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firefly124: charlie bradbury grooving in a glass elevator (Default)
Well, sort of.

There is no way I'm going to figure out what specific grat relates to each day from August 30 to today, but considering tomorrow's the last day of this year's Gratitude Project, I'm taking a moment to be grateful for several things.

At the forefront, I'm grateful to every Spanish teacher I ever had, everyone who ever let me practice speaking Spanish with them, and every Spanish tv show with captions that ever helped me learn as much of the language as I have, because I had a patient yesterday who spoke no English, had other illness-related communication problems, and I was able to carry out most of the day in her own language with some help from her family when they arrived. There was a lot of talking around words I couldn't remember, and a fair bit of gesturing, but she was so happy and her anxiety level dropped so much because of that simple fact, making me hugely grateful to be able to help her in that way. (Now to find out if my school still offers the medical Spanish course and/or certification they used to have. I'd forgotten all about that, and yesterday was a reminder that it would be a Good Thing To Do.)

I'm also grateful to have an awesome clinical instructor who is really focused on making sure we get as many varied and challenging experiences as possible this final semester.

Other things I've had reason to be grateful for over the past few weeks have included replacement insurance that handled my lost phone smoothly and the Backup Assistant that meant I didn't lose all my contacts and have to start over, friends who let me babble at them even (especially) when I'm not making sense, my chiropractor, flistees who post stuff that makes me think, the friends I've made through GSA, the amazing energy and ideas coming from some of the new GSA members this semester, and probably loads of other things I'm not remembering right now.

Even when I don't make time to post every day, though, I have to say that [personal profile] estaratshirai's Gratitude Project does remind me to stop and think about what I have to be grateful for, which is a large part of the point, so I'm also grateful to her for starting it lo these many years ago.


Sep. 10th, 2010 08:10 am
firefly124: snape - bewitching your mind (snape bewitch by briarrose_icons)
I received a couple of fic-related pretties.

Song is the Snupin DH fix-it I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] skitty_kat's lovely and inspiring drawing Bribing the Ferryman during the Trading Places Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] lupin_snape. I'm tickled to learn it's a featured story this month.

Thank you, mods at TPP!

But wait, there's more!

I'm also on this week's quiz at [livejournal.com profile] quiz_sshg. This week's theme is crossovers, and the story there is Who Are You?, a Doctor Who crossover written for [livejournal.com profile] aleysiasnape during Zibitcon Envy at [livejournal.com profile] hpcon_envy to the prompt "Severus and Hermione meeting the 10th Doctor and making an entirely understandable—and incorrect—assumption about his identity."

Thank you, mods at [livejournal.com profile] quiz_sshg! Now, the rest of you, go play, and see if you can figure out which passage (if any) come from "Who Are You?" and the other featured stories!

There's actually a third fic-related thing this week, but no graphic to go with: as of Monday, I've completed a full year of consistently meeting the [livejournal.com profile] 5_for_five writing challenge of writing at least 500 words at least five times a week.

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] lady_rhian for coming up with the idea and [livejournal.com profile] sshg316 for creating the [livejournal.com profile] 5_for_five comm as a motivator to Just Keep Writing!

That'd also make this post today's grats for the Gratitude Project, though I've got quite a lot of catching up to do with that. Oops.
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Hoo, boy, have I got a lot of catching up to do! So, things that I'm grateful for, more or less associated with days on which I was particularly grateful for them.

