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Today, I am doing the schedule.

I loathe doing the schedule, because it's essentially herding cats combined with no physical labor, resulting in my brain hurting and my body deciding to shut down for a nap spontaneously, simply because I'm sitting still. I sit up straight. I lean back. I don't use the chair back. I drink caffeinated sodas. I get up and walk around every so often. Nothing works to keep me from being in a slothful torpor by the end of the day, and I hate it. You see, I'm normally on my feet all day, running from one thing to the next. When I take lunch, I usually wind up taking a 15-25 minute power nap. Schedule Days™, usually Wednesdays, are the complete opposite, in terms of activity.

Ironically, though, Wednesdays are also when I dislike being called downstairs to help out on the Front. You'd think that, with my battling the torpor, I'd appreciate the diversion and chance to get the blood flowing again. However, they usually occur when I'm deep in concentration on something about the schedule, and the break disrupts my flow of thought, ultimately causing me a delay, rather than helping.

Why am I telling you all of this? It's really a simple answer. Despite planning on sleeping until 730a before I woke up to get ready for work, I got a phone call from work at 607a. Factor in another call at 621a (I use my phone as my alarm clock), and I gave up all hope of falling back to sleep. Perhaps I could have managed it, but a simple breakfast of peanut butter and crackers helped mitigate the lost sleep.

Tonight, I go to my near-sister's home for dinner. I think we're even going to watch Dracula Untold. Then, tomorrow, I'm going to take a dear friend for some outpatient/same day surgery, whatever it's called. I just know I'm picking her up, waiting while it happens, and then bringing her home afterward.

Now, based on the clock, I pretty much have to go get started getting ready. The commute to work is always fun during rush hour. >.
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I wish I understood just what the hell I have done to my spirituality.

I woke yesterday morning with a distinct feeling of being part of something bigger. I rose, lit my candles and oil burner, and pulled the sheets off my bed to wash. I didn't quite feel that connection, but I felt close to it, and I definitely was invigorated while I got things done.

Then Matt showed up, and Brian soon after. The three of us had a good time, talking and laughing about miscellaneous stuff. We got the idea to roll Grimm characters* so I could run them in a simple mini-game while our regular game was on hiatus for the week, due to a player being out of town and the GM visiting his nieces.

We went out for dinner with Leigh Ann and her friend. We came back and settled in to play, which we did until around 11pm. We were getting distracted more and more, and I gave them too many options, and they dug an epic hole for me. I finally confessed that I had no idea how to get them out of this in one game, and suggested that we save it for another day.

We sat around and talked for a while then, and the conversation turned to religion. Deism was brought up, and how it worked. A comment about "what atheists believe" was mentioned, and Brian looked uncomfortable. He suggested that belief and faith were synonymous. However, I quickly countered that atheists believe "in what they can see, in science, in logic." Further, I said that belief and faith WERE distinct, even if they were closely related.

That kinda shut down the conversation, and it bugged me. Brian started dozing off on the couch, and eventually left. Matt followed suit immediately thereafter. I noticed that Brian simply offered me his hand, despite the fact that we have been hugging hello and goodbye for quite some time now. I figured that I must have upset him with my rebuttal, and texted an apology. He said that it was because he wasn't sure how I felt about a hug.

...what?

I understand that I have issues with touch with one person in particular, and that I tend to be somewhat standoffish in general, but THAT issue is borne out of an assumption/desire for more from the other party, while folks like Brian, Rick, and Charles are people that I trust, and who have earned my trust. His reply struck me as a sign that SOMETHING had now come between us. I indicated that he was one of my best friends, regardless of what I did or did not believe. How did he reply?

"Cool."

I understand that he was tired, and I reminded myself of this. However, I was tired, too, and it felt somewhat like a brushoff, especially after my comment. The only thing that was going through my head at this point was that I'd overshared, and I am NOT as close of a friend to him as he is to me.

This led me to a very unhappy self-examination, brought on in part because of my weariness. Despite my day starting spiritually, though in a shaky and purposefully undefined way, it ended with me all but vehemently defending atheism against one of the people I most respect. I don't want to be an atheist. I want to believe that something started all of this. To imagine that all of this spontaneously spun out of nothing, with NO outside intervention, bothers me so innately that it gives me a headache to dissect it too far**.

