2eclipse: (brunette)
i had the WEIRDEST dream last night.
nonsense dream )

i got a LOT done yesterday.
i scrubbed the counters and cleaned the stove and took out the trash and the recycling and cleaned the cat boxes and made phone calls and cleaned up hair balls and made dinner and got a shower all the while felt kind of dazed and half-asleep. i am still not sleeping well (though i did get enough last night).
i also finished shadowbridge before i came to bed. it is a REALLY good book. it blends cultures in really interesting ways and leaves me wanting more. my only real gripe with it is that it doesn't really end. there is no reason for the author to end the book where he does and no signal to the reader that some major event has concluded the story. okay there is a major event, but you know so little about it that it doesn't feel conclusive in the slightest. it isn't just a cliff-hanger. it feels like a chapter ending, not a book ending. i WILL go read the next book.

ranting here )
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it is snowing in minnesota.
it snowed yesterday breifly as well.
it is starting to feel like the time where there should not be snow (to me). but i definitely also have enough sweaters to take care of any of my problems with the cold, which is good because we are supposed to get still more snow this week.
i pity the poor people living on the red river valley.

i had my first class for literacy tutoring monday night. it was okay, i guess. i think i will like tutoring better than i like the class. that being said, i didn't expect there to be math involved. HEY. i signed up to teach LITERACY. not math.
but it looks like a fair componant of this training revolves around the GED. hence the math. i can choose where i volunteer, so i won't have to tutor for the GED, but they train us in that anyway. so i got a few good ideas and became thoroughly convinced that i have forgotten any math i ever knew. seriously? i don't remember what a medium is, or how to calculate the circumference of a circle. pretty basic stuff - but i never use it, so of course it doesn't stay in my brain. it probably doesn't help that i don't like it to begin with. volunteers for literacy have to take 12 hours of training in order for the minnesota literacy council to get federal funding. this is annoying to me, because while the book they gave us is helpful, i think i could probably get everything i need from say, an hour and a half of class plus the book. it's not horrible, but i feel like my time could be better spent actually helping people. also the class is twice a week, and while i'm glad to get it done, i have SO much to do in my "real life" that i don't appreciate the time drain. maybe i shouldn't be so cynical. the next classes may be better. 3 more to go. next one is tonight.

i am still really feeling it that i stayed up til 2 am playing computer games with ross and co saturday night. i think i needed more nap time this week.
also i'm getting next to no knitting done.

yesterday i went to the gym, got in a great workout and renewed my membership for the next 3 months. i find that i am more motivated to work out if there is money involved. granted, i have yet to go 3x in a week. but there have been several where i've gone 2x. and this is still better than just the morning sit-ups.
i also got one of the cat boxes clean (need more cat litter for the 2nd) and played more games with ross. poor ross. one of the servers at the guthrie went down last night and he didn't come to bed until 6:15 this morning. i am guessing he was up most of the night working on fixing it. the effect of this on me is that the cats get rowdy and think it is time for them to be fed if there is activity in the bedroom any time between 5:30 and 6:30 - which effectively robs me of sleep. we will need to find a solution to this. like kicking them out earlier if he is coming to bed that late.

i need to schedule in some down-time. i have had next to no time to read or knit. gaming is nice and i have a good time, but it doesn't feel like down time to me. it feels like being social.
2eclipse: (rabbiting)
i love the week following a long weekend. it always feels so much shorter and easier.
in fact, i could do with all of my weekends being 3 days.
today i finished up everything on the agenda for the week and earned my second "atta' girl" from my boss in as many days. also i met a cool guy in the IT department who claimed he needed a purchasing mistress.
teehee. we chatted and he gave me a bad story about monkeys that made me laugh enough that i will forward it on to [livejournal.com profile] pixiecup and her friend pete. pete looks like a monkey.

my job conundrum )
i had my volunteer interview with children's home society and family services. my first day is next tuesday. i will be playing with small children in the evenings maybe twice a month. this will improve my resume and be fun for me. i have impure motives.
i also contacted a career coach who i met at annual conference this week. he has weekly coffee with a group that fights homelessness. he said he will give me a call after he meets with them.

i joined the church choir this week. i miss there being more men. and i miss eileen gunther. the director is young and pretty, but not terribly personable. we are doing some really pretty pieces...but i can't help but feel something is missing in the dynamics of the choir members...maybe i'm just used to praying together. i dunno. it is good to be in a singing group again.
2eclipse: (beer)
holy produce batman!
we went out to see ross's folks yesterday and came back with: tomatoes, 1 musk melon, 4 onions, a box of roma tomatoes, and a bag each of cucumbers, potatoes and green beans.

if i didn't need oatmeal and claratin, i wouldn't have to go to the store for another week.
but the good news is that the diet is working. i lost about 4-5 lbs in the past two weeks. providing i don't cave too much to the birthday cake my mom sent me yesterday in the mail, things look good.

in other recent news: katelyn and her(relatively) new boy, ash came to visit for about a week and we got to see them twice while they were here. they are both good people. wish they were both closer (and would drag [livejournal.com profile] keiths with them. but instead it sounds like they are all going to washington state to start a commune.
regardless, katelyn hooked me up with a place to volunteer - and through which ross and i may eventually decide to become foster parents. Ramsey County Crisis Nursery
they called me this week to say they were going to figure out when to do an interview with me (because i work til 4:30 these days) and that they would love to have me. i know that i will have a good experience volunteering there. my hope is that i will also start making some contacts in the non-profit sector that can get me a real job.
my temp work is great. the people are nice, it pays well, i leave it at home at the end of the day. it involves just enough of my brain to keep me interested...80% of the time. but i want a job in my field.

this afternoon we are TRYING to get jory and simona to go out on the boat with us for the afternoon. gotta enjoy that sunshine while we've got it.


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