Weekly Update #38

First full week back at my regular life since my vacation in Minneapolis, and it’s been a week! I caught up on cleaning most of the day today, and then played The Sims 3 until M and I went to game.

In fact, we’re at game right now, waiting for everyone to show up. One of my friends from work is going to join us today. She’s wanted to try tabletop gaming for a while now and since her significant other recently moved to California, she has a little extra free time. I don’t mean that the way it probably sounds. What I mean is that she was spending all her time with her SO before he left for California and now that he has left, she now has the time to spend at game. Either way, I’m excited to have her!

I fear with the change in the weather as fall approaches, I’m getting sick, yet again. Stuffy nose, scratchy throat, itchy eyes… It sounds like allergies, but the thing is I am allergic to being healthy. I’m already stocking up on orange juice and cough meds.

Other than that, I applied for a floor walking position at work. If I get the gig, it would mean time off the phones, answering questions for the newbies on the phones for the first time. I put in for a few other positions as we’ll at I’m hoping to hear back from. I’m really looking forward to bettering my skill set and furthering my career, for lack of a better word.

Well, that about does it for me today and this week. Thanks for checking out my blog and sticking with me, dear readers. It really does mean a lot to me.

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Pinterest Project: Ren Fair

As some of you may know, I dabble a bit in photography.  Dabble might be a bit of an understatement.  While M and I were in Minneapolis, we had the opportunity to go to the Renaissance Fair.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the jousting tournament, edited in Camera Raw.

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The announcer had a pretty sweet moustache.  I spend the whole tournament trying to get a good shot of his face, but he kept staying just out of my camera’s view.

If you’re also interested in photography, my dear readers, check out my photography board on Pinterest for all sorts of little tips and tricks I’ve accumulated.  And there’s some editing pins in there, too!

Oh, Nostalgia

Being in Minneapolis really brings me back to that time in my life.  When I was still in school, mostly unemployed, going to shows all the time and hanging out with friends when I wasn’t at a concert.

Even though I was struggling with depression, I remember my time in Minneapolis fondly.  In all honesty, if I hadn’t been living there when I was dealing with that particular episode, I don’t think I’d be where I am today with the disease.  I started antidepressants while living in Minneapolis.  Partly because of the people I met there.

Some of my best friends live up in the 612 area code.  In fact, the person I commonly refer to as my platonic soul mate lives there.  I’ve written about him before.  His name is John Kargol and he is amazing.  It was really great to see him and his lovely girlfriend Jamie, who is also a good friend of mine.

I also tend to thrive in a city setting.  I do well when I can walk around a downtown and have everything I need within arm’s reach.  One of my favorite things M and I did in Minneapolis was we went to a movie at a local theater.  St. Anthony Main Theater, to be exact.  We went to see Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For on discount Tuesday.  I really liked being able to make that choice on a whim, and then have something to do while we waited for the next showtime.  M and I hung out by the river and went to a cafe I’d never been to before.

But the thing I think I miss the most about Minneapolis and my life there is that I feel like I had more of a purpose back then.  I had a goal I was working towards.  I don’t really feel like I have that anymore.  Visiting what I consider my home town, I got that feeling back again.  Like I have something to strive for.  I don’t know what I’m working on yet, but it’s something.  I need to focus on something.

Coming back home to Iowa, I need to find that something again.

In A Hundred Words

In the end, it didn’t matter. In the end, nothing ever matters. Lucy would have known this if she’d ever bothered to listen to the Linkin Park CD her first boyfriend got her back in ninth grade.

But she didn’t. Liam knew that. He turned the volume up louder to hear over the sobbing. All the time and money he’d spent on her, he deserved something other than one timid handjob and a half-hearted breakup.

He had spent years of his life on her. He was going to finally take what he was owed.

Lucy wailed as he leaned in.

Weekly Update #37

This past week has been a whirlwind!  M and I left right after work on Saturday for Minneapolis, then came back to Iowa on Wednesday only to leave right away again the next Saturday morning for my cousin’s wedding in Wisconsin.  We just got back yesterday from everything only to work bright and early this morning.

I meant to post an update yesterday, but I ended up getting some new bookshelves as a hand-me-down from my grandmother and cleaning those up, bringing them down to the basement and transferring all my books from one cramped shelf to two nice, spacious shelves.  And then I took a nap.  Like a 5-year-old.  A 5-year-old in her mid twenties.  It was glorious.

Posting schedule will go back to normal this week.  Tomorrow will be In A Hundred Words.  And we’ll be back on track from there.

I bought a book a while ago called WordPress for Dummies.  I just now started working through it.  It’s about time I actually learned to do more than publish a post.  So also expect some big changes in the near future for little old Day Old Sushi.

In other news, I’ve applied to a few new jobs.  Hopefully I’ll at least get an interview for one of them.

I bought new labret studs for my lip piercing.  Unfortunately, mine is stuck at the moment.  The ball is screwed on too tight.  And also, it’s actually the starting stud from when I got my lip pierced because I was broke for the longest time.  So I’m gonna try a few tricks I’ve found on the internet here and there before I give up and go find a pierce-er and pout until they fix it.

I think that pretty much covers it.  Thanks for tuning in, my lovely readers.  See you all tomorrow!

In A Hundred Words

I walked to work today. I missed the bus. The next available bus doesn’t come until three hours after my shift starts.

And of course, it started raining. And of course, I left my umbrella at home. And of course, it’s three days until pay-day so I can’t even pick a cheap one up from the store.

