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Dec. 1st, 2015 | 03:04 pm

I'm not here much, obviously. Because it is December, I have woken up my online journal Hat on
Top, Coat Below
and am posting there. One day in a row so far!

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Jan. 18th, 2010 | 02:01 pm

I just searched for "automatik dryer" on Flickr (to see if anyone had already posted a photo of one of these hand dryers--I'm going through my vacation photos and think I may have more pictures taken at rest areas than on the ski slopes which were the main focus of the trip). Nothing was found, but Flickr suggested I might like to search for "laundry, washer, laundromat, clothes or cat" instead. Cat?

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Account creation remorse

May. 1st, 2009 | 05:35 pm

I got a Dreamwidth account and about 10 seconds after I chose my username (KarenD), I thought perhaps I should have gone with karen_d to match here or thekarend to match Ravelry. Oh matchy-matchy brain, will I ever break free of you?

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Jan. 7th, 2009 | 04:00 pm

The company I work for changed its name yesterday, going from something like Purple Systems to something like Purp Systems. Wow, it's hard to stop myself after that first syllable and move onto the second word after almost 10 years saying the old name.

Supposedly the corporate colors didn't change, but I saw someone's new business cards and the logo is definitely more dusty rose than the purple it used to be. (I didn't get new cards yet because we haven't decided what people who do what I do should be called.)

The best part is that the spatial anomoly of doom that used lurk in the background of our standard desktop wallpaper and marketing materials and presentations is gone, gone, gone.

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Trying something new

Jan. 6th, 2009 | 09:49 am

Trying something new
Originally uploaded by karen_d
I popped into the eye doctor on Saturday to get my glasses adjusted and afterward went to a new-ish market in the same strip mall to see what sorts of stuff they carried. One of the things I bought was this cheese, which I hadn't had before. Except once I tasted it, I realized I had eaten it before, I just didn't know what it was called. One of our favorite Middle Eastern restaurants used to have a toasted goat cheese and mint sandwich on the menu that I'd order all the time, and from my first bite of this cheese I knew that's what I'd been eating on all those sandwiches.

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A tip for people who want to get hired at Purple Systems

Nov. 7th, 2008 | 11:32 am

Don't be like the guy I talked to this morning, who mentioned several times in the interview that he uses Google as a resource to find solutions for programming problems and said he had no trouble finding our building because the directions he got from GoogleMaps were so good but also said he didn't visit our company website because he couldn't find it. Dude, please. Google our company name and city and our website is the first link on the first page of results.

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Example of why I like where I work

Oct. 5th, 2008 | 09:28 am

Step from the plan our Chief Scientist wrote for the testing we had to do this morning for a big server change:


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Not sure where that came from

Sep. 29th, 2008 | 05:04 pm

I dreamt last night that I went to the library to return a book on CD that was very overdue. When I went to pay the fine, the librarian told me I owed $9.99 on the book and $9.99 on the other item I had out. What item was that? A chicken thigh. "It probably smells by now," the librarian said.

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Maybe it's genetic

Aug. 25th, 2008 | 01:19 pm

Biggest surprise of the weekend: finding out my 78 year old mother has read all the books in the Twilight series (young adult vampire novels, for those of you who haven't been sucked in).
I haven't even read the latest one myself; I'm #10 on the hold list at the library, down (up?) from 40-something a couple weeks ago.

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May. 5th, 2008 | 12:30 pm

Friday night I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from work and was surprised when my debit card was declined (twice) but figured it was a glitch with the equipment or the connection or something. Then I went to the bank and the ATM and let me tap all the selections for a withdrawal before telling me it couldn't complete the transaction. Quite helpfully, it pointed out that my card was expired. What? How could that be? I didn't remember getting a new card in the mail. I decided that the bank had messed up and not sent me one; they're in the midst of another merger so it seemed possible that things could get screwed up in the process. But when I got home and went through the box of mail I've been meaning to get to, there was my new card. Bah. I hate it when I'm inattentive like that, but at least I didn't have to spend any part of my Saturday going into the bank to try and get a card on the spot.

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