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“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it” – Hans Selye

 

It’s been a while, I know.   If you’ve followed my blog for a bit, you know that is the trend.   I come, I go, I run around like a chicken with my head cut off. I promise future blogs and then stop. Awful, dirty, liarses.   For those of you looking for the last installment of my Captain America raving, sorry, it’s likely never coming.   I did fill two blogs of squeaking though!

Faire season has come again. I don’t currently have a list of 10 things I’ve learned from the season. I assume that will come along as we progress. This is the second year of helping run the booth. This year considerably less crazy since we’re not digging up the ashes of a loved one’s house, but still crazy in its own way.

When you take on as much stuff as I do, it is balance that is key. You would think after being the type of person to constantly take on more than one necessarily should, I would have figured out that balance. That’s adorable that you have that confidence in me.

Every year, it is a new challenge in finding a way to make everything work, fit, and run smoothly. A big part of that is also learning to choose one’s battles, which I also haven’t learned, but am working at.

The Renaissance Festival is the peak ‘busy season’. A season that lasts until January, and then starts up again in March. With as much as goes on, Faire is always the craziest. I am usually working 7 days a week. This year I have altered things a bit so that I am at least not at the booth the full weekend.   Sundays are my day to input receipts, adjust inventory levels, and help catch up on missing product.

As it does, the universe has also blessed me with a promotion during this time. Last year (my first year helping manage), I had just started this amazing job. Now, this year I have moved in to a new position with the financial department.   I love the new department I am working in and what I am doing, but I am also needing to focus on new things while trying to work out everything else in the other areas.

With this new position has also come the realization that I have to go back to school if I want to progress in the field I have started in, which I do.   This now adds trying to figure out school funding while trying to establish a down payment for a home so we can stop renting.   I find renting abhorrent. Not investing my money in the place that I live drives me crazy. It’s just throwing hundreds of dollars away every month. That was compounded by the resigning of my lease and the $130 they raised my rent by.   We do not live in a nice apartment, so the prices they are expecting are absurd, but are currently unable to move, so this is just something we have to take in stride.

The plan was, no, is, to have a home in the next two years. I have a dear munchkin who I want to have enough space for when she turns 18 so she can come down to a safe environment and go to school and start a real life for herself. I was blessed with folks who did the same for me when I was getting out of the shitty situation I was in, and it is truly important to me I pay that forward.

In with all of that news, GISHWHES is coming! This is the most fantastic part of my year, and I am so glad that it’s close. With the new position also comes the uncertainty of if I will be able to take the time off that I had planned, and if the dates remain the same as hinted on the website, the hunt will actually start the final weekend of Faire. Even with both of those minor roadblocks, I am still bouncing off the walls. Our team is already mostly assembled last year, and everyone is pumped and ready to go. If you have never participated in this amazing adventure, I highly recommend going to http://www.gishwhes.com and consider it. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be stressed out of your mind, and it will be the best experience of your life.

I feel like all of these things; faire, Mischief Managed, work, GISHWHES, charity endeavors, impending school, and trying to figure out a house should have me going bonkers, but right now I am actually pretty calm and ready to go.  The rent hike is the only thing on that list that really has me stressed. Everything else I am just ready to go with. I want to think that could mean that I am learning to balance, but deep down I know that all it is, is me being ornery and planting my feet against the impending stress induced snap.

In the meantime, this is your resident currently positive attitude, signing off from this long winded update.

 

Till next time, m’loves!

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Le Gasp!

I live, I promise!

So– a quick review of things missed:

-Despite the efforts of the owner, Faire was survived.  Not the best season, but a few new friends were made through the crapiness, so that’s something.

-The shooting… that happened.   I thought about writing a blog immediately afterward.  I was a furious little bundle of rage.  Still am, but at the end of the day decided I didn’t want to give it more publicity at the time.  Long and short of it– we weren’t at the theater, we found out when we got home, went to the vigil later to protect the families from the Westboro Baptist Church, ended up on TV (did not want -.-), families were able to mourn in peace, douchebag rotting in prison, the end.

-Babies, babies, babies!  Everyone is having babies!

I do believe that’s about it up to this point.  

The political season is in full swing, and unlike most, I adore this.  I hate the mudslinging, but I do love politics.  Right now that means I get to hear Obama speak more, which I adore, and I can get involved at home.  I thrive in it!   More to come on that later though, I am sure!

Updates on this will likely be sparse again for a while.  Our finale for Avistrum is quickly approaching, Khatovar has a show, and I have undergone a new project with a coworker– which will be to sufficiently geekify another coworker.   You should follow her, she is updating on the shenanigans with us!  http://tiannahurtado.wordpress.com/

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A New Adventure

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” -Irving Wallace

 

I have worked a myriad of jobs in my short life.  I’ve worked in sales, and food like all young people.  Had a receptionist position for a few years in there, t00.  I have also worked in the arts, making and selling chainmaille, and with an entertainment  company as their secretary and now vice president.  A lot has happened in my professional life thus far, despite my primary income coming from the aforementioned food or sales, but now a new adventure begins.

About a week ago I received a call from a staffing agency working directly with IBM, and was offered a position with the company.  Never before in my life have I had a steady, decently paying job.  The food positions I held payed the standard eight or so an hour, and the receptionist position paid well, but was only part time.

So now I move on.

Today was my last day at the airport.  I had worked there for a year and some change, and frankly, every day was awful.  Despite that, I made a lot of new friends being there.  They make those stupid ‘family’ statements when you first start in a restaurant, and everyone always rolls their eyes and tries to get on with their day, but with the cliche aside, it’s true.  We all had to deal with the jerks, the tantrums, and the drama, but for good or bad, each other was all we really had for those eight hours.

If you had told me even a month ago that I would feel even remotely sad about leaving that terrible place I would have laughed at you, but when walking in to the parking lot tonight, I found myself a little morose.

I can say with confidence that I will not miss that job or the guests, but to all the people at that restaurant:  Thank you for being there through the rants and the frustration, and sorry I wont be around anymore to bark at people when they do things they’re not supposed to.  I will miss all of you terribly.

 

Monday I move in to training at the new job.  Once that is complete (two weeks) I move in to my first cubicle, with my own desk, and my own computer, in a field I am actually interested in.  In that field, I will have to find new balance.  I am a believer, and a dreamer.   The best thing I have ever done with my life is bring magic to people, and that will never stop being true.  We’ll see how well I manage to make that flourish in a relatively mundane situation.

Despite how good this change is, I find myself intimidated.   I can’t help but wonder how I will mess up this huge opportunity, but with that fear is excitement.

It’s time for this sparkly little fae enthusiast to move on to her next big adventure.

Here I’ll post those exploits and others, whether it be ranting or overjoying over that new corporate world, a show we’re to put on, something new I’ve made, some political rant, or exploits with friends and loved ones.

 

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