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Not necessarily in chronological order

- I was rear-ended on Saturday, February 8, while working, invoking Worker's Compensation...
+ we had a very successful run of the Sudbury Savoyards Pirates of Penzance ,
+ worker's comp came thru with approval for chiropractic work
+ at the same time, I started PT for my already severely arthritic neck and lower back (the toll of playing sports for many years, including goalie for the Women's Ice Hockey Team at Bowdoin),
+ I have been offered and accepted, the position of Technical Services Director for Arisia '15,
- I have not gotten to Tech Squares for about a month (partly due to work, partly due to back & neck, partly migraines)
+ I have danced multiple times this year, having gotten to both the February and March First Friday Experienced Dance in Concord (and the Thursday dance before the Feb 1st Friday, and I think at least one more...) Yay for dancing!,
- news of Bob McQuillen in hospital with stroke,
- then hearing of Bob's passing on,
+ huge outpouring of memories of Bob, on Remembering MAC fb page,
+ catching up with AT, granddaughter of woman I am named after, who currently lives and works in Norway, as she also knew Mac when she was younger,
- I ended my SCF project a week early due to rear-ending and not being able to focus on work as back/neck pain before treatment was really awful,
+ I may get some pain & suffering compensation from this (time will tell),
+ I have not one, but TWO projects starting the end of March, for NORC, I will be a field interviewer for the General Social Survey (I did this one two years ago, it is nights and weekends), and I will be a Data Collector for a U Mass Medical Center grant-funded project, evaluating pre-schoolers (mornings, 8-11:30 or so). Down side is that both of these have a 6-8 week run; the GSS gets re-sampled after the initial data collection period, and I may or may not be selected to continue once the re-sampling is done. Yes, these two work well together.,
- a very longtime friend was found guilty of a crime and is in Framingham Women's Correctional Institute for 1 year. I have agreed to go help pack up her apartment. *sigh* She has a hoarding problem.
+ I get to go out to Chicago for job training March 25-28 (maybe get to see some friends?),
+ I will be doing make-up for Rain Dance, the current North Cambridge Family Opera production. I will be working under the direction of Elizabeth Stone. Talis will be working on the make-up crew as well, and Spencer will be Quartermaster again,
+ I got to the Worcester County Bee Association meeting today, with Winnie. Topics were a variety of talks about Honey Bee Viruses & Viral Diseases of the Honey Bee, Chalkbrood & its Effect on Honey Bee Colonies, Nosema Ceranae (Asian): A New Threat to the European Honey Bee, and Temperature Stress in the Hive Through the Seasons. Very interesting.
+ renewed WCBA membership (runs out in August),
+ put MA Bee Association Annual Meeting at Topsfield Fairgrounds, March 22, rearranged calendar in order to free up that day,

I think I have more pluses than minuses... and I am sure there are things missing...

*sigh*

Jan. 28th, 2012 12:48 am
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I wrote the following comment in response to comments about adults skulking around at teen events, and was asked to take it down, because of possible accusations about the laxity of the chaperones... liability and such. I am a bit discouraged about the state of teens, and am glad mine at least has a reasonably good head on her shoulders, despite being a PITA some of the time.

hmmm... I could not make the last few teen events, and cannot be there this time either as it is my postponed birthday party. You should know that I can be used as a mentoring resource if necessary. We allowed use of ALL the Voyagers rooms, with the sometimes exception of the Quiet Room, where parents could hang out if they desired. The back hall and back door were always off limits. And I would send chaperones in roughly every 15-20 minutes or so, just to make the rounds, make sure people were being safe, and behaving appropriately. Mind you, each chaperone does have their own idea of what is too much, but in the 3 years Susan and I were Co-Teen Coordinators, we never had any (major) issues. Susan was the keeper and procurer of chaperones, and we tried to have 1 for each 10-15 teens.

As Talis says, the tone of the Voyagers Teen Events has changed... I had my time there, oversaw some pretty good events,but time to move on.

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