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Holy cow, Sallypz, tears came to my eyes as I read about your wonderful experience with the funding. What a fabulous way to begin the new year! And congrats on the nursing videos. I had something similar happen for me recently trying to get a rare classic movie on DVD for my class. The lowest price I came up with was $89. But then I found a great source with an excellent used copy for $19.95! As far as Fanny goes, her story will be one of the shorts that tell about the uproar in Pawtucket (where the zoo was). It is incredibly moving for me to interview people and see the original footage, etc. Makes me cry tears of joy every time. This was all 17 years ago. Seeing the elephants in the zoo today in Providence was an amazing and encouraging experience. Mannix- thanks for linking kickstarter on your facebook page... Everything helps. Am up to 1/3 financed... It occurs to me that kickstarter would be a really helpful resource for some many projects on this forum. It allows you to go for relatively small amounts of money from a variety of people without going through all the grants razzmatazz. Especially if your project is on the quirky side. I just found out about it myself and am intrigued by so many of the projects I see posted there. You can also go for quite large amounts as well... Yesterday was pretty much taken up with kickstarter stuff, but I did get my daily dose of translating in (still trying to teach myself french) and got to the movie group for a great discussion on "The Lemon Tree".
tapit---didn't realize the footage was from 17 years ago...things have come a long way in animal care since then. Hope your project is a huge success. Lined the microfinancing website...agree about it's usefulness. I cried too at the funding for Grad school. And the possibility of funding for a house. The Universe is moving me along in the direction of my Life's Purpose and helping me on the way. Does that sound silly? I believe it's true. Unity--thanks for the website--have already started exploring it. Like the goal 'a super organized home'---I had one of those once-------then I opened the door and moved in. (chuckle) sallypz(MoxieMe)
Hey, Unity when I talk about Gremlins, they are actual events that interfere with reaching the goal. They have to be either accepted, worked around, reversed, or removed. The low air in the tire was not anything I did to resist getting to my gig! I've been playing around with the spelling, and the opposite, helpful, energies I call Nilmirgs (gremlin backwards). Discovering that I could move the route line on Google Maps was due to a Nilmirg. The gig went well. Writing up the notes and a report today. When I say the energy builds inside of me with each checked off item on my list, this is not some externa reward or treat. It's a feeling, and mostly involuntary, like breathing most of the time. I can bring attention to it and dialogue with the feeling loop pattern and see what develops. If you are interested, I learned this as part of my hypnosis/NLP training in a technique called Reframing. Sally, wow! Great going on talking to the VA. This is how I like to see my taxes being used. May more luck come your way. Lynx
"Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs." Vaclav Havel
Hello, Today was a complete blow-out. The only goal I've managed to accomplish was watching the NFL games, and I slept through half of that. I still feel tired! At the party, my mother mentioned she and dad were going down to their beach house this coming Wednesday. If I wanted to go, they would pick me up and bring me home. We would come home the following Monday. I'm leaning towards going, although there's one piece of business I would need to rearrange before I can go. It's family stuff again, but there would be no kids and I'd have my own room this time. It might be good to get away from here for awhile since I don't feel like I had time off with all the houseguests. Not much else to report. Will regroup tomorrow. -- Mannix
Sally I looked at your blog you have an attractive family. I laughed at your comment about the organised house - until you moved in LOL Mannix - I also looked at your new blog, let's hope you don't have the same problems like I did with my cousin over anything you find. You've made some developments and I bet you are pleased that. Lynx - so you use gremlins in another context than I use them. Incidentally the other day was the first time I ever watched the entire film about them, gives me the creeps. Tapit sounds like you've been very busy. PLG - how are you doing - any plans for this week? Me- very bad weather means that all plans gone out of sync and I find that whenever there is a change of routine, it makes me even more avoidant than normal.
