Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Feast

I had to take a couple of Midol (okay, THREE Midol) so far today, and that interacts badly with alcohol (yay, acetaminophen poisoning?) so I can't drink tonight, this most drinkingest of nights, New Year's Eve! Since I planned mulled wine for the menu, I am still making it (two bottles worth! Because I am going to drink it all tomorrow night, probably, when the tylenol stuff is out of my system), but I am also making mulled apple cider for myself. It's just as good, if less full of tannins and awesome.

Menu for tonight: Split pea soup with ham and bacon, dinner rolls, mulled wine/apple cider. I think my friend Alana is bringing dessert and a friend. Hopefully Leo will come, possibly Leo + one?

Split Pea Soup:

At about 11 this morning, I put my two packages of split peas into a large bowl and filled just over the top with water. Over time, they expand like crazy, so make sure only about half your bowl has peas in it before you put the water in.
One package pre-cooked ham steak. Cut into small cubes. You can buy it in cubes, but I don't know. I don't trust pre-cubed ham steak, do not ask me why.
3 strips regular (not sweet, not maple, just regular) bacon. I find peppered bacon is TOO peppery for this soup. Cut into tiny pieces (or not so tiny, if you lose your patience like I did).
Add into large skillet, with some olive oil. While this is cooking:
Take one medium yellow onion, dice it, toss it in. Allow onions to begin 'sweating' (looking wet and translucent).
Cut up two large carrot sticks into small cubes. Toss in with onions and meat.
Cut up three large-ish celery stalks. Throw in with carrots, onions, and meat.
Allow to cook for ten-fifteen minutes, depending on how fast things are going. When the onions look see-through and delicious and the bacon appears to be done cooking, drain your split peas and throw them in as well.
Pour in one whole large package chicken broth, until the broth just covers the top of the rest of your ingredients.
Put in pepper, parsley, and bay leaf to taste. Don't salt this soup! It doesn't need salt, the bacon and ham more than make up for it.
Bring to a boil, then set to simmer. Allow to simmer for a couple of hours. Turn heat off and whisk the soup until the split pea mash and the broth are truly one.
Let the soup set for about an hour. Turn heat back on and re-heat, still in the pot you cooked it in. Simmer, people. Simmer.
And soup is delicious and there is SO MUCH OF IT.

Dinner rolls are just frozen rolls I am allowing to thaw right now before I stick 'em in the oven.

There, don't act like I never did anything for you. I gave you my special Awesome Soup Recipe.

Something you need to know about me: I love peas. I eat them whenever possible. And I love split pea soup.

I can smell the wine mulling :( It smells so delicious. Oh well. My liver will thank me when it doesn't die as I abstain from alcohol this evening. The apple cider will be delicious too!

I know I seem very enthusiastic in this post, but I am actually so tired it's not even funny. I slept entirely too long last night, which has to be at least part of the problem, but the other part of the problem is simply that I don't feel well, I am a lady and ladies sometimes don't feel well. My body is reminding me of that fact.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Edited to show some pictures... obviously the date on the camera is wrong, I didn't set it for some reason. BUT here we have mulled cider, mulled wine, and split pea soup with ham and bacon

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas and Snow and Silver and Gold

So here's how it is:

I have spent several days surrounded by my immediate and extended family and this makes me quite happy. I love family time. We got a LOT A LOT of snow here, so driving back to C-dale tomorrow is going to be kind of an ordeal.

I need to work on making this blog more of an accessible thing, more detail-oriented. Make a blog about my search for the kind of job that will allow me to work on my writing and art stuff and not exhaust me.

Hmmn... I am making plans.

AS A SIDE NOTE

My cat got presents from my parents! They have finally accepted that I love that cat way too much. Kitty has lots of new treats coming to her and I have a kitty photo frame! I need to charge up my digital camera and get some fun pictures printed out to put around... I'm excited to put pictures around everywhere.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Steadfast Procrastination

I need to do the following things: Load up the presents into the car, dust the inside of the car, pack my clothing + supplies for the next few days at my parents' house, eat something more filling than cheese, finish the Christmas cards I am sending out today...

It kind of goes on like that. So far I'm most of the way through Christmas cards and have begun to seriously consider dusting.

Clearly, I am the best stay at home wife ever.

The cat decided that one of her fuzzball toys needed to be shredded so there are tiny bits of what used to be cotton all over the house. She is watching me with this smug little 'I know you'll pick up after me, bwa ha ha' face.

...

