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  • 24 Jul 2006
    My new flat is starting to seem like a home more and more. I really don't have any furniture other than a few small items, most of which are courtesy of Jen Jen, but I'm still loving it. I went ahead and ordered digital cable and that is put in tomorrow morning. I have the day off, so it's nothing but relaxation for me. And frustration because I'll have all these channels and won't be able to find one thing to watch. I was supposed to have DSL on my laptop by now but UPS can't find my building! Karen Brad could find it on the Google Satellite site! I should have had this two weeks ago, so that's why I'm not around a lot. That, and those goofy work hours of mine. Work is fine, although I'm reaching some little burnout. I'd like to cut back to maybe two tours a day for this week. On some days I do as many as six, and let me tell you how tiring that can be. I am also starting to really hate this one captain. One of the other captains gave me some good dirt on him, so they next time he pesters me I'm going to ask him about why he thought he boat was sinking (when it wasn't). I'm being more open now about myself. I'm coming very close to being full time. Around the building I don't care if they see me in makeup, or heels. Plus, as I've mentioned, my appointment with the endo is coming up. I want to start mones ASAP. Enough already! Now that I have a house phone, I can finally talk to my international sisters! For the first time in a year I was able to speak to Anna-Marie. Even though it was just for a few minutes, it was still nice! I can't wait to talk to more! Gotta run to the docks now. More later.
    564 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • My new flat is starting to seem like a home more and more. I really don't have any furniture other than a few small items, most of which are courtesy of Jen Jen, but I'm still loving it. I went ahead and ordered digital cable and that is put in tomorrow morning. I have the day off, so it's nothing but relaxation for me. And frustration because I'll have all these channels and won't be able to find one thing to watch. I was supposed to have DSL on my laptop by now but UPS can't find my building! Karen Brad could find it on the Google Satellite site! I should have had this two weeks ago, so that's why I'm not around a lot. That, and those goofy work hours of mine. Work is fine, although I'm reaching some little burnout. I'd like to cut back to maybe two tours a day for this week. On some days I do as many as six, and let me tell you how tiring that can be. I am also starting to really hate this one captain. One of the other captains gave me some good dirt on him, so they next time he pesters me I'm going to ask him about why he thought he boat was sinking (when it wasn't). I'm being more open now about myself. I'm coming very close to being full time. Around the building I don't care if they see me in makeup, or heels. Plus, as I've mentioned, my appointment with the endo is coming up. I want to start mones ASAP. Enough already! Now that I have a house phone, I can finally talk to my international sisters! For the first time in a year I was able to speak to Anna-Marie. Even though it was just for a few minutes, it was still nice! I can't wait to talk to more! Gotta run to the docks now. More later.
    Jul 24, 2006 564
  • 11 Jul 2006
    It is now official.  I have been in my new apartment for almost a week now.  I must admit, it feels so weird.  This is my fourth place of residence since being kicked out last August (rehab, my friend, the folks, now this). It hasn't been easy, although I should feel better now that I am finally on my own.  But it is nice to be able to walk around as Meredith all day.  Jen Jen came by on Sunday with some household items that were sorely needed, then took me grocery shopping.  She blogged about it already, so there's no need to account for it again.  It was a funny trip, though.I see the endo in a few weeks.  That day cannot come soon enough.  I've also becoming more and more open as to who I am.  I am referring to myself as "Mere" a lot on the job.  I even made a comment to some of the girls about my taking hormones.  They thought I was kidding.  Well, I am, since I haven't started yet.As for the job, it's going fine, although some of my hours have been cut back.  Yesterday I cleaned up great on the tips!  I like that!  It's spending money, and I can leave my bank account alone.  Two weeks ago a very attractive woman gave me a hug as a tip, and yesterday this group of high school kids (I think from some religious school) sang a song to me on the boat, using my name in the lyrics, saying how great I was.  It was one of the sweetest things anyone ever did for me.That school is now checking my references.  Hang on.  This could be it, the event I've waited years to achieve.  If I get it, I will finally be a full-time tenure track professor of history.  Then I can really move forward.Oh, by the way, I think I broke my right thumb.  Classic psycho ninja territory.  I can't even tear the tickets for the boat tours anymore because of the pain!
