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05:48 am: Another Year Wiser
I finally signed all of my refinance documents this week, so my new mortgage has gone into effect. I should now have my house paid off by 2030, several years earlier than it would have been before. It's gratifying to see that the amount of my payment going toward interest will be much lower every month.

An unexpected occurrence was that my neighbors picked up a stray dog. She's really adorable, and quite friendly. She didn't have a collar or microchip, and she wasn't spayed. Based on how white her teeth are, they're guessing she's probably not much more than a year old. They're trying to find someone in the neighborhood to take her (so she can still play with their dog, Sadi), and they're hoping that I will be willing to keep her. I would have to get my fence fixed first...it currently has a gate that won't latch and another gate with a gaping hole that Sadi ripped open.

As I mentioned last week, I planned a dinner party for my birthday. I started preparing for it on Thursday by cooking all the items that would be used as fillings for the main dishes, such as beans for the tamales, potatoes and carrots for the enchiladas, and butternut squash for the empanadas. I even steamed a bunch of freshly picked artichokes for dip, though I ended up running out of time and never made that. I'll have to freeze the cooked artichokes for later.

I started cleaning on Friday morning, giving all the living areas and kitchen a thorough scrubbing. Once that was done, around lunchtime, I started in on the food. I made tamales, enchiladas, empanadas, refried beans, Mexican rice, salsa, and guacamole. I was just putting the finishing touches on the condiments when everyone began arriving just past 7pm. It was a huge spread, so much that we had to eat on the coffee table, because my dinner table was covered with all the serving pans. After eating, we concluded the evening by playing a game of Roll for the Galaxy, which is one of the games my family sent me as a present.

Unfortunately, I must have picked up a bug somewhere, because by the end of the night I was coughing uncontrollably. By the time I got up in the morning to get ready for work, I felt like a zombie. I thought about calling in sick, but it was my day to clean the kennel, and I didn't want to skip out on that. Also, the chief is on a crusade to eliminate "corruption," and one of the things she's taking a close look at is people who abuse sick leave by using it to, say, take a long weekend, when they aren't actually sick. Considering that I am A) actually sick, and B) have only used one day of sick leave in six years, she'd have a hard time proving anything, but I don't want to give her any more cause to be suspicious of the canine team than she already is.

So, I spent a pretty miserable day at work. After I got home, I managed to force myself to shower and eat something, but that was my limit. I crawled into bed at 5:30pm and pretty much stayed there until my alarm went off in the morning. I'm still plagued by intermittent bouts of intense coughing, but at least it hasn't gotten any worse. With luck, I should recover soon.

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From:mangaroo
Date:April 19th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
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That is one very pretty dog! But won't you be bringing Benny home soon?

Gah, I'm sorry things are so warped at work you felt like you couldn't take a sick day. That was your first day back after the weekend? Rest is so important to a quick recovery. I hope you feel better soon.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 19th, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
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But won't you be bringing Benny home soon?

One more year to go. Judging by how well she gets along with Sadi, I'm fairly certain she'd get along with Benny too.

That was your first day back after the weekend?

Correct. If it had been any other day, I wouldn't have worried about it. But the chief just last week sent out an email detailing "these are the things I consider leave abuse..." so I know it's on her mind.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:April 20th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
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I hope you saw the chief and coughed on her repeatedly. >.<

Happy birthday in spite of the cough! Hope you feel better soon.
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From:mangaroo
Date:April 20th, 2015 07:54 pm (UTC)
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LOL!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 20th, 2015 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Puppy!

I don't want to give her any more cause to be suspicious of the canine team than she already is.

This just says so much about what a toxic work environment the new chief is making. I'm sorry you got sick (bad birthday present!) and then had to work on top of it. Hope you feel better soon!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 20th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Puppy!

She is really cute. I'm definitely going to have to see about getting my fence fixed.

This just says so much about what a toxic work environment the new chief is making.

She is literally threatening people with punishment now to prevent them from leaking to us any of the things she's planning for us. (Does she think that if she takes us by surprise, we'll roll over and accept everything without protest?) At the same time, she has requested that we copy her on all of our internal discussion emails. Say what?

We have a meeting with the union scheduled for tomorrow. I have my fingers crossed that we'll be able to accomplish something.
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From:jojobruin
Date:April 22nd, 2015 05:10 am (UTC)
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Dinner looks good!

Sorry to hear you got sick. I hope it's nothing serious. Please let me know if I can be of help. I hope you feel better soon.
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