Sunday, September 28, 2008

Force Unleashed

Friday started off with Mouse, our cat, still hoarking. Jen was worried that there was blood in the fluid. I called off so that we could take her to the vet. We are lucky that our vet's office can work us in at short notice. Mouse is doing fine. I'm not sure what was wrong, but I'm glad that she's feeling better. Jen believes that it is the Pepcid that the doctor gave her helped her out. What ever it was I'm glad it worked.

Jen asked me to do some work on the house for her Partylite party next week. I got all pissy at the Pizza Hut. How dare she ask me to work when I'd taken the day off. I came home and got some stuff done. What I really did was work on the comic books and the books to get them sorted and start to figure out where we need to put stuff. Man, I had NO IDEA we'd had all those books in the living room. Still, over the course of the next week I'm sure that we'll get everything sorted out. When I went to pick Jen up I stopped in to grab a soda at hospital gift shop. The gal there is nice and friendly and we were chatting about life. She mentioned the other day that she is an art major, I told her that we knew an art major at MU and it turns out that she knows Suavo, they had a class together.

Saturday woke up early. I'm not sure how early she was up, but she was up and reading. Sadly, as usual as I was waking up she was going back to sleep. I slept until 1000. It was a bit scary I'd slept for nearly 12 hours. I'm thinking I was a bit closer to ill than I thought. We went out for lunch at D&G's and then stopped by Gerbe's to grab snacks. Then we headed over to Danny and Elaine's house. We were playing Exalted. We had a good time it went past midnight. We didn't get to sleep until 0230.

Jen was up at 0730. The stress from her temporary position is starting to effect her! I wish there was something I could do to help her. I'm trying to be supportive and helpful, but I don't think it is doing so well, to wit she's waking up way too early on the weekend. I joined Jen out in the living room. While we were watching some taped telly I asked Jen if she was coming with to Suavo's house. I mentioned that if she wanted to stay home, I'm sure that Suavo would understand. I don't think he was too happy, but understood that Jen wasn't duffing out on him, but needed to be close to home. David and I were the only two who showed. I forgot to bring the Kung-Fu coasters but remembered to tell him about the lady from the gift shop.

We played The Force Unleashed and Suavo kicked my arse all over the place in the duel mode. I have to say I showed my unsavory side. I don't like loosing and it doesn't help that Suavo is younger, smarter and more coordinated as well as knowing the system. I finally started gaining on him, but it took most of the afternoon and playing the actual story portion of the game for a while. If you read this man, I owe you Sauvo! I loved it.

I called my sister on the way home. We talked for nearly an hour. Then I called my folks. The conversation was short and tense, but not surprising given all that is going on right now. Not my story to tell. If you know great, if not you probably don't need to know.

The coming week promises to be interesting. Ani DiFranco is playing the Missouri Theatre on Tuesday night. Good times. I'll have to ask Jen how many times we've seen her now. Wednesday I'll have to call and get us tickets to the Wolf Howl by Laurell K Hamilton. Laurell (Look at me acting like I know her well enough to call her by her first name!)hosts a benefit for the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center in the autumn and the spring. We've been to 5 so far and this will be our sixth.

Then at the end of the month is Itzhak Perlman. Plus, I'm hoping to have money to go see Rodney Carrington when he plays Columbia and also The Dropkick Murphys when they play The Blue Note.

I hope that you all have a great week.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The ups and downs of life

The past week at work has just FLOWN by. I'm struggling with making what I do matter, to me or anyone else. I know that the work I do is important, it really is. Sadly it is monotonous and repetitive. I spend most of my day trying to make myself pay attention.

I'm not doing well at keeping my mind sharp. I need to start writing ever day. I need to get a gym so that I start putting my body in order. Once you've taken a look at the pictures of me, then you'll see what a monumental task it is. Yes, I've very self-deprecating. I don't know why i am this way, but now it is how I deal with the world. I have no reason to feel so insecure and any more, I just don't care to find out.

These are the four things I'm going to work on for the coming year: write more, get healthier (eat better and exercise more), bring the finances into order and being more forgiving of my work. Sounds so ambitious and more than a bit arrogant when I see it on the screen here. Still, that is my goal.

Friday night David was home as Danny was ill. Jen and I hung out and watched television. We took care of some of the stuff we'd taped.

Saturday I woke up as Jen was coming back to bed. She's still waking up early and hanging out. Sadly, this puts a crimp in her day. I went out and took care of the "icky" running around for the day: Bank, Bills, Pharmacy. I came back and Jen was still asleep. I played a game of Ages of Empire II on the computer, the first time I've done that for quite a while. Jen came out while I was playing, after David had gotten up and left for the day. I took a shower and we went out and ate at D&G's. We then went and saw Tropic Thunder. I must say, Jen may a GREAT call on this one. I haven't laughed like that in quite a while. The film was hitting all the right notes. We then came home and watched some television. Then I came home and called my Dad. We talked about everything and anything and not about the woes they are currently experiencing. Then Jen and I watched Lucky You, what can I say I' a sucker for happy endings plus it is Drew Barrymore.

The highlight of Saturday was the Chicago Cubs clinching the National League central division.

Sunday I woke up as Jen was coming back to bed. She was awake at an ungodly hour again. I went out the living room and to check my games on myspace and as I was coming back to bed Jen was falling asleep. I came back out and played Champions of Norrath for a while and then put in Resident Evil 4. I was doing well and I remember why I have a PS2. I love figuring things out. Honestly, it is what I love about programming. I love knowing that I have the tools to fix a problem and I love the feeling when I solve it.

