Thursday, March 27, 2003

Remember me?

Remember me? I bet some of you are glad you joined my notify list.

Things have been going well. I’ve finished moving into my new place. I still have things to unpack since I seem to have problems getting focused on unpacking. At my last apartment there were at least 4 boxes unpacked in one corner the entire 7 months I was there. I am determined to unpack as many boxes as possible to give myself a more permanent feeling at this house.

I must say that I love this new house. It’s not perfect, but there are so many nice things about it. I like my space, my room and for the most part how it seems to be set up. I feel so much less cramped here, with my TV and stereo in the living room. There are these great pocket doors between my room and the living room. My bedroom is a little dark for my tastes. I’d like to have the morning light (whatever light I can get) in my bedroom as a natural alarm clock, but the design of the room doesn’t really allow for that. So I open the pocket doors during my waking hours to give me more light and to open up the space.

I’m working on getting a new routine down. I’m trying to take the bus from home on my non-gym mornings. It was interesting waiting for the home-bound bus last week with dozens of war protesters marching about. Not exactly the sort of thing I would have encountered on my old commute.

I haven’t figured out where I will put my painting table yet. I’m leaning toward putting it in front of my one bedroom window so that I can get indirect natural light. I’m going to have to measure the top of the drafting table to see if I can get away with that much space in the bedroom though.

Ah, see this is a perfect example of the analytical thought stream that I’ve been in lately. I’ve been making lots of lists to keep up with all the things I want to do. I didn’t actually write ‘Post a Journal Entry’ on my list, so I don’t feel that I’ve gone too far. Yet.

I’ve been volunteering my time once or twice a week, preparing taxes for low income individuals and families. It’s enjoyable, but it takes away a chunk of time smack dab in the middle of my Saturday! I realize now that this would probably make my ex laugh since every year I would whine about having her help me with my taxes. And now I’m doing it for other people in my spare time? Hilarious.

I spent time with my old High School friend, Chris this weekend. He has the most adorable Border/Shetland Collie mix. She’s keeping him on his toes and I hope her sweet temperament will be a good thing for him. I can say it was a good thing for me. I keep thinking that a pet would be cool if I had the time and energy to take care of it. I know that’s not today. I had been thinking of finding a place to live that already had an house pet, but it obviously wasn’t a high priority.

Tell me why I need to post more frequently.

Monday, March 3, 2003

Driving Thought

I know I promised to write more last month and here I am again, doing what appears to be a monthly report again. Really I mean to write more. I start stuff in my head, but for some reason it never gets typed out and posted for you to see. But I’ve managed to figure out what the cause is. This past Summer when I was writing up a storm (more or less), I was driving at least 30 minutes a day. I seem to do a lot of thinking when I drive. On the 20th when I was off I managed to run enough errands to give me a few journal ideas. These days I spend a lot of time riding Muni buses into the Mission to get home. The people watching opportunities are too great to get lost in my own thoughts. So I'll try to drive more and post more, but no promises okay? Send me your ideas about where you do your thinking that I can use for inspiration.

I have been busy doing all sorts of things lately. This past weekend a friend got handfasted and I was one of her attendants, the Wench of the East. I have a great outfit that I will wear again, even if it’s just for Halloween. Not everyone can admit that. Plus there is the added bonus of the fact that my co-wench and I managed to sew our own skirts which looked pretty darned good.

I’ve also been doing a bunch of free-lance work fixing computers and in some instances getting paid for it. I enjoy being able to help people with things that are easy for me and getting money for it is especially nice. Also this is good since I’m less inclined to screw around with my own computer, so for a change everything I own works fine.

I’m going to take a bookmaking class this month. Please don’t send me information on the hazards of illegal gambling. I’m not making those sorts of books. There is a place called San Francisco Center for the Book and I’m going to take some classes. It’s not painting, which I still miss doing, but it is something I’m interested in doing and will distract me in a creative way for a little while.

In addition to this fun stuff for me, I’m certified to complete basic tax returns. Through work I am volunteering time on Saturdays through April 15th to prepare tax returns for the working poor. Not only do I get to feel good about helping people who don’t have a lot of money to start with, get back money from Uncle Sam, I also will be building up comp time which will allow me some needed time off.

I’m starting to look for a new place to live this month too, so you can be sure that getting more entries here will continue to be tough. But hang in there and join the notify list to get email from me when I manage to get something new online.

Hey write me back, what are *you* up to??