darkfyre_muse: (TV tights)
I own you people about a hundred posts. I also need to clean my car, this seems more interesting. Let's start with an update.

January was good. March is going well so far. February was pretty craptastic. Once again proving that little catastrophes can make me tail spin. Live learn and get over it. (I am also officially not allowed to say 'rocks fall, everyone dies.' Some say it was having a negative impact on my attitude. go figure)

Let's stick to the good and the present. Spring seems to be settling in. There has been rainy and warm(-ish) days in the last week. Makes me happy. I am finding actual job listings that I am actually qualified for to apply to. It's a good thing. I also made a post to my professional blog yesterday, with hopefully more to come. ( http://architectsmuse.blogspot.com/ ) It was just a link with a comment, but its a start. I find that being an active member of the internet makes me happier than just being a consumer. That just means fighting my innate tendency to just lurk. Bad lurker no cookie.

Attending a birthday party tonight for some good friends, promises to be much fun, complete with cupcakes. My hair is currently a bright shiny red that sparkles in the sun. I have a fire spinning gig in May. Not paid, but performing is performing and it has been far to long since I felt that rush.

The mental health front is improving as well. I am working at getting out of my comfort zone and doing positive productive things involving other human beings. People are good, so interaction should be a good thing. Learning new coping techniques for when things get derailed. Habits to get into now while things are good so I will remember to do them when things aren't. I also dropped the dosage of one med to reduce side effects. It got rid of the one we were concerned with, but I just found out that the same drug is most likely contributing to my lack of attention span recently. It's not the only reason, but getting off it would help.

All to the good. Let's see, what else? Doing more reading this month than I have in awhile. You can pop over to goodreads ( http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4740272-megan?shelf=currently-reading ) to see what I've been up to. Still looking for good, engaging non-fiction, so let me know if you know of something great.

kk that's all for now.
darkfyre_muse: (darkside cookies)
just a tad late.

It was a busy weekend with far too many plans trying to overlap. (still getting used to that whole social life thing)
Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

More on my week soon.
darkfyre_muse: (jin)
We spent the morning in Central Park. Starting at the Natural History Museum and worked our way south. It was lovely and relaxing. We went in with a map and not really a plan. That seems to be my travel plan these days, but wandering is fun and that was the name of the game this weekend. Then we headed into midtown and visited Rockefeller center, before heading to Grand Central for lunch with J. We visited the Morgan Library, where J works, which has a beautiful atrium connecting the museum and library. It was designed by Renzo Piano and is absolutely gorgeous. I unfortunately couldn't take pictures and didn't have a sketch book. :( (need to get a new one of those) After that we said good-bye to J and went in search of the Highline. ( www.thehighline.org ) It is the old elevated train tracks that have been converted into gardens and a walking path. It is very well done. With many allusions to its origin. We walked the full length from 20th St down to the West Village. Where we wandered around and had dinner at a great mexican place. (Tequila cured salmon ceviche with mango pico de gallo and orange infused salt. omg yumm)

It was a wonderful day topped off by white wine and scrabble with J and dizzylama.
darkfyre_muse: (goth zen)
So I find that not only am I enjoying spending time with all the friends I already, have I am actually enjoying meeting new people. (Which is good considering the number that I am being introduced to these days)In the past it isn't so much that I haven't enjoyed meeting new people, more that whether I liked them or not, the whole process was rather stress producing. The whole "OMG no one is going to like me ever!" thing is starting to get less frequent. It's still there and I haven't quite gotten comfortable enough to just pick up a conversation with strangers, but things are better than they were. Heck the fact that I am willing to actually go out to meet said new people is a huge improvement from earlier this year.
darkfyre_muse: (espresso child)
--> Saturday morning, went to a 'how to but your first house' workshop. I enjoyed most of it, learned a lot, got really excited about finding and buying a house(a new concept for me) and walked away with a $10 giftcaard

--> Saturday afternoon: went to a volunteer training for Adaptive Aquatics at the rec center. (swimming lessons for adults and children with physical and/or mental diabilities) The classroom discussion was very interesting, the water session was 2 instructors trying to teach a bunch of non instructors to teach basic skills. (as a 10 year veteran of teaching swimming, lifeguarding and water safety I was not amused.)

--> Saturday night: Board games at Saxby's coffee

--> Sunday: BBQ and fire spinning and general fun at [livejournal.com profile] blushing_grace and [livejournal.com profile] arashinomoui's. Fire, food and new faces, could I ask for more?

So a wholely fun, busy, lovely weekend. Today I sew, clean and nap. Quietly. :)
darkfyre_muse: (scorch)
So today I got to eat tasty food and spread fiery goodness. Not to mention see looks of cool happy poi spinning, fire virgins popping their cherry and get a little burning and a bunch of spinning in myself. It was a lovely afternoon evening at [livejournal.com profile] arashinomoui and [livejournal.com profile] blushing_grace's place. I brought the flames and they provided the food. Though I think my contribution was considerably more addictive. ;)
darkfyre_muse: (snowflake)
a situational extrovert?