    536 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • It is now official.  I have been in my new apartment for almost a week now.  I must admit, it feels so weird.  This is my fourth place of residence since being kicked out last August (rehab, my friend, the folks, now this). It hasn't been easy, although I should feel better now that I am finally on my own.  But it is nice to be able to walk around as Meredith all day.  Jen Jen came by on Sunday with some household items that were sorely needed, then took me grocery shopping.  She blogged about it already, so there's no need to account for it again.  It was a funny trip, though.I see the endo in a few weeks.  That day cannot come soon enough.  I've also becoming more and more open as to who I am.  I am referring to myself as "Mere" a lot on the job.  I even made a comment to some of the girls about my taking hormones.  They thought I was kidding.  Well, I am, since I haven't started yet.As for the job, it's going fine, although some of my hours have been cut back.  Yesterday I cleaned up great on the tips!  I like that!  It's spending money, and I can leave my bank account alone.  Two weeks ago a very attractive woman gave me a hug as a tip, and yesterday this group of high school kids (I think from some religious school) sang a song to me on the boat, using my name in the lyrics, saying how great I was.  It was one of the sweetest things anyone ever did for me.That school is now checking my references.  Hang on.  This could be it, the event I've waited years to achieve.  If I get it, I will finally be a full-time tenure track professor of history.  Then I can really move forward.Oh, by the way, I think I broke my right thumb.  Classic psycho ninja territory.  I can't even tear the tickets for the boat tours anymore because of the pain!
    Jul 11, 2006 536
  • 04 Jul 2006
    ONCE AGAIN there was a delay in getting my apartment.  I've been getting paid, but the bank won't release the funds yet.  I really thought that today - my first day off in almost a month - I'd be there, kicking back for once.  It looks like I'm moving in tomorrow when I should supposedly be able to get a cashier's check like the management company requires.That school I taught at back in the winter/spring wants to interview me on Thursday for their new full time spot.  Funny.  Ten years ago this same school did this but the spot was killed.  Am I coming full circle?  This is the same school I had fun getting to on the infamous southbound red line.  I figure if I get the gig I AM BUYING A CAR!!!!!!The tour gig is going great, for the most part.  I did have one or two bad days, and learning who the jerks are, but that is to be expected from any job. Most of the people there are good and I like them.  I've also been referring to myself more and more as "Mere."  Just getting them ready.Since I work such bizarre hours these days I'm not around here a lot, so if it seems like I'm not reading your blogs, I really am!  But I am mad that I have hit a bad streak as far as tips go.  They've been a little too cheap lately!So I'm adjusting to quite a few interesting changes these days.  I see the endo in less than a month.  That will determine the path I will take from here.
    578 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • ONCE AGAIN there was a delay in getting my apartment.  I've been getting paid, but the bank won't release the funds yet.  I really thought that today - my first day off in almost a month - I'd be there, kicking back for once.  It looks like I'm moving in tomorrow when I should supposedly be able to get a cashier's check like the management company requires.That school I taught at back in the winter/spring wants to interview me on Thursday for their new full time spot.  Funny.  Ten years ago this same school did this but the spot was killed.  Am I coming full circle?  This is the same school I had fun getting to on the infamous southbound red line.  I figure if I get the gig I AM BUYING A CAR!!!!!!The tour gig is going great, for the most part.  I did have one or two bad days, and learning who the jerks are, but that is to be expected from any job. Most of the people there are good and I like them.  I've also been referring to myself more and more as "Mere."  Just getting them ready.Since I work such bizarre hours these days I'm not around here a lot, so if it seems like I'm not reading your blogs, I really am!  But I am mad that I have hit a bad streak as far as tips go.  They've been a little too cheap lately!So I'm adjusting to quite a few interesting changes these days.  I see the endo in less than a month.  That will determine the path I will take from here.
