?

Log in

< back | 0 - 20 |  
Ping [userpic]

London, Day 1.

March 2nd, 2012 (03:59 pm)
excited

current location: London
current mood: excited

Amazing day in London. Partly it's the contrast with Uganda, I suppose, but gosh, there are shops and restaurants everywhere! And where there aren't, it's because there's a cool historic site. I love everything here but the cost! Catalog of some of the cool: took a train to near the hotel, which felt all British and stuff. Then a taxi to the hotel from the train station. Again, all British-like taxi and all. Why don't we have awesome taxis like that?? Learned that it's not just because he's James May that he gets lost in London all the time. Heard both St Paul's and Big Ben chime at various points in the day. Feel that DC should take a page from London and stick with smaller statues, rather than monuments, in order to honor more people. Had a pub dinner with (ginger) ale. Even tried the co-worker's bangers and mash. Feel completely ... well, American, I'll be honest, but so happy to be here.

I keep saying things like "Oh, maybe we could go shopping at Selfridges," then checking myself, because I am not actually sure if it's a store or if I just have a mistaken impression on things. (So far, I've been spot on, which makes me happy and a tad embarrassed.)

Now to figure out what to do tomorrow!

Ping [userpic]

Amazing experience

February 29th, 2012 (09:41 am)
thankful

current mood: thankful

I confess that my time in Uganda hasn't made it my favorite trip. The hotel isn't conveniently located, I've had the fun experience of blowing my nose and having the gunk come out black, and the food at the hotel as been pretty dreadful. (Firstworldproblemsmuch?)

However, I had an amazing spiritual experience today. I'd been talking to my co-worker about my religious beliefs over lunch. After lunch, we went to the zoo. On the way there, we passed the LDS chapel. I was super-excited. We stopped and pulled in. There were a couple of guys there, and I talked to one for a few minutes. He said that they're the Entebbe ward, having over 100 members, and they're looking to get a branch going in a nearby town, as well. I'd mentioned to my co-worker that I had ancestors who were in the early days of the church. She told the guy (Lawrence) this, and he was really impressed. He said he'd been in the church only like 10 years. I had such a strong impression that I couldn't speak and started tearing up. I shared my email address with him, and finally managed to choke out that, some day, his descendants would regard him with as much reverence as I do my pioneer ancestors. I do not have words to express how strongly this feeling filled me, even now relating it. It was such a brief but beautiful experience that has completely changed my point of view on this trip and this country and, well, possibly my life. I am so humbled to have been a part of such an experience.

It's interesting, because before I went on this trip, my mom mentioned to me that my grandfather's patriarchal blessing had said that he would share the gospel around the world, but that he never really had the chance to do so in this life, but that his children and grand-children are doing it for him. I'd not known about that, but had hoped to find a way to better share my beliefs this trip, so I was looking out for experiences more than I might have been otherwise. So glad I was, because ... such a blessing.

Ping [userpic]

I Am Not Squeeing.

February 16th, 2012 (05:21 pm)

Expense authorization almost ready for going to Uganda, with a two-day stop in London on the way home. I am most certainly not squeeing, just in case it gets canceled. (With the way my life works, this is a good possibility.)

*shudders with the force of a suppressed squee*

Ping [userpic]

Is this thing on?

October 31st, 2011 (04:07 pm)

Having been missing Deepest Sender's easy posting, I went in search of another way to post to Livejournal. I might have found it. That would rock! :)

Ping [userpic]

(no subject)

June 19th, 2011 (11:17 am)
scared
Tags:

current mood: panicked

*falls over*

Been a very busy/stressfully month. The landlord decided to sell and/or renovate the house so someone in his family can move in, so we have to be out by July 1. I've got two very amazing roommates, so we've been trying to find a place together. Apparently, this is the wrong time of the year to try to find a three-bedroom anything. What we find, we don't like. What we like is gone before we can apply. So frustrating. However, the end is near (I hopehopehope). We put in an application on this townhome over a week ago and expected to hear back quickly, but so far as I can tell, the lady has been really slow at processing the application. (We basically had to tell our bosses and landlord to call in and verify employment/tenanture*, since she hadn't gotten around to calling them.) However, we should hear Monday when we can come in and sign the lease and pick up the keys. Which is good, 'cause Friday, I hit the wall. I was totally out of cope and had decided that, if we didn't have this place (or any other) by Tuesday, I was going to get my own place. (Or at least split up the trio and take Becca with me.)

