It is very cool to be Freshly Pressed. It is even cooler to have a post that is meaningful to me be Freshly Pressed. I am so flattered and happy and grateful that the WordPress FP Wizards selected my post on my friend Kitty’s dad for Fresh Pressing. As I have said more than once, WordPress is a giving, supportive, hilarious, smart, generous community and I am so happy that I landed here.
I have spent a lot of time reading and responding to all of the comments I received on that post. My readers’ kindness is at the heart of why I am so happy that this post had FP exposure. Prayers are needed and were requested and they came in by the hundreds. I also read some inspiring stories from other bloggers and found new blogs to follow.
Thank you for caring about my friend and her family.
I spoke with Kitty earlier today. Her father has been brought out of the coma and is breathing on his own. He has had four operations to date and will hopefully have a major skin grafting operation on Friday. He is suffering from geriatric ICU psychosis which means he’s a bit delusional. He thinks Kitty would make a good pilot. Which, while I think she is brilliant, piloting is probably not making the best use of her skills (My mother had end of life psychosis and it does make for some good stories. She told us one day that she knew we were hiding “hombres” in the closet and she “wasn’t falling for THAT one again!”) In the best of all possible worlds, he will be out of the hospital in a couple of weeks, into a rehab facility and perhaps home by June 1. As always, there are no guarantees so please keep Kitty and her family in your prayers. Thank you all so very much.
I don’t remember if I wrote much about how much Occupy (insert city, street corner, park, bus name here) really annoyed me. I was in downtown Portland the other day and walked by the city park blocks that had been Occupied. They are lovely again.
Sadly in Portland it was hard to tell if we were being “Occupied” or if some of the usual anarchist/meth head/ runaway crowd had simply relocated.
Back during Occupy, I read a column by Steve Duin a columnist for the Oregonian. The column focused on the efforts of one woman to feed the Occupiers good healthy vegan food as opposed to the “Voodoo Donut crap” they were eating.
Here is the quote from the 27-year-old vegan food provider that has galled me for two years:
“I’m not interested in a job that doesn’t activate my full potential.”
Oh. I’m sorry princess, you’re not interested in that? Well tough toe nails. Two years ago I took a job as a receptionist in a branch office of a small engineering firm. I got that job because years before I had worked in marketing and corporate communications for a larger engineering firm. I was 46 years old with a degree from Colgate University. Did I think this job was “activating my full potential”? Uh, no. But I needed to pay bills and do my best to take care of my children so I took it. I didn’t decide to go live in a tent and scream at police officers and destroy a public square….sorry I digress.
Here’s the point.
Yesterday I found out that I will be taking on the corporate marketing/web site management/PR work for this company. And I will be making more money and not play Friends with Words on Facebook all day. I took a crappy job that started out as a part-time gig. Nine months later, I became a full-time employee. I had a 401k and health insurance. My potential wasn’t fully-activated but I was working on it. Now, I have worked my way into a real job, that will keep me busy. Sadly I will have less time to blog but my brain will be up and running again all because I took a crappy little job that didn’t activate my full potential. Sometimes you do what you have to do and you position yourself for the next great thing.
Is less than 60 days away! Gah! I have ordered a cake. The invites went to the printer today. I have a quote on renting stuff. Last night Deren actually got me to make a list of what we will need and what it will cost. I’m not big on budgeting although it is amazing what a relief it is to get it all down on paper. So there’s that.
The Madness has begun. I will be posting my bracket tomorrow so you may want to hold off on calling Vegas until you see my picks. Read here to see the ingenuity of my system from last year’s tournament.
Again, thank you all for being so kind and supportive.