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My morning, or why I ate all my snacks for the day before 9

Friday, February 01, 2019

I've been doing well with changing my oversnacking and underwatering, but today threw me a curve.

By way of explanation: my job consists of downloading and processing author manuscript submissions for peer-reviewed science journals. Files are submitted on a server open to anyone in the world who belongs to the scientific society that I work for. Anyone.

Sometimes you get the occasional “non-professional” submission.
You get the picture?

First paper I processed this morning.
First line of abstract:

"When you travel at speeds close to the speed of light, the time will be too fast for what you have left behind in the world."

and it goes on from there.

I got this before I had my first sip of coffee.
Absurdly enough, it sounds like something that could be printed on a coffee mug.

After I processed the Special Manuscript from Planet Venus, I was listening to last night's PBS Newshour podcast. There was a story about inserting microchips in humans. They interviewed a man who was perfectly normal until he got a cold that introduced him to some super bug, and he ended up with sepsis and having all of his limbs amputated.

At that point, I turned it off, so I did not find out how inserting microchips helped him. I went back to "Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend" podcast with Dana Carvey, which brought me some relief. Dana Carvey's proposed new reality TV show: "Predator Island", with Bill Cosby, Arnold Shwarzenager, and others. (Yes, I know, I have a sick sense of humor. It's one of the things that have gotten me through life.)

Oh, and Dawn, one of my coworkers, brought in the Truckers Size Box of Dunkin Donuts. Oh joy. I went over by her desk with my vegetables in a bag and asked her if she wanted some. (It's become a joke between us.) She said no, laughing, so I did a little "Stuart from Mad TV" dance and shook the veggies around. Which provided further entertainment for all.

So glad it is Friday.

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    I worked in a different field but got non professional submissions all the time. My coworker pals said they liked hearing me laugh. They'd rush over to my desk to see what was so funny so they could share the laugh.

    257 days ago

    LOL :-)
    258 days ago
    Wow, I thought that Dana Carvey died with the botched heart surgery. I looked him up online. I have trouble following your media references when you refer to podcasts and music; I am legally deaf and don't bother with audio. I know that people are microchipped in Mexico who work for the government--ID and also their health information for some time now. I think I watched that same Newshour and I got creeped out about the poor limbless guy, and stopped watching it too, but he does use it to open doors.
    258 days ago
    emoticon I loved your entire blog, thanks so much!!!
    258 days ago
    Oh my . . . that sounds luke definitely an 'interesting' manuscript! Good grief. Sounds like you handled your challenges w/o doing damage, though!
    259 days ago
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    I also developed a sick sense of humor when I worked. Sometimes we just have to do what we can to get through the day. I like the fact that you did a little dance. emoticon
    259 days ago
    Well, your morning was certainly interesting anyway! hehe I don't blame you for turning off that podcast...sometimes I just can't take any more bad or sad news, even if there is a happy ending, and just need something lighter. (That's why I can't watch any crime shows, or many of the dramas on TV today....the real news is enough crime and drama for me!) I do like Dana Carvey...I'll have to look up that podcast. Great job on avoiding the donuts and even making a joke around them...awesome! TGIF!
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    259 days ago
    emoticon Hey, it's Friday so let your hair down and roll with the absurdities of the day!
    259 days ago
    TGIF! Indeed!

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    "A transcendent being can be any miracle."
    ~ Wayne Dyer

    259 days ago
    Sounds like you were driven to those donuts by some crazy reading and listening. May today be better!
    259 days ago
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