    Jul 04, 2006 578
  • 22 Jun 2006
    Lately I've been getting a little too, well, "honest." Finally. First, in my Wednesday night class two weeks ago, I damn near talked about transgenderism from a personal point of view. We were discussing alternative American cultures and the GLBT issue came up. I described to them the process by which we transition, and the difference between gender identity and sexuality. They all looked at me, and reacted, as if they were saying "You seem to know an awful lot about this." Well, YES, I do. My Chicago tour gig is incredible. I put in over 40+ hours a week these days. From last Saturday through Monday I did three straight days of 13 hours. On the tour, whether it's the architectural or the lake/river tour, I point out the former Apparel Center. Originally it had no windows because the apparel industry felt its products were best viewed in artificial light. I always say, "You know, so that when we select our skirts and dresses we see them in the best possible way." The former home of Helene Curtis is on the tour because the building was designed by Gustav Hallberg, a pioneer in the use of reinforced concrete. I always say "Helene Curtis, where us girls get our cosmetics." They all laugh because they think I'm joking. Uh huh. But I am enjoying this job. I generally do good on the tips, which are not required but soooooooooooo nice when I get them. I'm part Polish, and the other day we had a group from Poland. I spoke what little Polish I knew on the tour. No tips. The next day I had a group from Russia. I'm part Russian, and spoke what little Russian I knew on the tour. Tips! One of the things I love about this job is that I literally meet people from all over the world - New Zealand, Africa, India, Taiwan, China, Japan, Germany, Sweden, England, Ireland, Canada, Russia, Poland, you name it. And they've all been so wonderful. I love this job! I gave the security deposit on the flat, so hopefully within the next week I can finally move in. I am also getting impatient for the endo visit. I want to get this all started!
    594 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Lately I've been getting a little too, well, "honest." Finally. First, in my Wednesday night class two weeks ago, I damn near talked about transgenderism from a personal point of view. We were discussing alternative American cultures and the GLBT issue came up. I described to them the process by which we transition, and the difference between gender identity and sexuality. They all looked at me, and reacted, as if they were saying "You seem to know an awful lot about this." Well, YES, I do. My Chicago tour gig is incredible. I put in over 40+ hours a week these days. From last Saturday through Monday I did three straight days of 13 hours. On the tour, whether it's the architectural or the lake/river tour, I point out the former Apparel Center. Originally it had no windows because the apparel industry felt its products were best viewed in artificial light. I always say, "You know, so that when we select our skirts and dresses we see them in the best possible way." The former home of Helene Curtis is on the tour because the building was designed by Gustav Hallberg, a pioneer in the use of reinforced concrete. I always say "Helene Curtis, where us girls get our cosmetics." They all laugh because they think I'm joking. Uh huh. But I am enjoying this job. I generally do good on the tips, which are not required but soooooooooooo nice when I get them. I'm part Polish, and the other day we had a group from Poland. I spoke what little Polish I knew on the tour. No tips. The next day I had a group from Russia. I'm part Russian, and spoke what little Russian I knew on the tour. Tips! One of the things I love about this job is that I literally meet people from all over the world - New Zealand, Africa, India, Taiwan, China, Japan, Germany, Sweden, England, Ireland, Canada, Russia, Poland, you name it. And they've all been so wonderful. I love this job! I gave the security deposit on the flat, so hopefully within the next week I can finally move in. I am also getting impatient for the endo visit. I want to get this all started!
