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    Quote Originally posted by beach_bum View post
    Definitely toothpick! Today is our holiday party luncheon, the town closes down most services for an hour and half today and I'll be performing a part in a skit..fun!
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    Quote Originally posted by Big Owl View post
    Last night I witness the most elegantly spoken psychotic rant that I'd ever heard at a public hearing. Very entertaining.
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    Things like this make me wonder how people can ever keep straight faces at public hearings.
    I probably would have leaned over to you and whispered "Tell her it really doesn't matter since the world is going to end on Dec. 21st" to which we both would have burst out laughing and interupted such an elegant display of the public interaction.
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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    I am going to make sausage-cheeseballs for our holiday potluck at the office Friday. Should they all be toothpicked? Or do you think the masses can be trusted not to thrust dirty paws into the pot?

    I would provide a giant spoon... but I don't have one right now that I don't mind taking out of my home and I have no time to shop for such a thing between now and then. They are dry, btw, not saucy.
    Bring a container of toothpicks, and have them available next to the container. You might prime the pump by installing a few into the delicacy. People can figure it out.

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    Last Night I watched Star Trek IV the voyage home (please hold you laughter, the wife was sick). I noticed they tried to pass off the Monterrey Bay Aquarium as the place where the whales were kept, but also made me think, how much $100 went in SF circa 1984... just some thoughts.
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    Lunch break

    4 days of work-work remain for me in 2012.
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    I was kind of shocked just now when Dandy noted she only has 4 days of work left in 2012. I think I just realized the year is nearly over. Time really goes by faster every year.
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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    I was kind of shocked just now when Dandy noted she only has 4 days of work left in 2012. I think I just realized the year is nearly over. Time really goes by faster every year.
    I have 9 days left. Apparently I don't have time to take off any other days than the holidays. Stupid NSP2 deadline....
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    4 days of work-work remain for me in 2012.
    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    I was kind of shocked just now when Dandy noted she only has 4 days of work left in 2012. I think I just realized the year is nearly over. Time really goes by faster every year.
    Quote Originally posted by kjel View post
    I have 9 days left. Apparently I don't have time to take off any other days than the holidays. Stupid NSP2 deadline....
    I have 5 days left counting today and my half day tomorrow as full days. My pay bucket will be particularly empty this month, but it will be nice to be home more.
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    I have 11 1/2 days left. How do you people have so much time off coming up?
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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    I have 11 1/2 days left. How do you people have so much time off coming up?
    Each year my employer allows us to take as much time off in December as we like without using our vacation time but without pay, as long as our supervisors approve it. The employer sells it as a way to allow us to spend more time with our families or whatever, but so many people take advantage of it that it must be a pretty good cost savings in terms of salary that gets paid in December.

    This is the first year I've ever taken advantage of it and I am taking off all the Mondays and Fridays this month (as well as a couple other random days).
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Each year my employer allows us to take as much time off in December as we like without using our vacation time but without pay, as long as our supervisors approve it. The employer sells it as a way to allow us to spend more time with our families or whatever, but so many people take advantage of it that it must be a pretty good cost savings in terms of salary that gets paid in December.

    This is the first year I've ever taken advantage of it and I am taking off all the Mondays and Fridays this month (as well as a couple other random days).
    That is exceptionally awesome. I could really love 4 days weekends for the entire month!
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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    That is exceptionally awesome. I could really love 4 days weekends for the entire month!
    Amen to that. I am also taking the 21st to the 6th off! It will be one of the longest breaks from work that I have ever had. Odds are I will still do work, but not go in... maybe....
    "I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love." - Jim Carrey

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    Seven more days of work... this year we are required to take off between Christmas and New Year's (and use vacation time for it). Fortunately I had already scheduled a plane trip to visit family for those days anyway. The crappy thing is there's no "unpaid time off" option, if you don't have enough vacation time banked then they'll pay you but garnish your future vacation. That would suck, if I was a new employee.

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    Quote Originally posted by Hink View post
    ....I once had a corduroy jacket....
    With elbow patches no less.

