THE HAPPY THREAD

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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby MysticalDescent » Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:27 pm

I quite enjoyed reading that, it was interesting and well written. I actually wish, in a way, that saw things like that and could then produce such an eloquent and detailed reflection.

This post will now seize the opportunity provided by the mention of teaching to rapidly depart on a tangent. For the last couple of weeks I've been doing some demonstrating work (lab and problem sessions) at my University, alongside some other stuff, while I have further stuff in the pipeline. I suppose it might end up getting wearing after doing it over a longer period of time, but in all honesty, I've found it to be quite exhilarating. I actually get on with the students, I haven't done anything utterly embarrassing, academically speaking, and they all seem to be somewhat grateful for my occasional input. It's nice. I'm fairly sure that being the grand master of all equipment and answers rather helps the feeling, too.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby EsBe » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:07 pm

There is snow! On the ground! Tomorrow I will have to shovel 2 or 3 feet of it, but for now I am sliding down my driveway. And I have power to heat up hot cocoa. This is pretty sweet.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby jvcc » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:52 pm

Dylan Moran is coming to Chicago!!!

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Tickets go on sale online tomorrow at 10 am. I don't know how much they are, but I don't care. I will buy them.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby ntw3001 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:23 am

I saw him once and he was a bit rubbish, but judging from the opinions of others and all the other things I have seen him do (well uh Black Books) I believe that infochunk may be an outlier.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby jvcc » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:01 pm

He's going to be doing his Yeah, Yeah routine, which I've already watched/listened to several times. I enjoy it, and he is my favorite stand-up comedian.

Bought my tickets todaaaaay!
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby sum yun gai » Fri May 10, 2013 10:38 am

hey, i haven't been around awhile because i was on vacation, but in regards to "happy": she said yes! :mrgreen:
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby PonderThis » Fri May 10, 2013 10:55 am

WOooOOoOOo good to hear, syg.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby Skimba » Fri May 10, 2013 1:47 pm

sum yun gai wrote:hey, i haven't been around awhile because i was on vacation, but in regards to "happy": she said yes! :mrgreen:

Cong-rats and all that jazz!
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby MysticalDescent » Fri May 10, 2013 3:19 pm

'Grats.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby Null » Sat May 11, 2013 12:30 am

Congratulations, SYG! May all happiness fall upon you both, for all time.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby quetzalcoatlus » Tue May 14, 2013 2:32 am

Got a job finally, doing stock at a thrift shop. My coworkers are generally pretty nice, and this is only the second retail job I've had where employees have some say over the music - the piped in music comes through an ipod deck/radio, and provided the registers aren't super busy and that whatever you're playing is free of cursing, employees can hook up their own ipod and get a playlist on. However, the latter requirement is somewhat harder to fulfill than you might think - I've discovered that I have more songs with sudden, unexpected swears in them than I thought.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby jvcc » Tue May 14, 2013 10:50 am

Congrats on engagement, Syg! And congrats on employment, Quetz!
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby ntw3001 » Tue May 14, 2013 7:41 pm

Oh yes I got a job as well. As of yesterday I am caring at an old people's home. It is not my dream job! But it is a job and it's not a two-month contract, so that's a plus. It's generally okay anyways. Serving up food is fine, dealing with the various things they expel from their bodies is not. But the ones who talk are alright. The ones who can't are a little unsettling because I can't quite tell whether I'm causing them to suffer excruciating pain in some way. I don't think I am, but some of them suffer excruciating pain as a general thing. Gonna try and get back to the teaching-English abroad plan quick snap. I'm now thinking Brazil may be a workable alternative to Korea, on account of the threat of war but to be fair if war broke out it would probably still be better than the UK.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby chrismachine » Tue May 14, 2013 10:03 pm

good... news?
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby ntw3001 » Wed May 15, 2013 6:28 am

This should probably have gone in the ambivalent thread.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby sum yun gai » Thu May 16, 2013 12:22 pm

i see ponder has logged in this morning, so that means that at least he didn't get caught in those (literally) killer tornadoes near dallas yesterday...
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby EsBe » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:31 am

I found an apartment in New York City the other day, after a long weekend of fruitless searching. Go me.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby jvcc » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:20 am

So, I'm the grad student representative to a departmental committee that consists of a bunch of professors and...me. Which is both awesome and terrifying. Sometimes we have to vote on time-sensitive issues via email; someone makes a motion, someone seconds, we vote, and a new departmental policy or whatever is born. As of today, I have officially made my first motion.

Even though it was only done through the social anxiety-reducing magic of the internet, I'm still pretty psyched about it. Any opportunity to prove that I'm an actual grown-up, as opposed to a child masquerading as an adult, makes me pretty happy. Plus, I enjoy learning about the administrative side of academics. Yeah, it's mainly bureaucracy, which most of my peers find frustrating or even disillusioning, but there's an invaluable practical element to it as well.

Anyway. I've also started classes again, taking and teaching them. I'm teaching two classes for the first time ever and I designed my own course, syllabus, etc. It's going well so far.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby PonderThis » Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:45 am

Why would you ever have social anxiety? You're awesome!
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby MysticalDescent » Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:47 pm

jvcc wrote:a child masquerading as an adult


I was beginning to wonder at what point in one's life one stops feeling like that. Ideally, I'd like to achieve it some day.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby jvcc » Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:09 pm

PonderThis wrote:Why would you ever have social anxiety? You're awesome!


Aw, thanks. I'm a lot better than I used to be, and am trying to get better still. I just get self-conscious around other people, especially people like professors whose opinion matters a great deal to me.

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jvcc wrote:a child masquerading as an adult


I was beginning to wonder at what point in one's life one stops feeling like that. Ideally, I'd like to achieve it some day.


I mentioned this sort of thing to my mom, referring to it as "impostor syndrome," and she said that she doesn't feel that way anymore. However, she did say that, for a while, she felt like an impostor when she got promoted to her current position. So I think maybe most, or at least some, people eventually accept and feel comfortable in adulthood, even though adulthood will always throw challenges at you that make you feel unprepared.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby MysticalDescent » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:53 pm

jvcc wrote:
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jvcc wrote:a child masquerading as an adult


I was beginning to wonder at what point in one's life one stops feeling like that. Ideally, I'd like to achieve it some day.


I mentioned this sort of thing to my mom, referring to it as "impostor syndrome," and she said that she doesn't feel that way anymore. However, she did say that, for a while, she felt like an impostor when she got promoted to her current position. So I think maybe most, or at least some, people eventually accept and feel comfortable in adulthood, even though adulthood will always throw challenges at you that make you feel unprepared.


I find it ebbs and flows. I get things in an order where everything's fine and I'm perfectly adjusted and then something new and different pops up and I break into full blown 'what am I doing here, why did I possibly think any of this was a good idea' mode.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby Dusk » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:32 am

Congratulations everyone!
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby PonderThis » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:45 am

HEY EVERONE ITS THAT DUSK GUY :shock:

Glad to hear you're, like, alive and stuff.
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Re: THE HAPPY THREAD

Postby ntw3001 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:00 pm

MysticalDescent wrote:I find it ebbs and flows. I get things in an order where everything's fine and I'm perfectly adjusted and then something new and different pops up and I break into full blown 'what am I doing here, why did I possibly think any of this was a good idea' mode.


Speaking of which, I'm currently engaged in a CELTA course! It's like that. I'm still better than everyone else, natch.
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