Questing

Dreaming the Impossible Dream since 1997

Day 2.5

December16

Whew, the first 2.5 days at the new gig were great. The people are really nice and cool, the work is completely full of things I can do, yay for css, xhtml, php. There is a preference for both php and web standards if possible.

I’m working on a pc with a nice big monitor. It’s totally ok for me to bring in my ibook and listen to music/podcasts while I work.

Still trying to figure if the beltline or 113-M is a better way for me to go.

Using my skills and brain for the web stuff is good, if a bit tiring. The last month and a half was just internet researching, which required critical thinking, of course, but not a whole lot of mental problem solving.

I hope this gig has lots of ongoing work for me. It’s nice.

Add the drive home placing me at home around 6 or so, and you get a relatively quiet introspective dreamling who eats her dinner and goes off to read and then sleep.

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Mom should fly home from Cancun today. It’s been so strange not to be able to talk with her all week about the gig, and Christmas and everything. We’re a close family, so we end up phoning or at least texting throughout the week. She did manage to call my bro for a couple min this week so we’d know she got there, and that the torrential raining had made it almost impossible for her to get scuba certified- the main reason for going.

I actually had a dream the other night that was kinda like a roadtrip mystery, ending with me accosting some blond lady just before I woke up, asking her ‘Where is my mother’. awww. poor subconscious. hehe

New gig

December14

So, started my new gig today, after a relaxing morning off. So far I really like the place and people. I hit it off with my supervisor. Wish I could have gotten those silly css drop downs to work this afternoon though.

My new boss told me about at time he got stuck in an elevator! he ended up having to email for help from a open wireless connection. hee

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For those playing along at home!

December9

It happened really really quick. I went into Robert Half Technologies yesterday morning for some paperwork, a short interview and some tests on HTML/PHP/ASP. My scores were mostly above average (verses all the other people who have taken the same tests) Before I could even be walked to the elevator, someone came by and said they had just submitted me for a job! By the afternoon it had all been decided
Seems like I’ll be starting a long term web contract job midweek!!!

I’ve never done pure consultant work, but it just may suit this time in my life.

They still have to check my references, but that should go fine. Then a couple days finishing up the clerical temp job, and woo!

woo!

/tiny tim voice ‘God Bless us every one’

Man, what a great Christmas gift!

woo!

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yet another D&D class quiz.

April28

I Am A: Lawful Good Elf Bard Mage (This is not especially surprising. 🙂 )

I Am A: Lawful Good Elf Bard Mage

Alignment:
Lawful Good characters are the epitome of all that is just and good. They believe in order and governments that work for the benefit of all, and generally do not mind doing direct work to further their beliefs.

Race:
Elves are the eldest of all races, although they are generally a bit smaller than humans. They are generally well-cultured, artistic, easy-going, and because of their long lives, unconcerned with day-to-day activities that other races frequently concern themselves with. Elves are, effectively, immortal, although they can be killed. After a thousand years or so, they simply pass on to the next plane of existance.

Primary Class:
Bards are the entertainers. They sing, dance, and play instruments to make other people happy, and, frequently, make money. They also tend to dabble in magic a bit.

Secondary Class:
Mages harness the magical energies for their own use. Spells, spell books, and long hours in the library are their loves. While often not physically strong, their mental talents can make up for this.

Deity:
Oghma is the Neutral Good god of knowledge and invention. He is also known as the Binder of What is Known, and is the Patron of Bards. His followers believe that knowledge reigns supreme, and is the basis for everything else that is done. They wear white shirts and pants, with a black and gold braided vest, and a small, box-like hat. All priests of Oghma are known as Loremasters. Oghma’s symbol is a scroll.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

Detailed Results:

Alignment:
Lawful Good —– XXXXX (5)
Neutral Good —- XXX (3)
Chaotic Good —- XXXX (4)
Lawful Neutral — XXXX (4)
True Neutral —- X (1)
Chaotic Neutral – (0)
Lawful Evil —– XX (2)
Neutral Evil —- (-3)
Chaotic Evil —- (0)

Race:
Human —- (-4)
Half-Elf – XX (2)
Elf —— XXXXXXX (7)
Halfling – (0)
Dwarf —- (0)
Half-Orc – (-4)
Gnome —- XXXX (4)

Class:
Fighter – (-9)
Ranger — XXX (3)
Paladin – (-1)
Cleric — (-4)
Mage —- XXXXX (5)
Druid — (-3)
Thief — XXXX (4)
Bard —- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Monk —- (-1)

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Website Concerns

August20

This is a placeholder post. 🙁

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Lots and Lots of work (relaunched Absglobal.com)

August1

We did it! We launched the first part of ABS GLOBAL

I worked lots of extra last week 2-3 hours every night, and the friday we worked from 8am to 2am saturday, and I was up again till 3 last night. (We launched at 2am today-Sunday)

Things blur together for the last few days, but we have the site up, and working, and most all the pages validate for xhtml (which is a huge thing! Web standards rock!)

As a reward, Kim and Maciek took me out to Sophia’s for an awesome omlette, then we hit the art store, and watched a bit of anime. It was nice to get out and feel human, and not feel the huge pressure of all the things left to do on the site hanging over me.

