Happy Birthday JASMINE!!!
Terry2
doctor_terry
I know its a little early but I figured a little PRE-Actual-Birthday good wishes and hugs and stuff would be appreciated!! C U Soon I hope :D

Where I've been...
thoughtful Terry
doctor_terry
I haven't posting to here since August because I've been kinda busy. FIRST it was job hunting and although I got a few nibbles AND found a part-time gig for 2 weeks in October I am STILL looking for something that isn't retail. I am still doing my part-time sewing gig for Sci-Fi Hero, the company that makes Battlestar Galactica and other costumes from TV sci-Fi shows, but the assignments aren't steady and the money just keeps me in gas and food which has been helpful while I've been looking for a REAL JOB.

Had a bright spot - went to Universal Studios Florida and went to the Harry Potter theme park they have there. OMG! THIS IS POTTER HEAVEN! It was EPIC! They re-created Hogsmeade so perfectly I want to move there! I ate at the Three Broomsticks and drank so much butterbeer I thought I'd barf when I rode the Harry Potter ride. It was amazing! Spend almost the whole day there. The last 2 hours the park was open we did a quick run through the area where they had all the cool superhero stuff and hit the stuff there we missed the last time we were in that park (like 2 years ago!) and then it was time to go :(

Came home to dealing with a health issue that had been bothering me for a long time and it got to the point where I had to face the sad fact that I've run out of drugs I can take to manage it and now have to move on to more invasive measures. Unlike my spinal fusion surgery last year which hurt like a bitch and I'm STILL kinda recovering from what I need now is a pacemaker. I'm wearing an external one now and the surgery to get a real one is done outpatient and you can go back to work and stuff in 3 weeks. I was told I'll be sore for a few days afterwards but the 3 weeks of no work and taking it easy is to make sure everything heals good and the mechanical end of it is in place and functioning correctly. ADDED plus - the battery will be put someplace not visible (they tuck it in the fat of your butt which in MY CASE means it'll be WELL HIDDED!!) and no one will know I'm electrically pumped until I get to the airport! LOL! SO...my December will be spent recovering from that surgery so I'll have the excuse for being home - while I'm healing I'll be decorating the house real pretty and cooking lots of holidays yums!
HOPE EVERYONE HAS A SAFE AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS!!

Writer's Block: Celebrity Overload
Terry2
doctor_terry
Which celebrity are you sick of seeing? Who would you like to see more of?
Sick of Lindsey Lohan - leave the girl alone already! Would like to see more Lady Gaga! She just did a show here in Dallas and she ROCKED SO HARD!

LOTS of Travel!
Terry2
doctor_terry
On Thursday EARLY I'm off to Corpus Christie for the Texas State Democratic Convention. I'll be driving down with 2 other Democrats who will be my roommates for the weekend. This is my first time in Corpus Christie and I'll be spending most of it in a convention center! On the upside I'll be (hopefully) selling MANY copies of my book to raise money for our local candidates running for election in November. Downside is I won't get to see much of the cool stuff in town. I'll have to get back down there sometime when I have time and money to enjoy this very cool resort town!
On Monday June 28th I'm off for 4 days in Philadelphia to help Kat move back to Texas. She is transferring to a college in Dallas FROM the school she was going to in Philly. She'll lose like 2 semesters worth of credits (which sucks!) but she'll be getting into the Film and Visual Arts program she wants AND she'll be closer to all her friends which will make her MUCH happier. Her friends can't wait for her to come back - they all missed her while she was in PA. Her family missed her too!! After we BOTH get back on the 1st of July we're going to the premier of AIRBENDER - the film Kat worked on last summer and was actually IN as a member of the Water Tribe! SO it'll be a busy week for me and I'm going to join Kat in her plan of spending the 4th of July weekend doing lazy relaxing stuff like fireworks on the lake and eating yummy barbeque!

My Life right now...
Terry2
doctor_terry
STILL LOOKING FOR A REAL JOB!
Okay...still doing part time news writing for the Fort Worth Examiner. You don't get paid unless you get TONS of page views OR lots of people subscribing to your news feed. It's FREE To sign up - wish more people I knew would! Writing for them is great but they are just too fussy about the photos you can use so instead of using GOOD pictures I have to upload my own crappy Kodak moments. So to anyone who reads my articles - the WRITING is worth it just don't blame me for the sucky photos. I'd post stuff from people who know how to use a camera if they'd let me!
Also STILL working for SciFiHero.net
SciFiHero is a SF costume supply company. You name the SciFi TV show that had dudes in uniforms and chances are they stock it. Right now all the focus is on Stargate in all of its glorious incarnations! Been doing costumes for Stargate Universe and Stargate Atlantis this month. I was told that as an employee I could get a uniform from any show I liked AT COST (which is like under $100 for everything!) which is like a $200 savings! If anyone wants to take advantage of my employee break let me know and I'll use up my discount to help out a friend!! If you want to see their stuff Google their name and hit their site. They also sometimes put stuff up on Ebay but have not done this recently because they are STILL trying to fill orders they got back in March at AllCon. I am PERSONALLY working on some of the back ordered stuff so I know their situation!!
ANYWAY - that job pays by the piece and I have to do a CRAP LOAD of items to make something resembling a paycheck. SO I am STILL LOOKING for a REAL JOB! If you live in the DFW Metroplex and your company has an opening for anything someone with a business degree in accounting and management can do please EMAIL me! THANKS for reading!

