Monthly Archives: February 2008

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We had a big celebration recently.

chicks0.jpg  It was loads of fun. dudes.jpg

 And well documented!

Life doesn’t get any better than this!

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The Beach

So, I got home early the other day. It had snowed the night before. I walked up to the beach. This is what I saw:

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I also saw this: 

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At the Shore

So here’s the deal. I am living a block and a half from the beach. I haven’t even walked up the street to see the ocean yet! I’m pretty busy that’s for sure.

I get to work at 7 am and work until 5 or later. I park in the contractor parking lot so it is about a 10 minute walk to my building. Since it’s winter, it’s usually a brisk walk.

Sometimes I leave at 4:30 and stop at the grocery store for some produce. While cooking dinner, I sometimes treat myself to a bourbon. I cook a nice dinner of chicken or fish, a little jasmine rice, sautéed zucchini. I wash the dishes and pans. I sit at my computer and watch Jeopardy. Sometimes I have a decent Internet connection and can play my games and catch up on with my blogging buddies. In the morning, I make some coffee, shower, eat breakfast and head for the mainland!

Today I had the opportunity to leave at 4:30 so I came home and tried to sketch a still life but it wasn’t happening for me. It was also snowing so I declined a walk to the beach although I’m sure I missed an opportunity somewhere! No bourbon tonight – no treat.

The job… well, I like what I’m doing. It is really stimulating work. It requires a great deal of thinking and concentration and attention to detail. It has nothing to do with Ethernet or authenticating or printer jams or IP addresses or DNS or email or FTP. I’m the customer for a change and it’s kind of cool.

I enjoy the other team members. They are really smart and they work hard too. I feel like I’m making a difference. I’m also making a shitload of money and that is never a bad deal!

When my position was eliminated, I really felt like a failure. Sure, it wasn’t because I lacked skills or ability. I just felt like my very cool personality had failed me and that if I had been more likable, I never would have been unemployed. I realize now – that kind of reasoning is just plain crazy.

So it’s kind of cool to be living at the shore by myself. It’s like being on a little retreat because I have plenty of quiet time. Of course, I keep the heat pretty low because it’s electric heat and really expensive. Now, if I work at a nuclear plant, don’t you think I should get some kind of utility discount?

I had auditioned for the children’s theater show and had a small part. I had to drop out when I accepted this position. I’m still slated to do the high school show – Godspell, one of my favorites. It shouldn’t be too taxing – I’m using the same players I used 12 years ago. So I’ve managed to keep the creativity going!

Being here is like being on a little retreat. I have solitude and peace. It’s almost surreal. I pray a little more than usual. Go to bed earlier than usual – except for on Wednesday nights because LOST is on.  Tonight I talked to a bunch of people on the phone for a long time. I talked to my husband, my nephew, my girlfriend, my other girlfriend, my sister-in-law and my son. It was good to catch up and it made me realize what a blessing this time has been.

So from the shore, I’ll say goodnight.

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New Adventure

livingroom.jpgFor the next couple of months, this is my crib. kitchen.jpgWhile I’m working in the area, I’m staying at a relative’s beach house.  living.jpg Amazing, huh?

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I sent this to my 6 am Faith Sharing group

Peace to all of my dear friends,
I have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is: I have a job – it is a contract job at a nuclear plant. I start training on  Monday and the job will last until mid-May, perhaps longer, perhaps permanent – Please pray for all of the above! If I can get a permanent full-time job, we won’t be moving any time soon.
The bad news is that I have to be there at 7 am. This means I will be missing our weekly sharing.  Please know that I will be with you in Spirit and that you are all very close to my heart, particularly at this time of the year.
When I was let go in November, I didn’t understand what God had in mind – I still don’t understand but let me tell you what I have been able to do:
I have been able to spend quality time with my girlfriend, MaryAnne, who is fighting ovarian cancer. I have had the privilege of accompanying her to her chemotherapy treatments and of praying with her and for her. Please keep her in your prayers. Many of you may remember her – she taught i te area for many years.
I have been able to visit my dear friend, Sister Pam, who I have known since 1976 when she was stationed at St Peters. I learned so much liturgy from her and we have only seen each other at funerals in the last 12 years so it was nice to travel to Newport News to spend time with her and the community there.
I have spent countless hours with my youngest brother, my sister-in-law and their children. The 11 month old and 6 year old brought my imagination alive and reminded me of the unconditional love of our Creator.
I was able to accompany my dad and sister-in-law to art lessons and I fed that creative part of me that got a little depleted while I was working so hard at my job.
I found time to arrange music for Christmas liturgy and time to make sure that our young cellist had parts to play on Saturday night.
I didn’t get my house cleaned out so we could sell it. I didn’t travel to North Carolina as often as I thought I would. My husband is still there but we are looking forward to when his commitment is complete. I was able to help my son shop for furniture and other items for his apartment in Brooklyn.
So for now I am again putting my trust in Jesus and letting him take me on a new adventure.  In God’s will, I find peace. I’m not sure if any of this will pan out but I’m embracing the situation and looking for the next right  answer.

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