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Posted on September 14, 2009

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I wanted to take a few moments to let you, my readers, know more about what’s going on in my personal life, and why my posts have alternated between being frequent and sporadic. Hopefully, this will also give you a glimpse at the other side of the overly brainy, strategic, and stern person who authors this site. ;)

Work-wise, I’m reaching the 3-month point with my new job. For those of you that don’t know, I’m a life insurance wholesaler. What that means is that I am a sales coach for financial advisors within a specific geographic territory.   It is an awesome job and I love every minute of it, even if I end up tired and nearly brain-fried most days of the week.  Due to things that are going on work-wise, the number of people I am coaching is increasing by ~ 1/3.  This means trying to balance between keeping up my current workload and coming up with systems so that the growth in my territory doesn’t become overwhelming (which may mean working more hours – I hope not).

BTW – Corey’s also at the 3-month point with his job, and loving it. Dale’s on his final semester of school, and looking forward to the end of his “senior’itis” ;)

I started spending more time on my relationships with Corey and Dale.  I’m spending more time during the evening and weekends with Corey – some of the time we do chores together, and other times we play WoW together.  The both of us are starting to go out more, which includes social time with other couples and families.

I traveled to Delaware to see Dale during Labor Day weekend, and spent 4 1/2 days with him.  Dale and I chat almost every night.  Even with the frequent online contact, I still miss him a lot, and can’t wait to see him again and be in his arms.  I’m looking forward to him visiting me in January.  I’d like to visit him sooner, but with the busyness of work and then the holiday season, that may or may not be feasible :(

One of my other outlets of personal interest and focus is the slow food movement. I’ve spent a lot of time learning how to make very basic foodstuffs from scratch. Now, when I make spaghetti with sauce, I’m responsible for every step of the process, right down to grinding the flour for the pasta and peeling and gutting the roma tomatoes for the sauce.  During one of my latest treks to Traditional Foods, I acquired two frozen pheasants and a rabbit.  I plan on taking some time to research recipes for wild game animals.

I’ve recently taken on a few graphic design/copywriting projects on the side. I’ll talk about those more in the future.  I’m also coming up with workshop/seminar ideas for the Loving More conference on the East Coast in February. I may be one of the presenters that weekend. *crosses fingers*

Among all this, I’m finding ways to find time for myself.  I recently read A Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited. I’m also 80 pages into Wizard’s First Rule (first book in Terry Goodkind’s “Sword of Truth” series).  World of Warcraft has also become a stress outlet for me.

That’s about it. I’m going to take some time tonight to relax, make and eat some homemade eggplant parmesan, and cross my fingers that MTV doesn’t overly sensationalize things with the broadcast of their documentary on polyamory.

Posted on April 8, 2009

For those that kept track via. the countdown timer I keep on my site, as well as my Twitter feed, Dale was in town for the majority of last week (6 days and 5 nights). This was the first time that he, Corey, and I were together for an extended period of time where live action role playing games were not the reason behind us being within close proximity of each other.

My goal for the prolonged stay (beyond having lots of yummy quality time with my boyfriend) was to see how well we could get along if we were living under the same roof.  Granted, we didn’t have to deal with the extra details like living expenses, but enough stress points came up that the experiment still felt real.

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Posted on February 9, 2009
Me and Dale, September 2008

Dale and Me, September 2008

I am going to fast forward through the 5 years and some-odd months between when Chapter 1 ends and where this begins. 

It’s not that said time frame is unimportant; I learned a lot of valuable life lessons during that period.  I am, however, trying to find ways to explain my experiences while being mindful of the potential /drama that it could bring upon others.

Dale has previously consented to me openly discussing our relationship online. There were times where he even prodded me because I wasn’t talking about him enough.  

Here’s an ego-stroke to you, darling!  :-p.

(FYI: He knows I wrote this - he reviewed & proofread it)

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Posted on January 29, 2009
By Sanja Gjenero @ stock.XCHNG

By Sanja Gjenero @ stock.XCHNG

The easiest way to describe how I found out about polyamory is that I stumbled upon it through trial and error.

Like most people of my generation, I was raised in a monogamous household.  My parents are committed and loyal to each other (30 years married as of last October – woo!), and they strived to raise us 4 kids to be loving and caring individuals.  They also taught us to be able to think independently and to carve our own paths in life.

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