Mon. Oct. 1, 2012: Great Start to a Busy Week!

Monday, October 1, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Busy weekend.

As I posted late Friday night, I was pleased with the reading of my play. I saw (and heard) where I can make it better, and the feedback from both the actors and the audience was helpful. And it was nice to have some friendly faces in the audience!

Saturday morning, I hit the road, by 8 AM, as planned. Traffic going south was awful. I stopped in Mystic to pick up some truffles (since I hadn’t made it to Cape Cod Chocolatier before I left, I stopped at Munson’s, instead). I arrived safely in CT, and was absolutely exhausted (I was too wound up after the reading to sleep well).

Got settled in, tried to get set up for the week’s work. Discovered that the Cablevision connection is much weaker and wonkier than the Comcast connection. You know it’s bad when I’m praising Comcast. The videos I need for my schoolwork come in fits and spurts, not smoothly streaming. Frustrating — a time eater as well as hard to follow. A 19 minute video took nearly an hour and half to watch. Considering I have six hours’ worth of video to watch between the three classes this week, plus finish the rough drafts of both Sustainability Projects, write another Sustainability paper and write my first paper for — gosh darn, I can’t remember if it’s World History of the Mythology class — one of them — I have my hands full.

Read a mystery that frustrated me — the protagonist was such an idiot, I almost hoped the murderer would get her. “Who did it” and why the Who actually Did It made no sense. And the author created a paranormal mystery, yet obviously has utter contempt for the paranormal elements. A waste of time. Won’t be reading anything by that one again!

Re- watched the scene in REVOLUTION that bothered me so much last Monday — yup, still bothers me, and for the same reasons. Won’t get to see tonight’s episode, because I’m busy, so I’ll have to catch up when I get home.

A doe calmly ate her dinner in the yard Saturday evening, not in the least bit disturbed by proximity to others. I kept the dog away from her until she was done.

The dog woke me a little before 1 AM, barking at something — but I couldn’t find whatever upset her. She then woke me up a little after 5 AM, needing to go out.

Lots in the NY TIMES, including pages and pages on the life of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, its publisher, who died on Friday. Sunday’s edition had many of the elements that make the NY TIMES one of the best papers in the world. It’s not the best with every article every day, but it’s damn good, and everything I read in it on Sunday supported that.

Watched my school work videos — as long and as frustrating at it was. Wrote my paper for the week for Sustainability on learning how to value energy if/when it’s affordable, without losing the impetus to conserve.

One of the many things I love about the three classes is that the professors encourage us in critical thinking — approaching a theory from different angles, poking it with a stick, and fact-checking, not just accepting sound bytes or a single source.

Drove to White Plains, to the Asian grocery store (since I can’t find one on Cape Cod), and stocked up on all kinds of things I haven’t been able to find. White Plains itself was dirty, crowded, and full of rude people. If I hadn’t been so delighted by the contents of the market, I would have left immediately. But I got some delightful things, including another bagua mirror for the BACK door (I have one on the front door).

On the way back, I stopped at a favorite store when I lived here that has no branch up near me — and they had Christmas cards on sale, so I stocked up! I have enough Christmas Cards for the season — now I have to put together the postage and the presents! 😉

Shortly after I got back to my base camp for the week, we had a hail storm. Very bizarre.

Spent most of the evening finishing up the week’s work for the World History class. Watched the season premiere of ONCE UPON A TIME — I thought they tried to stuff an awful lot of plot into the first episode. Watched the season premiere of THE GOOD WIFE — nice to see so many familiar Broadway faces in the cast.

This morning, I sent off some information for an interview, did some follow-up from the play reading, and worked on a short story. I have to do a polish on an article and get it out the door in the morning, and then batch some ideas to another editor.

This afternoon will be busy — an old friend is stopping by, someone I haven’t seen since I moved. And someone else will be on site for the next few days, so I’ll have to adjust where I do my work — considering how much of it I’ve got to do! I better get going, lots to do, and, as always, limited time.

Devon

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010
Dark Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

The tree is still a work in progress. I’m starting to think it will be New Year’s before I will get it done.

My retired neighbor was mowing the lawn at 8:19 yesterday morning. Guess I don’t have to worry about disturbing neighbors with early starts. Good to know! He’s also really, really proud of his shiny, new red snowblower.