So, I spent a good chunk of Saturday packing, and will probably spend most of my evenings this week doing the same, in addition to attempting to acquire moving help from church, potentially getting a new desk (one with drawers!), entertainment stand, and/or kitchen table, and doing all the other preparation work I can think of. Also, I need to book my car and hotels for my trip to Utah. Eeep! So much to do! *panic*

*Yes, I made it up, so what?

Ping [userpic]

UK salaries?

May 19th, 2011 (10:34 am)
busy

current mood: busy

So, in my job hunt, I've poked at some UK jobs. Probably unlikely to get them, since I'm a USian, but there's a couple I think I'd be a quite viable candidate for if you ignore that bit. Anyway, if I wanted to compare salary, cost of living, etc, any advice on where to look? Based on a few other job postings, it looks like these jobs are in a decent range for the area, but whether that's livable and what "livable" means, I have no idea. :)

Ping [userpic]

Well, that's ... something....

May 11th, 2011 (10:28 pm)
contemplative
Tags:

current mood: contemplative

Had a really nice birthday. Cake at work, TexMex with the roommates, and no crazy people at work. Came to a realization that I'm done with the current job, and that it's okay to find a new one. Then came home to a message from the landlord that they might be selling the house and will let us know soon-ish. Hrm. We'll see what happens from here on out, but I have a feeling the next few months are going to be ... special. Interesting start to the year! :)

Ping [userpic]

Drive-by

May 6th, 2011 (09:11 pm)
contemplative
Tags:

current mood: contemplative

For some reason, I can't find my blog-updating addon for Firefox. Woe. It was much more convenient. Alas.

So, in conclusion, I didn't get into any grad schools. Considering how strongly I felt that I was supposed to go, I had some pretty serious confusion there. I don't know that I'm going to apply again, at least not to the regular programs. At some point, I might consider one of the low-residency programs, though they're a lot more expensive and not so good with the helping you find ways to cover it. I don't know if I'll get enough out of it to justify it, but I suppose it's worth a shot and I can always quit if it doesn't work. (Assuming I can get in to one of THOSE programs!)

Alternately, I am semi-seriously considering relocating to a different area. I found a similar-enough job in Kentucky where I'd make $10k less but have $14k more in expendable income because of the difference in the cost of living. I wasn't quite ready to apply for it when it came up, though. Not sure if that's where I'll end up, but ... I'll keep looking.

I may still not move, though. I'm having a blast and a ton with the gaming group, and the thought of leaving that behind is not so happiness.

Okay, the migraine is returning, so I'm going to go lay down. Stupid migraines.

Ping [userpic]

Really going to bed soon

March 15th, 2011 (09:46 pm)
discontent

current mood: discontent

2/5 grad schools have rejected me, including the one I really wanted and thought I had the best chance for. Maybe I was wrong, or maybe I won't get into any of them. It might be worth coming up with a plan for that eventuality, but I got nothing.

Ping [userpic]

Happy day!

February 23rd, 2011 (11:00 pm)
chipper
Tags: ,

current mood: chipper

We've been putting together a massive proposal for the client. I've been freaking out about it, as we've had a month to do it, and it's gone a lot slower than I'd have liked. However, we nearly finished it up today. We have a few pieces to review, some things to add tomorrow, and tables of contents to make. One of our finance people will review it to make sure we're not completely failing at the math. Then, we'll put it all together and mail it off. If we get it off tomorrow, it'll be a day early!

I cannot express how happy this makes me! There's been a lot of people working on this, including many outside my team. My boss has done amazingly well at putting it all together. Well, not amazingly, considering he's my boss and should be able to do stuff like this. Anyway, I know if it'd been left to me, we'd have been in real trouble, especially with me having been sick these last few days. It's really come together amazingly well. Now to just hope that the client likes at least a few of the ideas. They can't go for all of them without breaking the bank. We might have gone a little overboard, I suppose, but this is the first time we've really had a chance to give them our views on what we should be doing for them and know that they'll give it fair consideration. I'm really proud of what we've been able to accomplish in bringing together people from outside our department, too. We've been trying to do that for years, and it's been painful, but finally it's bearing fruit!

