Small thoughts about leaving my job

Yesterday was my last day in a job I’ve had for over a decade. I had some thoughts, but mostly just felt empty.

Yesterday was my final day in a job I’ve had for nearly twelve years. We had a nice farewell morning tea, and I talked more to some people I worked with than I have in years.

I packed up the last of the detritus from my office, set an email auto-reply, and closed my work email for the last time. Then I was officially job-free.

Several random people waved friendly greetings or complimented my plant as I walked to my car. It might have been because I was wearing a hat with ears.

It might have just been a weird day.

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A nerd’s guide to choosing a forever coffee shop

Each week my colleagues and I go for coffee. The decision of which café to visit is momentous and is made only every five years. Here’s how.

I work with nerds. That’s not an insult–I’m a nerd myself. Once a week my nerd friends and I go out to a coffee shop, where we talk about work problems, nerdy stuff, or why everyone must see the Barbie movie right now.

Deciding which coffee shop to visit each time would be time-consuming and might result in a pitched battle in the office, so we go to the same coffee shop every week.

Not just any coffee shop, but the best coffee shop.

How do we know it’s the best?

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The night the monster wasn’t under the bed

The spooky and almost entirely true story about the night my cats didn’t find a monster under my bed

A scratching noise woke me at 2am.

I stared at the paler patch of ceiling over the curtains and thought of the drawers under my bed, which slid in and out too easily and were deep enough to hide a man-eating monster.

The scratching came again. It was definitely under my bed.

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Introducing my three feline overlords

I have three cats and they’re all here to say hi. The photo isn’t them.

I promised I’d introduce my three new cats, but today I’m going to do better. I’ve brought them along to introduce themselves. They’ve been with me about a year, and not one has finished the first draft of their novel yet, but I’m sure they have plenty of other things to tell you about.

Alecia: So here with me today I have Little Squeak, Runs from Jeans, and Princess Persephone Fluffybum. Why don’t you guys start by introducing yourselves?

Little Squeak: Where’s the catnip? You said there’d be catnip.

Alecia: You ate the catnip. Can introduce yourself anyway?

Little Squeak: I’d rather bite Runs from Jeans.

Little Squeak straddles Runs from Jeans and munches on his ear.

Alecia: That was Little Squeak. He’s a green-eyed, short-haired tabby with the most ridiculous meow you ever heard–

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