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Girls Night last weekend in Appleton was a blast. Only Mandy and Beth made it, but they were the two I wanted to see and catch up with the most, so I was more than happy with the turn out. Found a new polyester swim suit on sale for $55 down from $80, and I'm all "Yay!" about that because the blue one I had been wearing has seen at least a year of hard use and I was just waiting for some seam to rip or something during swim lessons - not a nice thought considering it was the only one I had until I got the new one (well, two - I got an Ugly a week or two before in Stevens Point, but still). Also found a pair of new shoes on sale for $95 down from $120.

We also helped Mandy find a nice interview outfit, I tried on a goofy dress I wouldn't be caught dead in just for the hell of it, and generally just had a fun time wandering around the mall window shopping. Beth did manage to convince me to spend $40 on makeup, but I figure the lip pencil will last me the rest of my life - possibly even longer considering how rarely I wear makeup - so it should be worth it in the end.

Next up was glaming ourselves up and dinner at Olive Garden; I wore a skirt sexy boots *and* makeup - would've attempted to do my hair, too, especially as it was kind of behaving all blah-like anyway, but we ran out of prep time (hey, by the time we left the mall, we only had 45 minutes left to get to the hotel, change, and get back to the other side of the mall area to Olive Garden, so all things considered, I think we did pretty well), so it was just... blah. Managed to leave it down for maybe forty minutes before pulling it back into my more typical messy bun.

Then we spent a half hour or so at a salsa bar and shared a really tasty margarita before hitting Skyline Comedy Club for the 10pm show. I didn't find the two opening acts all that amusing, but the headliner, Nick Vatterott had me chuckling quite a few times. The line about being high as a kite and checking the time, only to see "End" on his microwave clock had all three of us rolling. And being the wild child I am, my two drink minimum consisted of a rootbeer and a decaf coffee. Am I bad, or am I bad? ;)

After the comedy show it was back to my hotel room, where we spent an additional hour or two jabbering before I shooed them both out and home as they still had to drive a bit and by this point it was 2 am on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. I showered and was in bed by three, where I maybe got two hours of sleep and I was up again by 8:00 because I am a glutton for punishment. Still made it home it one piece, though, and it was an awesome night and I'm super glad I set it up. I cringe every time I think about how much money I spent, but every penny was so totally worth it for the chance to catch up with Mandy and Beth again.

Also, spent New Years Eve with Emmies. We ate at El Mez, had a Disney Movie Marathon (Sorcerer's Apprentice and Tangled), and then I stayed up until 3 with her watching the Batman television series from the 60s. Then I drove home the next day on two or three hours of sleep with a snow storm doing it's damndest to blow me off the road. Thankfully it did not succeed and I made it home all in one piece. :)
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Dinner at El Mezcal on Sunday with Kristin, followed by a walk through the park where I FINALLY got to see the Rotary Club's Winter Wonderland/Festival of Light or whatever even though they've been doing one every year for the last five or six. 1,000,000 lights this year!
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Friday, Dec 2 - Took Kristin along for a tree decorating party at JB's. We put geeky ornaments on his Christmas tree and had the Star Wars Holiday Special on in the background. I didn't notice much about it (thankfully) beyond the singing at the end and Cartoon Han's penis shaped head, and instead spent the entire time eating junk food and jabbering with fellow geeks.

Sunday, Dec 4 - Madgical Dinner at the high school courtesy of Kristin's mother. Soup was good, bread was *really* good, and I ate most of my stuffed pork chop even though I am neither a fan of pork chops nor stuffing, but it was still kind of nice to dress up. And wear my hooker boots. ;) Singing was pretty good, too - only about half the Mads were strong singers this year, but the choirs all did amazing, and the Mads were pretty good in and of themselves.
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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 weekend (Oct 20-23) I was down in Tennessee for a very whirlwind tour of the Smoky Mountains. Gramma wanted to visit her sister Jean down there, so I was sent along as the adult supervision. As it was 40 and rainy up here and 65 and sunny down there... golly, they twisted my arm and I had to go or risk disappointing the Matriarch. No one wants to disappoint the Matriarch, right? ;) Awesome time seeing family I hadn't in years (and meeting a few of them for the first time), and bonus - they kept buying me food, too! Took a ton of pictures as it was peak fall color in the mountains and I even saw a bear.