Add to that that I'm on the mend from another round of sickness, have a plan with the primary president to deal with the cold/flu season without having to give up teaching the kids entirely, and that Doc Martin season 4 ended on a really good note, and life is looking good! Also, I've been better at taking my happy pills. Better living through chemistry! I might even get around to cleaning my bedroom, at least a bit. (Though let's not set our sights toooo high.) ;)

Ping [userpic]

Shut up, brain!

January 31st, 2011 (07:55 am)
worried

current mood: worried

My brain has decided it's really funny to just keep going in circles. I woke up early with the intention of working on the edits to a story. I finally had the epiphany on how to tie the A & B plots together. But I can't concentrate, because my brain is stuck in worry-circle mode.

I know this is in large part because I haven't taken my med for several weeks. First I couldn't keep it down. Then there was possible interference from one of the meds they put me on the make it so I could keep things down. I'm going to wait a bit longer for that to clear up, before I start again on my happy pill.

This is further proof to me that great artists of the past were amazing not because of their various mental issues, but in spite of them. For every artist who managed to produce amazing work despite dealing with things like bipolar disorders, there are probably another twenty who couldn't cope with their brains doing stupid things to them. Heck, not even artists, but just regular people.

And I don't know if any of this makes sense, either, because again, can't concentrate. Work's going to be a blast today.

Ping [userpic]

A bit tender

January 6th, 2011 (08:15 pm)
restless
Tags:

current mood: raw

I've been wrestling with my personal statement for my grad school applications. (Did I mention I'm applying to MFA programs in creative writing?) I'm on take 4 now, if I'm counting right. I'm getting closer and closer to something that I think will make me stand out. I do feel a bit raw, though. But I've also discovered something about myself and my writing, so that's good. I just wish it weren't quite so ... well, not PAINFUL painful, but ... tender, I guess. Like when you've drunk a hot drink that's sitting in your stomach and maybe you should have waited for it to cool down a bit more.

Anyway, even if I need to edit it a bit more, I'll probably let it sit for another day or two, as I need to put in a lot more work on my actual portfolio. In addition to everything I need to do for work. /panic. The first three schools may not get the BEST of my work. It's okay, I want to get into the fourth school more anyway. Really! And I'm not panicking. Nope, not me. Cool as a cucumber. (In a wok, maybe!)

Ping [userpic]

You know...

January 4th, 2011 (05:53 pm)
contemplative

current mood: contemplative

Lately, I've been more glad of LJ for remembering important things for me, like when I moved into my new place. Perhaps that's a sign I should blog more about this time of my life, so I have a record in three years when I need to figure out when important things happened? A thought, anyway.

Ping [userpic]

Trippin'

October 30th, 2010 (09:15 pm)
amused

current mood: amused

I was looking through my journal archives as I'm preparing the lesson for my church class of 10-year-olds for tomorrow. What a trip. I'm not sure where I was living when I first started it. I guess probably with Cat Voice? Something of a trip. It brings it back. (And in many ways makes me glad for where I am today!) Perhaps I shall consider re-dedicating myself to LJing. I need to recommit to writing in general if I'm going to get my grad school applications done. Meeeeep!

Okay, lesson, then, maybe, I'll open the Doctor Who fanfic I poke at now and again and see if I can't figure out What Happens Next (tm).

Ping [userpic]

Doctor Who 20 in 20

May 19th, 2010 (10:21 pm)
accomplished
Tags:

current mood: accomplished



More belowCollapse )

Ping [userpic]

Arizona

May 5th, 2010 (08:30 am)
discontent

current mood: discontent

*puts on flame-retardant armor* (Though if you are inappropriately offensive or derogatory or what-have-you, I might remove the comment, rather than respond. If you want to offer an opposing viewpoint, feel free to do so in a polite manner.)

Yes, the law is probably going to be used inappropriately. Yes, this is a bad thing and should be addressed. Yes, illegal immigration is a problem, because it exposes people to exploitation and the lack of response has basically opened our southern border wide to drug dealers and other evil-doers.

