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  • 22 Aug 2008
    The bloodbath at the museum continues.  This week two of my closest friends were fired.  Okay, I will concede that they didn't exactly wow upper management with some of their antics, and yelling at the Director isn't a good way to show a good attitude, but, still, they did not deserve this.  I have been picking up the slack on the U-505 and the coal mine lately.  Looks like more to come.In the morning meeting our Olympics game was another improv contest.  I didn't do as well as I liked, but I did get a professional actor to lose his concentration when my improv'd line was "Did you know I was born Meredith?"  Clayton, who does professional acting, didn't know how to respond to it.Tomorrow I have the interview for a higher position at the museum.  While I am confident, I can see how someone with a better science background will get it.  I'll just go in there with my usual attitude and do my best.I received my student evaluations from that last term.  Great numbers again.  That means a small bonus from the school.It's finally time to get to the doctor now that I am coming out more and more.  For now, though, I am hoping my friends will be okay.
    709 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • The bloodbath at the museum continues.  This week two of my closest friends were fired.  Okay, I will concede that they didn't exactly wow upper management with some of their antics, and yelling at the Director isn't a good way to show a good attitude, but, still, they did not deserve this.  I have been picking up the slack on the U-505 and the coal mine lately.  Looks like more to come.In the morning meeting our Olympics game was another improv contest.  I didn't do as well as I liked, but I did get a professional actor to lose his concentration when my improv'd line was "Did you know I was born Meredith?"  Clayton, who does professional acting, didn't know how to respond to it.Tomorrow I have the interview for a higher position at the museum.  While I am confident, I can see how someone with a better science background will get it.  I'll just go in there with my usual attitude and do my best.I received my student evaluations from that last term.  Great numbers again.  That means a small bonus from the school.It's finally time to get to the doctor now that I am coming out more and more.  For now, though, I am hoping my friends will be okay.
    Aug 22, 2008 709
  • 18 Aug 2008
    Yesterday my team at work had a little pizza party.  We had it at the temporary exhibit "Smart House - Green and Wired," a so-called environmentally friendly home.  It is an impressive home.  What I loved so much, and they practically had to drag me out because of it, is the kitchen!  Oh, what I would cook in that place!Our senior coordinator handed out Certificates of Appreciation.  When it came to me, he referenced my many and varied remarks, including how I wanted to wear a minidress to work (little did he know I was telling the truth!).  He called me a "Jack in the box, because when you turn the handle you never know what will pop out."  A fair assessment, in my eyes.
    570 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Yesterday my team at work had a little pizza party.  We had it at the temporary exhibit "Smart House - Green and Wired," a so-called environmentally friendly home.  It is an impressive home.  What I loved so much, and they practically had to drag me out because of it, is the kitchen!  Oh, what I would cook in that place!Our senior coordinator handed out Certificates of Appreciation.  When it came to me, he referenced my many and varied remarks, including how I wanted to wear a minidress to work (little did he know I was telling the truth!).  He called me a "Jack in the box, because when you turn the handle you never know what will pop out."  A fair assessment, in my eyes.
    Aug 18, 2008 570
  • 08 Aug 2008
    With the exception of being in the chatroom here, I have not been in a good mood.  A lot of things kept coming into my mind about current events, and the museum hasn't been helping much.  I think they're advertising "Dumbass Day" every day for the past two weeks.  Dumbasses get in 75% off.  And they all congregate to where I'm working.  Here is an example of an exchange that takes place at least four times a day on the Zephyr:Guest: You told me that the next guided trip was at 2:00.Me: Yes, sir, it is, and it is not only 2:05, but, as I told you, we have a 20 person maximum, which was filled up in advance.Guest: This is the sixth time this has happened to me today.LISTEN, YOU DUMBASS, AFTER THE FIRST TWO TIMES YOU WALKED OFF IT MIGHT HAVE ENTERED YOUR MIND TO STICK AROUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!Lord Krishna knows I try to be a patient person, but I am finding this patience being chipped away at little by little.  It came to the point where I didn't want to speak to any living being, with one or two exceptions. I need a vacation.  As soon as I get the money together I have my destination already picked out.However, yesterday I was again called in to bail out the U-505 exhibit.  They were falling behind, and, as usual, they turned to me to straighten it out.THEN, tomorrow the museum is sending me and two of my very talented coworkers to a family event at Boeing headquarters in downtown Chicago. I found out why I was selected.  Boeing told the museum "Send us your best."  They turned to me first.  We'll be doing Pocket Science for four hours, entertaining as well as educating.  I'm really up for it.Okay, yes, it is true.  Me and Josie Brissette are dating.  I mean, ACTUALLY dating.  While we may live in separate cities, we do what we can to get together as often as we can.  We IM, text, and talk every day.Thanks for letting me vent.
