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While I'm Waiting for Hugh to Appear....

Uh, no, I'm not delusional - he's on The Tonight Show. :p But since I have no interest in hearing Leno's lame monologue, I figured I post.

So far, so good with my future boss. Bill seems like a genuinely nice guy who *gasps* wants to learn about us, our jobs, and what he can do to improve things. Already I know he's not just blowing hot air.

The first task he was given was to streamline the firm's overly complicated credit card system. Right now, the firm uses four different cards - I've been pushing to get it down to two for months (and hopefully get that two down to one in the future).

Curt, having done nothing about the situation, passed it off to Bill. I'm not sure what the hell Curt said about me, but it was enough to convince Bill I should be given more responsibility. So, eventually, I shall be in charge of the accounts with full access to them instead of just issuing payments as I do now.

Bill I quickly came to discover is the antithesis of Curt when it comes to getting stuff done. Give him a project and he runs with it. This entailed setting up a meeting immediately with our rep at Fifth Third Bank to consolidate our accounts and update are method of dealing with them. This was an informative and enlightening experience. I had never been included in a meeting before and learned a lot (not to mention coming away with an armload of free stuff :).

After the meeting, I realized that Bill would be instigating (or at least trying to) many changes for the better. This is not going to go over well with some people in my department, especially Kathy, who is extremely set in her ways. For instance, she still reconciles are bank statements, manually, on legal pads. When I ratted her out, I mean, informed Bill of her methods, he was shocked. See, Curt always allowed the status quo to be maintained as long as everything got done - didn't matter how to him or that it took two or three times as long as it could.

I'm also pushing for more cross training. TC and I are sick of being left in the dark as to how to do many relatively simple tasks in our accounting system. Our theory is that the others want to keep us ignorant. One, it gives them a feeling of superiority over us. And, two, they are threatened by us - the more knowledge we have, the more we can do, and possibly (most likely) do it better than them.

All in all I'm optimistic about what wil be happening in the future. At the same time, I'm now thinking if this is what I want to be doing the rest of my life. Not to sound like an egomaniac, but I am good at my job and am well liked at the firm. Do I still want to be there in ten, fifteen, twenty years???

If you aren't already doing it, I strongly suggest you Spuffy lovers out there read fer1213's wonderful 'When We Fight'. She's currently posting updates for this particular story on her LJ, but I'm thrilled to report she's finally opened her own site - When In Rome - and I look forward to catching up on some of other works.

And from the 'I think I finally get what the hell Nick Brendon is talking about' file....for those of you who don't know, he *still* is insisting that Buffy and Xander were to hook up romantically (gag) during the final season of Buffy.

I've always maintained he's delusional. ;) But, listening to Jane Espenson's commentary for 'I Was Made to Love You', during a scene between Buffy and Xander, she addresses this point. (And, on a side note, may I say that Jane 'gets' the show better than anyone - even Joss. Then again, maybe I just agree with every word out of her mouth because she agrees with my every take on ths show and characters. :) When the series began, the original intent was for Buffy and Xander to eventually end up together. That very well may have been the case had not Angel, then Spike, been added as regulars and love interests. Chemistry will win out over design every time, sorry Nick.

And on a parting note, Hugh looks gorgeous tonight. Yeah, I know, when doesn't he? :)
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Yay to the new boss and his seeming competence and acknowledgement of you as the kickass, take-charge Diva you are. In a good way, petal. Always in a good way.

When you and TC learn all the intricacies of the accounting department, you'll kick those other lazy slobs to the curb and then dance on their empty desks.

So *do* you see yourself doing this longterm? Er, longer term?

Also? Yes, dear, Hugh is always gorgeous and lickable.
When you and TC learn all the intricacies of the accounting department, you'll kick those other lazy slobs to the curb and then dance on their empty desks.

Yep, that's pretty much our attitude. Already we believe just the two of us could run this dump. ;p

As for working here long term, I really don't know. It's something I should seriously contemplate some day. Now is not the time. I think I'll wait to see how things go with Bill and what kind of changes are going to be instituted and if I agree with them or not. ;) Now, if cute attorney would just come to his senses and propose, I wouldn't have to worry about any of this!
Magic shell? The only magic shell I'm aware of is that chocolate syrup that hardens when you pour it on ice cream. Or are you talking about some kinky sex thing I'm ignorant of? Actually, if used on something other than ice cream that is a kinky sex thing...
Not to be ageist, but it's hard to pull older people into the current century, especially those who are of the "but we've ALWAYS done it this way" variety.

Regardless of age, that is pretty much the answer to everything around here. I've lost count of how many times I've asked 'why' or made a suggestion as to how to improve something and been told 'Well, that's just how we've always done it'. It can be very frustrating.

I wonder what S6 would have been like had she been in charge (even though I did love S6 with all it's fucked-up-ness).

I really wish I could ask her that question and that she would be willing to give an answer to it. Honestly, as much as I love her, I'm not sure she would have succeeded as an executive producer any better than Marti - I fear she may have made Spike and Buffy too lovey dovey and that just wouldn't make sense.

Do I wish that season 6 had been a little less dark and certain storylines resolved better? Sure. But, I don't feel Marti "ruined" the show either. Like I mentioned in my previous post, rewatching season 5, I definitely see aspects of season 6 being a logical extension of events that took place the previous year. (And, yes, I will get into that more at a later date ;).

Xander and Buffy? Snooooooze.

I agree and I think most fans do too. When the show was first conceived I can see, on paper, why Joss was going to go with a B/X ending. But, happy accidents occur along the way and you begin to rethink your original intentions. Joss did a great job of conveiving and casting the characters of Buffy and Xander - they had a beautiful friendship / brother/sister relationship. But sexual tension? Nope, never happened.
Glad to hear that the new boss is working out well - sounds very positive for your long term future, so yay you!

