Again, I don't have much new to report - I'm just not very exciting right now! I am in the process of quitting smoking - even though I'm not Catholic, I've decided to give it up for Lent. I'm not trying to be a smartass here - I know that I will break my self-improvement promises to myself on a whim. It just carries more weight when it's a promise to God that I'm going to do better. Today I've smoked 7 cigarettes so far - this may not sound like progress, until I say that I've usually smoked 7 cigarettes by 10 a.m. at the latest. The cinnamon nicotine gum isn't bad either, after you get past that whole "tingle", which would better be described as "razor blade feeling in your gums". I haven't been overly snippy either, even though I was presented with several choice opportunities for annihilation of my enemies today. Hence, the "Earth is passing through the tail of a comet" theory - I've been rather amazed at the level of idiocy that I encountered today - it went across racial, geographical, and political boundaries. This disturbing trend first presented itself at my desk almost 2 weeks ago, during a full moon. I used the "cycle of the moon" explanation, and moved on with my life. Here I sit, two weeks later, wondering what fresh hell will be visited upon me via my work e-mail. From the ridiculous to the sublime, really. Fortunately, since I'm mentally ill, I've been able to keep my sense of humor about it, to the point of including photos from www.despair.com in my PowerPoint presentations to my team. If they don't think it's funny, at least it will serve as concrete evidence if I need to go on short term disability for a sabbatical at the local establishment for the very very disturbed.
On another note, I moved into a new office. This office is far better than my old office, as it is much larger, and sports a ceiling in addition to doors and walls. Please heed my advice here - if you ever have an office with doors and walls but no ceiling, the acoustics will be such that if you want to have a private conversation, leave the door OPEN. I'm located near a door, a restroom, and the cafeteria - it's quite wonderful. I also have very kind security guards seated right outside, and that makes me smile too.