On the other hand, there are things I'm seemingly expected to accept when I am following a spiritual/religious path, like magic (I believe it's there, but good gods, I don't believe that humans can manipulate it the way some claim to), Travelling (No... Just no), that the gods made the world (take your pick of pantheon or solo), that those gods/God can touch and affect the physical world and for some reason want to, that what I am doing is clearly far more important than another follower on the other side of the planet, that the gods/God somehow knows all things at once and willingly carries it out for all, that there's a divine plan. So many conflicts of logic, and I'm expected to buy into many, if not all, of them?

I have got to find some kind of balance between my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sides, before I come unravelled.


* - Think D&D meets fairy tales, with the heroes being KIDS. It's massively entertaining. I'd imagine it'd be even MORE fun if I remembered all the rules (9 years is a long time).
** - Though, Newton's Laws of Motion actually tend to justify a higher power to me, as the idea of the Big Bang happening spontaneously seems to go against these Laws. You could delve deeper, and suggest that we are in some unknown iteration of the universe, and that the old universe collapsing was the external force for this universe. However, Hawking has refuted that as a possibility. I might have to do some reading.
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If you are reading this, then you are reading my LJ on its 10th birthday. It was on August 8, 2002 that I started using my journal for the first time. Back then, you had to use invite codes, and my buddy [livejournal.com profile] lordreaibn hooked me up, after being after me to get one for months. :)

In these past ten years, I've seen the rise and fall of LJ among my friends. I've seen the rise of MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. I don't have a large amount of people on my friend's list here -- only about 60-something -- because most of the people I have on here, are folks that I know in real life. The thing that saddens me, however slightly, is that, of all my LJ friends, only two people who were friends back in August 2002 are still around in LJ-land: the aforementioned [livejournal.com profile] lordreaibn and the ever-reliable [livejournal.com profile] rockcandy76 (seriously, how do you manage to post DAILY!?).

When I started my journal, I posted frequently in it. I often posted twice daily, and my posts absolutely included a rundown of what my day/week had been like at work. I complained about my co-workers, my bosses, the tasks I was given, and the customers I served. My home life involved talking about playing in a variety of games, reading books, and maybe some non-computer social time.

In late 2004, I got involved in a bad relationship, and my world damn near fell apart. I learned what emotional pain really was, and I learned that I never want to allow myself to get into that position again.

2005 saw me get my first iPod, and it saw another milestone that was a precursor to decreased activity on LJ: I signed up for my World of Warcraft account. I've been subscribed to that game off and on (mostly on) for the last seven years. It's changed drastically in that time, and it was Tuesday, interestingly, that I realized I was actually done with it. While I played, though, my LJ suffered quite a bit.

In 2006, I moved into an apartment with [livejournal.com profile] strieson. Actually, it was around this time, too (in August). Wow, go figure. I first "moved" out of my parents' house in August 1997, and returned in November 2002. That's... 5 years and 3 months. However, given August 2006 for when I moved out with [livejournal.com profile] strieson, that means I've been out of my house longer this time than I was the last time. I'm only 3 years away from being gone as long as my first stint away from home AND my 4 year stint being back in the house with my folks. Oh, my.

2007 was just business as usual, though a hernia I'd refused to acknowledge began to get worse.

In 2008, [livejournal.com profile] strieson and I moved in with [livejournal.com profile] capedory1181, who'd just left his wife. My store of 11 years closed, and I found myself in a hostile environment. I stuck it out, though, and while I don't really thank the environment, I know it helped strengthen me. I also got my hernia taken care of, too.

Like 2003, 2009 was a quiet, float-through-the-year, go-through-the-motions time. I remember nothing notable about that year, aside from the backup CSM at my store getting busted down to Drug/GM, and then get arrested on theft charges.

With 2010, I began it by seeing Avatar. That changed my outlook on life (laugh if you want, but we never know from where that nudge to be greater will come). I began to exercise and eat better, and was doing a great job for a while. In June, my roommates lost their first child, and I discovered that my spiritual path went in a different direction than that of most of those I know. I got into a fairly-healthy relationship, and began to come into my own in a spiritual, emotional, and mental fashion.

