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By ana (Fri Dec 15, 2006 at 10:37:22 AM EST) foodstuffs, eggcorns, choir, batteries. (all tags)
and thinged stuffs.

So what's up with the word foodstuffs? I can't think of another case where stuff as a noun appears in the plural.

Week's nearly over. Finally. The Grand Document is put to bed, almost, for another year.

Sunday night a computer called the house, informing me that I had an appointment at a specialist for Tuesday. Options: [1] accept this appointment, or [2] replay this message. I did [2] about 10 times, and still got the time written down incorrectly. And it conflicted with a teleconference (not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing). Anyway. Got there early because of the above screw-up, but not to worry, the guy with the appointment before mine didn't make it, so I got his.

Quite informative, actually, and more blood tests and other stuffed things. Results are back, so we know what we're dealing with now, and it's not that big a deal. Come back in another six weeks or so for more blood tests to see how it's going.

Silly lab company didn't get the message that my insurance changed since whenever (nearly a year ago now). Unsurprisingly, my previous insurance company was thrilled to announce they'd denied all charges. Two phone calls later, all fixed. Which window do I go to to return the extra half liter of stomach acid? The logistics are more of a bother than the actual condition.

From my perspective, $evil_project seems marginally less evil this year. Perhaps the Powers That Be have learned a thing or two about abuse of their staff? Nah.

I really wish the choir director could keep track of stuff. Since I'm not around for new year's eve, she dismissed me (and a few others) a half hour early. Now I'm told that this sunday's carolling gig, which I *will* be around for, will be some of the music they practiced then. "Bring it along," says the e-mail. Um, no.

She's learned the fine art of posting her minidisk recordings of the rehearsals on the web. Kind of sobering. And not something I'd pay money to hear.

I think I've got an eggcorn that's not in the eggcorn database. From an e-mail today, regarding a command load prepared for use by the satellite: "Load XXXXXX was waived off because of another solar flare". The correct usage, a metaphor from aviation, is "waved off", as in a landing that was aborted by the guy on the carrier deck waving his arms or a flag or something.

I'm lookin forward to the weekend.

Ordered a new battery for my iBook. We sat around in a cafe on Sunday, four of us, all using our iBooks to write stuff; could have been an Apple ad. My battery got low before anyone else's. It happens. I tried deep cycling it a few times, but it still only lasts about 2 hours, with just typing at the keyboard and no significant disk usage.

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labs and tests... by clock (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Dec 15, 2006 at 10:47:55 AM EST
...i'm tired of the lot of them.  i bleed into a cup every 6 weeks or so and i never find it particularly reassuring.  i hope it all goes well.  the thyroid is an odd lil monkey.

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

thx. by ana (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Dec 15, 2006 at 10:53:11 AM EST
It is indeed an odd piece of engineering.

Regular, or decaf abomination? --Kellnerin

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Yay for new eggcorns! by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Dec 15, 2006 at 12:43:07 PM EST
So did you submit it to the database?

I have to admit that $evil_project is less evil this year because of three things: 1) iGrrrl told me to start going to bed at a reasonable hour because she "needs me to be sane" (could be too late for that); 2) there are fewer people involved, and the ones I'm working with are pulling their share of the weight; and 3) I simply don't care as much. Something tells me that #3 is the most important, followed closely by #2.
inspiritation: the effect of irritating someone so much it inspires them to do something about it. --BuggEye

Submitted... by ana (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Dec 15, 2006 at 12:57:38 PM EST
to their forum, where people can talk about it if they want to, before it goes into the database.

Here's to not caring, and to pulling your weight, but no more. And yay for a reasonable boss who sends you to bed.

Regular, or decaf abomination? --Kellnerin

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