I will miss the workshop when it ends tomorrow. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this batch of students.

Ran some errands yesterday, including grocery shopping. I decided I want to make pot roast tomorrow. Well, it must be Pot Roast Weekend on the Cape and no one sent me the memo, because I had to go to three stores to find the meat! But I found it. And, totally by accident, I found the black gloss paint I need for the bureau and the Colonial Red paint I need to repaint two bookcases I decided need to go in the back bedroom (because the only rooms in the house allowed not to have books are the bathrooms). I still haven’t found the blue I want for the bookcase that will eventually go in my bedroom.

I’d really like to have some time to unpack the rest of the boxes in my bedroom. I want it to be a sanctuary, not a storage locker. Half the room is fine; the other half . . .but, once I get the bureau finished and can stash my clothes, then I can unpack more of the boxes and put stuff in the closet, where I currently have stacked the clothes.

Visited the Cape Cod Art Association to check out their holiday gift show. The work by the artists is GORGEOUS, and the place absolutely rang with happiness and laughter. A lot of the work was more expensive than I felt comfortable spending right now (although it’s definitely worth it — I just want to replenish the coffers from the move first). I bought two prints by an artist named Joan Shostak for my mom — we kept being drawn to her work. Funnily enough, she’s originally from Westchester! I’m going to find lovely frames for the prints and those will be my mom’s primary Yule gift (she doesn’t read the blog, so I can post that).

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a pottery class at my beginning level to take in January in the area — they’re intermediate and advanced, most of them wheel-throwing, and nothing with slab work, which is what I want to concentrate on right now. Truro might have a class, but it’s about an hour’s drive each way, plus a three hour class, and I’d have to combine studio time on the same day — I don’t know if I can commit a full day per week to clay at this point. I’ll see what’s offered later in the year.

Writing’s going well. I have a good idea of what I want with the article, and will send out questions this week. The fiction piece I started the other day is also shaping up nicely, even though I’m not really sure where it’s going. Of course, now some of my other characters are tapping their feet saying, “Hey! What about ME?”

Comcast has some sort of issue almost every day, either with internet or television. And I’m sorry,but it shouldn’t take me 90 minutes to pay my bill online.

Cablevision agreed to credit the “unused” portion of November and December for which it billed me, and refund the bit I paid — unexpected, but appreciated. But they still won’t admit they were wrong in the previous situation where they nearly cost me my job and then, when I complained, decreased service. So, I guess they’re getting another invoice come December 19.

Usual morning routine. Violet settled onto my lap as I started work on the computer, and we were both mesmerized as an enormous white and black cat strolled down the street. At first I thought it was the Imp dog, that’s how large it is, but the grace of movement and the complete lack of hurry indicated it couldn’t be the little hyper one. Then, the cat turned to stare at us. Violet couldn’t believe it. She gave a little hiss. the cat, completely confident it was in no danger, kind of stared at us, like “huh”, then turned and sauntered behind the garage across the street. It’s not safe for cats to be outside here because of the coyotes and fishers (not to mention pick up trucks driving waaay too fast on the little roads), but this cat doesn’t look like a stray and is supremely self-confident. It would have to be, to wander in such a dog-centric neighborhood.

I’m going to a Holly Walk in Falmouth, on a holly plantation, sponsored by the MA Audubon Society this morning (who knew there were 65 varieties of holly? Not me). Tonight, we’re going to a Celtic concert in Barnstable. Tomorrow is about wrapping presents and writing cards. I have either two or three more gifts to get, two more things to order online, and then, except for a couple more things for my mom, I am DONE.

The online ordering has been ridiculously stressful. They pretend all this hoop-jumping is “security”, but it’s really just a way to gather too much information so they can pepper you with spam, and the STILL hem and haw about putting through the order. And then say, “oh, it’s the verification system that’s the problem.” Guess what? I don’t give a flying fuck WHAT the problem is. Either you want my business or you don’t. And, if I have to re-do the order six times and you ask me for inappropriate information for “security” reasons, and then tell me, oh, it didn’t go through on the day of the sale and now the prices are different, I will take my business elsewhere and not give my hard-earned money to YOU. Going to the small businesses in the area has been pleasant, the quality of merchandise has been better and totally unique, and the prices are better. There’s plenty of reasonably-priced, one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists that I can pack and ship off myself that are better choices than something I can get online. So that’s what I’m doing!

