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BY Martina

09/01 Direct Link
I've sent in my poem and written for yuwie. This is the last thing I absolutely need to do for today in order to keep up with my goal list. I've decided to postpone the website until I get paid from Disaboom on the 19th or so. I painted my nails alternating colors. It looks very cool! I need to phone Sarah and Candace. I might get an ice cream or some desesrt out later. I found the missing book. I'm watching a Clean House Marathon. Tomorrow is big day full of phone calls, meetings, and going to the libarary.
09/02 Direct Link
Hurricane Gustav didn't hit New Orleans badly and I'm glad. At least, if it would've been bad the had more plans. No Superdome this time; people went to 17 inland shelters with free buses and you were allowed to bring pets and wheelchair, plus an orderly evacuation. I just found out that Sarah Palin's daughter is an unwed, 17 year old. I'm okay with that. It makes her seem so normal, but really it's none of our business. Poor kid, boyfriend, mom and both families. See ya all later!
09/03 Direct Link
I must stop buying sodium lauryl sulfate, a toothpaste chemical which is causing orangutans to lose their habitat because forests are being cleared to create palm plantations. I must write three letters and send two emails. I went library today and returned a book. Tomorrow, I have a doctors appointment to get my yucky, dried, bloody stitches removed. They're gross. My stomach has always been flabby, but now it disturbs me each time I look at it. I need to make a request of Laura and figure what's the deal with Friday. Third poem submitted. I've 27 more to go!
09/04 Direct Link
I must stop buying sodium lauryl sulfate, a toothpaste chemical which is causing orangutans to lose their habitat because forests are being cleared to create palm plantations. I must write three letters and send two emails. I went library today and returned a book. Tomorrow, I have a doctors appointment to get my yucky, dried, bloody stitches removed. They're gross. My stomach has always been flabby, but now it disturbs me each time I look at it. I need to make a request of Laura and figure what's the deal with Friday. Third poem submitted. I've 27 more to go!
09/05 Direct Link
I have temporarily adopted (for one day) one eyed cat Leah and I have taken to calling Bandit. Later, Celina will come take him away to a vet. Richard an he are cute playing. I hope Leah and I get to visit sometimes. He's a good kitty. I'm up early today; I don't know why. My 5th poem is nearly finished I'm just struggling with including or excluding one word. Michelle and I are fighting about fruitless, stupid things. She think all Americans hate foreigners, which is ridiculous. Some are xenophobic, but certainly not all. Certainly, above all, not me!
09/06 Direct Link
I slept until nearly noon, waking up at 11:50. May read my "What are you First?" essay and liked it but had no criticism. I'll take to writing group on today to get real help with it. I'll tell them to be brutal. May is going to mall to get me printer ink and an electric toothbrush. I'm editing my 6th poem for the poetry contests; it's nearly ready to go. I'll have May read it when she returns; it's the last in my bookstore series (I went to a corporate bookstore, a used bookstore, and an independent bookstore). Bye!
09/07 Direct Link
I'm at 99 cents here already. If I keep this up and earn 17 cents a day, I'll make payout for September. I'm watching a video on alzheimer's disease and it's sad. Michelle is making soup for dinner. I don't much like it, though. Tomorrow, I'm off to have lunch with Sarah and duplications at Hampshire. Then, of course, I'll write more. Celina is off doing laundry now. I'm doing my last mandatory writing task of the day, plus I might post a little on Mylot to boot. I have a new girl. A neighbor, working for me tomorrow. Bye!
09/08 Direct Link
Still on track for payout. Selling books tomorrow morning finally. I hope to earn $40. I have many plans to finish tomorrow which is good and why I'm getting up early. I've a ton phone calls and emails to write. Celina is working in morning and Demi's filling in for Leah tomorrow. I wrote an extra poem today again. I figure they can go in my work poems zine (which is the zine of poetry I wrote when I was supposed to be doing other projects. I'm having mac and cheese and ground turkey for dinner, pretty healthy... Good night!
09/09 Direct Link
Plans for DC are coming together. Even though I only earned $11 when I went to sell the books back at Raven today. I completed day 9 of my poetry contest and booked the DC paratransit reservations. Laura is coming to help me out in Amherst as Demi can't make it because of her kid's doctor appointment and Celina is staying an extra half an hour just to make sure I'm fine. I'm lucky I have good friends and people that work for me. I hope Michelle's first protest goes well. Maybe I'll convert her into being a political person.
09/10 Direct Link
I had to worst writer's block yesterday. I woke up early and wrote a poem about sleeping with Richard, my cat. It's cute! I have 2 hurricane poems, 3 poems about book stores, a haiku, one poem about lost body jewelry, one fantasy poem (that's all princess like, not very me), and one poem about a young, black American visiting Africa for the first time. Itís a very diverse collection and I'm proud of it. Happily, it has no crap in it (which is likely in a daily poetry contest, just because of the volume of work you must produce).
