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I ordered 3 CD's from CD Baby and here's the email that I received letting me know they were being shipped, it's very amusing.

Your CDs have been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow.  A team of 50 employees inspected your CDs and polished them to make sure they were in the best possible condition before mailing. Our world-renowned packing specialist lit a local artisan candle and a hush fell over the crowd as he put your CDs into the finest gold-lined box that money can buy. We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of Portland waved "Bon Voyage!" to your package, on its way to you, in our private CD Baby jet on this day, May 9, 2011. We hope you had a wonderful time shopping at CD Baby. In commemoration, we have placed your picture on our wall as "Customer of the Year." We're all exhausted but can't wait for you to come back to CDBABY.COM!!
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I can't believe I just found out Coyote Grace is coming my way. I'm planning on going on Friday. I may end up going alone but I'm going!
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Girlyman concert at the Fine Line
Seeing them at Pizza Luce
R leaving for Pittsburgh
People at Camp
Music at Camp
Energy at Camp
Dad stuff, again
Being sick 
The boy and his father
The cat, hopefully not gone forever.

What's coming up for next week.

When one is sick, one should sleep as much as possible. What am I doing up at this hour?

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Girlyman   will be at the Fine Line on Thursday night. I'm going to try and go. It may be the last hurrah with my friend R who is planning a move to Pittsburgh. Yes, R, R and L (Me).

We'd also go with R who is P's son. I really enjoy him. I've known him almost as long as I've known P. She introduced me to him when we went to see Brokeback Mountain (was that New Year's?) sometime around that time of year. R was born female and transitioned about 5 years ago (?) I've only known him as R. Apparently, P had some difficulty with it but I don't and she seems to be doing better with it since I don't have a problem with it. I've got a lot of trans folks in my life. A former gf is in the process, neighbor who is mtf and a few more folks that I know to lesser degrees. I guess I don't see what the big issue is for people who appear to be afraid think there is something wrong with it. I think gender and sexual orientation can be very fluid for some folks. My sexual orientation is more fluid, my gender while definately female is closer to the androgynous end versus the very femmine end(of course, for me, it also really depends on my mood, clothing and etc) GRIN

I actually really feel a kinship with the people that tend to not fit neatly in any dualistic categories. I don't fit perfectly and never have. I use to hate it when I was growing up because I felt like I didn't know who I was, too chameleon like.  I've come to realize, accept and really value the fact that I very often am intune with both sides of my personality (introvert who loves people and etc) I like the people who are on the outskirts and don't fit in, perhaps because of the sense of disregard from the masses of these folks, there is freedom to really be who they are. 

Interestingly enough, the book that my Dad last talked about before he died titled Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal where the author drove around the country in a (get ready for this) a "Short Bus" (you know the kind the little yellow school buses) talking to people who because of some sense of "otherness" lived very different (and not so different) lives. This included "Cookie" who is a transgendered lobster fisherman person  in Maine.
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Last night I went to see the Cliks at the 7th Street entry. With my friends R and R, R was so excited. I enjoyed it but sure felt OLD!
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Hmmm...I'm missing music in my life. I need to listen more but mostly I only get to listen in my car and right now I'm really enjoying the books on tape. It helps pass the time so much faster. I'd love to take a trip out east to hear Kris Delmhorst, Catie Curtis, Lori Mckenna, Girlyman and etc. It's too bad that I likely won't be able to do that anytime soon. I did see Kris is playing in Wisconsin in about a month...but it's already sold out.

I also realize that I really want to incorporate some more exercise in my life. With many of the major health insurance providers offering a discount for health clubs, their are so many more available. For so long there was just the one private club which then grew into a "chain" of 3. This was recently bought out by "Gold's Gym" and has expanded and is HUGE. It's always busy. It's not my idea of where I'd like to go. I'd like something a little smaller please! There is a snap fitness which is small and allows for 24/7. With the health insurance, I'd have to go 2x a week until January when it goes up to 3x a week. Hopefully with 6 weeks(and the holiday) it will allow me to form some kind of pattern and I'll be able to determine if I can do 3x a week.

