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Is anyone else having problems getting their "Friends" page to refresh? Mine seems stuck at August 3rd unless I hit the Navigation Bar "View" button that allows you to specify filters (such as Journals Only, or Communities Only). *glares at lj* Don't mess with the addiction, man... :-D

ETA: Found the problem! I had to clear out my browser cache in Firefox, and now all is well. *ah, blessed closure!* Thanks to everyone who commented!

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Date: 2006-08-04 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katwoman76.livejournal.com
I don't have that problem today, but had it a while ago.
At some point it worked again normally, don't really know where it came from.

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Date: 2006-08-06 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillscribe.livejournal.com
Glad to hear it's not just me, and that I'm not going insane! *g* Thanks! Hopefully it'll go away... Soon. It's just annoying to click on my 'Friends' bar and get the same post each time. :-D

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Date: 2006-08-04 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] monicaop.livejournal.com
Well no, is working ok for me, maybe is just a bug in your account?? I hope it gets better soon :), be well and take care.

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Date: 2006-08-06 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillscribe.livejournal.com
Could be, but I just recently upgraded for more icons, so darn it! ;-)

Me too! Thank you, and you as well!

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Date: 2006-08-05 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zuzuanni.livejournal.com
LJ is a vicious beast. Mine won't tell me went people comment on my entries or reply to my comments. So if you reply to this, please don't be offended that I ignored you. :)

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Date: 2006-08-06 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillscribe.livejournal.com
*dies laughing* Oh, the irony, to know that you may well never know I've replied to this! *glares at lj with you*

I sure appreciate the sentiment. It's just one of those random things where I kept refreshing my 'Friends' button and seeing the same day, and I *know* more things had been posted since then. *g*

Thankfully I have the 'View Friends' workaround, or I'd be spamming lj by now. ;-)

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Date: 2006-08-05 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beachtree.livejournal.com
Hell, I'm just psyched to have connectivity after another week of being jerked around repeatedly. How many comments do I now owe that went off into obvilion when I thought I could post?

Btw, PINATA, amigo.

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Date: 2006-08-06 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillscribe.livejournal.com
You poor thing! When we first moved to where we are now, we had a lot of spotty connectivity at first (we're in the boon toolies) as well as frequent electrical outages. Thankfully that's a thing of the past *knocks on wood*, but I feel for you, as you've felt the pain a thousand fold!

May the connectivity gods smile upon you *waves wand of internet access*! Oh, and I hope the uniclaw is doing well!

*ducks and dodges Matrix style* I'm trying! But original fic first! Now that I've learned it's impossible for me to do tiny little updates (as evidenced by my latest beast), I'm trying a new approach. I'm tring... wait for it... ORGANIZATION. ;-)

In fact, I'm cleaning my office today. Wish me luck. If I get organized enough, I'm thinking working on multiple fics at a time won't feel so daunting!

It's great to hear from you! Hang in there!!! :-D *waves*

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Date: 2006-08-06 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beachtree.livejournal.com
So at least you're not avoiding me! Remember, I promised to pinata you regularly and since we even nominated you for the damn Citrus Awards, I must take my responsibility seriously, or at least cereally. Hungry...

What ARE boon toolies? Are those like boonies? The sticks? The land that time and power forgot? Hee.

I'm not there, but they're widening the major roads as they build new developments and they're updating all the fiber optics because of the repeat hurricanes. They've finally gotten better technology way, way underground. Something tells me it won't make a difference, but, we're hostages!

I think I owe about 20 fic comments. Ouch.

The claw is free! It's been free for a whole week, but it sort of looks like a pathetic snake. I have been verboten to use it type until my friendly therapist gives me the okay. Still waiting.

Good luck with the organization. I will keep haunting you. Everyone needs a hobby!

*Waves back*

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Date: 2006-08-06 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillscribe.livejournal.com
OMG! Uniclaw no more! *throws confetti over you* That's great! Definitely be careful not to push it, too! I know the temptation must be great.

No, I'm not avoiding you! I can't have you thinking that! Of course, now that you say that, I realize you pinata'd me on my last post *will toddle off to comment there too once done here*... My bad!

I know!!! I love that I got nominated, too! *sobs* Why oh why can't I be more prolific with my writing? Of course, having a stressful job is *not* conducive to increased creativity, either *sighs*.

Hopefully, though, if I continue to weather the tough times, things will start to improve by the fall (I can't tell you how many layoffs I've survived, and buyouts...).

Yep, the boon toolies is the equivalent of the sticks. It's definitely the land that time (and power) forgets, though not as frequently anymore, and sadly, civilization encroaches more and more each day (except with a decent grocery story nearby - we could use that! *g*).

Hmmm, I'm not sure how much better the fiber optics would be, but it *sounds* like it should be an improvement! I hear you about the hostage comment. You take what you can get...

Although, have you considered satellite? We had that for a while, which wasn't too bad, but it might not be your solution, considering the winds you can get (we get 'em, too, in gusts).

