Personal Update: 2009

Posted in Music, Personal on January 2nd, 2012 by p14nd4


I just want to get this out of the way: I am not good at updating my blog; I know this. For anyone who actually cares (approximately zero people), I’m sorry for that. I’ve had various approaches to working around this problem in the past, most recently being an attempt to just write as much as I can in one shot, picking up wherever I last left off. As of my last such post on April 1, 2010, that meant I was about a year and a half behind current events; as of now, I’m a bit more than three years overdue. I started writing a more extensive blog post about early 2009 back in late 2010, so I’ve got a fair amount of detail there, but that’s hopefully where it ends. It drives me a little crazy to do this, but I’m going to try to cover the first two of those years in about four paragraphs (after the extra detail for early 2009), and then spend a little more time writing about 2011 as it draws to a close.

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Late Summer / Fall 2008

Posted in General, Personal on April 1st, 2010 by p14nd4

In addition to hanging out a ton with existing friends, I also started meeting some new people. I joined OKCupid, at the recommendation of a friend, so met some folks that way (yes, it’s a dating site, and I did go on some dates, but didn’t really have the spark and excitement with any of those people that I need to date someone. I am happy to report that I am still friends with at least a couple people from there, though. Additionally, the fact that I was hanging out with everyone I knew meant that I met friends’ friends, too, including a few particularly noteworthy people: John K (met via high school classmate John B), Marta D (met via college friend Matt E), Rachael T (met via high school friend Courtney S), and Mary P (met via college friend Naomi K).

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Spring 2007 – Summer 2008

Posted in General, Personal, Travel on November 3rd, 2009 by p14nd4

Alright! I concede! I am never going to get this blog up to date at the rate I’m going / in the depth that I typically provide, so this is my compromise. I’m going to forgo looking back on email records, facebook messages, and photos, and just recap some of the major highlights that stick out in my memory, hazy though it may be. (Give me a break; this post starts with events that occurred over two years ago.)

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New Blog

Posted in General, Personal on August 1st, 2005 by p14nd4

I have a new blog (old blog was here, btw), now hosted on my own server. I set it up as a "fun project" while I was at work last week. I know it’s been a while since I updated, but as you’re probably aware, I’m fairly lazy, coupled with the fact that I’m also quite busy between getting up for work around 7 AM M-F, biking ~30 minutes downtown since my work moved to the Warehouse District in Downtown Minneapolis.

[Aside] I’m generally displeased with the move for a number of reasons.

  • My commute changed from a bike ride of about seven minutes to about 30 (this is particularly bad when it’s ~90° F outside).
  • I lost my private office, and now am not only out among annoying people, but my back is about 5′ from my boss’s office door.
  • I lost my free underground parking (there’s no parking by the building, actually; several people are probably paying a couple hundred dollars per month to buy a spot … great plan whoever decided to move here).
  • I lost my 24/7 building access. (While this hasn’t been a problem yet, I’ve definitely made midnight stops at the office to fix things multiple times in the past, so thils will suck.)
  • Three people bring their dogs in to work on a regular basis. One of them urinates, poops, vomits, and has diarrhea on the carpet on a regular basis, and no one seems to scold the dog in any way. On the contrary, they just take the dog for a walk after it messes up the carpet. Apparently they didn’t bother to pay attention to basic conditioning techniques in intro psych :'(. It’s incredibly frustrating (and disgusting). P.S. I’m allergic to dogs.
  • The server room at the new office is tiny, has very little power, no ventilation or lighting, and overall sucks compared to its counterpart at the old office.
  • Someone stole my LCD (flat panel) during the move. Now I’m stuck on a crappy CRT (regular monitor) at 1024×768. It hurts my head.
  • I think the closest Chipotle is slightly farther away than the previous location

On the other hand, there have been a few mild benefits.

  • My mid-day commute T-Th to and from class has been cut from ~35 minutes each way to ~15 minutes.
  • My commute from work to Adrianne‘s house is down from ~35 minutes to ~15.

