So, how was your day?

It’s a full-on, white-out blizzard here, which is great, obviously. (Actually, it is kind of great, because it gave me an excuse to leave work at noon. But the weather was beautiful over the weekend and I went outside and everything and why you gotta play us like this, nature.)

But! I got my first smartphone today! Yes, seriously. I’ve held out this long. I’m very excited to be a real person who lives in this century and can text emojis. It’s a brave new world.

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57 Responses to So, how was your day?

  1. collin0truckasaurus says:

    My day was pretty good. Nothing special. Tonight I’m making fancy grilled cheese (with gouda, bacon, and fig marmalade if I can find it). It’s been a week of no sugar and I’m only dreaming about cookies a couple times a night.

  2. Wallflower says:

    I spent the morning visiting a Pre-K-K classroom that’s in a nursing home. The students do normal classroom stuff but then they also do things like “reading buddies” and other projects with the residents. They also have ice cream after lunch on Wednesdays and all the residents can come eat ice cream with the kids and interact with each other. It’s amazing!

    Then I came home and basically passed out on the couch for a couple of hours. Still adjusting to the time change I guess.

    • old man fatima says:

      What kind of beautiful utopia is this? I used to teach kids and we’d take them to visit the nursing home twice a year and they just loved it! That’s such a great idea for a classroom.

      • Wallflower says:

        I know, right? I can’t believe there aren’t more of these. Such a great idea and so beneficial to both the residents and the children!

  3. msmessica says:

    I actually got a lot of work done today!

  4. old man fatima says:

    I do not have a smart phone, and instead of emojis I send pictures of my face making the emotion I am trying to indicate. (I am not joking, this is what I do.)

    My day was pretty good. That dog that I wanted to get but couldn’t afford? Totally got adopted by a really lovely family. PHEW. Still no word back on my dream job, but the posting is still up and he said he would be deciding closer to the end of the month so I’m assuming I’m still in the running. And although the weather is gross now, it was pretty warm and sunny at lunch so I went on a nice 45 min run with the dog.

    • Sota says:

      I am so happy that that dog found a family! 🙂

    • uhhh this sounds AMAZING and could you please just CC me on every text with a fatimoji in it?

      • old man fatima says:

        Absolutely. And I recommend it to everyone, a face is much more expressive than punctuation. There are some finer emotions, like “the cat farted right in my face” and “If Randy from sales sends me one more fucking ping asking me something that I already put in the fucking file I am going to switch to a much colder form of politeness in my responses to him”, that are really difficult to find existing emojis for.

  5. Sota says:

    My day was pretty good. I got a bunch of work stuff done. I spent a good 3 hours reading articles about the Malyasia plane disappearance and coming up with theories with my brother and coworker on what happened. Two best theories: They flashed sideways to the LOST island or ALIENS beamed them up. (Seriously though, it is fascinating but so so sad for the families involved.) Tonight is my second class of the boxing class I joined and I am a little bit scared. My poor out of shape body was ROCKED after the last one…so sore. Hoping it will get better as time goes on. Wish me luck friends.

  6. catweazle says:

    Not a bad day! The cat that I didn’t keep originally went to my sister who then had a severe allergic reaction to him and couldn’t keep him so we found someone else to take him and I got to write an angry email to the shelter I adopted him from (who told me that they would rather I bring him back there than re-home him myself when I asked if there was any paperwork we needed to deal with) because they basically lied to my face and told me the cat was healthy but WAH WAH I ended up having to pay like $400 in vet bills because he was actually pretty sick. But now the whole ordeal is basically over thank god.

    Tonight I intend to drink several beers and watch several episodes of Downton Abbey.

  7. Casey says:

    My day has been not too bad. I accompanied some co-workers to a Thai restaurant for lunch. I had already eaten, so I just ordered a Thai iced tea, but the drinks guy thought I was ordering a lunch special so he brought me a very nice-looking cup of soup, too. When the real waiter came and found out I wasn’t ordering lunch she REMOVED MY SOUP before I had a chance to touch it.

    So I put it to you guys: what was the fate of my soup?
    1) It was thrown out, because it’s better to waste a small cup of soup than to give it to someone that is only ordering a beverage.
    2) It was returned to the main supply of soup from which other orders will be drawn this afternoon and evening.

  8. Going to see Grand Budapest Hotel for a second time, because I got too wine-drunk before I saw it the first time, and passed out halfway through. The things we do for love.

