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* Saturday, Nov. 19 - Monday, Nov. 21 - let myself be convinced to go spend the weekend up in the wilds of the Northwoods without any running water or - at least on our side of the cabin - central heat with my friend Ethan and some of his family. It was kind of nice in it's own way; super pretty up there with the snow that started falling pretty thickly just after we arrived, and hey, who am I to protest the chance to spend the entire weekend reading guilt-free. It was very cold, however, and the sauna they use to clean up and bucket-shower was swarming with flies, which isn't fun when you're wet and naked. On the bright side, at least I didn't have to go four days without washing my hair like I did when we went up camping on Mt. Ranier.

* Tuesday - didn't do much as I was rather exhausted after three days without sleep (don't sleep - or eat much, come to think of it - well when I travel), though I did go into work for a Water Aerobics drop-in class in the evening. With the YMCA not running any programs this past week due to Thanksgiving, I figured I could use every bit of extra on my paycheck I could possibly manage.

* Wednesday - bit of cleaning, and then I took Buddy to the Marshfield dog park, and was pleased to discover he seemed to get on well with the other dogs. Kind of shy and came running back to me to "hide" pretty often, and he was drooling so much he looked a bit rabid, but no barking, growling or snapping from him or the other dogs, hurray! Might try and do it again soonish - the poor boy loves to play, but we're never around to play with him.

* Thursday, Nov. 24 - TURKEY DAY! - Rode down to Ripon with my parents and my brother Ben to have Thanksgiving Dinner with a good chunk of Mom's side of the family. Had dinner at a catering place owned by a high school friend of Mom's instead of Gramma M going crazy trying to have it at their place again. Ate entirely too much (but less than I usually do at these sort of things) and caught up a bit with aunts, uncles, and cousins.

* Friday - cleaning like a mad cleaning thing, getting ready to host about a two-thirds of my dad's family for that side's Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday.

* Saturday, Nov. 26 - Dad and I were crazy busy in the morning trying to get everything cooked (I was charged with the green bean casserole, twice-baked potatoes, fruit salad, and getting the munchies set to go since we would be eating so late while Dad mostly focused on the cleaning and the sweet potatoes) and all the last minute cleaning accomplished before his oldest sister and her family arrived at around 12:30. Mom finished up the few work things she had and brought Gramma home with her around 1:30 pm and we were able to sit down to a late dinner by about 2:30. Caught up with cousins, ate too much again, and spent the rest of the evening watching movies (Tron: Legacy is awesome) and playing on my computer before crashing at 8:45ish because I was Just That Tired. Of course then I tossed and turned from 10pm to 1 or 2am because of my sorta nap beforehand, but such is life.

* Sunday, Nov. 27 (Today) - did two loads of laundry, otherwise? A whole lot of nothing. Watched another movie (The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, where I totally spoiler ), but it was still fun and I'd watch it again and hey, who am I to turn down two such pretty, pretty people together on one screen?

Back to work tomorrow, alas, but I'm very sure my bank account will thank me. Speaking of bank accounts, note to self - You WILL go on another job-applying spree tomorrow afternoon before work. We really, really DO NOT NEED to go any further into debt than we already are.
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Last Tuesday - spent the WHOLE LOVELY AFTERNOON jabbering and catching up with my dear friend Beth from high school, whom I hadn't seen in almost two years. Had a yummy lunch at El Mezcal and then spent an hour or so at Wildwood wandering around and jabbering some more. It was great!

Saturday - Hiking on Rib Mountain and enjoying the fall colors with my friend Kristin. Car almost overheated on the way up the hill, but since there has been this Thing with the radiator (air must be getting into the system somewhere, because the inflow suck tubes don't seem to do their job very well) for years now, I've taken to keeping a jug of antifreeze in the back. First time I had to use it since we first noticed the Thing back in 2008 or 2009, so I figure I'll call it win. I just have to make sure I check the radiator itself more often and not depend on the amount of fluid in the antifreeze reservoir.

ANYWAY, after the smoking engine scare (it wasn't redlining yet, but it was very close), Kristin and I spent a good two or three hours on the hill taking tons of pictures and OOOing and AAAHing at all the pretty leaves. Then we headed to Point for FREE FOOD FOR 100 PEOPLE AT PLAYERS LOUNGE thing that Dustin won (he's on their mailing list) and had a really great time catching up with some of my Point and Plover friends (and introducing Kristin to them, which went awesome because I always knew she'd get along great with the rest of mah peeps). Spent a good hour or two jabbering with my old roommate Haley, who I hadn't seen since I a week or two after I graduated, catching up a bit with Kristin and Steve because I hadn't seen them since their wedding back in May, and a handful of others as well. Then Dustin decided that we were all going to head down town for some bar-hopping just because it was Homecoming Weekend and we were all having fun and didn't want the night to end really (and the Free Food was mediocre at best, so once all of us were no longer starving, staying at Players kind of lost some of it's appeal)

Finally headed back to Marshfield around 11:30, dropped Kristin off by about 12:30, and only got home myself around 1 in the morning. Showered and crashed by 2 and spent a very lazy Sunday watching movies and trying not to fall asleep because three hours of hiking followed by three more of food, friends, and Downtown Stevens Point on Homecoming Weekend made for an awesome but also slightly exhausting day.

And I think that is everything of interest that has happened in the last two weeks. Hurray for friends and awesomeness!

On an entirely different note, with money being super tight and just a general unwillingness to spend $15 on something that will only stay nice a month or so at most, I cut about 4 inches off my own hair tonight. Showered, shampooed, conditioned, and then I hung my head upside down and made like Cousin It so I could see the ends as I trimmed. Final result is not perfect, but one of the many bonuses to having long hair is that it doesn't really have to be in order to still look good. :D


Sep. 24th, 2011 10:37 pm
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* Wednesday - had a phone interview with the Bureau of Land Management in Washington DC. Not sure if anything will come of it, but it was nice to actually get a call back.

* Thursday - had an extra swim lesson, but we were short a teacher. Luckily the group wasn't as big as we were expecting, so we managed. Also, another hour on my time sheet is not a bad thing.

