Tuesday, August 10, 2011

Iris meditates

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and humid

Yoga helped the migraine yesterday morning, but didn’t completely cure it. I ended up taking Excedrin throughout the day so I could keep going, which meant, by the time I got home at night, I had an awful rebound headache. My head is still sore today, but better.

I landed a gig writing an article for a local publication on the Marine Life Center — which is great, but they need it by next week. So I need to dig down and be productive. Which is a good thing! And I need to take some photos, too, for it, so we’re setting all of this up.

Got home from yoga yesterday morning, dealt with the contractual stuff for the article and told the people at NMLC about it (they knew I was pitching it), and then headed over to set up for the gala. We worked in the afternoon, setting up tables, displaying items, etc. I managed to get home for a break, had dinner, changed into nicer clothes, and headed back..

Gala itself was fine. It’s very low-key, no admission charge or fancy cocktails or meals or anything. People come in, look at the stuff, bid, throw some money into the coffers. It’s nice stuff, all home and garden, but not overly expensive, so there’s a wider range of audience than can afford to go to a lot of other events, especially since there’s no admission price. It went well, people had fun, things sold well, and we were done by 9 PM.

The woman who’d been so nasty at the concert was there. She’d been told to apologize to me, but she didn’t even speak to me. Just spent the evening on the opposite side of the room, glaring at me and gossiping. Didn’t help set up; didn’t help clean up; did nothing but glare at me all night. Really? Are we five? I’d been willing to cut her slack for having a bad day or whatever, because we all do. But she made it clear last night that she’s not in the least bit sorry for her behavior, and that it will continue. Turns out, she’s been pulling this kind of crap for years, but no one ever told her off before. I will not tolerate the behavior displayed at the concert. Period. Last night, I just ignored her and did my work. I’m not engaging in her pettiness, and if she gets aggressive again, I will, again, make it clear that I won’t tolerate it. I have way too much going on to be caught up in whatever imaginary drama she’s created. I don’t want her to apologize unless she means it, and, as far as I’m concerned, I don’t have to deal with her. I’m absolutely capable of being polite if we’re in the same space at the same time. She certainly didn’t ruin my evening, or even make me uncomfortable. And hey, it’s all material, small community dynamics and all that.

Tessa is bound and determined to make friends with Violet. She follows her around all the time and tries to get close. Tessa slept on the bed last night, and Violet chased her off this morning, because Violet refuses to have her cuddle time in the morning infringed upon. And Violet still insists on sitting in my lap while I work on the computer — no Tessa allowed! So Tessa sits in a sunbeam next to the chair. And Iris is sulking upstairs, in between eating everybody’s food.

Today is all about the Mermaid Ball, with some errands and a bit of work on the short story tossed in there as well.

I did a blog for Savvy Authors and sent it in early, because, as I have told them since FEBRUARY, I am not available in August. They kept asking me to do stuff in August, scheduled me for dates in August, which I told them I couldn’t do — what part of “I am not available” is so hard? Then, over the weekend, I get an email saying I need to send in the blog by the 8th to run on the 10th — even though I’d been scheduled to run on the 7th and sent it in on the 25th. I reminded them that I was not available in August, told them everything had been sent in on the 25th, and the date I had was the 7th for it to run, so was this something different or what was going on? I get a message, “I’ll check the sheet and get right back to you.” This was on Saturday. Today is Wednesday. I have yet to hear anything, and I look on the site, and there’s nothing up today. Whatever. I have no time for this. I get my materials in on time. I’m getting a little sick of meeting deadlines and then people emailing me to tell me they don’t have materials that were sent AND ACKNOWLEDGED weeks before.

Mercury Retrograde!

Back to work. I better mow today. The front’s not too bad, but it could be better. And I’ve still got to finish the back terraced area and the meadow before I go on-site next week.

To work!


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Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and humid

Not as productive a day as I needed yesterday, which was disturbing. I’m having some serious focus problems. And there’s really no time for that right now.

I managed to get an appointment to get the car serviced where I bought it back in Stamford when I’m down there for a few days in September! It’s the 50K checkup, a big deal, so I wanted it done there, with the people I know and trust, rather than up here, where they’re fine, but Riverbank has always done really right by me.

Last night, a group of us got together to prepare the baskets for tonight’s auction. That’s always the fun part — getting together and doing the actual work. I rarely enjoy the events themselves, but I like the preparation. With a group of people to help, it only took a couple of hours, and then it was time for pizza, wine, and conversation!

Came home, typed up the basket list contents, and emailed it to the person who needs it for the bid sheets.

Tessa is wearing down the other two. She is determined to play with them. They still hiss at her, but when they walk away, she scampers after them, “let’s play! Let’s play!” Violet was fed up last night and had to be scolded, but this morning, she and Tessa were both playing with the toy I drag around the floor — taking turns, but still, they were both playing in the same vicinity without Violet threatening anything nasty. So there’s progress.

I woke up with a migraine, and I’m flat out all day, so I hope yoga’s not cancelled. I need it, out there on the beach! Then, this afternoon, I’m helping set up for the Gala, and tonight is the Gala. I hope it’s fun, and I hope the one who made such a nasty fuss at the concert isn’t going to do the same tonight. Of course, she hasn’t shown up for the work sessions.

Off I go, to hopefully “Om” my way out of this migraine before I have to deal with (heaven forfend) people! 😉


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Monday, August 8, 2011


Monday, August 8, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Rainy and humid

Busy weekend. Most of it, of course, revolved around trying to get Tessa situated. She really, really wants to play with the others, but they still hiss at her. We’re only allowed, per our lease, three cats, so even if I wanted to bring in another kitten for her, I couldn’t.

She’s doing very well, though, playful, happy, affectionate. I took her to the vet this morning, and she’s in good health — although she bit him when she didn’t like the way he handled her. This girl does not put up with crap, which is why she’ll fit in well here. I think she was afraid she would be left there, and was quite relieved to be back home. She’s starting to eat better, too — didn’t eat much the first few days. She weighs nearly as much as Violet does, and she’s only 4 months old, so I think she’ll be a big girl.

Got in a good workday on Saturday, which was great, including a nice 1500+ chunk of words on a short story. Sunday, it poured with rain, so no meditation walk. Home with the kitties reading the papers. Also managed to unpack three more boxes from the bedroom and two from the office (with help from little paws). Also excavated my desk and caught up on some of the receipts.

Watched the season finale of FALLING SKIES. Interested to see where they take it next season.

Need to have a productive day today. I’m out tonight, helping put together the basket’s for tomorrow’s Beautification Gala, and I want to get a lot done before that.

Back to the page.


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