Tuesday, August 14, 2007

tomorrow i get to sit in interviews all day
see, my boss quit
tomorrow we have interviews for her replacement
we interview panel-style so her poor would-be replacement gets to get interviewed by, like, 20 of us. can you imagine?

caymans is off. i'm too tired n grumpy to talk about it. but it's off. maybe next year.
something about the already expensive room on the boat in the galapagos now not being available, so now we have to pay even more, so now the travel budget for the year is beginning to exceed what sane people should spend, so... the whole thing sounds fishy about the boat, so hopefully chris can get that taken care of anyhow. i guess we'll see.

hey, at least a hurricane is coming maybe
i think chris may be excited; how he has so much to do
he filled up like 25 gas cans tonight
he's rubbing his hands together thinking of the boat prep he has to do
but what happens when the hurricane hits? i asked.
he'll sleep, he said. but what about when you wake up, i asked. i'll lift weights, he said. fair enough, i guess.
i'm thinking i need to make a list (fill out address change for voter registration; repair farmer jane wetsuit tear, etc.) to keep me busy. you can only read for so long.. thankfully, we will have the generator going and i can probably keep my little dvd player going. but, you can probably only watch movies for so long, too. note to self: get a whole season of law & order from blockbuster!

ok, time to get some shut-eye.
my previous job, we'd interview as a whole department. we'd go into a room ahead of the candidate and arrange all the tables in a big circle and put one chair in the middle and make the same joke every time about that chair being for them before we let them sit on the outside of the circle.

i hope you have a safe and boring hurricane, if you must have one.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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