But yeah, overall, not tremendously pleased with the move. [/Aside]

My class ends this coming week, so I have a final on Thursday. Right now I’m on track for a B, with which I would be completely satisfied. For better or for worse, the final is worth 37% of my grade, so if nothing else, there’s some pressure on my performance for it.

Anyway, I really meant to make this a really short entry. And while by my standards this still is unbelievably short, I need to edit and publish a ~6-page article for my web site before I go to bed. I kind of, uh, haven’t started that yet, and wrote this instead of working on that. Getting up at 7 AM sucks, mmkay? Particularly after staying up until ~2 AM on a regular basis. Oh, I get to move into Riverbend (2) in two weeks, which is pretty cool. It’s in the middle of campus, has a kitchen, my own private bedroom, air conditioning, etc. It should be pretty alright.

Bah, I’m getting more distracted. Make sure to check out my photos from my trip to Alaska, if you haven’t done so already. I’ll see y’all later.

I’m Baaaack

Posted in General, Personal on May 20th, 2005 by p14nd4

Well, I’m back for the summer. More specifically, I’m back living at my parents’ house in Saint Louis Park, MN, and I’m back working full time at alwaysBEthere. I can think of two notable changes since last summer, though: I’m not going out with Amanda any more (see the extremely brief explanation here), and I’m taking a summer class. I’ll elaborate on those later.


I moved back this past Saturday, which actually took considerably longer than I anticipated … but I’m glad that I made a trip of stuff home Friday night. After moving my stuff out and getting back to campus, Brad (my roommate) and I had about 20 minutes to de-loft my bed, try to put the screen back in the window, and clean the entire room (including vacuuming, washing the bathroom, walls, desks, etc.). We didn’t quite finish in the allotted 20 minutes, but our RA was flexible with our check-out, so we finished about 30 (more) minutes later, and I think we did a fairly good job (with a few exceptions). We weren’t able to actually get the screen back in the window how it’s supposed to go (believe me, it’s quite difficult … imagine the scene from Apollo 13 when they need to make the square filter fit in the circular hole … that’s how I felt). We ended up taking pretty much the same approach that they did in the movie: duct tape. Yes. We duct taped our screen into the window opening. And, on the subject of duct tape, Brad couldn’t get the duct tape residue off the door from something he had put up, but I’ll just make him pay, if we get charged for something that stupid (it is his fault).

Eh, anyway, after moving my stuff out, and cleaning the room, and helping Brad move a few things, I was ready to head home … though not having a car, I was in the same position as last year, of biking home. While biking from campus to my parents’ house is not entirely undesirable (I’ve done it on several occasions … only around 13 miles ~ 45 minutes), I didn’t even have my bike on campus, and it had been raining off and on all day. Anyway, my bike was at Adrianne’s new house in downtown Minneapolis, so I headed to the bus stop. Conveniently enough, it started pouring rain about a minute after I headed out, but I love the rain, so that wasn’t particularly bad, either. After busing downtown, and walking to Adrianne’s house, I caught her just as she was making a trip from the U-Haul to the house, and consequently ended up getting to A. meet her parents, and B. help move all her stuff from the U-Haul to the house, then from the dorm the U-Haul, and then again from the U-Haul to the house. It was tasty. Oh, and then I didn’t even end up biking home–her parents dropped me and my bike off at my house on their way down to Ikea. I promptly collapsed on my basement couch and proceeded to watch TV for about four hours :-).

Jumping back to the past semester…

So, basically I haven’t written anything on here for a semester. (Sorry. I know you’re all devastated.) I’m quite confident this was my most difficult semester yet. Between one particularly crappy computer science course (Csci2031 – Introduction to Numerical Computing), two crappy computer science professors (<thick Russian accent>Eugene Schragowitz</accent> was one, a senile eastern European man who hasn’t taught the course since about 1970, and was actually an electrical engineering guy, not computer science, and Victoria Interrante, a quiet middle-aged lady who can’t teach this stuff in a classroom, but admittedly made the class markedly easier than it was rumored to have been in past semesters), and the crappiest theater TA in all history (ah, Barrett, what a crazy bastard), it was … bad. Wednesdays became my night of no sleep, due to ~8-hour-long csci2031 assignments (the class was really math, just listed as csci) followed by weekly papers in my introductory theater course. Mind you, none of the other sections had these papers … only Barrett (my section’s TA) felt inclined to assign two papers per week, versus roughly one every four weeks for other sections. Despite my complaints about him, though, I did end up pulling my only A this semester in his class (it was a lot of work, though).

