randoms


It seems there is so much going on these past few days that it’s hard for my brain to function in a structured manner. It’s working in bits and bobs and dribs and drabs, so I present to you more randoms…



This fun collage was created using the Collage Machine, 1.0. This is a magnificent time sucker, and I came to find it via the ever-fabulous Kim at Something to Say.


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This is my work badge. It’s got my much younger 26-year-old face on it. I like that even though I had to get a new badge twice in the last 3+ years (once because my last name changed to Monkey’s, and once because somehow it became inactivated), they let me keep using my much younger face on it. I’ll be turning it in tomorrow for good, so I thought I should scan it to remind myself that I had spent a chunk of my pre-30’s days here.



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Although I’d been long looking for a valid reason to give up a perfectly ok position in corp. giant, I find that I am surprisingly kind of sad about the prospect of it now that is real and here. There are so many really great people that I’ve come to know over the past few years here. It was weird clearing out my cube (oh my lord, did the scads of papers and folders accumulate!) and having people swing by to send me well-wishes. I am most certainly excited about the next chapter to open for Monkey and me, but I do feel a bit wistful knowing that I likely won’t see a lot of these people again. My old team took me for lunch at Benihana yesterday (it was a nice treat, and I really like so many of my old teammates) and I’m going to lunch with my current team tomorrow. I’m going to leave a well-fed gnome, a little extra pudgy round the middle. {I’ve got pics to post but have been lazy…perhaps soon when I catch a moment}


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Speaking of moves across country and such, I found this fun little thingy via Cheeky Prof today:


bold the states you’ve been to, underline the states you’ve lived in and italicize the state you’re in now… Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C / Go HERE to have a form generate the HTML for you.


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I went to my dentist today (squeezing in all the benefits I pay for before I leave this week) and I will miss her too. She is super, and the 2 hygienists have become quite like friends as well. They have such a fun office, always putting on great music to keep the atmosphere light and cheery. Plus, the chocolate-mint buffing paste, which sounds foul but really is rather good. I love the way my teeth feel after a good cleaning!


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Following Penelope’s advice, I am finally reading The Secret Life of Bees (could I be the last woman on earth reading this book? yes, I am sometimes slow to trends!). It seems to come at the right time, as it takes place in South Carolina. Mind, early 1960’s SC, but SC nonetheless. One line has really stuck with me so far: “South Carolina was Dixie first, America second.” Interesting…

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