Feren (feren) wrote,

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Slow Thursday...

I put in around 12 hours today at the office, something I wasn't planning to do. I'm not in the business of giving away three extra hours of my time when it isn't absolutely necessary, but the problem was an interesting one so I felt like sticking around to see it to conclusion. Fortunately I was able to provide the solution that got things working once we overcame the inertia that the people on the other side of the phone were obviously experiencing.

As an upside to today (perhaps the Universe's way of compensating me for the extended work day?) I did have the pleasure of sharing the online company of somebody very special to me for about three hours. I always walk away from the screen grinning like an idiot when all is said and done, an effect that has not gone unnoticed by roho or enveri. It's been a long time since we've had a chance to talk like this, and I hope that I'll see more of her.

Today I booked my flight out to Sea-Tac for the second week of October, and booked a hotel room for my stay. I'm going to go out and visit with my friend Amy over the weekend of October 10th. Depending on how things work out I might get a chance to stop in and say hello to aynjel since she now resides somewhere in that area. Right now I'm not sure how all this is going to go, but I figure it's worth a try at the least so I should just keep my options open and not try to form too rigid a schedule. The good news is that the tickets for the flight were pretty reasonable -- about $228 round-trip on American. The hotel room is about $55 a night before taxes and is located near some major tourist attractions. I'd like to see Mt. Saint Helens, I have vague memories from my childhood of when the eruption took place and completely shocked the nation. I wonder if any more memories will be shaken loose when I visit? One thing is certain at this point: I'll have to be sure to bring my cameras with. Only one thing remains at this point (I need to rent a car) and I'll have a complete travel itinerary. It'll be good to put some miles between me and Chicago, even if it is only for three days. Madison was a good start, but there's nothing like putting half a continent between you and the things you need a vacation from, is there?

Something good to remember: Fresh apple cider so cold and crisp that it feels like it's cutting your mouth (this memory is sponsored by my conversation earlier today).

Mama's home philosophy makes everyone a freak but me

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