September 20th, 2003

bundled up, walkabout, snow

Traveler's update

Sat, 1:33pm EDT: I'm sitting in the Houston airport with a longer layover between flights. I've already eaten a lunch of hotdog with cheese, ketchup and mayonnaise, and the air conditioning is set too low for comfort in these spandex shorts of mine. So I've decided to get out my portable lap warmer, with bonus data processing capacity. I'll post these when I get online tonight at Mom and Dad's. There's a dataport in the phone in front of me, but I'm being cheap. ;)

The first flight was really two, a through flight from Louisville to Houston, with a stop in Birmingham. Uneventful, and really not up to the usual standard of humor for Southwest. But bonus, they had Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies! Beats peanuts or pretzels anyday. :)

I've finished reading Watership Down, and for purposes of load-lightening, I packed my additional books in my checked baggage. So I'm soaking up the wait time by updating my journal and then reading back list-mail.

I had a nice afternoon and evening with Wolf and Sydb. I felt like I was on vacation, as soon as I got away from the house. Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of the first time that Wolf and I kissed; the first time that he declared his love for me (we'll ignore the context - he and Sydb were selling Partilite candles and I had just consider aloud whether I'd be buying an pillar candles).

I had the bright idea of bringing dinner, but the Eggplant Parmesan did not survive the freeze and thaw process, so we ended up with Pizza Magia. I had brought Wolf a gift though, and savored the rare achievement of giving him a game he hadn't seen or read about. :) Bonus, a game wherein one of the players is called "Master."

We didn't try to play the game last night, but I'm hoping that we'll get a chance to play it (save it for me, Wolf?) when I'm there for my birthday next weekend. I know that's ages to wait though. ;)

We watched The Road to El Dorado, which I haven't seen since it was in the theater. I just love the little armadillo. :)

We got a surprisingly long amount of sleep, which is nice, because I'm going to my parents' well-rested.
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News from Work

To review: Monday, work called in sick. Wednesday night, I was finished at 9pm with all the work available to me for both Wednesday and Thursday nights. Next week, I'm not working: my birthday present from Flar. :)

Friday, Opman called me. I was on my way out of town, but a slightly vulnerable schedule, since my "hard deadline" was getting to the Louisville airport by 8am Saturday. Getting to see Wolf and Sydb, just because they live close to the airport, well, that's bonus. So i was a little worried that Opman would have a reason for me to come into the office.

Nope. He asked me if I was interested in training as a scanner. Seems they're trying to nail down a new client that would mean lots of scanning, but not indexing -- all the information would be barcoded, or something. Of course I said yes, because I don't really care what I do with the hours I give them; it's all money coming in, right? He also mentioned wanting to see if we could work out more hours for me.

I told him I'm be happy to do scanning, that we could probably figure out how to increase my hours, and I asked him whether my current schedule for being off-work would interfere. (I'll be in Texas through Monday, but I could conceivably work on Wednesday and Thursday night -- even though it would mean disrupting birthday plans.)

Turns out they won't know about the new job until this coming Wednesday. I'm to call in and make arrangements for training time. I don't really expect it to take long to learn how to scan. It's another function in the same software package I use for indexing, and of course there's the copier/like equipment to run. I'll find out when I call Opman back, when whether he'd like me to work days for awhile (ick-poo: I get nothing done at home when I work days, and I'll have to work around bowling -- unless we make arrangements for me to come in after noon, or something).

I think the base rate for scanners is higher than for indexers, but I'm not likely to see an immediate effect, since I just got that raise. Regardless, more hours means more money.
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