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I worked 2-11 today (yesterday as of this writing), and the day actually went rather well. I was honestly surprised I was in such a good mood for work, given that I spent a great deal of time in the register. Shanita was the evening supervisor and, despite what one would think, she facilitated my work that night, even as I was constantly helping on the front. Score one for me. :)

I borrowed "The Social Network" from Seleena tonight, and it was a great movie. I do not know if I'd want to watch it again, but I'm glad that I got a chance to watch it at least this once. ;) Heck, that's why i'm still up now. It ended only about 30 minutes ago.

I've been giving some thought to the game I've been running since moving into my apartment. It's gone slowly, but it's gone moderately well. I'm about to pass the GMing reins over to Brad for a while, and enjoy some Shadworun gaming, while I work on the next leg of my campaign. The Carrion Crown adventure path from Paizo has some serious potential to be a memorable horror campaign in the gothic style, and I want to use the time I have to make that a reality.

Having this laptop helps a great deal. I can plan ahead for combat, and use Excel for tracking inititative and hit points of the enemies that they're fighting. I can use Acrobat to display the maps/adventure notes/player handouts. Also, I can more easily control the music playing in my gaming playlist. I admit that I'm toying with finding a digital die roller for Windows, so that I only need my books for the game.

Well, it's late, and my day actually begins early tomorrow. I am going to be picking up Scott, running a couple of errands, and coming back to the apartment to play some Magic and work on his Shadowrun character. Sometime during the day, I am going to give Rick's wife a ride to work. Also, there's a chance that Jessi and Brian might be stopping by. I also want to vacuum my apartment and get my clothes folded and put away. Should be fun.

Also, I've been uncertain regarding my faith lately. I can even feel a change in the vibes of the apartment. I am working through "The Druidry Handbook," though I feel distant from the gods. I cannot say whether that's a distance that they are enforcing on me, or if it's something that I'm convinced they're enforcing, thus making it a self-fulfilling prophecy. I know that I want to learn more about Druidism, even though it is not a reconstructionist tradition, because I feel a connection to the divine that is notably different from Asatru.

It's not that I feel that Asatru is a bad fit. I just want to know for sure that it's the right choice for me. People tell me not to worry about the fact that I've not "heard" a deity from the Norse pantheon, but it does bother me, simply because most everyone else implies that they regularly talk to their gods, and I'm not hearing anything.

At any rate, I'm beat. I'm going to bed now, without delay. Sleep well, all.
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I worked 2-11 today (yestrerday as of this writing), and the day actually went rather well. I was honestly surprised I was in such a good mood for work, given that I spent a great deal of time in the register. Shanita was the evening supervisor and, despite what one would think, she facilitated my work that night, even as I was constantly helping on the front. Score one for me. :)

I borrowed "The Social Network" from Seleena tonight, and it was a great movie. I do not know if I'd want to watch it again, but I'm glad that I got a chance to watch it at least this once. ;) Heck, that's why i'm still up now. It ended only about 30 minutes ago.

I've been giving some thought to the game I've been running since moving into my apartment. It's gone slowly, but it's gone moderately well. I'm about to pass the GMing reins over to [livejournal.com profile] nyminal for a while, and enjoy some Shadworun gaming, while I work on the next leg of my campaign. The Carrion Crown adventure path from Paizo has some serious potential to be a memorable horror campaign in the gothic style, and I want to use the time I have to make that a reality.

Having this laptop helps a great deal. I can plan ahead for combat, and use Excel for tracking inititative and hit points of the enemies that they're fighting. I can use Acrobat to display the maps/adventure notes/player handouts. Also, I can more easily control the music playing in my gaming playlist. I admit that I'm toying with finding a digital die roller for Windows, so that I only need my books for the game.

Well, it's late, and my day actually begins early tomorrow. I am going to be picking up [livejournal.com profile] strieson, running a couple of errands, and coming back to the apartment to play some Magic and work on his Shadowrun character. Sometime during the day, I am going to give [livejournal.com profile] titus_the_mage's wife a ride to work. Also, there's a chance that [livejournal.com profile] una_con_laluna and [livejournal.com profile] marius_98 might be stopping by. I also want to vacuum my apartment and get my clothes folded and put away. Should be fun.

