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elizabeth  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Shop Class as Soulcraft

Anyone else here read the book?

elizabeth  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 9, 2021

The learning opportunities have been abundant already for sure - that's part of the reason I took on this project in the first place. Because i was just stuck in a rut, doing everything myself in weird random side-hustles. (like driving around the USA doing architecture photos for 5 months with no previous photo experience, which was great and hubski pushed me over the edge in accepting that gig). I didn't want to be a sucker climbing that corporate ladder in the washing machine that is entry-level marketing agency jobs that would have been my future out of school. The place I work now is fucking awesome because it's not actually 9-5. It's 30h - whenever i feel like it, as long as i spend 2/3 of it on site. So i can finish my work week in 3-4 days. Or work a full 7 days in tiny 4 instalments. Actual tasks might be a little menial and boring at times, but also free to my interpretation of best practices. No-one micro-manages, or even questions shit. I just do my days, slowing making moves of boring IT migrations but also pulling out aluminum shards out of member's eyes when it's needed. And get rewarded by mid-day glenmorangie whiskey drinks as gratitude.

It's not a real "office" since i'm the only actual employee except by boss, that was my good friend before. It's been an adjustment for our relation for sure, but this baseline trust we have of each other of best intentions has been good. I feel less pressure to "appear" professional vs actually getting things done. I know as long as i do my best he has my back. And he'll call me out for the BS before if becomes a big problem. Just a good place in general - at least that's my feeling this week. Getting the job has been an ordeal and it took me a while to feel at home and comfortable there.

elizabeth  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 9, 2021

So my boyfriend got gout - which is kinda early for his age. But he's got a good attitude about it, plugging "oh my gout" in every conversation.

Had a brilliant day at work today, felt good. I've been stuck in necessary admin migration type tasks for a bit - that I don't mind doing but are a thankless job. Running around forcing busy people that volunteer their time for the projet to move stupid google drive folders around is no fun for anyone. Today we got to address a budding conflict, talk to the person bringing up the concern and established a game plan. Also spent the day re-arranging some furniture in the lobby, talking shit with members, printing funny labels on the p-touch, doing a new members tour... just some nice human moments. I don't know if it's the Covid starving me from human interactions, but it was just a nice day, barely any computer-work but that felt very productive.

Getting this job has always been tainted with many insecurity and doubts, but today (after 3 fucking months) has probably been one of my favorites, that makes me thing it wasn't all for nothing and that there are cool things coming ahead.

elizabeth  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 9, 2021

Hell yeah Covid's not done. We're almost out of the woods, with 67% for the population with one dose (i know it might not seem like much to you Americans, but still) and about 90-50 cases per day in my city of Montreal. Ya know - end of the tunnel kinda deal. Still careful about masks and distancing, but loosening it up within the bubbles. And then my dummy 23 year-old general director of our plastic non-profit calls me at the makerspace (and not my boss because he probably felt stupid, since it's the second time) to say he just tested positive for covid. He had no symptoms, but his coworker gottit so he got tested too. The first time we got a covid scare with him was a false alert, but this time was real and we had to pull out data of who was present at the makerspace when he was, and inform everyone and urge them to get tested if they interacted.

My bet is that he fucking shared a joint with his coworker. Damn stoners - i've seen them all Covid-long being: eh, too late now, might as well smoke up....

That dude is such a nice, genuine pure soul. Charismatic, smart, loveable. But also such a naive dummy. Tries to do the right thing, over-promises, under-delivers, tries so hard. I don't know if it's age, inexperience, personality - I love him but the trainwreck of his life is painful to watch, when you want to be supportive but also just scream "get your shit together" from the sidelines.

elizabeth  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 2, 2021

Had a really great weekend, with one BBQ, Jurassic Park screening in our own private theatre, and 2 park hangouts. It's not quite "normal" yet - still distancing and avoiding hugs and big gatherings but it's getting a lot more bearable. And the weather has been awesome. I have a feeling it will be a fun summer!

elizabeth  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Any amount of alcohol consumption harmful to the brain, finds study (n=25k)

I feel we kind of all know that intuitively... but it’s so much fun!

elizabeth  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 19, 2021

It’s the local vaccination strategy - prioritize everyone getting the first dose before giving the second. I wish I could get it sooner too..

elizabeth  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 19, 2021

Got my first shot today! Second one scheduled for september. And the province announced the de-quarantining plan, so things are looking up :)

elizabeth  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tim Urban: How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)

Some of this framework is very useful! I remember just last year (yet again) struggling with what to do career-wise and writing out some of the internal contradictions similar to the octopus tentacles. I feel i've been the "cook" of this part of my life since I have left the university pond, and it's been an enjoyable process despite the up and downs and uncertainty. Makes me wish I took my agency in life earlier, could have made for happier times in my late teenage/early adulthood.

elizabeth  ·  43 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Just released my second electronic EP! (includes 8 guest artists)

Sick EP! Gonna re listen on a proper sound system soon :) are you the one playing all the instruments?

elizabeth  ·  46 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 5, 2021

The trailer build is advancing! Fixed the leaky corners, installed insulation and the wooden backbone. Next step: plug up the last holes from obsolete stuff like kitchen vents, equal out the bumps and put on the first paint layer! Really happy to be out of the destruction phase and building up the place. I can't wait to install the laminate flooring and the wooden back wall. I feel like we've been putting in lots of work on the structural side, and it all moves slowly, but once we start putting in the aesthetic stuff, it will transform from a piece of shit trailer to a nice hangout spot really fast.

