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This picture is appropriate ...

for 2009 has been the year of medical maladies.

Beginning in January -- three weeks into the new year -- I had to be taken to the hospital (ambulance and all) unable to take a full breath and tightness in my chest. Fun. They kept me overnight for observation; which means hooked up to an IV and heart monitor. Nothing. So they let me go home. I stayed home from work and rested for the next week until the following weekend ... BANG! same thing. Back to the ER -- stay overnight with more IVs, heart monitors, stress tests, x-rays, pulmonary tests, and CAT scans. (let me tell you how awful nitroglycerin tablets are!)
The only thing they found was a hiatal hernia which can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack. They gave me some Prilosec and told me to modify my diet. So okay, back home again, rested a few more days then I finally felt like I could go back to work and started slowly with half days. A week later I was back in the ER with new symptoms -- nausea, headache, vertigo, tightness of my upper chest, delightful. Doctors scratching their heads ... more tests ... so many CAT scans I probably glow in the dark. Let's just say that there are more current pictures of my insides than the outside! I finally realized that none of the medical professionals ever considered that it might be the medication. Let me see that box ... well, what do you know ... there it is. Problem solved, more or less. I still have to take medicine, but at least I can tolerate it and I won't have to take it long term. The other good news is that this experience did make me stop smoking once and for all.

Then in May, my oldest brother was admitted to Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. He'd been diagnosed about 10 years ago with myelodysplastic syndrome (smoldering leukemia) and had been in a clinical program with experimental medicine. Unfortunately the meds stopped working and the leukemia came on full force. After four months and many, many rounds of chemo ... he passed away last Friday.

Is it 2010 yet?
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What was I thinking?!

You know when someone asks you to do something and you instantly blurt out "sure" without thinking? Well, that was moi at a meeting a few weeks ago when someone from PR asked, would you be willing to ...?"

My response? "sure" ... (no, no!! where's the rewind button!!aarrgghh!!)

This lovely photo along will appear in the next Museum magazine along with some drivel I've written about the piece I'm standing beside. Great, now 5000 people get to see/read this.

WHAT was I thinking?

::SIGH:: too late now.

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    No Regrets - Edith Piaf (HA!)
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I did a bad, BAD thing!!

I'm almost completely recovered now, but I recently received a hard lesson in instant karma courtesy of the universe.

Sometimes it really pays to carefully review your emails BEFORE you actually hit the send button.

Last week I attended a meeting that was being moderated by one of my newbie co-workers. The agenda was presented was incoherent, facts and figures were missing, etc. etc. Several of us who have been in the department for more than five minutes have been trying, delicately, to show them the ropes without hanging them from one. When you're not that person's supervisor you definitely tread the razors edge.

Well, I was appropriately irked after the meeting; I thought it made our department look ridiculous. Miss Nit Picker 2008 sat down at her desk and began composing an email (I don't recall that I was actually going to send it to anyone, I was just venting); one that was not especially flattering. I think words like "servile and sycophantic" might have been used (the individual in question does have a habit of agreeing with EVERYONE!). Additional phrases like "why does "so and so" need to reinvent the wheel?" were also included. click, click, click, my fingers flying furiously over the keyboard.

You've probably guessed what I did next ... Yes, that's right ... I SENT it to the very person I was kvetching about. WTF???

I realized it the moment it happened and was so flustered that I couldn't open the freaking drop down menu to RECALL the message ... OH NO! TOO LATE ... they read it.


What did I do? Well, I went to the two people in the office I trust most for advice. After they finished laughing at me, we all agreed that firing up the BBQ and eating a nice BIG portion of crow was my only way out.

So I gathered up my courage and admitted I was an asshole. And a lucky asshole at that; this individual, though saddened by my email, was understanding and glad that I had aired my thoughts. WHEW.

Fast forward. We're probably on better terms than before and the newbies are now ASKING QUESTIONS instead of trying to reinvent that damned wheel.

All's well that ends well? I don't know ... but at least I still have a job!! LOL
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The 'Winners' of the Wired News Saddest-Cubicle Contest

The winner -- if you can call it winning -- of the Wired News saddest-cubicles contest is David Gunnells, an IT guy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His desk is penned in by heavily used filing cabinets in a windowless conference room, near a poorly ventilated bathroom and a microwave. The overhead light doesn't work -- his mother-in-law was so saddened by his cube that she gave him a lamp -- and the other side of the wall is a parking garage. Gunnells recalls a day when one co-worker reheated catfish in the microwave, while another used the bathroom and covered the smell with a stinky air freshener. Lovely.

Check out the runners-up for most depressing work space at

--I hope that job pays REALLY well!! --
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What Your Pizza Reveals

People may tell you that you have a small appetite... but you aren't under eating. You just aren't a pig.

You aren't particularly picky about pizza. It's so good... how could you be? You fit in best in the Western part of the US.

Your taste in food tends to favor what's rich and comforting. You prefer food that will definitely satisfy you.

You are eclectic, stylish, and totally random with your choices.

You are deep and thoughtful. You should consider traveling to Paris.

The stereotype that best fits you is upper class preppy. You don't anything too ordinary or vulgar.
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Well, it's official ... I'm OLD!! LOL

My son left this morning for college orientation and leadership program. Of course Mom still had to chase him down because he had left all the paperwork he needed on the table!! But the countdown is now at four weeks from today.

Now I know how the mama bird feels about pushing that baby out of the nest ... FLY DAMMIT!
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    Don't Falter - Mint Royale
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Big Brother -- part deux

BB has spoken and board members were present.

The official version is that someone at work wrote a multi-page letter to the entire board and select former board members. I'm trying to remember the exact description of said document ... I think it went something like "a very nasty letter filled with allegations, accusations, character assasinations, and concluded with numerous threats."

And while yesterday's witch hunt undid me, the executive staff and board members did exactly what I would expect; circled the wagons and dismissed the letter as not being worthy of a response. The big question swirling around now is 'WHO wrote the letter?'. (it wasn't me - just incase you were wondering! LOL)

What WOULD we do without the office grist mill!!
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