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  • 17 Oct 2005
    Yes, I've used that tag line before...... I had to get out for a day.  On Saturday I went to my folks' house and stayed for the night.  The thing is, I felt like I had to get permission from my friend to do it, especially since he and my wife think my living there is a bad idea.  My folks didn't like their thinking that, especially my dad.  He made it clear to me to stand up to them and make my own decisions.  He said it was obvious that I was being beaten down.  I mentioned this before - a few weeks back my folks needed me to stay there alone to watch the house while they were away.  My friend and wife were dead against it, and my wife even threatened divorce if I did it. They felt I would relapse (thanks for the trust!).  My folks essentially told me what I've already been thinking, and saying, and that is they can make all the threats they like, but I am my own person.  I agree, and I have been very assertive.  I still get tired of lectures, especially about my problems in finding a job.  I told my friend I'd like to see him get something right now, and that my wife has been trying to get a new job for years and has been unsuccessful.  I am getting tired of it all.  If something doesn't change soon I will have to make some major decisions. Consequences are going to have to happen.  I need to decide my own.  I am definitely feeling my old strength coming back. My folks were watching this little white yapping dog from next door.  The thing barked at me constantly.  My mom said she really doesn't like men, to which I replied "I could change that."  She laughed. I didn't get to see my daughter Saturday because she had a birthday party to go to, and that was fine with me.  I don't want to interfere with her social life.  I wound up leaving the dungeon for my folks' anyway.  It was nice to be away and have some peace and quiet. So I'm out pounding the pavement again today.  I'm deliberately staying out later than usual because I do not want to meet with those Mormon dudes again (no offense to any Mormons out there). They're nice, but I don't want to be a Mormon.  I'm screwed up enough as it is to have to join a made-up religion.  Although, as I've said before, I got a certain pleasure out of telling them I thought I might be TS! On the plus side I've been getting more calls for interviews, I should have the Jazz Era book contract this week, and I start seeing a new shrink on Friday, which means eventual dialog with my wife.  Yet there is one thing missing from my life, and you all know what that is. I have no freedom to fully be Meredith. Keep your fingers crossed for me.  Let's hope this is a good week. Mere
    2227 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • 17 Jul 2010
    I know I don't blog as much as I used to.  It's hard to do that working two full time gigs.Dad is doing fine.  Thanks for your well wishes.Josie is doing fine.  Thanks for your well wishes.More later!I hope you're doing fine.  Thank yourself for well wishes.
    1901 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • 16 Oct 2009
    Here's some brief updates -Been in my new place for a month.  It's been working out fine, even though I have to get used to having a roommate again.  It's nice to be able to park right in front of where I live rather than blocks away.I go to Detroit next week to chair a panel at THE premier labor history conference.  My school is paying for it through their Faculty Development Fund.  Plus, I'll get to hang out with Karen Brad, something we haven't done in almost four years.I finally received copies of my book.  Look for an announcement about that soon.Me and Josie are doing just fine.  She really helped me out when I needed it.Getting new book proposals out there.  I hope to sign some contracts soon.I still don't have internet at my new place, so I get here when I can.The ex-wfe is being a bitch again.Mere
    1899 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • 23 Feb 2010
    I still don't have my internet access at home sorted out yet!  Anyhow, here are some quickies (so to speak):I am pretty much fully out at work.  In academia I am almost there.  I am waiting on some word concerning a possible full-time teaching job, so until that happens, and I might need to get a new doctor due to insurance reasons, HRT is once again put on hold.  Still, I am out and free.Me and Josie had a great time in New Mexico.AND - a major academic publisher in New York wants to offer me a 2-book contract!  The first will be published later this year.Okay, gotta run to class now.  More later.
    1849 Posted by Meredith Newton
Society Girl's Personal Blogs 717 views Jul 21, 2007
Classic Psycho Ninja

Within a few short days I managed to inflict a variety of injuries upon myself.  Here they are:

I did miss four days of work, with a trip to the doctor's office, because of a bad case of strep.  I was able to make up some time, thanks to my understanding bosses.  But that meant I was racing to make sure I didn't lose too much in the way of finances.  With the move to the new apartment, I was not able to take off any more time, nor was I able to rent a small truck.  I spent 4 days, and 5 trips, loading up the Dirty Bird and moving myself in day by day.

In the process I managed to literally bruise my arms and legs from top to bottom!  I looked like I was in a fight!  But it was all worth it.  I love this place.  I have the most incredible view of Lake Michigan, which is literally across the street from me.  The drawback?  Bad parking, miniscule kitchen, and it is a lot more dangerous to be Mere here than in the old place.

Here's the really funny stuff - I volunteered to play on the Guest Services department softball team against the ASRs.  By the end of the third inning I managed to severely strain the hamstrings in BOTH legs (in terms of brevity I will leave out the play-by-play events). On Sunday I had on one of my cutest short skirts and looked down to see the back of my legs all deeply bruised (after a week!).  Lexi told me that a deep bruise can take a while to surface.  My legs are still sore!  And the bruises are still there!  I had some very painful days at work.

Until some of this soreness goes down I am not shaving my legs.  That makes me cry! 

I have been rewarded with a Saturday off by my bosses.  I will pat myself on the back here - I have been doing some incredible work at the museum.  One of our major exhibits fell behind two days in a row, so they put me in charge of the U-505.  I turned it around completely and put it back on track.  Upper management was very impressed and said so in a few meetings.

Me and Lexi are hoping to meet up VERY soon.  Our plans are for early September.  That actually works out great as the museum will no longer be on the extended summer hours.

I finally got my cable reconnected, and I am no longer re-establishing a land line, using my cell phone for all calls now.  The company told me I can make and receive international calls. I got a good deal to get DSL through the cable company.  They wanted to charge me about $90 to hook up the DSL for me.  Looking to save the money, I managed to do it myself just fine.  Go figure.

Okay, back to the insanity!