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There are some days I'd like to hug you all. Today is one of those days. Thank you for being here and saving my sanity in the midst of homophobic trolls.
Awww, sweet thang! (((HUGS! HUGS! HUGS!)))
"See" you tomorrow!
*like, like, like* ((((hugs back atcha)))
Just ordered 13,000 Russian Rubles, 1,000 Denmark Kroner, 1,300 Swedish Kronor, and 300 Euro. Shopping anyone??
I just looked all three up on Virtual Tourist. YOU are going to have some fine times!
Denmark: The Stroget is the longest pedestrianised street in the World. It is bound to the west by Radhus Plasden square and to the east by the Kings New Square(Kongens). Many of the city's most famous and expensive stores are here such as IIIums Boligus, Magasin Du Nord and Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory.There are also a multitude of fashion stores, electrical outlets, fast food and souvenir shops.
Russia: The GUM department store takes up most of one side of Red Square, but you may not realise it, as it's simply a big building with no huge signs, neon lights.
Sweden: One of the most famous shopping streets of Stockholm is the pedestrianised Drottninggatan. It is packed with all kinds of shops, stores, restaurants and cafes.
Denmark – Already been making my wishlist at the Royal Porcelain.
Russia – We have a private Shopping Tour booked, which includes this store, sounds like Harrods in London, if so, we will be happy as two pigs in a blanket. Most excited the Fabrege style jewelry and accessories, and nesting dolls for the granddaughters and friends! :)
Sweden – Not sure how much shopping time we have, booked a trip to an Ice Bar...but I'm sure we'll find something.
AB so LOOT ly TOO KOOL!
Hello everyone... I'm indulging in a craving today... lunch is a cinnamon raisin bread with cream cheese sandwich!
that DOES sound delicious! Then again I like cream cheese on nearly anything! SAVOR every bite!
If you have a Panera in town and have a craving for sweet combos, go in and ask for a Cinnamon Crunch bagel with Honey Walnut cream cheese. DELICIOUS~
Tabik, Chums. Hope everyone has gotten their taxes done, and is well.
Indonesia either Javanese or perhaps Malay......
Hi E! How ya been? What's gnu with you? Taxes were done & filed a few weeks ago. I haven't checked yet to see if our refund is in.
Howdee ho from the left coast. Apologies to the birthday people! Happy (late) BDay greets!
After our huge rain we are now enjoying what will probably the first day of a looooooong hot summer, though it IS a bee you tee full morning!
Get out the shovels. Snow here. Melting as soon as it hits the ground though. =)
Interesting article here...I'd love to hear what my fellow corporate types feel about this...
I'm all about having a strong work ethic, but no one on their deathbed will say they wished they were in the office more.
If you can get it done, get it done, but there needs to be some core hours that all parties are available as well as the undersatnding of being available after standard work hours if your job entails it.
I do think the standard 9 to 5 40-hour work week at an office setting is going by the by with the advances of technology.
Being a work from home person for the past 8 years, I can attest that the work day is 24/7 in this global culture. The problem is that to make it work, you have to be flexible, and in a dog-eat-dog workplace, with presence awareness (instant messaging status indicators), there is pressure to be green all day and also when you're doing off-hours meetings.
I'm out the door when I'm scheduled to leave. And I don't work for free. Any place that would have me be present and not get paid is a place I don't work for.
Very valid point as to "being green" all day. I can't stand these little things that are supposed to make our life easier, but are just one more way to track us. Not a government conspiracy theory guy, but its on reason I make myself "invisible" on IM/chat and turn the GPS off on my cell phone.
Unfortunately I don't have the option to be invisible on my company's IM, sometimes I turn it to do-not-distub to get some quiet time for heads down work.
I get the compet!tive workplace thing, but I think boundaries should definitely exist, otherwise, the temporary overload, will quickly become permanent. Ten years ago, I worked for a guy, who was the quintessential type A, who told me with a straight face, that "You need to join the gym, and work out around two in the afternoon, then after a shower, you'll have no problem being recharged, so you can stay until nine or ten each night"...
That really stayed with me, since this guy was divorced, had no contact with his kids and lived for the job. He was also fired ten months into the reorg. Eat right, exercise, die anyway. One thing I have learned from this, is that if you are willing to sacrifice your weekends and evenings, the company will soon learn to expect it, even demand it.
I devoutly agree.....then once they expect it you'll be laid off like so much trash as soon as someone "better" comes along. I't's depressing.
When the work is there, I will work 60-70 hours a week. If work is slow, I may only work 30. I get my job done super efficiently. I don't mind being plugged in all day. I always tell my clients, "You can call me any time, but I may not answer." If I happen to be up at 2:00AM on a Saturday night and a client shoots me an email, I don't mind responding. I always set the expectation that I am available in normal business hours provided i'm not with a client and anything else is just a bonus for them. If a client asks me to be available for questions over the weekend, I will usually just say sure and answer the questions.
