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Re: 150 Steps in March

Postby velvet » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:13 pm

Unity: George Eliot's novel _Daniel Deronda_ is curiously two disparate storylines that intersect occasionally throughout the novel (for which the book has been criticized): Gwendolen's choosing a husband - practically a gothic-style tale and Daniel Deronda's quest for self centered around his unspoken parental history. There's a lot of Jewish attention - both negative and positive, and in a way, Eliot seems to be educating her readers about prejudice (it was suggested she was writing this novel as her own form of therapy as well, as antisemitic comments are in some of her earlier letters, a position she changed later on). It's a far more intriguing novel than Middlemarch, and a lot more fascinating. Gwendolen is not insipidly good, she's a bit selfish, driven, gambles, and has some strange ghostly/curse-y fears (hence the gothic style). Daniel is the rather insipidly good character, so overly sensitive (considered a good thing generally at the time) that he seems to lose himself (psychologically makes sense to me). oops, have I mentioned I'm an English major? ask me about a novel and I can go on and on! I did read my 100 pages yesterday! And I've read 70 pages so far today. yay! I did my job promotion interview today. Just got back. Think I did really very well. But also think it might just be too many hours that I dont want to commit to, as school is my greater priority. I'm pondering the positives and negatives. But overall, I am really proud of myself for applying, typing up a resume of my experience, and doing this interview. I was clearly well aware of the department, the staff, I chose my words carefully and was positive and upbeat. which fortunately isnt hard. But do I want to spend more hours at this job? hmm. my ambitious side wants to move forward *somehow*. Certainly moving forward on my education also counts ambitiously. I can get a supervisor position with a degree (the next step up from the promotion I applied for) in this organization. Which is just good to know. And my child development minor is definitely moving in the direction I want to go. I also picked up my prescription, and went to a shop to look around (fun needed!). I was a bit amped about my interview so came right home to write about it. :)
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Re: 150 Steps in March

Postby Mannix » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:15 pm

Hello, everyone, Bits of posting here and there until the end of the month, probably. Things have been a bit lopsided since we got back. Lynx, unfortunately, hubby played his part in the stress factor. We stopped at a gas station on the way home. He asked me to go in and buy some cough drops while he pumped gas. (Wasn't feeling well and came down with a cold the next day.) When I came out of the gas station, the car was gone. :shock: I walked all the way around the gas station. No car. Then I see my husband driving out of an automated car wash. I got in the car and started to mildly chastise him for "abandonning" me ... and got yelled at. So that kind of ended the vacation there. Ninety minutes before we even got home. :? He was apparently upset because the automated car wash he paid for had malfunctioned. Lynx and Unity, thanks for your comments on my other post. I'll let you know what happens. Wrapping up notes on today's lessons, then to bed early for me. I don't want to get sick again. -- Mannix
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Re: 150 Steps in March

Postby tapit » Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:00 pm

Mannix- You have all of my sympathy... Have been n a similar situation. Here's to you for stregnth and wisdom.
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Back in Play

Postby Lynx » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:37 am

First deliberately "working day" in about a week.
    Taxes (nuff said on that) Outline agenda for a meeting on Saturday (less than an hour). Look at job announcement I got an anonymous tip on yesterday (well, not quite fully anonymous). Keep working down my need to contact list. Read a little Enjoy a fine meal out tonight.
My idea of using PowerPoint for my fantasy scheduling is a lot of fun. Going to the famous rummage sale on Sat. after my meeting. It's put on by the Likeside School (private, Bill Gates, Craig McCaw, Paul Allen, etc. attended it). Going to rent a hybrid car on Sunday and drive around a bit to see if we like the sound and feel of it. L
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Try a Camry Hybrid!

Postby Mannix » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:45 am

Hi, everyone, Lynx, may I suggest a Toyota Camry hybrid? We have a 2008 model. It's very comfortable, gets wonderful gas mileage in city/local driving. Although you will have to get used to turning on the car by pressing a button, and having the engine shut down when you stop. (It comes back on when you step on the gas. :) ) Also, requires maintenance every 5000 miles instead of every 3000. And it will REMIND you when maintenance is due. Have fun on the drive!
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Whataday a difference makes!

