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luckywhitegirl 5:05pm, 1 January 2007
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luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
I know what you mean. The computer does cut into my reading time. On the other hand I like instantaneous knowledge at my fingertips. I learn even more that way. I wondered about something when I was reading the Odyssey --the daughter of Alcinoos is calles Nausicaa. Like the Myasaki film. Did Myasaki name his character after Homer's Nausicaa? I wanted to google it but the computer wasn't turned on at the time so I just tried to remember for next time. I forgot to do it but maybe I will now. Anyway stuff like that is great!

Other thing that's great. I hear a book review on NPR or read a reference in another book and bing! I can go to the library's website, type it in and hit the "hold" button. Over the next few days they'll pull the book for me and have it waiting at the front desk. All I have to do is walk in. Sometimes it takes awhile if someone else has it but I always have a steady stream of books and movies waiting for me to pick them up. It's like my own little Netflix 'cept it's free. And I have to walk a whopping 3 blocks to get it.
dda1605 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 11 years ago
Agree totally and not only regarding books but also music or even movies that I used to watch at least 2-3 times a week.
Did we became addicts ??

(Didier 2007 )
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
Monday, January 15, 2007
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I didn't do much to celebrate but I remember King throughout the year. Here's my friend Pat Fitzpatrick candidate for Gainesville City Commission.

Pat Fitzpatrick January 2007
Loca.... 11 years ago
I've been here just to say hello.
Have a nice day.
:))

Loca
admin
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I need to dust off the library card and start using it again. I've been dropping too many dollars at Barnes & Noble lately.

And we have an excellent library system here.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Allan -- amazon has great used books for cheap prices AND you can resell when you're done reading....

BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia)


Hey LWG -- I haven't been over in awhile and just wanted to drop by and say hello. I was reading about your swiss chard -- i have some shots in my stream off yellow and orange chard -- good eating and pretty too!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
that's a good shot!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Went to the garden this morning and this is what I saw:

pea blossom

I got another little job today. Now I have three of these little mini-jobs that are helping to tide me over until I find something more permanent. I do childcare at a church on Sundays, I take care of my neighbor's dogs so she can travel on weekends and now I'm doing some transcription work for that same neighbor. It involves more time sitting at a computer! Plus I do some translations for an internet-based foreign news service called Watching America (www.watchingamerica.com). I tell you all this lest anyone think that I'm a lazy good-for-nothin' unemployed recent college grad! hahaha...

I wish I'd find something soon though. Another application is going out in today's mail for a job in San Francisco that pays 20 grand/yr. which sounded like enough until I remembered what rents are like in San Francisco!

I don't know. I have lots of ideas right now. I still think I'd be good at making documentaries but don't know how to get started. At the end of February though I'm gonna move out of this rented house and go live rent-free out on a friend's farm out in the country (do some work in exchange for rent). Maybe I can borrow a video camera and start messing around?

Hope y'all are having a good day!
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
not too many things purtier than a pea blossom - just the thing i needed to see as the beauty of snow storm has faded into a slushy grey goop :)
Inside out
AliThinks 11 years ago
That's beautiful, Barb. It has stopped raining here, but the skies are still grey. It's good to see a little sunshine.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
the job hunt is tough stuff. i can empathize.
but hey. a creative girl like you? you'll find something and make it work. i have no doubt in the world
dda1605 11 years ago
great shot..... I don't know why but it is an optimistic shot.

(Didier 2007 )
sunshinecity 11 years ago
lol glory, i too empathize... and lemme tell you, it SUCKS..
I know someone's missing out by not having me in their staff!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
dda1605 11 years ago
Love your self confidence....You will make it very soon

(Didier 2007 )
satrina* 11 years ago
Another one empathizing here *raising hand*

I find the shot optimistic too, what I like the most about it is the bright light.

Satrina: av meg
Samrag 11 years ago
You seem like such a creative individual. I see you similar as a rose knob. Beautiful as is but still yet to open up and become this awesome bright red (white?) rose stretching it peddles as far as it can, making everyone gasp at the sight of it.
...Look forward to seeing one of your documentaries.
Love the photo of the day...