    Jun 22, 2006 594
  • 12 Jun 2006
    Do you girls have any idea how difficult it is to watch World Cup matches and type at the same time?I should be handing over the security deposit on the apartment over the next day or two.  I'm waiting for some money to come in.The tour gig has been incredible.  I haven't been there a week yet and already I'm doing solo tours, and having the time of my life.  For several days I was paid for just riding the boats.  This has been great.  Here's some little tidbits:The captain, a water spray, and high school girls suddenly in wet t-shirts.A college party tour boat with us in the locks.  We had binoculars.Wild ride through choppy water.  Wet t-shirts, again.A certain docent who talked about the proper way to buy skirts.A cute Taiwanese girl who hit on this certain docent.  If this docent did not have to go back out right away she would have had a phone number.One long day filled with lots of nice tips that served as spending money.A wonderful young couple from Ireland with whom this docent had a great chat about the World Cup matches for that day.I've been asked to change the voice mail greeting on my cell phone as some people don't know yet, and they don't want these people to find out in that fashion.  On this message I had both my drab and female name.  Hey, who would have known?I still can't wait for my endo appointment.  I want to get this started!  Enough already!!!!!!!
    581 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Do you girls have any idea how difficult it is to watch World Cup matches and type at the same time?I should be handing over the security deposit on the apartment over the next day or two.  I'm waiting for some money to come in.The tour gig has been incredible.  I haven't been there a week yet and already I'm doing solo tours, and having the time of my life.  For several days I was paid for just riding the boats.  This has been great.  Here's some little tidbits:The captain, a water spray, and high school girls suddenly in wet t-shirts.A college party tour boat with us in the locks.  We had binoculars.Wild ride through choppy water.  Wet t-shirts, again.A certain docent who talked about the proper way to buy skirts.A cute Taiwanese girl who hit on this certain docent.  If this docent did not have to go back out right away she would have had a phone number.One long day filled with lots of nice tips that served as spending money.A wonderful young couple from Ireland with whom this docent had a great chat about the World Cup matches for that day.I've been asked to change the voice mail greeting on my cell phone as some people don't know yet, and they don't want these people to find out in that fashion.  On this message I had both my drab and female name.  Hey, who would have known?I still can't wait for my endo appointment.  I want to get this started!  Enough already!!!!!!!
    Jun 12, 2006 581
  • 05 Jun 2006
    I'll try to be as brief as possible today.  I know what you're all thinking:  Mere?  That chatterbox?Is it possible the nightmare that has been my life for 10 months could be coming to an end?I will be talking to the apartment management company in a while about when I can move in.  I can't wait to be on my own.I just got a plumb job, although it is not a full-time gig.  There's this company that does Chicago history tours, most of which are water tours.  They either just use the Chicago river, or also go out onto Lake Michigan.  Top Chicago historians try to get these as side gigs.  Well, will wonders never cease?  I was just hired, and they want me to start immediately!  When coupled with these classes I'm doing, I'll be very busy.By the way, those classes are off to a flying start.  Two very good groups of students.  One of them, a very attractive young lady, called me "cute" in front of the class.  Oh, dear......DOWN, MERE, DOWN!!!!I don't know about the Analyst spot yet.  Quite frankly, I'm not holding my breath on that one.But then I got another message today.  About a year or so ago I applied as a Union Researcher with the California Nurses Association (AFL-CIO).  I never heard back from them.  Until today.  They wanted me to send them my latest contact information and, if available, my most current resume.  I did both.  The job pays an incredible amount of money.  I'd have to relocate to California (watch out, Lilienne!!!!!), which is hardly an issue with me.I also had a great day yesterday with my daughter.  We went and saw "Akeelah and the Bee," an absolute treasure of a film.  I wrote a review of it in the Forums.  Go see it!!!!!  She also drained me of my cash, which I so willingly gave.  We had so much fun together.  Even if she did drop her pizza slice on the ground (the pretty young lady behind the counter gave us a new one for free!).I see the endo in less than two months.  I can't wait to start on hormones.This makes almost one solid week of feeling happy.  That's not right.  I'm generally allowed only one happy day a month.  Something is bound to happen.