But you know, the immigration problem is one that doesn't really get much notice in Washington, despite the fact that the illegal immigration business is basically run by crooks and drug dealers who have free rein to exploit people who, by and large, just want a better life. It's been this way for years, but Washington, who SHOULD be doing something, hasn't. I don't know what's going to happen in the short term (I dread to think, really), but in the long term, maybe this will actually get something done about the issue.

Of course, it's a complex issue. You've got questions like "Would these jobs exist if the employers has to pay minimum wage and be all above-board and such?" And "Are these jobs that American citizens would do if that were the case?" And "How do you tell the drug dealers from the people just wanting to work?" And "If you develop some sort of naturalization or worker program, it's probably not going to really stop the drug dealers, so how do you deal with that?" And "How do you do this without raising taxes?" (Which is where my political views of the gov't actually are at odds with not wanting to pay more taxes. Immigrations is one of the things the feds are supposed to be doing, and they're not really bothering. This means that states are doing it, and apparently doing it badly. (Though there have been reports of people actually going back over the border, so I suppose it depends on your definition of 'badly.')) And "How do you improve conditions in the home countries of these people so that the idea of slave labor in the US doesn't actually seem better?"

It's quite a mess, and given politics right now, I doubt it's going to be dealt with in any kind of reasonable and helpful manner, because it's all become not just politicized but politics have in many ways become a religion, where you don't listen to the other guy because he's on the other side and is therefore WRONG. (Maybe it's always been that way. I dunno. It's one of the reasons I hate politics.)

Ping [userpic]

Donna Noble/Catherine Tate

April 19th, 2010 (10:19 pm)
busy

current mood: busy

- -

The rest belowCollapse )

Ping [userpic]

Ponder

April 2nd, 2010 (07:54 am)
excited

current mood: excited

Before I head out on vacation (!!!!!), I just want to say I figured out the biggest problem with the Martha Jones episodes. We need to love the companion as much as we love the Doctor, but her character was too much defined by the Doctor. She did not have a life or force of will outside of that. Or at least not enough of a one to satisfy me. Which is really unfortunate on many levels, including the one where the person who is almost a qualified doctor is answering pop trivia questions rather than doing doctorly things. *sigh* Much wasted potential. Ah well. Time to move on, I suppose. And go on VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ping [userpic]

*mutter*

March 26th, 2010 (03:25 am)
aggravated
Tags:

current mood: aggravated

Went to sleep by 9:30 out of exhaustion. Woke up at 1. Haven't been back to sleep yet. *sigh* Guess I could work on my screenplay or the outline for my novel. But would really rather be sleeping. Gah!

Ping [userpic]

Ugh

March 25th, 2010 (07:59 am)
contemplative

current location: sleep, issues, health
current mood: contemplative

History: I have trouble sleeping. Partly that's due to depression. So I take an anti-depressant. Which causes trouble with sleep. For a while, I was on a sleep medication. Then, it stopped working, and the depression was getting worse. The doctor just scratched her head and said, "Gee, that's too bad. Exercise, I guess." I discovered that one of my asthma meds can cause depression, and that one of them can cause insomnia. Stopped both, and things were better. Not 100%, though. Especially the first day or two after my weekly anti-depressant, sleep is nigh on impossible. Then things at work got insanely stressful. What to do? Well, I went back to my doctor and told her it was a problem. She said the same thing. A week or two later, I was laid up with the worst illness I've had in years, one that turned into an infection. I missed almost a week of work. (When I'm already behind!)

Conclusion: I need to find a doctor that will listen to me.

Difficulty: Finding a doctor that will listen to me.

One of the things I got from Outliers is that the most successful people aren't necessarily the smartest, but the ones best able to deal with people and get what they want. Maybe I'll see if I can do that. I'm not so good at putting myself forward, especially with doctors, who are in a position of Authority. (At least in my own mind.) Unlike apparently most Americans, I approach things with a pretty high "Power Distance Index." Which I think is part of the problem. I finally get up the courage to go to the doctor and tell them my problem, but they have no idea what that costs me. When I tell them, I say things like, "Gee, it's kind of hard to sleep." They don't see what a problem it is, because they're used to dealing with people who are more assertive in getting what they want.

So, I suppose I should find a new doctor and practice being more assertive with them. In all my spare time. *sigh* New girl is on board and getting trained, so hopefully she'll be picking up steam.

< back | 0 - 20 |