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09 May 2011 @ 04:08 pm
LiveJournal is branding itself as "A global community of friends who share your unique passions and interests." My unique passions; those which I share globally. :)

I am typing on a netbook that kormantic's significant other loaded up and lent me. I've been wanting to try out one of these. I've decided it's like typing on the side of a hamster. But it's just as cute.

I'd have liked to post days ago, but the shape of those days kept me away from computers until now. My case manager got me a week-long (possibly two) guest stay in a Capitol Hill transitional housing unit. It's a stone's throw from the apartment I lived in for eight years when I first moved to Seattle. It was transitional housing back then too, and I remember being nervous when I walked past the stoop where dubious people--junkies! possibly criminals!--sat smoking. In fact, so far, it is one of the most reassuringly sedate buildings I've ever lived in. We all have ten o'clock curfews and similar problems.

I wouldn't mind staying in this place in a more long-term way. The housing manager who did my intake mentioned it as a possibility; an encouraging, no-nonsense woman. I don't know how feasible it is yet. We'll see.

I'm in a floating current; so much keeps changing day to day. But I'm doing okay at the moment. I have appointments tomorrow to structure my time, and a new month's worth of food stamps (which aren't stamps, but electronic funds), and I'm near a Half-Price Books and a flagship Starbucks (where I sit), and every day I get at least one exercising walk in, crossing town to check in with my case manager. I've done two loads of laundry in the basement facilities: I so much enjoy doing laundry. Not a thing to take for granted. (Laundromats in downtown Seattle? Ha ha ha...! None. And yet, interestingly, not once did I notice someone's B.O. while staying in the DESC shelter--except my own. Joy joy joy, the bathroom at my current place is completely private and beautifully clean.)

With the goal of limbering my brain at least a little I am making myself intermittently set down my escapist mystery novels and pick up something different. I read Oliver Twist over the last few days. Maybe not the best first choice for a literary departure. Long, twisty, taffy-like sentences and roundabout methods of expression. But I hadn't read it before.

Now I am reading (re-) Garrison Keillor's Love Me, which I got for a dollar on the clearance rack. All his books to me are brilliant yarns knitted into warm, homey scarves, cozy and familiar but at the same time you can't put Isadora Duncan and stranglers entirely out of your mind.

I won't try and re-read what I just wrote. The Starbucks ambiance is a fuzzy overlay of music, talk, and espresso steamers--not a place where you get Thoreau-like lucidity, but that's okay. Hm, maybe this entry is Keilloresque? Or just dopey and globally unique.

Live from Seattle,
annieb1955annieb1955 on May 9th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
It sounds like things are looking up a little for you. I hope that trend continues. You're in my thoughts.
jolie_reader: inca mummy girl willowjolie_reader on May 9th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
It's good to hear from you. :)
dovil: cookiedovil on May 9th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for books and washing and standing on the stoop and terrorising people for your own amusement. I'm so glad to hear that things are going okay!
JaneDavittjanedavitt on May 9th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that you're in nicer housing and the private bathroom and laundry must be immensely welcome.
laurashapiro on May 10th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
So glad you've landed in a new and better place! I really hope there are longer-term possibilities there for you.

"Typing on the side of a hamster" is going to enter my personal lexicon. (:

Thinking of you.
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Poshykittyposhcat on May 10th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
I missed your writing so much. In other words, thank you for posting. xoxoxox
Martha: cat2-cc bartonsaffronhouse on May 10th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing the wonderful housing news! This makes me smile and smile and smile.
par avionpar_avion on May 10th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
WesleysGirlwesleysgirl on May 10th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Our shared global uniqueness makes me happy. *Hugs you*
Hepcat: dean readsnwhepcat on May 10th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
I'm so relieved to hear about your new situation -- I hope you can stay a while.

I've long thought about finding some way to help create a library for a shelter. Long ago in NYC I offered to help a woman who was struggling with a baby in a sling and several bags of groceries, and we chatted as I walked with her to the shelter where she was staying. She turned out to be an avid reader who plowed through books at quite a clip. I wish I'd done something about that then, but it was dark and I was uncertain where exactly we wound up, so I didn't. Reading your posts makes me think about that again.
All the letters I can write: cold toeswendelah1 on May 10th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
I'm glad you've found a safe, warm haven and that things are stable. I hope this place works out for you.
"I don't care how delicious he is, he's EVIL!"shrift on May 10th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
I'm so very glad that you're in a place with laundry facilities and a private bathroom! I've gone without one or the other, but not both at the same time, so... yes. Glad.
ruthless1ruthless1 on May 10th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
Clean bathrooms, netbooks and Garrison Keillor? Things are looking up. Hope the trend continues.
witlingwitling on May 10th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Folieadeuxcallmefolie on May 10th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
This post is such a relief. I was in Seattle this weekend and I thought of you constantly. Looking at people on the street and hoping you were nowhere nearby but safely tucked away somewhere. The clean bathroom + laundry room makes me giddy!

When I lived on Capital Hill (well over 10 years ago now) I used to have to pack a full sized laundry duffel bag over my shoulder fireman style from 17th to 12th and then back. As you know, 17th to 12th is a piece of cake, the opposite ... not so much.

Take care, Anna.
MELODY GLOUCESTER PEGASUSjolielaide on May 10th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
Oh, you're getting a little more settled! I'm glad you're in a comfy place, with your own clean bathroom and laundry and boooooooks. Please keep sharing your globally unique thoughts with us. <3
Dafnadafnagreer on May 10th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
Glad you're doing well. Excellent description of Keillor and netbooks are totally the cute rodents of the PC world.
Trepkos: Arthur and Kai smiletrepkos on May 10th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
Beth H: Bears laptop (copperbadge)bethbethbeth on May 10th, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)
Oh, this all sounds promising...and I hope the long-term possibilities come to pass! (and I like Capitol Hill: my late grandmother lived there for years)
kassrachel on May 10th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Yay for transitional housing! I hope it continues to work out. Yay for electronic funds, for a cosy Starbucks to sit in, for laundry, for dollar books.

(Speaking of which... if you want more books, I have overstuffed bookshelves, and I imagine a lot of us do. You'd have to give us an address to which we could send them, though, which might be more than you want to do. You could set up a pseudonymous PO box for the shipping of random books, maybe? :-)

Keillor himself, I think, may qualify as dopey and globally unique. *g*
Honoriahonoria on May 11th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to read this.
As someone struggling with mental illness, I always feel better--less alone--when I read your posts, even when they are about the hard things. Sorry, I'm not articulating very well. Just, thank you for posting, and I'm glad things are going better.
I also have surplus books if a mail drop becomes an option.
cashaycashay on May 11th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know you and you don't know me but I got to this journal by accident and I want to wish you the best of luck. You're amazingly strong and I hope you can stay longer in the housing you life in now.

I hope you don't mind if I add you as a friend so I can keep track of you. If so, just tell me =)
fanficfan123 on May 12th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
Wishing you well, in every sense. I stumbled upon these two journal entries through a reference to one of your SGA stories (Rodney as abashed, sexy alien--such fun) and recognized you as its author from Buffy fandom years ago . . . and then came here to see what and how you were doing . . . . All the best from this Midwest fan.
Leelaleela_cat on May 16th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm glad there has been some good news for you. *hugs*