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Yes, Again 2009 has yeilded another consistancy.  I have been terrible at keeping up my blog, to the point that I’m almost positive nobody is reading it anymore anyways.

I guess what it boils down to is that life is just going right now.  Life isn’t good, it also isn’t bad, it just is.  Thats a weird feeling to have, but its stable.  Not much new to report on pretty much any front.  I still have my job, and my apartment, and all in all life is going along pretty good.  Not to say their couldn’t be improvements, but it is what it is.

Then again, maybe I am at least slightly down because winter has gotten the better of me.  I’m sure it’s something any Minnesotan can agree with.  Winter starts to get really old when your still seeing snow in April.  But baseball gets rolling again starting today, so spring can’t be far behind it, right?

And, add all that to the current economic conditions, and you have someone like me who is starting his own life suddenly desiring to live in survival mode, which is to say life is on “pause” right now.  I’m keeping a low profile to try to get that nest egg built up, and with any luck I might actually come out of this whole downturn in one peice.  Like I said, I’m still employed, and I hope to be for a long time to come, but these are uncertain times.  Blah blah blah insert another catchphrase here, i know i know.

This is not saying that I don’t still have some rather graphic opinions, because I do.  And I am in a period of “transition” that I can’t seem to get myself out of.  Life is changing, and has changed, yet I haven’t picked a path, nor have I found my new hobbies or expanded on my social circles as of yet. 

So, I’ll try to keep updated here, and I still have some rather scathing words for my former favorite pay service, which was XM radio until 11/12/08, and my thoughts on some alternatives.  So, if your out there, keep your eyes on that monitor.

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?


Posted: October 9, 2008 in Personal

So, about a month ago my gramma was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer.  This has been a bit difficult for me to comprehend, until last night.

You see, I have been unable to make it down to see her, either due to her not feeling up for guests, or me not being available.  Chemotherapy takes alot out of a person, and so its been more of the latter.

I finally was able to see her, and it made me realize just how fragile life can be.  Something the size of an orange has almost completely killed her, and will probably end up taking her out before the end of next year.

So, I guess the moral of the story is, enjoy what you have today, because tomorrow may never come.

There are so many things that I have laying around that I don’t use.  Some will be thrown out, some will be stored for reference (like my school books).  But rather than spending hours a night the week before I move, I am going to start packing this weekend.

The last week will be packing things that I use on a daily basis, such as my Tivo (which will likely be cancelled in favor of a DVR from the cable company, its been a good run, but my TIVO doesn’t do HD or On Demand), DVD Player, Computers, etc.  Most of the furniture is staying behind, with the exception of my computer desk.  I have this “hutch” thing that is too hard to move, a half of a 20 year old loveseat, a twin bed that I grew up in (yeah, I’m glad to have the space for a queen now!) and peices of bedroom furniture that used to belong to my sister (sad life i lead haha) that will also be staying behind. 

I’m bringing a shelf, DVD/CD rack, and my desk.

Everything else is going good, although my social front is quiet (keeping a lower profile right now anyways).  Not to say I don’t get out, I just don’t feel required to.  Hell, after a long week, it STILL feels good to curl up at home.  I’m getting old haha.

Despite last week’s bad news about the job, I am still diligently apartment hunting.  I have found three apartments that I am really interested in, and a fourth and fifth that I am moderately interested in.  All are in different “corners” of the metro, between 3 and 20 miles from work.

I have not yet decided on whether to live closer to work but further from friends and family, or live in the middle of the two.  The middle would be ideal, aside from the gas and commute times, as it would put me about 15 miles from work, but about 10 miles from where I currently live.

Other places would put me about 25 miles from where I currently live, but 7-10 miles away from work.  Most of my friends currently live closer to where I live than where I work.  So, the question becomes, is it time for a fresh start in the interest of saving about $80 in gas a month (but paying about that much more in rent)?  Or is it worth it to stay closer to friends, but extend my commute time to 30-40 minutes, while at the same time paying $80-$100 less for more amenities?

I got a job!

Posted: March 6, 2008 in Personal, Work

After nearly two months of looking daily, and three months of unemployment, today I recieved, and accepted, a job offer.  The job is for a TERRIFIC company, pay is perfect, location is perfect, and the opprotunity for growth is literally unlimited.

