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I am the gardener of my mind

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Disclaimer: I sometimes break out with politically incorrect topics and statements. I tend to be straight forward and might make comments rated anywhere from G to X.

I'm 46. Married with big kids (19 & 20). We have a roommate with a small kid (7); the wheel keeps turning.

I am the administrative coordinator for a university program that teaches English as a Second Language (ESL).
I help people get student visas to come in and study, find places for them to live, show them how them to get around and help them get phones - all of those little things that make life so much easier. Frequently, I find myself writing letters to Homeland Security explaining why someone fell out of visa status and why they really shouldn't be deported.

I sort of have "mom" as a profession. A lot of these students are 17 - 25 years old and need a mom away from home; I'm it by default. I fuss at them when they drink too much or miss too much school. I make their doctors appointments. I hold their hand when they're home-sick and give them hugs.

I teach them bad words, objectionable slang, and talk about anything politically incorrect that they want to talk about. I take them to the Ren. Faire, to street festivals, and go with them to fun places to eat.

I write when I can, read when I can. I like to read SF/F/UF, anything that takes me as far away from reality as possible. I tend to write fantasy and when I'm feeling especially emo, I write bad poetry.

I'm a foodie which I came to late in life, now restaurants are ruined for me; we cook better at home but are always looking for new things to try especially Mediterranean and middle eastern food. Apparently, I have a Chinese ancestor I channel through my cooking or so my Chinese students tell me (don't know how that happened).

See you in the dreamtime,

Please enjoy my creative spelling.

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language, is that
English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words;
on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them
unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
James D. Nicoll

Full Metal Alchemist is Love

John Renbourn - A Maid in Bedlam

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