I’ve been working all afternoon since I got back. Finishing up the last bits of validation, checking that the links go to the right place, fixing some of the content bits. There’s still things left to do, but the list gets smaller and smaller each hour.

I feel very good.

tired. but good.

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Pointless Go Gaia Story

March29

Anyway. I rarely check my Metahari mail. I get it, and check it once or twice a month. But, I’m still subscribed to some things with the addy so I check it out.

Today I got a message from a user on Gaia.

“i was surfing through gaia and i noticed that your avatar has a lot of items
that i really want need!!

O_O it would be great if u could maybe respond to this email with an answer
or respond to me through aim, on aim my screen name is Hav a Cooki, and if
im not on that sn i might be on my other one Bm44254. The thing is is that
your avitar has some reeeeeally cool items on it and since u obviously dont
get on gaia on your “Mohna” sn i guess that you wouldnt mond letting me have
ur items!!!! if you can you could just send me a private message on gaia my
sn is Fallen Martyr. Thank you please help me out the process would probably
only take about 5min!!!!

Sincerely,

Gaia guy lol: Fallen Martyr”

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First off, this guy didn’t even bother pming me from the site, and assumes I never go there. Secondly, he really likes my items, and thinks it’d be great if I just give them to him. And oh, he’s willing to make the process really easy.

He didn’t even offer me gaia gold or items in trade… According to his profile he’s only been on since last month. Somehow, though I’m pretty sure my nitemare scarf and mini nightmare wings should go for a lot more than free.

I don’t have a whole lot of items, but I’m pretty happy with the ones I have…
My GG Profile

Do you other Gaia people get these sort of emails?

And oh! his spelling. gah. Posts like the above email is one reason I don’t have a whole lot to say on Gaia. If anyone knows of guilds with older/mature users, I’d be more than happy to check them out.

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Questing: 7+ years of online journaling

January19

It’s a new year. I haven’t had much time to reflect, but I want to note a few things about Quixotica.

Quixotica currently has 322 entries. These entries cover the years from 1997 to the beginning, and ongoing entries of 2004. They follow me through parts of my freshman year in college, through my graduation, 4+ jobs, my wedding, the first draft of my first novel and the diagnosis of my father’s cancer.

Some of the original entries were ones I submitted to places like Olio and Afterdinner, before I had an online journal of my own. They are still much like personal journal entries (though perhaps edited a bit more), and the places the pieces had been submitted to have fallen, I have placed them here.

The earlier entries show my initial foray into online journaling. At the time I started, there were really, not all that many people journaling online. I was in awe of people like Lance Arthur, Alex Massie, Maggy Donea and Ben Brown. These were people who were really baring their feelings, and sharing their lives through the internet, and I was fascinated.

I don’t claim Questing to be that real, or that raw, but it exists, and has been, and is heading into it’s eighth year online. Most of the journaling I do, is not so much for audience, as is for myself. Life is just too big, too fast, to remember everything that goes by. I’ve tried to record events and emotions, so I can recall them later. Mental bookmarks, perhaps. There are times that too much happens and I don’t write, or there are things I don’t want to deal with. I admit there are gaps, and things I just can’t share with the Internet at large. I never promise this to be an expose, but it has value to me. It’s a roadmap of a good chunk of my coming of age. I can honestly say it’s pretty much the longest I’ve ever really stuck with any sort of project, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished.

For a while, I had a secret journal, titled Quixote, and a poetry journal titled Sanity, these were mostly hidden away in a directory on my University account. When I purchased Quixotica, I eventually came to title the journal Questing. Much of the poetry I haven’t republished here, but a good deal of it was created when my husband and I started dated, and it has a good deal of sentimental value.

Some of the entries have been lost in the digital landscape. Some of the ones I made when I was working on campus for the summer, got lost in transit from my university account to Quixotica. That summer the man I would eventually marry broke up with me. It was heart wrenching, but I worked through it. I was my own person, and learning how to be myself, and deal with the sadness of not being with the one I loved. All those things worked out, but I do wish I had those few entries, to fill in the gaps of narrative.

The first year has the smallest number entries, though I’ve tended to average about 51 entries a year in the full years I’ve been journaling.

Here are the basic statistics.
Year | Entries
1997 | 09
1998 | 42
1999 | 43
2000 | 46
2001 | 83
2002 | 38
2003 | 54
2004 | 06 including this entry

When I have time, I may pull some other statistics out.

Man, heading into my eighth year of online journaling. I admit, I never really thought much about how long I’d be doing this, or how much it would encompass.

Sometimes I think about collecting all these entries, and as many of my paper ones I can find, and make one big volume of the collected writings of Stacie. I know they might not be all that racy, or compelling, but the perspective you might get from a 2nd grader to a 25 year old woman, might be worth a once through.

I’ve really found journaling, even online, even self-censored, to be a relaxing and fruitful experience. I plan to continue on, writing when and what I can. There’s never a better time to start your own personal roadmap. You never know where it may lead.

(p.s. I recently added in most of December’s entries and the first few January ones, feel free to check back for the entries you may have missed)

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