* Saturday (Oct 29) was Halloween Shanagins in Point, but I didn't go because driving an hour in the dark to go bar hopping just didn't seem worth the effort. Kinda bummed i missed out on hanging with my Point friends (in costume, too), but it was kinda nice to just relax and chill and catch a movie with Kristin in Marshfield instead. For the record, Paranormal Activity 2 was a HUGE LET DOWN after all the hype I heard, but it had a few nice shocker moments.

* Yesterday (Halloween) I dressed as Marty from Back to the Future III and went to work. Nothing else going on, i just wanted to wear a costume. :D

And that is the extent of the excitement in my life the last two weeks.
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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
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Earlier this week I decided that whether I had anyone to go with or not, I was going to go up to Wisconsin Interstate Park this weekend and enjoy the fall colors. So I did, and I didn't even have to go by myself, hurrah! My friend Ethan joined me so the three hour drive wasn't as boring as it could've been as we are pretty good at maintaining conversations. Definitely made the trip seem to go faster, so yay for that.

Left about 9 am yesterday and Ethan asked to go to a flea market just outside of St. Croix Falls (where Interstate Park is). Spent a good hour or two there, at least a third of which was spent chatting up the gentlemen who had a really cool rock shop there. So cool, in fact, that I got a free 5 dollar petrified wood pendant from one of the guys. Granted, it was probably partially because Ethan left with at least $130 worth of rocks (that he got for $70 - must love Flea Market discounts!), but they also just really seemed to enjoy talking to some kindred spirits in the rock world. So that was pretty awesome.

Got to Interstate Park about quarter after 2 pm, and it was just as pretty as I knew it would be in Autumn. Walked three or four trails over the course of about 2.5/3 hours, took lots of pictures, and generally just really enjoyed myself. Left to head back home about 5:30ish and got back around 8:30ish. Ethan hung around until about 10:15 doing the jabber thing - like I said, it's rare that we ever lack anything to talk about - and then I proceeded to crash like a mad crashing thing by midnight (had to shower, after all, and stock the woodstove for the night) ... only to wake up at 4:30 am because I hadn't eaten anything in almost 12 hours and my tummy was very unhappy with me. But that's okay because I just curled up in my ugly fuzzy blue robe and a blanket, with some crackers and orange juice and an episode of Stargate SG-1 and then went back to bed for three an a half hours after I finished it.

Now I am lying on the couch in my PJs with Ancient Aliens on the TV and my computer in my lap. So far? Awesome weekend. Possibly to get even more awesome as my friend Beth from high school whom I haven't seen in almost two years is planning on paying Marshfield a visit at some point in the next three days, so there's a good chance I'll get to hang out with her for a bit, too.

(only downside of the weekend so far - I spent at least 80 bucks on gas and an additional 70 or so on groceries in the last three days, all of which went on my credit card. Ugh, money sucks)


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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Awesome night with friends at Dustin's Wine and Cheese Night. Tried three different wines, I have no idea how many cheeses, and got to catch up with a significant portion of my Point friends that I haven't seen in months, plus a few new faces. Only got rained on a little bit, too! We were out around the fire until close to 3 am, so I crashed on Dustin's couch rather than drive the hour+ back home in the middle of a very dark and foggy night. Running on about five hours of sleep for the past two nights combined, but it was totally worth it.

Week after next, All Day Star Wars Party at JB's! It's good to be geek. :D
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Last Friday, my friend Kristin invited me to join her at a Blues concert they were having at Wildwood later that evening. We met there around 7 and stayed for the duration of the concert. It was lots of fun and a beautiful night for a concert. I even had two whole drinks! (some Bacardi Raz they had as an alternative to beer on the booze factor - kinda nice they at last offered something different, and it wasn't to bad, either. Also had a cup of beer because Kristin accidentally purchased way too many tickets, and I didn't want her to drink the entire thing herself)

This weekend I got the house to myself as the 'rents are off doing some demonstration thing at some get together they do every summer. Either I shall finally get a hold of Emmies and we shall have a movie marathon, or I shall have a movie marathon of my own here at home. I'm thinking all three Back to the Future movies and then maybe the first two Transformers films.
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This weekend my friend Melissa from Minnesota and her hubby came for a camping trip down in Wisconsin Dells, and the invited me to join them. We hit the Lost Canyon tour which involved being driven through a small canyon carved out by the glaciers and/or glacial outwash during the last ice age by a team of horses. Super pretty and it made my glacial geology geek go squee in a big way. We also went to a deer park where we got to feed and pet lots of deer, and we rented a canoe for a few hours and paddled about a mile or two up the Wisconsin River and back down, stopping at a nice sandy beach to swim in our underwear for a bit.