We did finally get a line brought up to our subdivision, and have been happy campers ever since, so... I think you'll like fiber optic. It should be pretty darn zippy. *nods*

Yikes with being behind on the comments! You're so conscientious about it, which I really respect, and you always leave really detailed thoughts, which I know I'm not the only one to love. :-D Don't feel too badly. It's always worth the wait. *g*

Pinata away! Hobbies and chances to say 'Hi' are *always* a good thing! :-D I do intend to get back to SitC! Honest! Just... Not today. ;-)

*crosses self and goes back to organizing... How did I get so many magazines and so much junk mail to sort through, anyway?*

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Date: 2006-08-06 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beachtree.livejournal.com
The stressful job with the neverending surprises is not a help. I just left a situation like that. Now I'm a free agent and that's even more stressful because free agency doesn't pay, except in sports. I only know what I don't want to do, but I don't have a clue what that actually means I want to do. And speaking of skeletons in a closet, my former employers had plenty- although maybe not actual bods.

Satellite is so not an option here in hurricane central. Nope! Nice connective thought though!

I had this whole agenda for playing ketchup and it's thwarted at every turn. I may resort to leaving smiley face comments. Okay, not.

Snail mail reproduce asexually. And people wonder why there are no more rain forests...

The urge to engage the claw is overwhelming, but I'm attempting to be a model prisoner, even after more than five months. Grrrrrrrrrrr....

Here's hoping things look up for you.

I'll keep my pinata handy. Hee. The hobby is all I have left!

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Date: 2006-08-06 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillscribe.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] beachtree, you SO have my sympathies. It's a hard, scary, adventurous thing you're doing, and I completely understand what you're talking about. But even though they're a little cliche, I'm throwing these sayings out there anyway, because they've proven right on more than one occassion.

First, you can't go through one door without letting another one close behind you. Another one is that being able to take the big risks is that much more opportunity for great rewards.

These sort of transitions, although tramatizing as heck, can ultimately put you in *such* a better place in the long run. You have a much greater chance of finding what you want, rather than going from yuck job to yuck job and wasting all that emotional energy on a career you don't enjoy.

It can be horribly stressful, depressing, etc., etc., etc. (to quote The King and I), but it's also gutsy as heck. Go *you*!

*shakes head at the skeletons in the closet reference* Sounds like overall it's a good thing you aren't still there. Ugh. Poor thing.

Well, I tried! ;-)

*gives [livejournal.com profile] beachtree a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a chilled glass of milk* Hang in there! Remember, this is just a beginning (and that such things can be slow starters).

Keep up the virtuous single handed typing, and know there's a *lot* of people out here who care. Hang in there!

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Date: 2006-08-06 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beachtree.livejournal.com
Aw, thanks. I so didn't mean to dump on you, but you sound like you're in an environment I'm all too familiar with. The difference would be, if you enjoy what you do, or are at least challenged, invested and feel valued, then you're heading in the right direction. Fight the good fight and the proverbial "they" should recognize they are very fortunate to have you. I really do hope the stress level can be modified since that weighs so heavily.

Thanks for the clche fest as well. If there wasn't wisdom, practicality and proven results associated with them, they wouldn't be trite and overused! Hee. I'm at a point where I need a good pick-me-up, so thanks for the infusion. Must stay focused and not get overwhelmed. That's a huge note to self in bright, neon crayon. Dodging the minefield, having realistic expectatations, setting and adhering to deadlines and just trying to make sense of everything after about four years of misery isn't so easy.

Thanks especially for the treats. If the cookies are still warm and gooey, you get extra bonus points!

I'm making no progress on the ketchup, but I'm reading lots!

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Date: 2006-08-07 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillscribe.livejournal.com
No worries! You weren't dumping. I just happen to completely relate. I quit my last job with no future prospects lined up, and with the decision to learn (and get certified in) a computer oriented line of work instead of being a secretary/office manager. I took 7 months to put myself through classes and study at home, and the whole time I was a total wreck.

It's relatively unheard of, to get the certifications first, and then try to get a job. In my field, people normally have computer experience *first*, and then stumble into the training. So I totally understand the type of stress and anxiety you're under. *pats you*

Which is why I threw out the truisms. They were what I used - and still do. The husband and I built our dream house (for the most part) on a wing and a prayer, and the property value alone has paid us back for all the grey hairs it gave us, but wow... We didn't even know what our payment would be until the last 4 weeks until closing!

Granted, we probably won't be taking another risk like that anytime soon, but... ;-)

I just wanted to say I'm speaking from experience, is all. And even though it feels fast, it still takes a while to really change your life around. Now's the perfect time to start paying attention to the things you really love to look for future candidates. You've had four years of misery - it takes a bit to shake that off!

Unfortunately, these transitions don't happen fast. Nevertheless, I totally have confidence that within a couple of years, you'll look back on these days and feel proud for what you were brave enough to do, and how you stood up for your own quality of life!