Jen and I watched Blood Diamond. WOW..I'm surprised that they managed to actually produce this film. It is wonderful, in that I'm glad I saw it now make the nightmare stop sort of way. Besides it has Jennifer Connelly in it.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday stuff

I'm still having trouble keeping up on my handwritten diary. Still, I'll keep plugging away. I'm taking part of today to work on some writing. I'm hoping to accomplish something other than pages that I'm not happy with.

I'm attempting to change the direction of my writing here. I feel that I always complain and talk about how my life isn't going well. I don't think that this truly is the case. I use this as a place to rant and rave about what I think is going on in the world. Part of what I do is try to communicate the things in my life that are frustrating me. In the end these are the things that I'm trying to work on for me. The things that frustrate me are my lack of writing and inventiveness, my inertia at work, the arrogance that I feel about knowing that I'm better than where I am and lastly my lack of accomplishment in my personal life.

Overall, there is nothing wrong with my life. I am very comfortable and am just about making ends meet. Hey, if you aren't living beyond means in this day and age you aren't an American. So, I come here and bitch to the mass about what isn't going right in my life. Ultimately, I'm the master of my own destiny. I am the one responsible for making sure that I do anything with my life.

This was a short week at work. I don't know why but the short week always seems to be longer. I got through it okay. I manged to solve a problem with an Excel worksheet that I've been thinking about. It was not the elegant solution that I'd hoped to achieve, but I did mange to get it resolved. I had my usual Friday lunch date with Brian, my old boss, we don't do much just go up to El Jimador and have lunch. Poor Jen, her boss had her last day on Friday. We all met up at Chevy's. I wasn't too impressed, honestly.

I left work, forgetting the short story collection I'm reading, and headed for the restaurant. I arrived and didn't see Jen. I'm not sure how long I was truly there, but I'm guesstimating an hour. I sat and talked to Jen's coworker Larry and his wife Candy. We had a nice time. I was at the far end from Jen's boss. One of the doctor's showed up, he seemed nice and very quiet. Jen finally arrived, the lady who'd brought her over to restaurant had taken her over to her house to get her girls. The side trip had taken a bit more than either of the expect. No big deal, but I was a bit worried until she arrived. We had dinner, I had my second Tex-Mex meal of the day. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't good. We stayed much later than I'd expected to. I know that I had had a good time and I'm fairly sure Jen did too. We came home and read for a bit.

Saturday we got up. Jen had been up since 0500. We read for a bit and then I went out to watch some telly while Jen got a few extra zees. I played around on the computer and watched Stargate: Atlantis. Jen got up and was moving around. We went out to the comic book store and over to Golden Corral to eat. We cruised home and hung out for a bit. Then went to the Wal-Mart on Grindstone Parkway. Then it was time to head over to Danny and Elaine's for our weekly game, this week was Rifts.

Elaine's best friend Merill was in from Saint Louis. Elaine's daughter Grace was prepping to go out to a wedding reception. Jen and I set up and got our characters ready. I have to say to don't think anyone was really into the game, but I had a good time. It was mostly us all talking, but it was fun. Danny it is a good GM and managed to run a game on the fly. We came home and crashed.

Today is mostly just watching telly, Balls of Fury and Crank for the most part and the Cubs game in the background. Jen has gotten me hooked on a new Myspace application. It is called Heroes and it is a bit addictive. We've been playing it back and forth.

I hope that you have a better one.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor day?

So here it is ages since my last post. I still don't have my handwritten journal caught up. I don't know why I'm such a slacker, truly I don't. But, I'm trying that is all I can say.

The last week has been okay at work. I've gotten the impression that my supervisor, in her own inimitable way, is trying to encourage me to move on to bigger and better things, especially outside of the agency. I can't help but feel that she's attempting to help me out, but I'm not sure how comfortable I am about moving. I'm not bragging her, but I earn around $14/hr plus benefits. I don't know that I can go anywhere else and start over with those sort of numbers. The state is good to me, even if I'm feeling stuck in my position.

Friday night was nice. David was home, his weekly 7th Seas game was canceled due to school starting. That meant he was tooling around at home. Jen and I hung out on the couch and watched telly for a while. When the time for food came around, much later than I would have liked, we went out to Taco Bell. We came home and ate.

Saturday we got up and lounged around for a while. We got up and took care of some errands and then went to the D&G Pizzeria, it is in the same family as the D&G Steakhouse that we like, but it is a new location. It was good. I'm glad that my waitress had a nice arse, because her personality left something to be desired and she was a bit of an airhead. Still Jen and I had a good meal. Then we cruised by the comic book store. We chatted with Jim and Bob for a while. We cruised home and relaxed. Then ran by Wal-Mart to grab some snacks for the Exalted game at Danny and Elaine's. We were a bit late, but hey what else is new.

Sunday was over at George's for D&D. We got up and stopped off at a Moser's for snacks. We showed up at George's and settled in. Jim was there and was mostly human, I know I was surprised too. Adam brought his girlfriend over to play. I was quite surprised and pleased to have an infusion of double X chromosomes into the group. Ironically enough Tory played a halfling as well, which Jen typically plays. George managed to put us into situations that are challenging and fun. I can't wait to see what he does to us in two weeks.

Monday well we laid around and relaxed. We managed to get some laundry done. Plus, we watched Rocky Balboa and The Heartbreak Kid.

Tomorrow, back to the salt mines.