...oh and noticed that while people where complimenting you on this huge book stack you had there - that most of them where videos lol

Thanks for always dropping by.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
thanks for the vote of confidence, Glory!


<-- both looking for work too? geez... economy isn't as good as they say, is it? good luck to both of you!

Sam, thanks but it makes me sound like I'm 21. Add a decade to that and this rose is already fairly opened up! hahaha... and yeah it's true. I'm a movie junkie (and sometimes i includes pretty junkie movies! <--not that any of these were so far, but you know!)
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Here's Sadie. She's my dog and I'm her human. (we have an agreement). This is her first appearence in my daily photo diary.

Here, try to get this ball out of my mouth!

In this game you're supposed to try to pull the ball out of her jaws of steel while she taunts you with it.
Loca.... 11 years ago
Moving out to a farm? I'll do that one day, hopefully. Good job hunt.

Love your dog and hope he likes her human....
Nice way to say it.
:))

Loca
satrina* 11 years ago
She's so pretty and has a very soft look.

And yes I'm also on the job hunting... good luck for you too!

Satrina: av meg
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
Thursday, January 18, 2007

"bliss"

bliss

Today started out with me going to the doctor because I found a pretty sizable lump on the back of my neck. It turned out to be an inflamed lymph node. I didn't even know you had lymph nodes back there but it's inflamed probably because of a minor infection (I scraped my back on the steps outside horsing around with the dogs so that's probably it).

Leaving the clinic my friend Antonio and I decided to go Ward's market to get some stuff to make some chili since it's pretty cold out today. We spent all afternoon cooking and then celebrated the non-cancerous lymph node with some dark chocolate.

I found a cool book on the filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki in the library. I'm going to try to find out more about Nausicaa.
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
oh yum oh yumyum yum
Inside out
AliThinks Posted 11 years ago. Edited by AliThinks (member) 11 years ago
Glad it's just that and nothing worse. Chocolate seems like a great way to celebrate.

Alison
Android9 PRO 11 years ago
I love the last two shots! That is the cutest dog ever! And you can't go wrong with chocolate. Awesome.

Android
AllanThinks 11 years ago
That photo of the chocolate is bliss. Well done.

Glad you're okay.
satrina* 11 years ago
Dark chocolate is the best chocolate!

And so glad it's just a minor infection.

Satrina: av meg
dda1605 11 years ago
Great you're OK. Don't surprise us again this year....no more Docs.
I am a dark chocolate addict and your pic. cost me 1000 cal (150 gr of chocolate).


(Didier 2007 )
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
Friday January 19, 2007

Master of Japanese Animation

So I was reading Homer's Odyssey the other day (because it's been years since I read it, you know, and my friend Musa was reading it, so in order to be better able to talk with him about it a re-read was definitely in order). And I came to the part where Odysseus is shipwrecked again and swims up to this island, takes a nap and wakes up to the sound of girls' voices. It's Nausicaa and her maids who are out washing her linens in the river. Nausicaa? I thought. Huh. What a coincidence. In the intervening years between reading Homer's epic for the first time and re-reading it now I had discovered and fallen in love with Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animator whose genius is responsible for such excellent films as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and... Nausicaa, the story of a princess who lives in a post-apocalypic future in which the planet has been so polluted that humanity lives a stunted and miserable existence. Could Miyazaki have named his heroine after the Homer's Phoenician princess?

Yes.

I picked up this book in the library to find the answer.

"The roots of Nausicaa's character and her world go even deeper, back into Miyazaki's reading as a child and young man. In childhood he read a traditional Japanese folktale called The Princess who Loved Insects, the story of a medieval princess who was fascinated by all living things, especially insects.... Years later, browsing through Bernard Evslin's Dictionary of Grecian Myths he encountered the Phaeacian princess Nausicaa, who rescued Odysseus in Homer's epic poem. Evslin's image of the fleet-footed, brave and merry Greek princess merged with that of the Japanese heroine and became the princess of Miyazaki's rural kingdom".