2011 began my true independence. I moved out on my own in March. I got a new (to me) car in June. I exercised my spirituality more, since I had the room and privacy. Late last year, I was promoted to Customer Service Manager of a new store. That was quite a shock. :)

2012 has been more of a "go-through-the-motions" year, yet it also has been a "paradigm shifting" year, too. Things I took for granted, I learned worked differently. I've come to trust my judgment a lot more. I've begun writing, even if it is only to post more often on my LJ, or share something on my WordPress.

So, that's my last 10 years. It's a wild feeling to think that it was ten years ago that I was sitting in the computer room in Kevin's house, less than a month from my Saturn SL2 being repossessed, writing about the daily goings-on in my store on Riverdale. Interesting. October this year will also signify ten years since I first began to seriously look into my spirituality.

Well, I have work in the morning, and I halfway want to update my WordPress before I hit the hay, so I will wrap this up by saying...


...see you in another ten years!
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This shouldn't take long, but I wanted to write it real quick.

After last night's melancholy post about space, I ran into an old LJ community that my friends and I formed so we could share posts that our gaming group considered relevant. I wound up reading several of the posts, and reminiscing about those old games.

They were plagued with the usual problems, from clashing personalities to bad schedules, but I still look back on them fondly. Every Sunday, like clockwork, I knew that I'd get off work at 1pm and head over to [livejournal.com profile] nyminal's place, where I'd sit and game with him, [livejournal.com profile] flumpdoria, [livejournal.com profile] kheadrin, [livejournal.com profile] lordreaibn, [livejournal.com profile] makeshift_guru, [livejournal.com profile] mfsfreak, and -- as always -- [livejournal.com profile] strieson. Obviously, the group makeup changed over time, too. Kheadrin decided to finish school (though I half suspect that he got tired of the rest of us always fighting during the game). Flumpdoria moved to Canada. Nyminal got married and moved to Southaven. Makeshift_Guru kind of fell off the planet.* MFSFreak got a job that required him to work. :) LordReaibn got busy with work and church. Strieson is the only one that I could call, and would show at a moment's notice to play.

Since the demise of the regular Sunday game back in May 2007, I've tried to get the game started back up, with limited success that ranged from "almost but not quite" to "spectacular failure". The closest I got was last year, when the game I was running got put on indefinite hold because I found myself promoted at work. We'd played semi-regularly for a few months. Something was in the air, though, because we destroyed Nyminal's carefully crafted Shadowrun game. My promotion on the tail of that ended the whole shebang.

I've since started running a game on Fridays for a group of people that includes [livejournal.com profile] strieson, [livejournal.com profile] air_n_darkness, and who folks I'm going to call J and M. It's not a bad game. Having new people helps create a fresh experience. I'm having fun, even. However, part of me misses actually gaming with Nyminal. He and his friend, R, helped make the games on Sunday -- especially at the end -- fun.

To that end, I contacted Nyminal about possibly doing a game on Saturday afternoons, possibly once a month (since I have to work most Saturdays). He was all for it, and I admit that I'm kind of excited about it. This will be the first time, effectively, that I've played a fantasy RPG since 2007, with the exception of some 4e games that LordReaibn ran (he's a great DM, but I do not like the system; I played in maybe 6-8 sessions total). Of course, Strieson was quick to point out that I played in our Friday game when he started it, but I pointed out that was maybe 3 weeks total. :)

So, I'm going to be playing Pathfinder, most likely in a homebrew setting. I'm going to push for the default deities, because that makes life INFINITELY easier. I'm going to consider classes, prestige classes, feats, skills, background, and personality. I'm even going to mention the 800 lb gorilla in the room: how much do we mine from the old 3.x D&D material? Should we keep it Pathfinder only? What about point buy for character builds? I guess I'm going to put together a list of questions for us to discuss when we convene for the first session. Maybe I could create a "group" on Facebook for just that one game, so we can hash out the details ahead of time, and start playing on day one?

Anyway, it's late and I'm working early, so I'm going to bed. Sleep well, all, and don't be afraid to follow your dreams, even the small ones. You never know how it's going to go...