Sun 8/15 - A Sunday with no commitments whatsoever to actually relax.
Mon 8/16 - A friend got good news on her husband's health status, which may not yet be great but is improving.
Tue 8/17 - Last visit with the in-laws of the summer. Sort of a mixed grat, but mainly that it went all right despite a near-fiasco assembling MiL's new flat-screen tv. And then disassembling it and packing it back up to be returned. After losing screws inside the tv set itself. It's actually very funny in retrospect.
Wed 8/18 - For being able to make lemonade out of lemons and spend a day at Kripalu doing yoga and workshops and hanging out with [personal profile] ubiquirk, whose other vacation plans had fallen through.
Thu 8/19 - Patsfan's birthday. Ummm. That we got to have a little time together despite work.
Fri 8/20 - Discovered flu shots available already! Got one before school could start nagging about it! (Later learned they've decided not to make it a requirement unless our specific assigned hospitals require it after all, but I was still very psyched Walgreens was offering them already. Regardless, it's done, and with the way the asthma has been, I should probably be getting it, required or not.)
Sat 8/21 - For the opportunity to spend a day with my new niece. I'd been feeling oddly disconnected, having only seen her at the hospital and then one other brief visit. So having a day of babysitting was actually very nice.
Sun 8/22 - That despite the rain, RI Pagan Pride Day went off well. (Note to self: next time, remember your audience when referring to Pagan Pride Day as PPD. Fellow nursing students are likely to misinterpret. *g*) Also, that people were so receptive to the Hellenic Temple of Apollon, Zeus, and Pan ritual. Usually, PPD closing rituals are a bit more open/generic. But folks were very receptive, whether they participated or observed. Also grateful to Tim for opening up the last round of libations to other Gods. Obviously, I included Kwan Yin. Another Temple member later said he'd bet someone I'd do that. My response? "Seriously, what idiot took that bet? That was a gimme!"
Mon 8/23 - I think I spent most of the day in bed recovering from the weekend. I think I've already been grateful for having a day to do that earlier this month, so I need to come up with something else. Unfortunately, as that is probably all I did, I'm not sure what else there is!
Tue 8/24 - New student orientation went well. Other GSA members showed this time as well, so we got to hang out a bit. Got quite a few people interested in joining too.
Wed 8/25 - Local library has wifi, making it a safe place to escape to whilst the landlord cut a hole in our bedroom wall. (Originally tried staying home, just at the other end of the apartment. Lungs decided that wasn't good enough.)
Thu 8/26 - Kind of covered by drive-by post: 1st day back was survived.
Fri 8/27 - Personality Disorder Role-Play Theater! No, seriously, that was the absolute best part of the whole day. The prof who designed this should do more stuff like this instead of reading her PowerPoints to us. Interactivity=much better learning experience. I got to be Adam Avoidant, which probably came off more like Social Anxiety Disorder than Avoidant Personality Disorder, but seemed to more or less work anyway.
Sat 8/28 - Angel Food Ministries. So far, I'm very pleased with the program and the site. This month, I had enough leftover frozen meats that I just got the fruit & veggie box, and it all looked good when I unpacked it. We'll see whether that continues once we get into fall and winter and things are out of season, but for now, it's working out really well.
Sun 8/29 - I'm grateful that my other niece (on Patsfan's side) is progressing well enough in her pregnancy that her shower today is still on. There have been concerns about placenta previa and possible pre-eclampsia, so this is definitely a non-trivial thing. Just about a month to go. Looking forward to meeting my third great-niece. (Well, second great-niece. Other is a great-nephew. Again, where is the gender-neutral collective for this relationship? Grrr.)
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Today I'm grateful for Feels Like Ohm in W. Warwick, RI, which hosts an open mike night, poetry slams, awesome readings like last night, and other cool things that I'd all but forgotten exist if one only knows where to find them.
firefly124: John Barrowman laughing (jb laughing by niki_zqz)
Today I'm grateful (and relieved) that my laptop plays Region 2 DVDs. Yes, this relates to the icon.

See, someone posted a heads-up in [community profile] barrowmanfans about a concert DVD, and I bemoaned that it's in PAL format/Region 2. This prompted me to finally actually look at the Animals at Work DVDs I ordered and received a bit ago. Yup, Region 2. Haven't tested them on the DVD player yet, but at least they're playable on the laptop. So a) money not wasted, and b) I can, if I want to, order Region 2 DVDs and have at least one way to play them.

Er, yes, I've become that much of a fangirl. Though the goofy animal show is more consistent with me generally (because, hey, animals are always cool to watch, and animals with jobs range from amusing to inspirational) than the idea that I might actually buy a DVD of someone singing show tunes.
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Mega catch-up post.

Monday 8/9: for my massage therapist. While Lyrica's a wonderful thing, I still wouldn't be coping nearly as well with the fibro without her help.

Tuesday 8/10: that my nephew seems to be getting his act together-ish. (I admittedly find it hugely ironic that he thinks my parents are less strict than my sister, but whatever works.)

Wednesday 8/11: for jobs that are willing to pay me to do homework/read & write fanfic/do whatever during downtime.