    • flanny says:

      Jealous! My friend and I wanted to see that this weekend but it doesn’t come out here until tomorrow and we were indignant.

  9. facetaco says:

    I’ve spent every free moment this week on the phone with lawyers, realtors, and doctors. I’ve got a co-worker who is trying to make me look bad just to make himself look better. I’ve got an employee who is so stubbornly insisting that he’s right that he can’t even see that being wrong would actually make him look better in the situation I’m confronting him about. I’ve got surgery tomorrow to prep me for MORE surgery on Friday, which means I can’t eat or drink anything tomorrow morning, which means I may kill somebody. It was nice knowing all of you.

  10. mordonez says:

    While I intended to get all the work done today, all I got for my troubles was more work, and I didn’t even get much done with all of the constant “do you have a minute” ing from my co-workers. Or to quote Scott Adams (why would you do that), cow-orkers.

    Last night I went to see the guitarist Pat Metheny. I would not normally have done that, because while I sort of like him in some circumstances, his music (ostensibly jazz) often verges on pretty light (but not smooth) jazz.

    At any rate, I went because my dad is very into robots, and Metheny tours with both actual dudes and some weird automated bells (and whistles) and drums and an electronic jug band (!!) that he calls an “orchestrion”, which is actually the name for that sort of thing, back in the heyday of player pianos.

    It was two and a half hours long, and when I went to look today, my goodness did Mr. Chicago Tribune hate the bejeezus out of it. I thought it had its moments, but wish I hadn’t paid $40bux for it.,0,2610100.column

  11. hotspur says:

    I’m hungry but I feel like I should avoid food because for 6 months now I have been doing this thing where, when I get hungry, I eat. Partly as a result I’m now out of shape. And today it came to a head: I did sit-ups and did not take the pancakes that were available at work. Maybe by tomorrow I’ll be in awesome shape and can slack a bit.

    Every Wednesday, I meet with a friend who runs a small business. We were designing a board game for a while but we have set that aside. Tonight is a prep meeting because I’m going to be in Vegas all next week helping him run a booth at a business convention. That is a week of my vacation time right there and I will spend it in a convention hall — sigh. Also I am 60% sure to say the wrong stuff to people and scare business away. Anyway: prep meeting tonight, then laundry. It’s a full plate. (But not full of pancakes CALLBACK TO FIRST PARAGRAPH!)

  12. flanny says:

    Guys! I had a dream last night about Gabe! Basically, I think Gabe and I and this other lady (not Kelly) worked together maybe. And Gabe had offered the two of us a ride home because it was dark and rainy, and I was like, “Well, I get off work an hour before you do, but sure, I have a book to read. I’ll wait.” But then Gabe stops by my desk early and says, “Hey I’m getting out early, but now I want to try to get home faster so I can’t give you a ride home but I can give the other lady a ride home.” And I LOST it. I screamed at him, “I STAYED AT WORK AN EXTRA FORTY-FIVE MINUTES BECAUSE YOU SAID YOU WOULD GIVE ME A RIDE HOME.” And Gabe was basically like, “Too bad.” So when I woke up this morning, my jaw was all clenched and I was super mad at Gabe.

    • Casey says:

      That’s so Gabe.

    • mydumbopiniongoeshere says:

      This morning I woke up early because I also had a bad dream. I was sleeping in some kind of on-campus homeless camp / sleep-in / who knows what it was, and some jerk strolled through and intentionally poked me in the forehead with the bell end of a bassoon. Total dick move. I was like “hey, stop harassing me” and he said “relaaax!”

      • mydumbopiniongoeshere says:

        You know, maybe it was also Gabe in the dream. It’s like Nightmare on Videogumstreet.

  13. hotspur says:

    I remember my first smart phone. It was 2010. And I thought *I* was a holdout.

  14. Erika says:

    I had to come in to work early this morning for a casual meeting with our new upper level manager who’s in from our headquarters a couple thousand miles away, and I proceeded to get stuck in the worst non-accident-related traffic I’ve experienced since I moved to the other side of the city. So I got to spend 45 minutes fuming that my boss scheduled that meeting for when he knew at least half the employees in the office wouldn’t yet be there. Oh, and I showed up 20 minutes late.

