Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I'm at a loss here...[TW:Politics]

I've been seeing some jarring and frightening headlines recently. I've been screen-shotting some of them, for posterity.

 Badlands National Park took a stand against the gag order handed down by the Trump Administration and continued to post fact-based pieces of science that have been continuously deleted almost as soon as they're posted. Freedom of Speech is under attack.

The Administration is pro-keeping secrets from the public that could have potentially disastrous effects on them. What is this, 1984?

This one hits the hardest. If this one passes, businesses and corporations will be able to legally discriminate against LGBT+ individuals, single mothers, and unwed heterosexual couples, because it effectively places religious rights over the rights over individuals.

DAPL and Keystone are now a go, thanks to Trump signing them into action, despites months of protesting against them by Native and Veterans alike. It's worth noting that Trump has stock invested in the company proposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Friends. Comrades. We've entered a very dark time. The rise of Facism and Dictatorship are upon us. I don't know if it can be stopped or who's strong enough to stand up and continue to fight against it. I'll be here, as long as I can, spreading information and updates where I can until even I am silenced.

I won't go quietly into that good night.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

...It's not a promotion...

You know how when you start a new job, most places will kind of ease you in with simple and repetitive tasks and then kind of build up your duties as you get comfortable with them? My job is the same way...📠

The first few weeks involved hand strain and getting really intimate with my desk scanner. Then I was asked to help put together some files for a client audit and while I really had no clue about the ins and outs of doing that, I still did what I could to the best of my ability - and then I stayed late with my boss to help her wrap that whole project up and got quite familiar with how frustrating it is when you realize past employees didn't do a very good job of keeping track of our contracted interpreter's files...

It genuinely makes me wish I'd been working here longer so they'd have better and cleaner records in their systems.

Now though, I've been assigned a task (as a matter of delegation of duties for a coworker who's out with a new baby) which makes me absolutely recoil with anxiety and stress. Phone work - and not just any phone work. Phone work where I have to set up appointments with prospective applicants, I also have to administer to them 100 term medical exams over the phone.

Just today I set up an OTME (Oral Medical Terminology Exam) with a Spanish speaking applicant for next week. Tomorrow I have to call a Hmong speaking applicant and a Somali applicant to set up times for them. Joy. But at least I've mastered the art of making an outgoing call on our multi-line phone system.

All this in addition to scanning in New and Not-Contracted files to the system, scheduling in bathroom breaks, and maintaining optimal caffeine levels. So it's picking up.

The good news in all this is that I get my second paycheck this Friday and it's looking pretty well padded. Woot!~ $$$

Friday, January 20, 2017

I'll get you, my pretty....

...and your little dog, too.

So our upstairs neighbor got herself a puppy dog.

This is distressing for a multitude of reasons:
1) There are no pets allowed in this building. Part of the lease agreement.
2) This individual is irritating enough on her own, now she has a yippy little "therapy dog" in her unit.
3) It makes noise, constantly. So she makes noise, constantly.
4) There is dog doo outside my window.

I'm not against companion animals in the slightest, I know how therapeutic they can be to have around if you're lonely, depressed, suffering from anxiety, house-bound, etc. And so I totally understand why a person would want to obtain a cute, small animal to keep them company.

But that animal should NOT bark, whine, and yip at all hours of the day and night when your walls are thinner than paper and everything echoes. That animal should NOT piss and shit right underneath your neighbor's living room window and you certainly should NOT leave it there. (There are city laws stating you have to clean up your animal's defecate or you could be fined, pretty heftily.) You should NOT have to stomp loudly in your animals direction to "scold" it, because the only individuals suffering from that are the neighbors below you. You should NOT clap your hands and proudly exclaim "Good boy!" right outside your neighbor's window every time your animal takes a crap and doesn't use that opportunity to run out onto the road.

In other words, if you're going to keep a small animal (like a dog) in an apartment complex, use good judgement and keep it quiet and clean. Don't annoy the hell out of your neighbors every chance you get, just because you can. Because, believe it or not, some of those neighbors might be logging every offense and violation, dating and stamping it.

Because that's what I'm doing. And if she doesn't get her shit together, quite literally, she's gonna go away.

Monday, January 16, 2017

24k gold face masks and 3 weeks on the job...

Three weeks at my new job down and one paycheck later....I sit at my desk with a splitting migraine and listen to my upstairs neighbor blast her music and scold her new yippy "therapy" dog....

But life could be worse.

At least now the fridge has some food in it and I'm no longer starving, save for the generosity of my work crew and their predilection for buying the office lunch. I have new hair products, so I'm no longer using leftover baby shampoo to scrub my hair clean. I have an extra set of nice pants to wear to work now, so that I don't show up with the same pair of black trousers three times a week. That might have been getting noticeable....

