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Zen said he thinks his interview went well yesterday. The place is hiring for two positions, so hopefully this will work out for him. I know he'll be great once he finds a place, it's just the waiting that makes it hard. They didn't tell him when they plan on making their decision, but hopefully it's soon. Edited to add He just called to tell me that they offered him the job!!! He goes in to do paperwork on Friday and officially starts working on the 12th!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!

Had a meeting this morning at work, and brought in a large cup that I had just filled with ice and water. Halfway through the meeting while talking, I gestured and knocked it over, spilling half the water and ice across the table (it has a snap-on lid, but it popped off). I moved the cup off to the side, and as I was cleaning it up (with help from a couple other people in the meeting), I knocked it over AGAIN on top of my phone and spilled the rest. Fortunately no electronics were injured, only my pride. I would say not a great start to the day, but actually my day started out with me sleeping through my alarm and waking up 20 minutes after I was supposed to be at work. Yeah, I think this is a 'should have just stayed in bed' day. :)

I've been meeting and discussing with our IT director at work and the current plan is that I am going to write up a recommendation for creating a Project Management Organization at work that I will head up. He said our mutual boss thinks it's a good idea too so this could be good. He also wants to start a Change Advisory Board that he wants me to head up, but wants me to get ITIL certified first. He gave me a book to read and study, but I'm in my last week and a half of classes so I'm going to wait until I'm done with that. It could mean a lot more interesting stuff for me to do at work next year.

I was talking with a colleague about Santa and belief in Santa. She said her son was starting to doubt last year, especially when something he asked Santa for that had a very particular shape came to the house in a box that made it clear what it was. She enlisted her sister to out of the blue tell him about how sometimes with certain items, Santa has to send it to your house in advance because it doesn't fit well in his sleigh, all to get him to keep believing. My mom told me the truth when I asked her about it. I'm sure I probably heard about it on the school bus or something, in first or second grade (at my school, the bus carried all kids from 1st through 8th grade). After she acknowledged it, I sat there for a minute and then said "so I guess that means no easter bunny or tooth fairy either." She enlisted me to keep it a secret from my younger siblings, and put me on duty to keep an eye on them to make sure they didn't come down when mom and dad were wrapping presents or assembling something or putting out the toys on Christmas Eve. They had me wrapping presents in another year or two. Today, Christmas is without question my least favorite holiday, not sure how much that stuff did or didn't contribute to that. When did you learn/figure out that Santa wasn't real? Do you love Christmas (or whatever winter holiday you might celebrate)?

Date: 2016-11-30 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
my parents made it very clear to us that when we stopped believing in santa, then we stopped getting presents from santa. and mom and dad weren't going to buy us extra presents to make up for it. only the believers would still get the extra presents. i think they told us that partially to keep us from voicing our doubts in front of younger siblings. these days my brothers and i are 37, 39, and 44. we all still 'believe' in santa, so we still get presents from him. *grins*.

Date: 2016-12-01 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol That's definitely one way to do it!

Date: 2016-11-30 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*twirls you* I am so happy to hear this. I hope that it will be the perfect job for him!

Heh... I believed in Santa until I was in the seventh grade or at least that's when Mum finally told me. Honestly, I still believe in him. And, even as a pagan, I adore Christmas and celebrate it, although there are some aspect I tend to down play.

Date: 2016-12-01 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(*twirls happily*) Thank you! I'm so excited. We'll have more information after he goes in on Friday for paperwork and whatnot (including, hopefully, his schedule). I expect I won't love his hours but the fact that he's finally going to be doing paid work in his field of choice is SO EXCITING.

I can't seem to get into the spirit. I like the idea in theory but I just end up grumpy, stressed and frustrated.

Date: 2016-12-01 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hope they aren't too miserable, but in the beginning there are some concessions that need to be made. What a great start to the holiday season for you!

Date: 2016-12-01 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay ... Zen got the job. Great news!

The thing with the cup is totally something I'd do ...

Date: 2016-12-01 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very great news! I'm thrilled :)

I couldn't believe I manage to spill the same thing TWICE! And it's a huge cup, so it was a big mess both times.

Date: 2016-12-02 02:46 am (UTC)
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Yay, congratulations to Zen!!

My parents just never taught me to believe in Santa Claus in the first place, so I always knew he wasn't real! I think I'd want to do the same thing with my future kids, unless my partner had a really strong objection... I don't really see how Santa is so magical. I do actually like Christmas though--I like getting a Christmas tree and decorating it and drinking egg nog and seeing Christmas lights and decorations on people's houses and stores.

Date: 2016-12-05 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!

I can see how it would be easier to just start out not teaching you to believe in santa in the first place. Did they tell you to keep it a secret from friends/classmates who believed?

Date: 2016-12-06 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't specifically remember them telling me not to tell other kids, but I definitely remembering humoring kids when the talked about Santa, so I suppose they must have!

Date: 2016-12-03 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
First, congrats on all the great job news, both to you and Zen! That's fantastic!

I found out a few years ago that my youngest daughter learned in kindergarten that Santa wasn't real. A kid in class told her, and she came home and asked her older sisters, who confirmed it. The sneaky shits kept it a secret for THREE more years though, so they could all keep getting those gifts from Santa each Christmas.

My immediate family doesn't really follow any particular religion, and our extended family is Jewish, but I grew up always celebrating Christmas. Although I don't adhere to any particular religion, I continued the tradition of celebrating Christmas with my own kids. We treat it more as a celebration of love, hope, charity, and family more than an actual religious holiday.

Date: 2016-12-05 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I haven't made my presentation to my boss yet, but I'm meeting with the IT director this afternoon to go over what I put together so far. So hopefully it will be good.

Lol. I'm the oldest in my family, so I had no older siblings to ask. When I asked my mom, I'm sure I was hoping that I was wrong, but I'm glad she was honest with me. I don't remember how/when my siblings learned/figured it out though. I should ask this year :) Several friends this weekend were posting warnings that "Christmas magic is still real in our house, so don't tell our kids that Santa isn't real!"

I was raised Catholic, and my mom is still a devoted Catholic. My brothers are the kind of Catholics who have ceremonies at church (weddings, baptisms, etc) but don't attend regularly. My sister and I are non-religious. My mom, annoyingly, is one of those people that thinks that saying "Happy Holidays" is terrible because it "erases Christmas". I literally only just learned this a week ago, though it explained why she was annoyed by our card last year that didn't say Christmas on it.

Date: 2016-12-03 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Yay for Zen getting the job! :D

Date: 2016-12-05 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! He starts a week from today!
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