Sally- I loved that comment as well. Sounds like me. I always wish I could move into a new place and (I swear) not get so messy again! But I keep trying... When will you go back to school? Mannix- hope you do get to go to the beach and relax in your own room. I hope it's somewhere warm and cozy. Even FL seems to be chilling out for the new year. Yesterday I spent almost the whole day preparing for a dinner party, even though my husband cooked the main course. Cleaning, shopping and preparing the soup and dessert seemed to fill up all the time. Today I actually finally got to the gym and shot some footage of a little girl reading a poem, then finished watching a movie on TV. Am hoping to get back to working on one of my short plays, since I figured out a rewrite that will tighten it up much better. And tomorrow it's finish up the magazine article!
Thanks for asking. The dinner went well. Unfortunately, the recipe for champagne soup was a bust, but fortunately I tried a small batch of it early in the day and found that out, so I had to rethink the whole thing and made an entirely different soup for starters. Aside from that it was pretty much OK. The biggest hit was the moroccan oranges and cheese which were virtually no work at all... Am well on my way to a new version of the play, so feel redeemed...
Hi Everyone, and welcome to the new year. And having said that... Bah, Humbug! "I hate California, it's cold and it's damp". I used to post here and enjoyed it a good deal but had about reached the end of my own personal rope and was just hanging there miserable. Progress was retrograde, depression progressive. Things have changed and I thought maybe this is what I need to get me through the winter doldrums. I have a jillion things to do. Some of which I need to do; some of which I should want to do. I do nothing because I'm bored with everything So perhaps if I post here what I should be doing I will actually do it... some of it anyway. Tomorrow I will walk over to my friend's house and do some data entry. She's a bookeeper and a little over a year ago she talked me into helping her at tax time. To my surprise, not only was I able to do data enty, it was interesting. It's amazing what people buy. My friend is a crazy lady and being around her always cheers me up. On the bright side, I've lost 40 pounds and when I feel really down I go get an old pair of jeans and go stand in front of the mirror holding them up beside me For tomorrow Meditate Exercise or Qigong Data Entry Cancel the $$$fish oil Make a grocery list Brush my dog cyan
"Around the Godde there forms a Shelle of Prayers and Ceremonies and Buildings and Priestes and Authority, until at Last the Godde Dies. Ande this maye notte be noticed." From Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
Hi, everyone, Cyan, welcome! Yeah, it's so easy to just say "forget it" when there's so much to do and you don't really want to do it. I find getting into any kind of action, even when you don't feel like it, can be really helpful. Maybe as you work your list here something you enjoy more will come to mind. Good luck! Tapit, thanks for the thoughts about the beach. It definitely will NOT be warm. The house is in northeastern North Carolina, so MAYBE 10 degrees warmer than home, but certainly not bathing suit weather. But it's kind of fun to be down there in the offseason when everthing is deserted, because it's a real zoo in the summer months. Champagne soup? That's an intriguing concept. What went wrong, if you don't mind my asking? Sounds like the party was a big hit anyway! Unity, thanks for looking at my blog. I see some potential sensitive points and sometimes wonder if I should pursue them in such an emotionally repressed family as mine. However, I don't think there are any deep, dark secrets, at least with my grandfather. I DID find out that my ethnic heritage is more German and less Welsh than I thought. Hmmm... I know what you mean about weather interfering with plans. When we had that snow-storm here, it was difficult to keep from just hiding in bed all day, even though I had plenty of things to do inside! Today was better than yesterday. Wrote another entry in my blog, worked out at the gym, practiced the violin, and practiced my Alexander Technique homework, which I haven't done in a long time. I see two big resistance challenges on the horizon: 1. Resetting my attitude towards the violin so it becomes a source of personal joy and not a work tool, reminder of mean teachers, etc. 2. The pervasively disorganized nature of ... everything I own. I could get things done much faster if I were better organized. My theory is this is an effort to stay still and safe and not venture out into scarier endeavors. That's it for now, hope everyone has a good evening, -- Mannix