Postby Lynx » Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:58 pm

Mannix:Lynx, may I suggest a Toyota Camry hybrid? We have a 2008 model. Noted. We are probably getting used, and I have no extra money just yet. We are in the very early research stages. Cruising along and these three things happen to compress my time, ratchet up my activity... That anonymous call about a strategic planning project. Could do: due 4/7 (I think 4/6 to make sure). A project I sent something off weeks ago sent back an email asking for more information (about 2 hours of work at no pay) but I'm game IF I keep my answers short. I kept getting presenter emails for a national conference that denied my presentation application. So I called just to make sure there wasn't some mix up and I actually had been accepted. (Had sent an email way back and then just let it go). Spoke to the coordinator to confirm that I'm not a confirmed speaker. She asked if I was coming anyway (no, usually go with my speaker discount to the local variant of this conference, but since I didn't get to present, I want to save my cash for other things). She asked if I could help out. Did a quick elevator speech on my conference skills (pretty solid). I said I'd have to see if I could clear my calendar. She said call me back in two hours. I called her back, calendar clear, and asked how I might be of service. She said, show up at 8 AM on the first Day and ask for her. Also to look at agenda to see if there's anything I'd like to take in ... All because she thought I was nice and would be good to have around. Nice guys finish ... anyplace they want. Well, this happily sucks up free time till post 4/15. Glad I took a week to rest some. L
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Re: 150 Steps in March

Postby tapit » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:47 pm

Lynx- Congratulations! Good job with persistence and having your pitch ready to use at the drop of a hint.... I'm also fascinated with the power point ideas.... Today went well, and I ahve so many new things coming my way, that I can't believe it's me! 1) Did my Solutions work and contacted my buddy. I realized yesterday that this is actually chaning my behavior patterns for the (much) better! I've been at it for 7 months, and things are beginning to be automatic... 2) After a 65 minute workout yesterday, I went for a 40 minute walk today. As the weather gets nicer, I'm trying to alternate indoor and outdoor activity. So far, so good. 3) And I began researching the book again! No word from the agent from the conference, in spite of my follow up note, so I need to be looking around for more. Because of the play's success, I've been working on other scripts and inputting and tightening up the originals. And now... I teach film studies one day a week at a local University's extension program, and just found out they've approved my pitch for the fall semester. Also looks as if I may be teaching a video class for adults at a nearby arts center. If I can past enough of these interesting gigs together with the writing, I may be able to make a living outside of the hospital!!! Cheers everyone!
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Re: 150 Steps in March

Postby Mannix » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:01 pm

Hi, everybody, Lynx and Tapit, you sound like you're both engaged in joyful work! Congratulations! Tapit, I like the idea of alternating indoor and outdoor workouts. I need to find some way to motivate myself to get outside. Since that dog-bite incident, I've been a little leary of walking around unescorted. Some days I'll just go out without thinking about it, others I'm looking for excuses not to go. Maybe I'll start with yardwork sessions and go from there. Lynx, that was quite an interesting response you got from the national conference. It's just more proof that there are often alternative options between "yes" and "no." And I, too, would be interested in hearing more about the fantasy scheduling. Do you mean scheduling time for activities that are part of your fantasy or ideal life, or designing a fantasy schedule that you're going to work toward achieving in the real world? In the news of my life ... my parents are finally going to move my grandmother in with them. She is 89 years old and has dementia and has still been in her own apartment up to this point. Recently someone called the police on her because she was outside asking strangers to drive her to Kohl's Department Store. So she will be moving out of her apartment May 1. My mother wants to know if I can take her to a follow-up eye doctor appointment so she can go to the beach. :? Sometimes I feel worried and guilty about this whole situation. Grandma greatly irritates my mother and especially my father. They don't seem to get that she's not going to be cured of dementia and advanced age. Hm. Make a note to call Grandma tomorrow. Today was a day off for me. Went out to the horse rescue early in the morning. Then decided it was too early to come home but didn't know where I wanted to go. So I made up an address, plugged it into the car GPS, and away I went. I ended up in Brunswick, Maryland and Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. Beautiful scenery! Had lunch in Jefferson, WV, came home and took long nap. Spring allergies are in full bloom. Now I need to talk with husband about going to dinner at Outback Steakhouse. More tomorrow, Mannix
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Fantasy Schedule

