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You Are a Newborn Soul

You are tolerant, accepting, and willing to give anyone a chance.
On the flip side, you're easy to read and easily influenced by others.
You have a fresh perspective on life, and you can be very creative.
Noconformist and nontraditional, you've never met anyone who's like you.

Inventive and artistic, you like to be a trendsetter.
You have an upbeat spirit and you like almost everything.
You make friends easily and often have long standing friendships.
Implusive and trusting, you fall in love a little too easily.

Souls you are most compatible with: Bright Star Soul and Dreaming Soul
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So I did notice that I haven't posted in a while. Life has been very busy, but I was able to sneak in a small vacation in there in February on the break from school. It was really nice, and I actually went skiing for the very first time. Skiing is very hard and while I only did it one day over the break, it was fun enough to try again. Had a wonderful rest of vacation lying about reading books, having other people cook delicious meals, and visiting with friends. The winter weather has been pretty from where I sit looking out the window, but I'm really ready for spring and better weather. I'm going fencing this weekend, and I'm feeling pretty good and we'll see how it goes. I've been trying some new stuff and happy with how it is changing my style. Other than that, things are fairly peaceful other than the little blips of annoyance that constitutes being alive. I'm working on relaxing more and savoring the happy times I get.


Feb. 8th, 2006 06:21 pm
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artisticphoenix --

Extremely extreme!

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at
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Okay, so this cut stuff is a little more challenging, but Maybe this will work.  Now I figure out how to edit past posts.... :-)

And I'm only twisted.  Not evil.

(trying again - evil) )
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For probably the longest commute so far this year.

School was NOT canceled for my school district. And it wasn't snowing when I left for work, but I leave at gawdawful 5:45 in the a.m. in order to get there at a reasonable 7 a.m. start. So I didn't really hit snow until I was most of the way to school, and it was mostly fluffy stuff until I got off the highway. And of course the day was crazy, with people late or out, students late or out, and host of other things that happen when it snows and your town is one of the few that doesn't call off school. So full day, went by pretty quickly, so didn't really think about the snow until I got out of work at 2:30.

Oh my. After spending 15 minutes shoveling off the car, I find that the windows that I had dusted off now had another full layer on them AGAIN, I decided to just Do It. The parking lot was a disaster area as everyone was trying to get out. I helped push out two cars that were stuck. Yeah, me, the 114 pound one. I keep forgetting how small I am.

Anyway, took another 15 minutes to just get outta the parking lot into a White Out. I couldn't see in front of me, except for red lights. And chugged slowly, ever so slowly out the 5 miles to the highway. All I want to do is get home. Forty five minutes had past by the time that I actually had the highway (Route 128S)in sight. Sigh. So left school at 2:30 and it is now 3:15 and I'm just getting onto the exit ramp. There is no hope, I will not get home before 6, I am sure. But I am determined, that if I can just go slow and steady, leaving room in front of me for bozos and keep going in a straight line, I will survive this.

So trudge, trudge at less than 5 miles an hour, and I keep listening to the radio, talk to people on the phone and realize that I will never get this time back again. People are stalled out in the high speed lanes (okay the all of 5 mile an hour lane at this point) and some are even stalled out in the MIDDLE lane. How the hell do you get stopped and stall in the middle lane!?!?

Grumble, grumble, keep on trudging.

It is 4:40 when I finally hit the sign for Route 95 South 2 miles. It takes my 11 minutes to drive 2 miles. Urgh. I'm finally doing about 25 mph, the fastest I have done so far. Arrgggh. I call my daughter and we chat about the fact that I have been on the road for 2 1/2 hours and am still not home.

Finally, at 5:30, I swing off my exit. All I want to do is be home, with my sweats on and a mike's in hand. So I make a quick pit stop at the packy right around the corner of my house (figured that was a safe bet that if I got stuck, I COULD walk home from there) and finally entered my house at 6 p.m. I am drinking that well earned Mike's lemonade now.

It took 3 and one half hours to get home from work. Maybe work owes me at least two hours for this? :-)

Well, that was longer than I thought it would be......both the post and my commute.