* - He still lives in Memphis. Maybe the time is coming, sooner rather than later, to see how he is doing, and get him reacquainted with everyone.
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Last week, I was a ball of energy where work was concerned. I feel like I actually began to accomplish things, and make folks realize I'm serious about the job. That said, between work and spending time with my friends, I let this journal go. *shrug* Better for me to be living life than writing about it, right?

The primary thing that I accomplished last week was that I managed to get my schedule pretty much done on Wednesday. That has always been the bane of my existence. :) Yet, when I went in for work on Thursday, I had -- at most -- a couple of tweaks to make to it. I halfway suspect that getting the schedule done set the tone for the rest of my week. Confidence returned, and it showed in my efficiency and interactions. I may generally be more confident now than I was even six months ago, but this was a shot in the arm to that.

Friday, I had a dream that left me pondering things I had been thinking about, and I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd Done Something™. Oh, I know it sounds silly, but I woke up with a feeling that it was no ordinary dream. Given the subject matter of my dream, though, I will refrain from posting it here. (Speculate all that you like, but I will not confirm, deny, or acknowledge any accusations.)

I didn't sleep well at all on Friday night. I don't know if it was because I was off on Saturday, or something more, but I had a hell of a time sleeping. I'd sleep for about an hour, then wake up and be up for 2-3 hours. Lather, rinse repeat.

I finally got up around 1030am, because I had been sweating enough that my pillowcase was wet. That was an unpleasant feeling. Well, [livejournal.com profile] strieson came over, and we discussed the possibility of doing another Pathfinder game. We tossed around ideas until about 545pm, when I had to leave to go to Bahama Breeze for a "department head outing". That is, where all the people in charge of my store went and had dinner. I wasn't interested, but you know how it is with corporate picnics, etc. You have to show up for at least a little bit. I wound up having some decent fun, but my head was seriously hurting by the time I left at 9pm.

I managed to get to bed by 11pm, but woke at 1am with a splitting headache. I took some Advil, and prayed I would get back to sleep soon, because I had to be at work at 5am to do payroll. The day went pretty smoothly, though I forgot to do the head count for this week's schedule, because I had to write some people up. I'll get that done tomorrow.

I'd go into more detail about today, but my head is beginning to hurt, and I suspect that I need sleep to get rid of this pain, so I will cut it short. I will say, though, that Game of Thrones gets better with every episode. Jon likes it so much, he calls it the "hour of epic" at my house. :)

I have so much more I still need to do, but I'm going to have to let it go for now. Sleep must take priority, even though I think I owe the golden-haired owner of Brisingamen a chat. Maybe she'll pull me aside while I sleep?
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I read some things I wrote last year, and intended to write a proper post about how I felt, but work called and interrupted my evening. :-/ As in, it required a trip there. >.<

Time with a friend helped turn the evening around, but it's too late now to post it, and frankly, I only half-remember what I was going to post. I'll remember it soon enough, and post it then.

For now, good night! :)

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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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Yesterday, I woke in a funky mood. When I went to bed Saturday night, I'd dosed myself with a round of self-pity and no-one-likes-me, with a little I'm-not-good-enough for good measure, and it carried through till I woke. Frankly, I shouldn't be surprised. That was a classic Anthony pity-party.

I woke to a text from my girl, telling telling me good morning (something we do almost every day). However, I'd sent her an email the night before, telling her about some problems I was having trouble working through, so after the good mornings were exchanged, it got serious. We texted for about 30 minutes, at which time it was decided that I should get up, dress for work, and head over, so we could talk face-to-face. I'm glad I did.

In hindsight, talking about what was bugging me is just what I needed, and she did beautifully in listening to me, being patient with me, and giving me the love and support I needed. She really is something special. :)

After that, I went to work, where I learned we have two new U-Scan robots. I'd remembered [livejournal.com profile] marius_98 saying something briefly about it last week, before I shut down all talk of Kroger because I was on vacation. It actually worked out rather well, because we now were allowed another attendant down there. Also, the layout of the new U-Scan is a lot more friendly to the attendant standing in the middle to assist customers.

