Archive for August, 2004

Today is a sucky day. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail right now, but here are some of the highlights….

I just got a call from the electric company. It seems that they used my maiden name on the bills, which have all been marked “return to sender”. I now owe $112. Fortunately, I have some time before the actual due date.

I’m sending off the rent check today and will officially have no money until Friday. Okay, it’s only 2 days but it’s still a little scary.

My car registration is due on Friday. At least I’ll have money by then…

In addition to my self-inflicted financial woes, there are some things going on in both my professional and personal life that seem to be coming to a head.

I’m sure it will all get better, but I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed right now.

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Weekend Update

I had a fairly eventful weekend. I set a new personal record on Saturday by having 7 clients show up for readings. My bank account is beginning to show a pulse….

I’ve also been doing some readings on the Free Tarot Network. It’s a place for readers to gain experience by doing one-card readings. Currently, I have to send everything I do to a mentor for approval before sending it to the “client”. This has caused quite the logjam. She has yet to approve any of my readings–so they are sitting on my computer just waiting. I’ve received emails from the “clients” asking about the delay and I’ve apologized. Frankly, I’m getting a bit discouraged but if I want to later pursue certification, this is one of the prerequisites. It’s best to get it out of the way now.

My mom and her husband came over for dinner last night. I made Mushroom Lasagna Alfredo, from Desperation Entertaining. It turned out pretty good. I was concerned because the stupid grocery store that I frequent is no longer stocking their shelves on a regular basis. In other words, they were out of regular lasagna. I had to try the oven ready version. This made me very anxious because if anything can turn into a disaster, it’s pretty much guaranteed to happen with my mother. However, the noodles turned out fine. My only complaint is that they didn’t expand as much as the box said they would–making for a smaller batch of lasagna.

I thought I’d have leftovers for this week, but it was pretty popular. I have enough for today’s lunch and part of supper. Oh well, I really shouldn’t complain.

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from sweet_pickles

o name: Dani
o age: 33
o where on earth do you live: Red Wing
o reason behind your LJ username:I have a fascination with faeries.
o five things you want to do/accomplish before you die: 1. have a family, 2. travel overseas (in other words, that Jamaica stamp is lonely in my passport), 3. make an impact on children, 4. develop more close relationships, 5. finish all my half-started projects!
o what makes you happy: chocolate and a smile
o what have you been listening to lately: Patchouli (a semi-local group)
o do you enjoy reading my LJ: silly girl
o if so, why: because it’s a way to keep in contact with you
o interesting fact about you: I have been on the cover of a national magazine
o are you in love at the moment: not “in love” per say, but in a loving relationship
o favorite destination: Tahoe
o favorite quote:
o will you post this in your LJ: sure

o a movie (that amazes you – a beautiful movie): What Dreams May Come
o a book (that inspires you, and one you couldn’t put down): …And Ladies of the Club (it’s huge and I’ve read it through twice–looking forward to reading it again)
o a musical artist, song, or album: Diana Krall, Patchouli
o your favorite LJ user (not on my list already): is there one who isn’t already on your list? I think I’ve been stealing your friends.

Feel free to post your answers in my comment section or in your journal.

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Update in 5

The charming sweet_pickles has started this feature in her journal. I’m simply borrowing her idea.

1. I have seriously overdrawn my bank accounts. I’ve got some options available to me, but I am in serious stress mode. This is not the end of the world and will be resolved with my next paycheck (a week from tomorrow). I’m stressing about it way more than I should–I actually developed a rash this morning while bouncing some ideas off of g00fy_blonde.

2. I now have a complete washer and dryer set in my apartment. However, the sliding door in front of the dryer was removed during installation and needs to be hung back up. Unfortunately, the mechanism has some serious flaws and this will require the maintenance guy to come around. Will it ever end?

3. Work continues to pick up in pace. The board approved both the selection of votes we’ll be using in our environmental scorecard and a list of candidates for endorsement. Both are going to be very controversial within the environmental and political communities. Fasten that chin strap!

4. carrieb has been making me feel very guilty about the fact that I haven’t worked on my first quilt in over a year. Her current blocks are absolutely gorgeous! Of course, I don’t really know how to quilt, but when has something like that ever stopped me!

5. My reading list continues to grow. I’m currently reading Bitter Grounds by Sandra Benitez and Secrets and Mysteries: The Glory & Pleasure of Being a Woman by Denise Linn. I’m dying to read Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, which is sitting on my living room couch tempting me to open it. Unfortunately, I know I’ll be completely drawn in like I was with the first book in the series, “The Eyre Affair”.

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5 Things

The charming sweet_pickles has started this feature in her journal. I’m simply borrowing her idea.

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Bad, Bad Faerie

I actually have a good reason for my lack of updates recently. Mental exhaustion. We are just entering into our busiest season at work. Last week, we conducted interviews for 2 new positions (Development Director and Political Coordinator) and candidate endorsements. Thank heavens we had “cheat sheets” in front of us to pull the questions from. However, there were some questions that were common in every interview. For example, describe a personal experience that demonstrates your commitment to the environment.

