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A 'stina update

I feel like I haven't been posting all that much lately, and generally not about the state of me. This is sort of a hodgepodge post about the various things going on in my life right now.

On Saturday, I'm headed to Wisconsin to visit Graham's mom. Due to weird work schedules, flight schedules and frequent flyer programs, Graham and I are traveling separately. We get back on Wednesday.

I'm looking forward to the trip. I haven't seen Graham's mom since the election last year, and she's since moved from Mexico to live with her sister. We don't have any real plans aside from just spending time together. Her sister's house is in a smallish town in the middle of the state. I think that the weather is significantly cooler than here, which I won't mind at all. It's a part of the country that I don't know at all. The closest I've been is Chicago, but I suspect that rural Wisconsin will be slightly different than the third largest city in the country.

In other news, there's not much going on around here. The highlight of the last few weeks was a new air conditioning and the largest check I've ever had to write. Celosa and Crianza went to a party with 11 other pulik on Saturday afternoon, which probably would have been more fun for Celosa if she hadn't been spayed three days previously. Still, it was pretty cute to see a gagillion dreadlocks frolicking together.

Graham and I hosted a party on Saturday night, and a good 50 people showed up through the night. I was, er, overserved, and fortunately my sister caught me and put me to bed before things got too bad. There's an advantage to having the bed you'll pass out in several feet away from you when things get bad. I don't drink nearly as much as I did when I was younger, so it doesn't take much to take me down these days. Plus, not eating all day isn't a great idea. Still, the party was a lot of fun, and I think our house worked well for entertaining.

I'm in the middle of a bootcamp. It's supposed to help me get ready for half-marathon training. I think I'm doing pretty well, though I'm slightly concerned about my right knee. We've been doing a lot of kicks in bootcamp, and I think that the torque isn't great for the knee. There's a slight twinge that I've generally not had to deal with. It doesn't seem to bother me all that much when I run on the treadmill, though. I'm hoping it's something that will fix itself with iceing, glucosamine-chondroitin and keeping an eye on it. I've started really watching what I'm eating, and I'm hoping to do well with the half-marathon training.

I'm feeling a little restless. I think I need a creative project to work on of some sort. I haven't done anything particularly creative in awhile, and I'm feeling the absence. I'm thinking about embarking on a serious writing project, though I have no idea what it will be. Maybe I'll start NaNoWriMo a month early. I have a Halloween costume that will require some pre-work, so that will keep me busy too.

My friends Smash and Buttery moved away around the same time a month or so ago. They were a good center of my social life for the last few years, and we've had to recalibrate a little. Fortunately, Drillbit and Nanotube decided to start geek-night around the same time that Buttery and Smash were leaving. On Mondays, about nine of us get together at someone's house and watch a few episodes of Babylon 5. Usually the person who is hosting provides food, and at first we were calling out for food a lot, but lately people have been bringing their cooking skills. It's been a good bonding experience, and I'm really glad that we have this new little standing event.

Work is going well. I like most of the projects that I'm working on, and I think that I'm a much better attorney than I was when I started. Of course, I always sort of think about the fact that many of my peers generally make more than twice the amount of money that I do. But I like the flexibility and free time that my job affords me. One of my sisters just moved from not-for-profit to for-profit employment, and I think I might become envious of her increase in salary. Who knows, though.

That's all that I can think of right now. I feel weirdly disconnected from livejournal lately, and I'm not sure why. I read a lot of blogs, and I think that maybe I think that I don't have much to contribute that hasn't been posted elsewhere. And a lot of my friends are no longer posting here. I think facebook takes a lot of the traffic. I know that I'm guilty of posting just to facebook a video or link that I would have spent an LJ post on even six months ago. I still read my friendslist pretty regularly throughout the day. I want to hold on to this forum, as I find it useful and comfortable, and I feel strangely protective of the eight and a half years that I've been posting here. I don't want to give up on this place and I think that I still have stuff to say here.



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Sep. 30th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
"I think I need a creative project to work on of some sort. I haven't done anything particularly creative in awhile, and I'm feeling the absence."

Knitting or crocheting?
Socks are a tiny but incredibly fun project if you are looking for something small.
Sep. 30th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Keep posting. Keep talking. We're here reading.

It's strange, though, to watch the rise and fall of social communities. It's sad, too.
Sep. 30th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
May I suggest a knee brace from your local pharmacy? A simple neoprene sleeve can do wonders to help support and protect your knee while you're working out.

I feel ya on the restlessness. I haven't really knitted or crocheted in awhile, and I finally realized this weekend that that's probably why I've been feeling so useless and out of sorts. I'd forgotten how comforting it can be to constantly be producing something useful even when I'm being lazy.
Oct. 7th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
Having read your journal for the last 4-5 years, I'd like to encourage you to continue. I've found it insightful, honest, playful and lots of fun to read about a life that is so very different from mine. No, I don't know you IRL but I've gotten to know you through your writings and would miss you if you stopped. So please continue...I've missed your musings these last few weeks.

Miss Maine
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