So now you know! ;-)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
lol who ever said the economy was good here?? LOL If I find them i'll ask them to hire me... then see what they have to say!! LOL

Love the chocolate pi... funny, I took one myself today... we'll see fi it makes it to my stream or not! LOL

it is... chocolate is the trophee of all victories in my book!!

lol i agree, sometimes just the sight of candy makes me gain weight too!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
francophony Posted 11 years ago. Edited by francophony (member) 11 years ago
Your dog looks like a real cutie... and mischevious too!

Kim
sarahwoo 11 years ago
I love love love Miyazaki! Thanks for the info...

Just catching up on your photos...your dog is so cute! And...great shot of the chocolate. (Chocolate makes everything better...)
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
Saturday June 20, 2007

Not a real great day today. Kinda feeling a bit down. Definitely didn't feel like taking more than one photo today but here's my self-portrait for the 365 Days group:

Day 69

I sorta like the effect. I desaturated it (-35) and upped the contrast (+10). Erased a distracting thing behind my head to get that clean line there. Desaturation, I've discovered, is really cool. Lets you focus more on the lines and shapes of the photo without going completely black and white. Whatcha think?

p.s. I found another job to apply for. A Senior Associate in the Crimes Against Humanity Program of this group called Human Rights First. It sounds really cool... except I've never heard of them. They look awesome though. They can actually pay me a salary (though they don't say what exactly) plus have health insurance and 3 weeks vacation!! I wonder if it's too good to be true?

p.p.s. Okay, okay, I can't not tell you about something someone said to me today. I went to see an old friend this afternoon. I mean literally an old friend. He just turned 75. I went to his birthday party last weekend. He's someone I really respect and admire a lot. So I went to see him to see if he had any ideas/advice for me as to what I should do now with my life. So here's what he said, more or less:

So you just graduated with a Master's degree in International Relations, you've been in Colombia and to Chile. You speak Spanish. You make an impression... Go for the long one, Barb. Now is not the time to bunt the ball. Hit it out of the park. Don't bunt and let others move you around the bases. Hit a homer.

I'm not sure yet what that means but I hope I find out this year.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Your friend is a very wise person. Aim high. Settle for nothing less than what you want from life.
--
Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
AliThinks 11 years ago
Great photo. I love the colors. And your friend is absolutely right.

Alison
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
i like the set up and the colours - desaturated as they may be - but why does it look like you have three arms - no one with three arms should ever bunt - swing for the bleachers!
satrina* 11 years ago
Desaturation looks great and I like the advice given to you, and I agree with Allan, he sounds like a wise person

Satrina: av meg
Samrag 11 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

Dogs fantastic.

Love the self portrait there - and the story with it. He is indeed a very wise man... that is if we here are wise enough to judge that.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)

ps. you should take his advise and aim high... as long as that is what will make you happy :)
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
haha... probably because one of those arms is my leg! (The one with the legwarmer on it).

I fell asleep last night thinking about what it'd be like to live in NYC. Learning how to live with snow (can you walk on it without snowshoes? How much do snowshoes cost? What about ice? What about taxis??? Everyone in New York takes taxis but the one time I took a taxi in this country it cost $20!! Are New York taxis cheaper or is it that that many people don't mind paying that much money? There'd be a lot of things to figure out. I have a hard time seeing myself actually living in NYC.)
Samrag 11 years ago
LOL cost $20.... in Iceland it would be hard for you to take taxi under $30... and that would only be for short distances!!!
AllanThinks 11 years ago
You can get from LaGuardia Airport into midtown Manhattan for about $30 including tip by taxi.

But most people in New York take the subway and walk to where they need to go.
--
Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
dda1605 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 11 years ago
Great self portrait
I think your friend reference is from the baseball world and in a word he told you to be a winner......

