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Chugging along….

Posted: February 5, 2010 in Friends, Fun, Work

Hey everyone, just thought I’d stop in and say I’m still alive and chugging along.  Life has been crazy, and fun, all at the same time.

If I get some time, I’ll sit down and give some updates.

I look back to this past year, and think of all the many milestones.  So, I thought I would do a little reflection post to sum things up, starting with December of last year (because it fits).

Notable acheivements of 2008:

  • Graduated with an AAS end of December
  • Rejoined the workforce, this time to start a career in IT
  • Made many new friends, and became closer to old ones once again
  • Did not have one cigarette in 2008 (official quit date was 10/1/2007, but I still feel this is notable in 2008)
  • Moved into my own apartment
  • Furnished said Apartment (for about $2000 and then another $2000 for my TV)
  • Established, and followed, a monthly budget
  • Learned how to cook many new food items (hey, its all new to me, right?)
  • And lastly, I got to go to FL to see my dad and other family members

As I look back at what I accomplished, I see much more to accomplish in the future.  Many things changed for me, and for the world in 2008.  Besides personal changes, we saw the death of XM (RIP Lucy), the formation of the much inferior Sirius XM, the election of a black president, the economic downturn, and most of our 401k’s turning into 201k’s (haha, stole that one from our COO).

2009 shows to be an even more challenging year.  I look forward to it, how about you?

Finally made it back up to Duluth….

Posted: January 13, 2008 in Friends, Fun

I think its been something like 5 months, but after a long absense, me and Rielly went back to Duluth to see a friend up there.

Definitely a good time as always, but as usual I am exhausted now.

Happy New Year!

Posted: January 1, 2008 in Fun

Happy New Year to all of my friends, famiily members, and faithful blog readers.  Here’s to a good 2008!

Merry whatever you celebrate…..

Posted: December 25, 2007 in Fun

Just thought I would wish everyone a happy or merry whatever it is you celebrate.  We commonly think of it as Merry Christmas, but knowing that not everybody who reads this is either from the US or a christian (not that I think Christmas is all that religious anymore anyways, but I digress) I figure I’d better be all inclusive.

But its still a post made on December 25th, so take that for what it’s worth.

Black Friday Madness

Posted: November 23, 2007 in Computers, Friends, Fun

So this year, I decided to actually participate slightly in the madness known as Black Friday.  For those of you outside of the states or who otherwise don’t know what Black Friday is, let me tell you.  Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving.  See, for a long time, it has been tradition for many people to start their Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.  It is called Black Firday, because that is the time that many retail businesses actually show a profit for the first time all year.  Kinda sad when you think about it, huh?

Anyways, I had been needing to get a flash drive for a few months now, since I broke mine sometime back in September.  So, having said that, I checked the ads for all the sales about a week and a half ago, and found a great deal on a 4 gig flash drive from Circuit City.  It was somewhere around $25 after tax.  Anyways, I decided to go out there and pick one up.  The Circuit City nearby is located accross the street from the mall, so I should have already known it would be a zoo.  The parking lot was absolutely packed, and people were just grabbing any spot they could find, marked or not.  I went in, and battled the crowds (pretty sure some fire codes were being broken too, but who knows) to get to the back of the store where the flash drives were located.  And, at 11AM, there was not one drive to be found (at least not in a reasonable price range).  Granted it didn’t look like there had been many to begin with, but I was frustrated with myself, and the situation.

So, I decide to go check out Best Buy on the off chance they might have one on sale.  Sure, it might not be the one I want, but hey, I’ll check it.  Now granted, the Best Buy in my area is located kind of out in the middle of nowhere, but still was rather busy.  With that said, the employee’s were very helpful, and they did indeed have a drive on sale.  Not as good of a deal as I would have gotten from Circuit City, but I still picked it up for under $40 after tax.  Keep in mind that these drives run around $70 normally, as it is the 4GB model.  I was able to walk up and get checked out right away, so I was happy. Next year I’ll pass on the whole black friday thing.  Yeah the deals are good, but at what mental cost to us?

After that, I ran away from most civilization, and met up with Rose and her fiance Mike for some lunch and Ice Cream, so the day certainly was far from a total loss.  At least I got to meet up with some friends and have a good time talking about how we are all avoiding Black Friday like The Plague next year.

Thanksgiving Happenings….

Posted: November 22, 2007 in Family, Fun, Uncategorized

So, overall it was a really good thanksgiving, although strange again this year.

You see, last year my sister was over in Europe, and it was the first year we had a thanksgiving without my sister.  Well, this year my Gramma couldn’t make it, because she is not feeling well.  This is the first year we have not had her with us for the festivities.

