I’ve been delighted the past three weeks to get to know my new teammates through happy hour. It’s too busy to really get to talk at work. I felt pretty isolated at first, until I realized that it was just that everyone is so busy. Now, thanks to happy hour, I don’t feel like the stinky kid anymore.

Tonight, as it was my supervisor’s last happy hour as our supervisor, I decided to stay longer than I have been. It’s a good thing I did. I discovered that there are a few True Blood fans on my team, and even better a Unicorn! Woohoo!

Thanks again, Old Man Bobby, for being cool with me cancelling our plans at the last minute so I could stick around for “team building”.

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Have you heard of this? As it turns out I’ve had a number of work boyfriends, and I find that it helps me go to work with a more positive attitude. What do you think about this whole thing? Have you had any experience with it yourself, good or bad? Discuss.

 

Platonic work flirting: Good for business?

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  • Professor: Having a “work spouse” can be a good thing
  • Says it’s an esteem booster, makes them happy to come to work
  • Questions to ask to make sure flirting doesn’t cross the line

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(LifeWire) — They ate lunch together almost every day. They commiserated over professional and personal woes, and when projects ran long at the San Francisco architecture firm where they were both summer interns, they checked building plans together until they were sprung from the office at 10 p.m.

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Take care that a flirtation with a co-worker doesn’t cross the line.

“She was fun to hang out with, and sometimes she would do things that some might consider flirty, like run a hand through my hair to mess it up,” says Hayes Shair, now 25. “Sometimes I’d sort of flirt back.”

But Shair was dating his college sweetheart at the time. This woman was more like his “work girlfriend” — a coworker with whom one flirts platonically during office hours but without any romantic intentions.

It’s hardly a unique situation. The career information Web site Vault.com reports that in a 2007 office-romance survey of 575 employees, 23 percent said they had a “work husband” or a “work wife.”

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As you know, I’m a Sketching in Stereo fan. I thought I’d let you know about their upcoming dates.

March 8, yes today technically, they will be playing at Hot Topic at Tempe Marketplace. I think I may be there. They have some upcoming dates in CA, too. Maybe you can go check out my friends.

Mar 8 2009 1:30P
Hot Topic at Tempe Marketplace (Acoustic Show) Tempe, Arizona
Mar 13 2009 6:00P
Show Low Teen Center (ALL AGES) Show Low, Arizona
Mar 18 2009 10:00P
The Rockit Room San Francisco, California
Mar 19 2009 10:00P
River Rock Lounge Sacramento, California
Mar 20 2009 10:00P
The Lucky 13 Fresno, California
Mar 21 2009 10:00P
The Slidebar Fullerton, California
Mar 22 2009 5:30P
The Apple Store (Acoustic Show!) Santa Monica, California
Mar 26 2009 9:00P
Martini Ranch Scottsdale, Arizona
Apr 3 2009 9:00P
Plush Tucson, Arizona
Apr 10 2009 10:30P
Brunswick Hotel Kingman, Arizona
Apr 17 2009 7:00P
Desert Ridge Marketplace (FREE & ALL AGES) Phoenix, Arizona
Apr 25 2009 12:00P
Band Together Benefit Prescott Valley, Arizona

From http://www.myspace.com/sketchinginstereo

That’s what my Mom always said anyway. Mr. Robert Pattinson has cut his hair and apparently there are people out there who are opposed to this. Don’t get me wrong, I loved his hair, but it’s his hair. We don’t get a say.

If we do get a say, I would say, I loved the old hair, but the new hair is quite handsome. It makes you look older, Rob, which suits me just fine as I am quite a bit older than you.

It’s late and I’m starting to sound like my friends at Letters to Rob only not as funny. I better go.

This post is very late. I apologize to my Sketching in Stereo friends. Your December 5, 2008 show was amazing. I knew you were good. I’d heard you on your MySpace page, but I didn’t not expect the stage presence. Well done! I look forward to more shows and more CDs. Remind me again why you weren’t on the Twilight Soundtrack.

PS Technicolor Dreams has become the playlist for my novel.

The Macy’s Parade is over. The cheeseball is chilling in the fridge. The turkey is in the oven. The Holidays are officially upon us. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I for one have much to be thankful for. Highest on the list is my Uncle J. He made it through his surgery beautifully yesterday and is on the mend. They will have him up and walking around today–amazing!

I am thankful for my friends and family. They are fun, loving, and best of all supportive. I know I can count on you, and I hope you know you can count on me. I love you all.

I am thankful for my job. Sure, I complain a lot about it, but it’s hard work, so I suppose that is to be expected. I really am thankful to have a job, especially with today’s economy being what it is.

I am thankful for my hobbies. Gaming, writing, reading, and movies, have done their best to keep me sane, especially the last couple of years. That leads me to thank a few authors in particular, who have given me the means to escape when needed in the last few years: JK Rowling, the writers of such recent Star Wars novel series as the New Jedi Order Era and the Legacy of the Force Era, Andrew Davidson, and of course Stephenie Meyer. A special Thank You to the folks at The Game Depot, Arizona, my FLGS. If anyone has kept me sane (Yes, I know. I use the term lightly.) these last few years, it has been you. Thanks for keeping my hands busy and my mind occupied.

I know I have a lot more to be thankful for, but time is running short. There is dinner to be made. I’ll close with Old Man Bobby. I cannot say Thank You enough, for everything. For more Date Nights than I can count. For dealing with my many neuroses and putting up with my crap in general. For backrubs I never have to ask for. For endless games of Ask Me About My Book. For doing my bidding. And of course for all the stuff I shouldn’t mention in polite company. Thank you. I’m a lucky woman to have a “boyfiend” like you. Don’t tell anyone I said that though.

 

A friend of mine from The Game Depot introduced me to National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, which is celebrating, as they put it, “10 years of Literary Abandon.” I’m in, my friend! I’ve officially signed up as of tonight. I figure if I don’t do it I’ll always wonder. To my family, this is my GarveyStrong moment of the year. I’m going to step outside my comfort zone and attempt to write 50,000 words during the month of November. My friend assures me this is approximately 3 pages a day. A few of you are writing books of your own. If you’d like to join me, check out the FAQ.