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_run

(Didier 2007 )
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
$30??!!! PLUS you have to tip them?? goodlord. guess I've seen the last of taxis in my life. How much are you supposed to tip?
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I agree... your tweaking worked wonders... the colours stand out so well!

good luck with the job hunt!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
Sunday January 21, 2007

Sometimes it feels like Florida is an entirely different country. While I'm hearing about snow and ice and sleet all over the rest of the US here it is warm enough for me to wear a new sleeveless dress someone handed down to me today (it's cool. It's black with polka dots. Slightly retro. Maybe I'll take a photo). Anyway, here's what the sky looked like today.

sunday sky

In other news, I've decided that indeed, it would be entirely possible for me to live off a diet of dino kale, dark chocolate, red grapefruit and blueberries.
glucozze 11 years ago
nice sky :)
Glow* 11 years ago
Just to say hello to a fellow chocolate friendly person! You've got a wise old friend indeed!

Glow*'s world, at least what she's ok to share with the rest of the world!;)
different yak [deleted] 11 years ago
the is something of spiritual in this sky
=)
AliThinks 11 years ago
Lovely sky...

Alison
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
Monday January 22, 2007

A bit of color on a grey day...

mexican sunflower

I woke up this morning thinking I hate my blog. Most times, I have to force myself to write in it. I hate reading the comments people leave on it and I have no desire whatsoever to respond to 99% of them (comments from Ali, are of course the exception! ;-)... I'm not a very patient teacher and sometimes people write in with honestly just sorta uneducated responses to my posts. They're not trying to be mean; they just don't know much about the subject(s) which is fine but when they ask the same question for the 500th time or make the same argument I've responded to 47 times, I just want to puke. The blog is 2 years old; there are hundreds of pages and hundreds of posts that address their question/comment but they're too lazy to look them up. I'm tired of it.

So this morning I revamped the thing going back at least a year. I think I did that after the first year too so that the archives aren't too clogged up with trivial posts. Which means the stuff that's there's the good stuff, the substantial stuff, not stuff talking about what I ate for lunch that day or the fact that on April 3, 2005 I had a bad head cold.

The truth is, I've wanted to drop the blog for a long time now but I can't bring myself to do it. I feel it's important even if I'm not writing in it very much currently. It gets about 130 hits a day and it does a small part to widen the scope of thinkable thought. I get hits from people doing google searches for human rights, feminist theory and anti-racism work. Last week a high schooler in Ontario wrote me asking about how to go about starting on a career doing human rights work (her, I wrote back!). But then I get a lot of hatemail. So much that I feel uncomfortable now writing anything personal in the thing and personal stuff sometimes is the most fulfilling for me.

So I've decided that this can be my vent for personal reflection. The blog will be purely political commentary. I mean sometimes politics leaks out (as it has in this post) but for the most part, you know what I mean. So anyway, the blog remains ...for now.
satrina* 11 years ago
That sky is just awesome, like painted on a canvas.

Seems like a good solution to keep the blog for the politics and use this for your personal posts.

Satrina: av meg
AllanThinks 11 years ago
That's a really sweet macro, B. And the sky shot is amazing
--
Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
sarahwoo 11 years ago
Hi Barb...

So, I have been busy and really behind on all the photo diaries. I am still busy but I allowed myself to read just ONE more...

Your last few photos are so great. I love your self-portrait. It seems especially telling after reading your text about jobs and the words from your 75-year-old friend. I really feel for your position - being stuck with so much to offer yet not finding someplace to offer it to. I believe it will happen for you because that is how things work. It has to. In the meantime, you are taking beautiful photos of your world, going to birthday parties, eating chocolate, chasing after dogs, and putting yourself out there to the world through your blog. I really think that you "are the change" you want to see in the world. I am totally impressed...

Thinking about you from way over here... :)


Sarah
dda1605 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 11 years ago
First of all, great pictures on the last two days.....as usual.
I had a first and fast look at your blog. At a first glance it looks very rich and interesting. I will take more time to go into it and I promise I won't ask any question........