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    After today I have 1 1/2 days of work, taking 8 days for Xmas, and still will not use up all my time, something like 3 days.
    Banking 5 days sick time. My sick bank acount = 18 weeks.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Each year my employer allows us to take as much time off in December as we like without using our vacation time but without pay, as long as our supervisors approve it. The employer sells it as a way to allow us to spend more time with our families or whatever, but so many people take advantage of it that it must be a pretty good cost savings in terms of salary that gets paid in December.

    This is the first year I've ever taken advantage of it and I am taking off all the Mondays and Fridays this month (as well as a couple other random days).
    No such thing in my shop. If you take off they take whatever vacation or sick time you have. If you have comp hours you have to use those first. I can't afford unpaid days anyways. It's looking like there will be 2 of us out of a regular staff of 9 that will be working between Christmas and New Years. I guess I will catch up on all my compliance reporting.
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Amen to that. I am also taking the 21st to the 6th off! It will be one of the longest breaks from work that I have ever had. Odds are I will still do work, but not go in... maybe....
    That's basically what I'm doing. No work the last week of December or the first week of January. I may go into the office on January 4.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    With elbow patches no less.

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    ...and a leather collar and buttons

    no free time for me just the holidays

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    Not cool, we were going to have a 'kids' birthday party for our oldest (he will be 4 on Sunday) but every one of our friends with kids is busy with Christmas programs at churches, family get together before they head out of down, or are just unwilling to drive the 2 1/2 hours.

    Ironically, everyone that we invited that does not have kids will be there.
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    I probably would have leaned over to you and whispered "Tell her it really doesn't matter since the world is going to end on Dec. 21st" to which we both would have burst out laughing and interupted such an elegant display of the public interaction.
    I had to avoid eye contact with everyone... it was amazing that she put together her argument with only one day notice. I had to be very careful during the next item I presented; however, after the meeting I was very bad.

    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Not cool, we were going to have a 'kids' birthday party for our oldest (he will be 4 on Sunday) but every one of our friends with kids is busy with Christmas programs at churches, family get together before they head out of down, or are just unwilling to drive the 2 1/2 hours.

    Ironically, everyone that we invited that does not have kids will be there.
    One of the best kids party was were it was all grown-ups and one child. My daughter got to play with her toys with whoever brought them, everyone had a bast so much so we ordered pizza and sent for beer and apple juice. The vast majority stayed for hours.

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Not cool, we were going to have a 'kids' birthday party for our oldest (he will be 4 on Sunday) but every one of our friends with kids is busy with Christmas programs at churches, family get together before they head out of down, or are just unwilling to drive the 2 1/2 hours.

    Ironically, everyone that we invited that does not have kids will be there.
    Outside of the girls' first birthdays, we have only had one other party, and this consisted of just my wife and I taking a bunch of kids to see one of the Shrek movies. Part of the reason why is what you described above. People are just too busy and really, how many "parties" does a kid need right? We always make a big deal out of our girls' birthdays, we've just never been into throwing parties for them. Maybe we suck as parents.
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    Quote Originally posted by Big Owl View post
    One of the best kids party was were it was all grown-ups and one child. My daughter got to play with her toys with whoever brought them, everyone had a bast so much so we ordered pizza and sent for beer and apple juice. The vast majority stayed for hours.
    Everyone with kids commented that they wished it was on Saturday... we wanted it on Saturday too, but the Mother Out-Law would not be able to make it. I told my wife that is even more reason to have it on Saturday!

    I might have to comment to her "shame mini-skis's friends are not here... they could only make it on Saturday, but since you could not make it on Saturday, we had to tell him that his friends could not make it to his birthday party... now he thinks he has no friends. All because his grandmother could not adjust her plans."
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    The girl is going to a friend's birthday party on Saturday and we plan on sorting & wrapping her gifts while she is absent from the house.
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    The girl is going to a friend's birthday party on Saturday and we plan on sorting & wrapping her gifts while she is absent from the house.
    This is always a challenge at my house. Nobody's ever out of the house at the same time. I wrap clandestinely, late late at night. That's also when I sneak cookies.
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    "Great then, sucks now"

    I thought the title of this thread referred to my day.

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    Great story by Jon Wertheim in Sports Illustrated about the HS football team working through tragedy at Ishpeming Michigan. (If you're the weepy sort, you might want to wait until you are alone to read it ...)

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