Mairsy Dotes

"No faith is as solid as a wounded faith."

A bit anticlimactic… October 31, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — beege @ 5:43 pm

So, the nonprofit is bringing me on as a per diem.

Initially, I was disappointed. I wanted to walk out with a job that would enable me to go to the Fashion Emporium and say, “Here’s my notice! Miss me!” Instead I walked out with a job that enables me to work, if I want to give up my days off from the Fashion Emporium…assuming their need for a per diem and my days off coincide.

I was assured that everyone loves me, and wants me to work there, but at this point in time: there are no full-time openings. There are some in the pipeline, but no one knows how far out. It could be next week. Could be next year. D told me that if we bring me onboard as a per diem now, get me in the rotation, get me trained across all chaplaincy sites, then I’ve got a major inside track when those openings come up.

So the next step is to get trained.

Initially, I was disappointed. But upon further reflection, this might be for the best. As much as I want to NOT be working retail for another Christmas season, this will continue our cheap insurance while I get additional training that makes me more marketable as a chaplain. The training is all paid, so that’s nice.

Plus, if I get into this at this point and realize that chaplaining is NOT for me, or if a church should express interest in this time: I can walk away with no harm, no foul.

So I’m disappointed over all, glad that there is forward movement and that the nonprofit really wants me, and optimistic that things will work out in the end. Maybe just not as fast as I wanted them to.

Which, you know: damn.


How did we have presidential elections without YouTube? October 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — beege @ 10:22 pm

I love this clip. It’s really well done, and while you probably think you know who the people in the clip are voting for: it’s not a sure thing, and this can be taken to speak to either party. Which is what makes me love it everso.

And from our friends up in the frozen hinterlands of Alaska:

I am beyond caring who you are going to vote for. At this point, nothing would change my mind (heh, thanks to early voting, even if my mind DID change it’s too late…) so I have to offer you the same courtesy. But please, for the love of God, if you are red or if you are blue or if you are purple: get out and vote. It’s so fucking amazing that we’re given this right. Don’t treat it like it doesn’t matter. USE IT. Otherwise we might lose it.


The Umpteenth Update…thanks for hanging in there! October 27, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — beege @ 5:29 pm

I meet with the Chaplain Director on Friday to discuss what the Chaplain Committee told him, and “discuss the next steps” for me. I’m nervous. He’s chatted with M (he adores M) and M insists that I’ve got NOTHING to worry about, but: I still do. I don’t think M knows anything–he just knows D, so he knows his language. So, come Friday, it SHOULD all be settled, one way or another.

In other news: today we took the girls to a local pumpkin patch. It’s a GORGEOUS crisp, fall day. Perfect pumpkin patching weather. We got there, and sort of wandered around a little bit…nobody said anything to us, so we played on the hay bale pyramids, did the hay bale maze, spent some time in the petting zoo, wandered out to the pumpkin patch and generally enjoyed ourselves hugely.

We finally went inside the large country store that’s on the property and asked how we went about getting a pumpkin paid for–we hadn’t had anyone offer to help us out with that. Turns out? They wanted $6 a person to go out and play on the hay bale pyramid, the hay bale maze, the petting zoo, and a hay ride out to the punkin patch. Then you could pick out your pumpkin, get a hay ride back to the store and pay for your pumpkin.

I smiled, and said, “Thank you very much.” And we left. I didn’t see much point in paying $24 bucks for something we’d just done for free, when I can get two pumpkins at WalMart for a lot less than $24.



So, um, yeah…Rose’s Mom Sarah? October 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — beege @ 10:46 pm

In regards to that comment I left about how great my girls are and how we’ve had ZERO sibling rivalry? Apparently Linnea was just waitingย for me for me to write that down, so that I have documentation of my wrongness.

This week has gotten chilly, so I got out Nea’s old 18-month cold weather clothes for Sarah. The problem is that because Linnea is tiny, she remembers wearing these clothes, because it wasn’t all that long ago that they were HER clothes.

This has led to several mornings of pitched battles, as I try and convince her that she can not fit into those pants, they aren’t hers anymore, and that now they belong to Sarah. Add to the mix Sarah, who learned the words “no!” and “mine!” about a week ago, pulling on the garment and shouting those two words at the top of her little lungs, and you’ve got a dream morning.

Kids. Just as soon as you get all smug about your parenting skills, they pull the smug rug right out from underneath you.


Sorry, sorry… October 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — beege @ 6:10 pm

So, I had my interview Tuesday at 4PM, and Tuesday at about 6:30PM I threw my back out. I’ve been pretty much in constant pain since then, and couch- or bed-bound since Thursday. Here endeth my explaination of no update. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It went well. Nobody hugged me at the end of it, and I had a really hard time getting any sort of feedback or response from the committee (which was hugely frustrating), but M reminded me that these people have an incredible amount of training in passive listening. Which is pretty much what they did. I did manage to make the sternest one laugh a lot, and they did say I asked excellent questions, but I didn’t ever have a moment where I thought, “Yep. I nailed it.” like I did in my other interviews. So: we’ll see. M, who knows these guys way better than I do, said he thinks I nailed it. I said that I was pretty sure since I let him play with my boobies on a semi-regular basis, he was require to be supportive of me outside boobie play time.

But it wasn’t a trainwreck or anything–it actually probably went really well, but coming on the heels of a job interview where I got hugged at the end of it sort of makes the subsequent interview seem a little lackluster, you know?

So now: I wait. Some more. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sarah–I laughed so hard at your “Instant Asshole” shirt comment that I snorted. It was a good thing you commented, because I was considering just such a shirt. ๐Ÿ˜‰

SaraJoy–I wore some twill pants in a deep olive, an ivory lace shell, and a red jean-jacket style jacket. It was cute, but not over the top Fashion Emporium. I was by far the best dressed person there–which is how I’d rather have it be, as the interviewee. I have a feeling if I get the job, I’ll up the fashion ante by a bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It occurs to me, as I write out my answers to questions, that I know a LOT of Sara/hs…


Tomorrow at 4PM… October 13, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — beege @ 10:14 pm

I meet with my chaplain committee. These are the guys (and gals) that will recommend to the directors whether or not I would make a good chaplain–or have the potential to make a good chaplain.

I’ve met one of the committee members before. He would be the one overseeing my progression towards certification as a chaplain, should I decide to pursue that route (and if I take this job: I’m pretty much deciding to pursue that route). I’ve met one other only very briefly, and the rest M speaks very highly of.

I’m freaking out about what to wear…


It’s a train wreck, and I can’t look away October 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — beege @ 9:07 pm

I want to, but can’t.

First, were the sickening McCain-Palin rallies, where people were whipped into a frenzy and shouted “terrorist” and “kill him” in regards to Obama. Palin, very carefully never mentioning Obama by name, reigned over these rallies with a broad smile on her face, assuring her audience that Obama “isn’t like us”.

Now, the Troopergate report has been released finding that Palin abused her power as governor. I’m sure there are people who will be surprised by this finding. I’m not one of them.

McCain was at a town hall meeting in Lakeville, Minnesota and was actually BOO’D by his supporters when he actually defended Obama as a good man, an outstanding father, and someone that no one needed to fear as a President. Obama is “not like us”.

These two people and their political machine have turned this election into one of fear, lies, and deceit of the American people. We fell for it four years ago. I pray to God that we won’t fall prey to it again. We deserve better than this. We ought to go to our polling places and demand better than this.

I believe that Sarah Palin is finally telling the truth. Obama is not an American like she is. And that’s precisely why I’m voting for him.