(Didier 2007 )
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Such a wonderful macro!
I', glad you decided to stick it out with your blog. It'd be a shame to give it up just because of a few stupid readers. Then again, you shouldn't do anything that you don't want to do.
I think blogs are a curious phenomenon. The fact that so many of us choose to open up and write about personal things, about our lives, about or opinions on delicate subjects such as politics, social issues and human rights fascinates me.
I think writing helps alleviate some of pour anguishes.. helps clear our heads and liberate our soul.
Well that's how I feel about it sometimes, when I write in mine!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
eelend PRO 11 years ago
I understand you. One of my friends is thinking about "killing" his blog because too many people use to read it everyday; and they post and he doesn't feel free to write whatever he wants.

Nice pic, by the way.
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
oh didier, i'm sorry! no, you can ask questions. I just mean that these are questions from people who are already sorta antagonistic or whatever. I don't know... I didn't mean to scare anyone away from asking questions or leaving comments at all but hey I guess that's why it's good I vented here and not on the blog.

exactly. and then you're writing for them and not for you and it becomes like a chore and not a release.

hey, cute blog! I checked it out! mine used to be a bit more personal like that but now it's not at all. too risky.

wow thanks Sarah, that's so sweet. that totally made me feel 100% better!

thanks y'all! :-)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
risky? it's a shame you feel that. I saw you left a comment, thanks!
I don't really get that many visitors, so i'm not risking much...

Hope you stop by again soon!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday January 23, 2007

Job Search. Ever get that feeling that this is the one? I do sometimes. But I'm not really superstitious. I'm an incurable skeptic so I think it's just that I remember the times the feeling was right and forget the times it was wrong. I remember though when I met the organization I worked for in Colombia that I got a feeling that I'd be back there and within a year, I was! But who knows.

Today I applied for two jobs. One is the one I mentioned above (Human Rights First) and the other is this one:

buscando empleo/ the job search

They are looking for an "advocate" --someone who goes over to the conflict zone, collects stories of refugees, helps decide what is needed most urgently and then helps figure out how to get it. I know, eh? Heavy stuff.

I worked with refugees in Colombia. Actually they would be IDPs (internally displaced persons) because they didn't cross an international border but they had left their lands because of the war. And had come back. And we were accompanying them. This group says they've done stuff in Colombia but most of their work is in Africa. There are some 4 million refugees there. 3 million in the middle east and 2 million in southeast asia (rough numbers). Going over to Darfur and recording people's stories of genocide though --man, that's just miles away from what I was doing in Colombia. A million, billion, billion miles away.
dda1605 11 years ago
Not an easy task.......If you believe you can do it, it's great don't hesitate.
But be sure you understand all the meaning and consequences of a job of this kind because it can be difficult, very diificult. Africa, Middle east, refugees.....it won't be easy.

Anyway, you are a great lady.

(Didier 2007 )
Loca.... 11 years ago
Came to catch up on your daily news.
Your friend of 75 years old is a very wise person, hope you'll know what he meant soon.
Chocolate was a great way to celebrate...
Here in Portugal, even in a rainy day like today, the skys look great, and the weather is quite warm. Now they say we are having very cold weather and I only have a coat over my usual t-shirt. So I guess, I too am one of the luckyest in weather.
Think you're doing right about your blog.
And finally... good job hunt.
:))

Loca
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
wow - heavy stuff indeed -
Inside out
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
sigh. Wednesday January what is it now? 23? 24? 24 ...yeah. um, 2007.

I'm too tired to take another photo today so here's my self portrait again.

Day 72:  Dooced.

This is the dooce effect. Click on the picture for the link to the page that explains how to do it. I'm too lazy to put them in here.