  15. Simon Spidermonk says:

    The weather here is amazing, just a few wispy streaks of cloud to keep the sky interesting. I cut my hair down to half an inch and shaved off my beard the other day, in preparation for spring, and the weather gods haven’t disappointed me. I started growing out the beard around the beginning of winter which, coincidentally, is also when I quit drinking after more than a decade of fairly serious alcoholism, so it was strange to peel away the protective layer of fur and see what I looked like after five months of sobriety (which is the longest I’ve gone without a drink for more than twenty years). The idea of being sober for that long probably horrifies most of you, as it would have me when I was in my twenties / early thirties, but for me, it is such an inexpressible relief. I feel good! Exercising, eating healthy… not sleeping very well but you can’t have everything. So good, in fact, that I’d like nothing more than to sit out in the sun with a beer or a glass of wine to celebrate. But tea will have to do. I’ve been drinking so much motherfucking tea lately. What with the interminability of this long, sober winter, and the tea drinking, it’s bizarre how my life has come to mirror that of Mr. Tumnus. Who’s authoring who now? Also, I’m reading Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, which is really good so far, the perfect spring book, so that’s what I’m gonna do now: sit out in the sun with my stupid tea and read. Life is pretty swell.

    • old man fatima says:

      Congrats on the sobriety!! That’s very impressive, and we’re all very proud of you, for real, or at least I am I guess nobody voted me king of the homeless monsters’ pride.

  16. FRQ says:

    I’m in a bit of a pickle. I got an e-mail today saying that I’m a finalist for this job I’m really interested in. The problem is that I’d be taking a sizable paycut. Granted, It would still be enough for me to live here comfortably, but money is money and one day I’d like to buy a nice house or pay for future FRQ Jr’s tuition. HOWEVER, there are plenty of upsides to taking the job: 1) the benefits are better, which is great for a walking pharmacy like myself, 2) greater job stability (my current contract ends at the beginning of May, at which point my company finds me another contract or I’m out of a job), and 3) I’m kind of sick of my current position and really need something refreshing like this. My interview isn’t ’til next week, so I’ll be getting feedback from family and friends until then (and you guys if you have any input).

    Also, as a technophile, I must know what smartphone you got.

    • An iPhone 5c! It was the cheapest one–data plan included–with my upgrade, which felt like a trick, but so far no Apple henchman have come to harvest my organs.

      • Casey says:

        Is that the one with the slow motion video capabilities? As a Samsung user I am muy jealous of that feature.

    • Casey says:

      I say, if you’re really interested in this position to just go for it! Live for your dreams!

    • flanny says:

      If the salary’s the only things holding you back, go for the job like you don’t care about the money, because salary is generally at least a little negotiable. If you’re really qualified for the job, if they really like you (which they will, duh), and if it’s really the right position for you, they might be able to bump it up a little. Also, sometimes money doesn’t matter as much if you’re enjoying yourself at work, so part of your salary might come in the form of your own sanity and happiness. Cha-ching! Good luck!

      • Sota says:

        Sanity and happiness definitely is worth it. I took a pay cut when I switched jobs, but I am much happier now that I don’t have to yell at people all day long and cry during my lunch breaks.

        • FRQ says:

          Thanks for the advice everyone! I was kind of leaning that way to begin with, so I’m glad you all feel the same way, which makes me feel less insane.

  17. bubblestpb says:

    Well Albany didn’t get hit as bad as upstate with this storm, so I have been mostly hiding from the freezing rain and doing work inside. Then prepping for my weekend trip to Chicago, whee!

  18. pickpocket says:

    I always missed these while VG was still on the air, and apparently this trend continues. My day was fine, I spent money on records that I should be saving and I’m listening to the leaked Future Islands album which is awesome.

  19. HEy giys remember me!?! i hate that im to busy at work right now to properly comment. Ive been trying to get as much OT as i can so ive been working 7a-830p for most of the week ( i dont know why i decided to it’s kind of a nightmare)(it also increased my diet mountain dew intake to an alaraming level). I WILL be in NYC this weekend bar crawling if anyone is around. It is currently some shitty winter storm outside, but luckly my drive in wasn’t bad because it was before 7am. Oh i also have a blanket at my desk and i’m considering just sleeping under my desk during my lunch break i dont think anyone would even notice. I still havent heard back from the schools ive applied to and its giving me super stress dreams about reciving a giant envelope, but instead of it being an acceptance letter its just a letter asking for more information. Well ill be home in 12 hours and im really looking forward to going to sleep.

  20. I missed this last night because I was too busy winning second place at trivia! My friends and I did best on the bible round and the atheism round, because we are well-rounded people.

    My day/week has been good. I have a job interview at a new place! Everyone cross your fingers for me! Otherwise, I’m going to Veronica Mars tonight and it should be fun!

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