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Monday, January 19, 2009

 
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* i've started my new hooping class: hooray! on the first day i discovered a hoopjam right after class so i went to that, too (beautiful space in the building between art media & finnegan's). but that much intense hooping left me sore & bruised for days. alas, then i missed two weeks of class because it conflicted with backline training (below). i really wish i could have done both!

* i went to the living room theatre to see let the right one in, a swedish vampire film, which i am still thinking about (i think that's a good sign). i didn't leave the theatre cheering, but i really appreciated its fairly deft touch and things left unsaid about the relationships. now that i've checked the wikipedia i realize some things are different than the book, but i think i might like the film better because of the changes.

* i returned a rainjacket to patagonia, which is primarily worth mentioning because i bought this jacket in april. they have a lifetime return policy and i wanted to see if they honoured that -- which they totally did. i tried this jacket a few times while biking but because it was unlined it stuck to my skin & felt clammy, so i traded it for a different jacket that i hope works better.

* i had another standardized patient role at ohsu: this time me & my "son" had food poisoning. i really enjoyed myself -- though after 4 hours of acting sick, i was starting to feel a little queasy. :)

* sven & i saw hancock, which i was expecting to be pretty bad based on the first 10 minutes, but then turned out to be pretty good. i have a fondness for stories about how people with extraordinary powers get along in the mundane world.

* sven & i went to vindalho, which had some really fantastic dishes, a couple of less-than-fantastic dishes, but weird service.

* sven & i also watched the day the earth stood still, which i have never seen. i was pleased to find that i liked it.

* i was delighted that oregon & 6 other states were willing to sue the federal government over the dhhs rule which forbids federally funded sites from taking action against health-service workers who individually deny legal goods & services to women. i hope it comes to something.

* during the height of the windstorm, we had a blackout for over and hour and a half. i love blackouts, in part because it's so much easier to see the sky from our house. so i took the opportunity to starwatch: i was finally able to see lepus and the whole canis major constellation. i was also finally able to see cancer, which is an incredibly faint constellation between the twin stars of bright gemini and the regal and distinct figure of leo. when the lights came back on, it became even harder to see, but now i know what i'm looking for, at least!

[lepus]


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* over the last couple of weeks i spent over 50 hours in training & doing "homework" for a position at backline. pro-choice is so often fought about abortion because it's the choice that's most likely to be taken away, but i like backline because it simply lets women talk about their pregnancies and supports any decision they make, whether it's parenting, abortion or adoption. i met a lot of great people and feel pretty good about the organization. i'm still nervous, but working as a patient advocate has helped me feel more prepared for it.

* my mom died unexpectedly. sandy was the first to tell me, then others saw the obituary and contacted me (thanks, everyone!). i hope to write more about it soon, but emotionally and legally it's complex, and it was harder to deal with because of all the backline training i was doing. i'll probably be spending the next few weeks sorting it out. i'd prefer not to travel to colorado if i can help it, though.

Comments:
Sympathies on the loss of your mother, gl.
 
thanks, shelley.
 
G.-I'm sorry about your mom's sudden passing. I understand that the relationship was complicated, to say the least. Know that you are in my thoughts and that I'm wishing for comfort and peace of mind for you.
 
thanks, colleen. do you happen to know any colorado lawyers you could refer me to?
 
I have an attorney friend who recently moved to Fort Lupton from Chicago; I want to say she does family law but I'm not certain. Find me on Facebook and I'll see if I can find out. Good Luck!
 
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