juldea: (Olympics)
On Tuesday, the temperature here in Boston reached the high 20s, if you work in °C as I am wont to do, or the 90s if you work in °F. People pulled out their short-sleeved shirts, their shorts and skirts, and their sandals (if they were the kind to have put such away in cooler weather.) In my office, my coworkers turned on the A/C for the first time this year, and found that in some way it was malfunctioning. A slight trickle of air was coming out, not the normal high power. The windows in the office were opened, and the temperature inside was rated at least at 83°F at one point.

I felt fantastic. I was in (appropriately business-casual) pants and a short-sleeved shirt, near but not next to the window, and for the first time all year I was comfortable and didn't need to reach for the sweater or the USB-powered electric lap blanket I keep at work. Sure, when I first came in from outside I was hot and sweaty, but after a while of sitting at the desk drinking the cold water cooler water, I equalized to a great temperature. At the same time, my coworkers were bringing fans in from the storage room to set up at their desks, and one of them ended up leaving early, claiming the heat had "sapped his energy."

Today the temperature was in the high 60s. I wore pants and a long-sleeved shirt - a thickish one, not button-down - and a PolarFleece jacket. I walked into the office to find the A/C had been fixed and my coworkers had taken it upon themselves to go ahead and decide that it was time to be on for the season. The office temperature claimed to be 72°F. I didn't remove my fleece all day. Through all layers, at times I got goosebumps. I avoided the water cooler water, getting myself hot water or tea all day instead in attempts to get my body temperature up.

It is really, really inconvenient to have a temperature comfort range 10° different from the people one is forced to spend most of their time with. With the A/C now on for the summer and moving my desk (near to the air vent) not an option, I literally have to dress for winter to avoid shivering through my day at work. Except if I actually dress for weather, I swelter on the way TO work, when I'm walking through comfortable 80°+ temperatures and want to have bare arms. Yes, this is easily solvable with undershirts, but easily solvable doesn't equate with preferable. I just want to be able to spend my time in a comfortable environment, dammit.

To the inevitable suggestions: space heaters aren't allowed in the office, moving my desk has already been shot down, I've WELL informed my coworkers and boss of my discomfort but I'm the odd duck out, I try not to go in with wet hair anyway, I've already started the hot water regimen, and all blood tests so far claim my TSH and T3 levels are fine. If you have something to suggest to keep myself warm outside of those realms, I'm all ears.
juldea: (Olympics)
On Tuesday, the temperature here in Boston reached the high 20s, if you work in °C as I am wont to do, or the 90s if you work in °F. People pulled out their short-sleeved shirts, their shorts and skirts, and their sandals (if they were the kind to have put such away in cooler weather.) In my office, my coworkers turned on the A/C for the first time this year, and found that in some way it was malfunctioning. A slight trickle of air was coming out, not the normal high power. The windows in the office were opened, and the temperature inside was rated at least at 83°F at one point.

I felt fantastic. I was in (appropriately business-casual) pants and a short-sleeved shirt, near but not next to the window, and for the first time all year I was comfortable and didn't need to reach for the sweater or the USB-powered electric lap blanket I keep at work. Sure, when I first came in from outside I was hot and sweaty, but after a while of sitting at the desk drinking the cold water cooler water, I equalized to a great temperature. At the same time, my coworkers were bringing fans in from the storage room to set up at their desks, and one of them ended up leaving early, claiming the heat had "sapped his energy."

Today the temperature was in the high 60s. I wore pants and a long-sleeved shirt - a thickish one, not button-down - and a PolarFleece jacket. I walked into the office to find the A/C had been fixed and my coworkers had taken it upon themselves to go ahead and decide that it was time to be on for the season. The office temperature claimed to be 72°F. I didn't remove my fleece all day. Through all layers, at times I got goosebumps. I avoided the water cooler water, getting myself hot water or tea all day instead in attempts to get my body temperature up.

It is really, really inconvenient to have a temperature comfort range 10° different from the people one is forced to spend most of their time with. With the A/C now on for the summer and moving my desk (near to the air vent) not an option, I literally have to dress for winter to avoid shivering through my day at work. Except if I actually dress for weather, I swelter on the way TO work, when I'm walking through comfortable 80°+ temperatures and want to have bare arms. Yes, this is easily solvable with undershirts, but easily solvable doesn't equate with preferable. I just want to be able to spend my time in a comfortable environment, dammit.

