Posted: 2007-03-12 11:47:00
To begin, I am an amazingly lucky individual to have the friends, family, and cat that I do. This past weekend was filled with so many happy faces and sincere friendships that my nipples get hard just thinking about it again. Kudos to you, my closest, for rocking harder than Van Halen.
Friday evening, I drove out to good 'ol Cary, IL. I brought along my kitty, Mr. Turkey Baster Esquire. He likes car rides, honestly. Never puts up a fuss, even when I take a turn to fast and his bed flips over and he ends up under it. Not even then.
When I got to my P's house, my mom, dad, and sister (who was home for spring break) were already all 2 deep. I promptly joined in, as Radar and Turk wrestled about. My mom and I got into a heated religious discussion (I won...I always win) and my dad played devil's advocate on both sides a bit. It was fun, and very very heated. Like, hot. Burning. Un-cold. Yes.
Dave, Jeff, Josh, and Chris came over. My parents shoved some booze down their throats and we continued chit chatting and avoiding the dog urine on the floor.
Then we grabbed Kyle and it was off to Govner's where an awful cover band was playing, but where two giraffes were also had, so all was well. We headed back to Dave's for some Jack and Mario 3...which we got progressively worse at. There was some wrestling, and guitar playing, and some puking on Chris' part. All in all, a good night.
Saturday, I lounged for a bit. Went to Home Depot with my dad to get some molding for my sister's room, which he had installed wood floors. I then scooted (not on my scooter...it's in the shop) to Katie's. It was her bro Jake's 16th birthday party and there was <i>alot</i> of extended family there. But that's ok, because I had met them all before, and Gina was there for any of the times when Katie had to perform family tasks. It was a swell afternoon.
After dinner (which included some pasta her grandma had made that smelled and tasted distinctly like a used bowl...no, not a soup bowl) we went out and met up with Steve and Kelsey to see 300. Holy crap that movie was awesome. Seriously awesome. More awesome than puppies.
We ended the night with alot of Absolute and some hot tub and cheese cake. Also, kick ass.
Sunday, my fam and I went out to visit my great aunt Ginny. She broke her hip/knee a little while back and is in a sort of nursing home / recovery place. She seems to be in good spirits (maybe the vicodin).
To top of the b-day, my family took me out to Bistro Wasabi where I had some delicious sushi.
Twas quite the weekend. But now, I gotta rest up, cos next weekend is STIGMA!!!
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Posted: 2007-03-08 08:26:00
Many of you may know that I went to Acapulco with lovely Katie Swanson last week. It was amazing.
But frankly, I don't feel like writing about everything we did.
So I'll do this:
There were lots of little jellyfish and we all got stung alot. Didn't hurt too much, but enough to make you not want it to be happening.
This restaurant was built into the side of a cliff that overlooked another cliff that cliff divers dove of off. Yup.
This coconut was filled with alot of booze.
OMG we r so adorable!! I <3 us.
Palm trees, warm sun, clear skies. Mmmmm. Oh, and lots of taxi drivers beeping at you.
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Posted: 2007-02-20 14:22:00
Steve and I are going to rent our condo in Ormond
Beach ( Daytona area) this year. The dates are from
3/10/07 - 3/17/07. It's right on the beach. It has 2
bedrooms, a full, kitchen, 2 bathrooms. There are 2
pools and hot tubs on the premises. It's a short car
ride to lots of stuff. Kennedy Space Center, Disney
World and much more.
$900. for the week.
Let me know if your interested
Contact her if you're interested.
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Posted: 2007-02-16 13:53:00
Partially because I'm listening to Brand New, and partially because I'm about to head down a very new road.
For those of you that don't know, I've gotten into grad school, Depaul University School Of CTI. I'll be starting classes March 28th to pursue my masters degree in Computer Graphics and Animation.
Most of my friends have been very encouraging about this, wanting nothing but the best for me. And since I've been so unhappy with my current career path, this seems like a good way to go. So thanks for supporting me.
My parent, though supportive, are obviously not in favor of this. My mom is freaking out because I'm giving up so much security. My income is going to be next to nothing and I'll have to take out a bunch of loans...but so be it. I'll also not have the great Motorola benefits anymore, but I can get health insurance through Depaul (I've checked, I can, no worries). My dad is a bit quieter, but still seems a bit bothered by my decision. I mean I guess I've got what everyone aims for with going to college. You get out, you get a good job, you make a career out of it. But when have I ever wanted to the norm?
