So here’s what has happened since my last update in May:
FM Retreat with TCE!
The Dallas, Austin, and Houston Field Managers for Texas Campaign for the Environment had a retreat weekend in the Piney Woods! This was a relaxing weekend of doing a whole lot of nothing.. such as reading, meditation, and chillin in the woods. <3 Lovely, and much needed.
I won some free vacations!
Last month, I went to the Pecan Street Festival with my friends Jessica and Kelly. While we were there, we all filled out a slip to enter in a “win a car” contest. A few weeks later, I got something in the mail saying I had won a guaranteed prize from that contest if I go claim it at this time-share/resort located in New Braunfels. So, I dragged my parents to go to New Braunfels with me.. Yes, there were sales people trying to sell the time-share to everyone, but in the end, with out purchasing anything, I won two vacations! One of them is a 4 day cruise and the other is a 4 day island vacation! So excited to use them!
I served jury duty!
Honestly, this was really cool. On the first day (a Monday), there were 55 potential jurors who showed up and both sides of the case had a chance to ask us all questions. Then each side chose 6 people and that was the final 12. Obviously, I was chosen out of the 55 and served on the panel for the next 4 days. It was a bland civil case between shareholders of a company, nothing crazy. One of the shareholders was butt-hurt about how the business was being run even though he was supposed to be a “silent investor” and everything the other 2 shareholders were doing was in accordance with the law, though it may have seemed a little sneaky and under-handed in some of their decision-making. It took 2.5 days to show us all the evidence and 1.5 days for us to deliberate the settlement. Naturally, I decided to be the mediator for the jury panel! (: And damn, do 12 strangers have strong opinions. Haha. In the end, we used analytic thinking based on the evidence to come to terms in the settlement instead of using emotions like the one particular shareholder was using. I am so grateful I was chosen to serve on this jury panel and that I decided to be the mediator, because I am not so sure it would have turned out the way it did if I was not there. I definitely feel like I did my civic duty to serve on a jury and I hope if I’m ever in need of a trial by jury I have a set of people who look at the evidence and think with their minds and not their emotions because when it comes to settling a case based on the evidence presented, that’s what needs to be done.
TCE Staff Retreat!
All of the staff from the Austin, Dallas, and Houston office got together for 3 days of drunken debaucherous fun at Colorado Bend State Park! I spent most of this time the same as the FM retreat.. chillin. Haha. It was also very lovely and much needed. (:
Spending time with friends and family!
Every chance I get I’ve been trying to spend with friends outside of my work circle (it is important to keep up with those relationships, though my work friends are very fun). Also, almost every weekend I’ve been spending with my parents/family. They are so very awesome and I love them so much and want to make sure I don’t look back on life wishing I had spent more time with them. <3
I read some books!
The first book I finished was “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn. This book is a must-read. For anyone. Yes, it is philosophy based, but it gives a big picture of how we have just been completely depleting our planet of its resources, raping it for what we can, when we should be living in harmony with it (or doing as much as we can) so that it will be here for more generations to come. <3
The second book was called “For Fucks Sake,” written by Robert Lanser. This is a funny and fucked up book about multiple horrible relationships this one man has. Makes me feel grateful for what I do have.
The third, the one I just finished over staff retreat, was “Paint It Black” by Janet Fitch. She wrote “White Oleander,” which is one of my favorite books of all time. I really love the way she writes. Her books are all very messed up when it comes to twisted plot, but she creates it so beautifully with her use of imagery and metaphors. I will probably end up reading this one again at some point because the last few chapters were read in quite a haze. Haha.
I’m looking for a new place to live!
My lease is up at the end of July and I have contacted some apartment locators to help me find a one bedroom apartment in Austin, but none have them have contacted me back so far.. I’ve also been looking on my own, but it’s been a slow start to finding what I’m looking for. I do have multiple options though.. one of my old roommates, who I love dearly, would like me to move into a house with her and her friend. I am deeply considering this even though I do very much so want to live on my own again. Also, I am being offered to live in an apartment that is paid for in full till February and is located right next to my work, but it does not have the amenities I am looking for, though it is convenient and I would be saving money by living there. Blah! Choices, choices. I have 4 weeks to find something or decide on those options. Wish me luck!
This is the bare-bones update on how things have been going. I’ve also been sorting through lots of thoughts and feelings on some personal matters that I don’t feel are appropriate to mention on here, but don’t worry y’all, things are great and I’m happy to be alive and grateful for all I have. <3
XOXO Till next time. I love you lots! (: