Dec. 28th, 2016

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Had to have a blood draw yesterday and she took it out of my hand, which is fine, but it hurts and I have a big bruise now.  I guess my veins are hard to find. I joke that it is a Scottish ancestral trait that our veins are small and dodge being punctured since there's so many vampires in Scotland. Usually the phlebotomists are not amused and then just take it out of my hand. So far the blood tests are coming back normal, the ones that I've seen. I'm taking a shitton of vitamins to treat a high parathyroid level. it's been a month so if it's working, it should have come down by now.

Riding the bus/train to work is an interesting thing. Yesterday I witnessed a guy talking to his wife on the phone on the way home. He used phrases like "you are an amazing woman", "I feel closer to you now than I ever have" and "I know I've made mistakes, but I'm trying". EW. BARF. And then there's this lady in the back that has a laugh like a cackle that is driving me nutso and I'm pretty sure the guy sitting next to me has shit his pants. That said, it's pretty convenient for me and a hell of a lot better than driving over an hour and then paying $15 for parking. I could get a parking pass for the work lot for $100 a month but I don't drive enough to justify it. Maybe I could get the parking pass and then sell it to someone else haha.

current crochet project is coming along, I'm delaying doing the last part which is crocheting letters with skinny black yarn. It's hard to see the stitches and is in general a PITA. But I will prevail. I'm making two hats for my co-worker's babies that are due soon. They are Thing 1 and Thing 2 hats, only in binary (since he's a coding nerd) so Thing 01 and Thing 10. That's a lot of letters to crochet. But the hats are darling and I will post a picture of them as soon as they are done. I'm kind of afraid I don't have enough turquoise yarn to make good pompoms but I'll figure it out.

Work is good, I'm doing parts of several peoples jobs after they left but haven't seen any change in job description or title. I really want them to bump me from QA Supervisor to Software Development Manager since that's really what I'm doing. I don't care about a pay raise, I think I'm compensated fairly- I mean I wouldn't turn it down but the newspaper industry is struggling. I think I'm pretty safe in the IT part of the newspaper, since digital is the only part that actually makes money. They even mentioned in a meeting last month that they would probably eventually go to 6 day digital and print only on Sunday. That's a big thing to admit. Anyway, if I get the title of Software Development Manager, I'll have a better chance of finding an equivalent job faster if they go under.  It's really awkward to be in the newsroom in January because that's when the RIF notices go out, and I think they are going to lose a lot of people.

I miss my far away friends, and need to make more of an effort to see them.

I bought a fatkini for my trip to St. Lucia. I want to accept my body but it is hard. I'm going to try though. On me, the wiggliest part is the part that will show when I wear a bikini but I just have to deal. I also ordered some astaxanthin(sp?) because I took that before my last trip to a sunny place and I barely burned at all. It's an antioxidant so it surely wont HURT. If I post pictures of the fatkini it will be here probalby and not facebook. I'm not ready for that! I need a new profile picture that is not from 15 years ago. There. I changed it to a picture of me flipping off New York City. Went there in September to sing in carnegie hall. See? That's meeeee on the stage of Carnegie Hall! WOO! We even got a Standing O! Bucket list!

I think the angle of this shot makes me look like either Drew Barrymore or Jay Leno with the pointy chin. I should wear eyeliner when I perform. Jeez.


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Sharon Bruhn

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