I started my other csci course (csci2021) off with >100%, so I was particularly stoked for that class, but kinda bombed the last coding lab, written assignment, and final, so only ended up with a B. I also feel kind of guilty, because the last stuff in the class is some of the stuff that’s probably most applicable to my future potential career (and is the content I learned the least well).

Film study was a pretty neutral course, as far as my expectations went. Per my general expectation for classes (and more so non-IT courses), I didn’t read the textbook, and pretty easily BSed the ~four papers and tests for an A- in the class. Some of the films we had to watch were annoying and painful (ex: Birth of a Nation), but at least my future film viewing isn’t scarred by my new knowledge, as they insisted it would be (don’t worry: I knew from the start that I would resist).

Spring Break / Breakup

Also, not related to classes, but still sticking with the sub-heading theme of the past semester, is spring break. While stereotypically a time for insane trips to some ocean beach, excessive drinking and partying, I was perfectly content to stay on campus. Amanda (my girlfriend at the time) was just finishing up a week out west skiing when the beginning of spring break swung around (yes, she’d skipped the week before spring break to go skiing), and was planning on stopping back on campus for a couple days, and then we were going to head to her house for the last half of break. She left a day early, which essentially meant that I couldn’t go with her.

While I didn’t say anything at the time (or to anyone since then), I kind of viewed that as the fatal mistake that was a make or break point in the relationship (for a couple reasons). First, I think we’d been growing apart somewhat before then … and had just finished not having seen each other for a week, and it felt kind of like she was saying "eh, I don’t really feel like spending time with you." Secondly, by then staying on campus for the rest of the week, I spent pretty much every day (well, "day" in the loose sense … 7 PM – 7 AM or so was my day) with Adrianne. It’s not like I decided during spring break, "Oh, hey, I’m gonna get with Adrianne," but it would be a stupid lie to claim that I didn’t get closer to her during that time. I think the week solidified what I really already knew … that Amanda and I weren’t the same as we used to be … we didn’t hang out as much, didn’t have much fun together, hardly talked, etc.

I won’t claim that I handled myself as well as I would’ve liked during the week after spring break. The first time I saw Amanda after she got back from break was late Saturday night; I’d been at a party with Adrianne and a bunch of that friend group, with whom I’d also been spending more time, and randomly had been wearing shorts without pockets, so consequently wasn’t carrying my cell phone. (In hindsight, this would’ve looked pretty horrible from Amanda’s perspective … she couldn’t reach me by phone, after calling half a dozen times, and then ran into me partying with another (intoxicated) chick. That part was just a crappy coincidence, though.) Anyway, back to my not handling myself well… It just sounds like I’m making excuses (in my head, that’s how this sounds, anyway), but I feel that I’ve always been pretty bad/uncomfortable/awkward at mixing different parts of my life … knowing how to act when two generally independent parties are present. So, I pretty much said "Hey" to her, and then continued to devote my attention to the group I was with. She later came back and tried to hang out with us (she didn’t know any of the other people) … she didn’t say anything to me … I didn’t say anything to her … it was … awkward.

