Aug. 3rd, 2009

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Things which didn't suck for 08-02-09

This is a bit late, because I was sleepy like whoa and decided that a hot bath and early bed were more pressing than LJ. So you get it, a bit late.

1) Helping friends move some more. It's good to help others, esp. those who have always been willing to help me.

2) Receiving a hefty chunk of change from [ profile] rowangolightly towards the repair of my car. Almost at the halfway point.

3) A guy came by about buying the Blazer. We'll see what happens there, but I'm hopeful.

4) Working some more at my place. Seeing real progress.

5) Finishing the first book in the Dark Tower series.

6) Getting a good night's sleep and sleeping in.

So that's it. The challenge is over, but in a way, it is just beginning. I now challenge myself and all those reading to keep finding things that don't suck, every day, in your life, and sharing them occasionally. Maybe we won't make lists every day, but I know I want to keep sharing my joy with you, not just my sorrow, and I hope you will consider including me in your happiness, that I might rejoice with you.

What didn't suck in your world today?
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Those of you who participated in the challenge, or those who just saw it cross your friends lists, I want to hear from you. Did you have more positive in your life? Did you find yourself seeking out the good in your life? Was it annoying and you are glad it is coming to a close? I'm curious.

I found I framed my day in a more positive light, and was less likely to post about the negative, but I also found that I almost felt bad about posting the negative, as if I would "harsh everyone's buzz" and that was awkward. I don't want anyone else to feel that way. You shouldn't feel stifled or censored in your own journal. I need to keep this as a place to vent, too, and I felt a bit restricted, though I know I was doing that to myself. I'm guessing I'm not the only one who felt that way.

My favorite part was coming and reading everyone's positives, though. It was incredibly uplifiting.

As an experiment, it was fun. I don't know that I could maintain it on a daily basis, but I do know I want to share more of the good things in my life, not just the big ones, but the little ones, too.
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Ah. A good day. Smog is at Vacation Bible School, and then spending the night with a friend. I worked at my house for a bit, took a wee swim, and am enjoying a glass of wine from my stash that I desperately need to thin out by drinking it.

If you are in the mood for some subtle social commentary wrapped in a piece of vaguely disturbing short fiction, go read my previous post. If not, well, don't.

In going through papers at my house (I've thrown out bags and bags, really! I'm so proud of myself!) I came across some papers from when I worked at the winery. God, I'm so glad I'm not there anymore! What an unhealthy environment that was! All passive-aggressive ( and sometime aggressive-aggressive) communication between the owner and the winemaker and the owner and...well...everyone. And I was always caught in the middle of it. It's amazing I lasted there as long as I did. The only reason I stayed as long as I did was the love of the wine and the building, and the vision of what it could be. I learned a lot, and I'm glad I did, but I'm so glad that chapter in my life is over.

Bumped into Tazia (my brother's ex-fiancee, now married and happy) today. She is working at the plasma center over in Stillwater. I asked if they were hiring, and she said they were. She was very enthusiastic about her job, and said she'd bring me an application and would put in a good word for me. As much as I enjoy substitute teaching, I need to find something more steady, and I have taken a course in we'll see. It's an avenue to pursue, for certain.


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