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ruthless compassion
16 October 2013 @ 08:23 am
I'm sitting in my hotel room in Austin, awake, but with no neeed to be anywhere for a while, and, removed from my day-to-day, I don't have the normal chores and distractions to occupy me. It's raining outside, and the hotel is strangely quiet, and it is an amazing treat to have 20 minute of quiet nothingness.

My autumn has been unusually busy, mostly with work stuff, and most of that great, but I still feel harried and out of touch with my life in a strange way. When I'm so busy, time seems to expand; it feels like I've jammed a year into the last 8 weeks. Happily, this week is the last of the known craziness that's really mine to own. I'm helping with some other people's big projects and events in the next couple of months, but that's a completely different mindset and experience.

So, I hope this marks a return to more regular engagement and interaction with my regular life, which, if I recall correctly, I quite like.
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I'm feeling: quiet
 
 
ruthless compassion
16 October 2013 @ 10:09 am
Last night, my assistant and I took our Austin team to a movie at a super cush movie theater near our office down here. It has a full bar and kitchen, and the bar has incredibly plush, comfy seating, and there's a great lounge where you can drink and eat while waiting for your movie theater to open. In the theater, there are amazing comfy seats, which you select when you buy the tickets, and if you go for the premium experience, you get to sit in huge, velvety recliners that glide you back into a reclining position, and there a fuzzy blankets at every chair, and full service from waitstaff who will bring your food and drinks as you order them throughout the movie. And there's free popcorn. And a puppy!

Okay, no puppy. But seriously, it was mind-boggling how cushy this experience was. I threatened to move our office there, and, surprisingly, didn't hear any protests ...

Why don't we have one of these in the Boston area??
 
 
I'm feeling: luxurious
 
 
 
ruthless compassion
16 October 2013 @ 02:27 pm
Job candidate today brought me a gift basket with awesome Austin stuff! <3

Unfortunately, she also answered one of my questions as wrongly as she could. (The question was: "Tell me about a time when you witnessed someone do something unethical; how did you handle it?" and she answered, "I saw my boss violate Fair Housing laws, and I said nothing.")

You win some, you lose some.
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