    742 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • With the exception of being in the chatroom here, I have not been in a good mood.  A lot of things kept coming into my mind about current events, and the museum hasn't been helping much.  I think they're advertising "Dumbass Day" every day for the past two weeks.  Dumbasses get in 75% off.  And they all congregate to where I'm working.  Here is an example of an exchange that takes place at least four times a day on the Zephyr:Guest: You told me that the next guided trip was at 2:00.Me: Yes, sir, it is, and it is not only 2:05, but, as I told you, we have a 20 person maximum, which was filled up in advance.Guest: This is the sixth time this has happened to me today.LISTEN, YOU DUMBASS, AFTER THE FIRST TWO TIMES YOU WALKED OFF IT MIGHT HAVE ENTERED YOUR MIND TO STICK AROUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!Lord Krishna knows I try to be a patient person, but I am finding this patience being chipped away at little by little.  It came to the point where I didn't want to speak to any living being, with one or two exceptions. I need a vacation.  As soon as I get the money together I have my destination already picked out.However, yesterday I was again called in to bail out the U-505 exhibit.  They were falling behind, and, as usual, they turned to me to straighten it out.THEN, tomorrow the museum is sending me and two of my very talented coworkers to a family event at Boeing headquarters in downtown Chicago. I found out why I was selected.  Boeing told the museum "Send us your best."  They turned to me first.  We'll be doing Pocket Science for four hours, entertaining as well as educating.  I'm really up for it.Okay, yes, it is true.  Me and Josie Brissette are dating.  I mean, ACTUALLY dating.  While we may live in separate cities, we do what we can to get together as often as we can.  We IM, text, and talk every day.Thanks for letting me vent.
    Aug 08, 2008 742
  • 05 Aug 2008
    That school in Iowa sent me a very cold, impersonal e-mail.  All my suspicions about them were true - they had no intentions of giving me the job.  I was brought in as a formality.  I had doubts early on as they were not having me do a teaching demonstration, nor did they show any interest in seeing writing and syllabi samples.  Hey, I got a free hotel stay, they paid for my gasoline, and bought me a fancy lunch.  They did wine and dine before fucking me!  But, my one other school is giving me more and more classes, and I am inching my way to full time with them.So, after another delay, this means there is no reason not to establish a relationship with a new doctor, like I've been saying in these blogs lately.  It's getting to the point that I am coming out more and more to people, especially at work.  This has got to happen.I also had to make one or two decisions concerning my personal life.  Some of you already know about this.  It's nice to have an actual relationship as opposed to a virtual one.
    600 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • That school in Iowa sent me a very cold, impersonal e-mail.  All my suspicions about them were true - they had no intentions of giving me the job.  I was brought in as a formality.  I had doubts early on as they were not having me do a teaching demonstration, nor did they show any interest in seeing writing and syllabi samples.  Hey, I got a free hotel stay, they paid for my gasoline, and bought me a fancy lunch.  They did wine and dine before fucking me!  But, my one other school is giving me more and more classes, and I am inching my way to full time with them.So, after another delay, this means there is no reason not to establish a relationship with a new doctor, like I've been saying in these blogs lately.  It's getting to the point that I am coming out more and more to people, especially at work.  This has got to happen.I also had to make one or two decisions concerning my personal life.  Some of you already know about this.  It's nice to have an actual relationship as opposed to a virtual one.
