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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013
     (10980.1)
    My first Valentine's Day with an actual girlfriend since Christ was a zygote.

    She doesn't flinch if/when I call her "my girlfriend". I gave her a poem that I wrote (first one of those since who-knows-when) and she liked it. She doesn't really *get* poetry, she says. But she loved it. I had to work so we had a quick date, some desserts and coffee. I also gave her a pendant that belonged to my mother. Was kinda worried she'd be freaked out by it but she loved that too. She says I am a good man, kind and wise and fantastically intelligent. She says she always learns something from me. She is a university professor and absolute tops in her field. So I feel pretty good about that.

    Also, our very own Greasemonkey is throwing a lil birthday party for me next week so I get to see all my fellow Whitechapel wog-hemp confreres in all their sweaty, inebriated glory. Plus, pizza and rooting through comics! Huzzah! DING! And the boy gets a ceegar!

    @oldhat - W00T! I heard you on the radio, too! Keep on rockin' in the Free World!
    @trini - LOVE orchids. What colour is it?
    @cara - inspire away. The right teacher in the right place at the right time for the right kid is pure magic. But you know that, you've seen it with your own eyes.
    @roadscum - Nice one!
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013
     (10980.2)
    Sod it - I wanna be nice:

    Cycling down muddy paths near the canal, with music from Drive and Twin Peaks in my ears. The rarely seen sunshine twinkling off my specs. Hopefully getting over a cold virus that has taken me to some pretty dark places. Getting ready for my last few weeks in rehab, which has been real hard, but which I've honestly done to the best of my ability.

    Soon I will be six months without the chems - That's me hugged, innit!
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013 edited
     (10980.3)
    Gaaaaah I'm everywhere it seems.

    I'm currently sick as a dog right now. Really bad cold. But, the folks are off for the weekend which means I have the house to myself. I'm thinking video games, netflix and weird sick dreams.

    Also, I'm bottling my beer tomorrow!
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    Yesterday, after I was done with the lesson and the students in my first block class were doing their assignment, one of the kids said to me, "Mrs. Walton, I'm Christian, but those Buddhists have some really good ideas that I can relate to. They have a lot of the same ideas as Christians." It made me happy, I have done my small part to increase cultural understanding.
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    Hey gang. I haven't been able to do much other than lurk occasionally here and there; kinda miss the joint, to be honest.

    Been a busy motherfucker lil GovSpy is due in less than two weeks, naming him Callahan (aka Cal) after my stepfather who raised me.

    Finally got all (ok, most) of the stuff we need) for the nursery. I've been working 48-54hrs a week, sometimes taking the OT, sometimes taking comp. time instead of pay so I can take off a little over a month after the wife delivers.

    Mrs. Spy is doing fantastically. She has had a fairly easy-going pregnancy (basically problem-free), and looks fantastic at 9 mos. pregnant.

    My daughter (lil Spyette) can't wait to be a big sis. She spent a week of XMas with us, and keeps talking about moving in with us this summer. I finally paid off the last bit of the $15,000 of past-due child support that I owed from 10 years ago (after getting royally and unfairly screwed in court). Afterwards, I bought a car; the first car I've owned in several years. Hopefully it's helping my poor, wounded credit rebuild.

    At work, I'm spending a lot of time in the Special Housing Unit, the Fed version of solitary, where the real bad kids in prison go when they're naughty. I kinda feel like I'm doing the best work I've done in years, and for the first time, I work with staff that really make me think that they don't give the Dept. of Justice a bad name.

    Finally, it feels like shit is coming together. I'm working my ass off, now that Mrs. Spy is home full-time, she'll be a stay-at-home mom now, for the forseeable future, and the weight is definitely on my shoulders. We're on our own, no family to coddle us or for us to fall back on, and in a way, it's freeing. But it's also hard to raise a family without any back-up family (at least as a guidepost of what not to do), but we are basically repsonsible for our own fates here, no one to blame shit on or have take any credit from us either.

    I hope to stop by now and then, I miss a lot of folks around here, but I hope you understand why i haven't been around too much.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2013
     (10980.6)
    Whoa, GovSpy, that sounds awesome! Big time *hugs* to you and the fam. I'm so glad things are looking finally! I hope they keep going brill and the lil Spy arrives without much trouble. *knock wood*

    Finally a good day, more or less. Family time in the morning, brunch, etc. Then off to the theatre...loads of theatre. Saw a killer two-woman show called Asylum, all expressionistic and painful about the merry-go-round that is the enclosing and suffocating oppression of a mind collapsing in on itself. Really, really good shit. Then went to a later show that was not so killer, even if it was a murder mystery, but it's ok it was silly and funny and didn't cost much (and I got two candies for free...).

    And then I went to the gym. RAh!
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2013
     (10980.7)
    @government spy: I'm glad all is good with you-and-yours, and that work is fulfilling. I was thinking about you the other day, and I miss seeing you around on this site when I can get the chance to come on here. All the best, mate.

    @oldhat: I've still not recovered from the bad cold which really done me in. Seriously, it's sent me into some horrible places of self-pity and, "My life is shit! If I'm feeling this bad all the time then I might as well be using!" Fucking waking in the morning, chest burning and my head feeling like a glue-factory. Anyway, I hope you get well soon. Fuck - I hope I get better soon, too.