Outside of the interviews, the office was getting heated up a bit because my co-worker was pre-disposed to one of the political coordinator candidates. I liked one of the other ones better, so we were butting heads to a small degree. Either one would be fine, but I thought the one just had a little something extra in her experience. I guess it boiled down to my co-worker admitting that he would be unable to work with anyone who had worked with the chamber of commerce.

It might all be moot. On Friday we interviewed a less experienced political coordinator candidate who fit the original intention of the job post–namely someone we could get on the cheap who could grow and develop with us. Today should be interesting as we took the weekend to think about this position and how it will fit into our current situation. My concern with the less experienced candidate (who happens to hold a position very similar to the one we are offering)is that I’m going to lose some of the more interesting aspects of my job. I actually felt after his interview that I may find myself out of work.

This weekend was fun but fast. I really could have used another day, but then I seem to feel that way after every weekend.

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Seven years ago today, I had a corneal transplant. When I was young, I would read the stories in Reader’s Digest and cry when they had the organ donor stories. I told my parents that I wanted to be a donor–and as soon as I got my license, I made sure it was designated.

I never expected to be a recipient–and frankly the whole idea really kind of creeped me out. I mean, not only have I always been squeamish concerning my eyes, but also–this cornea once belonged to someone else and was removed from their dead body. My husband at the time tried to make light of the situation by making a reference to Frankenstein–that didn’t go over so well. However, if I wanted to be able to ever see again (and not have a cloudy scar over my entire iris), I needed this procedure.

In fact, it was this procedure that prompted my elopement in 1996. We were engaged, but hadn’t set a date (or told our parents). I was being treated, but didn’t have any insurance–so we secretly got married.

By the time that my condition had stablilized enough to be eligible for surgery, we had been married for 9 months–so his insurance covered everything. And to his credit, he was very supportive–even to the point of picking up a dear friend of mine at LAX who was coming for a week long visit. They had only met once before I think.

Anyway, the experience is not one I wish to repeat. There is a flaw in my cornea that causes me to have to order custom made contacts, but the amazing thing is that I can see again. And I can wear contacts. It was incredibly ironic because I had always thought my eyes were my best feature–and to have one that was obviously scarred was very hard. I also got my depth perception back. It’s true, with only one eye, you do lose your sense of depth, which can be very embarassing on steps and sidewalks. I learned to appreciate the locations that had painted their edges a different color.

I read somewhere that the cells in our bodies are completely regenerated every 7 years. Granted, it’s not all at once, but since that day in 1997, I have completely regenerated. I knew this before I had my surgery–and it’s partially what helped me cope–that it would be my cornea after 7 years.

So I’m having a mini-celebration tonight. And I’m thinking about how this one relatively minor incident has changed my life. But most of all, I’m celebrating how fortunate I have been. Every specialist told me that by rights, I should have lost my eye completely.

I realize that a lot of people have serious concerns about organ donation. But I am very grateful to the family that allowed me to have this cornea. And not only have I designated myself as a donor on my license, but I’ve also told everyone close to me that this is something that is important to me.

Anyway, now it’s time to crack open that bottle of sparkling wine that’s been packed away.

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I had a good weekend. I took Friday off because I’ve been working late quite often over the past two weeks. It was nice to have a day to “catch up” at home.

I didn’t have any customers on Saturday. I wasn’t surprised because it seems to go that way every other week. I expect next Saturday will be pretty good, but we won’t have all the tourists that we’ve been having due to Grand Excursion, Crazy Daze, and River City Days.

I know I’ve been cranky and incredibly short-tempered lately. Something just doesn’t feel right. I picked up a book on chakra cleansing and tried the first meditation last night. As soon as I began the meditation, I felt a lot of tension through my chest–the chakra that is located there is influenced by our relationships with other people. It was really hurting throughout the meditation. When I was finally guided to focus on that area, the tension began to clear. I felt pretty good afterwards–but then I always feel pretty good after a meditation.

I did another one this morning, but couldn’t stay focused at all. However, I noticed that I was more aware of my responses to situations and better able to control those responses today. That’s at least something.

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Why Do I Do This?

I was actually surprised and a bit disappointed that my dryer wasn’t installed yesterday as promised. Then I took a step back and realized that I acting insane. Nothing else with this apartment has been delivered on as promised–why would I even think that I could have done my laundry last night?

BTW–it’s cold here in Minnesota. If you haven’t heard, we’re only getting into the mid-60s. Weird….

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Book club was excellent tonight–even though I was late and I was the discussion leader. We read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which is one of my favorite books. Half of the group that was there had finished the book and said that they really enjoyed it. They said that they were glad that I had suggested it because it wasn’t a book that they normally would have picked up. We discussed other books too and I brought in a few of Gaiman’s comics for the group to see.

I was late because our political committee was meeting at the office tonight to discuss our scorecard votes and candidate endorsement. I love these strategy sessions because the people involved are highly intelligent and experienced; it makes for wonderful discussions and debates.

Well, it’s off to bed–I’m carpooling again tomorrow and the alarm goes off very early.

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