    Aug 05, 2008 600
  • 26 Jul 2008
    Here we go again, and in more than one way..................My kid stayed with me for almost three weeks while she attended science summer camps at the museum.  While it was a lot of fun, I had to hide a lot.  During her time here she had a part in a student movie.  While shooting that film I hung out with my dear friend Carlita in the kitchen while my kid shot her scenes in the living room.  I couldn't stand it anymore and told her.  After almost two years, I finally did it.  While I know it was a surprise in some respects, in others it wasn't.  Even she remarked how she said, on more than one occasion, how feminine I could be.  Our friendship has not ended.On the other "again" front, I got a call from a school last Monday.  The school is in a bordering state, and only about a 2 1/2 hour drive from here.  They're moving pretty fast on things.  They're going to pay for my hotel room up front, and the only thing I need to pay out of pocket, to be reimbursed, is the gas to get there.  One of the things they like about me is my ability to teach Asian history, especially China.  Maybe I can finally get those lessons in Mandarin from Lilienne!  The job could start as early as next month, or in the winter. This means, ONCE AGAIN, that I am going to wait about seeing a doctor until I know where I am going wind up.Once again, we shall see.
    621 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Here we go again, and in more than one way..................My kid stayed with me for almost three weeks while she attended science summer camps at the museum.  While it was a lot of fun, I had to hide a lot.  During her time here she had a part in a student movie.  While shooting that film I hung out with my dear friend Carlita in the kitchen while my kid shot her scenes in the living room.  I couldn't stand it anymore and told her.  After almost two years, I finally did it.  While I know it was a surprise in some respects, in others it wasn't.  Even she remarked how she said, on more than one occasion, how feminine I could be.  Our friendship has not ended.On the other "again" front, I got a call from a school last Monday.  The school is in a bordering state, and only about a 2 1/2 hour drive from here.  They're moving pretty fast on things.  They're going to pay for my hotel room up front, and the only thing I need to pay out of pocket, to be reimbursed, is the gas to get there.  One of the things they like about me is my ability to teach Asian history, especially China.  Maybe I can finally get those lessons in Mandarin from Lilienne!  The job could start as early as next month, or in the winter. This means, ONCE AGAIN, that I am going to wait about seeing a doctor until I know where I am going wind up.Once again, we shall see.
    Jul 26, 2008 621
  • 30 Jun 2008
    I went out to Denver for the weekend for Josie's birthday, although the airlines did all they could to diminish my amount of time there.  As I'm sure you all know, one of the things Josie does is work as a vet tech at a local animal hospital.  They were having a party/dinner at Coor Field Saturday night.  What a great place!I went as Meredith.  While I wasn't fully en femme - I went more in butch lesbian mode - I had on my hat, earrings, makeup, etc. - and Josie introduced me as "Mere."  I did not have on my wig.  When a worker at the stadium asked if I was looking for a bathroom, Josie made sure this person knew I was "she."  Her coworkers were quite accepting.  I wish I went in full femme mode. While I have gone outside in some femme mode before, like when I lived out in the suburbs, this is the first time I was officially out as Mere.  Sure, it was a little safer since I don't live out in the Denver area, but I still did it.  Finally.Now to do it here.
    657 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • I went out to Denver for the weekend for Josie's birthday, although the airlines did all they could to diminish my amount of time there.  As I'm sure you all know, one of the things Josie does is work as a vet tech at a local animal hospital.  They were having a party/dinner at Coor Field Saturday night.  What a great place!I went as Meredith.  While I wasn't fully en femme - I went more in butch lesbian mode - I had on my hat, earrings, makeup, etc. - and Josie introduced me as "Mere."  I did not have on my wig.  When a worker at the stadium asked if I was looking for a bathroom, Josie made sure this person knew I was "she."  Her coworkers were quite accepting.  I wish I went in full femme mode. While I have gone outside in some femme mode before, like when I lived out in the suburbs, this is the first time I was officially out as Mere.  Sure, it was a little safer since I don't live out in the Denver area, but I still did it.  Finally.Now to do it here.
