I love New York
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I will never say that I hate New York again. Thank you.

Going to Madison this weekend
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I am tabling for Chicago VeganMania at this weekend's MadCity Vegan Fest in Madison and am wondering if I should come up at a reasonable hour on Saturday and hang out, or get up really early on Sunday.  If I come up on Saturday, I'll probably stay at the hostel since it's cheaper than a hotel. Anyone around?

Can't keep up
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So it's been almost 2 weeks since WisCon and I still haven't managed to write up con reports and follow along with folks I want to keep in touch with, so it's time to admit defeat and prune my list. If I unsubscribe to your journal, please don't take it personally.

accidentall self-imposed hiatus
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So...back in August I decided to take a little break from teh intarwebs because I had a new job that was keeping me very busy and I just couldn't keep up with everything.  That was 8 months ago!  I guess I got a little busier than I thought. 
I've thought about coming back several times since August, but I think it's a good thing that I didn't because I had a lot going on in lots of areas in my life, and I needed to take that time.  However, I do miss my internet friends!  Especially now that WisCon is coming up and I'm thinking about seeing everyone soon.  
I am still very busy, and in fact, in many ways, busier, so I will likely trim my friends list in the coming days and not post very much, but I do want to reacquaint myself with what's been happening in the world while I was away.  I am spending Passover week in Minneapolis with my family and will be at Minicon this weekend.  After that, I expect I'll have some time to post about all the things that have been going on with me in the almost year that I've been observing radio silence!
Talk more soon!
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Conceding defeat over the internet
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I have been very busy lately and have only manged to check my LJ and DW twice per week for the past month, and I think it's time I admit that I have a real job now, and the whole going in to the office thing is seriously interfering with my abiliity to be online all day.  I'm sorry if there's stuff that has happened that I missed and didn't comment on recently.  I anticipate I will continue to be this busy until after the High Holy Days, so if there's anything I need to know, send me an email or pm.

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Hiatus for a day
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So I've had a very busy couple of weeks lately, and when I woke up yesterday, my body and mind 'splayned to me that the day would be a withdrawing from the world kind of day.  Knowing better than to argue, I turned off and tuned out, and spent a very pleasant, relaxing day eating and reading not one, but 2 books!  It is amazing how quiet the world is when you don't answer your phone or email.  I feel much more relaxed and ready to go back to work today.  I did find out that Prop 8 was overturned, so I interrupted my laziness for a happy dance, but as the issue was such an important one, I think interaction with the world was allowed.  :-) This entry was originally posted at http://izzybelbooks.dreamwidth.org/41303.html. You can comment here, but I prefer comments left there using OpenID.

I got lost in my new life!
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I have been away from the internets for 2 weeks?!?  Wow, time really does fly when you're having fun.  So, let's play catch up...

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I started my new job 2 weeks ago and I love it!  The people are nice and there is a ton of work that needs to be done, so I am quite busy.  They are very grateful for all my ideas and suggestions, and seem quite amenable to my plan for world domination.  I've made it clear that there is a new regime in place and we will be doing things differently and the response has been relief.  Not that things were terrible before, it's just that I'm one of those super-organized, 'must have a system and documentation for everything' kind of people, and they've never had that before, hence all the work I need to do.  It's the kind of work that I'm really good at, so I'm really happy.

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I'm also really happy that it's only part-time, becaue that allows me time to do other things.  The past two weeks were particularly busy.  I spent a lot of time in the garden (separate post with pictures later), cleaned out the garage and basement for a multi-family yard sale on our block, took my brother to his college orientation, met with some folks about freelance gigs, and hosted our first Shabbat dinner in forever. 

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The garden is a jungle that provides us with food and is wonderfully pleasing to look at. 

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The yard sale allowed us to get rid of some crap, and we even made money-$240!  I have to say, we looked at our neighbor's offerings of crap for sale, and not only did we have the greatest variety of crap, we also had the highest quality of crap.  We didn't sell everything, though, so the rest is going to be donated to Goodwill or some similar organization. 

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I cried during my brother's college orientation (not where he could see me, of course!).  It's starting to hit me, and I anticipate I'll be a mess on move-in day next month.  This is really happening, my baby brother is going off to school.  I've been wanting this day to happen for 18 years, yet I'm going to miss him and worry about him.  I do't know how real parents survive this. 

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I may have some event planning and grant writing work coming up soon; I'll know more after some meetings this coming week.  The power of the internets is really amazing; I had sent out an email to my network letting everyone know about the new job and that I was looking for freelance gigs, and I got 3 calls/emails that same week!  Hopefully, things will keep coming in.