I still and probably will always identify as an introvert. And it is still very true that I find social interaction ultimately tiring regardless of my response in the moment. But I am finding more and more that, given the right circumstances, I can be/appear to be a strong extrovert. Take my volunteer training course today. It was a topic I am familiar and enthusiastic about, teaching swimming and teaching people with disabilities. I am excited about the topics and about the opportunity, so I found myself one of 4 people in the class of 30 or so actually participating in the discussion. Part way through I actually detached from the moment a bit and said "hunh? weird". It is similar to when I am around friends that I find interesting I sometimes never seem to shut up.

Now all that said, in both cases I will needed ample downtime alone, not saying anything, to recover. With all the fun I am having this weekend, I will still be very ready to not speak on Monday, probably all day.
darkfyre_muse: (scorch)
Got the burning bug back. Partially fueled by [livejournal.com profile] arashinomoui's desire to be corrupted recruited into my fiery games/toys. Also though I have just been jonesing to light up since Fire Drums. It's an addiction I know, but a pretty one.
So, much spinning goodness will be happening Sunday. If you are interested let me know, I can maybe able swing an invite.

Burn baby burn
darkfyre_muse: (panic)
cry cry bounce bounce panic bounce scream

that has been my day.
This is not normal.
So apologies to my lunch date who probably only followed about half of what I said.

Also, a cold pack and sunglasses inside. You do the math.

be well my friends.
darkfyre_muse: (dandy candy)
So, big bad social 3 day weekend. 3 days. 4 parties. 5 games. crabs. beer. burgers. brownies.

Friday. Date night with [livejournal.com profile] quixotic_goat. Tasty food and 'Prince of Persia"
Saturday. crunching crabs at [livejournal.com profile] julesk and [livejournal.com profile] wahyagar's
chocolate chip cookies and games at [livejournal.com profile] kaelikat's
Sunday. burgers, brownies and games with some old college/high school friends'
Monday. grilling and games and goats with [livejournal.com profile] reedrover, [livejournal.com profile] achaosofkittens and [livejournal.com profile] fireandearth.

wow. that was a lot. My brain overloaded a bit Monday afternoon and had to retreat to the back room while everyone was playing with baby goats. But all in all it was a fantastic weekend.
darkfyre_muse: (tiny dancer)
Main Entry: love
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: adore, like very much
Synonyms: admire, adulate, be attached to, be captivated by, be crazy about, be enamored of, be enchanted by, be fascinated with, be fond of, be in love with, canonize, care for, cherish, choose, deify, delight in, dote on, esteem, exalt, fall for, fancy, glorify, go for, gone on, have affection for, have it bad, hold dear, hold high, idolize, long for, lose one's heart to, prefer, prize, put on pedestal, think the world of, thrive with, treasure, venerate, wild for, worship

I've been thinking about love and relationships a lot recently. And passion and connection. )
darkfyre_muse: (abby nerds)
So a productive end week was followed by a lovely weekend. Saturday was productivity in the morning followed by [livejournal.com profile] jpenamelist 's graduation party. (I am so proud of her.) Lots of wonderful friends and interesting people I hadn't met yet. (I'm a sucker for an awesome tattoo, or 8) All said it was a mellow evening, however highlighted by hysterical, and most likely inappropriate, laughing with [livejournal.com profile] julesk (yes we act like a couple 12 y/os sometimes. and no I will not explainour jokes :P) Also warm cuddles with good friends. Though I was disappointed on the lack of hot tubbing, next time muwahaha.

Sunday brought sleeping late and house puttering. aka pretending to accomplish things. Oh and a NAP! omg is my sleep schedule fucked up.

Trying to get back up to speed this week.

optimism + introspect + coffee
darkfyre_muse: (darkside cookies)
Very very productive day. Laundry, groceries, studying, major post office run. Then home for dinner out with [livejournal.com profile] reedrover and [livejournal.com profile] quixotic_goat. TGIFriday's. Not my favorite but the sweet potatoe fries were delish and the company engaging as ever.

Now time to surf LJ a bit and stumble off to bed. I meant to make a music post earlier but didn't have time and am now too tired to look for the iPod.

night night LJ
darkfyre_muse: (TV tights)
And so it goes...

Things are going pretty smoothly this week. Not much of interest. Finally getting some basics established that I had been putting off. (I hate finding new professionals. Dr,dentist, etc et al) And trying to be better about keeping a regular schedule. I am still sleeping pretty crappy but I hope to get some help for that next week. (having to split your sleep into 2 sessions sucks and wastes time.)