I guess I should go pick up after the cat. :)

Friday, December 18, 2009

The cat has been lurking around the edges of rooms all day

Just hangin' out. Filled out a couple of applications this morning online. Jason and I will be swinging into McLean on the 22nd... he's going to hang out for a bit in the morning with me and have breakfast and then head back to Carbondale, just so he doesn't spend the whole day driving me around.

Then I'm going to help with tree stuff and wait for Christina and the Terrific Toddler to arrive.

We are tentatively planning a trip to SC in February or late January right now... we're doing our best.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I love the whole world and its craziness

So, an update:

I don't have a job right now. Haven't had one since November 20th. Walmart went on a hiring freeze. Jason asked about it and it was probably literally the day after my interview. So... boo.

I've applied to a few jobs, had a couple of interviews. I interviewed with Pepsi Midamerica on Monday, haven't heard anything back yet. I did a teller test for a bank that I know I passed, but I don't know any updates yet other than that.

So mostly I hang around the house cooking too much cranberry sauce, doing the dishes, and spinning in circles singing songs I love way too loud.

So, please keep me in your thoughts while I look for a job, but don't worry about my mood. For the moment, we're lovely.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

One of those days

I don't feel well, Jason works all evening so I won't get to see him, and a conversation in the early afternoon put me in a very bad mood.

Argh.

At least Walmart called about hiring me back.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Food food food

Last night I re-affirmed that thing I always tell Jason about Midwestern women... if there is anything we can cook well, and that we need no recipe for, it's a casserole. I made a Mexican chorizo and cheese casserole with black beans, corn, and tomatoes last night. It was incredibly delicious, no recipe required!

Just throw stuff in a casserole dish and cook it. I like that kind of cooking.

One of my customers at work recently had her mother die, and she came in to pay her bill with us and we were talking about the funeral/the visitation... and my customer said her fridge is full to the brim of casseroles that people brought so that no one would have to worry about cooking anytime soon, and she's got a couple more in the freezer. I thought, well, that sounds about right.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Here it comes, the breeze will blow away

I am back from my trip to Kentucky, with awareness of a couple of things. I am aware of how energized I could be about my job (and really, I kind of was today) and how far I have to go before I have any kind of real job security. I need to work harder, work smarter, and be more organized about what I'm doing. So I threw myself headlong into work today and the only problem was that I didn't have enough time!

I had a giant pile of things still left undone from my week away when I got back, but I didn't have a choice. I left half an hour late as it was, and I wasn't willing to stay until six the day after I got back. I suppose I could have, though.

Monday will be a crazy day, but at least my CSR will be coming in to help me. An internal auditor (someone with the company) may or may not be going through our whole district next week. She's hit at least two stores. I was freaked out when the state auditor came, but auditors with the company are apparently much harder on us.

As they probably should be.

I am still tired, and I never really unpacked my suitcase, and I just want to curl up in sweatpants under a blanket and nap away my day.

I drove home yesterday from Lexington, KY. I went five hours straight, and I didn't stop once. Thus I know now that I can make it to Lexington or from Lexington on one tank of gas if I am very, very careful, do not stop, and do not speed enough to knock down my gas mileage.

But I made it home early enough that I was there to greet my husband when he got back from work, which was the goal.

I am le tired.

Must... unpack... suitcase...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tired

It's been a good Sunday. Jason and I woke up a little later than usual. We made zucchini fried in blue cornmeal for breakfast, then I drank some coffee with pumpkin-spice creamer and we went for a walk. It was blazing sunny but the wind kept things a little chill. We wandered down the road about two and a half miles and came back.

For those who don't know, Jason and I live a little bit towards the country. We're technically just a little outside of Carbondale, though still within city limits. So we went for a walk down the country lane that is our street, past the little neighborhood of houses we live in. You cross a stone bridge and then you're out in the fields and the farmland.

There were two planes circling around overhead, small things, like buzzing bees.

We saw a lot of fuzzy caterpillars, which Jason wasn't used to seeing in such numbers. I told him the old wives' tale about really thick fuzz on the caterpillars meaning a cold winter, and he thought I was crazy.

We saw a couple of wolf spiders with babies riding on their backs (lots of floating baby spiders in the air today, too). We actually saw a brown recluse on the road, but we were far enough away that he didn't notice us. Lots of grasshoppers and an insane amount of butterflies.

We saw a spotted turtle sunning himself in the road and moved him over onto a part of the concrete that cars were less likely to drive on.

We looked at weeds and we walked and it was really nice.

Like Jason said, days like this are the reason we keep going to work; so that we can have them, worry-free. I'm on coffee-cup-number-two (decaf now) and have a couple of candles burning.

We may be getting a second cat. I don't know yet; hopefully the Humane Society will get ahold of me tomorrow. His name is Pumpkin and we saw him in the little area they have for pets they're trying to adopt out at Petco.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Autumn is here!

