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22 August 2008 @ 10:43 pm
things wot I did this week:  
~Nearly finished 'Breaking Dawn.' Sixty or so pages from the end, I had to turn it back in to the bookstore. It continued strange, though there was an attempt to step up the pacing in the last little bit. There was preparation and training and subterfuge and all of this led, at last, to the climactic... conversation. Ever so much "tell don't show... or do." bah.

~Realized I Fail at gardening. My zucchini and summer squash plants are completely desiccated, and my cucumber (which was next to the zucchini) is going the same way. The HELL? I desperately need a gardening guru to come and guide my every step. Maybe they can also tell me why my self-heal completely fell to bits when my shasta daisies, bee balm, cone flowers and whatever that tall spiky red-bloomed thing I planted are flourishing. Also why my delphinium and columbine bit the dust, but the butterfly bush that was but a stick when I planted it has exploded into leafy lushness. No blooms yet, but... WOW! I'm definitely going to have to transplant that baby, and/or my yarrow, which is gorgeous but overshadowed by the unexpected verdancy of the stick-turned-hugeness. Suggestions? Anyone?

~Realized I don't completely fail at gardening, since at least my cherry tomatoes are brilliantly yummy. Last year they were bitter and altogether unhappy. This year, they're darned near exuberant. Upon realizing I didn't have a damned thing in the fridge with which to make a salad, I trotted out to the garden for one of the last of the cucumbers and a gathered skirtful (I'd forgotten to bring a bowl) of cherry tomatoes. So. Much. Happy.

~ Did a double at the gym last night, then had to pick up a class last minute tonight. It occurs to me that I have never said "No" when asked to cover a class or two or three. I don't know if that makes me the go-to girl or a doormat. What I do know is I'm still panicky about the quality of my classes when held up against those of other instructors. Hmm.

~Read comic books with Handsome Tom. More to the point, I read the books. He curled up, purring, in my lap and quadrupled his weight so that I could not easily rise/disassemble lap.

~Worked my last day at Barnes & Noble. It was mostly uneventful. There was a cake, which was very nice. They gave me sunflowers and a card and a binder of various photos Lyle has taken over the years. Those that featured me were universally unflattering, but I can hardly blame the photographer. When it came time to say goodbye to people... that's when it hit me. That's when I felt sad. For all I've hated being stuck back in receiving, the crew back there are absolute sweethearts. A few people had harsher words about my departure than I chose to employ. I thought about it - the whole 'giving them a piece of my mind!' thing - and you know what? Not worth it. Mayhap I'll take the time and write a letter (non-confrontational, professionally worded) about the various factors that drove me away, but in the meanwhile the official story - great new job opportunity with room to grow, drastically reduced commute, more time to work on outside endeavors - is more palatable and completely true. Anyway, it was as I hugged a couple of specific people and then made my way out of the store I really started to lose it. The new releases table in the teen section... no longer mine. At all. Ouch. And that reminds me: my beloved husband called me halfway through my day and said lovely things and made me cry.

I may do another post about B&N. I'm not looking to spew vitriol, nor glorify my retail-bookseller-self. Seriously. The heck? But there are things I want to chew over. Maybe I'll even share how Don made me all weepy. In any case, I'll lock that puppy down and put it behind a cut; you'll be forewarned! :)

~Went to the doctor. See previous post.

~Forgot to be awesome. Sorry, Nerdfighters!
I feel: morose*fmeh*
Jenthatwasjen on August 23rd, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
So...no more Happy Bookseller stories? I'm sure you're making a wonderful move and it's the right decision, but I'll miss Happy Bookseller stories. I will be interested in your B&N post-mortem.

(Hey, will you guys be coming down to MDRF this year?)
Kel: power girlladyjoust on August 23rd, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
The dearth of Happy Bookseller stories is a considerable part of the post-mortem, and a decided factor in my decision to move on.

And we'll be down Pirate Invasion weekend! With a new CD! upon which there is an original song. by me. :D
Jenthatwasjen on August 23rd, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)

And, excellent news!
Angelosomnamscream on August 23rd, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
In said original song, the flute section rocks my world....