Okay, I need to get some empty ornament boxes up to storage and then bundle up for the holly walk. It’s in the 20’s here today, and I don’t want to freeze.

Devon

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Waning Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Scheduled to post

How to make me froth at the mouth: When I say I am not phone accessible for X amount of time and I need you to EMAIL me information, do not fucking CALL me!!!!

Okay, now that that’s out of the way!

We were on the road by 6:30, at the house by 10:30 on Thursday. Hit my head badly on the car — have a truly egg-shaped lump that hurts like hell. But I’m not seeing double and no slurred speech, so it’s all — well, not good, but nothing serious. Instead of La Famille Raccoon, we were cheered on by a skunk. By the time I finished packing the car, the skunk was making faces because he was downwind of me and I was that rank! 😉 Thank goodness for the fabulous shower at the house. The owner was there, repainting the cover on the back deck. He and his wife are so great! She’s friends with the local librarian, and will take us over to introduce us, once we’re really moved in — and have a utility bill so we can get a library card. That’s always my favorite part of going to a new place — getting the library card.

Unpacked, started the dishwasher, raced out to do some errands regarding my mom’s birthday, picked up some gifts, etc. Came home, had lunch, and my mom went with me to pick out my new mattress. I haven’t had a comfortable bed since I gave up the Manhattan apartment, so it’s about damned time!

It gets delivered when we’re back up at the house on Monday.

And it will have new sheets on it, because I bought some new sheets and towels. Somehow, no matter how many sheets and towels I have, I always want a new set for a new place.

Put the new sheets and towels in the wash and, in the dryer, wound up with a fluff bomb! The lint trap was cleaned, but it refilled about every five minutes. Finally took the sheets out and hung them up in the storage room over the garage to dry (the storage room that has two walls of bookcases and a wall of closets, and will eventually have two reading chairs, a lamp and a rug in there, too).

Did some more errands, mostly looking for lamp shades. All the shades I liked came with lamps. And, if I bought lamp & shade and then swapped out the shade, I’d have to find a new shade for the now-naked lamp. And I didn’t like the bases that came with the shades.

Yeah, I know, earth-shattering stuff, isn’t it? I am well aware that the Fate of the Universe will not be affected by my choice of lampshade.

Found a great consignment shop in S. Yarmouth. Right near some of the other houses we looked at, and near Seven Beans, the really good coffee place. I like the woman who runs it a lot. I’ll be back when I’m in a headspace for vintage clothes and shoes — they were great, but I’m in “housewares mode” right now, and couldn’t focus.

Cooked a great stir-fry dinner. I love cooking in the new kitchen. And now most of my baking pans are up. Soon, there will be cookies!

Did some more measuring, figured stuff out, hung out in the livingroom with the candles and decorations. Those candelabra I bought look AWESOME on the mantel. I’d actually measured the litter boxes and the small ones will fit where we want them. Don’t yet know where we’ll put the big one.

Meditation before bedtime — so much easier there. Slept well, up early, wonderful yoga and meditation session in the morning. I have my mat and my crate with the weights, jumprope, yoga books, etc. up there now, which is nice.

Good breakfast, packed the car, had to wait what seemed like an eternity for the dishwasher to cycle through — I’m still at the stage where I don’t want to leave the house until everything is OFF. Watered the grass seed — provided entertainment value to the neighborhood as I wrestled with a garden hose for the first time in my life. Pretty funny, and got my shirt dirty, so had to wash it and change before we could head home.

Opened the front door and found my next assignment for Confidential Job #1 was delivered to the house! It made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Didn’t get out the door until 8:30 this time, but had done a thorough walk-through, check list so I didn’t have to drive back again. I love this house — it feels like it’s alive, and it’s happy when we’re in it. When I’m away from it, I miss it.

Stopped in Old Saybrook. The trunk — something was wrong with it. When I touched it to check it out, it felt really, REALLY wrong. So I didn’t buy it. And the good tile tables were gone. So I bought a copper kettle and a pear-shaped candleholder.