I want to take more pictures of my bike but you ever try to fit a bicycle into a half-way decent composition? It's not an easy thing! Should be a good challenge then, eh?

sigh. it's gotten cold here again (is that a word? gotten? doesn't look right). I bought some seeds for my garden today. Mesclun lettuce mix and um... spinach. Plus sunflower seeds. Must have sunflowers. Never can have too many sunflowers.
AliThinks Posted 11 years ago. Edited by AliThinks (member) 11 years ago
I think the photo looks nice that way. And I missed your diary yesterday...heavy stuff.

Alison
ebilflindas Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ebilflindas (member) 11 years ago
Beautifully dooced photo! I just started playing with it myself.
Good luck with the job search; that Refugees International gig sounds incredible--challenging, but an amazing experience, I'm sure. Could be that "homer" your old friend told you about. ;)
_____
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I just read your Miyazaki entry; thank you for that! I'm a mythology nut and I, too, love his movies. I've wondered about Nausicaa, but never looked it up.
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
cool! glad to have sated your curiosity!
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Wow. I just read your entry from yesterday.

I don't know if I could work in Darfur. That would be so emotionally taxing.

I applaud you for considering the possibility.

Allan
dda1605 11 years ago
Great site for cycling.

(Didier 2007 )
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
Thursday, January 25, 2007

Not a very interesting day today. Here's a house near the park where I walk my dog. It's been converted into a museum. I've never been in it and don't know much about it.

Matheson House
sunshinecity 11 years ago
oh this is such a beautiful shot!
I love the sharpness of the colours!

Good luck on your job search... you are looking at a very interesting area of work!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
ILIGHT 11 years ago
Looks like you had great weather today! All the best to you!
satrina* 11 years ago
Great sky and colours! I like those branches with red flowers

Satrina: av meg
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Just by being curious...nice work, keep it up you have a interesting style - PLEASE go to the museum...someone went to all the trouble of creating it - aren't you a little curious ??

Bravo for your views and efforts. Hard to look anywhere these days without seeing a place that needs help - good luck on the job search.

CollardGreens: Oops
dda1605 11 years ago
Great house and picture. Lovely neighborhood

(Didier 2007 )
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
Friday January 26, 2007

dryers

The backyard was filled with robins today. They made quite a ruckus. Like they were all here on spring break or something. A friend of mine says they're drunk on laurel cherries. Like most out of towners down here, they seem drunk on something! lol...

It's cold tonight. Supposed to get down near freezing. I covered the strawberry plants I have in my garden. Now I'm drinking lemon-grass/mint tea and watching the News Hour on PBS. (I've only recently gotten a television set. It's got a good set of rabbit ears and gets several channels but I only watch the Public Broadcasting System. The BBC news comes on at 6pm and the Newshour at 7pm. Monty Python's on at 11 most nights too. Even if I'm not watching it I sometimes keep it on real low in the evenings. It's very comforting and makes the house seem less lonely.)

I don't feel like going out tonight. I don't feel like going out this weekend. I want to stay here in my house, drink lots of tea, read my books and watch public television. I like being a nerd!

[oh p.s. as this picture shows, I did my laundry today!]
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
enjoy your weekend in - sounds great ;)
satrina* 11 years ago
Your weekend sounds really cozy, hope you enjoy it!

Satrina: av meg
msspider66 11 years ago
I love strawberries. I love most berries. No fresh ones here, I guess I am going to have to suffer with my chocolate covered blueberries.

[Ms Spider66]
AllanThinks Posted 11 years ago. Edited by AllanThinks (member) 11 years ago
There's a part of me that would like to stay in all weekend, but it is sunny out and I need to feel the sun's warmth, even as cold as the air is.

And I don't think the sun will be around long according to the forecast.

I love that photo of the laundry. That's so well composed.

Good stuff.

Have a cozy weekend.

Allan
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
I'm not having a good weekend. I'm really sad and discouraged. I've been feeling like this for about a week. I had a falling out with a friend of mine and decided that the friendship was really one-sided (meaning he was my friend but I wasn't really his) and it had been that way for awhile and so it needed to end. He only wanted to hang out with me when he wanted to a) borrow money or b) go eat out at restaurants which he does at least once a day and often twice a day and since I'm relatively unemployed and on the job market I can't afford to do that anymore. Thing is he can't really afford to eat out every meal either so that's why he was borrowing money! So I lent him $100 he spent it in two days (mostly on eating out) and then asked for more and got mad when I said no.

