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Say something nice about the last five people you've broken up with.

Ian Kelso - Had strong, capable hands, making him a great rock climber and also a wonderful cuddler. One heck of a goofy smile!
Ian Baker ([livejournal.com profile] raindrift ) - Taught me how to tie my shoes properly. Never stops learning. Has the best laugh of anyone I know.
Tom Tarka ([livejournal.com profile] avocado_tom ) - Has un-ending energy. Is passionate about his work, and inspiringly so. Very dedicated to his family.
Levin - Fabulous cook, with a nice cock.
Mikolaj Habryn ([livejournal.com profile] syncretin ) - Is loyal and kind beyond compare, tremendously generous, and has a lovely singing voice.

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So, as the list above indicates, sadly [livejournal.com profile] syncretin  and I have decided to part ways as lovers. Though really, I don't feel too sad - I feel like it's for the best for both of us. Basically we have divergent goals and needs/wants right now, and we realized it was going to be difficult to negotiate a relationship that worked for both of us. We talked about this on Sunday when he returned from NYC, and chose to be friends rather than risking a losing bet on an outside chance.  I'm proud of the level to which I openly communicated my wants/needs, and proud of Mikolaj for being honest and direct with me, even though it was hard and meant ultimately breaking up. I'm looking forward to getting to know him better as a friend, without the stress of dischordant relationship goals.

Work is continuing to kick ass, though I'm getting a bit tired out by all the field work. Thankfully I think I'll get a bit of a reprieve in about two weeks. My six month review was stellar - my boss is very pleased with my work, and also gave me some very useful information and advice about my career path ahead. It remains to be seen whether I'll get a 6 month raise, because the company-wide slowdown may prevent such things. But my boss is sure trying, which makes me feel great.

I had a fabulous first date on Tuesday night, and I'm still basking in the afterglow of that. The fellow in question is someone I've known since my return to SF, though mainly just on a peripheral level. After some great random interactions at the burn, he tracked me down again and asked me out. It's nice to be pursued! It's also particularly nice to have the chance to spend time with someone so intelligent, thoughtful, kind and charming. We're both looking forward to getting to know each other better. And that's all I'm gonna say about that.

Spatula is curled up on the floor by my feet, the picture of cuteness. He's been very affectionate lately, and I'm super happy that he's taken to sleeping in my room, on my bed, curled up next to my head. The first three months in this house he slept in the living room on the floor or couch, but unexpectedly last week (just when I was getting sick and depressed) he changed his routine. It's so nice having him there to snuggle when I wake up in the morning!

Happy Halloween. I'm headed to work tomorrow in normal work clothes, with the addition of giant stompy bear paw feet. Hooray!

Genotyping

Oct. 6th, 2008 06:43 pm
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My 23andme genotype profile information arrived today! Darling [livejournal.com profile] syncretin gets the award for weirdest and most fascinating birthday indulgence.

Among many intriguing little nuggets, my profile indicates that I apparently have decreased risk of lung cancer and, surprise surprise, the gene for blue eyes. The overall summation seems to be "dang, I got some good genes!" - lots of low/typical risk assessments, only a small handful that place me at higher risk than others of my haplogroup. One particularly intriguing result is that I'm only a branch or two removed from the single maternal ancestor of 20-30% of the surviving Ashkenazi Jews, and also many Kurds and Druze Muslims.

The rest of the details I'll leave out of this post, as I'm a bit more concerned with my health information privacy than [livejournal.com profile] syncretin is. He's rather open about such things (exhibit A), which allowed me to know all about his risk for colon cancer within a week of our first date. Ahh, love in the time of modern hypochondria.
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For those of you following along at home, life sure is crazy here in Pittsburgh.  This week has been an emotional rollercoaster, and I imagine the next few months will continue to toss my heart and soul like a tasty crunchy organic salad.

Decisions have been made. A path is being carved out, and only time will tell where that path will lead.

The background: as many of you know, I've been battling some pretty hardcore depression basically since I arrived. It's understandable - I've uprooted myself from everything and everyone I know to come to a new city, a new job, and a new life with Tom.  Adjustments are rough. The depression has taken its toll on both me personally and on the
relationship.  

As such, Tom and I have decided that I'm going to move out for a while. I'm staying in Pittsburgh - living with friends across town (THANK YOU Claire and Jeff!) - but Tom and I are going to try *not* cohabitating for a while. We never really dated, so we're going to give that a try in the hopes that we can rebuild our day-to-day relationship on a steadier footing.

Annnnnd... wait for it... I'm going to burning man!  I swore up and down I wouldn't go this year, but with all of the chaos in my life right now I think it might be a really good opportunity for me.  So, I booked my ticket to Reno (only $299 on Southwest, woohoo!), got my vacation time, and the deal is sealed.

As such, I'm on the lookout for a not-exhorbitantly-expensive entry ticket, a ride to/from the airport (Arriving Tuesday night 10pm, departing Sunday 3:30pm), and a playa bike.  Holler if you have any leads!  I have no idea where I'm camping yet, but I'll let you know when I decide.  I look forward to seeing some of you out there!

And lastly, I want to thank everyone who  has supported Tom and myself through these amazingly rewarding and difficult months.  Even though we haven't seen you much in person, the words and phone calls and emails and good vibes have helped tremendously.

I love you all!

*sniff*

Now let's go blow some stuff up!!!!

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