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The state of me

I am so discombobulated. I think "I should post!" and then when I go to do so... the brain, she blanks out and I stare at the screen and wibble.

So what's been happening?

So there was the cruise thing - that was fun, but way too short.

My city looks pretty awesome, just sayin'. Stanley Park is lovely from that angle.

Me and some of the girls:

I would happily do that again, though my feet were sore for a couple days after I got home. According to one of my girlfriend's step counter, we walked 11 miles in two days, since we walked around the ship too many times to remember and then trekked from Pike's Place market in Seattle all the way up to catch the Bolt bus. I should have worn better shoes.

Back at home, we're still in reno mode with holes in the walls and piles of lumber outside my door.

But! The upstairs carpets are done! They look very nice. Someone else in the co-op was complaining they are not great quality and are not the right colour but... eh. They look fine to me, what do I know about carpet?

We also painted the kids rooms - here's a before and after of the girls' room.

I *really* wish they would do the downstairs flooring, because then I would go get all my crap out of the storage unit. Uhg. the extra $200/mo is not making me happy. I saw the coordinator guy today and asked him if it would be done before the end of June and he was really cagey. "Maybe," he says. "It's possible..." Bah.

The business trip to Nashville... well. It was annoyingly unproductive.

I did not realize that in the US, Memorial Day weekend is a huge go party / go camping / take an extended holiday kind of deal. I thought it was like remembrance day up here - kind of solemn, with the focus being on services at cenotaphs and veterans laying wreaths and speeches and shit.

It actually felt kind of disrespectful to me, how everybody at my office seemed to be in "Yay, party time, whoo-hoo!" mode. I don't think I heard *anyone* talk about the meaning behind it or pay homage to actually remembering the soldiers who have fought and died - which just seemed *so weird* since I think of the US as having the mighty military presence. What was really sad to *me* was the only person I saw online who seemed to share my cognitive dissonance over it was my ex-pat French Canadian co-worker who currently lives in Vegas, who posted a thing on Facebook:

Anyway, basically everybody that I had talked to in an effort to arrange meetings before going down there ditched out by Wednesday afternoon and it was a gigantic waste of time and resources. Half the point of my being there was to meet with some of these folks who don't understand how the intake process works and how we manage the projects and the portal - the folks who drive me CRAZY - and they bailed.

So Friday morning I worked from the hotel and was *just about* to check out and head to the airport when one of the guys I tried for *three days* to set a meeting with pings me in a panic because he does not understand what I have been trying to explain to him via email. I called him and could not help myself, just had to get that passive-aggressive, "Gee, it's too bad we didn't have a chance to get together sometime this entire week while I was in town, I would have loved the chance to go over this with you, but I have to leave and catch my plane now."

Yeah, that felt kind of nice, even though it's coming back to bite me in the ass this week. Meh.

At least I got a chance to get out a little this time - my manager took my downtown for lunch one day and I wandered around a little while he ran errands and acted like a tourist by taking pics with my iPhone.

Music Row

Elvis, of course

Tequila Cowboy. The music was good, the food was mediocre. I do not recommend the pulled pork.

Oh, also! I sold a thing on Etsy just before I was leaving! Totally unexpected, to someone I don't even know, so that was cool! I have had friends buy stuff and say nice things, but complete stranger - cool!


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Jun. 2nd, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC)
Stanley Park is magical! A racoon held my hand!
Jun. 4th, 2016 06:54 pm (UTC)
That is pretty cool. The racoons in the park are so used to humans, they are pretty chill - but you have to be careful, cuz they can startle and bite.
Jun. 2nd, 2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the cruise was fun.

I know what you mean about the cognitive dissonance. There are lots of parades and true efforts to honor troops for Memorial Day, but for many people, it's just a welcome day off.
Jun. 4th, 2016 07:12 pm (UTC)
What I learned from the cruise is that one day is not enough for the amount of work you have to do to get there, go through all the security, sit through the safety demo, then be up so early and off the boat the next day. I think three days would be the minimum really enjoyable time. I suspect that for me, anything more than 5 days would be too much. I'd be itching for HOME.

I discussed the memorial day experience with my kids, and we were trying to remember if we'd ever seen any ads for Remembrance Day sales in Canada. Jazzy seems to recall seeing one last year, but I don't. I will pay attention this year and see if it's becoming a thing here too.

I grok why people would embrace a spring holiday to spend with family and friends, and don't want to sound like I think that's a bad thing - I just hate the idea that people have totally and completely lost sight of what it is really supposed to be about.
Jun. 5th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Five days sounds perfect and then time to go home. I had five days in NYC and was super ready to go home even though I had a blast.

I hear ya re: Memorial Day. I think all our holidays are commercialized and focused on retail to an exclusion of what they are supposed to be about.
Jun. 2nd, 2016 11:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Memorial Day here is just the start of grilling season. That graphic your friend posted says it all.

