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#1 2017-09-20 03:22:15

Sahi
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QM - The new office

As it was time for a new Mint and I'll soon be working from a new office...

Welcome to the new office. This Mint looks surprisingly like an office. But don't worry, there is a very large, well-stocked pantry. You might want to open a few cabinets to find the glasses and the fridge and stuff, but it's all there, hidden behind a shiny, new, gleaming facade.

There is also a very comfortable couch in the corner, and a high table with bar stools to enjoy your drink or snack.

Never mind the poor sods sitting behind the desks slaving away behind their keyboards. Some of them might even join in on our discussions in secret!


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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#2 2017-09-20 04:06:35

Peter
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Re: QM - The new office

*waves at the poor sods*


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#3 2017-09-20 04:31:03

ylvs
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From: Art Central
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Re: QM - The new office

*eyes new Mint suspiciously*

Are there comfy chairs?

BWAWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!

 

#4 2017-09-20 05:21:32

Sahi
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Re: QM - The new office

*adds comfy chairs to the corner with the couch*

I've sort of modeled this 'office' on my current office, as I think I'll miss it a lot in the near future...


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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You may call me the Porcupine Lady, or if you are feeling generous the Erinaceous One.

 

#5 2017-09-20 05:26:46

Peter
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Re: QM - The new office

Well, office chairs are usually fairly comfy :)
Much better than what you have in most bars or restaurants.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#6 2017-09-20 06:24:20

Magpie
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Re: QM - The new office

Oh, it's so nice to be home this early. I've already made and eaten some food, and now I'll make more, namely a big pot of chicken soup, since I never have time for that any more, and then while that is cooking, I'll clean some things.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

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Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#7 2017-09-20 06:58:08

Sahi
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Re: QM - The new office

Go Magpie, go!


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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You may call me the Porcupine Lady, or if you are feeling generous the Erinaceous One.

 

#8 2017-09-20 10:08:45

Magpie
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Re: QM - The new office

Repotted/cut back/made cuttings of most of the plants at the kitchen window, planted a lot of winter vegetables on the balcony, and bought new ring binders so I can organise my school things better (because I'll definitely need/want to look some stuff up later, so I'm keeping most of them, but the mismatched binders are making me unhappy.)


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#9 2017-09-20 10:40:49

Kia
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Re: QM - The new office

*admires the shiny new office* *takes one of the strange-cups-which-always-end-up-in-the-office from the cabinet and brews herself some green tea*

Shiny! *waves at the sods*

thanks to all the meetings and appointments today I had to skip lunch after already skipping breakfast. I'm  hungry. Very much so. *prepares herself for a heavy case of fridge-robbery*

 

#10 2017-09-20 14:15:50

Magpie
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Re: QM - The new office

And now both the kitchen and the bathroom are all the way clean.

It feels good.

I would love to do more, but it's still good to have done this much.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#11 2017-09-20 18:44:45

Ad1tu
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From: Buffysadharc
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Re: QM - The new office

Man... I was cranky earlier today. We had to take my husband's car to the dealership for an oil change and have them look at the fuel system, he kept getting a check engine light and "gascap" thrown up on the dash. But we had to take it to the dealer 30 miles down the highway, past the city, in rush hour traffic... So that was fun. Then we get there and find out the factory warranty expired a week ago, so he said forget the check engine light, it magically went away a couple of days ago anyway, whatever. But he was understandably grumpy at driving so far for an oil change. And on the drive back, work started bugging him, so he got grumpy about THAT. So his grumpies ended up rubbing off on me...


If you should do what makes you happy, and no one can tell you what makes you happy, then that means no one can tell you what to do!

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#12 2017-09-20 22:59:24

Magpie
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Re: QM - The new office

I want to go to the recycling center after work today, because I want to get rid of all this broken stuff, but I also... don't want to. I want to hide, and to not deal with places I don't know well, and having to ask where to put anything..

And I realised my period is supposed to start in the next couple of days, which makes the idea of travelling over the weekend even less appealing.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#13 2017-09-20 23:23:43

cyan
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Re: QM - The new office

Hello Minters!!!!  *grins and waves*

Magpie wrote:

And I realised my period is supposed to start in the next couple of days, which makes the idea of travelling over the weekend even less appealing.

Yeah, I don't miss that aspect of body function AT ALL.  I didn't want to procreate anyway so, for me, that was the only* positive consequence of chemo.


* The other positive consequence is my hair is growing out curly and I don't know what to do with it.


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#14 2017-09-20 23:55:06

Sahi
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Re: QM - The new office

*waves at cyan and the other Minters*

Maen all!

Last day in the office.


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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You may call me the Porcupine Lady, or if you are feeling generous the Erinaceous One.

 

#15 2017-09-21 04:05:49

Magpie
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Posts: 32884
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Re: QM - The new office

Had a meeting at the Chamber of Agriculture, with several advisors, about contracts and stuff for next year.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#16 2017-09-21 04:10:16

Magpie
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Re: QM - The new office

cyan wrote:

Hello Minters!!!!  *grins and waves*

Magpie wrote:

And I realised my period is supposed to start in the next couple of days, which makes the idea of travelling over the weekend even less appealing.