So anyways, it was me, my aunt, my parents, my two cousins, my sister, and my brother.  The turkey was delicious, and no family fights broke out, which is always good.  It was a bit more rushed than last year, because we wanted to get food over to my Grandma before it was too late.

And now, I’m just plain ole tired from all that turkey.

So, its been almost a month since my last post.  Sorry, things get rather hectic around here with school, and work, and my rather active social life. 

Anyways, to update you on a few things:

The podcast I tried to start up is officially cancelled.  I’m sure it had potential, but I simply do not have the time to research the topics and get new shows recorded enough to make it worth your while.  Perhaps once school is done and I have a full time job, things will settle down, but as it stands now, I’m hardly home for more than a few hours on the weekdays, and usually so wiped by that on the weekends (and let us not forget the social life) that I am not motivated enough to do it.

My car broke down.  Yup thats right.  Well, not break, but it was still a $2500 repair by the time all was said and done.  Fuel injectors went bad on me.  Not too bad considering I’ve had the car now for 4 years, and I’ve only put about $4000 into it in total, but it still hurts to spend that much at once!

Because of the car breaking down, I’m picking up more hours at work.  I’m a workstudy at school, so I don’t get too many hours, but I can pick up as many as 20 hours a week, or up to $1500 this semester in total pay (at 8 bucks per hour).

I still have yet to smoke a cigarette since I quit on October 1st.  It hasn’t been all easy, but I’m commiitted to making this time work.  That should help with that $2500, you’d think, but I want to recognize extra spending money because of it, so I am more motivated to not start again, so I won’t be putting it towards that.

I haven’t been getting to the gym three times a week yet, but November will change that.  I’ve been tired because, as I’m sure some of you ex smokers are aware, quitting affects your sleeping habits and schedule.  I seem to have those issues worked out now, and will probably start up again either tomorrow or Saturday on the whole workout plan.  I got a new MP3 player, because I managed to break my old one, so there is even more motivation, and if I get in 13 times per month, my insurance company reimburses me $20.

I’m still working on upgrading this blog, but my host is still having some issues, so we shall see if I can get that done in the next few weeks (time permitted, of course!).

I am considering completely taking free time away from myself and starting my career a bit early.  I’ve got some feelers out there for jobs, so if the right one comes along, I may very well start working before the semester ends in December.  It’d be tough, but for the right job it would also be worth it to torture myself for a few weeks.

The plan is still to move out sometime this coming spring, and with degree in hand, it shouldn’t be that hard to find a job to make that a reality.  I’ve been noticing more job openings as of late for my career path, so thats good news.  This summer was pretty dry, and evidently the few places I applied for decided they still wanted to see proof of my graduation, which will happen in December.  The one exception to this rule is a job I found out about that is in Burnsville which pays right around what I was looking for and does not require that you have a degree.  (Its posted through school, so they probably know they are getting someone who is GOING to have a degree anyways).

Apperantly, I broke my about me page, so I will work on getting that back up.  Which is a good thing, because I now also have a facebook page, and it would be nice to have a one stop shop way of finding my online persona.

Anyways, thats all for now, I have some opinion posts that I would like to materialize, but I’ll have to wait and see if I can get the time to sit down and write them.  I have a study group that meets tomorrow, so I better get off this thing and start transitioning to bed here.  

Renfest

Posted: August 29, 2007 in Family, Friends, Fun

So yesterday, I went to the MN Ren Fest, which was fun.  We got there a bit late, so we didn’t get to do a whole lot, but the Tortuga Twins was a great show once again this year.

The nice thing is, I got free tickets from someone who works down at the festival, so I didn’t have to pay the 20 bucks to get in.  All in all, it was a good cheap way to spend a few hours.

Anyways, today is my birthday, and I have plenty of homework to do, so I better get moving if I want to get that done before dinner guests arrive.

The "Great" Minnesota Get Together

Posted: August 29, 2007 in Fun

So, last weekend I went to what is refered to as above, the Minnesota State Fair.  I went with my brother, and his girlfriend and met a few other friends there.  It was absolutely packed, but it was rather busy.

The thing that got me is that nobody was paying attention for crap.  Yeah I get it, everyone else is more important right?  Well to top it off, I must have been damn near run over by strollers.  I realize I am not a parent, but that doesnt automatically give you importance over me.  We get it, you have a kid, and now that you do we all have to suffer right?

Perhaps I am a bit bitter, because its always about protecting the kid.  Sorry, protecting your kids is YOUR job, not the job of our government, but perhaps I will save that rant for a future podcast.

Speaking of podcasts, a new episode is coming sometime today or tomorrow.  It’s my Birthday today, so I might not get around to it, and I do have a bit of homework I must do for a class tomorrow, but we shall see if I can find the time to give a podcast update in there at somepoint.