The rest of the week didn’t go much better, despite my conscious decision to try to forget about everything else, and give us another chance to improve (note that I silently decided this, rather than talking to Amanda about it … gj David). Sunday evening I finally decided that it wasn’t a good choice to string the relationship out any further, so I talked to Amanda, told her how I felt about what’d been happening in our relationship, and said that I didn’t think our relationship was going to work out any more. I’m too professional/calculating with my speech, so it probably came out about the same as it sounds when management tells someone they’re being "let go" instead of fired, my wording was that the relationship isn’t going to work out any more instead of breaking up/dumping. She actually ended up keeping me there while she read a few more pages from some book before responding, which was (again) … awkward … then I left after a while. I felt like crap, and crawled into bed (clothed) and fell asleep for a couple hours, woke up, and posted the news on here … and started talking to Adrianne.


So if you haven’t figured it out by now, this mysterious woman of whom I’ve spoken so much has managed to really captivate me over the past months. Although I met her first semester, through a mutual friend, and she actually stayed at my house for a week during winter break (which did make it into my Blog, if you’ve kept up), we talked and hung out considerably more second semester (particularly, as I mentioned above, during spring break). She’s really amazing in more ways than I could say, but I’ll try anyways. When I first met her, she came off as being a fairly quiet person, but had the most beautiful smile and fun laugh. I tried to make an effort to get her to open up a bit more with fairly limited success, but at least she kept hanging around (though, I’ll never quite be sure if that was for the company or for the big-screen Alias :-)). After I got to know her better, she really opened up, and turned out to be tremendously energetic and talkative. On several occasions we stayed up all night talking about who knows what nonsense, but it was fun. I discovered fairly quickly that Adrianne’s nearly as indecisive as I am, but she pushes me to improve that little by little, which is probably good. When we were at school, at least, we could both generally decide on playing pool late at night easily enough, though. Despite her claims of being horrible, and my rocking, she manages to win enough times to leave me unconvinced. I fear that I’m rambling without focus, though, so I’ll stop that for a while.

Anyway, after hanging out and talking with increasing frequency, it was apparent one night, while we were playing pool (of course), that something was on her mind. After some prodding, she told me that she needed to make a decision by midnight, which was troubling her. She didn’t volunteer any more information about it, so I figured it wasn’t really my place to pry. After she missed her deadline, I suggested that I could try to help her make her decision, which actually turned out to be more than one decision. After some vague discussion, I felt that the situation might have something to do with me, though her unclear description of the quandary and discussion of a second individual confused me considerably (along with the fact that she had some decision to make about me…huh?). By that point, I knew that I had feelings for her, but <gasp> I doubted myself. (Well, I was unsure how she felt about me, which wasn’t helped by the fact that she presumably had to make some decision regarding me. "What kind of big decision does she have to make? Is she deciding whether or not she likes me? Wtf’s up with the second part of the decision? Is she picking between me and someone else? How bizarre…" These were the types of things that went through my head, while she was "deciding.") She finally decided (around 2 AM, I believe, although she wouldn’t announce the decision), and eventually suggested that we go drop the pool equipment off in my room, which we did.

After a brief elevator fiasco (yes, I’m calling it a fiasco), we dropped the stuff off in my room, and were interrupted by my roommate yelling something from his room. She seemed frazzled by his presence, so I suggested we go elsewhere to talk, which ended up being the men’s bathroom down the hall. She dropped a couple hints in the bathroom, but nothing came from that, other than some people throwing things at the window (from outside), prompting us to relocate yet again. I suggested her room (a single), to which she seemed agreeable. After we talked about nothing for a few minutes, I decided to just kiss her, but apparently revealed my musing state through my expression, prompting her question "what’re you thinking about?" After pausing, I decided to simply tell the truth about what I was thinking; she smiled, and we had our first kiss, in the early morning of April 10th (which I’ve unofficially decided to use as an ‘anniversary’ date).

Anyway, school’s out, but that’s ok, because she’s living in a house near downtown Minneapolis for the year. Last summer pretty much sucked a lot, but I think there’s a good chance that Adrianne being here will help make this summer considerably better :-).