Drive back was fine. Got to the apartment in early afternoon. The landlord crap was awful, as usual. It’s gone beyond ridiculous. So it was a rough afternoon. I got a little packing done, unpacked and repacked the bags I need for the weekend gig, prepared my mom’s birthday dinner.

She had a really good birthday, and thanks you for all your good wishes.

We already have guests booked for December, January, and February at the house! It’s such fun to be able to be hosts again. Haven’t been able to do that in a long time. And here, I’m the one so infamous for my monthly dinner parties for 20+ on the West Coast, and I haven’t been able to do that for the past few years.

Violet is so upset she’s throwing up her food. I spent as much time as I could calming her down. Iris just pretends none of this is happening.

Came home to find the rest of my book order for the classes I taught last month, and also my zafu cushion. Love it. I got 2-for-1, so my mom gets one, too.

Sleepy’s called twice already to push back the delivery time for my new mattress. It HAS to be there on Monday. Period, end of story, because we’re not there Tuesday. And, considering how damn much they charge for delivery — they damn well better be there when they say so, or there will be Better Business Bureau HELL to pay.

Speaking of which, Cablevision is acting like (string of nasty words deleted), and I’m not even talking about losing the Fox channels. Look, let’s face it, Fox does some great fiction, and that includes what they call “news” — (in my opinion, most of their so-called “journalists” wouldn’t recognize a fact if it walked up and hit them over the head with a two-by-four). So I don’t really miss those channels — but if I pay for X channels, I should have X channels. No, they’re being dicks about the previous complaint, and have sabotaged my service since I filed with the BBB. So I keep sending them invoices. I look forward, next week, to cancelling my service with them. Boy, do I have egg on my face after saying how great they were. They actually were good, the first year I had them. And then they grew too fast and reverted back to being, well Cablevision.

Unfortunately, my ONLY option on the Cape is Comcast. Which I already know totally sucks. And I will tell them, when I place my order, than I expect them NOT to suck.

Off to a job in CT this weekend, leaving early this a.m, which is why it’s scheduled to post — looking forward to lots of rest time in there — actually, my boss on the gig planned it so I could basically get paid just for being there. Gotta love it.

Hopefully, I will have packed some more last night, but I’m REALLY tired, so I might give myself the night off to rest, and then attack what needs to be packed Sunday night for Monday’s trip. I have the boxes that are the first layer, so it’s all about packing the mirrors and pictures and the broom and my oak staff and my head-on-a-stick (don’t ask), and my Karma Fairy Wand from the Moontribe Tales Project in 1999, which will live in my office and — you get the idea. My oak staff — bought at the Central NY Scottish Games a few years ago is tall, and my broom is the same height I am. We’re calling the carload “pictures and sticks”. Because if it’s a stick or a stone or a shell, I pick it up on my travels.

Hey, imagine that, it’s going down into the 30s and the scumbags gave us heat. CC’ing the Health Department on my complaints is getting results.

And yes, “resting” this weekend – includes writing.

Heck, this IS a writing blog — I at least have to use the word once a week during the moving process, right? 😉

Devon

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

Can I just say I am over it all? I was on the phone with Cablevision this morning because the internet and the landline were down due to the landlords fucking around. Having to call tech support at 6 AM is not my idea of a good time. And yesterday, the blog vanished for part of the day — I am done.

Elsa made solid improvement yesterday — eating a lot, interacting, being very cheerful — and then backslid last night. So we were up and down most of the night, and I”m tired. I feel that the vet has written us off because I can’t afford the expensive treatment. Elsa ate well this morning and is now sleeping peacefully. If I can keep her eating well, I can start working on the other problems.

I finally managed to finish Chapter 13 of POWER OF WORDS the first chapter on Part III, and I’m content with it. Always room for improvement, but there’s a solid foundation. Violet now sits in my lap whenever I work on the computer. Elsa’s illness is hard on her, too, because she adores Elsa. Iris just ignores it all. But Violet is turning out to be quite the little editor.

I’ll probably have to nap in the afternoon. I’m supposed to go to a friend’s place for dinner tonight, and my mom will watch Elsa. I have to make a run to Costco today, and also get in more cat food and maybe get another remedy from the herbal pharmacy.