The leaves are turning! Always exciting. Cool enough to wear a sweater much of the time. I'm happy to get all my winter stuff out.

I've also learned my company will be sending me to Lexington, Kentucky at the end of October for a managerial thing. I am both excited and sad to be gone for a whole week. I get to go live in a hotel Monday through Friday. October 26-30 or so.

Hmmn...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yaaaaawwwwnnn

So, life is okay. Better update tomorrow before work, I hope. I've just been cleaning a lot and I'm a bit out of inspiration for what to write.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Good morning

Had coffee out on the patio with Jason while we read books and the cat prowled around. Need to do the dishes, oh wow do I need to do the dishes. Stupid chores.

After that, lunch and making cookies for our friends when we go to hang out this afternoon.

All in all, it's been a lovely weekend.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sometimes, life as a grownup sucks

My district manager came to see us Wednesday and Thursday. He did a "center audit" those two days- IE, he checked up on lots of stuff to see if we were running our center efficiently and doing the best we could.

We were not.

We, in fact, probably had the worst audit I can imagine us having. There were so many things that had been let to slide, or that I had not known about (the district I trained in had different rules about some things and was apparently lax about others). I am worried.

The DM is not really talking to me about it just yet. He had originally planned to leave the audit on my desk, for us to discuss when I got to work today. I got there and it wasn't there. I called him and asked if we were going to talk about it, and he said that we would talk about it "later", this nebulous "later" that has no definition and no timeline.

This could mean several things. One is that he is planning to fire me when we discuss it, and would prefer to do so face-to-face. I am inclined to think this is not the case, as I think he would have done so immediately, but you never know with bosses. Another is that he got caught up with some other business (he is, after all, the DM for ten stores) and didn't finish it at the time, and hasn't yet, and won't talk to me until he does. The final one is simply that he has it done, but he doesn't want to discuss it with me while he is in other stores in the district and the managers of those stores might overhear what he says.

I am worried that I might lose this new job. I actually enjoy it, most of the time, so I'm a little more concerned about it than I might usually be. I clearly messed up; most of this is directly my responsibility, honestly. I was not as detail-oriented as I could have been. I have already begun the process of fixing those mistakes I am aware of.

In short, I would appreciate it if my family and loved ones prayed or sent good vibes or whatever that I keep my job.

I'm going to eat this delicious pizza my husband made now, and try not to be fearful or depressed.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Guilty Pleasure

This new decaffinated fake vanilla bean latte mix stuff I got from Wal-Mart. So delicious... so deliciously not at all coffee-like.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Yay!

My parents are coming today!

Now I have to go get ready for a super-short day at work. Which is less exciting. And my husband works 2 PM to 10 PM, so I guess Sunday is our serious Family Bonding Day. But my parents are coming today!

Robin, we got your letter dealie!

Friday, August 28, 2009

never stand between the reservation and the corporate banks

SO

plans for the next two weeks:

1. Pay rent + mediacom bill
2. Put down deposit for cruise, discuss more details with travel agent
3. clean house due to imminent parental arrival on the 5th
4. Keep going to my job.
5. read more books, because lord knows I don't yet read enough
6. do something about the four empty water bottles sitting next to my computer for no reason whatsoever
7. have incredibly complicated daydreams about winning the lottery, but never actually buy a lottery ticket because a. you never win and b. Jason would probably blow a gasket...
8. try to stop sweating so darn much. Why is it so hot? WHY?

Apparently the temp is supposed to drop like nearly forty degrees between Sunday morning and Monday morning. I am looking forward to this. IT NEEDS TO BE FALL NOW. I dislike heat. And I hate humidity.

WHY am I moving to south carolina again?

Oh wait, yeah, there's people there I like. People with air conditioning.

Jason and I were randomly trolling apartment rental sites based in greenville sc and I kept asking why no one was mentioning if they had air conditioning or not, and Jason replied, "Because in South Carolina, air conditioning is part of basic living conditions."

Monday, August 24, 2009

Things I Need to Do

I find myself randomly trolling apartment-renting websites for Greenville, SC. Or looking at the monster.com ads. There's no point, there's no way I would be starting the job hunting process this far in advance, but I do like to dream. Current focus of dreams: printing company or publishing company. They've got to have printing companies down south, right? Maybe they need someone to color in the little pictures...

But as much as I'm actually kind of enjoying my job, I don't want to do this when I get to SC. It's definitely the kind of job that can burn you out fast, and I don't really want to get there.

Parents coming to visit Labor Day weekend... I'm hoping they're be able to stay for more than one day? Who knows.

