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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 06:53pm on 12/06/2011 under , , ,
Today's rune is Uruz. Uruz represents Aurochs, the giant (extinct) wild ox of Europe. It is a rune of strength- both physical and mental, health, and for women: fertility, femininity, womanhood. It is a stone of endings and new beginnings.

Pretty appropriate following on yesterday's rune, Hagalaz. The theme of change continues. This rune, though, implies forward momentum and hope. I have the strength to make the changes that I need to make.

I've contacted several local organizations about volunteer opportunities.:

1. Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Tutor - After school tutors who will work with refugee minors to help them with their studies. Tutors must be willing to travel to the youth which includes the Montgomery County area.

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2. Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue - When dispatched, Greater Philadelphia Search And Rescue responds to your request for assistance, so "That Others May Live". Through our trained members and mutual aid we are proud to offer assistance in a wide variety of services and resources including: * Wilderness SAR * Urban SAR * Collapsed Structure SAR * Rope Rescue * Ice Rescue * Water Rescue * Cadaver Search & Recovery * Disaster Assistance Response Team.

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3. Volunteer in Nepal - Our orphanage program, located in Lalitpur (Patan), Kathmandu and Bhaktapur provides children with basic necessities like education, food, shelter, health facilities, in a nurturing community environment. Our programs allow you to take part in meaningful community service work, while discovering the people, sights, smells and tastes of Nepal. (From the web site, it looks like this would be a 1 month commitment. Couldn't do it right away, but something to keep in mind for the future.)

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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 08:01pm on 07/06/2011 under , ,
Holy crap, less than 2 weeks until I go! I finally got my itinerary. The company is providing transportation to and from the airport and we have direct flights each way. So, no layovers- yay!

Saturday, June 18
Depart Newark, NJ at 8:30pm
Arrive Delhi, India at 8:15pm

Staying at Hyatt Regency Delhi

Friday, July 1
Depart Delhi, India at 10:50pm
Arrive Newark, NJ on Saturday, July 2 at 4:25am

My laptop will not be going with me. The screen is just too unpredictable. Not to mention all the stuff I'd have to clear off the hard drive before trying to take this baby through Customs. I'm hoping to get some computer time at the office. If the standards at the India site are like the ones here, Facebook is the only social networking site that I'll be able to access. You can find me here. My FB is friends only. If you drop a friend request, please put something in the comments that you know me from DW or LJ. I'll be taking my paper journal with me and a camera. Be prepared for a massive trip report after my return!
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 04:38pm on 02/06/2011 under , , , ,
My sister got tickets to see the Philadelphia Union play Real Madrid in July. AND SHE INVITED ME! So, not only am I attending my first live soccer football game, I get to see the smokin' hot Cristiano Ronaldo! If I'm lucky we'll get one of these topless moments. Yes, I am that shallow. ^.^

All in all the week seems to be on the upswing. Today was better than yesterday, which was better than Tuesday. I'm hoping that this upward trend continues. Finished the first draft of part one of the SPN fic yesterday and sent it off to my lovely beta readers [profile] commodoresexual and [profile] supernatgeekgirl. Not sure if I want to post as I finish each part or wait until it's all finished. I'm not fond of WIPs, so am leaning towards waiting.
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 05:30pm on 31/05/2011 under
Today totally sucked. They need a copy of my driver's license for my visa application; however, PennDOT has my license until 7/27. Also got a letter from the insurance co of the woman I was in the accident with. Yeah, she filed a claim of over $2,000. Because my insurance co still says that my policy was lapsed, I'm responsible. Fortunately, her insurance co is willing to work out a payment plan. Ok, how the hell did her car work cost more than mine? I needed a new goddamn axle. She drove away from the accident. And why the fuck did it take until now for them to contact me? WTF. AND! I have to pay a new deposit of $250 when I renew my lease. Plus the usual rent and bills. Guess I won't be doing any souvenir shopping on my trip- if I get to go at all. Oh and got my spring semester grade report- I was never withdrawn from my classes! So now I have an "Incomplete" and an "F". F this Rosemont. Why does the shit all come raining down at once? I'll just be over there beating my head against the wall and maybe cry a bit. It can't be any more painful than this day has been. Son of a bitch.
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 06:15pm on 24/05/2011 under , ,
[profile] shusu has some links up at her LJ

89 are confirmed dead at this time, but that number will surely rise.