09/11 Direct Link
I found a place to stay for the Obama march. I made business cards for $2.34. I dropped off my zines at Hampshire and picked up my extra keys from Zyn. Leah just washed my glasses and they were so dirty I can't believe I could even see at all. I sent in my 11th poem for the poetry contest and Sheila who applied to work for work for me for the weekend in Boston seemed nice when I interviewed her today; we met in Food for Thought Books (my second house). I'm off to a poetry meeting. Good evening!
09/12 Direct Link
This entry was eaten by Blogit. I hope I can reconstruct it before the van comes. I feel very prepared. I have everything I need. I just need to write down the cab companyís number. Richard is acting up just a little, because he knows Iím leaving him for a bit; Leah will watch him while Iím gone. Thatís her chief job when Iím away, cat sitter. I just need to finish up this entry and all my dayís writing will be complete, too. Nothing to worry about until tomorrow when I am marching for Obama. Se ya all later!
09/13 Direct Link
Last bit of homework before I can join friends in the hotel lobby. It's going to be hard to keep meeting my writing goals while I'm here. I want to do is hang out. Not work. Made my entry deadline to the poetry contest with one minute to spare. The poem was done this morning, but I wanted to edit. Obama rally cool. Made new friends. Michelle's doing okay. Even if she's a bit pissed that I'm requiring she attend a new people meeting. I'll go to bed in an hour or so. 45 minutes of sleep last night. Bad!!
09/14 Direct Link
I'm sent in my poem, but noticed several errors (after I sent it, of course, or I, perfectionist that I am would have corrected them). They were small and, I hope, that they get taken as poetic license. I'm happy with my entries so far and have this crazy idea of having a draft done, by the time of the Florence poetry society's event on October 5th.
09/15 Direct Link
I didn't go to jail today, although I planned to actively, especially because we parked ourselves in front of Housing and Urban Development. A favorite activist target for mine and Michelle is beginning to get an understanding of why ADAPT does what we do. Tomorrow, it's a 6:15 AM wake up call. Jesus, I need sleep. What was I thinking doing 3 times as much work and 3 times a much activism in the same month. I'm heading home early Thursday in an effort to make a writing meeting. Wonder if I'm nuts. See you all for a Tuesday update.
09/16 Direct Link
So tired, just wet myself, because I had no clue I needed to pee until the last minute. Michelle will be thrilled I'm sure. Might as well finish this then go deal with that as it's already happened anyway. We take paratransit home at 7, then 8 hours or the train when we don't like each other ver much right now, then she leaves and Leah comes in and I have a writers group. I know it sounds insane going to something like that after the week I've had, but I feel I really need to. Good night to all!
09/17 Direct Link
Last night was two tired to compose thoughts after 23rd arrest. This is the makeup entry for that as I'm once more nearly to tired to compose thoughts. But, after already blowing one writing goal this month, I don't fancy two especially in two days. I submitted my poem for tomorrow. I'm almost down to the 10 crunch in that one. I knew that I wasn't going to get to work on it, being one train accept maybe to take some notes for the one on the nineteenth. That's what writing group is for. I'm so close, keep on going!
09/18 Direct Link
Repaid $10 of debt. No paycheck yet! Praying for it to come tomorrow. I went to writing group. I wrote a really awesome rough draft. It's precious to me. I will do laundry tomorrow. It's too pretty to write it in the poetry contest as it would have to be finished in 24 hours. No word on the books yet! Michelle's still here; I'm letting her stay until her check comes, as I'm not cruel person. I've written 7 blogs on Disaboom this month, 3 more to go! I'm happy to be home again. Massachusetts and my bed look good!
09/19 Direct Link
Wrote last night entry on hotel note pad now I can't find it. But when I do I figure it will still count as writing on a pad is aceptable in this case. Good day at fair, earned over $60. I'm tempted to start biting my nails again, but resisting that impulse so far. I crave chocolate and have writers block. I went to write a quick poem and hit the hay. I just need to wait for inspiration which I hope comes soon. Relief- a short, cute poem occured to me. I like it! Good night to absolutely everyone!
09/20 Direct Link
Wrote last night entry on hotel note pad now I can't find it. But when I do I figure it will still count as writing on a pad is aceptable in this case. Good day at fair, earned over $60. I'm tempted to start biting my nails again, but resisting that impulse so far. I crave chocolate and have writers block. I went to write a quick poem and hit the hay. I just need to wait for inspiration which I hope comes soon. Relief- a short, cute poem occured to me. I like it! Good night to absolutely everyone!