Just gonna drink my coffee and get ready for work, I suppose.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Macomb to McLean

I drive east on 136
on crumbling asphalt
roads twist
and turn

around and through
those small towns;
could be any small town
peeling siding, broken porches

unmowed lawns whose weeds pray
for another day of rain
up one small hill, barely a rise at all
you don't even feel the fall as you head down

into the last remnants of
the great forests
that kept the land secret
before along came saws to tear down the trees

plowed into the hills
we called the land conquered
for the sake our Manifest Destiny
claimed it was only waiting for us to arrive

The old trees reach for each other
over the bits of road I drive on
like prisoners reaching
for contact through the bars

The fields stretch endless to the horizon
my heart leaps, my veins beat
this is the world I know most
this is the land I love best

old farmhouses with barns out back
precarious lean, losing paint
a woman shades her eyes
to see if she recognizes this stranger's car

the road straightens out
bored teenagers speed past me
looking for any way out
of these stretching fields

I don't go fast on this old highway
there is simply too much to see here
I settle into the old rhythm
driving to a house that is no longer

home.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Watch Me Turn Into a Stepford Wife

I have been mulling over a possible grocery list all morning. I plan to go on a massive grocery buying spree after we've gotten all the piles of boxes and stuff moved on the 15th... there's just something so nice about filling up a kitchen with food when you've moved somewhere new. And we're going to -splurge- on these groceries...

Anyway, I love grocery lists. And buying groceries.

Your hostess with the most... ess... returns!

Whirlwind trips, not a lot of downtime... it's hard to get into a blogging mood! In any case, here is the short version of my life since June 14th:

I was hired at my new job, drove five hours in the worst weather I've ever driven in starting at 4:30 AM to get to my new training center, lived there for two and a half weeks, came home to start my new job at my actual center, had a terrible busy two days, drove to my parents' house for the Fourth of July and stayed in a hotel room that had a Jacuzzi (woo hoo!). Watched my niece be cute. Watched it rain on the parade in Hopedale, hung with Isaac and his entire awesome family, watched my niece be cute. Ate dinner with Sarah, and a couple of other people I knew in high school. Had a party Sunday. Watched my niece by cute. Drove back to Carbondale... have now worked two less stressful days at new job, think I'm going to keep it.

So that's it in a nutshell! Any questions?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sweaty Girl

It is so muggy here. I have sweat sticking to my forehead. On the bright side, though, the only electrical things I've used today have been the microwave (twice), my computer (constantly), and the coffee maker (once). Other than that, nothing but the bare necessities (refrigerator, etc). So at least I haven't used too much electricity.

I am working still on getting ready for the trip. I'm basically done, I just need to pack the last minute stuff I can't do until tomorrow morning. I got a recycled plastic binder, recycled folders, and recycled notebooks to take with me. I'm so proud of me, haha.

I'm taking my own pillow + one blanket... I've got pillowcases to switch out over time. Plans today: Clean up the living room a bit, then clean off my computer desk.

Plans tomorrow: Pack toothpaste, deoderant, shampoo/conditioner. Print out mapquested directions. Turn off computer.

Drive to McLean starting around 6:30, probably arrive around 10:30. Go to bed by midnight.

Plans Tuesday: Up at six A.M. at the LATEST (going to try 5:30), on the road before 7. Drive straight to the training center, there by 9 AM. Do training center stuff. Check into my hotel around 6:30, unload all my stuff in the room, then take a swim in the pool.

Friday, June 12, 2009

I am so bad at this

Trying to pack mostly everything tonight... so that I can spend tomorrow and Sunday working on cleaning up the apartment a little and getting a few things in order to make it easier on Jason. Thinking about taking a bath, actually.

Okay:

I need enough outfits that can mix and match that are appropriately "business casual", if not dressier than that. I have: seven outfits, roughly, possibly eight. Dresses, skirts, pants w/shirts. Have picked out jewelry to accompany them, must pick out shoes as well. Luckily I am throwing away about half of my shoes (I have some really, really old shoes).

I need "lounging" clothes for when I'm not training. I have: a whole bunch of shirts, couple pairs of comfy jeans, black capri lounge pants, brown shorts, could probably use one more set of pj's, otherwise good. Lots of random shirts to wear, also good.

Both of my bathing suits, just in case. There is a pool. Need to wash the brand new towels I got, however.

Let's see... whole bunch of cosmetic-type stuff: makeup remover, makeup, face wash, etc... all that stuff except for toothpaste and shampoo/conditioner, but that waits until Monday.