Two weeks ago I headed to LA to catch a ride to Fire Drums in Santa Cruz. (yes yes I know how far the drive is. But I didn't have to rent a car and got free strawberries) Fire Drums is a fire spinning event in the mountains every year. It was my first fire event and will always be a favorite. Some of the best spinners in the world come together for 3 days of workshops and 2 nights of amazing fire. Took 2 fan classes, 2 weapon workshops and a dance for staff class. I also got to play with my birthday present. A HOOP. Yes I am now a hooper girl. OK not really but its fun and a good core workout. I have good hand manipulation skills but am still learner to actually manipulate it with my body. Lots of friends from all over CA and best of all I got to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] oceansfire and her girlfriend. They are adorable and I love them both.
Saturday night was very interesting, I took firewalking. Yes on hot coals. It was amazing.

This past Saturday I headed to Silver Spring with [livejournal.com profile] quixotic_goat and [livejournal.com profile] reedrover to see The Vagabonds . It was a lovely evening of piratical music, belly dancing and Stupid Things With Fire. We timed it so that we reached home just in time to go thud into bed.
darkfyre_muse: (stompy boots)
It was a really good weekend that I have a lot to say about.
But that will be tomorrow, when plans are made and ideas acted upon.
For now I am off to be warm and cuddled.
And content in the knowledge that it will rain tomorrow.
Because inspired or not I am always me.
darkfyre_muse: (rainbow fairy)
So thoughts and musings and a long over due post.

First and best I got my first tattoo on tuesday night. It is my burner ink. The first design that i saw and knew I had to get inked. It is a black flame on my sternum. I LOVE it!

Other things:
We have been keeping rather socia, getting out most weekends, I am keeping up with a goal to get together with [livejournal.com profile] julesk every couple weeks.
lots of board game fun. Something we really missed on the left coast.

And lots of birthday fun planned for me!!

more to come :)
darkfyre_muse: (inara & kaylie)
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft."

Or in my case, before you forget.

I love farms and children on farms, i just feels right.
I get a certain tingly feeling when I get near old houses full of antiques
Autumn is very very special
Rain is amazing (ok this I never forgot, but it always bears repeating.)

And then there is the remembering of things I have never really had. Knowing that without the nodding heads of sleepy husbands we would have opened another bottle of wine and talked for a few more hours. Have a shortage of weekends because so many people want to see you.
I have fantastic friends.
darkfyre_muse: (espresso child)
So here is how the trip East ended up. It was a fantastic, exciting, grueling epic 3 week adventure. I am so happy we got to see so many friends and family. None of the visits were long enough, they never are it seems. And I am unspeakably grateful to everyone who housed us and the fur beasts, you are all saints. He entire trip reminded me how much I love cities. Somehow there is texture in a city that I can’t capture anywhere else. It was our first time in the Pacific NW, and I am now dying to go back.

San Diego
Leaving LA – 10/18
7 hrs
CA coast & Big Sur – 10/19
1 hr
Monterey – 10/19-20
2 hrs
San Francisco – 10/21-22
11 hrs
Portland – 10/23
3 hrs
Seattle – 10/23-26
12 hrs
Montana – 10/27
23 hrs
Chicago – 10/28-11/2
9 hrs
KC – 11/3-4
4 hrs
St. Louis – 11/4-5
11 hrs
DC – 11/6

I have all the photos up on the Picasa site now. http://picasaweb.google.com/faeriefyre
Captions are sporadic, but I will keep working on them.
darkfyre_muse: (TV tights)
I need to start doing these in Word when I think of them. Lots of ideas when I have no access to the web. Can't remember a damn one when I sit down to the interwebs. :P merf.
So I guess some bullets:

--> I have not totally lost all progress in the last five weeks. My formal from 6 years ago fits again and I have been comfortably wearing my size 4.5 engagement ring the last 2 days.

--> unpacking is moving along. Slowly but surely the house is taking shape. Hopefully we will be ready for guests in a week or so.

--> Interwebs hook-up scheduled for Monday. grrr...

--> Job hunt commencing. Going to do some networking with old employer Friday. Starting to design the portfolio add in for my resume. If anyone has any contacts in the architecture/building/design world I would love to meet them.

--> wine tasting and MC ball planned for Saturday. One is decidedly more fun sounding than the other.

--> I am currently perversely addicted to Legend of the Seeker. And no it is not a good translation of the books. Much to my dismay.

kk running off. More tomorrow.
darkfyre_muse: (river's feet)
I have zero desire to go to a hotel tonight. Right now I’m at a Denny’s. Pancakes and tea. Nice. (There is actually no access here so this will be posted down the road. I guess.)
I had dinner with a couple of friends from Pendleton that had moved to St. Louis after getting out of the Marine Corps. It was nice to just sit and talk while her kids ran around being cute. I could have stayed there but they were all settling down for bed and I didn’t want to intrude. Nor do I particularly feel like settling down.

I'm now sitting outside a Super 8 leeching their net connection. I considered getting a room but they don't have any. I have yet to decide if I am going to wander over to the other motels that probably have rooms.

I actually think I am going to head into St. Louis and drive around.

January 2017


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