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Spring Rains April 29, 2011

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The weather has been crazy. Rain and wind and storming all over the place. Massive damage down south, but only minor damage around here. I love spring storms. Listening to them, walking in them, reveling in them. I missed them so much when I lived in Boise. Something about washing away the dullness of winter and bringing everything back to life again. It fills me with happiness and energy. And, as noted last week, the spring cleaning bug.

I always use cleaning to procrastinate, but in spring, it gets crazy. Cleaning closets and emptying drawers, getting rid of the old to make space for the new. When money allows, buying new – new clothes is an odd new fad for me. Hurray for Ohio Thrift end of the month sales. Still ought to get a new pair of work pants. I’ve also got the moving bug this year, I want more space. So, I look around and think packing on top of cleaning.

A quiet week for me. Relaxing and writing cleaning. Exciting things coming up, though. Conventions and a wedding. Rich starts his new job officially on Monday. A regular schedule again at last.

Cleaning beckons, and I’m away.

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Thanksgiving November 25, 2010

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I have an amazing life. Complex, crazy, busy, stressful, and yet wonderful, filled with love and opportunity, fun and challenge, friends and family. I am a writer, introverted, anti-social, quiet and more at home in nature than a city. But I have found something incredible here. I have found acceptance and love, growth and exploration, and a life more full than I ever expected to have. My dream house has a furnished attic with pillows and a big circular window, a papasan and some bean bags. Used to be, I’d imagine myself spending most of my time up there, writing in seclusion and quiet. I still want that attic office, but now it’s for my private writing time each day, when I take some time to myself amidst a life full of so much else. I am incredibly thankful for everything and everyone that has made my life what it is today.

Thank you Mom and Dad, for always loving and supporting me, even when you do not understand or agree.

Thank you Peter, for challenging me to be my best.

Thank you Rich, for loving me and taking this journey with me, forever and always.

Thank you Erika, for making me promise to try anything once and for always being there, near or far.

Thank you Kalyn, for helping me find my voice and my backbone, and for always asking the good, hard and important questions.

Thank you Sage and Shayera, for encouraging me to keep writing.

Thank you Mike, for showing me the sky.

Thank you Chris, for patiently teaching me so much.

Thank you Mrs. Przybyla, for giving me The Hobbit when I moved away in 6th grade.

Thank you Mrs. Heinrich, for challenging me to go beyond my comfort zones, and the easy path.

Thank you Dr. Porcheddu, for being inspiring, even at 8:30am on a Monday morning.

Thank you Denison, for helping me find and create myself.

Thank you Monarchy, for all the good times, and good friends, and good vacations.

Thank you DGG, for setting my imagination running.

Thank you WARPS, for being my home away from home.

Thank you to all my friends and family, near and far, for loving and accepting me, for making my life a joy to live, and for sharing your lives with me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?

Moving Foward or Forward Moving? November 11, 2010

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It has been an interesting week. In the interests of getting myself motivated to get on with my life and grow up, I took the week away from Bookup. I finished up one project from home on Monday and have been tracking metrics daily, but I have not gone to the corporate office this week. Instead, I spent the time applying to jobs on Elance, setting up an account at Textbroker.com, and working on some personal website projects.

I am actually quite excited about one of the jobs at Elance that I applied for, though I don’t know if the employer will accept my enthusiasm. It involves analyzing the effects of some 18th and 19th century literature on the current vision of the vampire in today’s literature and media. Might end up reading all the pieces even if I don’t get the job. I enjoy Bookup and have no intention of leaving, but if I’m ever going to get out of retail, I have to get the rest of my life moving, as well.

Rich’s schedule changed starting last week, giving him Friday and Saturday off. Which is nice. Weekend time together, though I’m usually working all day Friday and working or asleep on Saturday. 😉 We’ll see how that all falls out over the next few weeks of adjusting.

Health and finances are going on par for the year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and then Christmas and New Year’s.  Where did 2010 go? So much to do, and time keeps zipping by.

Koolaid in the Autumn Sun October 21, 2010

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My life is incredible. I have wonderful friends. A great family. A loving husband. I have two jobs in a time when people are struggling to find work. I have a home, a car, and a fridge full of food. I have health, car, renter’s, and life insurance. I am relatively healthy and mentally stable.

Why isn’t that enough?

Because I’m human. Because I’m always striving for more. Because good enough never is. Because there are things that are not the way I would want them. Because there are things that I want that I do not have.

So what am I waiting for?

Leverage. When does it get to the point when I HAVE to make a change? When does standing still become too painful? What is it going to take for me to move forward?

I keep talking about taking action. Now I need to find the leverage and the motivation to stop talking and start doing. Wish me luck?

Stay on Target… May 27, 2010

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Things are progressing as normal. Currently sitting in a waiting room at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s while Rich gets a Barium test to see if they need to remove any extra colon when he gets his second surgery. The lamp next to me does not appear to be plugged in.  Odd… not that it’s needed, just… odd. Surgery in 12 days and counting.

Shoring up our member site, and shopping cart at Bookup. Still waiting on an integration solution. But the removal of copy protection and return to registration has gone smoothly and sales are up. Next up, website modernization. It is far too difficult for customers to find what they want, and that includes the product catalog.

I’ve hit a stall with writing, and starting my own money-creating blog/website, but I’m still chipping away at the How. I’m doing far more journal writing than fiction these days. About to run out of flash fiction again for my website, will have to do something about that at least.

My health is good, almost back up to previous weight, just a few pounds shy, so feel better about that. No drugs in a few months now. Little aches here and there. Elbow continues to be my bane. But all in all, I’m doing quite well, and can do all the things I want to do.

My B&N Store has added some new sections and rearranged (almost) everything. I think I can find all the sections, but it’s going to take some getting used to. I picked up a few extra shifts over the next couple weeks, so that’ll help.

If my options go well, I’ll have some extra money for bills in June. Knock down a couple remaining medical bills without having to take money out of the investing account yet. I imagine we may end up having to do that, but for the moment, I’m hoping to just take out the profit. We shall see.

Summer is here, life is good, friends and family abound.

Food of the week: (it’s been a while, hasn’t it?): Spring Rolls (not exactly alkaline, but they’re veggie, right? 😉 )

Will you miss me if I’m gone? December 23, 2009

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Feeling like this blog’s point has run its course. Next week will be thirty weeks, and the posts are even fairly boring to me these days. Does anyone find them interesting anymore? I hardly have any views in the stat block. One a week, maybe. Perhaps it should be relegated to the realm of random life blogging. I’ve got my webpage blog for writing blog stuff, so I don’t need to do that here. Alkaline eating is basically a habit now, though of course, I’m not as rigid as when I started this journey. I still think I’m doing fairly well at it, and weekly summations aren’t doing much one way or the other for will power. So I think, that’s it then. I’ll still post here, but just random life stuff.  Let me know if you’ll desperately miss my food reports. 😉

New Here June 10, 2009

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I am curious what all can be done with WordPress, so I’m going to be messing around with this a lot. If you happen to wander by, please excuse the mess for a few days, I’m not sure what I’m doing yet. But this will eventually be a place where I will write about my life, my writing, my alkaline journey and anything else that catches my interest.