Remaining to pack: Shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, sketchbooks, book on the Spanish Flu epidemic, at least two fiction books, Bible, journal. Shoes. ...

I'll remember whatever it is eventually.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Attempting

I am staying here, just me and the cat. Jason's in SC with his family... what's kind of sad is that less than twenty hours separate me leaving for Macomb and him returning from SC. I don't know how long we will go without seeing each other.

Today is my second-to-last day at Walmart, although I am still deciding on whether or not to just fill out the paperwork today and be done with it. I have things I need to do. Then again, I DO have all of Sunday now when I wasn't sure I did before.

I'm going to drive to McLean Monday night... I start my job in Carbondale, filling out paperwork, on Monday... that ends at 6:15 PM. My training starts Tuesday in Macomb, at 9 AM. Macomb is a five-hour drive from Carbondale, but two hours from McLean. So the idea here is to make a four-hour trip to McLean at night, collapse into bed, sleep, get up early, drive to Macomb to make it to the training facility by 9.

This way I don't have to be on the road at 4 AM to make it there on time.

Check into my hotel Tuesday night when I get out of work, get all my stuff settled. Go for a swim.

I think I've got it all planned out fairly well...

Oh well.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I AM PULLING THIS BLOG OUT OF THE TRASH DERN IT

OKAY.

Sorry. I have a horrible tendency to forget things like this and just stop updating, or start putting it off endlessly. So here we go.

Jason is leaving for South Carolina Tuesday. I'm still trying to push him into renting a car for the trip, because I don't think his poor little car has another round-trip left in it... I think once we get to SC we're going to have to trade it in or something. Poor thing.

my last day at Wal-Mart in June 12th. You heard it right, kids, I'm quittin' Wal-Mart. But why, you ask?

I got another job. I'm going to be the manager of a payday loan place, at least 'til we move to SC. My four-to-six-week training course starts on the 15th. So... Jason and I won't see each other for a while. Which isn't fun, but we'll manage it. We've done it before, we can do it again.

I will be in Macomb, IL, doing my training, which means it's a five-hour trip to and from C-Dale and I hate driving... so I may be coming to Mom and Dad's house more often than is absolutely necessary, since that's only a two-hour drive. I don't know. I do love my husband...

Today I worked a four-hour shift at Wally World, and am now drinking caffeine. I'm fighting off the caffeine-withdrawl headache I got around 10 AM this morning, and trying to get mysel geared up to start packing our stuff up.

Jason will probably have to move from one apartment to the next by himself and/or with movers, if I can afford movers I'm going to get some, even though Jason doesn't think he needs help. At the VERY least I'm going to ask our family friends the Vargas family if they'd be willing to help us out in exchange for pizza.

Also, my cat just threw up on the carpet. Who says pets aren't good practice for children? Three years ago I'd have gotten ill myself and had to wait until Jason got home and make him clean it... now I just sigh, get some paper towels and some carpet cleaner, and have at it.

Wonderful.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I am a terrible person who never keeps up with this thing

I'm sorry! Please forgive me, family.

In any case, I promise to get better from here on out, starting... tomorrow. I promise. I mean it this time, I swear.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fear Not

My life is a whirlwind and I haven't given much thought to writing. A few updates:

1. I am getting a new computer soon, as my old one died a miserable, virus-riddled death. I have mourned HAL's passing (yes, I named my computer) and I'm on Dell setting up the new one now... probably ordering it tonight.

2. Our family friend Isaac Thomas has lymphoma, so I've been thinking about that a lot... a lot a lot... lately. It's not exactly the sort of thing that inspires happy journal entries. He has a blog up though: http://ijthomas.blogspot.com/ Sometimes his mother Linda posts the entries if he can't.

3. I'm just over four weeks from graduation, so everything is a pile of trying to get my thesis done, finish my work in class, and go to work at Wal-Mart. I kind of put too much on myself this semester, and with both Jason and I working and going to school, essentially spending sixty to eighty hours a week away from each other depending how much time we have to spend on our projects that week, I am le sad.

Oh well, it's almost over. Then I can just... sleep on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Anyway, that's about all of my updates. Oh! And I am beginning talks this week to show my work at a coffee house in town over the summer. I'll update you on that if anything comes of it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

As you can tell

I haven't been doin' all that much lately. Just work, and then school, and then more work and then some more school. Yesterday I got out at 1 PM and Jason had the day off, so we spent some pretty important time together. We went to the park, ate brie and fruit spread on crackers for supper, bought Charlie Bartlett, this movie, and watched it with me having a nice warm cup of decaffinated coffee.

In real news, I got Easter weekend off like I asked, so I will be comin' on home to McLean that weekend to spend time with the family and to see my niece.