At any rate, I started my shift down there, and spent most of the first part of the day in a register. This worked out, because I needed the mindless work to get back in the swing of things. Ironically, I felt more... "with it" as far as making decisions and being okay with being the go-to second person on the front (since I last posted in January, the management and the CSM have changed, and I'm now the backup CSM). I must investigate this further...

I went to lunch at the cottage with [livejournal.com profile] marius_98 and [livejournal.com profile] una_con_laluna, enjoying the last little bit of Gremlins while I had my double quarter pounder with cheese. Being in that atmosphere, I was very relaxed and felt very safe and loved, and it helped center me and let me refocus for the second half of my shift.

The second half went smoothly. Even though it was the end of the month, as you'd expect on Hallowe'en, the only traffic we had was from folks buying candy. One guy even said he ne'er ate sugar, so the last kid of the night was going to get the rest of what he had in the bowl. OMG, I would've thought I'd hit the motherlode if that happened to me. #fatkid, indeed. :)

Coming home, I cleaned out the Jeep (which I'd been driving while my car was out of commission), because I figured Charles would be driving it this morning. I cleaned the kitchen, made dinner, and tooled around on WoW for a little bit. When they say things have changed, they're not kidding. I spent the whole time figuring out what I was looking at. It was kinda fun, exciting, AND frustrating all at once. :)

I crashed out around 2-230, and slept till I woke up at 630 this morning, when I decided that I should stay up so that I can get my car fixed. I will sleep a lot better knowing my car is driveable again.

So that's my Hallowe'en, or Samhain to some of my friends. Heh, or "Sunday" to still others. :) I'm gonna finish my coffee (Ugly Mug's Good Vibes, with some Carnation French Vanilla creamer and sugar), and see about conquering my car. See everyone later!

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As I sit here, thinking about how horrible my thoughts got last night (up to and including, "not even remotely good enough"), I realize that I'm seriously over analyzing the whole situation. I have trouble NOT dwelling on relationships and where they may head, but I'm doing myself no good whatsoever. What exactly is the point of running through the what ifs, if I don't even bother with it? To prevent myself from making a fool of myself? What fool? People ask other folks out all the time, and are rejected all the time, and it doesn't bother them enough to whine and cry about it. They shrug, pick up and move on.

I suppose a little mental role-play on how it could go can help you plan what you'd like to say, and what to expect, but to call it off before you've begun, because your mental exercises shot you down? That's like saying "I'd like to go to the store and get groceries, but I might get into a collision on the way, so it's better to stay home and go hungry. At least then I won't have an accident."

It would also help if I kicked myself in the ass and reminded myself that NO ONE is perfect. I'm not. She's not. No one is. That's actually kind of a given. I've even seen in-your-face proof that just because I like a woman is no guarantee that she's perfect (see my entries from January 2005 regarding "M"). She may be pretty and seem smart and kind, and there's no telling how we'd get along, BUT THAT'S NO REASON TO GIVE UP BEFORE EVEN TRYING.

Sheesh, why can't I have this kind of confidence when I'm working, and she's there?

This does lead me to a real decision. One that I genuinely want to follow through with: 2010 New Year's Resolutions. Everyone does it, no one sticks, and blah blah blah. All I know is that I prefer for things to begin cleanly, at the proper start of things or similar. January 1 is about as "at the beginning" as I can manage. I'm keeping them simple and broad, because otherwise I'll fail horribly, and become disheartened.

1. Ride my bicycle on a regular basis, preferably at least 2x a week, if not 3-4x.
2. Go to bed, and get up, at a regular time, even when I'm off, to ensure I get enough sleep.
3. Ignore Charles' food intake, and focus on mine. Adjust it to be healthier, and pass on Charles' dinner plans if they're not in line with my healthier food choices.
3a. Allow myself one night a week to just enjoy what-the-hell-ever I want, allowing for reasonable portions regardless.
3b. Invite Charles and Alicia to dinner if I've made enough, because I rarely follow through with my leftovers.
4. Get my financial situation corrected, and begin making plans on moving out in the next year or two.
5. Get my car in working order, starting with my freakin' driver's side door handle.
6. Quit worrying over what ifs, and just start asking folks. I'll never meet my soulmate if I never look.