Welcome back cyan and congratulations on your weight loss Like Mannix, I'm intrigued about that champagne soup Tappit. Mannix, I can understand why going to the beach house could be a welcome break after all that enforced socialising you've had recently. I wonder what else you will find out about your grandfather. Actually I know of an interesting way you could try - an excercise thought up by Silva Hartman if that's the right name. She's a hypnotherapist amongst other things, that runs a massive interactive creative writing project. Apparently she was teaching a class at a community college in hypnotism but wasn't allowed to actually do any hypnosis. So she taught them all about relaxation techniques and self hypnosis, which she wasn't really supposed to do. On the day she was teaching past life regression, it happened that there were visitors from the college board, so she had to change the lessons somewhat. So she told the pupils to get themselves very relaxed then without any thinking at all, answer a set of questions after first telling themselves they were visiting a past life e.g. are you male or female, what occupation, what age did you die, how did you die, what era is it, brothers or sisters, parents occupation etc Then go into more depth about clothes etc She suggested this excercise for finding characters for creative writing and personal development and for people that are believers, finding a past life. What I found very interesting about this is that I came up with much more intense details doing this excercise than I ever did when I tried the usual methods for story characters. Why don't you try it for your grandfather and see what happens? You might even come up with information that you'd heard years ago but never associated it with him. I can find the link if you are intersted to the article.
Hi, everybody, Unity, thanks for information on that technique. I've been wondering about what my grandfather's personality would have been like, what kinds of talents he had, etc. What might he have done if he'd not been dealing with gambling and alcoholism? I probably won't find the answers to those questions, so maybe the self-hypnosis might fill things in, somewhat. I'm a mess today! Why does it seem one productive day is always followed by a struggling day? We took one of the cats to the vet this morning, which was upsetting because the cat hates riding in the car and we have to trap him. Lots of hissing, howling, etc. And now I'm having 2nd thoughts about going away - I'll miss my husband and my pets, and all my things here, etc. Also battling the overwhelming urge to stay in bed all day. I haven't done anything since we got home from the vet. So .. I've gotten myself back out of bed, so that's a good step. Next: give myself permission NOT to go to the beach if I don't want to. Then, have a quick lunch and start getting some work done. Maybe if I concentrate on chores, practicing, etc., this emotional cloud will clear up and I can make a clear decision on the beach. (Grr ... hate dealing with this stuff.) Back later. Hope you're all having a great day, -- Mannix
Hi Mannix, I'm glad that idea interests you. Sorry to hear about your cat. I feel just like you in regards to not wanting to do anything. I've been terrible with this since Christmas and the bad weather. And to make matters worse my hair has gone really strange since I've been wearing hats! Today I kept going to the front door and windows as it sounded just like snowballs were being thrown at them - but they weren't! Strange.
I have been one dizzy dame today. I have waffled back and forth between going and not going to the beach for a ridiculous amount of time. I finally came up with the idea of going down myself later in the week. So I'll have some time at the beach but won't be away from my husband for as long. I can also control my travel times for coming home. Meanwhile, my gig friend is e-mailing me, asking me to make commitments for jobs in April and May! I should be happy, but today it's making me crazy that I'm already making commitments for spring and summer. I guess I just don't want to think about gigs right now. I need a professional attitude adjustment. I'm a little down on myself tonight for being so wishy-washy. Maybe some day I'll learn to make a decision quickly and move on. And to be grateful for someone offering me work! PLG, maybe there is some way to reduce your financial dependence on your dad without having to cut him out of your life. Hope you have fun at the East Town class. Unity, maybe the Gremlins were throwing snowballs at your house? Or local hooligans who disappeared before you opened the door? I get terrible hat hair in the winter time. It goes completely flat and stays that way, even if I blow dry it. Maybe it's too much dryness. I think I'm done for tonight, having left myself a ton of stuff to do tomorrow. Hopefully, I will have more energy in the morning. -- Mannix