It was really good to see diabolicalsound
last night! Along with all the usual suspects, he came over last night to play Hex Hex
; Hex Hex is always great fun, especially with the no talking below zero Voice rule in effect! Unfortunately we didn't have Cranium
didn't think to bring Cash'n Guns
Hopefully Diabolicalsound will be able to move back to nthe New Orleans area soon; it just depends on whether or not his mom will finally be granted disability income, which she certainly deserves. Diabolic is really tired of living in a tiny, paper mill town in Arkansas and I certainly can't blame him. I mentioned last night that Arkansas is a very beautiful state, but apparently not
the part where he's living. :( I'll be thrilled when he comes home again for a number of reasons: 1, because yet another friend will finally be returning home after being scattered to someplace lonely after The Storm; 2, because he provides a lot of vibrancy and energy to our group of friends; and 3, because we might finally be able to finish an Exalted
storyline with him here to help us bully The_Ugly_Knight!
My knees are swollen, hot, and painful today because of the sudden weather change. Last night around midnight they began to ache, so I knew it would rain today -- my knees are more reliable than the weather channel.
We've got to get our taxes done so I can apply for a grant for school. This will be the first year of my life that I can apply for FAFSA
without having to take my parents' income in to account, but I'm a little worried that our joint income as a married couple (read: his income) will still be too great to allow me to receive any sort of grant money; government financial aid sucks like that, so I may still wind up taking out a student loan. I just really want to get my computer graphics degree so I can start doing work the work I already love doing! It's really important to me to be able to support myself, but because of my weird health problems I can't do that with a job that keeps me on my feet all day and/or which doesn't have flexible hours. I come back to this issue all the time, but it's central to my life.
I'm going to start going to Yoga classes at Wild Lotus
on Monday. I do take issue with some of their policies, especially the one which requires students to use a yoga mat during classes, because one of the main tenets of Yoga is that it requires nothing at all to practice beyond one's own body, but I understand that they may not feel comfortable asking students to practice directly on their studio floor and that many people feel a yoga mat is required to practice; if nothing else, it certainly can make practice a little more comfortable and feel a bit more ritualistic, which can be beneficial. I don't mind that they charge for classes, of course, although that does go against the spirit of Yoga, but I understand that the teachers there need to earn a living and I admire that they're doing that through something they love doing and I think the free events they offer is helpful to balancing the giving nature of Yoga with the financial demands of today. The classes on Monday nights are only twelve dollars to drop in on and Wild Lotus doesn't require prepayment for most of their classes, nor do they seem to require any contracts, which is something I felt I was pressured in to at the Liu Institute