At Target I picked up this cheap face mask from Miss Spa that had 24k gold flecks in it. I don't think I'm that big a fan of having my face look that shimmery, but I'm sure it's a great product to use before a night out on the town. Just not my style.

On Sunday afternoon, we took an hour long bus ride to go have sushi. Next time I'll refrain from ordering a bunch of rolls that are overstuffed with weird ingredients. Cream cheese and sushi should never mix. I'll stick with sashimi and miso soup from now on....

And like an adult, I also paid the electric bill and put more money on my fare card for transit. In two more weeks, I'll have an even bigger paycheck, because that one won't be punctuated by three missed days. Then it'll be time to pay rent and buy more groceries. Adulting for the win!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"Lets Talk about Witchcraft" Questionnaire

Learning about others’ practice, assumption free! Get talking, get chatty, these aren’t hard and fast questions, so go where the prompt leads you.

1. Is your craft secular, or does it intersect with religion/spirituality?

~ While I do consider myself a casual pagan (belief in multiple deities, spirits, etc) my craft itself is pretty secular. I don't really attach any religious dogma to it. You won't find an invocations to deity, any kind of Wiccan structure in my spellcasting, and certainly no prayers. Not in my craft anyways....on a daily basis though I have been known to ask certain goddesses for help in reigning in some intense emotions. "Give me the strength to not strangle this racist piece of human filth"....kind of thing.

2. Spell language: do like it simple? Do you dress it up? Is it poetry? Is it silent?

~Most of my spells don't involve much in the way of chanting or verbalizing, unless it's to state an intent or seal an intention. Rhyming and poetry often feel stilted to me and kind of fake, so I prefer to just keep things simple and to the point.

3. On a scale from “Kitchen Witch” to “I could burn water”, how much of your witchcraft takes place in the kitchen?

~ Some of it does, most of it doesn't. I do cook herbs into a lot of my food and I'm always mindful of what that might impart. But usually the extent of my kitchen witchery is stirring my coffee a certain way and infusing it with magical energy.

4. On a scale from “TechnoWitch” to “I broke the internet”, how much of your witchcraft incorporates technology?

~ A good amount of if these days, actually. I'm always reblogging emoji spells and internet magic to further charge and cast it. I've noticed that the energy of the internet and the ease of transferring intent using electricity has truly tangible results, at least for me. 9/10 - will continue using.

5. Herbs: essential? confusing? no thank you? if I could get my hands on some?

~ Only what I normally cook with, so things like basil, garlic, red pepper, cinnamon, etc. And I don't really use them in magic outside of food related stuff.

6. Tools: handmade only? natural materials only? I only need my will? anything works if I want to use it?

~ For me, as a low-budget witch, pretty much anything goes. If I can spare it in daily use, I'll probably use it for some magical purpose or another. It's kind of all about the intent you give that item or your association with it. 

7. Do you work with the elements? perhaps not air earth fire water? no connection to them?

~ Not sure I work with them so much as take advantage of the associations often tied to them. For spells that involve letting go of something or cleansing something, I might use a particularly windy day in which to cast it. For workings involving structure and stability, I'll probably use some dirt. Fire is great for energy related work....Yeah, I guess I do work with them.

8. Do you do spells for others? Do you or would you buy or sell services?

~Spells? Not really no. I might if someone asked me nicely and didn't have any weird intentions about it. Like, I'm not gonna cast a love spell for you, you're on your own in that department.

9. Divination: Yes, no, maybe, try again later? Methods?

~ I use Oracle cards, Tarot just isn't for me. I'd love to try my hand at pendulums someday (if I can find just the right one!) and I do use spirit boards but that's less for divination and more for spirit work.

10. Do you write all your own spells, use ones from books, or a combination?

~ Ha, I'm lucky if I ever write any of my workings down! But typically I use a combination of other people's ideas morphed into something that works well for me (usually removing all religious context).

11. Love spells? Curses? Discuss.

~ Love spells work, and they can work effectively. But they almost always backfire and have disastrous consequences at one point or another. Because love is fickle and really can't be pinned down and controlled, no matter how much you want to. You'd be better off casting a spell to attract love to you or to make yourself more open to love - in all forms. Regarding curses....I am pro-curse all the way. 

12. Moon phases, planetary correspondences, day of the week, hour: irrelevant or key?

~ I almost never know what phase the moon is in and I only just found out recently that Mercury was going retrograde. Big whoop....

13. Is witchcraft an everyday thing? Is it only for special occasions? Lots of ritual? Just a few words? Both? 

~ In a sense, it's an everyday thing because I AM a witch every day. Am I always spellcasting? No. Do I hold rituals often? No. I don't even acknowledge my spirit companions all that often. But I am always aware that I am a magical being and I hold power at my finger tips. I just don't need to use it all the time.