    577 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • I'll try to be as brief as possible today.  I know what you're all thinking:  Mere?  That chatterbox?Is it possible the nightmare that has been my life for 10 months could be coming to an end?I will be talking to the apartment management company in a while about when I can move in.  I can't wait to be on my own.I just got a plumb job, although it is not a full-time gig.  There's this company that does Chicago history tours, most of which are water tours.  They either just use the Chicago river, or also go out onto Lake Michigan.  Top Chicago historians try to get these as side gigs.  Well, will wonders never cease?  I was just hired, and they want me to start immediately!  When coupled with these classes I'm doing, I'll be very busy.By the way, those classes are off to a flying start.  Two very good groups of students.  One of them, a very attractive young lady, called me "cute" in front of the class.  Oh, dear......DOWN, MERE, DOWN!!!!I don't know about the Analyst spot yet.  Quite frankly, I'm not holding my breath on that one.But then I got another message today.  About a year or so ago I applied as a Union Researcher with the California Nurses Association (AFL-CIO).  I never heard back from them.  Until today.  They wanted me to send them my latest contact information and, if available, my most current resume.  I did both.  The job pays an incredible amount of money.  I'd have to relocate to California (watch out, Lilienne!!!!!), which is hardly an issue with me.I also had a great day yesterday with my daughter.  We went and saw "Akeelah and the Bee," an absolute treasure of a film.  I wrote a review of it in the Forums.  Go see it!!!!!  She also drained me of my cash, which I so willingly gave.  We had so much fun together.  Even if she did drop her pizza slice on the ground (the pretty young lady behind the counter gave us a new one for free!).I see the endo in less than two months.  I can't wait to start on hormones.This makes almost one solid week of feeling happy.  That's not right.  I'm generally allowed only one happy day a month.  Something is bound to happen.
    Jun 05, 2006 577
  • 29 May 2006
    Well, this has been an interested past week.First, I had a physical on Wednesday.  The doctor cleared me and is now passing me on to the endo.  Unfortunately, that person is at this particular clinic only twice a month and the first appointment I could get is in August.  Still, it's a start.  This doctor is just like my therapist - an absolute angel.  I really trust her, and I haven't been seeing her all that long.I finally sent off the introductory chapter to the publisher.  Hopefully they'll pay me very soon.  They usually do.I looked at an apartment on Thursday.  It's just a few towns away from where I'm living now.  It's a very cute place.  It has one bedroom, on the top floor, nice view, and close to everything in that town.  I filled out the application and was approved that same day.  But, with a shock concerning my paycheck on Friday, things might not happen, or, at least not as soon as I would like.  I need to figure something out, and soon.Then, on Friday, I received a message from a company in that very same town.  They want to talk to me about working for them as a Compliance Analyst, something I have considerable experience in doing.  They saw my resume on Career Builder.  Of course, I didn't see the message until after office hours, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to talk to them about an appointment.  It would be so perfect - the flat and the job all in one place.  My transportation expenses will be practically zero.At least tomorrow night begins the first of my two classes at that diploma mill.  I am all set to go.Yesterday I was able to spend time with my daughter.  As usual, my wife tried to dictate what we should do and we ignored it.  Really, I wish this divorce was over with!  I told her I wish my life was better without her because it isn't - she still nags me!  What really annoys her is that I don't listen.  Hell, it's like still being married and none of the benefits.  Regardless of that, I do what I can to make sure I contribute to the well-being of our kid.  I do have obligations and responsibilities.  I take those seriously.My cell phone isn't working at the moment, so if you try to call, just leave a message and I'll get back to you right away!
