Very cool, Allison! I hope it blesses her.
I like the idea of chatting together on FB or Skype or something. All we'd have to do is make sure at least one person is friends with all the peeps, and they can send a message to everyone and then everyone can reply. The newer version of FB makes it possible to have a message basically be a chat room if everyone is there, and if we're not there we can still read the conversation. Or just do what Pup says.
Shann, I read the article and although his writing is decent, it seemed like a very childish response and kudos to all the people who stepped up to defend you. Talk about pouty...I know it can really get our goat when we find out we're not the cat's meow, but seriously...quitting because not everyone is praising you? Yikes. We don't need people like that to spoil our party. I appreciate the constructive criticism even more when I don't place because it gives me a clue as to what I can improve on and maybe why I didn't do as well as I thought I should. A lot of times I know when I hit it out of the park, but sometimes I think I did a great job and it's not even on the judges' radar. All those helpful critiques really push me to keep trying.
I hung out with my friend from the L.A. write-in last night. She called me the night before and said she had an epiphany about friendships and that she was rethinking some of her relationships as far as who made an effort to maintain them. She didn't outright say it, but I think she was basically saying that she realized I was a friend to keep because I made an effort to hang out with her even though we have only a few things in common and disagree completely about politics, religion, and various other hot button issues. We have incredible conversations and a real give-and-take relationship...every time we hang out, we stay up all night long and never run out of conversation. She's shared a lot of things with me that have forced me to think about what I believe and know, and I hope the things I share with her have helped her redefine her views like if a conservative Christian be an educated, logical thinker. This time we didn't even try to write, but painted our nails and watched a classic Audrey Hepburn movie, then talked the rest of the night until I left at 6am to beat the traffic home. It was so refreshing.
Then tonight Ryan and I went to an improv gathering hosted by members of Toastmasters. It was super fun - I played a couple of the improv games and felt totally comfortable doing so. It's a small group with people from various walks of life. Ryan's taking an improv class on Saturdays starting tomorrow, and he'd gone to this particular group once before when I was working. They said we both did well and they hoped we'd come back. Our small group normally meets on Friday nights, and sometimes I work, so we can't commit to every week, but we could totally visit here and there. Ryan definitely wants to pursue more acting opportunities, and he's trying out for one of the main roles in his group's upcoming Easter play. I'm glad he's able to find an outlet. I have my writing, and music if I pursue it, so it's great that he can have something he enjoys.
Thanks, Holly, for the encouragement. I think I should pursue the education thing, and I'll do some more research and find the best program to join. I like the one in Colorado, but I'll check out a few more to make sure I have the right fit. I requested my unofficial transcript from PLU because I forgot my GPA (it was over nine years ago that I graduated) and was pleased to see it was 3.3! Most of the Master's programs want a 3.0 or higher. I had quite a few B's and C's, but maintained enough A's to make up for it. Totally different from high school, where I got almost straight A's except for an A- in biology because I forgot about the summer reading, and a B in psychology because we had a poor teacher. I almost was #1 in my class but lost all the points for my freshman year because I'd been homeschooled up until 10th grade. I was bitter a long while over that
until I started getting B's and C's in college.
Then I realized grades don't necessarily reflect how much you know, although it certainly gives a little indication of your discipline. Or your poor sleep habits...at least nowadays they have online college and you don't have to drag yourself out of bed at 7:55am just to fall asleep in 8am lecture.
Okay, I think I've written a Challenge article's worth of words in my blabbering. If only writing Challenges were that easy!
Night night. Gonna rest up because I have one more shift tomorrow before another two day break. Still hoping for extra work, 'cause I sure need the cash. Hope you all have a great weekend!