Postby Lynx » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:56 pm

Hello out there ... Mannix: And I, too, would be interested in hearing more about the fantasy scheduling. Do you mean scheduling time for activities that are part of your fantasy or ideal life, Well, it's like this. I am on two film meet-up type lists and just got the film list for non-festival part of the Seattle International Film Festival. Then there's a series of meetings for Interplay (interplay.org) I learned about today, and some great musical things I could do with my music pass for the University of Washington. Putting all these things in my daytimer (and I try sometimes) would really clutter it up and make it hard to pay attention to where I need to be and when to serve clients. So, What if I made a powerpoint file with one slide per day numbered 1-30 (for April let's say)? And when I find something particularly nifty I could find that day and put it in. Now I have a FANTASY that I might be able to attend that thing. When the time comes around I then have a CHOICE. In the meantime I practice my ppt skills in private. I could open another for May, and so on. I could collect the whole set of 12. I did download the complete conference schedule. I am also reading Never Eat Alone for a support group I belong to. It has lots of ideas about conferences (which are not about learning anything much, they're all about networking and connecting. Who knew?). I need to make sure I keep time safe so I can respond in 24 hours to people I meet. He says 24, I'll be happy with 48 or 72 most times. I am also nearly out of business cards, natch. Also took a peek at a contract proposal due in 8 days. Seems doable. Oh, that other response I thought would take two hours—took closer to 6! About two hours with it on the "back of my mind" about 4 getting it right and another hour ramping it up. I'm interested in whether I make it to the next phase. I put in a pitch in the last paragraph where I tried to guess how my confidence was enough of a match for their nervousness. Going out for some fun at a musical poetry reading tonight. Last night went out for fine dining. Tomorrow have a client in the morning then off to the Lakeside Rummage Sale. Sunday clear (ha!) till we test drive a Prius. L.
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Re: 150 Steps in March

Postby Mannix » Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:45 am

Lynx, re the PowerPoint presentation, what a nifty idea! I think I'm going to adopt it for myself ... if you don't mind. :wink: Today is starting out a bit rocky. I have a nagging sinus headache and my husband was up in the middle of the night coughing his lungs out. He came downstairs to sleep on the couch so he wouldn't keep me up all night. Yes, he does do considerate, loving things. I'm a little concerned about the intensity of the cough, however. We may take a trip to the after-hours healthcare facility this weekend. But despite all that, I succeeded in getting up and being at my desk by 8:30 this morning! I've set myself a work schedule. If I stick to it, I get to goof off tonight. Here's the plan: 8:30-10:00 - bills, mail, tax issues. 10:00 - 11:00 - practice the violin, a little piano, take breaks for stretching and Alexander Technique homework. 11:30 - get dressed for this afternoon's gig. Leave no later than 1:30 to allow time to locate the site (in Manassas, Va.). 2:30 - 3:30/4:00 - perform as solo violinist for wedding ceremony in Manassas. ca. 6:00 - to the gym for a 1-hour cardio workout. And ... time's a'passin', so off to the grindstone. Have a good day, everyone! -- Mannix
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Re: 150 Steps in March

Postby tapit » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:36 am

Mannix- What a tough situation with your grandmother and parents. I understand your guilt, and know it's hard to be gentle with yourself in family situations where there's so much history, so many expectations, etc. Maybe you could write down- What are my unreasonable expectations in this situation? (that you should always be there for your elders, that you are the only person they can rely on, etc.) and what would a reasonable take on it be? (That you can be available one day a month, a week, etc. and one short phone call a day. That you can find support groups for them to contact, etc.) Once you have more perspective, it may release you to live a little easier. I learned the technique from Solutions and it helps me a lot, but if it doesn't seem like a fit to you- you can always dump it! Lynx- Fascinating idea- the fantasy powerpoint. Thanks for sharing it. Starbaby- if you're still peeking in from time to time, I hope all goes well with your baby and you. :lol: 1) Worked on Solutions wth a lot of cycles and have realized some very helpful things these past two days. My ultimate goal is to recover the joi d'vivre I once had as a kiddo and when I remember that's why I'm doing it, it gives me a shot of joy right then and there... 2) The book continues to be a back-burner item. Got a rejection from the agent I met at the conference :( , but there are plenty more, and it gave me something to post on the book blog... :wink: 3) I did go to the gym and had a lovely sweaty workout. But blew it at my movie group last night where, to celebrate watching "All the King's Men", we had bourbon and sweets... Back to the old drawing board. The class went well and the students are eager to continue next semester! Best to all...
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Re: 150 Steps in March