Until next we meet..
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I'm not really sure if I put this in my last blog entry, but Charles and his wife have asked me to move. Oh, not immediately, but I definitely gather that "the sooner, the better" is definitely the way I'm supposed to look at it. He told me he wanted to make sure that I didn't hustle out in such a hurry that I take on a sub-optimal solution, and I appreciate that, but I don't plan on hanging around any longer than absolutely necessary.

With that in mind, I went into the attic today, and pulled down everything that I own up there (aside from my 8" reflector telescope). I went through it, threw away a lot of stuff, and set aside a crapton of stuff to give away/sell (I'm not going to ask money, but as this will help me move, whatever's thrown my way would be appreciated).

Nothing was spared. I'm keeping my runs of Kenshin, Love Hina, and Negima. The rest, including Maison Ikkoku, is being given away. My massive set of 4 bookcases now has one set of shelves that is completely empty, I removed so many paperbacks (and a few hardbacks). I've removed a few movies from my DVD collection. My RPG collection is probably 3' (yes, feet) shorter. I intend on going through my CDs soon, too. I'd filter out my cassettes too, but, well, they're cassettes, and I get old man *and* metal cred for having them. :) (Honestly, I *could* get rid of a lot of 'em, but I intend on keeping all my Helloween, my Body Count album with "Cop Killer", and Green JellO's "Cereal Killer" soundtrack (first album -- only album?).

At any rate... )

All in all, despite feeling.. pushed .. into moving ASAP, I am fairly optimistic about this. Earlier this year, I filed Chapter 7, and my debt has been cleared. I'm not proud of it, but I was given a second chance, and I'm going to make the most of it. To that end,"> I'm pointedly *NOT* looking for a roommate. It will be tighter than I've been used to, but my living room will be decorated the way I want, it'll be organized the way I want, and when I walk in, I'll know it's mine. My personal debate: bottom floor to avoid my heavy feet and simplify moving in/out, or second floor for security?

Also, the question of WHERE in the metro area would be good. In this, I'd prefer to stay out of Memphis, since I have an ancient car, and I doubt it'll pass emissions. Still, I've seen something down near my old store that looks not too bad, and is reasonably affordable (I would LIKE a 2 BR apartment, so I can have my computer in my "office", and my bedroom stays, well, my bedroom. :))

Well, I have work WAAAY too early tomorrow, so to bed I go. I just wanted to make sure that I updated before I fell asleep.
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Over the weekend, my computer died. It seems that what most likely happened is that the CPU heat sink got too much dirt caught up in it. I wasn't checking up on it like I should have been, so it caused the CPU fan to overheat and die. Then, without the fan to cool it somewhat, the dirt in the heatsink acted to finish off my CPU. Thankfully, though, Charles had been stashing "trash" around his workplace for while. I got upgraded to an AMD Athlon 64-bit dual core CPU, on a motherboard running PCI Express for video, and the ability to use all my old memory plus the 1GB stick that was already in there (for 2.5GBs of RAM). I also got a pair of hard drives striped together to make a 75GB 10k boot partition. The only downside was that my beautiful ATI Radeon X850 video card wouldn't work in it, because it is an AGP card. I'm using a 128MB card now, but WoW is definitely suffering for it.

As a result, I spent the greater part of the day since maintenance ended at 1pm watching TiVo'd shows. Two episodes of Fringe, two of Supernatural, two of That 70's Show (first season airing on FX now!), and the latest Chuck and How I Met Your Mother made for a full day of nothing. I enjoyed catching up on some shows, since I really like the way Fringe is playing out (Olivia is awesome, though I think John Noble's brilliant mad scientist steals the show). The only thing that I'm not happy about is that I was watching television only because I can't enjoy WoW right now, since the video card really drags it down, despite the computer getting upgraded (significantly) in every other way.

I was watching Chuck most recently, though, and Chuck's sister's concern about the direction Chuck seemed to be going resonated in me. Then, the beautiful Yvonne Strahovski's (Sarah Walker, CIA agent) on-screen romance with a computer nerd (Chuck) got my mind moving again. See, I want her. Well, not her specifically (though I wouldn't say no!). As I've been saying repeatedly of late, I want to move forward with my life, and get things back on track (where they seeminly haven't been for at least ten years, I'd say).