That seems like a good place to start, especially since I was originally just going to post about the mystery lady. :)
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Last night, my roommates and I decided to grill bratwursts and have some beer for dinner. It was fun, but I really got carried away. I had way too much to drink, though I managed to drink water throughout the evening, too. I don't get carried away like that often, and I was beginning my vacation, so I'll chalk it up to that.

Today, I'm hanging out with Troy and Dana. It should be fun, since I *think* the last time I saw them was shortly after I cut my hair short in 2002. Biz is out of town, so no biking for me, unless I go solo (which I might.. there's a park a mile or so away that I've been wanting to check out, since it's basically just bike trails). The rest of the week still looks mostly open, too.

Now, I'm gonna finish my coffee (Ugly Mug™ Good Vibes is the best!) and get ready to head over to Troy's and Dana's.

Ja matta ne!
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I begin my vacation today. Oddly, my internal clock switched on to "day off" mode, so when I woke up at 345a, I didn't feel remotely like going back to bed. Instead, I took my shower, shaved, and got dressed for work. As a result, I have time to do this nifty post. :)

I heard back from a childhood friend, and traded phone numbers. Must find the time to hang out soon.

Tomorrow, I'm supposed to hang out with Troy and Dana, though Troy has yet to get back with me to iron out the final details. I'll be mailing him my cell number soon. Later this week, I have tentative plans to hang out with Maria (& Co., if I know Maria at all :) ) for the midnight release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sometime this week, I hope to nail down a day to hang out with Stephen. Oh yeah, and I should get in touch with Biz about going bicycling!

Meanwhile, Alex is also on vacation, so I hope to rope him into playing some LotRO with me while he's off. If we can get to our 30s, then maybe we can get Scott to come back to the game (Scott's been taking an extended hiatus lately to play Left 4 Dead and Neverwinter Nights 2).

I got most of my payroll work done yesterday, so all I have to do is an hour of opening the safe and putting out tills, maybe one page of errors, and finalize the spreadsheet. In other words, I aim to be walking out of there by 9am. If things don't work out, then 10am will be okay. But the 11am time I'm "scheduled" till? Ain't happening. No reason for me to stay that long. I'm only there to do payroll. If I could avoid opening the safe, and get done by 8am or so, I *would*. :)

OH! And if you're local, and you want to do something, CALL ME! (Or leave a message, and I"ll send you my cell number.) I know I'll spend some time at home this week, but that's no excuse for spending MOST of it at home! :)
tek2way: Anime - Valkyrie (D&D - DL - Raistlin)
Today was a change of pace, for sure.

I woke up, and began to immediately clean my room. Not just pick up things, but I dusted and wiped down and changed linens and did laundry. I guess part of me wanted to begin my vacation in a fresh, clean room. (That's not to say that my room is a wreck. Rather, I did a "pseudo-spring cleaning" on it.)

After I got things mostly done, [livejournal.com profile] capedory1181 and I went to the store, and stocked the house with food and stuff. I came back, grabbed a quick bite, and headed over to [livejournal.com profile] disker's mom's house, which is a little under half a mile from where I live. Since it wasn't really cold (yet), I grabbed my gloves, layered a couple of shirts and a pullover, and bicycled there. Yep, I got some exercise today. :)

There, we just talked a while, catching up about things. A decision was made to go back to [livejournal.com profile] disker's place, so I quickly rode home to drop off my bike. I am definitely happy I rode my bike today, though dang it was cold.

Once at [livejournal.com profile] disker's, we talked a bit, I got some new music, and we watched Rush Hour 3 (pretty fun, though not as good as 1 or 2). Talk afterward eventually got around to RPGs, and how D&D isn't as fun as it once was. We talked about what might have changed, and reminisced about old games and what was fun about them. Before I left, I'd come to the conclusion that I'd like to give a D&D game one last chance before I write it off to something I "used to do in my 20s". Geek mid-life crisis? I hope not. :)

So, I'm going to give some thought to a game. One thing that might be done differently is that we'd do 1-2 adventures, and either take a break or change games/DMs, instead of aiming for these epic-length campaigns that can't be finished in 2-3 years, let alone one. We'll see who is interested, and take it from there, I guess.

Four hours are all that stand between me and a week off from work. Huzzah!

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