* Friday - Did an awesome impression of a slug all day long and did nothing productive except one load of laundry (which I didn't even fold, even though it was small). Spent the rest of the day reading two epically long (at least it sure seemed like it), epically sappy Labyrinth fics, with a fair dose of angst in both as well. On the bright side, at least the authors were grammatically intelligent, and the plot of the first one was intriguing enough that it almost made up for the sap. Almost.

* Saturday - did all of the stuff I ignored yesterday (two more loads of laundry that I actually folded and washed dishes) before meeting a friend to go canoeing on Lake Dexter for the afternoon. It rained half the time we were out there - apparently the 20% chance of showers ended up right over the top of us), but luckily it was still warm enough (mid 50s) that the rain was less irritation and more "ooo, pretty!" Also, as it is almost October in Wisconsin, both Kristin and I were working the layered look and had dressed with the possibility of chilly weather in mind. Then we went to Melody Gardens for hot cocoa and coffee and ended up getting dinner there as well.
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First, I HAD A MANDA ALL WEEKEND! She was planning on coming on Friday night, but car trouble postponed that until Saturday morning around 11ish. We hung out at the house for a few hours playing on computer and the like and then headed to Point for Riverfront Rendezvous. Met my friend Angela at Emmy J's for coffee and ice cream around 3, jabbered for about an hour and a half and then we hit the park to check out the festivities. It was still awhile before the concert was going to start, so we just perused up and down the walking/biking trail to see if there was anything going on before heading back to the main stage area. By this time it was about 6ish, so we decided to hit Emmy J's again - this time their very good cafe supplied with lots of organic and local foods, so hurray for supporting out state! - for some actual good for you food before we headed back to the park to stake out our square of grass for the concert. Tracy showed up a few minutes after we spread out our blanket, so it was nice to catch up with her, too.

First up was The Presidents, a sort of local band from Milwaukee who were tons of fun and extremely good. Almost went to see if they were selling CDs, but Manda and I both decided we were too cheap and went the "We'll "Like" them on Facebook instead and listen to their songs online." Second was another localish country group with female vocalists who... were not so good. I don't listen to much country - I don't hate it, I just don't tend to go looking for it, either - but Manda does, and she was pretty much "Why must they ruin all of my favorite songs?!" for the hour they had the stage. Even as a not country type I felt for her... These ladies really were not that good and as a choir snob, it was kind of painful to listen to them. So we ignored them as best we could and ate fried cheese curds and other munchies that I had brought along to try and console ourselves while we made fun of the band.

The big star of the night was Josh Thompson, a pretty well known country singer apparently. He didn't come on until close to 10:00 and we decided to leave early as we were both getting tired of the concert thing. Besides, we didn't want to risk getting stuck in the moving parking lot that would result when the concerts finally ended for the night, so we headed to down town Point to see if there was anywhere to dance. Steel was closed, alas, and the only other place with a dance floor was deader than dead, so we texted Dustin and JB to see if they had anything going on. JB was doing the movie thing, but by this time it was close to 11 pm and wed just decided to call it a night because we were both tired and we still had an hour drive to get back home. Wild partiers we are not.

Sunday we met my friend Kristin for lunch at El Mezcal, and then on a whim I decided to go visit Jurustic Park - a privately owned sculpture park that was put together and run by a local artist. He works with metal and makes all sorts of weird creatures out of scrap metal. The place has been around for years, but I never got around to visiting it even though I've lived in Marshfield pretty much my whole life and the park (and the artist) outdate me by quite a bit. Anyway, the place is right down near McMillian Marsh (the feature that puts the "Marsh" in "Marshfield") and it is *awesome*. I can't believe I waited so long to visit. The artist himself is sarcastic and almost as shameless as I am, so all the little blurbs he puts on his work to try and "explain" them are a hoot to read. He was sitting out front cracking jokes about how his in-laws were visiting and they weren't the sharpest tools in the shed before drawing our attention to about a half dozen actual stuffed dummies that were sitting around his shop (the aforementioned "in-laws"). His wife was also there, and she does some pretty amazing glass work. Manda picked up a pair of very nice glass earrings and she explained to us how she made some of her pieces. Very cool stuff.

Got back to the house around 4 pm, and then we spent the rest of Sunday hanging out on the couch and alternating between playing on our computers and reading. Exciting, right? :)

Monday Manda left around 11, alas, but we had a fun weekend. Later in the afternoon we also had a cook out and invited Gramma and some family friends from the library to join us, so that's where I spent the rest of the evening. Only downside was that I got chomped by mosquitoes three times - once on my ankle which as been driving me nuts for the last two days, once on my knee which just started today, and once on my other knee but so far that one hasn't been itching, so hurray for that!

Anyway, that was my weekend! Had lots of fun and took a bunch of pictures. I might even get around to posting them eventually. :)
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Yesterday was pretty great. Two of my friends, Kristin and Steve, got married in Madison, and with my limited finances I asked my friend Ethan if he was interested being my travel buddy so I could get a bit of help on gas. We'd been trying to figure out when and where to get together and catch up since I got home, so it seemed like a good opportunity. Then, the day before the wedding, my friend Tracy found out she could also attend, too, so she grabbed a ride as well! Three kind of hippy crafty geology-interested people in a car for three hours = WIN. Seriously, I don't think there were any stretches of non-conversation that lasted more than three minutes the entire trip there and back, and my voice was going scratchy because we were talking so much.

We got to Madison about 12:00, and since the wedding didn't start until 4:30, we had lots of time to hang out a bit and do the touristy thing, and Madison is a very good place to do a tourist thing. Walking down Dayton? Street right next to the capitol, we were able to cheer on the Walker protesters who are *still* marching on the capitol (don't let the rumors get to you - seriously, this is like the most polite protest I've ever seen or heard of. The protesters were standing out front of the capitol building singing hymns, for crying out loud! With an accordion accompanying them. It was kind of awesome) and camping on capitol hill, and there were four big wooden sheets right under one of the sculptures across the street from the front doors filled with personal messages from some of the people who had joined the protest over the months. I have pictures and I will post them probably before the end of the day.

Then we headed to the Wisconsin Historical Museum and spent a good chunk of the afternoon there, possibly annoying the other patrons a bit because we were jabbering so much about the nifty history stuff. I've probably been to the Wisconsin Historical Museum at least three or four times in my life, but it never, ever gets old. Wisconsin has so much cool stuff in its history, and I never get tired of seeing and reading about it.