Me, I went to the cemetery.
Jun. 4th, 2016 07:15 pm (UTC)
If I was in in Winnipeg, on Remembrance day I would go to the cemetery and visit my grandpa's grave I think. When I was a kid, I used to get up early on my day off school, while my brothers slept in, and go down to the memorial in the middle of town to watch as the veterans marched down the street and laid wreaths. I guess it was just impressed on my at a very young age that this was IMPORTANT and needed to be RESPECTED.
Jun. 5th, 2016 01:16 am (UTC)
Someone raised you right.
Jun. 2nd, 2016 11:30 pm (UTC)
I love the color of the kids room. Walking eleven miles in two days is very impressive.

I don't get how Memorial Day turned into this three day weekend of grilling and beer swilling either. I'm sorry your Nashville business trip was a bust because of it.
Jun. 4th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
I was worried that the very dark closets would be too much, but I like the contrast, more than I thought I would.

I did NOT mean to walk that far. I just got dragged along. But you know what's crazy? My big boss, he runs that far every morning before work ON PURPOSE. I love him (in a work appropriate way) but HE IS CRAZY. He's one of those marathon people. Urk.

I will know the next time I go to Nashville that I need to lock people into a committed date and time to meet. I should have done that this time then I would have known people were not going to be available.
Jun. 3rd, 2016 01:05 am (UTC)
Memorial Day is really weird here. We pay a lot of lip service to honoring our veterans, but we do jack all about it. Just witness the funding debates over the VA these days. "Oh, you went to war and you survived? Good for you, you get nothing."

It's hella frustrating, honestly, especially for those of us who are working for veterans.
Jun. 4th, 2016 07:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was actually thinking of you when I was down, since I know you work with vets, trying to help them. And I saw some news articles about funding being cut (or that they want to cut it) for vets and I just... what?! How can they do that?

Regardless if you agree or disagree with how the military are deployed and where, once they've been and they're back, and they need *help* then they should get that help. It boggles my mind that this is even happening.
Jun. 3rd, 2016 03:28 am (UTC)
I used to visit NYC several times a year and one of those trips coincided with Memorial Day. Obviously, staying downtown in a major city wouldn't have given me any indication of start-of-picnic season. What I was exposed to instead was a massive military parade down Fifth Avenue. As much as I admired the supersonic sleekness of those needle-nose planes, I felt it was all OTT, focused more on American military might to the detriment of all other considerations.

My feet are giving a sympathetic wince (well, if feet could wince), but the cruise and sight-seeing sounded wonderful!
Jun. 4th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
...I felt it was all OTT, focused more on American military might to the detriment of all other considerations.

Yeah, I hear that. I think I like the way we do Remembrance day stuff up here better, but I've always been a fan of understated displays.

Seattle is a cool place - I've always meant to get down to Pike's Place but I never have the time. This was the prefect reason to go.
Jun. 3rd, 2016 05:46 am (UTC)
Looks like you had some fun!

Jun. 4th, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
The cruise was fun and I would like to do it again - but I think three days next time. And downtown Nashville was fun - if I can get over my aversion to driving in that city, maybe I will rent a car next time and go see some of it.
Jun. 3rd, 2016 07:12 am (UTC)
Sounds like a very frustrating trip!
Jun. 4th, 2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
It was good to meet up with the vendor and discuss the changes we need to make before migrating to the new platform and it was good to see my co-workers, but yeah. They other parts were frustrating. Oh well, hopefully next time will be better.
Jun. 3rd, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
I think Memorial Day can be a celebration and a day of remembrance. We did have a picnic, as we always do, on Sunday. Friends and family joined together for conversations and food. For me, I made sure to ask my dad on Monday about the men and women in our family who fought in past wars. I also made sure to visit my grandpas and grandmas in the cemetery.
Jun. 4th, 2016 07:35 pm (UTC)
I hope I didn't come across like a judgemental ass, I sure did't mean to and apologize if I did.

I get the idea of taking advantage of the holiday to spend time with family and friends, I think it's great to be able to do that. I just hate the idea that people have totally and completely lost sight of what it is really supposed to be about.

What you're describing sounds like exactly the kind of thing that is the perfect blend - enjoying the family and remembering the past at the same time.
Jun. 4th, 2016 11:37 am (UTC)
Yay boo hiss awesome meh
Well, you've had a productive and interesting and fun time. Work.... you just make me glad I'm unemployed; I have no patience left for boobies.
Jun. 4th, 2016 07:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay boo hiss awesome meh
To be fair, I must say that most the people I work with are awesome most of the time. Even those who have been driving me crazy lately are not all bad.

And I had a great, intelligent conversation with one of the managers yesterday who seems to understand when I am explaining so that's a good thing.
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