The Little Writer That Could
Thu, Mar. 31st, 2016, 10:39 am
I haven't written anything here in too long. And I miss it.
Just wanted to say that. Might come back later for more.
Only two more full days of living in Chicago. And I still have a bit to do before blast-off, but since I've boxed up almost all of the stuff that is still here, I decided to stop and take a breath this evening.
I still find it hard to believe that I've been able to maintain the breakneck pace needed to handle all of the logistics of this move and Chicago wrap-up tasks for pretty much a solid month. Even more unbelievable is the fact that soon it will all be over, and I'll be settling in to a completely new life.
For the most part, things have gone smoothly. I did go through some heartbreak yesterday though, after having to surrender my cat to the shelter where I adopted him (they will care for him until he finds a new home, since they do not euthanize their animals except in cases of grave illness). I had every intention of bringing him with me, but there were a couple of behavioral incidents, particularly this week, that forced me to confront the full extent of his special needs, and admit that it would not be in his best interest to join me in a place where I do not have friends I can call on to assist me with him. I've been reassured by many that I've done the right thing in this, but I know that I will grieve his absence for a while, and I don't think I'll be adopting another animal for quite some time.
But on a more positive note, I found an apartment that I really like, even though it will require a bit of a commute to get to work. I have some new furniture from Ikea being delivered the day after I arrive so that my place won't be completely barren while I await the arrival of the furniture I'm having shipped. And I got permission from my new boss to go ahead with the short vacation that I had scheduled (a trip to FL with a couple of my aunts from my dad's side of the family) long before I knew I was going to be changing jobs, which means I will get a few days to recover from all I've been managing.
The last real obstacle is securing a tenant for my condo, but since my mortgage is paid for the month of July, I'm going to try my best not to worry about that until after I get back from my FL trip on the 21st. I have a realtor who is going to serve as my property manager, and she's been excellent help to a friend, so I'm hoping she can find me a quality person or couple who will take good care of my place until I'm in a better position to sell.
Somehow, some way, this huge shift in my universe is working out, and soon I will be living a dream!
I've been saying for years that I'd never consider living in the Bay Area, at least, not as a single person, because the high cost of living made it seem impossible.
I also said I'd never consider (or maybe not never, but only under dire circumstances) taking on a tenant in my current condo, because having someone unknown occupying my living space, and being responsible for paying me enough to cover my mortgage and related expenses, was too nerve-wracking.
I accepted a job at UC Berkeley and will be moving somewhere within the East Bay within about 4 weeks.
And....as a result I have a realtor screening prospective tenants since a sale of my property is not viable at the moment without taking a big financial hit, thanks to the tanked market in my area.
The Universe likes to fuck with me, so it seems!
No romance for me today, but there was a moment worth sharing:
I was at the gym this afternoon, making circles around the track, when I passed a baby-faced 20-something boy who acknowledged me with a nod and a shy smile. I figured it was nothing more than the look often exchanged between fellow runners and kept going at my slow, steady pace.
When I came around again he was waiting for me at the break in the track. His hands were flapping in a way that I've observed in others with autism, and though his lips weren't moving, his expression suggested the concentration of someone rehearsing something difficult to say. When I reached him, he stammered, "Excuse me, I'd like to challenge you to a race."
I could tell that getting this out had been a challenge for him, and I figured there was no harm in indulging him, so I said sure, and off we went. He put on a burst of speed that I could not compete with, and though I pushed myself as hard as I could, he blew way ahead of me, and was stopped waiting by the time I completed my lap.
I congratulated him on his win, to which he mumbled an apology. "It's okay, I said. "Speed is not my strong suit. But you got me to go faster, so thank you."
He nodded and seemed to understand that I was not upset about my loss. I slowed back to my normal pace, while he reverted to walking, and seemed to retreat back into himself.
Initially, I wondered if this was an attempt at flirting. Now I'm not so sure, but regardless, I admire the boy for working up the courage to communicate, whatever his intentions were, since it didn't seem to come easily to him.
I know it's all subjective, but the timing of this message is just too uncanny!
Too much work and the resulting pressure over the past few days may have you feeling a bit too tired to do anything more, JENNY, although your optimism and enthusiasm are still intact. Don't be too hard on yourself if you find yourself dragging a little toward the end of the day. You'll be able to recharge your batteries before tomorrow. In the evening: Relax at home with a good book.
Sun, Jan. 4th, 2015, 05:05 pm
After a spotty record of output in 2014, I am committing to putting more energy and focus into my novel this year.
To that end, today sees me skipping a Neil Gaiman talk about David Bowie that I had pre-paid for (it was only $10 so no biggie, and also it's snowing and quite windy out) and having just finished a 90-minute writing session, the longest one I've attempted in months!
I felt rusty, but I have to push through that until I have a more disciplined habit going.
Time to apply the lessons learned from last year's running endeavors to my more sedentary pursuits!
Just popping in to say that this month has left me pooped!!!!
More 10K training. (And a rehearsal race in Oak Park that was a lot easier to finish than I expected.)
My first wrestling outing in over a year with my nephew. We spent a full day at a Shimmer taping in Berwyn, and I was so thrilled that he had the stamina to sit through just about 8 hours of a show exclusively featuring women competitors.
A gala dinner related to work, which resulted in my having the opportunity to write remarks for a U.S. senator. And eat a really delicious meal! ;)
A really kick-ass Gaslight Anthem/Against Me! show at the Aragon.
An unexpected invite to a free PAWS event featuring Jackson Galaxy, the man behind Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell. He was super nice, BTW, and when he was signing my book and I was a dork and said what a fan I was he thanked me and commented on how he noticed I was paying close attention while he was speaking.
More library-related meetings.
My first experience of Forest Park's annual Casket Race event.
A day trip out to Joliet for my best friend's oldest son's fifth birthday party.
And a Halloween-themed Tamale Hut show, complete with decorations and candy and costumes. It went long, even without a featured guest, but the caliber of the open mic stories was pretty solid.
As you can see, all positive activities, but a lot to juggle in a short period. And of course, this is all on me for overbooking myself, as I tend to do, but I think I'm feeling the aftermath more than usual because I haven't slotted in enough recharge time in between all of these things.
Gonna try to make November and December a lot more quiet if I can help it. Though these may be famous last words, since I like to make the most of my birth month (November). And I've been feeling the onset of a pretty strong non-business related travel itch.......
So we'll see.......
This horoscope was in my Inbox this morning:
An opportunity to travel, perhaps in the company of friends or colleagues, could come your way today, JENNY. This might involve education in some way. What you learn on this trip is likely to alter your life in some way, as it could in come way open new doors for you. New friends and valuable contacts could also come on the scene. Don't hesitate - go for it! Another opportunity like this might not come around for a while.
I don't want to say right now why this seemed especially apropos, but I feel like I need to preserve this so that it will make more sense after I do some s'plainin next week.
That's all. :)
Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2014, 09:16 pm
This month has been non-stop, or so it seems.
Riot Fest (which, btw, was exhausting, but AMAZING!)
Getting back into a run habit, to train for not one, but 2 10Ks (yes I am nuts).
The AFSP Walk - (I exceeded my personal fundraising goal! Huzzah!)
Writing - not much, but more than I've done all summer. And a short essay in addition to the novel, which is being considered for possible publication, but which I probably won't have news on for a while.
Also exploring the possibility of making a pretty big life change, but I won't be ready to expound upon that for another couple weeks. Sorry if that's cryptic. I just don't want to jinx anything.
Suffice to say, I am welcoming tomorrow's day of working offsite, even though it will involve a full day of instruction on Excel. I like when I can decompress but also feel like I'm doing something productive!