Then it was time for the wedding at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Despite clouds and rain in the morning and probably on the tail end of the reception dinner and dance, it did not rain, and the gardens were beautiful. Really going to have to go back there and check them out more throughly one of these days. Anyway, I got all dressed up and tossed on a little eye makeup for effect (and yes, there will be pictures eventually, but I kinda forgot my camera so I'm going to have to wait until I can mooch them off of my friends) and we went to find our seats. Ceremony was short and very warm-hearted with one of the nieces reciting a poem she wrote for the bride and groom, one of the aunts or grandmothers sang "You Raise Me Up", and Dustin did a very nice, heart-felt job with the whole ceremony (he was playing the part of the priest).

Then there was the reception dinner and I got to sit and talk with a bunch of my Point/Plover/Milwaukee friends for *two hours* and MANDY WAS THERE and it was awesome and we took lots more pictures. Dinner was probably fantastic, but I had no appetite so I mostly just had potatoes and a bun. Then the whole sucky part of the evening - lack of appetite unfortunately turned into some pretty significant nausea about an hour before we were planning on leaving, so I had to bail on my friends (boo) to go outside and try and see if fresh air and moving around helped any. It did, but the queasiness was persistent, and it was bad enough that I was seriously worried that the trip back home was going to be miserable. Ethan and Tracey stuck around long enough for cake - because damned if i was going to ruin the party for them if I didn't have to - and joined me outside at around 8ish, which is when we were planning on leaving to head back to Point and Marshfield.

Five minutes on the road? I was fine. What the hell, body? That was sooooooo not on. I wonder if it was just a combination of the press of bodies and the various scents and smells of food and perfume and cologne that got to me, but whatever, we all had a good time right up until I got queasy, then I hope they both had a good time up until only just before we were initially planning on leaving, so it's not like the night was a bust or anything - just the opposite, actually - I just wish I could've stuck around and enjoyed that last hour rather than walking in circles around the parking lot trying not to puke. Ugh, stupid body.

Anyway, conversation in the car back home was just as back and forth as it was on the way down, and we pulled into Stevens Point around 10 or 10:30ish to drop off Tracy, and I had Ethan back home by 11. Wild partiers we are not, though I imagine we all would've stayed longer at the wedding had the Mystery Illness not made a nuisance of itself. I was bummed, man! I hadn't seen Mandy in *forever*, and I hadn't seen Val and Melissa in almost as long and I was so excited to have the chance to catch up with them. I guess the two hour we *were* able to catch up a bit was better than nothing, though. And I totally got as much talking and jabber as I could've possibly hoped with Ethan and Tracy, so that was good.

Anyway, aside from the annoying nausea thing, the whole day was a blast and I am so glad I got to go see Kristin and Steve start their lives together!
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Right, so, updateiness.

1 - the job search continues. I applied for three more internships with Geocorps yesterday - one at Grand Canyon, one at Kenai Fjords National Park, and another one somewhere else I can't recall off the top of my head. Not sure if I will get them, but at least I tried, so go me.

2 - Rock and Gem show went okay. Not as well as years past and I only sold a few tumbled rocks for a grand total of three bucks. However, I was able to see a friend I hadn't in awhile, and I got a new polishing cloth.

3 - Today was the first day of the annual town-wide garage sale in our itty bitty village. More than 40 garage sales going on all weekend. Dad went this morning and found a really nice display cabinet for Mom for Mothers Day. I went out this afternoon with the dog and mostly just used it as an excuse to get out and enjoy the nice weather while it lasted, though I did come home with a new hat. Dog also did way better than I expected being around all these "OMG, NEW PEOPLE! OMG, ANOTHER DOG I CAN SNIFF!" He was only wired for the first two garage sales or so, then he calmed down significantly and only got super leash-tuggy when slow moving cars drove by, because he rather loves to chase them. As the sales were winding down as we wandered, this was only an issue a few times. Yay getting outside and getting a ton of exercise! (walked at least four miles all together) Also ran into one of my old babysitters and chatted with her for a few minutes! I did not tell her how old I was, though, because I didn't want to make her feel like an old lady... it was a loooooooong time ago. I think I was 7.

And that is pretty much it. Money is getting super tight so impulse drives into Marshfield to do Stuff are getting too expensive (a round trip is a gallon of gas) to indulge in unless I *really* have something I need to do, and preferably, several somethings to make the trip worth while. And while there has been discussion with A Boy, we have yet to meet in person and I've been pretty clear that I'd rather just do the friend thing. So, yeah, my life is pretty unexciting at the moment and I don't even have much to spam with.


Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:18 pm
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Thursday - looking for an excuse to get out of the house, I sent a message to a few of my friends from high school who are still in Marshfield asking if either of them would be willing to give me an alibi if I went into town. Luckily, Jeanie was available, so I grabbed my computer and killed an hour or so at the library before meeting her and another of her friends at the mall. Also went to ShopKo for some odds and ends - needed more conditioner, and I got a new hair thingy - and grabbed a quick lunch at McDonalds.

Friday - left for Point around 1ish, did the computer stuff at Best Buy (they had my SD card and I had to pester them about not being able to make my own recovery disks for the new comp because it was an open box and someone already had) and was done by 3:30, so I went to UWSP's university center to kill the three and a half hours before the Movie Night at JBs. We watched the newest Harry Potter movie, and then I left for Wausau around 10:20 pm to go visit Mah Emmies for the night. We had Perkins and ended up crashing by 1:30 in the morning because it is End of Semester for her and I'm just a light weight and not very good at staying up until the wee hours of morning anymore.

