Jun 14, 2007


Rather than usual diet of IQF chicken breasts grilled/marinated and served with rice, or vegetable and tempeh stir fry, or whatever else non-meaty, I filled myself up on carnal pleasure tonite.

I'd gotten an email last week from Pizza Shuttle about tonight being a special night where local restaurants donated 25% of their profits to Camp Heartland. I told Kacy about it and we decided to plan for ordering out.

Well, we couldn't figure out what we wanted. I looked around Camp Heartland's website and got a list of places that were in on the event. We decided on Harry's Bar & Grill.

Definitely not disappointed. We had Mac & Cheese squares for an appetizer, and I had atheir Brat-and-a-Burger for my main meal. Take a half pound burger, add cheddar cheese, pickles, and a bratwurst cut into fourths... and you get YUMMMMY!

I dunno why it's a big deal, but I'm happy to have had burger. Nice treat once in a great while, and nice to not have it every day... sure helps my gut. Still eat too much, but at least it's not stuff that's QUITE as bad for me.

Wandered back towards the house (via way of Cold Stone Creamery) after, but decided we'd had enough and had dessert here. Walking in my sandals made my leg hurt, though- I cross my middle toe over my second toe when I walk in them for long periods of time. Acted up more on the trip home, then got better as night progressed. I hope it's gone by tomorrow... guess we'll find out then.

I wanted to write today, but ended up napping from 10:30 til 2:30 or so. Le sigh. I really need to get back in that habit. Maybe I'll start writing in there rather than writing these... but at least for the moment, it's something.

Jun 13, 2007

TV and Life

I'm fast approaching 30. Not a big deal, really... I don't know that I feel 30, but I never remember how old I am anyway. It's all a matter of attitude.

But, I was definitely reminded of my age when I read some sad news last night. Mr. Wizard wandered off to play with that giant chemistry set in the sky.

I feel particularly saddened by the loss... not like a family member sadness (well, maybe, considering the lack of attachment I have to my family)... but moreso than most other deaths I've read about. It affected me as much as Jim Henson's death did years ago.

I guess this Digg quote sums it up:

This hit me harder than I would have ever expected -- I think because it took me back to a time when being a geek wasn't nearly as accepted as perhaps it is now. In an often lonely pre-adolescence, his show offered a brief but welcome comfort where I could watch TV for 30 minutes and not feel guilty or stupid or dorky or lame.

I even feel a bit bad about the fact that TV stars' deaths have had more impact on me than my family's deaths (save my grandfather)... but I guess I'll live with that. I haven't lost anyone else that was extremely close, so I guess it's hard to compare.

I'll move on, but it's at least got me thinking this morning.

Jun 12, 2007

Leaving a mark....

Quiet day. Class is all done, no developments on Aard... so a long day of doing lotsa nothing. Nice to get one of those once in a while, I guess.

Not completely useless; our porch 'makeover' that's been promised since before we got here was done today. This big project that wasn't in the budget for last year, etc., involved replacing the four or so main struts into the old, warped, rotting wood that makes up the rest of the porch. We're not happy.

More should be coming, we hope... but it sounds more like the guy's just trying to weasel away with money that he's losing on his own new house he built (and now has to pay fines on). I'll give our old apartment one thing- it may have been small, but it had quick, reliable service and great managers! Almost makes me want to move back... almost.

So, I've had a headache all day, and didn't get dishes or any writing done like I wante. But, I have now left my mark on Internet society! I checked today, and my entry into the Urban Dictionary has been approved! One step closer to world domination... muahahahaaa!!!

Oh well, back to doing nothing special. Maybe I'll get some dishes done... though likely not, heh.

Jun 4, 2007

Tag stuff.

Not actually tagged, but I agree that these are fun to do, so here's my responses.