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It's been sooo very long since we had a real, sit-down, say all the prayers kind of Shabbat dinner, that after I lit the candles, I went and washed instead of saying the Kiddush.  I could say it was because I was anxious to eat challah and wanted to get right to the Motzi, but no, it's just been that long.  The hubby even stopped halfway through the Kiddush and almost forgot what the next verse was!  We didn't say Birkat after dinner, partly because our friends' daughter's bedtime was approaching and they had to get home, and partly because we're out of the habit.  I really want to get back into the habit.  Candlelighting and saying the blessings over the candles always make me peaceful, and I could use a little peace once per week.

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I could especially use some peace this week after hearing about what is happening in Utah this week.  For those who don't know, an anonymous group collected a list of hispanic people's names, addresses, work addresses, birthdates, social security numbers, and private medical information like pregnant women's due dates, and sent it to immigration officials with a demand that the folks on the list be deported immediately.  When I first read about it, I was terrified.  Then I felt a deep, dark rage take over.  Can you imagine how the people on the list must be feeling?  Someone has been following them around, gathering information about them, and wants them gone.  And as you can tell by the type of information gathered, this is not casual searching, this is serious business.  These people's privacy has been violated, and by someone (a health or government agency) they trusted.  If I were living in Utah, I would be terrified for my safety. 

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New job, new (to me) car, new floor, new socks!
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So it's all official now (actually, it has been since Monday, I've just been that busy!), and I can tell you about the exciting job news. I have accepted a part-time position with a congregation in the city as their Synagogue Administrator and will be starting next week. I am excited about working in Jewish communal service again, and because it is a part-time position, I will still have time to work on other projects that are important to me, including other social justice projects and event planning work. 

I really enjoyed working in the green movement these past few years, but teaching Bible this past year or so made me realize how much I miss being in a religious environment on a regular basis.  I also miss being with people who are like me in some way.  The mainstream green movement is very white, and my particular segment of it was very protestant, so I felt like I stuck out sometimes.  I'm hoping that because of the part-time nature of the job I'm taking, I'll still be able to work on green issues and that I'll be able to enjoy all the parts of me, not just one or two.

Because the job is on the other end of town, and public transit takes more than one hour to get there, we (by we, I mean the hubby with the MBA) crunched some numbers and decided that it made economical sense for us to buy a second car so that I could drive to work.  It was a difficult decision because we really hate to expand our environmental footprint that way, but giving up 2+ hours each day several times per week was just not something we were willing to do.  The hubby did lots of hunting for the perfect car, and he found her.  Her name is Suzy, she is a 2006 VW Jetta TDI (turbo diesel injection), and she is a beautiful shade of blue-not light blue, not navy, but rather, like space, with sparkliness!  I will have to post a picture once I remember to take my car out to the car the next time I drive somewhere.  Suzy gets great gas mileage (she is a diesel, duh!) and is zippier than Bob (our first car, which is a 2005 VW Passat TDI), plus she feels more comfortable to drive, probably because she's smaller and is a better fit for me; whereas I always felt like Bob was a big car, Suzy seems more proportional to my stature.  Her previous owners put less than 20k miles on her, so we should have Suzy for a long time.

In other news, some of you may remember that the hubby is moving his home office from one of the upstairs bedrooms to the basement.  Well, we (again, when I say we, I mean the hubby who is handy) decided that we need to install better heating before he moved down there, and the best solution is radiant heating in the floor.  Luckily, there was a sale going on this week on exactly what we need, so we put in an order for the radiant part, and have begun the search for the floor part. 

Because we hadn't already spent enough money this week, we went clothes shopping for the hubby yesterday.  While I would like to buy almost an entire new wardrobe for him, I compromised and only bought as much as we could carry home.  I did also get new trouser socks, since I will be dressing like an adult at the new job.  Compared to everything else we've bought this week, the trouser socks seemed trivial. 

So in total, I feel like this week we have now spent my entire year's salary before I even start this job!  Ok, not really, but I am definitely feeling a little bit like a spendthrift right now.  On the one hand, I'm very excited about the new job, and that we're finally getting around to these projects that we've talked about forever, but on the other, I feel like, omg how much money can we spend in one week!  Plus, we still have to buy the actual floor, paint the basement, and once the hubby moves down there, he's taking my office furniture for his new assistant as well as his own furniture, so we'll have to buy me new office furniture.  And then of course, his old office will be calling out for us to do something with it, like turn it into a library!

You know what, though?  If these are the kinds of problems I have, I should live a long time with such problems.  I am a very lucky woman.  The hubby and I are both very lucky.

 

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Quick update
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I was out of town Friday-Sunday and was at a funeral and shiva all day yesterday, so I am just now catching up with my life. 

In the process of catching up, I realize that a bunch of folks have switched to/are cross-posting between LJ and DW, so I am going to clean up my friends list so I don't have you down in both places.

Full report later, but the quick details:
My brother graduated from high school
The NYC wedding went well
I got a job offer
I am exhausted!

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My essay in the WisCon Chronicles about religion
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This post is a response to comments in the WisCon LJ about my essay in the WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 4.  It is very long, and even includes a p.s. and excerpts from panel descriptions at the end.


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