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I just had coffee with my friend Tia at cafe chocolati. I had a decaf cherry mocha with whipped cream which was decadent. It was nice to hang out with someone with lupus who understands things like how it feels like you are encased in cement & that your skin hurts. & why sitting on a bus for an hour is exhausting. I did not know anyone with lupus till I met Tia at artwalk last year. More later. I just had to share how nice that was. & we both told each other is would be ok if we had to cancel at the last minute.
Argh. The big bosses want a meeting with my team tomorrow to find out why our numbers suck. It will not be pleasant. I am really glad that my numbers shot up to a decent range last week when they moved us behind a different proxy server to the rest of the company. They would have had meeting today but half of team called in sick which is also bad timing. So glad I was there. Yesterday the whole team got 219 orders done - they want 500 a day. I got 45 done. I know one girl only got 14 done. I have no idea how she managed that but it has been typical of her lately. So I am expecting a stressful day with upset people tomorrow & hoping to avoid bring one if them. The fact that I can clearly document improved performance immediately following the upgrade is certainly on my side. I am glad I had warning this is coming.
Update from AUDIN-

"it isn't a good one.
So he is still quite anemic.
originally he was both anemic and had too many lymphocytes in his blood.
The anemia is still here, but he lymphocyte level has decreased, presumably due to the steroid.
this is an indication of pretty heavy cancer.
Also the mass was removed was indeed cancerous.
So his overall lack of energy is due to cancer.
His skin issue...is due to a fungus.presumably ringworm.
which is really annoying.
but is probably a side-effect of the cancer, which is suppressing his immune system.
I can't afford to give him chemotherapy.
The phrase 'many thousands of dollars' was used.
But I can afford some anti-fungal medication. So they are going to call that into the ballard pharmacy.

But overall I don't think cheeseburger will be around very long.
so that sucks.
and i wish i wouldn't have taken the phone call...because i'd rather have waited to find out."

In related news, maybe I do not have shingles. Maybe I have ringworm.
I am so tired. There is so much pressure at work to get more done. We have more work so instead of hiring more people they are just saying to go faster. My boss told me I had to get 240 proofs efiled today. I got 140 done. Which was still probably 2x as many as Maria but I am no sure how many Harrison got done. He is super fast & nick loves him but apparently he makes s lot of mistakes. He is a young cocky hipster & really annoys me. It is the arrogance that gets to me.

Jesse has been being ruder & meaner & snarly. I finally complained to Shaena today. If he ever finds out my work & home life are so screwed. But she had noticed it too. He is just so angry all the time. But he is in charge & I am supposed to go to him with questions only he snaps when I do. I think someone said something because he was nicer this afternoon. I don🐂

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I have been thinking about you. Especially you, bobby. I liked your message on Facebook. I am sure this is not an easy time & you have a million different thoughts & feelings. Way to handle things gracefully, whatever inner clash you may be feeling.

Did so many things thus weekend. I am down to the wire for art events. This weekend is exterminator city & next weekend I hang art at Miro for the m

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Quiet Christmas. Christmas Eve I went to drawing group - I guess it is not entirely surprising that there were only 2 of us. We sat in the bar. They only had soup for food because they sent the cooks home early. The place was open in Christmas Day so I am glad the cooks got Christmas Eve off.

Then Christmas Day I wrapped gifts, watched the muppets Christmas carol, finished gifts for family & napped. There were not many people at work Christmas ever or today but I had enough to do. Just barely on Christmas Eve but plenty today.

Christmas with family tomorrow. Hope it goes well. I just went to trophy cupcake & got pretty cupcakes for that, 2 gluten free.

Seems most Xmas posts are:
Complaining about family. S

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Abc was not Christmassy at all this year. No party. Some employees brought in treats but the company did not even get doughnuts or anything. Some departments got out a little early today, like an hour, but not mine. Only about half of us were there today & we were running out of work. I started my Friday work this afternoon. It was hard to feel motivated after 3 because a bunch of people were drinking bourbon like 10' away. I think I will bring in some eggnog on Friday.

I am going to Ballard sketch team tonight but there may only be 2 of us. Based on rsvps. No plans tomorrow. & I do not think I am imaging it that my mother is mad at me because she was emailing me every day but I have not heard from her all week.

I may try to clean up enough to put up the tree t

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So glad it is the weekend. The new thing I have been doing at work for about a month has now gone away & I learned a different new thing today. Well, am learning. I think there are 94 pages of notes. Yes, really. Details for each court in each county in Texas. Texas has 254 counties and they each have multiple courts. Gerri would gate my j

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Not a very exciting weekend, though I got some rest. I had a bad head cold. I went out Saturday because I thought I needed some sun & got groceries & 10 books for $10 at the library book sale. This was not the big one, this was a mini pop-up one. They had really good selection, I bet they did well. That library is always busy on Saturday.

I worked some art & did some chores but not enough. All that will get done till next weekend.

My birthday was Monday. I took the day off, which was good so I could get over my cold. I did not do anything. My sister called, my sister texted. Diane sent me flowers (beautiful autumn roses with oak leaves) & sandy sent me a Starbucks card. My sister sent me some drawing paper & colored mechanical pencil lead. I sent her earrings I made, a shawl I knit, & 3 kinds of m&ms (our childhood nickname was m&m).

Back to work today. I think I am going to see if I can move downstairs. My new work requires a lot of concentration & Maria R talks way too much & too loudly. Maria Y sits on the other side of me but she is quieter & calmer. Much better. Anyway downstairs I will be closer to the people who can answer the questions I have about new task. They are adding more work to my department & we will have 1 less person. I cannot see how this can possible work. They have added an awful lot of work to my team over the last month as they have laid off people in satellite offices.

I just picked up my artwork from the day if the dead show & went to dick blick & got an arches block & a few other little things. The 9 x 12 blocks are

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some recent work.

monster village, 8 x 10"


Jack, 5x5"


Creature Castle, 8 x 10"


Trick or Treat, 5x5"


owl, 5x7"

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Bear Shaman, 5x5"