Saturday - after maybe falling asleep around 3ish, I was woken up at 5 am when Daddy A left for work, and then I was unable to get back to sleep because there were a bunch of starlings apparently building a nest in the outside wall/eaves of the room I was sleeping in. They were very noisy about it, too, so I gave up trying to get back to sleep and was up by 7. Spent the morning snuggling the puppies and playing on my computer in Emmie's living room before heading back to Marshfield around1 pm. Had hoped to catch my aunt and uncle and cousins at my gramma's because they were visiting for Easter, but they were still out by the time I arrived at Gramma's apartment. Mom and Dad were both there, though, so we watched some Bruce Campbell movie on USA (prequel to Burn Notice, I do believe) while we waited for everyone else to get back. When they still hadn't arrived by 3pm, I was going to call it a day and head home because I was exhausted and sleep deprived and really wanted a nap. I almost literally ran into them as I walked out the door, though, so yay for nice timing! I still didn't stick around long after that, though, because did I mention exhausted?
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So, the whole black screen thing with my computer that has been a giant thorn in my side since December? Turns out, once I got to a *competent* Best Buy Geek Squad (which Kennewick's is so not), the problem was actually too serious to fix. Which meant Best Buy had to buy me a new computer because it was still under warranty! Granted, they only gave me an exchange that was worth the current value of my old computer, which was $475ish rather than the $650ish I paid when I got it new, but hey, it's still $475 that wasn't out of *my* pocket, and considering my old computer was two and a half years old? Not bad at all.

Anyway, this post is brought to you by my new HP Pavilion dv5! So, basically same make, slightly newer model, and it is happily *not* all "Chrome and Orynx finish!" or whatever it was, so it doesn't get all smeary the moment you lay your fingers on it. The touch pad is kinda weird and will take some getting used to, BUT I HAVE BUTTONS AGAIN! For volume and playing an pausing DVDs and wireless assistant and all that? BUTTONS! Glorious buttons! Old comp had that damned touch pad across the top that never worked - not from the day I first got it- which was irritating as all get out, but I didn't feel like it was worth going and complaining because the regular volume control bar worked just fine, and I never use any of the DVD stuff.

So, new computer! Which I did not get the extended warranty on because it would've cost me $250 bucks, and if this one does go and crash on me again in two years, I'd probably only get an exchange rate of $300 (and that's if I'm lucky), so I didn't think it was worth it. Hopefully if it is going to crash, it will happen in the next year so my factory warranty will cover it. ::knocks on wood::

Also, because I was in Point anyway and Best Buy is right next to MC Sports where he works, I was able to meet my friend JB for lunch. Since it had been like two years since I last saw him, that was a kind of a nice happenstance.

And now I'm am hanging with my former roommates Dustin and Dan watching NCIS and Castle and stuff at their place. Dustin even went and cleaned up all the useless trial programs and installed my anti virus for me on the new comp! Having techies for friends kind of rocks.
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Right, so... I have no life, hence the lack of posts. But, for those of you who might still be curious:

Monday, April 11 - Stayed in bed sleeping and reading most of the day after spending a good chunk of the night barfing thanks to food poisoning, which still sucks by the way

Tuesday, April 12 - Feeling much better, I think I went into town to do... stuff. I could be wrong, though.

* Fell into Serious Organization Mode and decided to attack one of the moving boxes i had yet to unpack, which was mostly full of clothes, and another that had a bunch of books and binders and the like in it. After stuffing my wardrobe and dresser about as full as I could, and using up all the available storage space in my room, I still had stuff to put... somewhere.

* Unburied the door to the small attic in our upstairs living room, donned a dust mask and a hair kerchief - because the ceiling was very low and full of dead asian beetles in spiderwebs, and the floor was just full of dead asian beetles. And, you know, dusty and stuff - and swept a bit of floor free of dead bugs and dust so I could store stuff in there and relocated some of the plastic boxes cluttering up the living room into there.

* Then I vowed to hit the department stores the next day for storage boxes of my own and maybe the stuff to build another shelf up in my room. By that time it was late afternoon/early evening and I decided I had totally earned a Ghost Hunters break and called it a night, at least as far as Accomplishing Stuff went.

Thursday - Shopping, lunch with Mom and Dad at World Buffet, and then more shopping. Got home around 2 or 3ish, proceeded to fill my bounty of brand, shiny new storage boxes to capacity (well, three of the four at least - turns out I had less stuff than I thought and didn't really need the fourth one) and stored them away. Then I used the excuse of "rearranging stuff in my room, call if you need help with something!" to rearrange a few things in my room for a bit before I spent the rest of the evening until Prime Time curled up in bed reading some more. Then I played on my computer the rest of the evening, though I did kind of half pay attention to the episode of Bones my parents were watching.

Friday - attached two hooks onto the wall in my room, were I can now hang all of my bags, hurray! Also washed dishes, and at some point during the week I did do laundry, but I can't recall exactly when so I'll just stick it here and move on.

And that brings us to today, Saturday, April 16, in which I have accomplished very little except read some more, watch the latest episode of Mythbusters, and made popcorn. So, very lazy day, probably due entirely to the fact that it snowed all of last night and into this morning and the weather has been rather poor pretty much since Thursday afternoon. Cold and windy on Thursday, cold and crazy strong winds (at least as far as Wisconsin is concerned) all day yesterday, which turned into first sleet, and eventually snow last night. Thankfully the ground is warm enough that there was little accumulation, and it will probably be all gone again within a few days, but for now, looking out side is rather depressing.
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It raaaaained most of the day today, that kinda slow steady rain that isn't all that hard, really, but which can sneakily soak through *everything* given enough opportunity. Guess where I was this morning? Yeah, out in it. Myself and three of my coworkers were up at Windust Park (right below Lower Monumental Dam, which is the next one up river from Ice Harbor) marking out the location of a new fence they'll be adding to the park within the next few weeks.

And, on top of the rain that did, in fact, manage to soak most of the way through my winter jacket (one of these days, I really need to hit that thing with some waterproofing spray), the GPS unit I was using was being all finicky, so I was out there even longer then would've otherwise been necessary fighting with the software. Also, it took me about a third of the way through the data collection to realize that "hey, you know, this is going to be a line of fence, all neat and tidy. Why the heck am I standing here collecting point features for *every single flag* they are using to mark it when it would take a quarter of the time just to walk the damn length!" (point-feature collection requires standing in place for at least 30 seconds per point to give the GPS enough time to get down to SERIOUS BUSINESS in the accuracy-factor; line-features I just walk along and boom, done) Some days, I really am not the brightest bulb in the lamp fixture.

ANYWAY, after standing in the rain for 45 minutes or so, the four of us went up to one of the itty bitty towns that are kinda sorta nearby because a) we wanted to kill a bit of time, and 2) it has a coffee shop. So, Joyce (co-worker) treated me to a nice tasty chai latte as a going away present.