Postby Mannix » Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:36 pm

Hi, everyone, Tapit, to compensate for the sweets you ate at the movie, you should come down here and join me at my gym. They have installed "Cardio Cinema." Yes, it's a movie theater with cardio machines instead of seats. So far I've seen "Mission: Impossible," "Apollo 13," and the second "Charlie's Angels." :? (Haven't figured out whether the club members have a say in what movies are shown yet.) And thanks for the thoughts on my grandmother/parents situation. That is such a good idea. I haven't written anything down yet but am keeping it in the back of my head. I think I've been indoctrinated with the "we're your parents; we sacrificed for you now you need to pay us back" mantra. So this will be a welcome, fresh new way of thinking! Today, I accomplished the following: -- Paid some bills but not all. Ran into an issue with accessing online banking. Fortunately, that's been resolved. I need to go through the mail tomorrow morning. -- Practiced the violin and piano. A little stretching and Alexander homework; need to do more tomorrow. -- Got through the gig successfully. -- Worked out for an hour. I was going to do a little more tonight, but I'm ready for bed. Tomorrow my viola student-who-doesn't-want-to-play-her-solo-festival-piece is coming for a lesson. Sigh. I've got to be firm with her. Good night, everybody, Mannix
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Re: 150 Steps in March

Postby tapit » Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:48 am

Mannix- Cardio cinema. I'd choose "Chicago" for my first film because it would keep me running the whole time. And maybe then "Cabaret" followed by "Chariots of Fire". Swell idea. I should do a short article about it for somewhere. Anyone else here have any ideas about the best films for workouts? Well, mixed results to report on my goals. 1) Fitness- was a bust. I ate nearly a pint of ice cream and typed on my computer all day, entering a play. So no exercise either. I did resist an 11PM cookie, though. :D Begin again. Phoenix is my middle name. 2) Solutions- did lots of cycles and read some. I'm moving right along. 3) Book is definitely on the back burner. I've gotten totally into playwriting, which I haven't done for 10 years. I'm all about positive reinforcement and I'm getting positively reinforced by the play cast and theater. Sooooo... Am thinking that next month, I'll do 150 steps toward playwrighting, getting the pieces in place to spend 2 weeks working on a project in Paris (See my Wild Dream thread in Wishes and Obstacles) and losing five lbs... Help! Bestbest to everyone.
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Re: 150 Steps in March

Postby mango » Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:41 am

Hi all, I just can't quite get back in the swing of things. I've decided that I will keep posting in the three other topics (decluttering, financial, and weight loss). So, I need another goal for 150 Steps in April... I think I'll try to get my online business up and running. :shock:
'Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how.
We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.'

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Ceasar Says Pay-Up!

Postby Lynx » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:28 am

Mannix: hang in there with this student. Michael Jordon was cut from his junior high basketball team. This just motivated him to practice more. So, we can only support and never know what people will make of their experiences. Tapit: Isn't it grand when a Scanner finds a place like playwriting to land for a bit of time? As much as I love the variety of scanning, I also love the lostness of immersion. The feeling of 100%edness. Two weeks in Paris on a project! Yes! For me: This is a dreaded day. Dreaded Main Tax Prep Day. Woke up with lots of schemes for avoiding it. Then tricked myself into "getting my sneakers on" by "just downloading a couple of files" and before I knew it I'm an hour into it. Mostly clerical details—just noticed an error that knocked $1000 off my income total, yes! So that a positive start. And, after a bit of hard drive searching discovered that I don't have a list for the things I do? I do this every year! So I started a spreadsheet with the steps. And opened a folder called Every Year. That actually was a bit of fun. Yesterday made serious progress on an exciting proposal. For this client I once charged $175 per hour and got the hint that I was underbidding. So this time I'm in a competitive mix but I feel I add a lot of benefit, so it's $250 per hour. For an est. of 100 hours. With a option for an additional year at the same rates. If I land this would definitely give me my base project for the year. B R E A T H E Also yesterday finished looking over the conference presentations list and selecting my choices. Picked up several names of people I will connect with. A couple of them inspired my own workshops in response to their workshops so I'll take a copy of the articles I wrote to share about my workshops. Whew. Found my template for my business cards and so will make about 150 more today. Goals today: Finish entering receipts for 2007 (about 6!) Enter daytimer notes on expenses (about 100) Enter credit card charges I can deduct (about 30) cull my deductions of duplicates (say entered as receipt and credit card payment). Print out files and type in standard information (company name, etc.) Do this in a meandering style (try looking up piddle, amble and meander on visuwords.com.) Drive the Prius @ 4, which reminds me that while I'm on line to see if the owners manual is available for review of the controls and to pick out a few cd's to play ... gottago. L
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