So we're not friends anymore and it's probably a good thing. It used to be a good friendship. He supported me when I was going through a tough time when I came back from Colombia. He was a good listener back then and was really a good friend. I want to acknowledge that. But things changed and the nature of our friendship had changed and I guess I have to acknowledge that too.

It's probably just as well. He was probably the closest friend I had here in Gainesville. The only person I sought out on a regular basis. Other people are friends but they usually seek me out, you know what I mean? They call me. I don't usually call them. Which doesn't mean that I don't like them. I enjoy their phone calls and going out with them every now and then but I don't think of calling them when I have an idea I want to flesh out. And so I say it's probably just as well because, you know, I don't plan on being here much more than another coupla months.

But the result is that this has left me feeling really lonely. Even if it wasn't a great friendship it was the only close friendship I've had lately. So I don't really hang out with anyone now. I've some vague plans to go see a movie with some of these other friends and acquaintances but... I don't know. I just haven't felt like it lately.

So I don't know. At least I'm getting a lot of reading done now. And I can really focus on my job search, which is going tediously slowly. So it's probably for the best.

It's just a little lonely around here right now.
dda1605 11 years ago
I don't believe you're lonely. You seem to be such a great person, I am sure you will fall on your feet very soon.
Greal picture of the laundry, it looks like an American movie of the 50's

(Didier 2007 )
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
thanks didier
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I know how you're feeling...
I find it hard to go out, seeing as most of my friends are all couples, and often doing their own thing. Most are living together and I am living the life of a single without the benefits. I'm engaged but my fiancé lives in the USA, so I don't go out on dates or meet many new people as I'm not interested in dating, so often I''m at home, but this kills me as I'm such a lively person and I love to hang out and socialise.

I think things have a way of fixing themselves in time, it's a just a matter of sitting back and being patient. I know... easier said than done, tell me about it!
I hope you manage to find a job that satisfies you and that takes you where you want to go in life!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
AliThinks 11 years ago
I'm sorry about your friendship. It's hard, but you seem to recognize the need to move on. ((hug))

Alison
Tom Hall (tommune) 11 years ago
Love the depth of field on the washers... I had a similar shot but outside on Monday....

So sorry to hear about the loss of friendship, but Terri and I are doing the same thing... realizing some folks in our life are batteries and some are battery-drainers.... if it's one-sided, it's for the best.

Thoughts are with you, and you are not alone.

Tom Tommune's 2007 in Austin
Samrag 11 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

Sorry to read about your friend. He clearly has issues, most likely feeling very alone and miserable.
Feeling lonely is sometimes good - makes one evaluate how we treat our friends and how we are treated back.

Hope that you will find peace and happiness in your loneliness, until a new period will begin.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
durhamyankee 11 years ago
Washrooms always remind me of big cities. They shouldn't, but there's something that just makes me smile thinking of people trucking big loads of laundry around NY or Boston or Chicago.

I'm sorry that your friendship is crumbling. Money is a dangerous thing to pollute a good relationship. I hope things turn out.

Dwm's everday
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
Saturday January 27, 2007

This is what came in the mail today...

Look what came in the mail today

Did you know these things have microchips in them now? yeah, I know... kinda creepy ain't it?
AliThinks Posted 11 years ago. Edited by AliThinks (member) 11 years ago
I read somewhere that there's a way to disable the microchip. Like, with a hammer. ;-)

I just hope I remember to do that when I get a new passport in 2012.

Alison
AllanThinks 11 years ago
That's very creepy. My current one is good until 2015, unless they tell me I have to get a new one.

I don't know what I will do then.

