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Say something nice about the last five people you've broken up with.

Ian Kelso - Had strong, capable hands, making him a great rock climber and also a wonderful cuddler. One heck of a goofy smile!
Ian Baker ([livejournal.com profile] raindrift ) - Taught me how to tie my shoes properly. Never stops learning. Has the best laugh of anyone I know.
Tom Tarka ([livejournal.com profile] avocado_tom ) - Has un-ending energy. Is passionate about his work, and inspiringly so. Very dedicated to his family.
Levin - Fabulous cook, with a nice cock.
Mikolaj Habryn ([livejournal.com profile] syncretin ) - Is loyal and kind beyond compare, tremendously generous, and has a lovely singing voice.

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So, as the list above indicates, sadly [livejournal.com profile] syncretin  and I have decided to part ways as lovers. Though really, I don't feel too sad - I feel like it's for the best for both of us. Basically we have divergent goals and needs/wants right now, and we realized it was going to be difficult to negotiate a relationship that worked for both of us. We talked about this on Sunday when he returned from NYC, and chose to be friends rather than risking a losing bet on an outside chance.  I'm proud of the level to which I openly communicated my wants/needs, and proud of Mikolaj for being honest and direct with me, even though it was hard and meant ultimately breaking up. I'm looking forward to getting to know him better as a friend, without the stress of dischordant relationship goals.

Work is continuing to kick ass, though I'm getting a bit tired out by all the field work. Thankfully I think I'll get a bit of a reprieve in about two weeks. My six month review was stellar - my boss is very pleased with my work, and also gave me some very useful information and advice about my career path ahead. It remains to be seen whether I'll get a 6 month raise, because the company-wide slowdown may prevent such things. But my boss is sure trying, which makes me feel great.

I had a fabulous first date on Tuesday night, and I'm still basking in the afterglow of that. The fellow in question is someone I've known since my return to SF, though mainly just on a peripheral level. After some great random interactions at the burn, he tracked me down again and asked me out. It's nice to be pursued! It's also particularly nice to have the chance to spend time with someone so intelligent, thoughtful, kind and charming. We're both looking forward to getting to know each other better. And that's all I'm gonna say about that.

Spatula is curled up on the floor by my feet, the picture of cuteness. He's been very affectionate lately, and I'm super happy that he's taken to sleeping in my room, on my bed, curled up next to my head. The first three months in this house he slept in the living room on the floor or couch, but unexpectedly last week (just when I was getting sick and depressed) he changed his routine. It's so nice having him there to snuggle when I wake up in the morning!

Happy Halloween. I'm headed to work tomorrow in normal work clothes, with the addition of giant stompy bear paw feet. Hooray!

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I had a conversation with my (TOTALLY AWESOME) boss today about time off. It began with discussion of my upcoming field duties and training, and then the subject turned to how he approaches management of the people in our office. Things went something like this.

Me; So, speaking of sticking up for your employees, my six month review is coming up next week. I'm wondering if it's possible, instead of getting a raise, to get additional paid time off days.

Boss: Well, this isn't the first time someone's asked, and I can tell you the results are generally not very good. It's really hard to negotiate that.

Me: Okay, so be it, I kind of figured as much.

Boss: But let me ask you, how do you feel about taking leave without pay?  Because what I can do is campaign to get you the biggest raise possible, to get you a great salary, and then you can just take unpaid leave.

Me: And that's okay? That's commonly done?

Boss: Yeah! How do you think I went to Bali in August and Kenya in April?

Me: Well, I want to be sure of two things. First, that it won't put you in an uncomfortable situation, arguing for unpaid leave on my behalf, that the HR folks won't get angry. And second, that it won't jeopardize my position within the company, that it won't cause problems when it comes time for my performance reviews or anything. I don't want people to see me as not pulling my weight.

Boss: No, Seriously, it's no problem. Request it, I'm the one who reviews it, and I'll totally approve it. You should take whatever time you need. If it's more than four weeks, we might have to talk.

Me: You just made my week.

Boss: *big happy smile*

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I love my job. I also have a fantastic boss who wants me to be happy, who wants to get me a big raise next month, and who is a world traveller who understands wanderlust. And now my options for travel are far less limited.  Peru in the spring is actually feasible!! YAY!
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I went to Trader Joes yesterday, and I found a new friend! She's now sitting on my office desk, basking in the fluorescent glow of the overhead lights.

I need help with two things: First, help me identify this plant! I know next to nothing about plants, and I'd love to know her story. Also, I have NO idea how to take care of a succulent, so any and all advice would be much appreciated! Secondly, she needs a name. Preferably something to confuse my coworkers.

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