4 Jobs I've Had
  • Snap-on Tools (twice)
  • Fast Food
  • I/T consultant
  • Retail sales

4 Movies I'd watch
  • Shrek 2
  • Clerks 2
  • Spaceballs
  • ...can't think of a 4th

4 Places I'd Live
  • Phoenix
  • Seattle
  • northern Florida
  • Texas

4 TV Stations
(if I had cable again)
  • Discovery Channel
  • Comedy Central
  • Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)
  • ESPN2 (for the billiards)

4 Vacations
  • Las Vegas
  • DC
  • New York City
  • Orlando

4 Fave Foods
  • Pizza
  • Lasagne
  • Burgers
  • Bratwurst

4 Places I'd rather be
  • Working at a job
  • Phoenix
  • Somewhere about 15 degrees warmer
  • Back in bed

Jun 2, 2007

Test & Tornado

Figured I'd write this while it's fresh in memory.

I've had a few dreams now w/ a particular girl in it. I recognized her in the dream today and some of the situations/settings/layout.

They all happen at my old junior high school. This last time, it was in some English class. She knew me, I knew her. We had a test (for some reason, it was on black paper), which I was having trouble with. The prof was a dick, one of those notorious for tough tests. Almost everyone that was in there had tried his class before and failed, but it was my first time in the class.

The girl (I don't think I've heard her name) showed how she (and a few others at least) had ways to get around the tough tests- a highlighted copy w/ notes and answers, and a voice recorder that the teacher (and nobody else) somehow didn't hear.

The teacher wandered around the classroom and she knew she'd get caught, so she made up an excuse to go to the bathroom and fix her makeup. The teacher knew what as up and caught her in her request. She left the room crying, and I could feel how hurt I was... but also had to finish that test.

A little while later we heard a big thud from the far end of the school; turns out (we think) a tornado had hit it. I pointed out another twister off in the distance that got close pretty quick and was gonna swipe the same end of the building as the last one. We al started to file outta the classroom, and went down the hallway to go to the shelter for the tornado.

On the way there, I found the girl again. She was busy crying in a hot tub. The hot tub was there before too; I remember it from another dream. We talked and I comforted her (sitting on the outside of the tub), and that's when I woke up.

This dream was strange; for one, it didn't have a totally ludicrous plot. A few things didn't make sense, but for the most part, it was plausible, anchored in reality far more than most my dreams. I dunno where the deep emotions for this girl came from but I can feel again, that my body was reacting to the dream pretty vigorously- heavy heart, etc. I'm not even 100% sure who this girl is. She looks like one or two people I know, but a very different personality from either that doesn't match anyone else.

It'll be interesting to see if these continue. I know this isn't the first dream about her... hopefully won't be the last. Do have to wonder though, what's being stirred up with these dreams. Sometimes I can understand the symbolism, but this time it's escaping me.

Jun 1, 2007


Slept funny, think the humidity and lack of circulation in the bedroom is hurting our sleeping patterns. Slept on something funny cuz a few parts of my side hurt, too.

Plus, barin's mushy and stomach's not feeling right. Lovely way to start a weekend.

Supposed to go down to Kenossha tonight. We can buy a few months' worth of groceries down at Woodman's for the cost of a few weeks' worth up here, including bus to Kenosha (and sometimes gas for friends coming back up)... so we were gonna do that tomorrow morning after staying at Kacy's parents' place tonight. Not sure I'll go, espec with the fact I get bus-sick sometimes, and already feeling crappy won't help.

I might sleep it off, stay here, and take the time to write more. I've added another page to my story, but hard to focus on fantasy when you feel like you're gonna throw up.

I do need to implement the 'Write for an hour before you do anything else' policy, though... make it a habit. My morning routine is pretty standard no... wake up wheneve Kacy gets me up, have coffee/breakfast, check notes on Aardwolf, and then find something there to occupy me. Tossing in an hour of writing after she leaves for work wouldn't be a problem.

We'll see how I feel after a nap, might go down there. Might just stay here anyway, feeling good or not, to get some writign time and work on school stuff. Guess we'll see in a few hours.

Tagged again

I was gonna post anyway, but since I checked Technorati first and saw the tag from Kris, I'll respond to that first.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:15, later than usual... usually 5:45 but musta hit snooze a few times (and still feel tired).

2. Diamonds or Pearls? I love my black onyx ring. No diamonds; I don't go for overinflated rocks with price/demand set by the industry when they get them via slave labor.