Nov. 23rd, 2005 08:08 pm
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I'm having, after some fits and starts, a very nice visit with N. We are cooking dinner together tomorrow and I think it will be fun and relaxing and I'm looking forward to it. We rearranged my apartment so that it actually look like someone lives here and trimmed her hair. We are relaxing and going to watch movies with D. and it looks a nice evening. T is moving closer and hopefully life will get easier/better for her. Overall, things to be thankful for.
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Finally settling into my life as it is. The gym thing is working out really well, I have gained a few pounds of muscle (imagine pint size terminator) and can now run 2.5 consistently on the treadmill. Having a workout partner is really helpful and keeps me going and going. I have found though, that I absolutely hate, with a pure passion, the treadmill. But it is giving me results in that my stamina is going up and that makes me happy. School has evened out and I am looking forward to some time off during the holidays. I feel good about things which has taken me quite a while to get through. No mistake, I'm still broken, but a little less broken than a year ago. And that is a good thing.
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Very satisfying and happy birthday yesterday. I was very pleased to come home after a normal work day (no one knew it was my birthday)and find emails abounding with good wishes, and phone calls into the evening with everyone checking in with wishing me a happy birthday. Made this particular significant birthdate a little less troublesome. I was taken out for a delicious steak dinner, complete with mash potatoes with everything on it, and a tasty margarita. Woke up this morning to rays of sunshine streaming in the window and a bright beautiful day, and plans to go to KWAR and have lots of fun with my friends. Hrm.... I suppose that means packing should commence. Right. Sure. Okay, maybe another cup of tea. Maybe instead of growing older, I'm just getting younger. :-)
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Your Birthdate: November 10

Independent and dominant, you tend to be the alpha dog in most situations.
You're very confident, and hardly anything ever shakes you.
Mundane tasks tend to drain you - you prefer to be making great plans.
You are quite original. When people don't "get" you, it bothers you a lot.

Your strength: Your ability to gain respect

Your weakness: Caring too much what others think

Your power color: Orange-red

Your power symbol: Letter X

Your power month: October

However, I hate the color orange-red.
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So. Today had all the right fixings to be a perfectly awful day.

The school had not turned on the heat and in the past three days and the office I am in hovered around 50 degrees in temperature. Wearing a winter coat all day after trudging through rain day after day was just.....just......well depressing. But it finally stopped raining and I had hope. But it was still cold, the kind of cold that gets to your bones. Add to that, I was feeling down after dealing with some issues from the night before, the students were having a particularly hard day, AND my boundaries (my imaginary emotional walls to protect me) were not set up and the result was being emotionally overwhelmed. All day. Felt like crap physically, emotionally drained, and then my stomach was kind of doing a loop de loop. Great.

But I slugged through, and headed toward the first day back at the gym. Did half an hour on the treadmill (never done that before, I have the attention span of a gnat with that sort of thing) and upper body weights. After finishing, I felt...............great! I was surprised. The funk had lifted, the body felt renewed. It wasn't easy, but I felt much better after. I'm tired, but not sore, so that is a good sign.

Though tired, I feel like I can move forward again. A good nights sleep and back at it. Back to the gym on Saturday with any luck.
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Things are extremely stressful at work, but I'm working on ways to reduce my stress. On a vitamin regimen to quiet the whole cholesterol silliness, and have signed up for a gym. First day is tomorrow (after a very energetic work out Sunday at fencing practice), and we'll see how the body reacts to weights and the treadmill again. It will be hard to start, but once I get going, I know that I will feel better and it will reduce some of the stress. Dreams have been very jarring, but I think that is also a result of the stress. Maybe sleeping a lot over the weekend is a recipe for recouperation. Life changes have been good, and being able to hear from people via lj has been helpful. Oh, and pax my dear, you are my hero for taking care of that young lady and you know why. :-)
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Well, I finally convinced myself that I wasn't going to stay in shape by wishing it were so. I've been pretty busy and had fallen off the wagon of the little bit of working out that I had been doing and had slid straight into sloth. Bad. Even worse, it has affected my fencing. This last weekend my fencing was so bad that I was embarrassed. Then I receive a letter from the doctor who took blood tests some months ago informing me that my cholesterol is a whopping 210. (HDL 59, LDL 131). This is not good. They suggest that I go on Lipitor. Bad words, bad words. I don't think so. This is so going to stop right now.