Jason and I are shooting for summer for our next SC visit.

Also, we won't be moving next year! We worked out a deal with the landlords, they knocked a hundred dollars off the rent price per month so that Jason and I could stay... essentially, they're charging us for a three-bedroom the same as they're charging for their two-bedrooms. We get an extra bedroom for free, yippee. Now I just have to come up with something to DO with it.

I've let the cat out since I got home, onto the back deck. She has been out there for an hour at a time, then bounds inside to snuggle and purr and get me to pet her, then back outside for more. I think, perhaps, she may like the outside.

There are so many things I could be doing right now. I'm settling for trying to work on thesis stuff.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Senior Show

To whom it may concern:

The Senior Art Show (which I am required to take part in and which counts as my thesis show) is the weekend of graduation. The Glove Factory gallery will be open to the public from 12 noon to 4 PM Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9. There is a reception Sunday after the graduation ceremony, but I'm not going to be in the ceremony itself so I don't know how all that will work out.

If you want to come see the pieces, you are more than welcome! I will, of course, be willing to show any visitors I get basically everything I've been working on this year.

Monday, March 16, 2009

this update is mostly for my mother

I am voluntarily ironing something for the first time in my life.

Spring is upon us

and true to the way I was raised, I'm feelin' the cleaning itch. Because of who I am, that itch is very small and I can mostly ignore it.

I am giving in to it in a small way today, as I'm putting a bunch of the clothing I no longer wear in a goodwill donation bag.

I cashed a birthday check today and bought myself some lovely sale clothing for spring. Apparently my spring color will be something between robin's egg blue and turquoise, since that's roughly the color of all three shirts I bought. I also bought a pair of lovely dark jeans and chocolate brown linen pants. A good pair of linen pants is a spring must-have in my opinion.

Yay sale stuff.

Next paycheck, I can have a bit more. Stupid grown-up budgeting that I'm really bad at finally sneaking in.

Jason and I ate at Red Lobster yesterday with those gift cards Mom sent me. We both left completely stuffed and entirely satisfied with our meal. The waitress was really nice. Jason always makes comments about how even the 'fresh' fish isn't -really- fresh. Haha, being raised near the coast (well, relatively speaking) apparently spoiled him.

Jason got denied his request to come to my parents' house with me on Easter weekend. I don't know if I got it yet or not, his assistant manager actually spoke to him in person about it. Inventory starts that week, so nobody in departments is getting anything... but I'm a cashier and we have absolutely nothing to do with inventory, so I should get it.

It makes me sad :( I hate spending even four days away from him. Oh well. I'll dispatch our friend Alana to come play video games with him so he won't be sad.

The upside is that I get to see the beautiful baby! I listen to my niece on the phone and watch videos Christina sends us through e-mail and she just gets cuter every day. She was trying to steal the phone from Christina to talk to me tonight, ha.

Okay, to do list:

1. Taxes (yes yes I know)
2. Rent apartment for next year
3. Contact thesis committee to set up meeting
4. Profit?
5. Eventually sleep

Monday, March 2, 2009

age ain't nothin' but a number

I turn 23 on Friday, which is frightening to me. 23 already? That's only two years from my inner timeline for when I wanted to start having children. Maybe I should put that off a little longer.

Usually when I get to my birthday I don't feel any older than I did the year before. This year I do. It was a growin' up year, to be sure. I got married, I'm settling into things. I don't know.

I need to go get a new phone when my two-year-replacement date rolls over, this poor thing I've got is really starting to go. I have a haircut on Friday (yay, birthday present from me TO me), my new glasses should come in this week.

I've applied for a few days off around Easter so I can get back to my family to see my niece and sister and my mom and dad. We're still working on getting the big blue to let Jason have enough days off to go see his. It's getting a bit infuriating. He decided to try and go with me on Easter, so we'll see what happens. If that works out, we'll have to get someone to come sit with the cat or she shall be very very sad and she is my baby, so we can't have that.

I'm working on arty bits to turn in to class tomorrow and drinking way too much coffee. I made myself bacon and bagels with cream cheese for breakfast, I'll have pasta for a late lunch before work. I work 5-9 tonight. Jason, ironically, worked 8-5 today. So I will see him for an hour on his lunch break and then not at all 'til I get out at 9. We have to get up tomorrow for school so odds are we won't have much relaxing time before bed, either. This semester is a harsh one.

I have to meet with my thesis people very very soon and get all that hammered out. I am doing the Official Big Me Show over the summer, but there'll be a small one for graduation purposes as well.

Maybe I'll play some video games for a bit.