I got published!
Terry2
doctor_terry
My second novel is out! YAY! It got reviewed on Examiner.com and is soon to be in stores. Right now it's on Amazon.com and all the bookstore websites (like Borders.com and BarnesandNoble.com, etc.) but Amazon has it for the best price :D The book is called Colonel McNeil's Daughter and it took 2 YEARS from day editor got it to day it hit the stores!! Please support a starving artist by checking it out! THANKS :D

Update on my life
Terry2
doctor_terry
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! I've been working every day for the past 10 days for the Tarrant County Board of Elections as a Lead Election Clerk. Lots of hours packed into those 10 days - If I total up all I did it'll be like 100 hours divided up over the 2 weeks I worked and a chunk of them were OVERTIME!! However the assignment ends this weekend so it'll be back to the agency to get another assignment come Monday :( but I should find another something soon! I have a feeling the only doll event I'll be at anytime soon will be what we do at A-KON. Weekends are booked for me between family obligations and helping out a close friend who is expecting TWINS in July! BUT I hope after the con to have more time for my friends - I miss y'all!

Being unemployed sucks!
Terry2
doctor_terry
My resume is everywhere I can shove it online and I'm with 2 employment agencies and will add some more local ones to the list after Easter but still haven't been able to find anything since I finished working for the primary election. However being out of work doesn't mean your family respects this "lack of money" thing. Your kids STILL spend money like they are the spawn of Donald Trump and your S.O. bitches you out behind your back how you aren't working hard enough to (a) get a job and thinks you should GIVE UP on finding a job IN YOUR PROFESSION (which is where you have experience and a chance to earn a REAL paycheck!) because they think that looking for something in your field is "holding you back" from finding work! I'm willing to get a temp job out of my field (which I've applied for in numerous spots!) but there will be some HUGE educational job fairs coming up in the next few weeks where I have a chance at landing a teaching job. I can see bailing on teaching if I get NO CONTRACT by the end of July but I still think I have the RIGHT to work in a field I put a lot of time and effort to get into! I like being a teacher. BUT getting a job when you have (a) a Master's degree and (b) YEARS of experience in the state of Texas is tough. The public schools only hire people like me if they can't find a new grad to do the job. They treat hiring teachers like they do road construction - the contract goes to the lowest bidder. Wish me luck!

Doll Meet
Terry2
doctor_terry
I went to a doll meet at an INDOOR Sonic today! Didn't know the fast food place known for AWESOME onion rings and nice carhops had a sit down place run like Whataburger! It was a neat experience. We had a good turnout for a rainy Saturday and I think the proximity to Grapevine Mills Mall made the meet something folks could combine with an afternoon of shopping. We (as usual) had more dolls in attendance than people but it was fun! Renee made it a party atmosphere by bringing doll-sized champagne glasses and giving one to every doll who looked old enough to drink! Lots of pretty dolls and my newest girl - a Rosette School Fir (her name is Winry!) made her debut at this meeting! Here are two pix - one of most of the resin attendees and one of Edo and Winry! ENJOY!





MLK Day
Terry2
doctor_terry
<input ... ></input><input ... >Today I marched with the Tarrant County Democrats in the Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.  Lots of fun - perfect weather - and got to do a little networking while my feet pounded the pavement!  I wanted to get more involved with working for my party beyond being just the secretary of my local chapter.  So if all goes well I'll be working at a local polling place during the primaries this spring.  I got to meet a lady who works for the County Board of Elections and got my name in to work during the primaries.  The work isn't high pay but it's a way to get more involved in local politics.  In my quest to find a teaching job I got my resume and assorted other paperwork in with a placement agency that specializes in finding jobs for teachers. After sending out 300+ resumes last summer and getting only FOUR interviews and NO offers I think it's time to work with a pro.  Hopefully by this time next year I'll be back in a classroom teaching science and NOT hip deep in debt!  Today was a hopeful day... :D
 

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