I Live!!!
Fri, 9 Jul 2010, 10:24 am  
  So, I realize that it has been forever and a day since I posted here. In that time, I found a job, got laid off again, journeyed to Thailand, almost finished school, and got to know myself. I dance, I sing, I continue to live.

I am still on this journey and will keep on trucking. I will try to remember to continue updating here as well.
Trips Down Amnesia Road
Fri, 13 Nov 2009, 07:07 pm  
  It is rare for me to wax nostalgic about Christmas. Rarer still that I am anything other than disgruntled and less than pleased by anything X-mas related this early in the year. But today as I plot presents for my friends I am forced to admit something.

I miss Christmas morning.

More specifically, I miss stockings. And Easter baskets in a similar vein, but that's harder to get into this time of year. ;)

My family has never been wealthy - Episcopal priests aren't paid an over amount, especially in small towns. However, my parents always made ends meet somehow, and always made sure that Christmas was special. (They also always tried to make sure that my birthday was a separate affair, even if it was difficult.) We ended up with a lot of practical gifts - the dreaded socks and underwear and such. But the stockings were different.

Mom and Daddy would find little things for Christopher and I throughout the year - never anything big or expensive, just things they knew we'd enjoy. They were split between Easter and Christmas, generally based on when they were purchased. Each present was individually wrapped and put into the appropriate stocking, so we got the additional fun of opening each one twice in essence. I was always happy to run out of my room and find out what was in the stocking.

I was buying presents for friends today - little things suitable for stockings when I thought of it: Why don't we do this for each other as adults too? We have the time and the funds. We just never really think about it. So, my friends, let's try it out this year.

Anyone who is interested in joining in, comment here - if you don't have an LJ account, then just go ahead and put your name in the comment itself. Once we figure out who all is interested, we can work out the details. I will supply the stockings - I'm sure I can find some fun ones - and we can each buy something small - don't spend more than you are comfortable with and certainly no more than $10; these are meant to be stocking stuffers, remember - for the people on the list. (In the interest of that, we should each include a little bit about what we're interested in when signing up enthusiastically.) Wrap the presents and bring them with you when we exchange stockings. Then it is up to you whether you want to open everything right away or wait until Christmas itself.

Let's do this, loyal readers!

(For those curious, I love cats, dance, writing, art, reading, computers, and so much else I can't put it all here. If that isn't enough to give you an idea, let me know and I'll expand the list.)
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
Tue, 10 Nov 2009, 10:17 am  
  And it still does really. The first almost two weeks of November have been anything but conducive to writing, however. Since I managed to break my foot on Halloween, the combination of working from home - and therefore almost constantly - and the pain - dulled by not cured by a regimen of Advil and vicodin - has made me slow to write.

But I shall still succeed! You see, there are still plenty of days in the month and I plan on spending more time writing on each of them going forward. Having finals week for last term out of the way and midterms for next term not until December should help that out too.

Now if I can just get my brain back on track.
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Sat, 24 Oct 2009, 08:57 pm  
  So, I thought I had my next two tattoos planned out - Eliot's paw print on my left ankle and a Celtic knot around my right - but I have yet to find the right knotwork and Eliot still hasn't held still for a paw print. So...

I had to go looking for something else. And I believe that I have found it, thanks to Walt Whitman:

I am satisfied .... I see, dance, laugh, sing.

But where shall I get it? I would like it somewhere that I can see it and enjoy it - it is for me after all. The right wrist perhaps to balance out the left? I don't know, so I'm asking my faithful readers and friends for suggestions.
Wed, 21 Oct 2009, 09:02 am  
  I have never participated in NaNoWriMo before, but I am considering making the attempt this year. The only thing holding me back at this point, honestly, is school. Can I really do both? Anyone who has done so, please give me advice, pointers, or tell me to run screaming. ;)

Speaking of school, this is finals week. ARGH! It should be interesting.

It is raining this morning, which is lovely. (I tend to prefer rain in the evenings as it helps me sleep, but there is something nice about waking up to the soft sound and feel too.) Driving to work, the air - and my windshield - were crystal clear and clean, making headlights, tail lights, and street lights look like twinkling gems. The only thing that I would have changed would have been to still be curled up inside with a big mug of something warm.
Everybody Needs a Pick Me Up Sometimes...
Tue, 20 Oct 2009, 02:36 pm  
  ... And here is one for all of you! :)  
Why I Love Austin; or A New Way to Work Works Out
Tue, 20 Oct 2009, 08:44 am  
  This morning exemplified so many of the reasons that I love living in Austin that I just had to share it with all my faithful readers.

I woke up this morning to a slight nip in the air - just the way morning should feel this time of year in my opinion. It made my hot shower feel even better than it would have otherwise and meant that the Orange Monster had spent the entire night cuddled close up against me.

After getting dressed and leaving the apartment, I found that there was slightly more traffic than I am used to encountering in the morning. Instead of shaking my fist at the cars around me, however, it simply made me grateful that so often I have quiet drives to work.

I stopped to feed the car - at a more reasonable rate than many folks that I know - and get myself a cup of certified sustainable dark roast Altuna coffee. I can hear Marv now, complaining that I drink bad coffee because the beans have been burnt. But this is so good - touches of Mexican chocolate and nuts, perfect dressed as it is this morning in hazelnut syrup and cream, but just as tasty naked.

With the smell of my coffee in my nose, I hung a right at the light rather than going straight. I've done this just enough times to feel comfortable in this change of route. As I drove past the golf course, I looked to my right and saw an eight point buck, standing calmly by the side of the road, just watching the crazy people hurry past. It was pretty clear that he knew the secret of life: stand back and enjoy the view sometimes.

A few more turns and I crested a hill. This I've done more often than the right turn so my expectations of new experiences were lessened, and wrongly so as it turns out. The sun was at a perfect angle to hit the fog and trees intermingling on the hills in front of me to transform them into a wondrous fairyland.

At various points this morning I have wished that I had my camera with me. And then I realized something: These were all little gifts that Austin and the world had given me this morning. Better to savor them - and look forward to the next set.

Good morning, all of you lovely people. :)
What a Weekend!
Mon, 19 Oct 2009, 12:20 pm  
  So, this weekend was pretty much exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries. I had a lovely time on Saturday between class and rehearsal and the lovely pink party. And then yesterday I curled up and slept off and on.

The biggest problem with this plan was that it means I didn't finish the project for school that was due last night. As soon as I leave work, I'll be nose to the grindstone, I suppose.

Which is a shame because I'd much rather chill with a cup of coffee and friends. Someone do that for me today, please. :)
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Fri, 16 Oct 2009, 08:13 am  
  This morning, it is enough that I have oatmeal and Earl Grey.  
Thu, 15 Oct 2009, 12:03 pm  
  I'm thinking about hitting up Billy's for dinner and a beer tonight - to celebrate a completed install that took less than a week. Anyone up for joining me? I'm not much of one for hanging out by myself for long in a bar. (People watching is fun but it helps to have someone to comment with.)