Friday, February 27, 2009

New camera

cards have been mailed out.

We have a new camera! Finally, a digital one. Maybe I can start having actual pictures of this life I lead, ha.

Not much to say, really. It's a quiet day here. Jason works all day. He got turned down for a request for time off AGAIN, so it looks like no SC until summer at least. Maybe his boss -wants- him to be depressed? Who knows. Kind of makes me wistful for when I was a supervisor and could essentially give myself a week off if I had to.

We'll try again in the summer. I'm going to ask for some time around Easter to see my family and my niece? So cross your fingers for that.

Like I said, nothing exciting. Quatro's pizza and beer last night. We tried an organic hard apple cider that was actually really good, if only about as alcoholic as cough syrup. We also tried a Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier which was waaaaaay too light for us. We don't really do pale, so we were less than excited. Pretty good beer still, though.

Haircut next week, if all goes according to plan. I should get my new glasses next week too. I will take a picture!

I need to clean the bathroom today. That sink is getting... eesh.

We're looking at a few other complexes to live in next year? But we may stick with Sugartree. They haven't been terrible to us. We're just not sure we want to sit through all these repairs next year on a totally new place. Also our oven hasn't worked in like two weeks, but we haven't ahd time to call the landlords about it. Whoops. That's okay, we saute everything anyway.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

bad moon on the rise

Been in a less-than-stellar mood for a couple of days now with no apparent cause. Sometimes I just get moody, I guess. We got everyone's cards! Thank you so much! We also received the package from Atlanta Christian Church, family, so I'll be sending out that THank-You card on Wednesday... along with SOME OTHER cards I've been meaning to send but have the worst possible memory for.

Yes, family, that means the wedding thank-you cards are FINALLY making the rounds. I'm so bad at this stuff, I'm terribly sorry for the lateness.

Planning for my birthday. I think I will treat myself to a new pair of glasses (I have needed new glasses for about two years but just kept putting it off) and a haircut (have needed arguably since November). Short hair + new glasses, = yay. They have purple glasses at the wal-mart vision center, which is where I'll be going. Yay employee discount.

Jason said you can tell I'm getting tired of my length of hair because I've always got it pulled back in a messy bun now and just seem bothered by it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Grind

Today: work from 9-1, work on printmaking from 2:30 until it's done, THEN meet with Marla to discuss plans for sharing our thesis show. Jason works 2-10.

Printmaking due tomorrow.

At least last night I got to huddle in and play video games?

In any case, I have a painting I'd like to start on sometime tonight or tomorrow...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Warmth!

Glorious, wonderful warm weather! Id on't care if it's windy, I don't care if it rains, I just want to be able to feel my fingers all day long. The apartment feels perfect. I wish I didn't work until 9 PM and then have a pile of homework to do, but whatever.

In any case, I got some homework for silkscreen done this morning before work... I have a crit for painting tomorrow with Erin... and I have to have something done to SHOW her... ugh.

Slow my life down please.

Oh well. After May, it'll just be work, that's all. No more school!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

ploddity ploddity

It's still so cold my fingers tingle after only a few seconds outside. I can't wait for warmer weather to come. January and February are the worst. December 09 through February 2010 will be the last winter we spend in Illinois if I have anything to say about it. Then we're moving SOUTH, kids, we will be migrating like particularly cold geese.

I'm looking into a duplex for next year. I saw an ad in the paper and though I'm a bit worried someone else will have gotten there before me, I'm hopeful. It's a 2-bedroom (Jason and I like having the extra computer room) for 495, which is essentially the same rates we were paying on the 3-bedroom, 250 each. Water's included, trash is included, and it has a washer/dryer unit it looks like? And pets are okay. I suppose I'll have to put down a pet deposit, but that's fine, I'm used to that.

I have to print out some stuff for silkscreening ideas and then... funny story. So I'm quickly becoming obsessed with the Life is Good website and I found some cute shirts that had little terrain scenes on them. LIke, one was a little mountain scene in a circle, one was an island, one was a desert scene. So I e-mailed them asking if they had considered maybe doing a little field-scene or a prairie scene for us flatlanders and got an e-mail back almost right away! The funny part is that they want me to print out, sign, and mail in a disclosure form saying that I don't expect any compensation for my idea, I just sent it to them free of obligation or expectation. So that's kind of funny. But the lady said she would show them the e-mail probably as soon as they get the form and can file it.

So I'm hopeful.

In other news, we're switching from white sugar to cane juice crystals, because the refining process in making white sugar is a big part of what makes it bad for you. It's not exactly "raw" sugar (which you see advertised sometimes), it goes through a different process than that. But in any case, I think it tastes better and I like having a little molasses. We had earlier made the switch from white flour to whole-wheat or just wheat flour and that has been good, too! It makes everything you make with it noticeably more filling, so you end up eating less.