    528 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Well, this has been an interested past week.First, I had a physical on Wednesday.  The doctor cleared me and is now passing me on to the endo.  Unfortunately, that person is at this particular clinic only twice a month and the first appointment I could get is in August.  Still, it's a start.  This doctor is just like my therapist - an absolute angel.  I really trust her, and I haven't been seeing her all that long.I finally sent off the introductory chapter to the publisher.  Hopefully they'll pay me very soon.  They usually do.I looked at an apartment on Thursday.  It's just a few towns away from where I'm living now.  It's a very cute place.  It has one bedroom, on the top floor, nice view, and close to everything in that town.  I filled out the application and was approved that same day.  But, with a shock concerning my paycheck on Friday, things might not happen, or, at least not as soon as I would like.  I need to figure something out, and soon.Then, on Friday, I received a message from a company in that very same town.  They want to talk to me about working for them as a Compliance Analyst, something I have considerable experience in doing.  They saw my resume on Career Builder.  Of course, I didn't see the message until after office hours, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to talk to them about an appointment.  It would be so perfect - the flat and the job all in one place.  My transportation expenses will be practically zero.At least tomorrow night begins the first of my two classes at that diploma mill.  I am all set to go.Yesterday I was able to spend time with my daughter.  As usual, my wife tried to dictate what we should do and we ignored it.  Really, I wish this divorce was over with!  I told her I wish my life was better without her because it isn't - she still nags me!  What really annoys her is that I don't listen.  Hell, it's like still being married and none of the benefits.  Regardless of that, I do what I can to make sure I contribute to the well-being of our kid.  I do have obligations and responsibilities.  I take those seriously.My cell phone isn't working at the moment, so if you try to call, just leave a message and I'll get back to you right away!
    May 29, 2006 528
  • 22 May 2006
    Just a quick one today.  That means it will be less than 10,000 words.......I just had another person back out of the Jazz Age book, and this was another one for whom I was trying to do a favor.  No more.  You're on your own now.  Besides, you've been getting on my nerves lately and I'm one step away from telling you off.I did see my family on Saturday.  I helped my wife with some household chores, and gave her $10 to help with some cafeteria fees for my daughter.  She's splitting up our wedding gifts already.  I guess I get to keep these silver candle holders because they came from a friend of mine.  Lovely.  We almost started in on each other but had enough sense to not only back off but become very cordial.Things are getting tense again at the house.  When he thought I wasn't listening I heard him complaining about why I haven't left yet.  Hmmmm.....I wonder.  Yep.  He figured it out.  I love living in stressful situations.I'm getting more bold with my dressing.  I handwashed some items last week and marched out to the yard to hang them on the line.Had a great appointment with my shrink.  I wore a new outfit to her and she loved it.  She is such a blessing.I hope to be working much more very soon.  My next classes start a week from tomorrow, and I just got a line on some other history work.  So, keep your fingers crossed.  Again.
    619 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Just a quick one today.  That means it will be less than 10,000 words.......I just had another person back out of the Jazz Age book, and this was another one for whom I was trying to do a favor.  No more.  You're on your own now.  Besides, you've been getting on my nerves lately and I'm one step away from telling you off.I did see my family on Saturday.  I helped my wife with some household chores, and gave her $10 to help with some cafeteria fees for my daughter.  She's splitting up our wedding gifts already.  I guess I get to keep these silver candle holders because they came from a friend of mine.  Lovely.  We almost started in on each other but had enough sense to not only back off but become very cordial.Things are getting tense again at the house.  When he thought I wasn't listening I heard him complaining about why I haven't left yet.  Hmmmm.....I wonder.  Yep.  He figured it out.  I love living in stressful situations.I'm getting more bold with my dressing.  I handwashed some items last week and marched out to the yard to hang them on the line.Had a great appointment with my shrink.  I wore a new outfit to her and she loved it.  She is such a blessing.I hope to be working much more very soon.  My next classes start a week from tomorrow, and I just got a line on some other history work.  So, keep your fingers crossed.  Again.