This coming summer…

Unfortunately, I can’t just sit around in my boxers all summer (like I have been doing for the past week). I’m starting my fifth summer at alwaysBEthere (holy crap) as an IT generalist. I can never really predict what I’ll be working on there, but there’s a moderate chance it’s setting up various random servers. Most unfortunately, I’m apparently supposed to go back to the absolutely horrible method of time and project reporting, essentially translating to my documenting every single block of time throughout the workday, all of which must be associated with specific email-assigned projects, and must then be approved by the respective project managers at the end of each day, and approved by my boss every two weeks. I also turned down a considerably easier, less stressful, equally or better paying job because an unemployed friend guilted me into letting him have it (though he’s markedly less qualified for the position than I am) :'(. I feel like such a tool.

In addition to working, I’m also taking a summer class at the university (computer science … csci4011) three days a week, during the middle of the workday. To compound matters, I don’t have a car, which means I bus/bike to/from the class and work. Le sigh.

Lastly, I put in the request for time off for the Alaskan cruise I also was guilted into doing (with my family). I have to take off a week and a half from work and class to sit on a boat without internet, friends, girlfriend, and with my family. On top of that, I really want to make my fourth annual trip to Wisconsin to visit my friend and business partner there, and attend some of Summerfest, but that will be yet another ~5 days off work (and a week of class). Needless to say, in a summer of about three months, two and a half weeks is a considerable chunk of time to take off. Ugh.

Anyway, I’m sure there’s a tremendous amount that I’ve forgotten to include, and a tremendous amount that I have included, and shouldn’t have, but I’m going to wrap this up regardless. It’s currently 5:04 AM, Friday morning. I started this around 11:30 PM last night, after showering, and haven’t gotten out of my towel yet. (No, that’s not to say that I wrote for 5.5 hours straight, but I have been working on and off for quite a while.) I’m supposed to be up before noon tomorrow (er, today) to buy some shoes, and hopefully find something fun to do in the evening. I definitely have to go in to work on Monday, so I should wrap my lethargy up this weekend, and maybe even try to get on a slightly better sleep/waking schedule, since my work probably wants me in between 8 AM and 6 PM, not the other way around. Hopefully I’ll have a little time this summer to drop a few updates in here, and hopefully they can get back to the somewhat humorous roots from which they originated.

I’ll leave you with this closing exchange that sums up my feelings about the O.C. quite well, I thought:

<jidai> anyone get the OC season finale?
<p14nd4> thank god

Work Blog!

Posted in General, Personal on August 17th, 2004 by p14nd4

Photos from my vacation to Michigan (explained later)

Why yes, it has been quite a while since I’ve blogged. I told you all that once I missed my first entry, the blog would be doomed to just get worse and worse, until I stopped blogging altogether. People keep asking me if I’ve given up on blogging, and I keep explaining that I haven’t given up, I just haven’t blogged in a very long time. In addition to this being my first post in a long while, this is my inaugural entry from work. I probably won’t write much about work, but I’m here, so I suppose you’re getting a taste of my day at work :-P.

I’ve been fairly busy over the past few weeks, I think. I’ve already explained how horribly my memory of the previous day is, so my memory of the past weeks is laughable. As of right now, I can only think of three things worth mentioning in my blog, and my confidence of being able to remember them in a few minutes is so low that I’ve written them down as a reminder. Thankfully, though, I’m cool enough to use my phone to keep a schedule of some things I do (to remind me I have to do them), so I can use that to spark my memory of some things I’ve done. (I can hear you all sighing with relief.) I’ll work from oldest to most recent.

Monday, August 02

After work, I had to go over to my grandmother’s house to physically set up a computer I’d ordered and configured for her. I had to leave work early to transfer files from her old computer to the new computer, prior to going there to set it up. The old computer was majorly f-ed up, so that took longer than it should have, but I’m a genius, so I got it done. I had a little get-together to attend after that, so I didn’t want to stick around too long, but my grandmother can never seem to resist an opportunity to give me food, so I had some pie and ice cream, and then moved on to my next event for the evening.