We got back to the office around 11:00ish, where myself and another fellow employee who is also leaving got an equally tasty (and extra long) BBQ lunch/party thrown in our honor. There was burgers and cake and pretty much everyone in our office (as well as a family member or two, and few leeches from the dam and our maintenance department) attended. Food was very very good and I ate more than I really needed to, but hey, that is what parties are all about after all. ;)

Last two hours involved me working on some last-minute corrections and projects (called it!) and sending out a few emails.

Good times, yo. Even with the rain.
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As mentioned, I spent a very awesome weekend down in the Portland area with Andrea. Much fun was had.

because it gets a little long and rambly )

So, that was my weekend, and it was awesome. Thanks again [ profile] noellesan for putting me up (or putting up with me, whichever. ;) ) for a few days!

Only downside to the entire weekend? The cassette thingy-mabob I use on the rare occasion I actually bother trying to listen to my MP3 player in my car is now stuck fast in Coyote's cassette deck and I have had no success what so ever in removing it. And, the kicker? It would appear that it doesn't actually work anymore, either, so not only is the cassette itself stuck, but it is making my tape deck unuseable as well. Not on, technology. Of course, since I rarely use my tape deck, this really isn't a huge thing, just really inconvenient with the cross-country trip coming up in a few weeks. Ah, well, maybe I'll sic my housemate Walter on the problem when I get back after work tonight.
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Considering I crashed at 9 pm last night, and despite the wind that woke me up at 1:30, I really should not be this tired. Though I suppose that even though I did get back to sleep eventually, I guess it wasn't the most restful sleep because I kept waking up again every half-hour or so. So maybe I do have good reason to be exhausted.

ANYWAY, Superbowl 45 was indeed awesome. I was, of course, rooting for my homeboys from Wisconsin, Superbowl Spoiler ) On a non-spoilery note, I gotta admit, Green Bay definitely did seem the most relaxed of the two teams - kinda like this was just another game to them, not The Superbowl. Well done, boys.

We also hosted a Superbowl party at the house. Few of our coworkers came, and Beth encouraged me to invite Um Friend as well, so I did and he accepted, so hurray for more people because holy cow did we make way too much food. Still have way too much food, in fact, because we cooked for at least ten and only seven of us were actually there. I made Wisconsin Beer Cheese soup, Beth made BBQ chicken tenders and taco dip, among other munchie-type stuff, almost all of which we brought to work with us today to try and get rid of some more of it. Hopefully the rest of our coworkers are hungry.

Anyway, the party itself was lots of fun, even with our diminished numbers and excess of food. I was the only one who really had any "personal" investment in the game what with my home team playing, but since I haven't really followed football since the *last* time the Packers made it to the Superbowl, I really wasn't all that invested. Thus, we all mostly just sat around making fun of the bad commercials, saluting the good ones, and throwing squishy rubber balls at each other the entire four hours the game was on. Good times.
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Since I've moved out here, there have been all these things on my "to do" list as far as seeing the sights and what not. Over the course of the year, I have slowly checked a few items off my mental list - Paluse Falls, Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Rainier, and though it wasn't technically on my to do list, Lilith Fair with Jodie, Vaidah, Krissy and Andrea was the most awesome last-minute plan *ever*, so that counts, too.

However, there is a bunch of other stuff I had hoped to do that I kept putting off because I am lazy like that, and then last week I realized that hey, I'm leaving in six weeks and I am kind of running out of weekends, so putting stuff off means it won't be done. Thus, I decided to start Doing Stuff.

Saturday I was able to scratch "Visit McNary Dam and do some hiking around there!" off my list. Ice Harbor Dam - where I work - is the last dam on the Snake River, and McNary is the next one down on the Columbia, maybe 35 river miles downstream of the Tri Cities. Unlike Ice Harbor, McNary is definitely the face of the Army Corp of Engineers in the Walla Walla District, so it's visitor center is open year round and there are a ton of trails and little parks right nearby to encourage tourist. Cause I gots connections, I was able to hook up with one of the Natural Resources park rangers down there and snag a private tour of the dam for myself and Um Friend, which was very very cool. I understood maybe 20% of the electricity output/engineering stuff our guide was talking about, but it’s hard for giant spinning turbines zapping out millions of hertz (megahertz?) at any given time while the rest of the dam holds back a river over a mile wide to be anything but cool, you know?

After the tour, we wandered around on some of the trails down there for a bit, taking pictures and trying to remember the names for the various varieties of ducks we saw swimming around. Mallards, of course, were a given, but that was about all we figured out.

After hiking, we went and got a late lunch at one of the little towns nearby, and then headed back to the Tri Cities for a movie at his place. I don't actually remember what the movie was called, but it had That Dude from all the Fast and the Furious movies, and Hayden whatshisface from the new Star Wars movies, and Urhurah (only spelled right) from the new Star Trek movie, and they were all thieves trying to plan out this super huge heist and to stay one step ahead of the cops; mostly the whole movie was pretty much an excuse to do a bunch of dramatic music montages but it was still fun. Hard to go wrong with dramatic music montages, after all.

Sunday I did absolutely nothing but hide in my room and watch TV as I was in massive Anti Social mode and just did not want to deal with people. I ODed on Pawn Stars, a little NCIS and Dirty Jobs, slept for three hours, and then I killed more brain cells watching French Kiss on the TVGuide channel before going to bed around 9:30. Yeah, some days I kind of suck.
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* Ma Nature finally blessed the Tri Cities with an absolutely lovely day - sunshine, light wind, temps in the low 50s - so I tried to take advantage of it. First I hit Best Buy and bought a pair of headphones for my cell phone, so now I can be on the phone and doing stuff with *both* hands without having to go to speaker. Also, I can finally make use of the built in MP3 player I was so excited about

* Second I spent an hour and a half or so wandering up and down Columbia Park (also - opportunity to test out new head phones, hurrah!). Everyone else and their dog was there taking advantage of the sunshine - because, yeah, we haven't had that in, oh, I don't know, THREE AND A HALF FREAKING MONTHS! - but the walking path wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be, so yay for that, too. It also helped that I got to say hello to several of the dogs in question.

