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“Some people juggle geese”

That quote, from Joss Whedon’s brilliant show, Firefly, comes outs of an episode when the crew of Serenity had to deal with a con-artist, and the wildly different culture on a particular moon where the Captain accidently wound up married. Oops. His wife, it turns out, was quite a bit of trouble. But I digress.

The past few days have been spent experiencing Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Sadly, my place remains without power, and I had an interesting adventure yesterday hunting for gas, and landed at my sister’s place when I was nearly out. The good news is that she has heat, power, running water, and food. The bad news is, I hadn’t packed anything except some work books and my laptop.

It’s been interesting to people watch over the last few days, as people have encountered various levels of need, and had access to limited resources. How people have chosen to use their time off. Some people are heading down to the water and taking pictures. One of my neighbors spent Tuesday morning clearing debris and offering to assist the local police force in clean up. Some people have gone out looking for a hot meal. Others have made massive meals and invited friends to eat by candlelight.

I personally have done a little bit of everything. I’ve hung out with my roommates, I’ve cooked, I’ve gone out and surveyed the damage, I’ve cleared debris, and now, I am down in Jersey searching for gas, spending time with my sister and nephew, and rather enjoying a house with heat and lights. How about you? How have you spent your time post Hurricane Sandy? Were you impacted by the storm, or have you had heat and power?

 

So…about the month of October…

When I started blogging in June, I knew there would be times when it was difficult to blog regularly, if at all, and I promised myself that I would prepare for that, and well, prepare you my dear readers for that. Fail. When September swept in with registration, a new series of projects, and a brand new schedule, I was prepared. I was not, however, prepared for the month of October and the host of emergencies, deadlines, and car repairs that would sweep me away.

I wish I could say that I have this grand collection of books to review, that I was quite literary during October in my hiatus- but I wasn’t. Other than randomly happening upon another book sale, I read only what was required of me, and at times, not even that. I was so overwhelmed I couldn’t wrap my head around a story.

This season has passed, thankfully. The emergencies are no longer emergencies but realities that I have adjusted to or problems that have been solved. And my schedule, though still incredibly full, finally has some kind of rhythm to it. In the next few weeks I will review what I did read, roughly four novels and two non-fiction books, and start to pick up some of my regular posts again, such as the Weekend Recap and Library Loot. Sorry that I ever so briefly fell off the planet.

 

 

 

Note to self (or my list)

A little over a year ago, amidst this myraid of change happening in my life seemingly all at once, I realized that I needed to remind myself of a few things. So in my journal one evening I wrote a list of 15 things I needed to remember every single day for a variety of reasons. A year later I was thinking about that list, and it seems no less relevant to my life today. Since I was reflecting on it, I thought I’d share:

1. You have permission to say no.

2. There will always be more on your to do list than you have energy for. Prioritize, do what you can, and be prepared to get very little done sometimes.

3. You will fail. Get over it.

4. It’s okay to walk away for a minute.

5. Use your words. People can’t read your mind and its not kind to always make them depend on your body language and facial expressions.

6. You become a jerk when you’re tired. Get enough sleep or make sure you can leave social situations before you become a jerk.

7. If you need something, ask. The worst they can say is no. (And they are allowed to use that word too.)

8. Eat every couple of hours. You think clearer and this also keeps you from becoming a jerk.

9. People you trust will hurt you. It doesn’t mean they don’t love you and it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it.

10. If you think you need medicine (aspirin, asthma meds, cold meds) take it. You probably needed it three hours ago.

11. People don’t like someone who is perfect, they like someone who is flawed like they are.

12. It’s not always about you.

13. You can’t change you. Only God can, and only if you let Him.

14. One thing at a time. Seriously, you’re not superwoman.

15. People love you. You don’t have to prove you are worth loving.

Please note as you read my list, that, well, its not YOUR list. These are not things I am reminding you of, they are for me.

*This list was originally posted on my other blog on 6/22/11. If you happen across it, its my work, not the work of someone else.

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