A friend, Sara Buffie, was having some people over to her house for a casual get-together/bonfire. I was pretty hungry, and the best she could do for food was NutriGrain bars. They were alright, but they certainly didn’t hit the spot like half a pizza or an omelette would have. I hung out there until 12:30 AM or so, and I don’t remember what happened after that, but it presumably involved sleep at some point.

Wednesday, August 04

I had a 7:15 AM meeting scheduled for that morning, but was notified around 6:45 that one of my bosses was MIA, so the meeting was canceled (abut the other 8:00 AM meeting was still on). I used the extra time to bike to the post office where a package was being held for me (a few miles the opposite direction of my work). When I finally got there, I was told the package was actually being held at another post office, another few miles out of my way. I was already tired of biking, and didn’t have loads of extra time, so I skipped that extra detour, and just headed in to work. It was horribly annoying to have wasted an entire morning/trip for nothing, but I know it was good exercise, so it wasn’t all bad.

Thursday, August 05

I don’t remember anything that really happened during the day on Thursday, but I know that I left work around 4:15 or so, because I had to go home and pack for my trip to visit Amanda (my girlfriend) in Michigan :-D. I left with Brad (friend from school, roommate for this upcoming year) Thursday around 6:30 for Iron Mountain, which is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I think we made the trip in about 5 hours (an hour less than the estimate we were given), and only drove past two turns (it was dark). I don’t think much happened after we got there, other than setting up beds (pull-out couch and futon mattress on the floor) and sleeping. It’s very hard to describe how nice it is to see one’s girlfriend for the first time in about a month, but sufficed to say, I was happy to see her.

Friday, August 06

I got my hair cut Friday morning.

This was not just any haircut, though. This was the first haircut of any kind I’d had in almost exactly one year, the first real haircut I’d willingly gone to since about 9th grade in High School, the first salon I’d ever willingly gone to, and the first haircut I’ve ever had decided by committee–that is, Amanda and Brad sat through the haircut and gave suggestions for what to do. It was a very…interesting…experience. They ended up gelling up my hair and such, which wasn’t what I was expecting, and I had no intention of maintaining that particular style, but I’m sure I said it was great anyway.

We went swimming, jet-skiing, tubing, and wake-boarding later that afternoon, which was pretty cool. We were at this kid’s house, that Amanda knows, who’s 15 or 16 or something, but he had a really killer drum set. My reputation preceded me, so the kid wanted me to play some, but I declined the opportunity since I haven’t played for ~2+ years. (Although I’ve yearned to play on several occasions, that wasn’t quite the situation I was looking for, to make my big come-back.) After we left, I think we went back to Amanda’s house for some burgers and corn, and then headed out to "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle." It was a pretty funny, in a pot-head/stupid sense. After the movie, we headed out to Walmart where I picked up some rockin’ aviator’s (sunglasses), and then swung by Little Ceaser’s for a $5 pizza (what a totally awesome deal, by the way).

Saturday, August 07

We got up Saturday morning and departed to Marquette, Michigan, which is an hour and a half north, or so, from Iron Mountain, but the drive went quickly. We spent pretty much the entire day hiking around the rocks/shore of Lake Superior. It’s quite beautiful, and I had a great time. It would seem that I’m either getting younger or older, though, because I got so tired after we got back into the car and drove for a while…I needed my afternoon nap ;).

At some point after we returned, we met up with Marissa (she was very proud of her free pants), and headed over to some local Battle of the Bands concert. A number of the bands sucked (the lead guitarist of one band even forgot how one of their songs went), but some had some good components. One band had a really good drummer, and another had a really awesome guitarist (whose guitar should have been louder), so I think there should be some reorganization to form a good band, but I have my doubts if anyone else will catch on to my genius plans. (The band with the really good guitarist won, since I’m sure you were all dying of curiosity.)

We went to some crappy party afterwards, where I didn’t know anyone other than the people I came with (perhaps due at least in part to the fact that I was two states away from my home and school…but who can really say for sure?). Brad was trying to get his thang on with Marissa, but got shut down, which made for an unhappy drunk Brad, but I think he went to bed pretty soon thereafter.