Thanks for your good wishes! I definitely hope things turn out, but ultimately, since my greatest wish is to be a published writer... *g* I do love my job, and like the intellectual challenge, it's just not what I want to be when I grow up. :-D

Oh yeah. The cookies were perfect, 'cause I'm famous around these parts for 'em. They have to be gooey in the center, but still properly cooked (if I can get them as far as the oven and don't eat all the dough first). :-D

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Date: 2006-08-07 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beachtree.livejournal.com
Man, we always used to eat all the dough first in school and then make desperation cookies on Sunday nights. Yeah, those were the days. My biggest worries were exams, research papers, voluminous reading and swim meets, track meets and soccer games. Now it's putting the $120k+ education to use in a way that doesn't make me want to scream dread driving to work and maybe even contribute to humankind somehow. Imagine. I'm so clueless. Maybe I should have stayed in law, but that made me nuts too and had me very disillusioned. Now I'm just convinced pretty much everyone is unethical, greedy, embezzling, lying and trying to build the next ENRON. Hmmm...

I admire you for knowing what you wanted and facing the challenge head on. As they say, learns are learned, not just given, and you've learned yours as I'm learning mine. I swear it's like Groundhog Day- the movie- sometimes!

So you've got the dreamhouse and you're paving your way for what you really want to be when you grow up. I need to figure that out. There's no shortcut, but I know I can develop interests without having a passion for something. I'm jaded enough now that I don't see a way to make something I'm passionate about into a viable revenue stream. Then again, maybe I need to approach it more outside of the cookie jar. Now I really want cookies!

Time to find some sounding boards and put my thinking cap on- in the morning.

Thanks again. I'm pretending to eat my virtual cookies. You had me half ready to bake. How sad is that?

Oh, and I need a husband too. Reverse that. A husband needs me!

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Date: 2006-08-09 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillscribe.livejournal.com
You are most welcome! :-D Well, after our discussion, I did end up cooking chocolate chip biscotti. I love it just a little too much dipped in tea. *g*

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Date: 2006-08-09 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beachtree.livejournal.com
Man, I wish you hadn't mentioned that. I'm sitting here eating oatmeal and fruit for dinner. Guess who didn't actually make it to the store after the gym and is now doing the laundry so she'll have clean clothes to pack for Thursday?

Yum. Chocolate chip biscotti... Hello, Pavolov? Arf!

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Date: 2006-08-05 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wishweaver.livejournal.com
I *think* LJ's working okay. Unfortunately, the last few weeks I haven't been online a lot. I know I've gotten behind reading posts, though.

Been wanting to read your new Firefly fic but haven't gotten the chance. Work is paying for me to take the CISSP exam, and there's lots and LOTS of things to know. *eek!* I don't think I crammed this much when I *was* in college!



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Date: 2006-08-06 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillscribe.livejournal.com
I think the LJ developers occassionally smoke a Mary Jane or two, look at account names, and giggle as they mess with us. ;-) It's eeevil, I tell you!

I hear you about falling behind with comments and the like! You're preching to the choir!

Ah, it was supposed to be a small thing, but *sighs*... It was a lot of fun, though. I really enjoyed the Firefly universe! It is highly addictive! And this little section of it is so sweet!

While I may love angst, I love happy endings more! :-D

OMG, the CISSP sounds like one of those really daunting exams (like the Cisco ones). Will the studying you do for it help you for the new position you'll be taking (congratulations on the switch, by the way! Go you!)?

Do you become certified once you take it? I know from experience some of the looks *awesome* on the resume, but was curious if it'll be a help or hindrance to be doing both at the same time?

Either way, you've definitely got a full plate! I wish you the best of luck (and skill *g*)!

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Date: 2006-08-07 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wishweaver.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'll need it. (On both fronts, I think.) ;-) I actually went to the CISSP program manager and told him I didn't think there was any way I could learn new job and study for scary test at the same time. He was sympathetic, but pointed out my new office probably wouldn't be expecting a lot out of me just now, and later I could have more on my plate. I couldn't argue there so I agreed to try it, with the option that if I didn't feel ready I could take the exam at a later date.

Yeah, I haven't really gotten into the Firefly fandom. I like it well enough, just haven't had a lot of time to play in it. Heck, I haven't read a *new* HP fic in ages. It's like, "Okay, vacation's over. You have to cut back on the foolishness and be an adult now." *wibble* Oh, well. Write on!


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Date: 2006-08-09 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillscribe.livejournal.com
Hmmmm, interesting point!

Good for you for being willing to try it!

*laughs* Yep, you and me both. I'm just a little too disappointed with where JKR's taking HP, so a lot of the fire's gone out of the fandom. *sighs*

*piffle* Who says we have to be adults?! *pshaw!* :-D

You as well!

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Date: 2006-08-24 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beachtree.livejournal.com
So I'm having posting issues, but I DID want to wish you a very, Very, VERY happy b-day!

And I'll pinata you too! ; )

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Date: 2006-09-07 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beachtree.livejournal.com
Is that the Mexican Hat Dance I hear? Pinata!


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