So.......I'm going to make a concerted effort to work out and go on a regimen of vitamins that I have heard works. I would much rather do that than go on a drug for the rest of my life. I do realize that to some extent that I am fighting heredity on this one (dad died of a heart attack when he was 54), but I am pretty hopeful that with some discipline I can get back to a reasonable number, get into shape, and start fencing like the hellion that I am meant to be.

And thus, I got up this morning, in the midst of the icky and constant downpour that has been our lives in the northeast and went for a jog. I just got myself out of bed, sleepily put on the jogging clothes and before I could talk myself out of it ......ran. I didn't get very far, maybe about 1/2 mile, but it was a full tilt jog, almost a run. sucked. I really hated it, but after a shower and breakfast, I feel like I have started.

I lucked out because today is a school holiday, and now I have to figure out how to put it into my routine, but it is a start.
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Well, here I am.

In the new apartment with my stuff. It is comfortable, but not homey yet. Have to work on that this weekend. I had a great amount of help moving from madmikey, D, N, H, R, and his lovely lady and son and R, who is always there. Record time getting stuff, under 4 hours. I was pretty damn impressed. Now the hard part, putting things away, making it homey.

Work has been tough and very demanding. But I do like it and they pay me. That's all I can think of, I'll post more later.


Sep. 2nd, 2005 11:22 am
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Well, finally getting to update the journal.

Things are going well. I had a remarkably pleasant and stress-free Pennsic. It was way too damn hot at times and for the first year I wasn't up there at the crack of dawn fencing my butt off every day. Not sure if this means I am an old has been fencer yet, or if I just needed to take time off. I just did what my body told me each morning, and sometimes it said, hrmmm, rest, go shopping later. It wasn't the greatest Pennsic that I have had, but it was by no means the worst. There were some great moments that occurred, and great memories that have come out of it.

I am working on packing in preparation for the move to the apartment. I want to put as much as possible in boxes and have it all ready to just up and go. This is a little complicated as I attempt to again live out of a suitcase while I go back to work. But I will manage. I have some great friends who have been very supportive over this difficult time and I am happier for it.

Physically, I am tired, as I have been helping someone move, and will be helping another move this weekend, and then myself next weekend. Mentally, I a little stressed with the prospect of starting work again, as my job is not for the faint of heart. I love it, but I need to keep myself centered and find good ways to re-energize myself. Emotionally, I'm mixed. I am very happy these days as to where I am and where I am going. I feel more free, artistic and independent than I have in a long time. But I am still working out the different things that need to be dealt with and which are unavoidable. But I am on the right path.
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1. Reply with your name and I'll respond with something random about you.
2. I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I'll pick a substance to wrestle with you in.
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me (maybe/maybe not).
5. I'll tell you my first memory of you.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal.
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I'm feeling very accomplished these days. I am setting a few goals that I would like to accomplish and slowly but surely I am getting to them. Nothing like making goals that you can achieve. I completed two scrolls for SRWP, one of them only having a two week notice on. I was very pleased with the results. I just finished another scroll for Pennsic, and am working on some blanks for just in case, and of course doing the last minute garb making. So far, half the doublet is done, mostly hand stitching needing to be done, and the russian blouse is 3/4 of the way done. I already made the shift for walking to the shower, and even packed most of my garb. The plan is to pack most of the stuff this weekend, and then do a final packing Wednesday and then off to vacation starting Thursday. It is one of those things that I look forward to every year. I'm hoping for a nice, relaxing fun vacation. Well, yeah, my schedule is already packed with all kinds of stuff that I want to do, but that is always the case. I'm counting on the first week to be the really relaxing time.
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