    May 22, 2006 619
  • 19 May 2006
    Okay, some funny stuff tonight.....Earlier this evening I went to my daughter's school to see her science fair.  Me Mum went with me, and let me tell ya, this was not a comfortable ride going in.  I finally have everyone (including the wife) agreeing that it is time for me to live on my own.  Although it will be a financial hardship, it has to be done. When I was at my house earlier it was difficult to be there after all that's happened.  The house was nice and warm, and I didn't want to leave and go back to that situation.As for the science fair, all the kids looked so cute by their displays.  My daughter was especially the little talker when it came to describing her experiment.  Quite frankly, I think my wife could have found a more interesting, and less lazy, project than how fast water will boil in the microwave.But the fun part of the evening was on how people reacted to me.  Mind you, I was drab (well, mostly), and so many people there knew about the marital strife.  My wife wasn't there at all - she stayed home sick.  So, with my hair growing long, my earrings, and everyone trying to figure me out, I went for the high score.First this very attractive Spanish woman kept checking me out in the hallway. I found out that she was a Spanish teacher at my kid's last school. At one point my daughter said "She's alone, go talk to her."  Yeah, a second grade science fair is a great place to get a date.  But she did try to get my attention once or twice by hanging around.Things got even better when I met her current teacher.  This woman has to know what is going on, but she was very nice.  However, at one point I decided to put on my red bikini and dive into the Lagoon of Stupid Judgment when I made a joke.  I told her that when I was my kid's age we had an Anarchist science fair, and my project was how many sticks of dynamite it would take to blow a bank vault.  I covered for it later with getting Safira to join in my Dalai Lama joke (totally clean and totally respectful).Many of the parents did know me, and we joked around quite a bit.  But the room almost came to a halt when one of my kid's friends shouted out at me "You have your ears pierced!  Boys don't do that."  How perceptive.  My kid joined in, and both chided me about being weird.  I said to her friend "Honey, you have no idea."THE MEREDITH SCHOOL OF SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS: I went into one of the other rooms to see those projects when I inadvertently conducted a little science experiment of my own.  Let's just say my body had a little chemical reaction and I couldn't help myself.  I could have put up my own cardboard display that read "Is Silent Really Deadly?"  I know, it's gross and not very ladylike.  Still, it was funny.  Or, it might be.Got my shrink appointment tomorrow.  I have my outfit all ready to go!
    558 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Okay, some funny stuff tonight.....Earlier this evening I went to my daughter's school to see her science fair.  Me Mum went with me, and let me tell ya, this was not a comfortable ride going in.  I finally have everyone (including the wife) agreeing that it is time for me to live on my own.  Although it will be a financial hardship, it has to be done. When I was at my house earlier it was difficult to be there after all that's happened.  The house was nice and warm, and I didn't want to leave and go back to that situation.As for the science fair, all the kids looked so cute by their displays.  My daughter was especially the little talker when it came to describing her experiment.  Quite frankly, I think my wife could have found a more interesting, and less lazy, project than how fast water will boil in the microwave.But the fun part of the evening was on how people reacted to me.  Mind you, I was drab (well, mostly), and so many people there knew about the marital strife.  My wife wasn't there at all - she stayed home sick.  So, with my hair growing long, my earrings, and everyone trying to figure me out, I went for the high score.First this very attractive Spanish woman kept checking me out in the hallway. I found out that she was a Spanish teacher at my kid's last school. At one point my daughter said "She's alone, go talk to her."  Yeah, a second grade science fair is a great place to get a date.  But she did try to get my attention once or twice by hanging around.Things got even better when I met her current teacher.  This woman has to know what is going on, but she was very nice.  However, at one point I decided to put on my red bikini and dive into the Lagoon of Stupid Judgment when I made a joke.  I told her that when I was my kid's age we had an Anarchist science fair, and my project was how many sticks of dynamite it would take to blow a bank vault.  I covered for it later with getting Safira to join in my Dalai Lama joke (totally clean and totally respectful).Many of the parents did know me, and we joked around quite a bit.  But the room almost came to a halt when one of my kid's friends shouted out at me "You have your ears pierced!  Boys don't do that."  How perceptive.  My kid joined in, and both chided me about being weird.  I said to her friend "Honey, you have no idea."THE MEREDITH SCHOOL OF SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS: I went into one of the other rooms to see those projects when I inadvertently conducted a little science experiment of my own.  Let's just say my body had a little chemical reaction and I couldn't help myself.  I could have put up my own cardboard display that read "Is Silent Really Deadly?"  I know, it's gross and not very ladylike.  Still, it was funny.  Or, it might be.Got my shrink appointment tomorrow.  I have my outfit all ready to go!
