do things I do without thinking. That was harder to do than I would have ever thought!
I got emails, calls and cards from folks I have worked with over the last two years in this position. It is lovely to know I had such an impact on them, and my work has been so effective and appreciated.
The funny thing about that? This is all in the field of religion! I generally say I'm an agnostic, which really means I don't have the answers, and don't really feel the need for answers. Mostly I feel that religion is about giving people an image to worship that they can feel comfortable with. That generally means that folks have small, mean, petty gods who only exist within strict limits. I like my universe a bit more roomy than that.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
11:23 pm
I have a new job
I suppose I should catch you up.
Right after the Christmas holiday, I was informed my current position was being cut due to the budget crunch.
Because I work for the state, they are required to offer me (and all of the other cutees) a postion that 1. isn't being cut at the moment, 2. is at or near the same level of work I am doing, and 3. is in the same approximate locale (kinda - more or less).
They gave me a choice of 4 positions, all at my same level (AA3). Three were at the same place I currently work, one was at a prison in Littlerock. I got my top choice - the Grievance coordinator. So today I began cross-training with the lady who is currently in that position. She is SO happy I am taking over! She came out of retirement to temporarily fill this position, and is VERY ready to go back into retirement! I worked with her for 2 hours, and my brain was aching when we were done. Happily there is a step by step manual for handling just the small part she showed me today, otherwise I would be screwed.
On the other hand, I can tell that I will be going full tilt boogie within a month or so, as so much of it is process rather than decision. After I get the process down, Devon (my new supervisor) will start letting me take on more of the dicision-making, and as I learn more, she will give more. She knows my work, and is thrilled to have me. I can't tell you how good it feels to be told that!
So for the next three days I will be doing as much as possible to close out my old position. As I keep handing off jobs folks keep saying: I didn't know you did THAT! I can't help but think "well shouldn't you have thought of that before you cut the position?"
Anyway - I didn't tell many folks about this before because it wasn't really like I was unemployed. sort of. And now I have a spanking new job to learn. No worries!
Sunday, January 18th, 2009
8:19 pm
two more quotes
"I once wanted to save the world, now I just want to leave the room with some dignity."
Lotus Weinstock

"You're with us now. Dignity has nothing to do with it."
Sid the sloth to Diego the saber-tooth.
7:54 pm
We have a graduation date!
Jesse's graduation commencement ceremony will be on Saturday, May 9.
We are currently making plans to go down to Las Vegas around May 6 and return around May 12. Anyone who would care to come down to the graduation is welcome to join us, whether for the week, or for the weekend.
We will be staying at Tahiti Village (TV) - our timeshare down there. The school is just off the strip and close to the airport. If you would like more info, let me know. We can get more rooms at TV for a really reasonable price, but won't actually know until a month out if there are extra rooms we can rent. TV doesn't have a casino, and while it is on Las Vegas Blvd., it's a couple of miles or so from the strip. (It's one Las Vegas block from the airport off-site car rental place.)
This is a tremendously exciting time for us. Jesse is the first person on my side of the family to ever graduate college!
7:48 pm
I try
Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.
Doris Lessing
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
10:24 pm
When is good news not that good?
When it's along the lines of:
After extensive tests, we have determined that your kidneys, liver, stomach, bladder, and all of your other innards do not have any type of disease, malfunction, or cancer. (Yay, right?)
However, we have absolutely no idea why you suffer from bouts of pain that range from mild to double-you-over-make-you-cry. (Right. Yay.)
So. Let's bring up the back issue again. After being told repeatedly that my spondiosis wouldn't be causing symptoms like this, we're going to assume that it is. (Michael has been saying this for months!) Now comes a different pain reliever (Tramadol), and new physical therapy to see if we can relieve the pain. The exercises I have been doing for over a year have mostly been to ease or reduce the pain in the legs and lower back. I guess we're going to try to find exercises to do the same with the torso.
I haven't been to the gym since my pain level got so high. I need to get back to work. If nothing else, so I can get some energy back.
Monday, January 12th, 2009
7:55 pm
I never cease to be amazed
by the depths to which the human heart will happily dive in order to garner some bit of power, some iota of respect from another and, through that, some self respect based on loathing rather than love.
My job has taken me to interesting places at times, and mostly I've enjoyed it, but today I spent in research. Aryan Nation, Christian Identity, Skinheads, KKK, Two Seedline, and you would not believe how many more. All of them purport to be the messengers of God, They are the Truth, and all others are dammed. Know what they all have in common? Each and every splinter of each organization is led by a single person, who is a little tin god that no one gainsays. When the headman dies - if there's no second strong enough to take over, the organization dies. Until the information age. Now they band together via the internet.
Tonight I feel unclean.
Sunday, January 11th, 2009
6:36 pm
What I heard (and thought) at Rustycon
Thing I needed to be reminded of (paraphrasing): "This isn't the most important thing in the world. It's just a science fiction convention. But for some people it IS the most important thing in the world, and their part in it is the most important part because it's theirs, and no one else can do it better than they can. So you deal with the politics. You just grit your teeth, and push on. Because even if you are more rational about the true place of the convention in view of the world, it's still important to finish the job."

her: "I hate NORWESCON!!"
me: (thought - oh god. Here we go)"Good heavens. Why?"
her: "They closed the filk rooms down at midnight."
me: "Really? I thought the filk rooms were open all night?"
her: "Well I just got back from the emergency room, and there was nobody there and the doors were locked tight."
me: (thought - yay!) "OH! This is RUSTYCON. I think the filk rooms are open all night at NORWESCON."
her: "Well the filk rooms were still closed!"
me: (thought - ?????????) Once again - it's all about PERSPECTIVE!!

"I like this party! It's the only one with food and non-alcoholic drinks!" (about the Norwescon/NWSFS party which, by the way, was very successful. From about 8 to 11 or so we were very well attended. By midnight though, the alcohol parties were in full swing, and we were empty, so we closed down.)

him: I don't like Norwescon. The programming and dealers room is always the same stuff."
me: Does that mean you don't plan to go?
him: I have to go! All my friends will be there!
me: Well why would you go if you don't like the programming?
him: Well I've never gone to the panels anyway. I just go to be with my friends.
me: (thought - ????????)

There was more. Gotta say - when you feel like you've been beating your head against a brick wall while dealing with your own convention - go to someone elses. Your brick wall may still be there, but your head has had a night off!

Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, October 26th, 2008
8:31 pm
I'm still here
I never write, I never call...
I just wanted to let you all know that even though I haven't been reading or responding on LJ, I haven't stopped thinking about you, or wanting to be around you.
I've just been really, really busy.
We're about to leave for Florida for two weeks. My brother is getting married. We're going to be on the Emerald Princess, going from Fort Lauderdale to St. Thomas and other Caribbean islands. We leave Tuesday the 28th and will be back on Monday night, November 10.
I am REALLY looking forward to this break.
Sunday, October 5th, 2008
11:53 pm
It's her fault!
01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
27) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
28) Do you believe in ghosts?
29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30) Do you swear a lot?
31) Biggest pet peeve?
32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
34) Favourite and least favourite food?
35) Do you believe in God?
36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
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