It’s Check-In Time.

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How’s everyone doing? Let’s just talk about whatever we want today, whether you still need to vent or would prefer to talk about/post pictures of happy things as a pick-me-up. There’s a lot to process and of work to be done, but for now, let’s give ourselves a bit of breathing room–and I’m always interested in hearing about nice things that have happened in your lives lately, so lay that on me, if you would.

 

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About Theresa Couchman

Theresa Couchman was born in Upstate New York, went to school in Upstate New York, and currently resides in Upstate New York. She has a pair of impractical Master's Degrees and a taste for the pointlessly weird, and is occasionally funny on Twitter.
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55 Responses to It’s Check-In Time.

  1. catweazle says:

    Positive things:

    -NABI and I went to Gilmore Girls trivia last night and our team came in 4th out of 50.
    -I finally finished flipping my closet and also put together another giant box of stuff to donate and scheduled another pickup for tomorrow.
    -Just found out yesterday that work is sending me back to Montreal in January. I am a little nervous about experiencing Montreal in winter but I also really liked it when I was there last month!
    -Tomorrow I’m having my sisters and my two best friends over to get drunk and watch the last Twilight movie.

  2. flanny says:

    Positive things:

    -It’s my coworker’s birthday today and we went out for lunch and it was the first time that I haven’t thought about IT since Tuesday.
    -At lunch we talked about Rent and now I’m listening to the original Broadway cast recording like a real nerd.
    -I sent in a donation to a local Syrian refugee rescue organization this morning.
    -My cat is so fucking cute.
    -Yoga on Saturday!

  3. collin0truckasaurus says:

    This is a picture of the world’s poutiest Cookie monster (aka my kid). I love it so much I want to wallpaper my house with it. I hope it brings you joy.

  4. hotspur says:

    Martinmegz and I got multiple happy hour drinks and saw a movie last night. It improved the mood substantially, although this morning I noticed butter stains all over my shirt from the popcorn. Apparently I am no neater than a four-year-old. Anyway I hope butter comes out because this shirt is in heavy rotation. It is one of the six main shirts and I don’t want to deal with replacing it.

    It is not a nice shirt. It’s okay. Worst things have happened.

  5. We are taking a family trip to Legoland this weekend. APPLE FRIES!

  6. martinmegz says:

    I am not okay, not at all. But last night hotspur and I got toasted at happy hour then saw The Accountant. Ben Affleck helped me forget about everything for two hours, and for that I will always be grateful. Also Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies and I’m tickled that Ben pulled a Will Hunting in this movie:

  7. FRQ, did you add the picture to this post? It’s obviously totally fine if you did, I just don’t remember doing it and want to make sure I’m not losing my mind.

  8. nastyemu says:

    We bought last minute tickets for a concert in DC last night, and it felt really good to not have a pit in my stomach for a few hours.
    We’re officially moving to Providence in January. Heading up there this weekend to get a better idea of the area and figure out where we want to live. Also I need a job.

  9. FRQ says:

    After all that’s happened in the past few days, I’ve made the decision to unfollow every human being on Facebook. After listening to the president talk about the election, I felt that we really do need to try to move on and do more constructive things regarding the situation. I’m not going to get that reading some of the vitriol and TLDR posts I’ve been seeing pop up on my feed, and these are people who are “on my side”. Not everyone I know is posting this stuff, but to be fair to everyone, I’m going all the way (I’m not totally quitting FB, though, since I use it for messenger and events). I will probably undo this at some point, but for now, I need to get away from this in some part to restore my sanity.

    As for positive things, well, outside the scope of this election, my life really isn’t that bad. My health is (relatively) okay, I’m dating a nice girl, I have a great group of friends, and I live in a vibrant city. So I’m grateful for what I have at the moment, but will remain vigilante when things looks like they’re going downhill.

  10. Not gonna lie, I spent a lot of time googling immigration policies in a bunch of countries last night. New Zealand and Norway are my top choices at this point but I would also consider Italy or Germany.