I truly appreciate all of your support. It makes me feel less alone going through all of this. Sometimes I do feel isolated and that my back’s against the wall here, but all of you help in that a lot.

Hopefully, I can get in some decent writing, too. If I don’t keep that up, I can’t pay the bills. I got a brief note from one of my editors — who I tracked down when he didn’t give me the new information once the company moved, and it makes me paranoid that he’s trying to tell me something — and he said he got the assignment and I’d hear more from him soon. Really, it’s too hard to send out an email to one’s staff saying the company was sold and you’re moving? Come on! I get it if you don’t know what’s going to happen to any of us yet, but at least tell us where you are. If they try to cut our pay again, I’ll quit.

At this point, I’m ready to tell about 70% of the world to go to hell and go live in a cave in Maine somewhere so I don’t have to deal with people anymore.

Devon

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2208
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Rainy and cool

I didn’t blog yesterday. Oops. Well, there was plenty of read from the blog the day before to keep you occupied, right?

I didn’t get as much done as I needed to on Tuesday (familiar refrain) and I was pushed to get my deadlined work done Wednesday morning before I left for acupuncture. I managed to get out some job pitches as well, but I’d say about 80% of the listings now are just plain insulting. I’m not going to write a press release for 1/10 of my regular rate. It’s not worth my time, and it’s certainly not worth the ink.

Which is good incentive to get the new brochure done and start creating a place for myself with companies for whom I want to work.

It was a rainy, miserable day; I was sore and achy, so I wasn’t my most productive self.

Plus, I’m thoroughly pissed at both Cablevision and UPS. Cablevision forced me to change my service package, because they planned to strip the channels I watch from the one I have. I have to get a box now. I was given a guaranteed arrival by Monday, via UPS. It’s now Thursday. No box. I expect it from UPS, because they’re completely incompetent. I expect Cablevision to honor their contract.

And, of course, more building crap. The new super seems to only be rude to women. Imagine that. Imagine how far that goes with me. I won’t tolerate it, and I made it clear to the management company that I won’t. I have no doubt there will be reprisals from this guy.

Drive to Long Island was good. It’s pretty sad when finding a station selling gas for $4.09/gallon is cause for celebration. Acupuncture was good, in that it made me feel better, but my acupuncturist found something wrong that’s been triggered by stress (gee, you think?) that we need to take care of right away to keep it from turning into something serious. So, I’m putting together some herbal concoctions and adding certain foods to my diet to counterbalance – it’s interesting, because it’s exactly the foods for which I’ve had unusual cravings over the past few days.

I’m working on my deadlined material, and I’m behind. It’s taking longer to get it out of my brain and onto the page than I would like, but it’s getting there.

Had cocktails and snacks with a friend last night to catch up. We’re going away on alternate weeks, so this was our time to catch up, switch keys, etc. She’s going to a house party on Martha’s Vineyard this week for the coming week – so I lent her a yoga book and A DOG’S BREAKFAST DVD for them all to watch. It’s the type of witty, charming movie they’d all enjoy.

I’m putting my head down and working as hard as I can this morning, because I have to go in to the city and work a show tonight.

Got some good work done on the adaptation these past few days. In the next draft, I’m going to have to go back and rework some of the fight sequences – I’m not happy with them. For now, they’re more placeholders than legitimate scenes. I know they have to be there, but I don’t feel like choreographing them, so I’m setting in a few paragraphs so I know they’re there, and then, in the second draft – which is my draft to over-write anyway – I’ll figure them out in detail.

Then, last night, I was trying to work when the computer completely freaked out and I got a message saying there was no hard drive. Huh? I’m looking at it. Turned the machine on and off five or six times. It swore there was no hard drive in existence.

Unplugged everything, took it apart, took apart what was inside what I took apart, put it back together (yeah, like I understood ANYTHING of what I was doing, but I figured I couldn’t make it much worse), plugged everything back in, and it’s limping along. It’s not running well, but it’s running.

Sigh.

Let me repeat: Microsoft sucks and it’s built to fail. Hate that.

Got to get a lot of work done this morning.

Devon

Adaptation: 40,411 words out of est. 90,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
40 / 90
(44.4%)

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5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
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Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
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