To the inevitable suggestions: space heaters aren't allowed in the office, moving my desk has already been shot down, I've WELL informed my coworkers and boss of my discomfort but I'm the odd duck out, I try not to go in with wet hair anyway, I've already started the hot water regimen, and all blood tests so far claim my TSH and T3 levels are fine. If you have something to suggest to keep myself warm outside of those realms, I'm all ears.
juldea: (Default)
The following post covers the topics of:
  • my sleep schedule
  • where I am with Arisia things
  • my Blind Mag costume, its awesomeness, and maybe entering Masquerade with it
  • winter, how I fell on the ice yesterday but did NOT get injured
  • the Jason Webley concert I attended last night
  • my attempts at LJ catchup
  • the office move we completed at work this weekend
  • a rough outline of this week's schedule

    Read more... )
  • juldea: (Default)
    The following post covers the topics of:
  • my sleep schedule
  • where I am with Arisia things
  • my Blind Mag costume, its awesomeness, and maybe entering Masquerade with it
  • winter, how I fell on the ice yesterday but did NOT get injured
  • the Jason Webley concert I attended last night
  • my attempts at LJ catchup
  • the office move we completed at work this weekend
  • a rough outline of this week's schedule

    Read more... )
  • juldea: (keroppi)
    Step 1: sign up to receive a free Dr Pepper since Guns 'n' Roses released Chinese Democracy in 2008

    Step 2: receive coupon for Dr Pepper in mail

    Step 3: redeem coupon

    Step 4: wait for boss to redeem his coupon

    Step 5: have small office ceremony in honor of Axl Rose, 'clinking' bottles and exclaiming, "To Axl!" and "LeChaim!"

    Step 6: unscrew the cap on your Dr Pepper

    Step 7: leap up in sudden terror as your bottle of Dr Pepper erupts with the force of Mt Vesuvius, drenching your desk, keyboard, work paperwork, and more importantly your shirt and pants and even shoes

    Step 8: take it well when your coworkers fall out of their chairs laughing and interjecting, "Fail!" and "Axl has deemed you unworthy!"
    juldea: (keroppi)
    Step 1: sign up to receive a free Dr Pepper since Guns 'n' Roses released Chinese Democracy in 2008

    Step 2: receive coupon for Dr Pepper in mail

    Step 3: redeem coupon

    Step 4: wait for boss to redeem his coupon

    Step 5: have small office ceremony in honor of Axl Rose, 'clinking' bottles and exclaiming, "To Axl!" and "LeChaim!"

    Step 6: unscrew the cap on your Dr Pepper

    Step 7: leap up in sudden terror as your bottle of Dr Pepper erupts with the force of Mt Vesuvius, drenching your desk, keyboard, work paperwork, and more importantly your shirt and pants and even shoes

    Step 8: take it well when your coworkers fall out of their chairs laughing and interjecting, "Fail!" and "Axl has deemed you unworthy!"
    juldea: (joco close)
    Odd day. I overslept Harvard-work completely and spent the next several hours in a haze of odd dreaming and resetting the alarm until I noticed it was only a few minutes until I had to wake up for TTC-work and finally fully awoke.

    (In my dream I had been taking a bus to the airport to go on a vacation, but ended up falling asleep on the bus and not getting off at the airport but rather staying on it as it traveled a different route to a military-industrial complex in the suburbs. There I wandered around with a high school field trip group until I took a wrong turn and ended up in the apartment of the owner/CEO/HMFIC of the complex, which was built right into some machinery. He met me there - a conglomeration of Bill Gates and Mr Mathis - and attempted to seduce me despite his marraige. I was flattered but resisted, and at some point realized that I had probably by that time missed the flight I had originally gone to the airport for, and tried to figure out how to get back to the airport or to get a flight closer to where I was. At some point the whole high-school group came back, and the chaperone said, "Isn't this a bit much for a 17-year-old to figure out on her own?" and I glared at her and announced haughtily, "I'm 28!" Then they all took up a collection to help me pay for my new flight out. Dream interrupted by final alarm that woke me up.)

    Got to work, and have just been spending the day in a haze. I'm not necessarily tired, I'm just not all here. I forgot to eat the breakfast I had packed, forgot to email my Harvard-work boss to tell her I hadn't shown (I work in an off-site lab on campus), spent the entire day without chatting on the internets, and generally have been detached. I wonder how tonight will go.
    juldea: (joco close)
    Odd day. I overslept Harvard-work completely and spent the next several hours in a haze of odd dreaming and resetting the alarm until I noticed it was only a few minutes until I had to wake up for TTC-work and finally fully awoke.