I saw one of my coworkers drive past me. Well, she stopped at a light while I was waiting to cross the street. Didn’t even roll down the window to say hello or anything.

Man, sometimes this job isn’t even worth it.

Pinterest Project: My First Cross Stitch

As I’m sure you’re all aware from previous posts, I’m a cross-stitcher (check my Pinterest board).  I’ve been stitching for about two years now.  And this is the kit that started it all.  I stitched a bit of it to get the basics down, but then I set it to the side and worked on the pattern I really wanted to make.

In the process of organizing my crafting supplies, I found the not even half-finished kit and decided that it was probably about time to finish it up!

My First Cross Stitch1Since it came with its own little frame, I think I’ll take it in to work and hang it somewhere in my cubicle.  A little something bright and happy to get me through my days on the phone.

You can see in the heart where I started, not all the x’s are the same.  And I’m actually really proud of the back stitching, because I’m not very good at it to begin with.  I’ve been thinking about picking up a bunch of those little beginner cross stitch kits, finishing them, and then just leaving them places.  On a bus, at work, in a coffee shop, etc.  I don’t know if people would pick them up and keep them or throw them away, but I think it’d be a fun little project.

And bonus for today: my girl Juri wanted to know what I was taking pictures of and wanted to join in on the photography fun!

My First Cross Stitch2

 

Time Off

So, I know I’ve had some time off recently, though not really planned.  But this weekend marks the start of an actual vacation!  One that I’ve planned and saved for!  One that I’m very excited for!

Saturday after work, M and I will be driving 6 hours up to Minneapolis, MN.  We’ll spend four days bumming around my old stomping grounds.  Sunday, we’re going to the Renaissance Festival with a couple of friends of mine.  No real solid plans outside of that.  We do want to hit the Mall of America and I’m thinking also Walker Art Center and the sculpture garden.

Then, we come home and work for two days before tripping up to Wisconsin for the weekend for my cousin’s wedding.  It’ll be nice for M to finally meet a lot of my extended family.  I just met his this past Sunday at a family barbecue.

It’ll just be a nice, much-needed break from the routine of everything.  I’ll be able to see all my friends from MPLS and I’ll be able to see my family in WI.  And I’ll have M with me the whole time!

Even with my days off and my new schedule where I’m working an earlier shift and subsequently getting off work earlier, I still wind up feeling overwhelmed by everything I’m trying to do.  I’m hoping this vacation will relax my brain and help me get back in the mindset to tackle all my goals head-on.  I’m hoping it will help me re-focus on what I really want to do and lose the things I’m doing just to do.

Sometimes you just get stuck in your own routine.  And that’s exactly what vacations were made for.  Step outside of the rut you’re wearing down for yourself in your daily path.  Jump on to a trail less traveled.  I know meeting up with my old friends will give me new purpose.  John is such a brilliant artist and I’ve seen him take some great strides in his own career recently that make me want to follow his lead.  And Jamie struggles with a lot of the same productivity/focus issues that I do.  Lately, she’s been researching how to put her time to better use and her determination really inspires me.  Being around those two is going to do me worlds of good.

I have some posts scheduled to go up while I’m gone, but I won’t be promising a weekly update this week (I’ll be in Minneapolis).  And next week, I’m skipping the Pinterest Project in favor of my cousin’s wedding.  But after that, I’ll be back with more ferocity than ever in terms of my commitment to producing quality content for this blog to make it everything I want it to become!

In A Hundred Words

She stood at the balcony, taking a long drag of a cigarette. She breathed in the soothing menthol, wishing she could escape the bass pounding out of the closed glass doors behind her.

Her brother watched her from his bedroom window. He hated the fact that she was here. Turning away, he turned up the music.

Their mother stood in the kitchen, mindlessly chopping vegetables for a meal she didn’t want to serve to a family that did not care. She turned her head towards the balcony. Maybe tonight would be the night she jumped, right there, from where her daughter was standing.

Weekly Update #36

Okay, I think I’m more or less back on track with my posts. Thank you guys for bearing with me. The health issues in my family have fixed themselves more or less, it seems. And the internet issue has been more than fixed.

I started a new schedule this past week. Instead of working 11:30 PM to 8 PM, the second shift at APAC, I now work 8 AM to 4:30 PM. It means getting up at the ungodly hour of 6 AM, but it also means feeling like I have more time in my day. I’m actually very excited for this new schedule. Once I adjust to functioning so early in the morning and I’m not constantly exhausted, I’m very much looking forward to using that free time after work in better ways.

M and I went to go see Guardians of the Galaxy on Wednesday. It was very good! I highly recommend it! It’s not the average superhero movie. It’s not as straightforward as other “hero-saves-the-universe” movies. Each character has an interesting and compelling backstory, and this first movie is a great introduction to the characters. The sequel is slated for release in 2017 and I cannot wait! Groot and Rocket are my favorite. I do wish that Gamora’s character had been treated a little differently, though. She’s supposed to be this bad-ass character but sort of gets sidelined into a damsel in distress. Not too happy about that one.

Next Saturday, M and I are driving up to Minneapolis for a little vacation. I’m pumped to see all of my friends again as well as for M to meet them all. I will post as consistently as possible while I’m away. Then, two weeks from today, my cousin is getting married in Wisconsin. M and I will be attending that as well.

And that pretty much does it for new and exciting things in my life. Until next time, my dear readers!