I do feel a bit sorry for NB, whose role as 'male lead' constantly got shafted. But, as you say, it's chemistry that counts, and both DB and JM worked that to the max - and for that, I'm very, very glad :)
You know I'm a Spuffyist all the way, but I can concede that there was chemistry between DB and SMG. Sarah just never had that with Nick - at least not sexual chemistry. I think you are right, he was a bit shafted as 'male lead' and I think he is now trying beef up his importance to the show as much as he can.
I'm now thinking if this is what I want to be doing the rest of my life. Not to sound like an egomaniac, but I am good at my job and am well liked at the firm. Do I still want to be there in ten, fifteen, twenty years???

You remind me of Chandler Bing. Yes, it turns out, the WEEMIS matters to him. But he's happier as an advertising copywriter.

Come to think of it, advertising can always use a good acid tongued wit.

Not that I even know what you do, but I'm glad things are looking up at work. =)

About B/X... There are just so many things wrong with it. In the early days there was still a chance to have an actual relationship work out, like after the Xander/Cordy break-up, at which point Buffy could have conceivably considered Xander as a love interest. But after he started dating Anya? No way.

And you're right, there isn't any kind of sexual tension there, hardly even in the early years. Only from Xander's side. And in season 7 I just can't even imagine Buffy being remotely attracted to Xander, though they did try to work up the family unit angle in the earlier episodes. Now that I think of it, I could totally see them as an old married couple, but the road to actually getting to be an old married couple? Not so much.
Not that I even know what you do, but I'm glad things are looking up at work.

Hee. For the record on the accounts payable person for a rather large law firm. The fun just never ends here!

And in season 7 I just can't even imagine Buffy being remotely attracted to Xander, though they did try to work up the family unit angle in the earlier episodes.

I can't fathom either how a romantic relationship could have developed during the final season of the show. Putting aside the apocalypse and a house full of potentials, the relationship with Spike was still unresolved. And I'm even more perplexed when DB Woodside has stated the intent was to have Buffy become involved with Wood. So, Buffy was going to have serious relationships with three men in the final sesaon of the show? What was she to become, the Sunnydale Slut? ;p

Now, I know fans have pointed to 'Lessons' as an indicator that ME was heading towards a B/X hook up. I never saw it that way. And while I'll admit that season 7 could have been plotted better, it makes no sense for ME to introduce a story arc out of the blue then quickly drop it.

I always viewed the Buffy/Xander/Dawn family interaction as three people trying to hang on to the closeness they use to have as well as try to create some sense of normalcy. After all, Tara was dead, Spike was MIA, Anya was back at work as a vengence demon, and Willow and Giles were in England. It was either cling to each other or be all alone.
I like this Bill. He seems like an actual good person to work with. One who is open to change and following procedures that make sense rather than just maintaining the status quo. And, of course, he has obviously recognized the brilliance in you. I bet he even likes Buffy.

Speaking of, I just can't wrap my brain around a Buffy/Xander pairing. The only possibilities I ever saw for such a thing were in Seasons 1 and 2. And then I never felt anything was happening on Buffy's part. It's possible that she may have grown over time to rely on him and then just maybe love him but I never felt that was their course. They definitely had a wonderfully close relationship but absolutely no sexual sparks. Poor Nicky!

Oh, as for Hugh...I missed it! Curses! He will, however, be appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show this Friday. I'll just watch him then. :-)
Bill didn't mention he was a Buffy fan, but we did have a discussion about TV shows. :) I even brought up the Con next week and he didn't think I was a 'weirdo' like some of the folks I work with.

I have a whole list of Hugh appearances in the coming weeks. I'l try to post it later tonight so you can ogle him as much as possible. :)
he didn't think I was a 'weirdo' like some of the folks I work with.

Aww, it's not just the folks you work with. ;p

I have a whole list of Hugh appearances in the coming weeks. I'l try to post it later tonight so you can ogle him as much as possible. :)

Oh yes, do post them. I am in the mood to ogle.
So glad things are going well at work! :) It's great to have a boss who actually makes decisions and gets things done, isn't it? My old boss was a nice guy and good to me personally, as well as being a brilliant, intelligent man, but he couldn't make a decision to save his soul. It made it very difficult sometimes, so I'm very happy for you :) As to making it a career, I think you're right to take it slow. Take one day at a time - a cliche yes, but a good one. Not to say your experience would be like mine, but I thought I would spend my entire career at the bank - spent more than half my life there as it was. Every situation is different, though. You are being given a chance to learn new things and are being trusted with more responsibility, and that is always a good thing :)

As for B/X - I think it was something Joss thought about when he first conceived the series, but shows, like sports, are not played on paper. There are always variables and intangibles - in this case the chemistry of the actors warranted the story to go where it went, and Joss was smart enough to go with it - and employ Jane, who I adore :) I think he position was a good one - she balanced out writers like Fury who liked things a bit black and white. I remember Joss being asked at a comic con right before season seven about pairing Buffy and Willow, and he said he wouldn't do that any more than he would pair Buffy with Xander - he wanted them to remain friends, which I think played out on the screen.
I love Jane. She just gets the show so well. B/X was never a possibility, in my opinion, anyway, after Season 2. I think it would have made sense early in Season 1, but when Angel came on to the scene, Xander had no hope. And the extreme lack of sexual chemistry between SMG and NB didn't help matters. I feel a bit sorry for Nick, he had no chance up against DB and JM! ;)