    (In my dream I had been taking a bus to the airport to go on a vacation, but ended up falling asleep on the bus and not getting off at the airport but rather staying on it as it traveled a different route to a military-industrial complex in the suburbs. There I wandered around with a high school field trip group until I took a wrong turn and ended up in the apartment of the owner/CEO/HMFIC of the complex, which was built right into some machinery. He met me there - a conglomeration of Bill Gates and Mr Mathis - and attempted to seduce me despite his marraige. I was flattered but resisted, and at some point realized that I had probably by that time missed the flight I had originally gone to the airport for, and tried to figure out how to get back to the airport or to get a flight closer to where I was. At some point the whole high-school group came back, and the chaperone said, "Isn't this a bit much for a 17-year-old to figure out on her own?" and I glared at her and announced haughtily, "I'm 28!" Then they all took up a collection to help me pay for my new flight out. Dream interrupted by final alarm that woke me up.)

    Got to work, and have just been spending the day in a haze. I'm not necessarily tired, I'm just not all here. I forgot to eat the breakfast I had packed, forgot to email my Harvard-work boss to tell her I hadn't shown (I work in an off-site lab on campus), spent the entire day without chatting on the internets, and generally have been detached. I wonder how tonight will go.
    juldea: (braid)
    I just emailed my former bosses at the Harvard ATL* and asked them if they needed extra part-time help now that the school year has started. If their wishes line up with my desires, here, then on the days I work 12p-8p at TTC I would go in to the ATL from 8:30a-11:30a first. 12-hour days, yeah. But also an extra $100ish a week, which I think I need.

    *Huh, in LJ history I have no post ever explaining that job or when I got it... weird. It was a temp thing I did at the end of 2006/early 2007. The Harvard Adaptive Technology Laboratory, where basically class materials were reformatted to fit special needs students. The large majority of this is putting textbook scans through optical character recognition programs and then cleaning up the results. The environment is nice, laid-back, and friendly, and basically it means going through and reading textbooks and editing their bad scans. I liked it a lot. I have been wondering lately what I could do outside of the TTC for extra income, and asking them if they need PT help again is at the top of that list.
    juldea: (braid)
    I just emailed my former bosses at the Harvard ATL* and asked them if they needed extra part-time help now that the school year has started. If their wishes line up with my desires, here, then on the days I work 12p-8p at TTC I would go in to the ATL from 8:30a-11:30a first. 12-hour days, yeah. But also an extra $100ish a week, which I think I need.

    *Huh, in LJ history I have no post ever explaining that job or when I got it... weird. It was a temp thing I did at the end of 2006/early 2007. The Harvard Adaptive Technology Laboratory, where basically class materials were reformatted to fit special needs students. The large majority of this is putting textbook scans through optical character recognition programs and then cleaning up the results. The environment is nice, laid-back, and friendly, and basically it means going through and reading textbooks and editing their bad scans. I liked it a lot. I have been wondering lately what I could do outside of the TTC for extra income, and asking them if they need PT help again is at the top of that list.
    juldea: (geek girl)
    Spoke to my doctor today. In addition to the "no bone damage" bit I already knew about the x-rays, apparently they are showing a lot of fluid in my knee, which is an indication of something. I'm being referred to an orthopedic surgeon. Hopefully this doesn't involve actual surgery, but you know, the joint doctor might know more about what's going on with my knee.

    Today marked my third meniversary in my position at TTC. Yay! This means I am on the cusp of various small changes in income which benefit me.

    And now, what you've been waiting for... tonight, [livejournal.com profile] londo, [livejournal.com profile] nerdx111, and I watched the just-released-today Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight animated movie. Review, of sorts, here. )
    juldea: (geek girl)
    Spoke to my doctor today. In addition to the "no bone damage" bit I already knew about the x-rays, apparently they are showing a lot of fluid in my knee, which is an indication of something. I'm being referred to an orthopedic surgeon. Hopefully this doesn't involve actual surgery, but you know, the joint doctor might know more about what's going on with my knee.

    Today marked my third meniversary in my position at TTC. Yay! This means I am on the cusp of various small changes in income which benefit me.

    And now, what you've been waiting for... tonight, [livejournal.com profile] londo, [livejournal.com profile] nerdx111, and I watched the just-released-today Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight animated movie. Review, of sorts, here. )

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