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My half-new job

I've been away lately, mostly having a quiet little battle with depression. One of the brighter notes in my life (and make no mistake, external bits of brightness do make a difference) is the fact that I've started my half-new job.

This is to say that I'm still in the same building and my salary still comes out of the same budget as before, and technically I'm supposed to go back to hell my previous assignment in 15 months (*snort* yeah right), but I have a new boss and a new project and a new desk on a new and much-higher floor.



I have a window! I look westward, out at the classic Sixties Modern Standard Plaza across Fifth Avenue, with its famous weather ball. The weather ball--which was converted at some point since my childhood from an actual ball to more of a weather bunch of lights on a big block of metal thing--is what my sister, who works at a television station up the street, looks at to out-predict their superstar meteorologist nine times out of ten.


It works like this: Red means temperature rising. Green means temperature staying the same. White means temperature dropping. Flashing means precipitation. Steady means dry. I once planned to write a short story about winter in Portland called "Flashing Green Again". In this picture, it is flashing green. Again. And it will be for the next six months.

Also? My dear friend roseambr sent me the pretty, pretty flowers on my first day. I have the best friends in the world.


On the 14th floor, where I now work, not only are there windows, but there's an actual porch-balcony thing which, faute d'air conditioning today, they'd opened the doors to. I could step outside! And look what I saw when I looked down:


Another rarely-seen view of the world's second-largest hammered copper statue. Umbrella-passerby on the sidewalk to the right for handy scale and confirmation of the Flashing Green Again state of the weather ball.


And, just for autumnal atmosphere and because who knows when they'll ever unlock those patio doors again, here's a rooftop garden on the much, much nicer building kitty-corner from mine.


Portland's kind of pretty this time of year.

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str8ontilmornin
Nov. 8th, 2006 07:33 am (UTC)
You mean no more looking up Portlandia's ass? What fun is that? However that little rooftop garden, stunning.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
Hee! Alas, only looking down on her head. But it's a cool view.
owzers
Nov. 8th, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)
mmmmmmmmmm....giant toes. Not that I have a foot fetish! *darts eyes around nervously*
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ya big perv.
wedjateye
Nov. 8th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
The trees are lovely.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
It's a gorgeous moment, this early-November period.
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emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Portland is stylish! And gleamy a lot of the time because of constant rain.

The prongs do pose and interesting feng shui challenge. I never thought about that. Happily, they do not point up at my office window.
communicator
Nov. 8th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
fresh new job, bright new start, sounds like you've come fighting back
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That's a great perspective, and it's pretty much how I feel. Depression's a funny old thing, but I've found that if I can hang onto the simple idea that what I'm feeling may not, in fact, be real, I can usually muster up some fight. And then things improve.
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emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I'm doing much better, which is why you're seeing me around here again. Things are definitely looking up.
altariel
Nov. 8th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Good to have you back and to see you're fighting back.

The photos are beautiful.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you, madam. I notice that you're trucking along most satisfactorily on the NaNo word count. Good for you!
thecaelum
Nov. 8th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
Those are gorgeous images. *happy sigh* And hooray that you are posting again!
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm especially partial to the carpet of leaves in the streets--they come and sweep them up every afternoon, and soon there will be none, but they're very pretty from on high.

I have a feeling I'll be posty meat here again before long.
vampirefan
Nov. 8th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
great pictures! i never heard of the weather thingy, so that's interesting...

also, the picture of the statue is really cool and those are beautiful colors in the rooftop garden...

*hugs*

i've missed you!
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've missed being here.
forodwaith
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Love the pictures. The perspective on the statue is particularly neat.

Glad to hear there are a few bright spots. Hope they get brighter still.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Fortunately, I enjoy winter and don't have any Seasonal Affective Disorder issues to speak of. Bring on the rain! I have hats.
roseambr
Nov. 8th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
EEEE! Look at that view! There's my old building when I worked for a living! Great pics! I know this new project is going to open some great doors for your future as well as save you from the awfulness of your old boss. You are on the rise girl! Congratulations!
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks again for the flowers. They are exquisite.

See you Saturday. Rain or shine.
serenity_valley
Nov. 8th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yay for things getting better! And for pics of our fair city, the most bestest city in the world. Some might say I'm a tad biased on that count, but those people are clearly mentally impaired.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Well clearly.

Because when you're right you're right. And when you're left, YOU WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
llaras
Nov. 8th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
It is pretty. I think sometimes we take that for granted. Yay on the new job and work digs! *squeezes*
emeraldsedai
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have high hopes on all fronts. And looking out over downtown Portland from a 14th-floor balcony strips away all that taking-for-granted and really does give one an appreciation for urban planning. And fall.
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emeraldsedai
Nov. 9th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! I know you sympathize. I didn't realize how unhelpful my former work situation was to my state of mind until I left it behind.

Hope things are picking up for you as well.
fan_spagle
Nov. 10th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
Hello,

Your Fic "The Things I Cannot Change" has been nominated for a TSA at sv_awardz for Best Crossover!!

Good Luck , sweetie!!!
emeraldsedai
Nov. 11th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm honored.
inalasahl
Nov. 16th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yay, new job with new view!

Keep up the fight!
emeraldsedai
Nov. 16th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! Things are definitely looking up. More every day.
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