Tomorrow, I have to go fill out paperwork, and then once the paperwork comes back, I should start the next day.  Paperwork should take approximately two days, so I should start work as soon as next Wednesday.  I am absolutely thrilled about this opprotunity, as it will allow me to move to the apartment building I want to move to, and since the pay is a little higher than I was expecting, I should be able to still accomplish that goal by May or June.

Well, without realizing it, probably because I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off all over the metro (litterally every corner at this point), this blog is now 4 years old.  Go ahead, look down and to your right.  Yup, first post was made on 2.4.2004. 

It is interesting to look back at what was important to me back then, and what is important to me now.  Sure, there was a crazy post in there (well quite a few from back in 04, but thats how we grow, right?).  As a matter of fact, it is going back and looking at those posts that helped me to deal with it differently when this same person and I had a simular blow out back in 2007.  I’d say (and she would likely disagree, but you can’t change everyone’s mind) that I not only handled it better, but was a tad bit more mature about it.  Sure, I still said some things I regreted, but when your told you’ll never make it on your own for a dumb reason, well you tend to get upset especially when you hold that person with such a high regard.  Wherever she is, I hope she has found that happiness and is more calm and content than she was 8 months ago, and certainly wish her luck on her future endeavours.

Anyway, I digressed, and didn’t want to get into that again (but its hard not to when your looking back!).  The original intent of this post was simply to thank you all for reading this mediocrity.  I hope you have had as much fun watching me grow as I have writing about it.  Where will I be another 4 years from now?

Its been about a month….

Posted: February 1, 2008 in Personal, Work
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And still, not much on the job front.  I have had quite a few job interviews, and I was quite sick for a week or two in there, but no official offers as of now.

Thats ok, I’ve got plenty of time to look before I don’t have any money left, and I’m sure something will come along.  I’ve gotten quite a bit of traffic on my resume, and every week that I have actively been working, I’ve had about 3-5 interviews per week.

Eyes back on the Prize

Posted: January 9, 2008 in Personal, Work
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So, I have been kind of unmotivated to do anything for the past few weeks.  Finishing school finally hit me, and I guess I was overwhelmed with what I had coming up.  What do I do next, where do I go from here?  Are my skills going to be good enough?

Yes, and I can go anywhere I want to go, this is just the beginning of a new chapter in my life.  The pages are blank, but I need to just write them one page at a time.  So, today, I am breaking down the process little by little, and setting up a timeline.  Tomorrow, I put the absolute final touches on my Resume, and get it posted to all the job sites.  Friday, and for each weekday after that until I get a job, I am making it my personal goal to apply for three jobs, Resume, Coverletter, and all.  Aside from not wanting to work in downtown Minneapolis or downtown St. Paul, all other areas are open.  And every interview will be taken, every job will be applied for.  Even if I don’t meet all the qualifications.  Who knows, perhaps I meet enough of them to justify bringing me on for training.  I AM an up and comer after all.  I just finished school. 

I am of course looking to pay my bills, so I do have a dollar figure in mind, but experience is more important to me than money.  This is JUST the beginning, the money will come.  I AM good at what I do, and I am passionate about the Information Systems field.

Yeah, the future looks bright, and completely financially dependent on myself. 

Glad Christmas is over…..

Posted: December 27, 2007 in Family, Personal

Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely things I like about it, but still I’m glad its over.  I love the sense of togetherness, and I love the time spent with family.  That seems to be fading quickly, as my siblings are growing up and moving on with their lives and their own families, and whatnot, but still it is there.  I love that people feel compelled to give to the food shelf, salvation army, etc. but at the same time wish that it didn’t take a holiday to get us all to give back a little time or money.  And it would be nice if more people realized that more important than giving your money is volunteering your time.

But why I am glad it is over is because now I will be able to get within 2 miles of a mall without having to drive like I am secret service to avoid accidents.  No longer will I have to see ads on TV promoting that you should show that special someone you love them by buying a matching pair of Lexus cars for their present.  Yes, for another 11 months, I can forget that Christmas, complete with the American deisre to overcomercialize it, exists at all.  And most people can go back to being a little patient and understanding on the road.  Not that I am saying that people are automatically patient on the road, only that what little patience they have is usually lost during the “Most Wonderful time of the Year”.

And now that it’s all over, I can stop wondering if the gifts that I got for my family memebers are good enough, and know that everyone was happy in their own way with mine.  Who knows, maybe next year I will feel different when I am actually not only employed but making a decent living.  But for now, Bah Humbug. 😉