Melissa's hubby had to work Sunday, so she and I spent the last night in our respective tents and had some Girl Time since they had the campground for the whole weekend. Went to an antiques and craft mall and happily got lost amongst the winding rows of Nifty Stuff for an hour or so, and because taking Melissa back with me would cut an additional two hours off the trip for when her husband, Tex, came back to retrieve her, we headed back to Marshfield early to mid afternoon. Spent about two hours searching for some quality deep fried cheese curds - had to give Melissa the full Wisconsin experience, after all - before we got lucky at Hudson's Grill, and because I wanted to kill some more time, took Melissa to Jurrustic Park and Powers Bluff as well before we headed back home. Timed it perfectly apparently, because Tex drove in like ten minutes after we arrived, so yay for getting the most out of her visit!

Anyway, had tons of fun and took lots of pictures the whole weekend and we totally need to do it again sometime.
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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!


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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I've had a Live Journal for almost ten years. That is a lot of memories. It is also a whole lot of crap, because a lot of what I posted really wasn't worth remembering.

The last few weeks, I've really started thinking about what a journal actually is and why people keep them, and somewhere along the way I remembered that you write a journal because that it what you want to do - remember. Whether you plunk it out online or you actually scrawl the words across a physical page in a book, keeping a journal is all about writing down what you don't want to forget.

Human memory is faulty, slippery, and quick to escape if you don't have some way hold on to it and keep it close. This has become even more glaringly obvious to me and my family as we watch my grandmother slip away, one memory at a time. She still knows who we are, she can still put names to the familiar faces, and that is a true blessing. But her short term memory is almost non-existent, and the words that once came to her so easily when she told a story or rejoiced in an old memory often slip out of her grip. Without some way to capture them - and the memories that go along with them - there is a very good chance that those stories will be lost for good. And in 50 years, what is to say the same won't happen to me?

So, I'm being proactive and trying to capture mine before they get away. This is what I want to remember.

childhood friends and games )
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Had a super lovely weekend with [ profile] noellesan in which there was zoo-going and OMSI wandering that I will try and write about in detail within the next few days, but for now I am OMGSOTIRED and shall save it (and hee, I initially typoed "shave it" - I amuse easily) for another time. Right now, suffice to say it was awesome indeed, and now I am going to go back to bed to add a fifth hour to the four hour nap I have only recently surfaced from.
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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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I am in Las Vegas with [ profile] ladysorka! Arrived last night around 5ish, and we went to Applebees for dinner and spent the entire evening watching geeky music videos and episodes of various shows that she has on hand. Also finally got to see "How to Train Your Dragon", which is just as cute and fun as I thought it was going to be.

In other news, I did not bring my computer along (alas, just as I was leaving Washington, it once again gave me the dread Black Screen after I had been using it for a few minutes, so it'll be going to the repair shop - *again* - as soon as I get back), so I might not be around much these next few days. Using one of Cristin's extra computers right now, but it is a tiny little Notebook and the keyboard is super small so it is a pain to type on.
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Okay, so the timer is telling me i still have about twenty minutes of computer time before the library kicks me off. So, a quick'n'dirty Year In Review, totally not spell checked so I apologize ahead of time.

Not doing a long ramble this time around, just some highlights that I can remember off the top of my head.

* December 2009 - I graduated with a BS in Geoscience. By the end of February 2010, I had gotten a temporary position as the GIS Specialist at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in Burbank, Washington. Hurray for internships! (Sadly, my $160 stipend is the most reliable paycheck I've ever had)

* Mid-March - my parents and I drove 1800 miles across country from Wisconsin to Washington in my little 1996 Geo Tracker. 12 hours a day on the road is not the most fun in the world, but we saw some really cool places along the way.

* Mid-to-late March - Started working at Ice Harbor Dam! Discovered that I had forgotten almost *everything* about GIS in the year it had been since I took any classes, but it was all quick to come back with a little research. Issues with the computer programs I needed (or the lack there of) plagued the first month, but after that it was pretty smooth sailing.

* Late May into June - Manda visited! We hit Paluse Falls (which is awesome), watched a bunch of movies, toured the Ice Harbor visitor center, and played on the toys at Columbia Park.