    Jun 30, 2008 657
  • 23 Jun 2008
    The school decided to give the spot to someone else.  The Dean called and left a BS message today.  I really thought this time it would be mine.  They misled me so much.  The funny thing is this morning I was asked to sit on this special panel and represent my department while the message was left for me.At least I still have my job at a prestigious museum while this is a VERY tiny school out in the middle of nowhere.  At the museum I did apply for a higher job in another area, but within the same department.  My good friend Carlita is putting a word in for me.  I guess the one good thing is at the school I would be doing the same three courses over and over again for an eternity.  I still would have loved it.  Yet, I will still remain very close by my kid.Now that I am not going to have to relocate, I can now establish a working relationship with a new doctor, since the insurance I have with the museum does not utilize the clinic I used to go to.  Now I know how I can move forward.  All I have to do now is tell Carlita about me.  I hope she takes it well.
    632 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • The school decided to give the spot to someone else.  The Dean called and left a BS message today.  I really thought this time it would be mine.  They misled me so much.  The funny thing is this morning I was asked to sit on this special panel and represent my department while the message was left for me.At least I still have my job at a prestigious museum while this is a VERY tiny school out in the middle of nowhere.  At the museum I did apply for a higher job in another area, but within the same department.  My good friend Carlita is putting a word in for me.  I guess the one good thing is at the school I would be doing the same three courses over and over again for an eternity.  I still would have loved it.  Yet, I will still remain very close by my kid.Now that I am not going to have to relocate, I can now establish a working relationship with a new doctor, since the insurance I have with the museum does not utilize the clinic I used to go to.  Now I know how I can move forward.  All I have to do now is tell Carlita about me.  I hope she takes it well.
    Jun 23, 2008 632
  • 06 Jun 2008
    It would take a while to explain, but my laptop, with a little extra assistance, is back up and running, due to a student I taught just last term.  I feel stupid for not asking him to take a look at it first.  I might have saved a few bucks.  Josie sent me an older laptop she wasn't using, but the hard drive in mine would not work in hers.  I will uprade that and give it to my kid.The thing is, he saw my MSN Messenger icon as Mere.  Whether he figured it was me is not known, but I don't care.  His boss, the head of the school's IT department, is letting me borrow this extra keyboard and mouse.  Now I am back in the saddle.At the museum, I made a joke yesterday in our little room about not being a full woman for another few years.  Jillian, who knows about me (I mentioned this in my last blog), broke out laughing.  It was great to make such a comment in plain sight.Over the past few weeks I also learned who my friends here on TW are and who aren't.  One particular person lost my trust for good.  The other two I never really trusted in the first place, so what does it matter?  I hate to say this, though.  I'd rather be friends.  Maybe someday we can put this behind us.  The Lord Krishna taught me about understanding and forgiveness.  I will try.  But I won't be a fool again, either.I had a telephone interview last week with this college about 90 minutes from Chicago.  I thought it went okay and that I might not have answered some questions correctly.  Was I wrong!  My dear friend Carlita, who I use as a museum reference, told me they contacted her about the reference.  The next day they called me.  I am a finalist and they want me on campus next week.  It is the usual finalist interview - free meals, meet with upper administration, teaching demo, etc.  The problem?  The topic they gave me is not only one I specialize in, but in fact just taught in today's class!  I am going to alter it somewhat to incorporate more interactive materials.I've been down this road before, so I am taking it all in stride.  Mary Mulberry, who joined here, asked me how they would take my transitioning.  That will be seen should I be lucky enough to get the job.More to come.
