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Tuesday August, 30 2005

Me @ Work

Filed under: General — makani @ 2:08 pm

Just because some of you will get a kick out of it.

What can I say, it’s busy somedays.

Friday August, 26 2005

Babble Post

Filed under: General — makani @ 2:36 pm

I feel like posting and I don’t have much to say so you get to listen to me babble. Aren’t you lucky?

The apartment is looking much more like a lived in apartment now. We’ve got a lot of stuff unpacked and some of our pictures up on the walls. There’s more unpacking planned for this evening. Hopefully we’ll have the time.

I think the next step is curtains, the only real issue there is I want really nice curtains and those are expensive. My plan right now is to check fabric stores for inexpensive heavy, nice looking fabric, sew some edging on myself get a tie and some hooks: VoliĆ”! Instant curtains! Hopefully the rods that are up on the windows will hold the weight.

Tomorrow is the festival and I’m very much looking forward to checking it out. It sounds like there will be a lot of good stuff to do, see, and buy. I may not be able to do a lot of buying but I plan to do a lot of looking.

Speaking of buying, the local Thrift store is having a $5 bag sale. Everything that you can fit into a bag for $5, they provide the bags but you can fit a lot of stuff into those bags.

And tonight we go out to Boxerwood for the Co-Op fund raiser, Dessert party, and Silent Auction. We probably won’t win anything but it will be fun to go and eat lots of dessert. Then at some point I bake another pie and cookies.

I can actually cook now, it’s a miracle! I’m thinking of baking a pie for the Oct. 10 party. So if you didn’t have a reason to come before you have one now.

Tuesday August, 23 2005

Sweat Lodge

Filed under: General — makani @ 2:35 pm

I participated in my first sweat lodge yesterday.

I was nervous for no real good reason other than I’d never done anything like this before and I didn’t know all of the people that would be participating.

I have to say it was a great experience and if I get the chance I’m going to do it again. I feel refreshed and just good, (well apart from my cold, which I still have somehow.) It was great to sit there and then come out into the hot air and jump into the cool pond that was just a few feet away.

In other news, we still live in box land but we’ve managed to finally to get the kitchen emptied of boxes. So now we move onto the living room. So with a clean, (mostly) kitchen we’re making applesauce tonight! And unpacking a few boxes or something. Or Something.

Wednesday August, 17 2005

Back…Again..

Filed under: General — makani @ 2:18 pm

Back from MA.

We have no apartment, only boxes. The boxes have taken over, they are everywhere, there is no end.
Must…unpack…boxes…

The drive was long, it took us 15 hours to get up there and then another 14 to get back. The van, (which we named the Dire Van because it’s huge) drove very well and got excellent gas mileage both ways.

So yes, long drive, much unpacking to be done.

Boxes…drowing in boxes…

Tuesday August, 9 2005

Back and Gone Again, Once More

Filed under: General — makani @ 12:18 pm

I’m back from BYM. I had a really great time and despite my fears I found that I really wished we could’ve afforded to stay a few more days.

We arrived in time to hear a lecture by David Kaczynski about the Death Penalty. It was really interesting to hear things from the point of view of a person who was so close to all the action, so to speak. I have to admit that although I did follow the whole Unibomber thing I was really too young to remember all the facts. I recall hearing about the Manifesto and the package bombs but I didn’t really have any idea about the face behind it. I didn’t really understand that there was a real person with a family who was at the center of everything. As I got older I came to understand this but my view was still rather one-sided. This Unibomber was a terrible and sick man, that’s what the media said and because I didn’t have the energy or inclination to dig further, that’s what I thought. It’s a bit hard to admit but now that I’ve heard his brother speak I have a whole new view. (On Ted Kaczynski, not on the Death Penalty, I’ve been against that ever since I was old enough to understand what it was.)

We spent that night (most of the night, I think we went back to where we were staying at midnight) at an Adult Young Friends Business Meeting. It was interesting and very helpful to see the Quaker Process as carried out by people my own age. It was helpful to understand that things go better than I imagined.

The next morning we started out visiting the bookstore. We collected three wonderful baskets for $20.00 and I have one book of Quaker daily readings. Next we headed off to our workshop which was on Alternatives to Violence. I was a bit skeptical of this at first because it looked like we were going to play really stupid icebreaker games. I hate icebreaker games. We did play some stupid icebreaker games but that didn’t detract from the Workshop as a whole. I’d heard some of the things that they suggest you do before, but it’s different to have to them into action on the spot. It’s also helpful to see how other people see violence because the word means different things to different people.

That night it was more hanging out with Young Friends and a reading circle, not to mention a huge rainstorm but most important there was Coffee House. Think of it as a talent show with coffee and a wide range of acts.
J and I ended up taking a friend’s place and performing a Harry Potter rap about the Prisoner of Azkaban. We didn’t get onstage until around midnight but there were still plenty of people left who really enjoyed it. I really didn’t want to go at first but it ended up being a lot of fun and people kept coming up to us later and telling us how they loved it.

The last day it was the General Business meeting with the adults. Talk about drama. I’m not going to go into everything here since I don’t have the time and some of it is confidential but let me just say that what should’ve taken an hour and a half took about two and a half hours to complete. It was a deep insight into Quaker process and how it works and how it can be used to hold things up, but also how it can be used to move things along. Also it let me see how Quakers conduct things, how they search and nominate people for positions. It was very different than what I’m used too.

So I had a good time and we’re saving up for next year so we can spend more time. But now onto the Gone Again bit: We leave on Friday for MA and I’m catching a cold. It’s going to be a fun drive.

Friday August, 5 2005

Off to BYM

Filed under: General — makani @ 10:30 am

J and I are heading up to BYM tonight to spend one day there. I’m a bit nervous since this will be the biggest Quaker gathering I’ve ever been too and I’ll be meeting a bunch of J’s friends. (Who have all heard everything about me already, so I’m not sure what to say.)

But everything’s set, the Cargo Van reserved for pick on on August 11, AAA Trip Tic printed, days scheduled off from work, and all forms turned into Real Estate People. All I have to do is gather up all the boxes I’m going to bring and pack some clothes.

One whole weekend where I don’t have to unpack anything! Yay!

Monday August, 1 2005

Finally! A Reasonable price!

Filed under: General — makani @ 3:21 pm

I finally got a reasonable price for a rental. I’ll be renting a Cargo Van, round trip for about $410, it would be cheaper but I am not yet 25 and they just don’t like renting to you when your under 25.

It’s not a truck but it should fit everything except the bed set. I’m afraid that will just have to wait for another time.

Now I just have to insure the bloody car.

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