Thursday, November 5, 2009

The House on Your Shoulders

You may or may not know that I am somewhat obsessed with shows about serial killers. I have no idea why, but I'm sure one of the profilers on my current favorite show, Criminal Minds, could tell me.

Tonight they went to Mexico to solve a crime - I'll spare you the details since they have not much to do with this post, and you may be eating while reading.

At the end of the episode, they had a Mexican proverb (I should have googled to see if it's real, but it doesn't really matter).

The proverb went, "The house does not stand on the ground, it stands on a woman."

This really struck me because not only have I had a number of changes in my life, including my home, recently, but some women close to me have as well. Yesterday, my mom, AuntieKnickers blogged about her mom and how well she handled moving around throughout her adult life. It strikes me that their house - their home - was built upon her shoulders, and so it did not matter where they were physically, as long as they had her holding them up.

Because of the way my life is set up right now, I have to be able to carry my home with me, whether it's because I am moving permanently, or just housesitting for friends. This always feels a little scary, but after it's done, I never know what I was worried about. Someone close to me (you probably know who...) has been having a lot of upheavals in her life recently, and I think she would probably make some beautiful piece of art work out of this proverb right now. She is learning not only how to carry her home with her, but what that home looks like, what it feels like. The hardest part about this maybe that you cannot be prepared to learn this lesson. It is not something that you plan on happening, and most of us probably think we've already got it figured out - I think she did, and I usually do until something goes wonky and the foundation I thought I built strong starts to crumble.

I like this proverb a lot, but I think if I were re-writing it I would say that "...the house sits on the family". Sometimes that family is your given family, and sometimes your chosen, but no matter who you are... even Wonder Woman had Wonder Girl backing her up. I don't think My grandmother could have held up her house without the love and support of her family.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Many Tasks, Many Blessings... Little Sleep!

Today was a busy day for me, though not as busy as tomorrow will be, but I still didn't get everything done I meant too (more on why later).

First I had my first day of my internship with Werc Werk Works - and as I my friends said, I work work worked! Basically I helped one of the producers transcribe interview footage for better organizing and an easier edit down the line. Because the company is new, it is definitely an all hands on deck mentality, which makes me happy to be there, because I feel like I am actually helping, not just doing busy work! Plus, the receptionist is super nice and offers to get me coffee! Not that I would ask her to do that, cause that'd be weird and totally not necessary; but like AuntieKnickers said, it's nice not to be the one getting coffee at an internship!

So, after my morning at the internship, I hopped a bus straight to school and commenced with my post-production work... well, "work" my be a bit strong. Honestly, none of us are really 'feelin' it when it comes to our current projects, so we kind of mosey along when it comes to editing.

Anyway, I did do some work, but I also had some fun chats with friends. Lately, my friends have been teasing me, calling me a Hardcore Christian. Now, the funny thing is that a year or two ago, this would have really bothered me. I had a real problem even calling myself a christian, let alone talking openly with school friends about my church life.

Now, I have this kind of peace with it. I recognize that I am, and always will be, on a journey, trying to figure out what I can do to share and be thankful for the blessings I have. And I think that one way for me to do that is by not shaming myself about my faith.

And I think that's also largely how I can share my blessings, because it often seems like people my age (and slightly younger) only of two kinds of faith - Hardcore Christian faith and Faith in Nothing. I like the idea that I could broaden their concepts in that way.

Oh, and back to that not having time... I'm afraid there is a sort of illness going through my new place - at least, my roommie's GF was sick, and he skipped class today because he didn't feel well, and although I've been doing a lot to try and stay well, I am craving chicken soup and orange juice and sleep.

So, the sleepiness kept me from doing things I should have, but there you are. It happens. I'll leave you with some photos of my chicken soup - made from scratch last night - and some of my editing classmates. Enjoy!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Making My Life That Much Crazier!

Auntie Knickers has encouraged me to try and write a blog post everyday this month. Since I'm not doing anything else, I guess I will.

Wait, what? That's not right. I'm pretty sure I have a lot to do.

But I'm going to try and do it anyway, since interesting things are finally happening!

Here are some highlights from the past month to catch you up:

  • School continues - I am taking 4 classes this semester including American Government and Politics (fulfilling my last gen ed requirement) which is very interesting, though difficult since it is in a basement classroom with bad lighting at the end of a very long day. sigh. but we went to a town hall meeting on healthcare last week, and saw lots of educated, middle-class, white people agree with each other. yay! (that was sarcasm)
  • Church responsibilities abound - honestly, I am becoming more and more disillusioned with my church community, which is sad and frustrating, and maybe I'll write all about it another day. But in the meantime, I am still on the Christian Education board and am the organizer for a monthly movie night through the music and arts board (we watched Bell, Book and Candle for the first one, but don't even get me started...) The CE held our Halloween Party, complete with Haunted House run by the junior high students (that should say high school students as well, but none showed up. rant for another day: teenagers who don't have time for community)
  • Moving- A few weeks ago I moved out of Comrade Landlord's house and in with a friend from school... hmm, it may take a few days to come up with a good name for him. The house is owned by his mom, so rent is crazy reasonable. There have been a few renovations going on there, but nothing I can't handle. Winifred seems to be settling in well, though I'll let her tell you about it on her own blog. Last night I moved my ottoman into my room and I now have a cozy little reading nook! I also get a room in the basement for all my crafting and storage. Oh! And the best part, perhaps, is that my roommate works nights, so it is like living by myself most of the time, and hanging out with friends the rest of the time! (can you tell I like the new place? woot!)
  • And More! There's been a lot more, I just can't remember all of it... working on editing first big project for school...starting pre-production on second project called 'Snip'... behind on papers (as usual) boss at work (did I talk about her yet?)...oh yeah! and a new camera, so this blog will start to be a bit more interesting!

So, here's how this month of blogging is gonna go - since I have two blogs, I will sometimes post here, and sometimes on my FilmAching blog. Be sure to look there tomorrow, since I will be posting about the most exciting thing to happen EVER!

(hint: to me. this year.)