    705 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • It would take a while to explain, but my laptop, with a little extra assistance, is back up and running, due to a student I taught just last term.  I feel stupid for not asking him to take a look at it first.  I might have saved a few bucks.  Josie sent me an older laptop she wasn't using, but the hard drive in mine would not work in hers.  I will uprade that and give it to my kid.The thing is, he saw my MSN Messenger icon as Mere.  Whether he figured it was me is not known, but I don't care.  His boss, the head of the school's IT department, is letting me borrow this extra keyboard and mouse.  Now I am back in the saddle.At the museum, I made a joke yesterday in our little room about not being a full woman for another few years.  Jillian, who knows about me (I mentioned this in my last blog), broke out laughing.  It was great to make such a comment in plain sight.Over the past few weeks I also learned who my friends here on TW are and who aren't.  One particular person lost my trust for good.  The other two I never really trusted in the first place, so what does it matter?  I hate to say this, though.  I'd rather be friends.  Maybe someday we can put this behind us.  The Lord Krishna taught me about understanding and forgiveness.  I will try.  But I won't be a fool again, either.I had a telephone interview last week with this college about 90 minutes from Chicago.  I thought it went okay and that I might not have answered some questions correctly.  Was I wrong!  My dear friend Carlita, who I use as a museum reference, told me they contacted her about the reference.  The next day they called me.  I am a finalist and they want me on campus next week.  It is the usual finalist interview - free meals, meet with upper administration, teaching demo, etc.  The problem?  The topic they gave me is not only one I specialize in, but in fact just taught in today's class!  I am going to alter it somewhat to incorporate more interactive materials.I've been down this road before, so I am taking it all in stride.  Mary Mulberry, who joined here, asked me how they would take my transitioning.  That will be seen should I be lucky enough to get the job.More to come.
    Jun 06, 2008 705
  • 29 May 2008
    As I posted in the Forums, my computer problems should be solved very soon.  Josie has a laptop she isn't using, and all I will do is put my hard drive into hers.  That almost sounds sexual.A couple more people were fired at work, which really came as no surprise. While I feel they should not have been fired, when you refuse to follow a directive, what do you think authority will do?  I'm still the rising star of the museum.  I keep getting singled out, and recognized, by management for the job I've been doing.  As for me, I have told more coworkers about me, especially my dear friends Jillian and Kelly.  They were so cool about it.  I told Kelly over the phone.  Jilly Bean I told in person.  They are two great friends of mine.I am typing this from a campus computer, so I better make tracks before my boss sees me doing this!
    680 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • As I posted in the Forums, my computer problems should be solved very soon.  Josie has a laptop she isn't using, and all I will do is put my hard drive into hers.  That almost sounds sexual.A couple more people were fired at work, which really came as no surprise. While I feel they should not have been fired, when you refuse to follow a directive, what do you think authority will do?  I'm still the rising star of the museum.  I keep getting singled out, and recognized, by management for the job I've been doing.  As for me, I have told more coworkers about me, especially my dear friends Jillian and Kelly.  They were so cool about it.  I told Kelly over the phone.  Jilly Bean I told in person.  They are two great friends of mine.I am typing this from a campus computer, so I better make tracks before my boss sees me doing this!
    May 29, 2008 680
  • 17 May 2008
    I have already posted a Forum thread about the death of my friend Jim.  Today was his wake.  There were about 12 of us from work.  I will do all I can to keep his memory alive.Last night I came out to my friend Kelly.  She was so cool about it.  We're going shopping together sometime.  She's a good kid with a kind heart.  Some of my coworkers don't like her much, which is too bad.  They could get to know her like I do.I also patched it up with Heather Thursday night.  I explained to her that I have not been myself lately (I haven't!  Just ask Josie).  She told me if I needed some personal time off to just take it.  Yesterday both her and my manager James told me I could go home if I wanted to because I was so distraught over Jim's passing.But I am moving along.  Pretty soon I will be fully out.  I still need to be a little careful.
    552 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • I have already posted a Forum thread about the death of my friend Jim.  Today was his wake.  There were about 12 of us from work.  I will do all I can to keep his memory alive.Last night I came out to my friend Kelly.  She was so cool about it.  We're going shopping together sometime.  She's a good kid with a kind heart.  Some of my coworkers don't like her much, which is too bad.  They could get to know her like I do.I also patched it up with Heather Thursday night.  I explained to her that I have not been myself lately (I haven't!  Just ask Josie).  She told me if I needed some personal time off to just take it.  Yesterday both her and my manager James told me I could go home if I wanted to because I was so distraught over Jim's passing.But I am moving along.  Pretty soon I will be fully out.  I still need to be a little careful.
    May 17, 2008 552