We're usually booted outta here just before the buildings have all been secured at 6pm. The max I could work on weekdays would be 6 to 6. We are privately owned and have a family-first culture. That and having the flexibility to work from 7 to 4, are why I just celebrated 8 years with this company. Like Sir Biddle said, no one on their death bed ever wished they had put a few more hours in at the office. I wish I could convince Hubby that that's a life lesson worth practicing.
Morning all. Had a bit of a busy weekend, so I'm kinda worn at the moment... There any hot chocolate around?
Oh, and a happy birthday to Lil' Biddle and a belated one to JBJ!
Thank DJCP, can you spin me something funky this morning?
Ya can't handle the FUNK!
As a matter of fact there is. I brought some in this morning to restock – along with two bags of M&M's: dark chocolate w/peanuts and a bag of the peanut butter kind. Dig in!
Wait. An entire bag of peanut bu-OM NOM NOM OHM NOM
@ 2-4-1, I couldn't resist getting the 18.4 oz size for everyone to ... oh .... ok .... well .... I'm glad you liked them.
Good morning everyone. Seems I missed some birthdays, so happy, happy to JBJ and Lil Biddle. Wish I had me some eggs benedict today, but alas, none in sight. Its going to hit 86 degrees here today, nice, but way too soon in the year. I'll be spending part of today with my head stuck in a big noisy cylinder trying to not get claustrophobic.
Are you going into the big noisy cylinder to find the last of the corned beef hash for your St. Paddy's Eggs Benedict?
No, but I've planned a pedicure reward for myself afterward :-)
Is that going to be your "happy place" while you're in the noisy cylinder? Pedicure land? ;)
Nope, the happy land will be a specific beach in Aruba.
Do tell, which beach. After the weekend we had, a beach in Aruba sounds like a great target.
Good luck with the test, Milady. I have my fingers crossed that it turns out the way you want it to.
Time to get ready for my chauffeur to take me to work. cya later
Good morning all, and all the best to Thing 1...I am thinking that Mom needs to do some positive bribery, err, reinforcement later today. Ice cream is definitely in order for this.
How was the weekend folks?
G'mornin'! Our 4-day weekend became conquer the list of honey-doo's. I'm glad we got 'em done but now we need a vacation. ;) How was your weekend?
Good morning! 6 days until I become Mrs Jagged Fel :-D Excited, thrilled, nervous, and all those other emotions all rolled together!
I have some Strawberry Scones for the group and will have some cherry ones tomorrow so please enjoy!!!
He's a quite the handsome knight, Miss Solo (I just checked y'all out on Wookieepedia). ;)
Try not to be too nervous. Keep chanting WHY you're doing all this: to marry the man you love. Everything else becomes icing to a very 'tasty cake.'
I am a BIG fan of the chanting...when the stress of it all gets to me I just start my lil mantra and all gets better! That or I start cooking...
The endowed lightsaber has to be one reason for marriage too.
It's not how the lightsaber is endowed – it's how you use it.
Isn't both even better?
Sure. Not many are that lucky. Lightsabers come in so many variations with so many levels of education & experience, it's hard to know what's getting into you without trying it out first.
I mean, what you're getting into without ...
No try. Only do.
Valid point, very valid point.
Trust me Great Yoda, I did and got done .... wait ... we're talking about lightsabers, right?
Sounds like someone enjoyed their 4-day weekend!
Today is Lil Biddle big day so its not belated.
Happy Birthday Lil' Biddle. You DA Lil' Man....have a good Day.
Well dingbusted. I'll have to take a refresher course in remedial reading.
Did the aerial SWAT team buss in on Li'l Bid's party to break up any shenanigans?
Plenty of Shenanigans but no SWAT team. We have a ton of helicopters that fly over our area (military & police) so he goes nuts anytime he sees a helicopter. Hanging in the backyard all day, yesterday was a good day.
Happy Birthday !
Thanks for the coffee Everyone.....Thing 1 should be out of surgery very soon and on his way home by 10:00 a.m. Queenie sent me a picture of him and I think he was holding a Kentucky Rabbit. Take that IU-
I stand corrected-It is a Kentucky Koala Bear. He is out of surgery. :))
Everything crossed for you and loved ones!
Good morning. Tx for the coffee, Birthday Lady. Speaking of birthdays, happy belateds to Li'l Bids & SeaBee.
Welcome to Monday morning! Heading into a beeutiful 77 degrees. Coffee and homemade tiramisu is ready.
you really don't want my dressing fitting now do you?!?! What recipe did you use for the amazing tiramisu??
Guy Fieri off Foodnetwork....amazing! :)
Morning everybody – 4 more nights. It's really windy but , all is Well !!! Take it Easy everyone :-)
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