August 25th, 2004

Fiona and me in the snow

a much needed, wished for, wanted, yet somewhat pointless entry that you all must read, or something

it is time, coffee in hand, cel phone turned off (due to dead battery) and my one class done for today to embark yet again on another entry. Man talk about words, I'm full of them, and I haven't had the energy though I've had the time to update. So here's today's in hopes that you'll know what's been up with me, and the general sttresses I've had to deal with in the past week. This morning's also going to be my journal maintennance morning, where I waste time and procrastinate while responding to all of your comments from the last entry, something I should have done long ago (sorry). Before I start let me thank you all again, for writing and responding to my entries. It keeps me going let me tell you. And welcome to the new people who have joined me. Man I'm sure a glutton for punishment on the friends list, but I love reading everyone's entries when I have the time and energy to do so. So cut up in nice bite sized little pieces, here's the entry.

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But that's probably not something you *really* wanted to read. Do you know ... You probably just wasted 30 seconds reading that, not including clicking into the cut if you were that brave? You want to know about the current me, and the state of my ever decreasing capacity for a peaceful state of mind. And that's what I'll tell you in 1000 words or less, give or take :).

A lot of my time continues to be spend on Skype talking to our "skype circle" and other randoms. I've also made time, which isn't hard at all, to continue to maintain my relationship with unsilenceddream. I promised no sap and sap will not appear in this journal because it'd make me sicker probably than you the reader, but I must say its really nice to have someone you can launch a ceaceless volley of endearments, insults, and random generalities about the meaning of life, and still end up at the end of the call tenderized yes, but in one piece. She's also good at keeping the one spirits up which I definitely need in these tough times.

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There's still no word on the Air Evac Debaucle, but we're at least going to try to figure out if we can make sure that they know that they had to transport me (it was a medical necessity due to my bone condition) and see where that takes us. If they'd pay for just a bit it would help.

Nightly, I've started calling people for the Democratic Party. I've, after the past two days or so, gotten it down to a science where I use Skype to call and copy and paste in numbers from an excel file, and unless I get someone *gasp* who actually *wants* to talk to me, I can go through like 30 or 40 calls in a half hour versus my 28 calls I went through in an hour and a half trying to manually enter numbers into a cel phone. Its a pretty fun deal; most people are pretty nice in the part of the state I'm calling, but some people view a one question survey as "a time waster) where others view it as having someone on the other end of the phone to talk too. and since you really don't want to know about my Bioprocess Engineering class I attended today (yay, I actually did attend a class today via phone) I'll close with a bit of a story from last night's calling.

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Fiona and me in the snow

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Wow how things change. I just called and talked to Jerry, who was recommended to me by the place that does personal assistants. We talked about all things: my needs, our lives, what we've been doing, and it looks really good. He's like maybe in his thirties or early forties which works. He's willing to be flexible (college students need this, me included), and he's also willng and wants to take less money than $10 an hour. Its amazing that he's so ungreedy. When I told him what they had told me about the rates that usually personal assistants charge, he was like "Isn't that a bit high?" and I was like, "Uh yeah, especially for what you're going to do for me." I wish there were more out there like him. So hopefully if all works out well, he'll start working with me when I get back up to Fayetteville on Monday. Here's hoping we'll be able to find all the classes we need to.

This is such a relief. I still don't know what the university will do with it, but at least we'll have a temporary plan, and if this works well, a permanent plan. He seems to be a neat uy so personality conflicts don't seem to be too much of a problem, and most of all, he's flexible, a must for me. I just worry about the volunteer issue because we can't at all make sure that they will be there when they say they will. Volunteers are well-meaning and essential, but I think maybe paying someone might be the better route.

So much less stressed :P. Time to logisticize things more and see how we can make this work, eat lunch, and maybe get a nap in. More soon.
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