Sunday, August 08

We all slept in a bit on Sunday, but went out for brunch with Amanda’s mother and sister. We had a lengthy discussion about the regionally specific usage of the words cabin, camp, and cottage, to describe what everyone else (well, Minnesota, anyhow) just calls a cabin. After brunch, Amanda, Brad, and I went up to the top of the ski jump (the really tall kind, like they use in the Olympics) by her house. It was pretty sweet up there (and windy), but it’s too bad it was a bit hazy, so we couldn’t see as far as possible. I’ll live.

After that, we went to meet up with Autumn (another friend of Amanda), and then headed out to some woods/trails place. We hiked around for a while by a river with some rapids, and such. We actually hiked a ways in, but didn’t stay all that long. I think we kind of randomly drove around for a while, dropped Autumn back off at her house, ate some stuff, and went to a water-ski show. The highlights of that show were some pretty cool jumps, and two people who dressed up in a moose costume, and danced. (I have a picture of the moose, and video of the moose dance and some water-ski jumps.)

After the water-skiing show, we hooked back up with Autumn (now accompanied by two friends), and ended up going to Casey’s (some guy I don’t know) house to hang out. When I heard the name Casey, though, I could visualize Luke Wilson in that 70’s show as Casey Kelso, but I couldn’t put my finger on who it was, or what show it was (I thought it was a movie), at the time. It was quite frustrating, but damn, I finally figured it out! Anyway, Casey (the guy, not the character) was a cool enough guy…we watched some movie, talked, etc. We left around 11:45 or something, because Casey had to work the next morning (eeek, I have to work tomorrow morning, too), but headed back to Autumn’s house.

I’ll skip a bit, because I’m trying to wrap this up in the next eight minutes, but Autumn said she’d come visit us around the beginning of school, Brad wanted a hug from Amanda and me, we got some frozen pizza, and we went to bed.

Monday, August 09

We got up, packed, picked up some Subway (I’m only a couple sandwiches short of getting a free footlong :-D), and ate lunch at a beach with Autumn. Then Brad wanted to go to a dollar store to pick up some sunglasses, which ended up getting us stuck in the store for a while because it was raining horribly outside for quite a while (20′ visibility, perhaps?). Brad ran to the car first, and the proceeded to lock me out of the car for a bit, while I was standing in the pouring rain (thanks again, by the way). We left Michigan around 3:15, got back to my house around 8:15, ate some pizza, and Brad headed back down to Rochester, MN.

The rest

The rest of last week was kind of a blur, again (and I’m rushing to get to bed), but there are a few major points. I officially realized I’d spent over $20 in the soda machine at my work (gone through two $10 rolls of quarters, plus whatever else I’d put in), which was a nice milestone. I finished watching the entire series of Scrubs, which I’d started a week or two before. And lastly, I went to a movie with Betsy, my ex-girlfriend, and a mutual friend, Carley. I haven’t done anything with her since late last August, or so, shortly before we broke up, and we hadn’t talked a whole lot, either. I still feel pretty bad/sad about that whole situation from time to time (a few songs, in particular, are triggers), and as I told Amanda (after she asked me such a horribly baited/loaded question) I do still miss Betsy, so it was good to see her again, despite it being a bit awkward (for me, anyhow). It was a very random invitation, but it was nice.


Since I probably won’t get to this again for a while, I’ll try to fill in upcoming events.

I have a 7:45 AM meeting tomorrow (er, today…dammit!), then meeting with a friend in the evening, to order a computer, which I may or may not also "get" to assemble/install. Amanda (my girlfriend) is done with work after Thursday, so she’s coming to visit me for a weekend, starting Friday. I move back to my dorm on Sunday, August 29th, in the afternoon/evening (YES!), and the Scrubs season premier is Tuesday, August 31st (don’t miss it). That covers my schedule for the next few weeks. And no, I’m not giving up on blogging, I’m just being realistic by saying that I probably won’t post for a while ;-).

Enjoy. Let’s do something before I go back to school (my treat…maybe).