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Mar. 13th, 2010 @ 07:14 am Off I go!
 I'm off to my new home in New Mexico!  I'll post pictures and my new address once I have them, and once I have internet!  I may be without internet access for several days.
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Feb. 14th, 2010 @ 01:22 pm (no subject)
Happy Birthday, goldenmist !  I love you, and I miss being able to celebrate your birthday with you!
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Dec. 31st, 2009 @ 04:49 pm Happy New Year!
Current Location: work
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
I wish a very Happy New Year to everyone!  I'm very bummed to be not in Houston this year; (I know, you're all going to tell me to stop whining soon).  My massage therapist friends and I in Vail will celebrate New Year's in a couple of weeks when we're not so busy; so tonight I am celebrating the new year by getting in the hot tub after work, and then going to sleep! 

I'm very grateful for all the business this week, but I'm exhausted!

OK, so here are my New Year's resolutions, for those who wish to know:
Save Money
Lose Weight
Listen More
Examine the motivations behind my actions
Trust the universe (and my path)
Pay more attention to what other people need, as opposed to what *I* think they need.  Often, I think when I'm helping people out or I think I'm being helpful, I'm really helping them for *me*, not for them.  I wish to change this, and only help people if I'm willing to do what they need from me.
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Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 06:53 pm There's good news and not-so-good news
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful

The good news is that I'm all moved in to my new place in Vail!  Stuff is still in boxes, but that's actually good because it gives me something to do/focus on my first week up there, which coinsides with my first Christmas away from home.

The not-so-good news is Ginny Banks, the grandmother of my "brother", and the woman who really feels like my own grandmother, passed early this morning.  She's been on her way out for about a week, so I'm glad the transition finally came because it was hard for her to be in that state between worlds for so long.  Also, she was 98 years old and just lost her husband this summer.  I honestly have always known that they would not long outlast each other; they were the epitome of the perfect team, and Ginny (before she lost her powers of speech) expressed her desire to be with him again.  So it's very much an understanding that it was her time, and that she's not suffering anymore, but it's still obviously very emotional for me, and even more so for my brother and his parents who now have essentially had their family cut in half all in one year, so close to Christmas.

I am very grateful that I was able to spend so much time with her this past week.  At first I had a cold so wasn't able to visit her, but I went a couple of times to sing to her and give her some comfort touch massage.  I also was able to go yesterday morning and bring my table to give my brother a massage, which is good because he's been taking care of her pretty much 24/7 for a week and a half, and needed someone to take care of him a little bit.  I have loved seeing the similarities between birth and death; after witnessing my first birth in September I was really struck by the way both life events really draw families together to create sacred space for transitions.  Time sortof becomes less important, and people rearrange their lives to be there; proving that half of what we do is just not that important.  Of course, with birth, there's a little more screaming...but oddly, just as much crying... Those are my thoughts for the moment, take them as they are.

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Dec. 5th, 2009 @ 07:06 pm The future and stuff...
Wow, so much to tell...

First of all, I got a call today that I did not get the job in Asheville, NC. However, they said that they really liked me and want me to come back in about 6 months to give another massage. Basically, this means they really want to hire me but I need more experience. It's not terribly surprising; Grove Park is one of the top spas in the country and I did just graduate. And I've been hearing from several places I've interviewed with that I need experience in the field. So my plan right now is to move to Vail and work there for the season. I still have the possible job in New Mexico, but honestly, the more I think about it the more I want to just *be* somewhere for a significant period of time. I'm pretty tired of having my life up in the air, and if I'm completely honest with myself, I really want NC more than NM, so waiting until the end of the ski season and then interviewing again in North Carolina seems pretty appealing. Plus, I really like the guy who'll be my boss in Vail, and he's already talking about giving me more responsibilities and moving up the chain a bit.

The down side to this is that I'll be working pretty solidly through the holidays. It'll be the first Christmas away from home (although my parents and sister and aunt may drive up to visit me during this time), and I definately can't come to New Years, which is very depressing to me. I kinda rely on you guys to refuel me, so to speak, and I'm really bummed about not seeing the kitten!

In other news, we also heard today that my "brother's" grandmother is going to be leaving us soon. You may not remember, but her husband died just before I went to Europe in July so I missed his funeral. At any rate, they might as well be my own grandparents, and it's a sad time for us all. On the other hand, she's 98 years old and I always knew she'd probably not last long after her husband went, so it's not exactly a surprise.

So, that's the news from me....the good, the bad, and the utter relief at finally having a plan!
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Nov. 6th, 2009 @ 07:38 am Happy Guy Fawkes Day!
That is all.
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Oct. 29th, 2009 @ 06:11 am I got a job!
Current Mood: excitedexcited
I got hired yesterday at Copper Mountain (a ski resort)!  So, I'm thinking I'll quit my job (yay) and look for an inexpensive place to stay up there at least 2-3 nights a week.  I also have applications in at places in Vail, so it's possible I could work at Copper Mountain 3 days a week and Vail the other 3!  This will at least help me get experience and stuff on my resume so that I can start at Ojo Caliente in March.  I'm checking with my 2 friends who have houses in Vail to see if I could stay with/rent from them or if they know of anyone.  There's also the possibility of crashing at my brother's cabin in Keystone a few nights a week even though it's tiny.  But woo-hoo!

Plus, my job is being a pain about letting me go to the interview in Asheville; they're saying I can only have one day off for it, when ideally I need four days.  The job in Copper Mt starts at the end of November, so I could potentially turn in my notice, go to the interview in NC, and still have time to turn down the job(s) in the high country if I get the job in NC.  Of course, I'll have it to fall back on in case I don't get the NC job, or if the NC job doesn't start for several months.

It's so nice to have options again!  Oh, and here are pictures of our beautiful October blizzard.  Did I mention I love snow?

And this is me at Ojo Caliente!

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Oct. 21st, 2009 @ 08:24 am (no subject)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
I passed the National Exam, and I got a job!

The job is at Ojo Caliente in New Mexico, it's a mineral spring & spa, and it's really beautiful!  Everyone was really nice and it seems like a really great and laid back place to work.  I can live in employee housing there, which feels more like a dorm than anything else, but that's what I would have been doing on a cruise ship, anyway!  Training starts in March.

In the meantime, I have my interview in Asheville on Nov 5, and it's my first choice.  Ojo Caliente feels more like a back-up position.  It's really isolated and feels impermanent because of the housing situation.  It would still be really great, though.  A good way to gain experience.

But, yay!
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Oct. 14th, 2009 @ 09:46 am Interviews, Exams, etc.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
 As bummed as I am that the cruise line interview equaled epic fail,  things are lookin' up!  I have an interview at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC on November 5.  And it seems perfect!

I take the national exam on Monday; so wish me luck with that, too!
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Princess Clara
Sep. 24th, 2009 @ 06:17 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Today, I sent out 38 resumes/cover letters.

Saturday I leave for Orlando for the spa interview.
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