09/21 Direct Link
Wrote last night entry on hotel note pad now I can't find it. But when I do I figure it will still count as writing on a pad is aceptable in this case. Good day at fair, earned over $60. I'm tempted to start biting my nails again, but resisting that impulse so far. I crave chocolate and have writers block. I went to write a quick poem and hit the hay. I just need to wait for inspiration which I hope comes soon. Relief- a short, cute poem occured to me. I like it! Good night to absolutely everyone!
09/22 Direct Link
Author's note:This is the entry I wrote on the notepad in the hotel. I can't find the notepad, but I'm glad I have a photographic memory (at least mostly). Broken. Weird. Odd. Homework. Homebound. Bed ridden. Activist. Freezing. Hotel. Hostel. Hostile. Tired. Annoyed. Wake up early. Sell, sell, sell. Work. Hard. New assistant. Nervous. Paratransit. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home. Home.
09/23 Direct Link
I'm annoyed at myself. Replaced lost food stamps card. Wasted entire morning. Still sleepy. New chair is coming tomorrow. Cash poor until next Wednesday. Wrote a little. Very cold. Recovery not happening as fast as I would like it to. Three interviews tomorrow for fill-in people. Found an article about a Finnish school shooting. Feel like there's a poem in there somewhere but I can't summon it. Did you know in Finland 15 year olds are allowed to own guns? In America you can't even own a cat when you're 15. I think that's just insane. Good afternoon to all.
09/24 Direct Link
My new chair came today and I slept late. The new chair is kind of different and I'm reading the owner's manual. Which is very bad because it's technical; I'm not very good at that. I can't wait to get the new chair outside and to take the bus with it tomorrow. I've opted not to use the van service, as that is expensive and stupid for the time that I'm going to use it. My back is complaining a little bit but I've taken medicine so it should be getting better soon. I hope everybody has a nice afternoon.
09/25 Direct Link
My computer died this morning; luckily only my mouse had died. I'm a little more pissed at Michelle, because she yelled at him, after I vouched for her. I went to UMass and hung out with Zyn for a moment. Then I was supposed to meet an interviewee, but she no showed. Then I stopped by Robin's house, picked up van tickets, and meant Leah at Food for Thought books, where I peed, and caught the bus home. I put over 3 miles on the chair today. Leah should be back soon, which is good because I need to pee.
09/26 Direct Link
I had breakfast for lunch; cereal, grapes, and OJ. I had cereal and OJ for breakfast, too. I went to Amherst and sold a CDs, only made $3. But it's enough to do some laundry, which I badly need. It's raining and ruining fair weekend. I emailed Dan about getting laid off, which I don't know if I told you about. However, if I didn't, I getting laid off a week from yesterday. My job is restructuring and doesn't have funds to pay bloggers anymore! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo!
09/27 Direct Link
I'm watching the Prism Awards, a show that honors good portrayals of addiction and mental illness. I want to read "The Heroin Diaries". It's stopped raining. I may run out to the fair when my evening PCA gets here after I pee. I am feel slightly claustrophobic; I've been hanging out in the apartment for too long. I only put one tenth of a mile on the chair today. That's about 500 feet. How pathetic! Paul Newman died today. I posted on Yuwie and Disaboom and submitted my daily poem for the contest. Good night, I'm off to have fun!
09/28 Direct Link
I have written two extra blogs on this site today. I really hope that it makes up the $1.26 I need for payout, as October will be the last month I get guaranteed employment money until I find a new job. I'll spend more time posting here and on my other sites. I'll also start my own website and hope to get subscribers. I'll work on creating more zines and submit my writing to publications. I really enjoyed being a financially, independent (mostly) grown-up. My parents still paid my rent, but I did everything else myself. That felt really good.
09/29 Direct Link
Was supposed to go to writing group, but was too tired from period. Turned in all my paperwork about my layoff to the landlord and social security. My mother will be happy now. Took a nap and feel much better. Am watching Law and Order or was and then switched to Animal Cops. That show freaks me out. I don't know how people can be so mean to animals. If I ever couldn't take care of Richard I would drop him off at the MSPCA or give him to a friend no matter how sad it would make me. Bye.
09/30 Direct Link
I put about 2 miles on the chair today, just walking to the post office and coming back. I don't know how Jae (Sarah's girlfriend with minor CP) manages only to walk only two miles per day. She gets too tired otherwise. My life would be so limited in that regard, if I were her. Today is the last day of my poetry competition. I don't terribly like the poem I wrote, but will submit it unless I come up with a better one. I didn't come all this way to get out on the last day. Good afternoon all!