It's a bit more expensive because it's sort of the "trendy" hippie thing right now, but that's fine with us... we'll just budget more on how often we're sticking sugar in things.

And to add, no, I'm not trying to be a trendy hippie. :)

Valentine's Day is coming up... although Jason and I don't do a lot of those sappy holiday-things, we ARE going to hit up Kay's Jewelry this weekend. They're having a big sale and my inner jewelry-hound wants to go see if I like any of it. I get so many compliments on my wedding ring it's hilarious... I wear it to work and I'll get these older women who just -grab- my hand so they can look at it.

Okay. I think I've wasted enough time warming up. Time to print out the images for silkscreening and wander that way.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

update

My printmaking teacher is giving me a zero for the crit, since I wasn't there Thursday. She is going to grade my actual project because it was int he classroom (in the drying racks) and technically could have been graded with or without me there, but take a full letter grade off nonetheless.

Ugh. At least it's not a total zero? But I'm kind of angry. The thing is, this particular teacher has a reputation as being hard as nails and without compromise, so I'm pretty sure I got some serious mercy from her, based on my warnings from students AND a couple of professors before I got into this class.

I'll take it, but I'm definitely not happy about it.

I AM hungry, but I was going to try and wait until 5, when Jason gets out of class. Hmmn. Maybe I'll eat a bag of chips. I was thinking he and I could get Moe's tonight. I love Moe's. I was so happy to see it come to Carbondale! It was my favorite place to visit in SC.

I'm telling you, if I wasn't in college? Jason and I would be migrating south right about now, though. Only one more winter of this, only one more. Then Jason will be done, we'll have lived out our last lease and we can move to warmer climes.

ugh. Start looking for apartments for us, Robin.

eighteen-hundred-and-froze-to-death

It is so cold. It is so very, very cold. It's "officially" 14 degrees here, but don't let that fool you, with the wind raging so hard and so cold we're probably actually just getting above zero now. My pinkie toe on my left foot always goes numb first. Thank god for my scarf over my nose. It's so cold that it the wind gets in your eyes and the colors of things change, everything goes vaguely reddish.

So it turns out I may have gotten an automatic zero on my very first project in silkscreening. Why, you ask? Well, it's mandatory that you show up for critique days, because that's when you get your grade and get told what you did wrong. Essentially, unless you are in the hospital, you have to show up. Our crit was meant to be last Tuesday, but campus was closed. They re-opened campus on Thursday, but my car was still stuck until late late Thursday night thanks to the piles of snow and ice that we couldn't dig through until a neighbor let us borrow his snow shovel and we spent a good three hours working on it just so the two of us could get to work on Friday.

In any case my teacher and most of the class DID manage to get there on Thursday, so they had crit. I know at least one other person didn't make it, and I also know that essentially everyone but me and that girl lived within walking distance of school. So I don't know what the teacher will do. If she tries to give me a zero, though, I'm probably going to go over her head to the dean and protest it. When I'm literally trapped in my house, there's not much I can do. The work was done and it was even in the classroom where she could get to it to grade it, I just couldn't get there myself.

On Wednesday, Jason worked 1 to 10, so he just walked to work. I called in Wednesday morning because there was no way I was going to make it walking OR trying to get my car out. It turns out basically everyone else called off too, so I do feel bad. Wal-Mart had about half their usual turnout of workers over two days, and about twice as many customers as one would expect in a snowstorm. Apparently? If the weather gets bad, everyone goes to Wal-Mart.

Friday Jason and I carpooled because we got my car out, but his was still uber-stuck. So I went to work an hour and a half early and he was there to pick me up when I got off an hour and a half after him. He only got his car out Sunday, I think.

Then the administration has actually admitted outright that they don't plow lots based on student need. They plow the administration's building lot first, then if there's a game they plow/salt the parking lot and sidewalks for that game... and then after that they try to decide which parking lots for students should be bothered with. So by the time they get to us, they've used half their available salt on the arena.

Things are better today, they did some more work over the weekend. But man, you'd think they'd touch the handicapped stuff before they did the parking lot for a game. I'm not sure who they think is paying all of their salaries? But I'm pretty sure it's the students. And I"m not saying we should get carte blanche to go crazy and be entitled, but I think I am at least entitled to the school I am going deep into debt to go to to at least pretend to care about my safety.

So I'm hanging out in the computer lab until I need to go over to the art building. It's only a few hundred feet but let me tell you, it's gonna feel like miles.