* Third, I drove up to Walmart - more because it is a rather nice drive than any desire to go there, but hey, we did need toilet paper. It was also lunch time, and they have a Blimpies attached, so I hit them up for lunch and then I spent about a half hour or so wandering around for lack of anything better to do. Almost bought a snazzy screened thermal shirt, but I was able to convince myself that no, the last thing I need is more clothes.

* Lacking anything else to do, I headed back to the house after Walmart to finish my laundry and watch some TV. Um Friend called around 3 and asked if I wanted to go to dinner, and when I said sure, I've been craving Mexican, he suggested we meet at a place over in Pasco at 4:30 to beat the dinner rush.

* After dinner, we did the movie thing at his place again. This time it was that X-Men/Wolverine movie (Wolverine: Origins?) because he was shocked I had never seen it. Movie was indeed quite good, but I totally found myself more distracted by how pretty Hugh's hair was for most of it than I was by the half-dozen gratuitous Shirtless Scenes, not to mention all the Running Around Naked Scenes. I have strange priorities.

* Headed back to the house around 8:30/9:00ish after we made plans to maybe get together for the NFL Championship games on Sunday.


* Slept like crap and was having One Of Those Days where I wasn't sure I'd be good company, so I axed the tentative plans to get together for football. Took all my energy to drag my ass out of the house long enough to get groceries so I'd have lunch this week, and then I pretty much just shut myself up inside for the rest of the day.

* As both house mates were gone - one is off doing training this week, and the other one was out with some friends - I took advantage of having the house (and the big screen in the living room) to myself and grabbed some of the munchies I had lying around to make my own little Football Party of One for the NFC game. I made it through the first half before encroaching exhaustion from the sleepless night convinced me to pack away the goodies and catch the rest of the game in my room.

* Third quarter kinda vanished into a haze as I dozed off, and I didn't zone back in until spoilers for the Packers-Bears NFC championship )

My brain, man... Some days I seriously wonder.

* After the game, I spent the rest of the night watching whatever movies that happened to be on that I could tolerate, and when I ran out of those, I popped in some SG-1, which tided me over until I finally let myself go to bed at about 10.
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* Thanks everyone with the AAA stories! They have been super helpful, and I will totally be Hittin' That before I leave.

* Saturday I went on a mad cleaning spree the likes of which my little room probably won't see again until I get everything cleaned out of there and packed up for the trip back to the midwest. I vacuumed and did laundry and washed my sheets and I even *dusted*! And *then* I went and cleaned the bathroom. I know, I must've been possessed by a 50s housewife or something.

* Sunday I spent most of the day reading and marathoning ABC Family (caught the end of... something... before they showed Princess Diaries 2, and after that, Goonies) before doing the movie thing at a friends place later in the evening. Mostly finished The High Kings Tomb (third in Kristen Britain's Green Rider series) and now I must wait TWO WHOLE WEEKS before Blackveil (fourth in the series) comes out. I have it on pre-order and it is set to arrive on my birthday, so Happy Birthday To Me. Just, you know, sucks having to wait TWO WHOLE WEEKS for it.

* Monday involved more movie and TV watching and reading. I also got groceries, and after I finished High Kings Tomb, I decided a trashy murder mystery might be just the thing to tide me over until I get my hot little hands on Blackveil. Went to Barnes and Nobel in search of the latest Castle book (because I am still computerless and cannot download it onto my Kindle for PC like I did the first one) and did not find it, sadness. Got something co-written by Iris and Roy Johonson (sp?) instead because I've enjoyed the authors in the past.

Then when I returned to the house, book in hand, I decided "You know, I'm still more in a Nikki Heat sorta mood," and so I grabbed the first J. D. Robb mystery [ profile] wowomom convinced me to buy awhile back and started reading that instead. Three chapters in and I am totally "Wow, so now I know where the Castle/Nikki Heat writers get their inspiration from," because Eve Dallas is Nikki Heat, only slightly more world-worn and, you know, from the future and stuff. In fact, the two are so much alike that Kate Beckett keeps trying to take over as the visual representation of Eve Dallas in my head.

... and now the two are getting into a bitch fight. I am amused.

ANYWAY, that was my weekend. Productive and all together lazy, all at the same time. :D
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Okay, so update in * style

* Thursday - spent a lot of time on the phone and exchanging emails trying to figure out the tech issues that are still plaguing my computer. It was very frustrating, and at the end of the day, all for nothing because my computer is still having issues. On the bright side, though, co-workers decided to make lunch a taco/nacho carry-in ordeal, so I had a big plate of tasty nachos for lunch. Mmm, crunchy goodness.

* Friday - did laundry and helped Beth decorate our Christmas tree. Also decided to go to Target and pick up the long sleeved thermal I was eying last week, which I got for $10 down from $14, hurray for discounts! Otherwise I spent most of the day watching Stargate SG-1, and then we did presents and eggnog Christmas Eve after a rather nice dinner of ham and mashed potatoes.

* Saturday - Stockings in the morning, then we went to Cour d'Alene (only spelled right) to celebrate the holiday with some of Beth and Walter's friends and their family. Ate entirely too much, got a whole tin of goodies and a new pair of gloves, and then we hit the Christmas light program some landscaping company set up here in Kennewick. 300,000 lights, all set to music. It was incredibly impressive, to say the least. Got back to the house a little after 11 pm and proceeded to crash like a mad crashing thing.

* Sunday - Walter took Beth and I out to a late breakfast/early lunch to thank us for our help with the paper route these last few weeks. Then it was back to the house where I did a whole lot of nothing that included watching more SG-1 and a few movies. I did, however, fold my laundry, so I wasn't *totally* useless. I also had planned on going to the movie theater and finally seeing Tangled, but alas, it would appear that the Carmike Cinema no longer has it, and I wasn't quite courageous enough to brave frenzied masses at the Columbia Center Mall (when we drove by after lunch, it very much reminded me of an extremely active ant hill) to go to the cinema they have there, where they *are* still showing Tangled. Hopefully I'll be able to catch it on Friday on my day off.
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December 17, 2010 -7:30 am

Last night was the Ice Harbor Dam Christmas party at Tony Roma's. There were probably 30 or 40 people there and we only had two servers, but they managed fairly well considering. Only forgot one person - me. :) I was last to get my chicken alfredo, but I didn't mind the extra wait too much. Thanks to a stop by Taco John's on the way back from work (4:15 pm), I was by no means starving when I finally got my meal (about 8:30 pm). Have the leftovers for lunch today, so bonus.