    @mister hex: I hope you have a damn good birthday, son. Keep up the good work with the ladies, you suave bastard :)
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    I could do with a hefty dose of 'you'll be fine' after I was returned to the 'friend zone' by a dear darling man, on saturday. Made all the worse by having had a brilliant night out friday and I thought that maybe I was wrong in sensing it was coming... Two days on I'm merely bittersweet about it, but my feet still hurt after I spent hours wandering London on saturday with the wrong shoes on, working off the angst whilst not able to get the train home until much much later than I ended up leaving his. We'll stay friends, but I can't help feeling a bit pissed off that he was most insistent that he knew what he was getting into, and that I ignored all my instincts that said that he really wasn't the sort to cope with me and the others already in my life. It wouldn't have changed much if I'd just not let him climb into my bed way late last summer :-( too late now, need to work out how to go forward. Does mean that I should probably find another London 'base' (we've been friends for a fair few years and he's always given me a roof when I've needed one) He is utterly insistent that that doesn't change, but, yunno. It probably should now :-( .

    Oh so much woe, when so many of you are so happy. And I'm happy for you! I need to do some more comedy, some acting, sell the writings, actually earn some money somehow! Self confidence is not where I am, my showreel is non-existent and I'm rapidly finding that I know no one useful who could actually guide me through any of the whole 'getting back into the business' thing !! Plus with the above events I'm going to be lost without my biggest sounding board and cheerleader for a while, until I work out (or we work out, if he's minded too, that's what I'm most scared of, losing one of my few close friends) how to put the last few months behind us and go forwards as friends again.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2013
     (10980.9)
    Awww, I'm sorry :( *hugs*
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2013
     (10980.10)
    *massive hugs*
    That really, really sucks.

    However, as Dan Savage says: Every relationship fails until one doesn't. You WILL be fine, I'm sure of it. :)
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    So, I asked my class to illustrate the Caste system and one of my students turned in this!
    Made me one VERY happy History Teacher! I laminated and stuck it on the wall.

    Untitled
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2013
     (10980.12)
    That's awesome, Cara. :D It must feel good when they put that extra bit of effort in and obviously have fun doing it.

    I auditioned for a student short based on Gambit yesterday. I had to do a Louisiana accent and everything! I went for Julien Boudreaux, but they had me do a quick read of a scene as Gambit as well, just in case. They all seemed to be enjoying the audition piece itself, and I'm pretty sure I could see the director doing the "fuck yeah" fist pull in the corner of my eye while I was doing a scene.
    The producer got back to me later in the day saying "Many thanks for such a great audition. I think you have raised the standard for the performance and intensity of character study."

    Admittedly, the producer's been a good friend of mine since directing me in my first speaking part. He's always been very complimentary about my performances, but I guess that means I'm not shit! :D It felt good doing it, too, so now I just cross my fingers and hope for the best. :)

    I do need hugs, though. My wife is offshore with work and won't be home for another 3-8 weeks, all depending on how much more they need her. It sucks, because she was offshore right before christmas, then we had a few weeks, then I went to LA for three weeks, then we didn't even get two weekends before she had to go again.
    This kind of stuff will happen every now and then with our chosen careers, and we're prepared for that, but it sucks when it does happen.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2013
     (10980.13)
    govt spy: Good to hear from you. I think we like it best when people leave Whitechapel because meatspace got more wonderful.

    Robin: Maybe it's the cupcakes working in my favour, but the C'est What staff have never been surly to me/us.
    Also, was your first time at Tequila when we ruined that guy's attempt at a writer's circle? Ah, good times.
    Also also! If you ever meet the cute tattooed girl who works in the kitchen at Barhop, say hi. She's my old roommate, and a lovely lady. They'll all be happy to know you're promoting them as a King St. alternative to King St.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2013
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    Also, Cara, that diagram is stunning. Give that kid some scholarships, stat.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2013
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    Allana, Yeah, apparently when we haven't been there the staff at C'est What are killing babies and spitting on customers. I didn't realize that.

    And yes, that was my first time there! Ahhhh that poor guy. And we never saw him again.

    I think I've run in to her a few times, actually!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2013 edited
     (10980.16)
    Wow Cara that is absolutely amazing! Many gold stars!

    *gives Magnus a big ole nasty vile hug*

    Sorry littlepurple.... Vile hug?

    I wrote another blog entry. I'm so slow about this that I feel quite accomplished when I can shove one out the door. And I've been trying to write about this subject for damned near two years. Of course, now that I review what I wrote I find huge chunks of stuff that I left out. Well, fodder for another time, I suppose.

    Also I went to the gym.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2013
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    @Cara - nice one! Gold Star!
    @allana - We didn't ruin it. We IMPROVED it to death.
    @Robin - they like us at C'est What. Well, they like YOU. Me, maybe not so much.

    I got an early birthday present - A SET OF K.I.S.S. PEZ DISPENSERS. I'm not the world's biggest K.I.S.S. fan (and Gene Simmons is a ridiculous smudge of an excuse for a human being these days) but COME ON. I'm leaving them in the box. Portable, affordable rations for the Zombie Apocalypse that doubles as wicked shelf-porn.
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    @mister hex: A fellow orchid lover hurrah! I'm not sure what color to call it, but I'll be posting photos, hopefully over the weekend.

    I worked 13 days in a row, found out that I can actually tell my boss and she'll actually fix it instead of getting mad at me, and I have the weekend off. Two whole days of no work. Yes!
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2013
     (10980.19)
    Almost done!
    This midterms session feels more difficult than last semester's finals. I don't know what's going on. I also don't really know what day it is or where I am. But I know everything is due on Monday, good or bad, and then I get to go home and SLEEP.
    Also I had the boyfriend here for like ten days and then he took off back to Toronto for some appointments (and to procure me some more power tools). So, good timing -- just as I was starting to crack out under the stress, he got out of my way. He'll be back on Monday just in time to give me reward massages. Life is alright.
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    @mister hex: This is what they look like, or what they looked like when they first started blooming. Back in September, according to the meta data on the photos.

    orchid 1

    (Holy shit, they've been blooming since September and they're still going?? Woah. That makes it 6 months!! Damn.)

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