* July - I met the lovely Andrea and got to see Vaidah, Jodie, and Krissy for the first time in SEVEN YEARS when we hit the Lilith Fair in George, Washington. It was awesome beyond words.

* September - Housemates Beth and Walter and I went camping on Mount Rainier, taking a day to visit Mount Saint Helen's while we were in the area (COOLEST PLACE *EVER*) and quite accidentally ran across one of the biggest swap meets/flea markets in the United States.

* October - I attended the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Denver, CO with two fellow UWSP Alumni, Angela and Liza. It was way fun, and I visited the Cheesecake Factory for the first time ever.

* November - I went home to visit the family and friends for TWO WHOLE WEEKS over Thanksgiving, which was fantastic! I also had an Emmies for two days worth of those two whole weeks, which was also awesome. I MISS YOU GUYS!

And that pretty much covers it! 2010 was a pretty good year for me - I had a lot of fun, was able to see a lot of amazing people and places, and for the first time in my life I wasn't super worried about Financial Issues. Also, for the first time in six and a half years, I didn't have to take a single test or complete a single paper. ;)

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2011 is a great one!

(wow, a whole 8 minutes left! Go me!)


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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Thanksgiving was quite lovely. We went down to Green Lake to have Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt and uncle's log cabin this year instead of my grandparents, but there was still quite the gathering. I ate way too much and got to catch up with my aunts and uncles and cousins whom I hadn't seen for more than a year, so that was great. Showed pictures from many of my Washington travels, gushed over the Mt. Saint Helen's visit I was able to do this past summer, and generally had a grand old time. Yay Thanksgiving!

A day late, but Happy Thanksgiving everyone in the United States, and I hope everyone else in the world and a great day as well! I totally fell short on "twenty two days of posting things I am thankful for!", but I'm adding one more because I had meant to post this on Thanksgiving pretty much right from the start.

I am incredibly thankful for my amazing friends and my wonderful family! Seriously, you all helped carry me through some very rough times, and I'm so glad to have you in my life. {{{{hugs}}}} Thank you!

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Thanksgiving comes first

Day 8 - I am thankful for lovely friends and the chance to share lots of finger foods, drink wine (if you're into that, which I am not, but I am still thankful that my friends were able to let loose) and eat entirely too much.

Went to one of my co-worker's house last night for a Girls Night. There was lots of cheese and Mystery Wine tasting (I did actually do the tasting) and discussions varying from Health Issues As A Direct Result of Being a Girl, lots of wine talk, hair styling, some college football team that several of them were very big fans of, how Joyce really hates her new fridge, and a tour of their very recently remodeled house. I was PMSing and rather tired, so I didn't say much myself, but I still had a very good time munching and listening to the other girl's stories. We got home at 11:30, and as Beth and I had been awake since 4ish, promptly crashed, and then I slept in until 8 this morning. It was very nice.

Also, five more days (including today, as it is still "morning", so I counted it) until I get to go home for Thanksgiving!
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Things that make me \o/ today:

* It's Thursday, which is *almost* Friday, which means I am that much closer to the weekend

* As of today, there is one month until I go to GSA, one month an 18 days until I get to go home for TWO WHOLE WEEKS, and around three months and 8 days until I might be going down to Vegas to visit Cristin for an extended weekend (still haven't bought plane tickets, hence the 'around' BUT I WILL SOON, HONEST!)

* My Barnes and Nobel order arrived last night, so I have new books to read! (this one gets a Double \o/)

* New Bones tonight! I don't geek over it like I used to, but honestly, it really does brighten up my Thursday. At least for now; we're only two episodes in to the season, so I still reserve the right to get disappointed.

* You all remember that shirt I bought and was all "Yay, I love this shirt! Boo, the shoulders are too tight" about a month or two ago? (I'd link the entry, but it still takes Anything Live Journal at least 10 minutes to load here at work for some reason) Well, I went and actually found a clothing alteration place and they told me it was indeed possible to alter it so it didn't fit so tight in my arms and shoulders, all I needed was some fabric they could add. I took it in last week and got it back Tuesday AND I AM WEARING IT TODAY, YAY! It still is a tiny bit tight in the shoulders - those, alas, are incredibly difficult to alter - but adding an extra inch and a half or so to the sleeves means I can now reach above shoulder level without feeling like I'm going to rip a seam. Hurrah!

* Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks FTW


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