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"women and enbies" just say "people eligible to slay the witch-king of angmar"

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@InvaderXan something like, "postdocs at it again! it's this time of the year, folks! the funding lights went off and they're on prowl in the academic limbos! so, research facilities, a word of warning: ya better prepare the lights! or who knows what may come out of their musings" ya know? :p
(actually i'm gonna tag this as #weirdfiction #flashfiction #tootfic
#pouetfic just because^^")

There are times in my life where I have to stop and consider all of the choices that led me to this moment, and wonder if perhaps I could have made other, better, choices.

Today I found myself having to explain to my very sweet not-at-all online editor what a/b/o was. For legit work reasons.

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Had a job interview yesterday (just first-round). I think I did okay, though there was that moment about 45 minutes after the interview ended where I was convinced that I did a terrible job and everything was awful. Good thing I'm working from home and could just stick my face in my cat and quietly panic.

I met a tiny snake on the trail today! And it held still long enough for me to take a picture!

I'm not a fan of working from home, because it's hard to focus, but it is nice that when I have cramps, I can go lie down for a few minutes with a heating pad and the cat.

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watch these two legends absolutely shredding on the arhu and pipa. I'm surprised their instruments don't literally catch fire!

@Kitts you might like this

In these times of social distancing, I'm trying to listen to more new music. Please tell me your favorite song and a reason you like it!

First day of working from home! At least I have my assistant on the job with me.

My Worst Housemate and her friend are singing along to Let it Go, and I still don't like her and I wish she wasn't so loud, but that is still genuinely charming

But the best thing is that I finally got to use my snowshoes! Took a two-hour walk in the woods this afternoon, and came home tired but happy.

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It's extremely snowy here today! For some reason Cornell didn't shut down until noon, and I live only a ten-minute walk away from work, so I went in like normal. But I was the first one there and only four others showed up.

Now that I am detangled, Cat has returned to sitting on me.

I'm almost never capable of napping, but today I was very tired, the cat was sleeping on my stomach, and I was listening to rain noise to block out the horrible high-pitched tone coming from next door. Which is how I woke up extremely tangled in headphone cord.

(Worst Housemate earned the title by sneaking into my room and harassing my cat and then denying it, then holding an extended self-criticism session in my room, while still harassing my cat, who was hiding under the bed. And she's been snotty towards me ever since)

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My attempt to be friendly to Worst Housemate's husband ended in such a disaster of social awkwardness that I am never again leaving my room without headphones

I have spent so much of my time in certain kinds of online spaces (like Mastodon!), and sometimes it's really striking how different my cultural context is from many of my coworkers. For example, yesterday I had to explain to one of my editors that there are some people who are just really into swords.

In happier news, I got home from the conference to see that my friends had mailed me the most amazing possible Jewish cat lady equivalent of a tacky Christmas sweater. I clearly have to wear this to next year's latke party.

So it turns out that I like conferences better when I'm an exhibitor (vs as an academic), but they're also exhausting. I had to be ON from 8-6 for three days straight, plus Monday morning. I'm still not entirely recovered.

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