Archive for March, 2004


I’m not sure how I got this response. I’m pretty certain that I didn’t answer anything about bringing people together, etc….

from downthedip

You are a Dynamic Supportive: Charismatic,
warmhearted, sincere, reliable, humorous,
compassionate, strong yet gentle — all these
words describe Dynamic Supportives. The
Dynamic Supportive energy is typified in
therapists, doctors, conciliators, clergy,
teachers, and communicators. Dynamic
Supportives are independent, intuitive, and
good at bringing people together, sometimes
serving as bridges between Dynamics and

What is your Natural Life Energy?
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I feel guilty because I haven’t posted in awhile, but there has been so much going on, plus my boss was in the office yesterday and today–making it hard to sneak in livejournal….

Friday Night

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Thanks to sweet_pickles for the following thought-provoking questions….

1. Name five things you are grateful for.
my health
my friends
my family
my job
my talents

2. What four people would you invite over for a party of five? (any four you wish)
I wouldn’t want to be intimidated by anyone famous, I prefer to just kick back and relax, so I’d invite some close friends.

L in Dallas
A in Red Wing

3. What three things do you need to do today that take less than five minutes to complete?

send some packages out that been “lost” in our office
clean up my desk

4. Where are two places you’d like to visit in the next five years?

LA, or wherever sweet_pickles and downthedip are at because I miss them

Austin, because I miss the city but also because I haven’t seen therangonagin in absolute ages

I would like to get out of the country–maybe to England or Ireland but I don’t think it will be in the next 5 years.

Hopefully, the first two trips can be done in 2 years instead of 5.

5. Which one of the five senses is your favorite?

Very tough question. After reading Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History of the Senses, I truly have an appreciation of them all. Today I my favorite sense is touch. I’m thoroughly enjoying these spring breezes.

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Happy Birthday to carrieb! Have a great day. May this year bring you closer to your dreams!

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Yesterday was my last formal bit of training from our previous database guru. While I am nowhere near his level of expertise, I have been able to fill every request for information–it just takes me a bit longer.

In other work-related news, I find it ironic that I am supposed to be the primary contact for technical support for a data mapping tool and I have the least amount of training on said tool. How pathetic is it that I have to call the organization that is paying us to provide the support to ask a support question? I am thoroughly embarrassed, yet this is the primary stage of the rollout and they are the only ones who have had any experience with the tool, so perhaps I shouldn’t feel so bad.

A bit of good news. There’s a rumor that someone around here may be getting a new bike this week! Spring is definitely in the air!

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My brother was fired from his job today. I am very sad and somewhat mixed emotionally. My brother is a person who, for some reason or another, often makes choices that make his life more difficult than it needs to be. He has quit or been fired for numerous jobs in the past for a variety of reasons. He even admits that it is usually his own doing.

However, this was a job he really liked. He was dependable and seemed to be taking some satisfaction in his work. My family was beginning to think that he was finally getting turned around.

I’m not sure why he was fired. He told me the reasons but I’m sad because I’m not sure I’m hearing the whole story and I feel terrible because I really want to believe him, but we’ve heard it all so many times before. He told me that he was told his work was subpar and that someone smelled alcohol on him. He plans to file a grievance for unemployment.

What I know is that he enjoyed going to work. That is rare for him so I have difficulty believing that he was told before that his work was not satisfactory. He’s not one to take criticism well.

I am just so sad for him to lose the job and to have a family that isn’t sure what to believe.

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A Fun Friday Five

from http://www.fridayfive.org

If you…

1. …owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve? Red Wing desperately needs a salad bar place, like Soup Plantation or Sweet Tomatoes, but I think I would open a vegetarian restaurant. I’m not a vegetarian, but there are so many ways to serve very healthy and nutritious meals. I think that there is a lot more variety than people give a vegetarian diet credit for.

2. …owned a small store, what kind of merchandise would you sell?

I would sell books and chocolate. That way I wouldn’t mind working the long hours.

3. …wrote a book, what genre would it be?

I would probably write a mystery. I don’t think I would fool anyone though.

4. …ran a school, what would you teach?

History and literature.

5. …recorded an album, what kind of music would be on it?


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Good news! I don’t have to volunteer at the book sale tomorrow. The Friends of the Library have two sales a year where they sell books that the library has retired and donated books for $0.25-$0.50. There is a preview sale for members, but it’s only from 1-5 today and I have to work.

I do plan on driving down tomorrow and browsing the remains of the selection. However, I get to stay in Minneapolis tonight and sleep in tomorrow morning! g00fy_blonde doesn’t have to bowl tonight, which is nice. I don’t like that he bowls virtually every Friday night from 9 until midnight. It kind of kills any other plans we could have.

It’s Friday which means that once again I’m the only person in the office. I kind of like it, but I’ve begun to develop some bad habits–like updating my journal when I should be working on something for the organization. It’s going to be quite a change when the new director starts. It gets tough being the only full time employee–and the only one who works primarily in the office.

However, I am really looking forward to this weekend. It’s going to be incredibly busy but in a good way.

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I want to practice some more tarot readings, but I seem to have too many things going on right now. I’m taking an astrology class–and I’m pretty much lost. If any of you are into that, let me say that I am a Gemini with a Gemini rising and a Virgo moon. I have the strangest looking chart I have ever seen. I would NOT recommend the course at Barnes & Noble University. It is taught by the Susan Miller who is the author of the book we use, Planets and Possibilities. About half the book is dedicated to the myths surrounding the planets and characters who depict the traits of the signs of the zodiac. It really doesn’t tell you how to interpret your chart.

The other half of the book is spent discussing the characteristics of people born under a certain sign. There is a limited section on how to use astrology. While I have gotten some information out of it–like figuring out what’s missing in this course and finding a book that better explains things–most of this class has been a big waste of time.

And while I’m at it, I want to rant for a moment on my Last of the Mohicans discussion group (also found at Barnes & Noble University). The reader from Australia knows more about American history than most of the class! The book is set during the French & Indian War. One of the topics our group seems to be hung up on is the race of Cora, one of the two females in the book. It is very clear to me that she has some African American blood. However, one person was surprised to find out that slavery existed before the Indians were moved further west. Unfortunately, the early settlers were perfectly capable of considering more than one race subhuman. I have decided that it’s a good thing that I have to read this book in order to participate in the discussions. Otherwise, I probably would have set it aside to read something more interesting. Not that it’s bad, it’s just not my type of book.

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I went to a Cooking School last night that was put on by Taste of Home. It was rather interesting in that there were 8 food demonstrations and lots of vendors and booths. Perhaps I find that interesting because this is the first time in a long time that I have been to an event and not had to work a booth.

Basically, it was 2 and a half hours of commercials. I can still probably name most of the national sponsors and all of the local sponsors. But it was entertaining and I learned some new tricks. I wish I would have brought a notebook because the most helpful hints were ones that she just through out. Like putting a couple of slices of bread in the tray of your boiler pan to catch the juices and prevent smoking. That’s the only one that I can really remember.

I kept thinking about sweet_pickles because I can almost imagine her going to this kind of thing (even though it was probably beneath her level of expertise). Anyway, it kept her in my mind on her special day.

The “school” didn’t finish until around 9:30 and it was snowing so my drive back to Minneapolis pretty much sucked. I got in around 11:30 and pretty much crashed.

That’s about it for now.

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