Monthly Archives: April 2007

So You Think You Can Tell Heaven From Hell?

So apparently I have to use any vacation days before my last day of work. Any days that I do not use are forfeit. There seems to be a decent chance that since I have not taken very many in a long time there will be many of them. Most of my days off have occurred during official closure for either the lab or University of Maryland. My visitor came during my Spring Break. When I went back to Columbus, it was only for Winter Break days. The last actual vacation days that I took before my trip last week to see my grandma were last July when lyceum_arabica came.

I earn a day and a half of break every month of working. They accumulate for as long as I am there. That means a little over three weeks of vacation time per year. Allowing for the week that I took off in May last year, the days from last July, and my four days off two weeks ago, I probably have about three to four weeks of vacation time coming to me. And this is not even counting annual personal days or paid sick leave.

The last day of my current contract is June 1. If I am calculating how much time I have actually taken off correctly, I could probably go in to work today and say, “I’m sorry. I cannot work any more. I need to use my vacation days.”

I wonder whether I should first allow them to officially tell me that they will not renew my contract?

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Good Things From This Weekend

The Good Went to a new salsa place last night and while it was not as much fun as WilLee’s Blues Club, it was not too bad either. To my surprise, I was able to improvise several new moves without hurting myself or anyone else. I also made several new friends, ate at a 24 hour burrito place, heard some disgusting but hilarious stories about world cuisine while attempting to eat my burrito, and inspired an international dinner. Apparently, I am to provide the entrée. Everyone else brings sides, desserts, appetizers, and the like. The people involved seem to be from: China, Honduras, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, and the US and we must all make appropriate cuisines.

The Better At said salsa place, I won two tickets to an upcoming salsa celebration. Two bands from NY. Six DJs. Lots of dancing. All at the Hispanic Center in Albuquerque on 19 May.

The Best blakemp pointed me to this news article about how Disney is not only bringing back hand drawn animation but also the theatrical short cartoon!

Sangría is Good For Me

The lovely shrijani pointed me to this article, Fruity cocktails count as health food.

Now if I could only stop losing weight …!

0 to c

This morning I did not know that my last day at Milagro would be 1 June. Nor did I know that I have an exceedingly good chance of being defined as a grad student and being hired by LANL to work on an AIDS database until December. I certainly did not know that ORNL was putting up a job for which I am eminently qualified nor that the boss of a good friend of mine would consider recommending me for it.

I do not think that hitting the ground running is an adequate description of this feeling.

I could write about my grandmother’s health and my trip to Ohio, but that would depress me. I could write about other stressful things in my life, but I think that I need to coast on this sensation of surfing the synchronicity stream for a while longer.

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With a Name Like Stroke, I Would Expect Something Gentler

My surviving grandmother had a stroke. I’m hopping a flight to visit her first thing in the morning. I probably will be online even less in the near future.

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