Yeah, I don't miss that aspect of body function AT ALL.  I didn't want to procreate anyway so, for me, that was the only* positive consequence of chemo.

I don't mind it as such, but I do mind that we're expected to just function as normal, as if I'm not tired as hell and uncomfortable at best and in pain at worst, and that we're expected not to talk about it in case we make a man uncomfortable with it.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#17 2017-09-21 04:16:53

Sahi
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Re: QM - The new office

The office is already getting pretty empty...

And wouldn't it be awesome if we would all just work for three weeks and then got a week off? If that was default, and the weeks would just alternate... (Not sure how it would really work out, but I'm sure with a bit of effort it could work.)


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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First member of the Shadowmarch Council of Sages, Official Quiller's Mint Historian
You may call me the Porcupine Lady, or if you are feeling generous the Erinaceous One.

 

#18 2017-09-21 04:32:22

Magpie
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Re: QM - The new office

I wouldn't even need a week, just two days would be fine. Or just being able to take it easy at work, sit down when I need to, and being able to use a hot water bottle without getting any strange looks.
(Honestly, that is one of the main reasons why I want to move the office at work upstairs, because now it's just a desk that can be seen from the shop. I want to have a place to hide.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#19 2017-09-21 06:55:54

Sahi
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Re: QM - The new office

*builds a blanket fortress upstairs* There you go!


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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You may call me the Porcupine Lady, or if you are feeling generous the Erinaceous One.

 

#20 2017-09-21 08:14:33

Peter
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From: Austria
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Posts: 39617
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Re: QM - The new office

*waves at everyone*

Bodies are such inconvenient things at times :( .

I have once again completely broken my sleep cycle. Too many naps I guess, though I still don't know why I couldn't sleep until 9am. That's a bit extreme, dear body, could we go back to 4am please?


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#21 2017-09-21 08:49:18

Diorna
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Re: QM - The new office

Peter wrote:

*waves at everyone*

Bodies are such inconvenient things at times :( .

I have once again completely broken my sleep cycle. Too many naps I guess, though I still don't know why I couldn't sleep until 9am. That's a bit extreme, dear body, could we go back to 4am please?

Whoa! Any idea, why?

Magpie wrote:

I wouldn't even need a week, just two days would be fine.

Yes!

My cold is almost gone, so today I had to catch up on the household. It wasn't that bad, thanks to my medicine-induced cleaning frenzies, but the weekly chores piled up. So most of my day I was cleaning.
This afternoon I finally left the house to drag the children to the playground 100 metres from our garden. (They wanted to play Lego, but I thought fresh air would be good for them and it was!)
When we arrived, I found the whole village assembled, or at least all the moms with children the same age as mine. ALL of them. (There is an optional gym class and afterwards they apparently use to spend an hour at the playground. Why my children don't go to the gym class? At least the older one takes after me: almost as clumsy as Bella Swan. Falls down on flat surfaces a lot. I love him for that. The rest of my family is way to ubersporty.) Entrance me in my cleaning clothes and my messy ponytail and my no-Make-up-and-no-sun-for-ages-Vampire-face. Well, I know how to leave a good first impression.

And I watched Gilmore Girls while being sick, can you tell from alle blahblah?

edit: Is ubersporty a word? I made that up. You know, what I mean, right?

Last edited by Diorna (2017-09-21 08:57:06)

 

#22 2017-09-21 09:19:00

Peter
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Re: QM - The new office

Diorna, we make up words as a sport here :D . Might be all the German speaking people using their compound-word-savy.

As for my sleep pattern, I do tend to take naps and sometimes they go a lot longer than planned. Also I lack discipline. So I ruin my sleep schedule all the time (and I can afford to, since I don't have to be at work at any particular time).

But I have no idea why sleep didn't work at all tonight. That was a bit weird.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#23 2017-09-21 09:45:32

ylvs
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From: Art Central
Registered: 2001-06-19
Posts: 13406

Re: QM - The new office

Did some long overdue kitchen shelf cleaning with Daughter2.0. Now to tired to cook. Stupid me.

 

#24 2017-09-21 09:47:34

ylvs
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From: Art Central
Registered: 2001-06-19
Posts: 13406

Re: QM - The new office

And Diorna. I think a playground is no place that requires makeup or dressup or anyup.

*nods*

 

#25 2017-09-21 09:57:48

Magpie
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From: miraculously thistle-free town
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Posts: 32884
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Re: QM - The new office

Lots of cleaning going on around here, it seems! I might do more of that, too, but only after I've watered all the plants, packed for Munich (I still don't want to) and maybe baked something (I have apples that I need to do something with). Oh, and text one friend that I will not have time to meet her this weekend. (I thought about calling, but that always ends up being very time-consuming with her.)

But I've already been to the recycling center. My mother picked me up from work today, and then offered to drive me there as well, which meant I could not decide I was too tired or anything after all.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

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