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20 Jul 2009|12:29pm
Dear Nora,
Well, I'm back from my 'vacation.' It wasn't the best of vacations, nor was it the worst, but I am so thankful to be home. I left on a Wednesday in the pouring rain to head up to Beddington to spend time with mom at camp. I finally talked to her about the drinking and how we can do absolutely nothing unless there's alcohol involved. She said, "So what. I like my wine." I told her I had to find a way to deal with this because I cannot continue feeling so upset whenever I am around her and the family. Whether that means I visit less often or not at all is undecided. Either way she isn't going to change no matter what I do.

The weather was fabulous July 9th, 10th, and 11th. My birthday was especially nice. I had gone to sit on the bench overlooking the water Friday morning and Toby made his howling bark, which always indicates he sees someone. Low and behold I see James walking down the hill to greet me. He wasn't supposed to be there until Saturday night, so his coming was a pleasant surprise. He gave me an Ipod, SeaGlass book, body shaver and satellite radio for my car. I wish he hadn't. James does not have a lot of money and he sometimes gives too much. His heart is in the right place, but he'll bankrupt himself by giving more than he has.

The beginning of Jonesport week was nice, warm weather but the end of it was drizzle, rain and fog. Family vacations are overrated. I need a good, long break from seeing any of my immediate kin. I love them all, but spending so much time together is too much for me. Sherry and my father drove me to distraction. From sun-up to sundown they were go go go. My father definitely has ADD and its only getting worse in his old age. They couldn't relax for a minute. Kasie and Beth were just the opposite. Didn't get ready for the day till noon, lazed around the kitchen drinking coffee for hours and isolated themselves from everybody. James seemed to want to spend more time with them than me and it caused a lot of tension and arguments. I felt as though I were on vacation alone most of the time. Thankfully Kay and Toby kept great company.

For my 30th birthday party the family gave me a supper and a few gifts. If you didn't know any better you would have suspected it was a child's birthday! They gave me squirt guns, bubbles and playing cards! I wonder when people will realize I'm not 12 anymore? It was cute and I did feel valued for that moment. I cannot recall the last time I had a birthday party or when anybody sang the birthday song to me. When they all started to sing I really did feel 12 again. My red face was the proof.

Nanny seems to be doing fine now that she is alone. She isn't as upbeat as she once was but being 84 you can't blame her. James collected money from everyone to give to her for food, gas and necessities. Altogether he got $145.00 for her. We all signed a card with little love messages to her. When we gave her the card she dropped her head, said nothing and then it happened. Her lip was trembling, the tears came and she quietly muttered, "You kids do too much. Thank you." Gretchen was crying, I teared up and the whole cabin went silent. It was a moment I don't think I'll ever forget. To be my grandmother and for her to see so many in life now gone must be a terrible ache. Her mother and father, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, husband, best friends are all passed away. To be left on your own is an unspeakable loss, one that scares me to even think of.

I was ready to come home after being away for ten days. My bed has really spoiled me and any other pales in comparison. Besides, the weather was freezing cold and damp and I just needed to be done with the family for now. I've decided that next year I am not going to Jonesport for a week like I've done the past several years. I need a real vacation out of the state of Maine, perhaps Disney World or Prince Edward Island. Throughout the rest of the year I will make sure that I go visit Nanny on long weekends to get quality time with her. With so many family members around it really was difficult to do anything with her or have lengthy conversations. One on one time will be better off season.

So, here I am at work. The whole thing feels like a messy dream to me. It was the fastest ten days I've ever experienced in my life. I tried desperately to enjoy every moment I could because I knew I'd be back at work in no time. It will be another six months before I have any real time off again and I know its going to be a push to get there. Last year I came back to work refreshed and ready to put forth a job well done, but this year I feel tired. It is a clear indication to me that I am fried, burned out, and spent. However, the call volume recently seems to be waning, at least some of the time. There are small breaks in between calls to stretch, get a sip of water and clear your mind before the next caller beckons.

Today is James' 32nd birthday.
2 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

Back to bed 12 Jan 2005|06:13am
Last week it was snowing all day, yet we had school/work.
Today, there isn't a flake, a drop or drizzly in the air, yet school/work is cancelled.

