Just a few quick personal tidbits from my life to keep my writing juices flowing: First off, as I’ve mentioned before, I am currently in a temp-to-hire assignment at a certain charitable organization here in Madison. Tomorrow ends my 9th week with them, and… well, the going there is a little bit better. I won’t get into details for the sake of personal confidentiality. But I will say that the first month or so there, I felt overwhelmed and more challenged than I had been expecting. Now, while I don’t feel as overwhelmed as I had been, I still feel the challenges. It does leave me to think at times What did I get myself into here? And it does make me hope that when the incumbent in the position takes his leave around the end of this month (as had been the plan) and I must take the steering wheel, I hope I won’t steer the boat aground, as it were. But at least I have someplace to spend my days that isn’t the confines of my apartment.
Speaking of leaving the confines of my apartment, I did so this week even while not feeling my best. It’s now autumn here in Wisconsin, a time when the leaves start to fall, the temperatures start to cool down, and I always seem to get a nasty cold. A year ago, I got rocked by a nasty cold that lasted just over a week. This past Monday, I started feeling that same sore throat, woosy head, and stuffed-up nose feeling as before, and it had me worried that it was another week-long cold. Luckily for me, after a few days of sharp drops by the thermostat, Wednesday was a warm day, allowing my body to readjust. So, as I write this on Thursday night, I don’t feel too bad at all. Yay!
Of course, a reason I wound up with this cold in the first place is the fact that I didn’t take precautions to stay warm while the temperature dropped and I had to venture outside when the temperature dropped last weekend. But I’m glad I did venture outside last weekend, for I got to play dress-up with an online acquaintance. She is a cross-dresser as I am, and I drove up to her place about an hour outside of Madison late last Saturday for a few hours of dressing up, snapping photos, and conversing. The good part about it was that we had a pretty nice time (no hanky-panky involved, so get your mind out of the gutter). The better part about it was that we took more than a few pictures, which I haven’t had the chance to go through this week (what with my work assignment and all). The best part about it was that after losing her own job just as I had, my acquaintance found new employment (yes, she feels good about it).
The worst part about that dress-up time however? I had to drive through a pounding, cooling rain storm. Guess that’s how I got that nasty cold I’m thankfully shaking off.