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    Trish Monaco.
    singer. songwriter.
    dog walker.
    human. living.
    loving. laughing.
    in Los Angeles

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Spring Has Sprung

It was an emotionally difficult winter. Spring has sprung and I'm feeling lighter again. Moved through some heavy stuff.

I hear it was tough for many...as we're emerging from under our rocks. Comforting to know I'm not the only one. Sad to hear others struggle too. But that's the nature of life I suppose.

It's nice not to feel so heavily burdened. My evenings are playful again. Racquetball being added to the mix of course. Movies, TV, games. Laughter. Lots of laughter. It's nice to take a full breath.

Doesn't mean I'm not busy though. I'm probably more busy now than I've been all year. But it's good.

Speaking of ... it's that time to run the dogs. We're meeting a colleague today - in hopes that she'll be able to take my entire pack with her pack while I'm gone. It would be wonderful if my dogs could stay together. And I would feel so good knowing they'll be in her hands. I trust her with my own. Hands down!

:: fingers crossed ::

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Out With the New ...

... in with the newer.

Things change on a dime around here. Seems every time I post an update, the update needs to be updated. So for now I'll just say, the new housemate moved out. And newer housemates moved in.

Looks like we'll be on the road sooner than anticipated. Perhaps as soon as May 11th.

Um, that's in three weeks.

cue sudden heart palpitations!

Yeah, we'll see how the end of this month plays out. For now, we're still trying to figure out how to downsize everything. Both extra rooms have been cleared of our stuff. We are proving to ourselves that we can indeed live atop piles of stuff. Surrounded by crates, shelves, books, clothing and office equipment. Not to mention two dogs, a cat and all their toys.

We have a single closet that today resembles a clown car. I don't know how PBX keeps fitting bags, boxes, linens and things in there, but it's like a black hole.

And god help us if there's an earthquake.

Reminds me - to do: secure shelves to walls sooner than later.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Even More of this and that

I played and sang last night. Felt great. My music is taking on new form. No new music, just old stuff revamped. Loving it.

It could be fun and interesting to play some shows around New England while I'm there. Talk about new energy. Exciting.

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Met with a psych school this week. So far, it seems to be the school most geared toward my needs, abilities and personality.
No testing - yay.
All writing - yay.
And lots of reading - boo.
Two out of three ain't bad.


It's a small diverse school with easy access to those in charge. I like that. Reminds me of my undergrad college. This one doesn't have much of a campus - actually no real campus at all. But I'd still be in a learning environment - which we know I love. I guess this means I'll still be going to the USC gym when we return next winter.

Did I also mention there's a branch of this university in New Hampshire? No shit. I could possibly start taking classes while I'm there. Still waiting to hear the word on that. It's kind of a set program - and each state is different when it comes to laws and such. So only certain classes would transfer, if they transfer at all. Fingers crossed.

So now it's all about the application process for admissions and financial aid. See ya!

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Our new housemate is moving out this weekend. Poor thing. After moving in here, she found out she can't break her current lease - even though it's always been understood by all five roommates that everyone would split up for the summer. She's fighting it but it could take a while. So she has to give up "the best room ever" - otherwise, she'll be paying double the rent.

Understandable.

Oh to be young and in college living with five other women in student housing ... no thank you.

I lived on campus when I was in college. I was a Resident Advisor for three years. That allowed me to have my own private room. A huge incentive!

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It's raining. I love it. I'd love it more if I didn't have to leave the house. But alas, I do.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

More of this and that

Where are the days going? It's already mid-April. I could be on the road in a month from now.

Yeah, no. We don't have a scheduled departure date. But we hope to be starting jobs by the beginning of June.

Could be interesting celebrating my twenty-nineteenth birthday somewhere in the country. We'll see.

I have a meeting at one of the psych schools tomorrow morning. Looking forward to that.