Also had a White Elephant gift exchange. I considered not participating because apparently it is a tradition to make your white elephant give something alcoholic with this particular group, and as I am not a drinker, I didn't want to end up with a booze I wasn't going to use. I already had my present, though - two packages of Lindor Truffles, both of which were types I don't often choose so as to reduce the temptation to crack into them before the exchange - so I decided 'What the hell?' and went for it. I actually got lucky and pretty much picked the one presents that was most suited for me - a four pack of Starbucks hot chocolate mixes and two new Starbucks holiday mugs. Small and easy to pack, sounds good to me! Starbucks hot chocolate, granted, but I figure I can add more milk to cut the syrupy-ness. Drinking one right now, actually. ::slurps::

In other news, ow. Lacking a computer at work, all the writing I've done the last week has been hand-written in a notebook (I really have nothing better to do), and then transferred it to my own computer when I got back home. I haven't written this much since I was taking daily notes for Chemistry my last two semesters of school. Add on the holiday cards I;ve been trying to fill in at least a little on every one, and my right hand is not 100% pleased with me. So, what do I do? Write more! It is a vicious circle, I tell you. I seriously think I might have an addiction to writing - no matter how much damage I'm doing (well, hand cramps aren't really damage, but they do ache), I just can't stop!

Also, it is now 7:52. This writing-stuff-out-by-hand thing is a great way to kill time.
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Went into town with Mom this morning so she could drop me at the YMCA and I could get some swimming in before I leave. Alas, as I am no longer a student, I don't have a free membership through my mom anymore, so I did have to pay the $8 for the day pass, even though I only swam for an hour. It was still very nice, though. I miss swimming, and I got to say hi to a few of the people I used to work with.

After I had dressed and the like, I had two voice mails from my dad informing me that he was on his way to pick me up and that we were going to be going to Stevens Point to visit one of our old professors (Dad and I both had him for our GIS classes, albeit about 10 years apart) to show him my new toy. Because I won't be home for Christmas, parents decided to give me a present this morning instead. Mom made breakfast and after Dad woke me from a rather disturbing dream (something about running and/or hiding from a creepy dude, and then having to walk/climb up this almost vertical sidewalk to get away. Thankfully I don't actually remember much about it) at around 9 am to give it to me - it was an old-fashioned brass compass that they had found at an estate sale or the like. No merchant stamp or anything, and the inner dial you're supposed to be able to rotate to mark the directions you've wandered (used when making maps the old fashioned way - by drawing them by hand) appears to be fixed, which suggest that it is a reproduction made by someone who had very little idea how compasses worked. However, it still points north, and it is just darned cool looking in and of itself, so I am pretty content.

Anyway, Dad wanted our old GIS/cartography professor to check it out, so we took a mini road trip over to Point for the afternoon. Dad took me out to lunch at The Wooden Chair, a little cafe down town with a very nice atmosphere and some tasty food, and then we went over to UWSP to talk to Dr. Rice, who gave me some suggestions as to where to look for another temporary position and generally just caught up a bit. I also was able to chat with some of my other professors and tell them about what I've been doing the last nine months. I did not get visit with my favorite teacher, Sam, because she wasn't in today, but I was still able to catch up a bit with three of the six or so professors I was hoping to see, so that was nice.

Then we came home and had pie and left overs and watched two of the three (four if you include both parts of Call of the Wild) episodes of Due South that Leslie Nielsen guest-starred in as Buck Frobisher. RIP, Leslie! We will miss you!

Heading back to Washington tomorrow night, and I am sad. On the one hand, it will be very nice not having allergies again (seriously, they have been *awful* the last two or three days. Severe Tylenol Allergy is the only reason I've gotten any sleep). On the other hand, all my friends and family are here in Wisconsin, and I won't be seeing them again until the end of my internship in March 2011. However, that's only another three and a half months or there abouts, and they are probably going to be pretty busy months at that, so I'm not too worried. I do, however, reserve the right to be as morose as hell when Christmastime rolls around cause you all are 1700 away from me! ;)

Unfortunately, though, the relatively nice warm weather we've been having the last few days is currently being shoved aside by a cold front. Right now it is raining; later tonight it is supposed to turn to freezing rain, and then tomorrow to snow, and the storm system pretty much covers the entire distance between here and Minneapolis/St. Paul, which is where my flight is leaving from. Driving through it will not be fun, and wow will it suck if the flight gets delayed or, worse yet, canceled entirely and I have to spend the night at the air port. Here's hoping that will not happen. ::crosses fingers::


Nov. 28th, 2010 12:33 pm
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Spent the last two days or so up in Wausau with The Emmies and It Was Good. We didn't do much, really - watched way too many movies (Jurassic Park, Aliens, Twister, and A Knights Tale) and went out with her parents for dinner on Friday night. Last night we went to Dustin's for a movie night, where we watched Wrath of Khan and then played Guitar Hero: World Tour for three and a half hours, and we all drove part way to Marshfield to meet my dad to take me back home while Emily and her friend headed up to Minneapolis for a concert. Much fun was had (though not so much sleep was had) and i got to snuggle with her puppies like crazy and snuggle with the Emmies as well, and it was good.

And, when I got home, I got another Thanksgiving Dinner from Mom. Gramma and I made the potatoes. They were tasty.
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* Monday - went into Marshfield for a bit of running around, but otherwise didn't do much

* Tuesday - went to Stevens Point to get a new phone, hurrah! New phone is pretty much just an updated version of the old phone, but I don't care, YAY being able to replace my old sickly sounding phone with a new one for only $30! Of course, then I also had to get a new SD card and car charger to fit it, so my total bill was like $65, but hopefully I am set for another two years now.
* Also was able to meet Tracy at Cousins for lunch, so that was awesome being able to see friends and catch up!

Today - my to-do list right now consists of laundry, dishes, and getting a fire started on the porch. We're under a winter weather advisory that includes chances of freezing rain and snow, up to two inches. Fun.
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* Friday - went into Marshfield, got a few odds and ends at Target, *finally* got a decent Chai Latte from Coffee Cabin, and got a few groceries at the grocery store.