Recently, I said that November first was my target date for turning over my new leaf. Tonight reminded me of that, and helped reaffirm my resolve to see that goal through. As I mentioned last time, I want to start slow, so I don't overdo it and burn out too quickly. Changing habits isn't easy, and trying to change too much at once can really backfire. I am going to start with one goal, and add on to it once a week until I have five goals I'm aiming for (on 11/29). I'll keep at those until New Year, when I'll evaluate how I've done so far, and plan what's to come.

First things first. Beginning this weekend, I am going to dedicate myself to one of my goals for November. (Not counting NaNoWriMo, which I believe I'm going to silently participate in. I've always wanted to do something with the D&D campaign I did a few years back that I felt was particularly successful. Tweak some of the odder bits, clean up the storyline, and see where it leads. Obviously, it's based in the Forgotten Realms, so it'll never be published, but hey, I gotta try, right? Besides, I want to reaffirm to myself that I haven't lost my imagination, and that I just need to exercise it again.)

  • To begin, I'm going to make it a point to get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Fudging twice a week is allowed, as long as no more than one of those days leads into an off day (that is, I am not skipping out on sleep when I need it... before work).

  • On 11/8, I will begin taking my lunch to work (brown bagging a sandwich, fruit, and some vegetable I can eat raw). Once a week, I will eat something "out", either from my deli's steam table or McAllister's.

  • On 11/15, I will begin exercising (riding my bike on days that it's light out and not too cold, or jogging around the common area a couple of times, coupled in both cases with some stretches, jumping jacks, situps, and push ups). I will do it five days a week (once on a day off, other times it'll be before work, or before bed).

  • On 11/22, I will do my chores in a timely manner, doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done instead of skipping it. Again, I will allow myself, at least initially, two instances of "I'll do it later" per week. Sometimes, you really don't feel like it.

  • Finally, on 11/28, I will start eating right in general (already technically begun with lunch, but this is when I'm going to reinforce it with better eating habits at home too). Notice, of course, that it's also AFTER Thanksgiving. :)

They feel like small things now that they're on paper, but I hope that they will add up to catalyze my mindset to strive to be better. After that, I can work on specifics, but that's next year.

Wish me luck, eh?

My long term goals seem rather ambitious to me, but that's from my POV of sitting on my duff, not having even started this beyond my mental desire to improve.

In five years, I want:

...to be renting/buying my own house.
...to be working in a job I enjoy and can take pride in.
...to have gone back to school, and gotten an Associate's degree in a field I want to have a career in.
...to be more fit, physcially, mentally, and emotionally.
...to be dating someone seriously.
Let's see how it goes, shall we?
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I haven't burned anything with my DVD burner in a long time. In part, it's because I have a large hard drive, and space isn't that kind of premium. Mainly, though, it has been because my drive does bad things with the internal read buffer while it burns, so I have to leave the computer alone to ensure that it burns okay, which isn't normally possible given how much I'm at my computer.

Yesterday, though, I decided that I wanted to start cleaning it off so that I could finally get around to doing a 100% clean, fresh install of Windows (on both drives -- usually I leave D alone, and just format C). I burned disc 1 no sweat (outside of the problem I just mentioned). I even had Nero verify the data written to it. I burned disc 2 last night, and went to bed (actually used the shutdown feature). I woke this morning to find that Windows won't read the DVD, but that Nero sees what's on there already. I burned without a multisession, so it perplexes me.

So, I grabbed disc 1, and popped it into my drive.... only for Windows to ask what I wanted to do with a blank CD!!! Understand, I deleted the stuff that made up disc 1 last night, after I saw that the data was verified, the burn had completed successfully.

So, two and a half gigs of stuff, gone. I can only hope that a) it isn't irreplaceable, and b) the DVD can be read in another computer.

*sigh*

I work 6am-3pm today, doing payroll for at least half of it. Maybe I can get out of there a LITTLE early, so that I can come home and get ready to do some sealed deck Magic: The Gathering action (the guys and I got to talking about this last night, and realized it'd be cool to do again). At least, it'll get my mind off my DVD, eh?

Later.

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