    • Erika says:

      I’ve heard New Zealand has very favorable immigration policies, but it’s far away from literally everything. Supposedly even Australia is a three-hour plane ride away.

  11. martinmegz says:

    Hekllo friends! I drank at lunch and now my insides feel great! I sat at the bar for almost two hours with my head in my hands and that may or may not have contributed to me getting some free drinks.

  12. Sota says:

    Yesterday was my last day at my job. It’s crazy to imagine leaving because it’s such a small family like cool kid agency life, but it’s time for me to do some new things. We had a HH last night and my boss and I ended up working out an agreement for me to do some freelance hours on a couple of select project and she is going to pay me really good for it. I will be able to finally pay off my last school loan and I can’t wait! In other happy news my Mom and I drove up to spend today and tomorrow with my 90 year old grandma and it’s very fun. I went to the local small town thrift store and spent two hours coloring with my cousin’s little kids. Life is brighter today than it was yesterday and I’m thankful for that.

  13. I walked into the lunch room today just as a bunch of people were getting up to go scream on the roof. So I went with them and we all (10 or so) screamed on the roof. My office’s roof faces a giant building in Chicago that is on the river that is owned by an evil person. I yelled towards that.

    Otherwise I actually had things to do so that took my mind off of it. Now I get to go to my first meeting with the bike team I joined. I am excited for that. And then later I am going to figure out what VPN is.

  14. Commentatrix says:

    I continue to have much anger and stress (not just due to current events) but I did enjoy being a bystander in a reply-all email chain today wherein one person was thanking another person for clarifying a boring work issue. The e-mail just said, “Thank you, X, that was so helpful!” It’s just such a rarity these days that it really made me smile. 🙂

  15. mordonez says:

    Man, I don’t know.

    I feel more and more guilty that mrsdonez is stuck for now working in the whitest suburb in America, living in a lonely apartment (without good television) in a state that betrayed the progressive principles of Robert LaFollette, while I’m down here in super safe Chicago. As soon as I saw that Russ Feingold had lost, I knew the night was done.

    So there’s that, and my car is in the shop for the 83 millionth time, and somehow I tripped on my way to job#2 last night and landed directly on my arm and shoulder (no serious damage, but brief panic and OWW) and I therefore took a painkiller last night and overslept my first meeting today (which luckily was just a team check in and was not a big deal), and my band’s lead singer’s German Shepher died of bloat with no warning.

    So, pretty good week? I’m going to have to pull back somehow, because 4 years of outrage will be the death of me. And at the same time I’m going to have to push past my usual apathetic commitment to voting only, without taking more responsibility for the world around me. I just can’t get there yet.

    BUT then again, look at this kitten on my leg?

    [IMG]http://i68.tinypic.com/214zeo.jpg[/IMG]

    • Kate says:

      I don’t know guys. I seem to be doing worse. The insensitivity of some of my relatives is getting to me. I’m trying to explain to the one brother why telling the other (gay) brother to “move on” “it’s over” is not cool. It’s like we woke up in Westworld, and anyone who’s not white, male, hetero, and able are the robots. Fair game. 😥

      • hotspur says:

        That’s unfortunate. And aside from the insensitivity, it’s far from over. It’s just beginning, and we don’t know where the chips are gonna land. I hope your brother figures out what he’s doing and eases off 😦

        For the record, I’m not looking forward to seeing relatives at Christmas who I know voted for Trump — or abstained but despised Hillary. I don’t think they’ll gloat too hard, but… they’ll gloat a little. And they’ll say stuff like “It’s for the best. She was a criminal, and we were turning socialist — that had to be stopped.” What does “socialist” even mean?? I’m pretty sure I’ll hear that.

        • Kate says:

          I think I finally made him understand that it’s not over for everyone with an Orwell quote about whether the laws are carried out depends on “the temper of the country.” He tried to make me feel better by saying Trump’ll probably have a heart attack in a year.🤗

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