Am I missing something? I just assume work because I don't get paid for days off!
4 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

More of my Pride and Joy 10 Jan 2005|06:06pm
2 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

"Love" By: ? 09 Jan 2005|03:05pm


Love wins every time you feel it's claim
People fight but only love is right
Love will ease the pain
There are winners and there are losers
The world has every kind
When you feel love
It makes no differnce
It's all in your frame of mind

Ohhh Love

And my mind doubts every time I feel the strain
And people reall don't know who I am
When we're all the same
It's hard aching feeling
I get it every time
There's an empty place inside my heart
I'm just taking to feeling shy

Ohhh Love

Love it's like the sun
It'll shine on anyone
Doesn't cost a dime
Doesn't waste your time
You just open up your heart and let is shine

When the world is cold
And everybody is acting strange
People are also lonely every where
Tell me who's to blame
When the world's start makiing no sense at all
Take the time to find
That one special man
To know who I am
To help me open wide

Ohhh Love

Love it's like the sun
It'll shine on anyone
You can feel it shining
Without even trying
Just open up your heart and let it shine

Oo oh Love
Oh ohh Love
Oooh Love
The Tribe has Spoken!

09 Jan 2005|02:27pm
Kay LeighCollapse )
2 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

Finding Neverland 09 Jan 2005|12:24pm
Dear Nora,

I finally saw "Finding Neverland" last night. For some reason, this movie wasn't released in Maine for the longest time. Dan and I caught it at a one screen cinema in Brusnwick. I digress..

This movie was sensational. I even cried at the end, which has only happened a few other times in my cinematic experiences. Please see this film if you have the oppurtunity.
5 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

06 Jan 2005|09:03pm
My new favorite show is just a click away!
4 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

06 Jan 2005|06:46pm
Dear Nora,
My day...in a nutshell.

*Slipping and Sliding

So long!
1 Survivor|The Tribe has Spoken!

Feeling loved 05 Jan 2005|05:32pm
Dear Nora,
I love how a student called me a 'son of a bitch' today.
I love even more that the teacher heard this and did nothing.
4 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

Worried 03 Jan 2005|11:08pm
Dear Nora,
i can't sleep. I was extremely tired earlier in the day, but now I find my mind racing at a velocity that even my high school physics teacher couldn't measure. Seriously though, I'm full of anxiety.

Luckily I have some sleeping pills handy for such occassions.
The Tribe has Spoken!

Jobs 02 Jan 2005|03:37pm
Dear Nora,
I finally got around to updating my resume and applying to a few places.

I applied here.........Pine Tree Society.

And I applied here...Bridgton School System.

Pine Tree Society is a Freelancing Agency and the Bridgton is an Educational job. I'd prefer to have the educational job because it's steady work with a steady paycheck. And, I enjoy working in the school system.

My room is clean. It's going to snow/rain/sleet/freezing rain tonight so I'm all ready to hunker down and watch some TV.
1 Survivor|The Tribe has Spoken!

M I C K E Y M O U S E ! ! ! ! ! 02 Jan 2005|12:52am

Mickey Mike is the name.

Mickey Mer is the game.
8 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

Christmas Continues 30 Dec 2004|10:40pm

"Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is. Hallelujah. Holy shit. Where's the Tylenol? "
The Tribe has Spoken!

A Dog's Life 30 Dec 2004|12:07am
Gus and KayLeighCollapse )
5 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

Do you see what I see? 29 Dec 2004|08:19pm
Dear Nora,
The moon is bright, big and beautiful tonight.

The current state of the moon has to be blamed for all the nightmares I've been having. I feel so grateful when I wake up and realize that Kay Leigh is alive, there are no tornados in Maine and my mother doesn't really hate me. Once the moon starts waning I'll be sure to have more pleasant, happier dreams (if I'm lucky).

Moving on....

I'm getting a new computer tonight. Something has been rattling away inside my computer for months, non-stop. I kid you not, today, when I finally decided to get a new computer, the rattling stopped dead in its tracks.

I'll just blame it on the moon.
The Tribe has Spoken!

Publicity 27 Dec 2004|07:54pm
Dear Nora,
I'm public again!
14 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

Moving 21 May 2004|12:35pm
Dear Friends,
For those that find themselves deleted off this list, please add mikeygreens to your buddylist, for this is where I'm moving. This journal is now restricted.

16 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

20 May 2003|10:59am
Christopher Cross

It's not far down to paradise
At least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me
It's not far to never never land
No reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy
Of innocence again
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Takes me away
To where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

It gets the best of me
When I'm sailing
All caught up in the reverie
Every word is a symphony
Won't you believe me

It's not far back to sanity
At least it's not for me
And when the wind is right you can sail away
And find serenity
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me
10 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

01 Apr 2003|09:48pm
This Journal is Friends only now. *sigh*
6 Survivors|The Tribe has Spoken!

01 Apr 2003|07:49am
Dear Nora,
I want my own bathroom.
The Tribe has Spoken!

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