3. What 2 things do you always have with you? Glasses (always on), my keys and wallet if I go anywhere.

4. What's ur fave TV Shows? Heroes, Venture Bros, Mythbusters, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Futurama.

5. What do u usually have for breakfast? Either a cinnamon bagel or Pop-Tarts.

6. What is your fave book? I haven't read in years... when I was reading, Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series

7. What is your middle name? Michael

8. What food do u like? American-Italian (now that I know the difference)

9. What is ur fave Cd's? I just added a music player to my blog to show (right sidebar at bottom). Probably Forest for the Trees or Enigma's Cross of Changes.

10. What type of car u drive? I don't drive, vision's too poor.

11. Favorite Sandwich? BK's Chicken sandwich, no mayo, add cheese and bacon.

12. What characteristics of person you wouldn't like? I don't like smarmy people, and I prefer a certain level of maturity (in general).

13. Favorite Clothing? It's too warm for it now, but I spent most the winter in a raggedy old green hoodie I inherited from Kacy.

14. If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation where would you go? I wanna visit Stonehnge. Also Mexico (Aztec ruins), Scotland, and Las Vegas (again).

15. What color is your bathroom? Royal(?) blue

16. Favorite brand of clothing? I don't pay attn to brands, tho I do like my Old Navy tagless tees.

17. Where would you like to retire? Phoenix, Vegas, or northern Florida

18. When was your most memorable bday? Probably my 18th... limo ride w/ friends down to Medieval Times (including obligatory limo problems)

19. Fave expression? Depends on the person... I just know I use the same ones too often.

20. When is your bday? Aug 4

21. Are you a morning person or a night person? I prefer night, but can do either.

22. What's your shoe size? 9 to 10, depending on the company.

23. Pets? Two rats, Ophelia (Fifi) and Ruby.

24. What do you want to be when you were little? I don't remember when I was very little. Once I learned about computers, though (age 8 or so), that's where I was.

25. How are you today? Tired and feeling sick.

26. What is your favorite candy? Peanut Butter M&Ms or Rolos

27. What is your favorite flower? Lily of the Valley, reminds me of my grandpa.

28. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward? I'm waiting to hear what day it is yet, my staffing for DVR/Badger.

29. What Church do you attend? Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist

30. what are you listening to right now? Nothing atm... list in the right tab shows if/what/when.

31. What is the last thing you ate? Bagel for breakfast.

32. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? White, so I stick around longer than the other colors.

33. How is the weather right now? 70ish, kinda humid... waiting for storms.

34. Last person you spoke on the phone? Jim, the driver from Badger.

35. Favorite Drinks? Sprecher's Orange Dream, White Russian

36. Favorite Restaurant? I love Chubby's huge hamburgers when I can get there, which isn't often enough. Otherwise, Charcoal Grill.

37. Hair color? Brown

38. What is your favorite toy as a child? Legos, Lincoln Logs, Construx... anything I could build with.

39. Summer or Winter? Summer- no snow.

40. Hugs or Kisses? Depends on the person, usually hugs.

41. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, unless it's a good French Vanilla

42. When was the last time you cried? Might've been during a panic attack last year but I don't remember. Otherwise, an argument (I think?) with Jess.

43. What is under your bed? Nothing, just cleaned out laundry from under there a few days ago.

44. Who is the friend you've had the longest? That I talk to regularly, Steve. Otherwise, Craig, but he's not online much to talk any more.

45. Favorite smell? I visited my first girlfriend (Amy) once, and stayed in her bed while she slept on the couch (we were 15/17 at the time, nothin' naughty allowed). I can still remember the scent of her body from the bed, etc.

46. What are you afraid of? Heights, flying, and mushrooms.

47. Plain, butter or salted popcorn? Salted, though butter isn't bad.

48. How many keys in your key ring? 9. Two house keys, two for my mom's house, one for my dad's, three padlock keys, and my file/safe key.

49. Favorite day of the week? Weds... NWN night and second day of new week of school so no real homework/class stuff to do.

50. Do you make friends easily? Online, yeah- I'm pretty open. Not as much so in real life.

I don't have anyone to tag, all the people I know would post are already tagged. (I need new friends. *sniff*)