Thursday 8/12: that the "core group" of my fellow tutors are so neat to just hang out with. It's amazing what sort of things happen when you throw a bunch of differently-flavored geeks together.
firefly124: charlie bradbury grooving in a glass elevator (Default)
Playing catch-up twice in the first week. Oops.

Definitely grateful for the cooler weather, and also that last night was quiet at work. Not sure which to assign to which day, but at least there's two!
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Today I'm oddly grateful for the shift to asynchronous communication. While I'm not as allergic to chatting on the phone as I used to be, text is a much more comfortable medium, whether sent via email, Twitter, or, you know, texting. (Not so much snail mail. Too much pressure to "do it right" or be eloquent or something. Some of that in email, though not to the same extent. No expectations of eloquence in 140-160 chars though.) I do much better actually staying in touch with people using these methods, in part because of not having to deal with my own speaking issues and in part because of not having to wonder/worry about who's awake/working/whatever when.
firefly124: charlie bradbury grooving in a glass elevator (Default)
So, right now I'm grateful that the latest tornado warning came to nothing.

This is, what, the fifth one this summer? That's unheard of around here. Also, whilst under said warning, my fellow tutor and I observed that we work in what is essentially a giant glass box with few places one could reasonably duck for cover and that even an F0* tornado would probably reduce the whole place to shards.

So, yes, very, very grateful to have been bypassed and hoping that continues.

*Yes, I realized F1 is the smallest. Just a bit of hyperbole.
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Today's grats: Judge Walker overturned Prop 8!

Probably somewhat odd to be grateful for this from CT, where we've had same sex marriage for almost two years, but I'm happy about this nonetheless and grateful to Judge Walker for this ruling. It will undoubtedly be appealed, and a stay has already been granted pending appeal, so no same sex marriages in CA yet, but this was an important ruling and an important step.

Now, could somebody please de-confuse me about the appeals process? I've heard both that the next step of appeals is to the 9th Circuit Court and then the US Supreme Court and that Judge Walker is on the 9th Circuit Court, so the next step from here is the USSC with no intermediate court of appeal. I'm no legal expert, but I'm pretty sure both of those things cannot simultaneously be true. Thanks to [profile] amydmartin for the clarification: Walker is a district court judge, so the next step for an appeal would be the 9th Circuit.

Heh, scrolling through for a squeeful icon, it strikes me that this one is particularly fitting. Except I apparently never uploaded the relevant icon to DW. Must fix that.

GP 2010

Aug. 3rd, 2010 02:27 pm
firefly124: bellydancer: "if i could explain, i wouldn't need to dance" (explaindance by slavewench)
Today, I'm grateful for music. All of it. Listening to it, dancing to it, singing to it, ferretting out lyrics so's to be able to sing along with it, any means of experiencing music. I've been reminded in so many ways today just how much music permeates my life and adds to it, so, yep, that'd be the gratitude du jour.
firefly124: charlie bradbury grooving in a glass elevator (Default)
So, six years ago today, [personal profile] estaratshirai started The Gratitude Project. The assignment is to post something one is grateful for each day from Lammas (8/1) through Mabon (9/21). The same thing can be posted twice, but only if one is grateful for it for a different reason (e.g. grateful for one's friends because they are supportive one day and because they are fun to be with another). Ideally, this actually means posting every day, but as usual, I'm playing catch-up already. I could argue that by some reckonings, today is actually Lammas, or next week or something, but 8/1-9/21 works as well as any other dating, and even if I fudged the start date, I'd still be playing catch-up eventually anyway. *g*

So, for yesterday, I'm grateful for the Hellenic Temple of Apollon, Zeus, and Pan. Yes, that's slightly ironic, given that the GP is based on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year and Hellenismos is a quite different branch of Paganism. However, we had a lovely Healing Festival yesterday that was much needed and very energizing and refreshing.

Today, I'm much more prosaically grateful for simply having the day off to catch up on my sleep debt and various things that were let slide over the past few days.

Oh, and if you're looking at the tags and scratching your head, here's the logic: in 2004, I simply used the "gratitude" tag. In 2005, when the project was taken up again, I decided I'd better be more specific. Since then, I tag the first and last posts of the project with both the overall "gratitude" tag, making it easier to track back to the early stuff, and all posts of a given project with "gratitude##" for the year to make it easier to find the stuff for a given year. Yes, I am that anal, why do you ask?


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