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  • 17 May 2006
    Things went extremely wrong over the weekend.  My weekend actually started off quite well.  I had that procedure in the hospital, and can breathe again.  I still have a cough from time to time and need to speak to the doctor about the biopsy results.  I saw my daughter for lunch on Saturday, and even bought my wife a gift for Mother's Day.I also took the time to go out by myself for a while.  Twice.  Aparently that's not allowed.  I'm 43.  I don't have to explain anything.The bottom line is I had a HUGE fight with my dad and I wound up leaving the house (this is not the first time something like this has happened).  I had nowhere to go.  I grabbed as much of my female clothes as I could.  Also, in an extreme rage, I took this little pocket radio and shattered it on the kitchen floor, telling my dad - and I quote - to stick it up your bloody arse.  I was that furious.I went to the train station.  I first got as far as one of the local schools where I sat down and cried.  I then made it to the train station where I then called Karen Brad, then Jen Jen.  I wound up living out of a motel room for two days.  Jen Jen came by twice.  The fun part was that she bought me all this new makeup and got me all dolled up.  I loved it so much that I didn't bother taking it off at bedtime.I am back at the house and things are calm for the moment.  But I can't stay there anymore.  The thing is, this whole experience took a huge bite out of my already dwindling bank account.  On top of it all, my wife needed money and I gave her some.  Then, to make matters even better for me, I lost my credit card.  Lovely.I'm supposed to be taking my former student and her friend to dinner soon.  Great.  I hope they like McDonald's.  These are the gorgeous girls who are doing the illustrations for the children's book I wrote.  Maybe I just want to be seen in public with two hot women like that.There was a lot of fun things I could have discussed, like my little trips out, or the new clothes I bought.  Right now it's repairing everything.Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse.  They did.
    520 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Things went extremely wrong over the weekend.  My weekend actually started off quite well.  I had that procedure in the hospital, and can breathe again.  I still have a cough from time to time and need to speak to the doctor about the biopsy results.  I saw my daughter for lunch on Saturday, and even bought my wife a gift for Mother's Day.I also took the time to go out by myself for a while.  Twice.  Aparently that's not allowed.  I'm 43.  I don't have to explain anything.The bottom line is I had a HUGE fight with my dad and I wound up leaving the house (this is not the first time something like this has happened).  I had nowhere to go.  I grabbed as much of my female clothes as I could.  Also, in an extreme rage, I took this little pocket radio and shattered it on the kitchen floor, telling my dad - and I quote - to stick it up your bloody arse.  I was that furious.I went to the train station.  I first got as far as one of the local schools where I sat down and cried.  I then made it to the train station where I then called Karen Brad, then Jen Jen.  I wound up living out of a motel room for two days.  Jen Jen came by twice.  The fun part was that she bought me all this new makeup and got me all dolled up.  I loved it so much that I didn't bother taking it off at bedtime.I am back at the house and things are calm for the moment.  But I can't stay there anymore.  The thing is, this whole experience took a huge bite out of my already dwindling bank account.  On top of it all, my wife needed money and I gave her some.  Then, to make matters even better for me, I lost my credit card.  Lovely.I'm supposed to be taking my former student and her friend to dinner soon.  Great.  I hope they like McDonald's.  These are the gorgeous girls who are doing the illustrations for the children's book I wrote.  Maybe I just want to be seen in public with two hot women like that.There was a lot of fun things I could have discussed, like my little trips out, or the new clothes I bought.  Right now it's repairing everything.Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse.  They did.
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