Our housemate moved in without a hitch. She's so busy we've seen her a total of maybe an hour in the last few days. So, not much has changed around here yet. Works fine for me. And she's excited to have a room to herself.

Still playing racquetball and loving it. We really don't know what we're doing but that puts us on even ground. Our game scores are always close. Some of the kids from the Racquetball Club were hanging around by our court last night. PBX commented something about our version of the game being Old Lady Racquetball.

Yeah. Well. It is. Kinda. Not really. But you know.

I'll tell you though, I hardly sweat like I did when I first started. My heart can handle harder cardio today. Yay.

I caught a glimpse of my legs in the mirror while I was strutting my stuff by the weight machines (well, not so much strutting as standing. doing absolutely nothing. gazing at the machines I might want to try again one day). Anyway, my calves have curves again. Very exciting.

Definitely time for a machine routine. And some small freeweights. I so hope I continue with this healthy activity when we get cross country.

What else?

I guess that's it for now.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sunday Morning

Ooohh ... Aaahhh

Probably one of the last quiet, private Sunday mornings in a while to come.

I adore my Sundays. My do-nothing days. Or, my do-whatever days.

I'm stretched out on the couch, with a cup of coffee by my side, HunnyBunny at my feet and my own thoughts flowing through my head. A far cry from the last few Sundays, where my thoughts were my worst enemy.

We have completely cleared out the one bedroom for our new roommate's arrival later this afternoon. Quite a task. But very fulfilling.

It's dreadful walking to the back of the house. The room formerly known as the office suddenly resembles a dumping ground. I cannot get to any part of my desk whatsoever. We've started a pile of "things to bring" cross country.

Already it's overwhelming.

I was able to thin out a bunch of clothes. A full bag is ready for donating.

Someone is scheduled to come by around noon to pick up two shopping bags of VHS movies.

We're getting nibbles on other items placed on craigslist.

Up and out. That's my motto for the next five weeks.

Happy Sunday!

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Onward!

Damn we have a lot of stuff.

As we prepare for the move, we're taking in a tenant for the next month. A college senior, looking for a restful place. I don't know how restful things will be around here for the next few weeks. I assume things feel similar for the student, preparing for graduation.

It's perfect incentive. We started clearing out one of the bedrooms, preparing for the student's arrival tomorrow - and for our departure at the end of May.

So long to my dressing room, rehearsal space, Gracie's playpen and storage area.

Hello to bags and bags of donations!

Ship or Lug? That has been a looming question for weeks. Do we ship our stuff to the east coast or hitch a trailer to the peacemobile and lug it 3000 miles?

It comes down to one thing: finances!

As I piled shoes and winter clothes into hefty bags, it immediately became clear that we will be lugging our stuff. Two people, two dogs and a cat add up to a lot of stuff.

The next few weeks will be all about downsizing. Do we really need to bring every single pair of shoes we own? What about clothing? Holy crap. Fall and Winter clothes add up in poundage.

But let's be realistic. I wear the same clothes week after week. The same few pairs of shoes month after month. Am I really gonna wear that cute little shirt I got in Venice ten years ago? I loved it back then. I still love it now. But will I wear it?

I'm thinking that my summer cotton lounge pants - the ones so worn, faded and swiss-cheesey looking - might be more helpful as dust rags.

If I continue to shed this weight I had gained three years ago, maybe those size 2s will fit me again! Oh wait. Didn't I buy those jeans when I had mono? When nothing else would fit me because I lost everything but bone?

Yeah. Time to shed the old.

Something to take into consideration - I will most likely (hopefully) be working a different job. Given that I'm a dog walker here, my current work clothes will not suffice in New Hampshire. So all those pants I got from a friend a few years ago will now be put to use.

I just need shirts. And shoes. Appropriate shoes. I have no idea how to walk in "appropriate" shoes. I've been wearing sneakers to work for ten years.

I'm getting excited. It's been a rough season. I've been under a rock, to say the least. Knocked over is more like it.

