The End!!

Oct. 30th, 2008 10:21 pm
samantilles_at_lj: (Hermione Close Up)
I have sucessfully come to the end of a very very hectic month here at work... Its now 2215 here, and I'm just getting out to leave... but, I'm sooo incredibly happy at my successes for this--I have a clean desk!!
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I never have a clean desk... ever!!   I'm soo much closer to actually getting done reorganizing and filing (we just got filing cabinets in not too long ago, so I've got a pile of work I've done thats sitting in a desk drawer...) speaking of desk drawers--I actually also cleaned one out today!!!  A feat not attempted since March of this year (right after I started!)

I
 also pulled in some mad hours, this being the third day in two weeks i've worked past ten pm... I have more than enough hours banked to take off tomorrow (which is usually a very hectic day for me, being the end of a financial period and expense reports are due to me) so I will be doing just a wee bit from home (like my own expense reports!) but otherwise, I am dedicating a good part of tomorrow to AMUN for research--going to the UN library here in DC (which I'm kinda excited about in that strange archival science degree student way)...
samantilles_at_lj: (SG-1 Daniel Jack's Fault)
So, the previous post on my journal was naturally not written by me but by *ahem* someone who shall remain nameless, who snatched up my iPhone and made it for me... I promised I wouldn't edit it or delete it, so there it is... *sigh* But then again, only three times a year do I get to hang out with said person, along with another 72 people stuck in a hotel for a week together, as we are this weekend for our annual training session. Needless to say, I also have some brand new blackmail material that I plan to publicly share as soon as I get home in front of my beautiful iMac with the appropriate software to edit the video files. I may even post them here, as an example of the craziness we volunteers put ourselves through.

Love the weekend, but I'm not ready to face the 10.5 hour roadtrip home tomorrow from Chicago to Maryland. *sigh*
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So, I did actually go see Dark Knight on opening weekend (despite originally not intending to!). Normally I'm all gung-ho about going opening night, or at least demanding opening weekend, but for some reason I was ready to by pass it this time around. Anyways, The lines were horrible, and we were early none the less. However, my luck did not yet run out on me, and I was able to procure my normal seat (just slightly to the right of the center, first row with a bar) despite not being anywhere close to the front of the line. Somehow half the line was diverted to a second theatre, so we managed to get in relatively early. But luck then would of course have to leave... just as the previews were starting, my allergy medication fully wore off (and quickly, I might add) and I could no longer breathe through my nose. SHEER AGONY!! I sat throughout the entire film trying to quietly blow my nose or move around as much as possible without disturbing anyone else just to try to breathe through my nose. I had claritin in my purse, but it doesn't work well for unclogging. It at least gave a tiny modicum of relief, and of course as soon as the movie ended and I could walk around a bit, it finally cleared it up enough that the agony drowned down to just a severe annoyance. I don't know how anyone can expect me to enjoy anything in that condition, but I managed to focus on the movie quite a bit.

Spoiler info: The Dark Knight review )

On a second note, I've started playing around with using the Apple browser, Safari, on Windows. It of course has its downsides, for instance, I don't get the really cool rich-text editor for LJ with Safari that I do for Windows Explorer, but its usability is so much easier. For instance, tab browsing for IE is difficult when it doesn't seem to want to understand that ctrl-t is for a new tab. I sometimes have to press it four or five times before it works. Not with Safari. I've also grown accustomed in the several years I've been a mac user, to where everything is, and I never have to go looking for a particular function. *happehsigh* I of course still prefer my home computers to my work Windows PC, but at least I get a tiny bit of home with it.

On a final note, I was saddened to learn that one of my AMUN friends was mugged last week here in DC. Apparently it was really bad; the muggers broke his jaw, stole his wallet, phone and glasses, and put him in the ICU for a few days. We as an AMUN DC group are waiting to hear more, but my heart goes out to him and his family *bighugs*.
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So, I wanted to put this entry in last night when I was first inspired to, but LJ was down!! *arrgh!* Nothing like not being able to add an entry at the time, and while I could have typed it up in word or something, its just not the same as off the cuff entries as I normally do! So anyways, onto the girlish squeeing I did last night.

I recieved the staff chronicle for American Model United Nations (which for those of you who do not know, is one of the largest collegiate Model United Nations simulations in the country). I've been on staff now for five years and *basks in a bit of ego* am the head of my department. Needless to say, I <3 AMUN, and it was literally a lifesaver when I wholeheartedly joined into it five years ago. I love just about everyone there, so meeting up means I get to see 100 of my best friends (and if you're not a close friend when we start out on a week of crazyness, you are by the end!) Anyways, so in the Chronicle, I was reading through a classic and wise series called "Dear AMUN goddess" which imparts truth and humor, mostly geared towards new staffers. To paraphrase, the question is 'why does the staff have to go to a separate training meeting (that we hold in September) and what's going to happen?'. The answer is of course long and detailed, so I will not quote it all. Basically we train for individuals (what exactly your role is on staff), for the team (why we do what we do, and all that jazz) and teambuilding... The teambuilding is of course total AMUN awesomeness. So, on to my *squee* part. After explaining that we would be teambuilding, the AMUN goddess stated (and I quote:)"It would be awfully frustrating to be at Conference and be told that Sam has the information you desperately need to complete the task laid before you, but not know WHO Sam is or even if Sam is a man or a woman or a good or bad egg (FYI, Sam is both a woman and a good egg and has the answers to many questions)." Anyways, it just makes me *squee* all over again (I <3 being loved!!)

Maybe this will get me to get my presentation done on purview!

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