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A few words and a few links

To say that today has been a challenging day with guidework would be an understatement. Julio and I are having some difficulty with the intersection we need to cross to get to Brewberry's. We veered too far into the street we were crossing. At least it was away from the paralel street, meaning we were moving away from the moving traffic. Then someone honked, and yelled "other way". I appreciate that that person was trying to help me, but being honked at scared me, and made it harder to hear the traffic.

I really hate days like this. But I have finally learned how to get through them. I was very frustrated, especially when we had problems getting from Julio's relief area to the cafeteria. I think, but can't prove, that someone was parked in front of the curb cut. Anyway, we got lost, but I stayed calm, talked happily to Julio, and figured it out. Instead of focusing on how bad those two situations could have been, I am choosing to focus on the fact that Julio and I got out of them. That is a hard distinction, because my instinct is to say some very unkind things to myself, but it works.

A friend suggested this last year, and I'm finally putting it into practice. The idea is that my first reaction was to get angry, frustrated and scared in these two situations. Instead, I praised Julio for every little thing he did right. It paid off. On the way back from the cafeteria the second time (I'd had to go back for my I.D. because I left it on my tray), the president of our college complemented us both on our work. That made me feel incredibly good. All we did was stop at a curb (perfectly, I might add), and I praised Julio to high heaven. But sometimes, those words are important. They helped make the day a lot brighter.

I haven't done many link posts this week, partially because it's been a challenging, busy one. I thought I'd point out a few links I liked. I have a few I will post later once I get a chance to evaluate them.

I've been following this guy's work, although somewhat loosely. If you've ever felt conflicted about religion and politics, I'd encourage you to read
The Cross or the sword.

With a lot of prayers, I've had to ask myself
Am I praying in God's Will or Against It?

As I sit here, trying to figure out how to write a few papers, I have to admit wanting to knowWhat's the Point of a College Education?
But I still have to say, I am glad I've chosen this route and this school.

Andrea of Beanie Baby has some very good points about
Writing vs. Blogging.
I know that most of my stuff would never be included in a book, anthology, journal or magazine in it's current form. With school, and pain, I don't have the time or energy to write and revise enough to produce things of that quality (though I wish I did). Blogging is my creative outlet. It also lets me be honest with people in ways I can't in person. And, I get good feedback, which sometimes I really need. I like sharing my story with others.

Susan gave a great lesson on
the geography of Nevada
she even answered a question I had but didn't ask! Susan also deserves congratulations for winning an award on her writing. It doesn't surprise me one bit that she did either.

Unfortunately, I don't have time to share more right now. I have to say I'm grateful for those words from our president, and these links from some great bloggers. Like I said, I will have more, I just need to do some reviewing first, and I need to get some work done.


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Oct. 7th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
I have what I consider to be really good orientation when traveling. But, if I'm trying to do something and get honked at, I tend to lose my concentration and it can throw me off. I absolutely hate it when that happens! SMILE!
Oct. 8th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets confused when honked at. I think I jumped a bout a foot too.
Oct. 7th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words, Nickie! What was your question about Nevada?

I thought of you last night, because we were at a crowded concert with cramped seating. The guy sitting next to us had a guide dog, a very large German Shepherd, who wound up being squashed under the seat. I felt bad for the dog -- especially since I stepped on his paw every time I stood up! -- but the guy and his wife said that the dog was fine, and would have let them know if he wasn't.

I talked to the wife a little during intermission; she said their dog's wonderful, much better than an old dog they had who used to howl during concerts. Their current dog, though, is very sociable, and will sometimes see a group of people talking and pull his person over there whether the person wants to go or not.

I'm glad you praised Julio!

Oct. 8th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
My main curiosity was how far the two cities are from one another (which you answered!).

I don't take Julio to concerts sometimes just so I can avoid the situation you described. Julio is small enough, and flexible enough that he can fit into most spaces, but I think most concerts are too loud for me, much less my puppy.

Once, Julio and I were at a concert, and he bent down and licked the ear of the guy in front of us. I was embarrassed, and really glad he didn't have religious or biological reactions to dogs. He loved dogs, but it was still embarrassing. I could understand Julio's point "hey, it's at my level", though.
Oct. 9th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
The two cities are 340 miles apart as the crow flies, but 448 miles apart if you're driving.
Oct. 8th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
Glad to hear things are going well for you two. Take care. :-)
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