It's been a blessing to have the gym to work things out. I can totally see how it could turn into an addiction for some people. When I am feeling my most anxious, I could spend hours working my body to oblivion. Actually, I think I did for a couple of weeks.

I spent this week recovering. Too exhausted to sit up.

Now I'm back! Taking action. Making things happen. Ready to take on the tasks at hand. Really looking forward to playing a good round of racquetball again.

Whew!

Onward!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Changes - episode six

The only thing constant around here is change.

All my life I've viewed my work as just a job. And by work, I mean the kind that pays the bills. It hasn't really occurred to me that I could have a career. Probably because the only career acceptable to this little spitfire would have been an acting career. Of course, in order to have one of those, one must actually do some acting...on a regular basis.

I looked at a few psychology graduate programs about ten years ago but fell into dog walking while I was writing music and performing a few nights a week. It was perfect for me back then.

I've been a dog walker for ten years. This was supposed to be my temporary, transition job. You know, until I figured out what kind of career I really wanted.

As much as I love dogs, I'm burnt out. I need a break. I'm going to New Hampshire for a few months - possibly seven. I'm certain I won't be a dog walker there. This is the perfect opportunity to check out something completely different.

Today the psych-spark has been rekindled. I'm once again researching different graduate programs. It's been a long time coming. I've always wanted to go back to school. I have a meeting with one university next week. Finances would be the only thing to hold me back from this pursuit.

In the meantime, I'll be applying for jobs in the mental health field in New Hampshire. I have a BA. I can put it to use. I may take a refresher course while there too.

The excitement I feel about moving toward a career is new for me. Excited about a career? Never would've thought it could be true. Could it be because this kind of career speaks to me like no other? We'll see.

Apparently I can make a decision about something today and it is absolutely acceptable to change my mind about that decision tomorrow. Go figure. Learn something new every day.

So change. Yeah. It's difficult to imagine. But it's not so bad as things start to move.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A Little of This and a Little of That

Time is flying. I have so much to say. I just don't know where to begin.

We're preparing for our trip across country. It's not a good time for crisis.

After spending our travel money on diagnostic tests, overnight hospital stays and hydrating medication, Piper is doing much better. Last week's biopsies came back normal. All eight of them. Apparently Piper suffered from a mere allergic reaction. (um, perhaps to a wasp?)

We spent the week wondering if he had Crohn's Disease or a deadly cancer. Nope. Just allergies. He'll be on heavy-duty medication and prescription dog food for a month. A recheck will tell us if there's something else we need to be concerned with.

But geez, we can't afford another scare like this. Financially or emotionally.

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I mentioned having gone to the gym last Friday night. The pain. The agony. The dread of ever having to go again.

Yeah, well, whatever that was about!

I've gone every day since then. We even went twice on Sunday. The perfect way to alleviate stress and work out some anger is to whack the shit outta some balls - playing racquetball, that is.

The gym has become my new obsession.

I just got home after a ninety minute workout and I can hardly wait till tomorrow's workout. If my racquetball opponent didn't have class tonight I might still be there. The workout isn't the same without getting to top it off with a messy game of racquetball. There's just something lovely and powerful about the ricochet and echo of those four walls.

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We went to a Baby Shower Saturday night. Drove an hour to get to the Olive Garden. Yeah, I didn't really understand it either. I guess it was a surprise dinner/shower - just a few friends.

Stopped at Babies R Us for the essentials - and some cute additions. When we called to tell them we were right around the corner that's when we heard it was cancelled.

Not fun.

The only acceptable reason for a baby shower to be cancelled (without so much as a phone call) is if the expecting mother goes into labor. Which she did. Two hours prior. Three weeks early!

Reason enough not to hold a surprise baby shower.

So we went to the Cheesecake Factory instead. Delicious and fun.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Screamin' for Remo

Remo, Remo! Wherefore art thou Remo?

I can't find your email address to save my life.

Anyone?