I've also got a video to check out from the library, a pile of stuff in my car to return. Does anyone else drive around with errands intended to be done in their car like me? I'm sure there's other things I need to do, maybe laundry...

I also just realized that when I went to dinner with my friend K last Thursday night. I accidentally left a really good tip. I was tired and stayed too long to talk with her. I picked up the check and added an extra $10 on top of my usual 20% tip. Oh well...it was probably a college student. I'm sure it made his day.
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Good weekend but gosh we sure push it! After work on Friday, we took quick naps before going into town to visit a friend whom I hadn't seen in a couple of months. She was tired but I was so happy to see her. We then had to wake up on Saturday morning because both of us had to go to work. After work, home again for another quick nap before we went dancing. Some of the folks I expected to see where not there, pout. Apparently we had tornado warnings in my area, I didn't discover that until I read the email from R. It was fun dancing, I was happy to see A, whom I haven't seen in a while. We didn't have a chance to say more than "Hi" good to see her but I like to know more about how she's doing (hint, hint, if you're reading this).

We got home and actually went to sleep! Church in the morning and it was good. Terry Gips spoke on sustainability, he's preaching to the choir as far as I'm concerned but it was good to hear. He did bring up some work by Manfred Max-Nee who did research on sustainability and how we could meet everyone in the world's 10 basic needs if we just worked at it. I'm currently researching that to find out what the 10 basic needs are. I found it interesting.

We also had a really great musical group that my friend R found, called Singleton Street. The woman singer just seemed to be very joyful and she radiated that joy. I loved it!

T, my ex was at church. It was the first time that she met P. I know that she had a hard time with it but I'm glad it's finally out of the way. I thought T did pretty good because she didn't run away like I thought she might. I was a little surprised at how nervous P was...she has nothing to worry about.

We've got coffee to go to later with my local area group and then we're going to bed early 'cause the girl has to go to work early. She's got a busy day.

edit: okay I found out what Mr. Max-Nee's 10 basic needs are, from http://www.mtn.org/iasa/tgmaxneef.html

"nine basic human needs: subsistence, protection/security, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, creation, identity/meaning and freedom. He believes there may be a tenth, transcendence, but is not sure that it is universal (I would suggest it is)."
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School Friday 5-9pm Sat 9-5pm Sun 9-12p

The instructor was very good and kept it entertaining. It's always so interesting to me when I start a new class. I often feel pretty intimidated by some of the things that people do but then for whatever reason as I get to know them, they aren't *so* impressive. Perhaps that's a judgment on my part because a lot of people don't participate in class. I think that's important because some of your grade is based on that. My classroom is in the new building on campus which is really nice.

Crashed at my Dad's house for Fri and Sat night since it was closer, that was SO nice and really enjoyed the time with him too.

I also had a wrap up session with my shrink. I enjoyed my time but feel rather ambivalent about the whole thing. Do I feel it really helped or did the crisis pass(or at least slow down) ?

Sunday night I had free tickets to attend a local outdoor music festival. It was nice but I realize that I do really prefer predominant queer or women space. I don't want to be too biased because I believe a lot of that is based on prejudice and I don't want people to judge me based on only one exterior trait and therefore I shouldn't judge them either. I enjoyed the time with A. I didn't get to stay too late and see it all since it was an hour home and A had school, I've got 2 11 hour days in a row.

I was looking over my schedule for the next month and I really feel a time crunch coming on. This weekend TF asked to switch weekends but I said no because I've got too much going on. I want to go see www.girlyman.com on Friday night, 2nd job on Saturday(4 hours) I've got another party invite on Sat and Sunday is church. In that weekend somewhere, I've got to do homework(2 page paper and prepare for a 5-7 minute presentation, read 6 articles and some amount of chapters) laundry and clean the house, grocery shop. I don't know if I'll be able to get it all done.


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