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In the past, some of you have helped me subsidize my good friend glitterophelia's electric bill, and I thank you. Now, her family's home has been sold, and she's been given 18 days to move out. If you can help in any way, please do. Because I just moved myself, and was out of work for four months, my own ability to help this time is very limited. http://www.gofundme.com/qabgbbc

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Plus, I like the word "dudely"
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Metaphortunate speaks for me.

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Because it's what I need
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I gave myself until March 1st (hey, that's today!) to decide whether or not to turn in my grad-school applications and pursue my Masters in rehabilitation counseling (basically, counseling adults with disabilities).

I've decided not to do it. At least not this year. Rather than spend next year doing school and work both, racking up more student-loan debt, and changing career paths, I've decided to spend that energy/time/money on actually finishing some writing projects. This week, I'll decide which project(s) I'll be prioritizing, but I already feel happy and relieved, which is one way I can tell it's the right decision for me.

I may start blogging a lot about writing. I will try to be considerate with cut tags. Wish me well.

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More garden geeking
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I share most things publicly on Google Plus, so I think that you'll be able to see everything if you want to by clicking below:

Photos of the backyard and what's already there, before I put the new plants in. Also, bonus kitty photo.

Video tour of the yard, with narration by me.

And here, have a photo of my counter at work:




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Growing stuff
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Dusting off my Growstuff account and getting ready to put things out in the garden. I don't have an especially green thumb, and I know nearly nothing about gardening, but I so want to grow food. And pretty things.

Yes. Food and pretty things. My life story.

Anyway.

At work, I have a pot of paperwhites, a pot of amaryllis, and two mystery pots of stuff. At home, I have an amaryllis that's almost spent. And I love having things growing around me.

Last week, there was a plant sale at work. I bought two salvias, a jade of some sort, and another succulent with spikes. I'll take photos later. Need to take them outside to harden off before I put them in the ground, which gives me a few days to plan where they'll go. I should probably make a diagram.

My seed order came yesterday. I limited myself to one 36-slot seed-starting kit; any more is silly overkill for a starter garden. The backyard is huge, but I need to limit myself to a small space in it at first. I bought seeds for zucchini, fish peppers, cilantro, onions, basil, and a bunch of pretty flowers. In March, my tomato starts will arrive. So that's plenty for now; maybe more than I should've gotten, but I'm sure gardeners know how that is.

Excited!

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Number thingy ganked from firecat
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Ten, Nine, Eight...Collapse )

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Wednesday Media Consumption Post
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Reading: Just a murder mystery called Two Graves. There are a bunch of other things I'm ostensibly reading, but literally the only time I'm not too tired to read is during lunch at work.

Listening: I have a musical game I play with myself that I don't think I've talked about here. I"ll put it under a cut to spare your reading listCollapse )

Watching: Hmm. Have I watched anything this week? I don't think so. New job, tired, etc. And James has a new game he's playing, so he'd rather play that than watch TV with me. So yeah, nothing, I think, unless you count (and I guess I should) watching my "videos that make me happy" playlist on YouTube, which I just created and which I'm really enjoying building. Recently added the Neil Patrick Harris opening of the 2013 Tony Awards. When he starts talking about inspiring young theater geeks, I lose it. Every. Time.

Playing: I uninstalled Two Dots and reinstalled it after I won the final level (which is currently 135, I think). Also still playing my other stuff. I really want a new puzzle game for android phones (hint, hint), but with the tired and all, haven't gotten around to it.

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Media Consumption Wednesday
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Just a quickie today. First week of work went well, but I'm tired and trying not to stay up too late. We had to go buy a mattress after work, and I just got home at 9pm, so yeah. Tired!

Really liked The Martian. A lot. More later, perhaps, but honestly, there was almost nothing I disliked about it, and that doesn't happen much. (Some casually bigoted language. Otherwise, I really liked just about everything.)

Listening to the same stuff. Playing the same games. About to finish reading Pride and Prejudice.

G'night!

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The List
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Been making this list for more years than I can count. It often helps my mood.

Five things that are good about me:

I am enthusiastic
I am highly optimistic
I like working and being useful
I readily admit when I'm wrong
I am nearly always kind to myself

Five things I'm grateful for:

My amazing family.
My new job!
Finally being near my mom.
I currently have THREE cute/comfy pairs of work shoes. A personal record, I believe.
I wrote to ask three of my professors to recommend me for grad school. I got instant yeses from two of them, so I'm two thirds of the way there.

Five people or animals who love me without reservation:

My kids.
My partners.
My mom.

Five times in recent memory when I was happy/joyful/contented:

When this guy spoke at the new job's opening day.
When one of the interview committee sought me out to tell me I had interviewed so well that zie wanted to come get interview tips from me.
When I was sitting under the jacaranda tree, sipping water and reading The Martian.
When I got this job.
When I found great shoes at the store that fit and look good.

Five things I'm good at:

Touch-typing
Enjoying my own company without being bored
Getting multi-item dinners to all come out at the same time
Admitting when I'm wrong
Cooking eggs (it's an odd thing since I can take eggs or leave them, but almost everyone I've ever cooked eggs for says I do a really good job of them)

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World's easiest first week
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The Governing Board at the new job meets on Wednesdays to approve new hires, so I started on Thursday. World's easiest first week: spent Thursday observing the others doing the job; spent Friday at all-day staff-development meetings, with free breakfast/lunch; and now there's a three-day weekend.

I can't get complacent, though, because I work in the admissions and records office, and this Wednesday is the first day of classes, so shit's about to get real.

Anyway, some good stuff about the new gig:

* It's at the community college I went to, and I loved the school when I was there, so that's really cool.

* The hours work for me, though they're odd (10-6:45 M-Th; 7-3:45 or something like that on Fridays; I have to look in my book) and it's ten minutes down the street (almost exactly four miles, no freeway required).

* I got to run into one of my two fave teachers on Friday, and it was SO nice to see he's still there and super-successful in his field. I got to tell him how much his example meant to me and how it really did change my life (no exaggeration), so that was cool.

* The co-workers have been super-sweet and welcoming to me:

Welcome sign at work.

* There's a nice breakroom with an outdoor patio under a jacaranda tree. I think I found my new writing spot.

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