I guy here I work with also just graduated, though he's only employed as a contractor here, so he doesn't get any benefits and gets paid by the hour instead of salary. He worked until 2:30am yesterday because his boss made him so he could get stuff done. It wasn't that he'd not been doing his work, his boss just needed stuff done. Maybe I'm too disillusioned to what the work world should be like, but if I ever have a boss do that to me, I'm quitting. Unless I find a job that is truly my passion, I'm not going to bend over backwards for people. I've always been very honest about how I feel things should go, and I don't think my views really workout with the way things usually are. But because of the way I am, I've been very successful at this job. In line for a promotion even.
So why leave? Because I hate what I do. I get no ounce of enjoyment out of my job. How can you sit around and see all these people who have worked here for 20 years and know that that could happen to you if you don't change something. Maybe I went alittle far looking for change. But extreme is good. This will open up so cool new doors. Granted it will shut a few, but I think I've made a good impression here.
For as cold hearted and cynical as I can be, I can make people like me. I've done that here. I don't do nearly as much work as I could, and I don't try very hard, but I've received great reviews from my manager and other people I've worked with.
My dad used to always yell at me growing up because I 'half ass' most of the things I do. He's always been one to do things to the best of his abilities, whereas I am one to do the minimum required to get by. But really, why do more than is needed, unless it's something you enjoy. I don't see any reason to.
But anyway, despite some mild disapproval, or at least reluctance from my parents, they gave me the standard "we support whatever you decide to do" like good parents. And I am very grateful to them for that.
Work, for the next couple weeks, is going to be finishing up all the stuff I had been procrastinating about, and handing off all the knowledge I have that no one else knows. Should be fun.
I think I've already gotten myself a part time job at Chili's. Being a server, unfortunately, but with hopes of a bar tender opening. I don't actually have the job yet, nor do I fully plan on taking it yet. I'd like to try a few other places to see if I can get straight into bar tending. I think I would be better suited to do that.
Acapulco in a week! Man am I excited for that. It's nice to have something like that to look forward to. For now, I'm just looking forward to the weekend. Yay video games and Lienenkugel's.
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Posted: 2007-02-14 10:27:00
"I have seen several entirely sincere people who thought they were (permanent) Seekers after Truth. They sought diligently, persistently, carefully, cautiously, profoundly, with perfect honesty and nicely adjusted judgment--until they believed that without doubt or question they had found the Truth. That was the end of the search. The man spent the rest of his life hunting up shingles wherewith to protect his Truth from the weather. If he was seeking after political Truth he found it in one or another of the hundred political gospels which govern men in the earth; if he was seeking after the Only True Religion he found it in one or another of the three thousand that are on the market. In any case, when he found the Truth he sought no further; but from that day forth, with his soldering-iron in one hand and his bludgeon in the other he tinkered its leaks and reasoned with objectors."
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Posted: 2007-02-12 08:33:00
What have I been up to? Oh, I dunno. Nothing much.
The anticipation of quitting my job is almost killing me. I'm torn between letting them know now, to give plenty of time and be fair, but I fear they might try to take away my vacation at the end of this month if I do that. So do I just tell them when I get back? Cos that seems shady. Yeesh.
I have a meeting, via the telephone, this evening with my faculty advisor to figure out which pre-req classes I'll be taking, and when I start. If they tell me I start March 28th (which I think they will) then I'm just gonna be more motivated to give my 2 weeks sooner.
This weekend was fun. Friday was a videogame night. Saturday I went out to McHenry to have lunch with Steve. Then I bought a hookah, and Steve and I went back to my place and had a nice relaxing hookah session. Then grabbed some pizza, some videogames (Super Monkeyball Adventures!) And finished off the night with a little too much rum and about 7 episodes of Scrubs.
Sunday was videogames all day, and a nap. And I didn't shower.
I awoke to the sound of the snow plow. I recognized the sound, but I can't say I was expecting it. It's not that cold out, and the snow was fluffy, so I really didn't mind. It was actually kind of peaceful... At least the 45 second walk to my car was, then I was in morning rush hour. Not so peaceful.
This evening, I shall ding 70. Congratulate me.
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