* Saturday afternoon - spent a few hours catching up with Dana and met their new baby, Taiden. Motherhood seems to agree with Dana quite well, and as he was kind of fussy, I remain quite grateful that I have yet to get that particular biological urge. I like kids, really, I just don't want one of my own.
* Saturday night - went to Arsenic and Old Lace at the high school with the family. It was Mr. B's 100th production, and at the end Dad, Gus, and I - all hardened vets of Bitricks's director skills - got a picture with him.

* Sunday - I spent the entire day reading. Started and finished one of the three books I brought along - why I thought three books would tide me over for two whole weeks is still a mystery to me - and the rest of the family also did their version of nothing. Mom and dad caught up on all their TV and Gus did the computer thing. Lazy Sundays for the win.

In other news, still taking requests for Holiday Cards! Leave a comment in that entry with your address and you will get a card from me at some point in the next two months. :)

And lastly, on an entirely different note, it is November 22 in Wisconsin and we are having a thunderstorm. I so love my state.
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Got to Denver without any trouble yesterday morning and spent the rest of the day hitting some of the geological touristy stops in the area. First stop was the Royal Gorge, which is like the nations tallest suspension bridge (something like a quarter mile tall), and later on we went to the Garden of the Gods down near Colorado Springs. Alas, we did not go to Cheyenne Mountain, so I couldn't tell you if there really is a Super Secret Stargate facility under the mountain. There is, however, an Air Force base, so you can draw your own conclusions. ;)

Today the GSA conference started, and I hit a lot of the climate analysis lectures pretty hard. So far it has been extremely interesting and my brain is all stuffed full of information like it hasn't been since End of Semester Crunch back at school. However, the fact that there will be no homework and no tests means having a stuffed brain is the worst of the symptoms I'll be getting, so it's all good.

Later tonight we'll go out to see what we can find among the Denver Night Life, though I doubt we'll spend more than an a few hours amongst the costumed masses as we are all kind of tired and mostly just looking for an excuse to wear our costumes. :D

Also, Curtis hotel has a TV or movie theme for every floor. When I checked in, they asked me if I had a floor preference, and I told them to surprise me. I ended up on the Science Fiction level.
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Added another chapter to TwitterCaked. Because I am a geek and I always get ideas in the shower.

In other news, went to see RED and it was awesome. You just cannot go wrong with an all star cast, big freaking guns, and a plot that consists of "Who the fuck is trying to kill us!?" and not much else.

Then we went for dinner at Red Lobster and I ate too much and spent too much money, but now I have cheesecake for dinner.

And, lastly, I am currently watching Bandits on some random movie channel. All in all, I'd say it was a pretty good day.
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The last few days have been rather dull and without stuff to spam over due to, OMG, actually having WORK TO DO, HURRAH! But, I'll give you the * points anyway.

* Treated myself to two new books from Barns and Noble, then went to Sheri's (PNW version of Perkins) and ate a giant sweet roll while I started reading one of them.
* Got groceries
* Spent the rest of the day reading.

* Went to work. Started making maps for the wildlife contract. Read the first 20 or so chapters of The Consort while I was waiting for the maps to print.

* Made more maps. Went to BBQ at Windust Park for the campground volunteers who were all done for the season. Got cake. Finished The Consort while I was waiting for more maps to print (it takes about 1-2 minutes for the computer to "draw" the map when I use the Best Photo Quality setting and send it off to the printer)

* Yet more maps were created (I'll probably have a few hundred by the time I'm finished, and that isn't including the ones I screw up on and have to reprint)
* Went up to Walla Walla and experienced my first Conference Call with bosses and the guy who is in charge of the pesticide application for The Core's properties along the Snake and Columbia River. He wanted pictures of the all HMUs and projects (not hard; I was able to get three to take up there as examples that took all of five minutes to make), the guy on the other end of the phone kept telling him that one picture of one project was enough. This argument pretty much went on for the entire hour and a half we were up there.

And that pretty much covers the last week. My life, so exciting.
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Right, so today has decided to take forever to get through. I keep looking at my clock thinking at *least* an hour has got to have passed by now, right? When in fact it has only been twenty minutes. Ugh.

So, I'm taking a break from actual work-like stuff and putzing around online. I figure updating my LJ will at least kill a few minutes or so.

That said, my 4th of July weekend was pretty damned awesome! Started on Saturday afternoon when Vaidah, Jodie, Krissy, and Andrea picked me up from my place, and with the car stuffed to the gills full of people and other stuff, it was a bit of a snug two hours up to George, but totally awesome anyway because it was spent with awesome people! There was geeking and the whole car singing along to Glee's "Don't Stop Believing!" which I totally have on video because I am mean and evil like that. ;) Will upload it later with all the other pictures I took.

Lilith Fair, which I am cutting because it gets kind of long )

A nap and a shower brings us to around 3:00 in the afternoon on Sunday (July 4th/Independence Day), at which point I put on the TV for some mindless vegging (hurrah for the Star Wars Marathon on Spike TV) and was seriously at risk of dozing off again had Manda not called, and so we jabbered for an hour or two before her phone died and I was off to an 4th of July BBQ at one of my co-worker's house because he has an *awesome* view of the fireworks right on the river. I ate too much and managed to stay awake long enough to see the display (started at 10, was done by 10:30, but it was still pretty impressive) and then we hung around their place for another hour or so before heading back to our house by about 11:30ish. Then I did the computer thing briefly before I crashed again at around midnight and got all caught up with sleep and stuff.

Monday I had off, and I didn't do a damned thing. Well, that isn't true - I did vacuum my room, but otherwise? Nada. Spent the entire day reading or watching TV.

Oh, and did I mention I was PMSing big time the entire weekend? Which is probably why I was so damned tired, especially since Saturday was the heaviest day. Must love iron deficiency.

And... I think that is all, actually. So, hurrah! Not only have a killed almost an entire hour, but I also gave you all a nice long update to entertain you! (Not that I'm going to post it yet because this would be an update from the website, and the spell check on the website takes way too long to finish, so I'll post it when I get back on my own computer sometime tonight Posted it! Or at least made it public as of 5:08 pm Pacific)


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