My life has been really busy lately - but the good kind of busy. A 30h work week is just enough to keep my schedule full and leaves me space for side project (like the trailer and my tiny front garden), seeing friends and family, an extra work contract and the plastic recycling non-profit. If it wasnt for Covid, maybe i'd want to see friends more and I'd have to cut stuff out.

elizabeth  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Picking up a new dog tomorrow

What an adorable pup! And you two look so happy. Love the different color eyes.

elizabeth  ·  50 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Picking up a new dog tomorrow

Pics or it didn’t happen!

elizabeth  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 28, 2021

Loving our little camper-trailer build! It's a little more fucked than expected, with 2 rotten corners we had to gut and replace, but for a 500$ buy I can't complain too much. I think we've already invested as much into in, and there are still more things to buy. I'm happy we're past the "destroying" stage and starting building. Learning a lot, it's challenging but small enough to be the perfect weekend occupation. But next week we need to help my sister move, and my boyfriend's mom the week after that. I need to find a way to carve out some time to advance the camper! I really can't wait to have our little private space in the woods. It's going to be really simple - a massive king sized bed with storage underneath and a little table with benches on the other side.

Had a stressful week last week, with an email server migration I lead at work being a mess (I suspect because our original hosting screwed up some of it, but i'm not technically knowledgeable enough to be certain). After a week of talking to support and making tests and adjustments, things are mostly settled now. Preparing for 2 board meetings and having a side gig to manage at the same time made it for a hard week. It's been a while since I had trouble falling asleep because my brain keeps circling to-dos and writing emails for the next day. But I feel it's mostly behind me know and I've re-gained control of my to-do list.

I've finished reading "Range" the other day - I think it got on my list from a mention on Hubski and it was pretty good. Maybe because it reassured me in my biases and life-decisions. I've started on "Antifragile" and i'm enjoying it so far. The writing is really disjointed, and it doesn't feel like the cookie-cutter books in the genre. I enjoy it for the style, even if it's a bit over the top at times and I'm not on board with all the arguments. What I didn't realize getting into it was that is was part of a book series. And that a previous book in the series he keeps referencing is called "The Black Swan". It's all about general life philosophy or some shit, so I was really confused what it had to do with that Natalie Portman movie, until I realized it was a different black swan.

elizabeth  ·  61 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 21, 2021

It's snowing today in Montreal too! April snow is not uncommon (despite the yearly outrage facebook posts, surprised by snow in April). But it's end of April already, and we've had super warm weeks. Good thing we didn't switch out for summer tires just yet!

elizabeth  ·  66 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 14, 2021

My boyfriend's birthday weekend was a blast. I had a good time, much needed connection time with friends and kicked out some unwanted guests from our party. It was a tricky situation because the party was on "communal" ukrainan land where my friend has a cabin, so the unwanted guests are technically allowed to be on the territory. And because of Covid, we were not allowed to have this gathering because it's on private land - even if it's outside and the same gathering in a public park is okay.

One fun moment from the birthday weekend was one of my friends doing a little fire toy demo. We had some balloons filled with propane, and a bow with flaming arrows. We were just about to shoot when a confused looking lady walks down the path (because she had to park her car outside the locked gate). I just have to wonder what was going through her head, as she was approaching us pointing flaming arrows in her direction. She asks if John is here, as she has an amazon delivery for him. We know of no John, and she leaves...

We also bought a little camper trailer yesterday! Because of laws in Quebec, it will never be road legal, but my summer project is to convert it to a nice little sleeping spot at my friend's cabin. No more sleeping in the living room for us! And the hope is to get a piece of land in that same spot for ourselves - but it's a bit of a long shot since it's all managed by the Ukrainian church and no one knows how things actually work. My boyfriend's in good standing since he's been the kids summer camp director for a few years, and is actually Ukrainian. But he also never went to church, and decisions are made by some old farts that have historically kept the 3 available lots vacant there for decades. That land is on a loan to the community from the Canadian government - and the loan expires in 30-40 years. Somehow some people have built cabins there back in the day, but it's not allowed anymore. And there is deep history and immigrant squabbles about every little detail. Like the fact that even my friend's cabin is only his de-facto (for that past 15 years). He never paid full price to the priest he bought it from, so he never got any papers for it. And when the priest dies, his kids can come and claim for it back. So he's always hesitant to invest any money in repairs and improvements. The nicer it is - the likelier the kids will want it back!

It's honestly a fun little distraction from the pandemic worries of the city, building our little village in the woods, dealing with drama with neighbours and visitors.

elizabeth  ·  66 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 14, 2021

Sounds rough, I hope things turn for the better for you soon!

elizabeth  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This will be my alarm for all eternity.

YES! Been jamming to this all week. The Brunch one is pretty catchy too.

elizabeth  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski April 7th 2021

Gottem back this morning, it’s negative! And while I was feeling quite shitty yesterday, today I just have a mild sore throat. My mom said its probably allergies. Crisis averted!

elizabeth  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski April 7th 2021

Woke up with a sore throat this morning, so I had the pleasure of cancelling a fun work visit and a walk outside with a friend in favour of getting a Qtip shoved up my nose. I really hope it's nothing, because we had a mini-camping trip planned with our bubble for my boyfriends birthday this weekend, and we'll have to cancel if it's Covid. FUCK.

Vaccines for my age group are still far far away, and I'm beyond tired of the social distancing. I really hope we can open things up at least a LITTLE this summer.