Allan
dear cake [deleted] 11 years ago
how did you choose your Flickr name 'luckywhitegirl' ? ......it's an interesting choice....
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
it's the name of my blog, (barbhowe.typepad.com)

I might try that but then they might not let me through if it doesn't scan.

yeah, it made me wish I had not waited until the last minute to renew it.
Zuzu*Petals PRO 11 years ago
Ok, yeah, that's spooky.
On the upside, it's a nice passport photo. And your shot of the documentation collage is pretty neat. =)
msspider66 11 years ago
My passport pic is scary. I had woken up late the day I got it and didn't have a chance to make myself a bit presentable for the photo. I think it expires in 2015. That will give me some time to primp for the photo.

[Ms Spider66]
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
More on lost friendships.

I seem to have a theme going on this weekend. I got an email from a person I used to be really close to. We used to be best friends but we had a falling out and haven't spoken in years. Then this morning I opened this email from her.

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Hi Barb,
I was just cleaning out some drawers and found a note you gave me several years ago. You had bought it at the farmer's market and I think you gave it to me with some soap. You mentioned at the end how supportive you wanted to be regarding any changes I felt I needed to make in my life. Anyway, it was so sweet. And, although it took me forever to make some of those changes, I am so glad I have have. Marrying J. was the right thing to do in the end.

Reading your note reminded me that I still have some of your things in my garage. ....do you still want these things? Would you like me to bring them to the cw house? Or would you want to come to my house to get them? (I am still living here while B. [her son] is ill...).

Hope you are doing well.
K.

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She thinks it's all because of J. then. It wasn't because of him. Not at all. Although their affair hurt many people in our community, they couldn't help it. I can never blame anyone for falling in love. It doesn't seem to be a thing within our control. I wrote back:

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Hi K.,
Thanks for holding onto those things for me. I'd love to come by sometime and pick them up, either at your house or at the CW, whichever is more convenient.

I remember buying that note card. It was from the girl who lived next door who made stamps and the soap was from Stinky Lewis.. :-) I don't remember what I wrote on the note. I tried to be supportive until someone told me that you had started the [CW project] not long after I left for Colombia. After that, I guess I didn't feel very supportive anymore. Why couldn't you have told me yourself and why didn't you want me to be part of it? It was my dream as much as it was yours. It really hurt to be excluded and I took it really personally until it seemed you and J. weren't real into including many of us from the community. It wasn't just me. It was Bob, Pat, and others. You had to bring in people from out of state. College students who wanted to do what you and J. already had planned out. Easier to do that, I know, than to do the hard work of community with the people you've already got.

If this sounds judgemental, well, it is. I have the same problem of not appreciating the people around me and not trying to work things out with them. As soon as there's a problem I leave. I always want to go somewhere else where people are "better" (more educated, more multi-cultural, more ambitious etc.) anywhere but this place, any people but these people. I've decided that I am more in love with the idea of "people" than I am with any actual persons in my life, friends definitely included.

So these changes you talk about, maybe they were good for you, but I don't see how they were good for the community. Then again, what do I know about community? And maybe it was worth it. Are you happy?

I miss you, K. You were my best friend.

I hope B. is doing better. Or at least okay. I hear about him a lot and am impressed by his bravery and even more so, by yours.

Take good care and just let me know where to pick up the boxes.
barb

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It was my dream as much as it was hers and J. wasn't the only one who loved her.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Wow, B. That's tough. I hope you get a chance to express your feelings to her in person.

Good luck.

Allan
sunshinecity 11 years ago
your passports have a chip now? That is VERY freaky!! I thought we had it bad when I had to renew mine and get a digital photo printed both on the actual paper as well as in-bedded in the weave of the paper... scary stuff.
I hear finger prints are next...

I'm sorry to hear about your hurt feelings with K. Hope things can still be worked out and that it's not too late...

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
Sunday January 28, 2007

In spite of feeling rotten today I biked out to Paynes Prairie. I thought it might clear my head.

Paynes Prairie

It didn't.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Sometimes we just have to slog through. I'm sorry about your friend. Maybe you and she will get a chance to talk about it all soon.

Alison
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