City manager Mark Rohr announced the number of known dead at a pre-dawn news conference outside the wreckage of a hospital that took a direct hit from Sunday's storm. Rohr said the twister cut a path nearly 6 miles long and more than a half-mile wide through the center of town. Much of the city's south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins.

Jasper County emergency management director Keith Stammer said about 2,000 buildings were damaged, while Joplin fire chief Mitch Randles estimated the damage covered a quarter or more of the city of about 50,000 people some 160 miles south of Kansas City. He said his home was among those destroyed.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Please consider giving, whether blood or money. Everyone's still reeling from the tornado outbreak in the South... this direct hit is pretty bad and pretty big.

And please pass this on, particularly on Dreamwidth.
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 06:02pm on 24/05/2011 under
Came home at 3:30 this afternoon to no power. Put in a call to PECO. It'll take up to two days to restore power, as the building is non-priority. *sigh* At least my gas is still on, which means I can cook and shower. This whole no power thing is mostly keeping me away from distractions, so I got quite a bit of writing done on the SPN fic this afternoon. Will probably return to it when I leave the library. It was a very long day run on very little sleep. This chibi is cranky.
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 03:57pm on 01/05/2011 under
"There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way." Christopher Morley

I saw this quote posted on Twitter and it got me thinking. I've been struggling with whether or not I want to be a writer and a college professor. Am I loser if I quit at these things? Am I a "sell out" for working a corporate job? Has "the man" broken me? Have I caved to the demands of "mainstream society"? Am I weak? Have I settled?

The answer to all of these questions can be found in the above quote.

I was never truly an ambitious person. Rather, I was trying to prove myself to the world to prove to myself that I am strong. For a long time I defined success by what I achieved in comparison to other people, to society's standards, and to ridiculous standards that I set for myself. A writer is successful when she publishes. A scholar is successful when she has a Ph.D. But I've seen something I hadn't considered before. A free thinker is successful when she lives the way that suits her best.

Writing was a source of therapy, joy, and expression-- until it became a goal. From there it became a source of immense stress, doubt, and frustration. It's been months since I put pen to paper. There are stories locked up in my head because I've been wrestling with indecision.

Learning and teaching both can and do happen outside of the classroom. I do both every day at the office. And guess what? I don't have any extra letters trailing my surname. And again, I've put off studying Japanese on my own while I dance with the decision of returning to school.

I've come to realize that I treasure my freedom even more than my ability to write or my desire to teach. I have been successful in living my life my way. I change tack as needed or desired, whether anyone else agrees with me or not. Insert some Sinatra here, because you know what? I'm doing it my way.
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After four days of a god awful stomach virus, I'm finally feeling like myself again. Better actually! I rode my bike six miles this morning. SIX MILES! (Caps, just in case you missed it. ^.^) I feel fantastic! Surprisingly. A couple of weeks ago I added some serious stretching to my daily routine. I'm starting to feel the pay off now. I can bend over without discomfort. My lower back isn't bothering me like it used to. And even my neck and shoulders feel like they might possibly be relaxing. It's a wonderful feeling when your body works like you want it to. Now that I have my stretching and aerobic exercise sorted out, I think it might be time to add some strength training. I'm also noticing a difference in my mood. A good difference. I'm feeling more confident. I think I might have sashayed a bit at the grocery store- a couple of guys checked me out! Me! Teehee!

SPN SPOILERS ) My love of Castiel only grows with every episode. I must admit to a wee bit of disappointment when there is an episode without him. My celebrity crush on Misha Collins has also grown to Paul Gross levels of crushiness. I've read a bunch of Sam/Dean/Cass, Dean/Cass, and Sam/Cass. Now I'm starting in on Dean/Sam, plus the addition of Crowley/Cass. Oh SPN, how you've eaten my brain.