I'll be taking I-40 from Raleigh to Kingman, AZ so if anyone lives along the way and wants to put me up for a night of fun, let me know.
So, for those who don't want to take the time to read all the posts over there, here's a quick recap:
Looking for new job. No longer at old job.
Car accident, broken hand, car totalled.
That's the gist of it at the moment. I'll try to post more than once a month here, but I don't want to be redundant either. I mostly stop by to visit my friends.
Mom, if you ever read this please don't get your hopes up or start pressuring me. If I do come back I want it to be because it's MY decision, not because of any pressure, and if I do feel any pressure to move back I won't do it.
When I go back east to visit the fam in a few weeks, Uncle N. and Aunt Bird will be coming up to visit me. Just me! The whole purpose of their trip is to spend some time with me. I feel so special! They'll be leaving before my sister whirls into town, which makes me feel even more special. When I lived back east, I used to spend my vacations at their house in NJ. I love spending time with them, so this will be fun - assuming I'm awake. I take a red-eye flight into Boston, so hopefully I'll get a few hours sleep before a full day re-acquainting myself with my old stomping grounds. I'll have to be sure to bring some good concealer with me to cover up the major luggage I'll be carrying under my eyes and make it look like I actually want to spend time with them.
Maybe after my sister arrives I can tempt her tired, bitchy, pregnant ass with some sisterly bonding and a trip to the mall to birthday shop for her kids. Yeah, we'll see how that one goes and see if we are both alive by the end of the day.
Here's hoping the weekend gets here fast - I'm tired and I really need to sleep in!
Today we are closing the office early for our company picnic. Mad Scientist is hosting it at his house, so there will be swimming, hot tubbing, and wonderful BBQ from a local restaurant. And I'll get to sleep at my own house tonite, since the lock has been trouble free since I got a new one.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a scorcher - temps in excess of 110 are predicted. I have no plans to go anywhere. I just want to finish putting up pictures and empty that last box I have sitting in my living room (or is it bedroom? In a studio apartment, room boundaries are blurred). I think what I'll do is empty it tonite, gather the last of my plastic storage boxes together so I can bring them to my storage unit in the morning, before it gets too hot out. I hate to do that kind of stuff in the middle of the day. I also have a bunch of computer related tasks I want to do (on my home computer, of course!) and other little cleaning/organizing things I tend to be a master procrastinator about.
Then of course Sunday I'm back at the store and the week starts all over again. I hope next week is better than this one was.
Now that I have money I bought some serious comfort food. I mean, it's the first time since last night that I can have something of my choosing. I spent the day foraging for food in my desk drawer, and anyone who knows about office cuisine knows that desk drawer food is total crap, totally devoid of any nutritional value and totally lacking any ability to satisfy a ravenous appetite, which I definitely have after the kind of week I've been having. Now I have Ben and Jerry to feed me.
I'm gonna eat now, and enjoy the inside of my apartment.
Well I got the stupid laundry done. Couldn't get it put away though. Nope. Not me. My fucking lock is broken, which means that when I turn the key nothing happens. And the shitty apartment management doesn't provide lockout service. Calls to locksmiths (thanks to my neighbor, since my phone is locked in my apartment) were futile since none promised they could even make it out there because they were busy. So I ended up calling Mad Scientist and sleeping over his house. At least I had clean underwear with me, if nothing else.
I'm at work now, since I have food in my desk and nothing else to do and nowhere else to go. They promised they'd replace the damn lock today but they have 2 air conditioners and a water leak ahead of me. My a/c is on and I didn't leave the water running either. Hopefully the water is hot, because it wasn't last night when I did dishes. Oh, and my tv, lights, and fans are all on. Fucking great. Not only am I wildly inconvenienced, but it will cost me more money because of the electric bill. Fucking shitty apartment complex and apathetic management.
Of course I start my period today. Thank goodness Mrs. Mad Scientist had feminine hygiene products for me.
Now it's Monday and already the week is getting off to a not so promising start. When I left for work this morning, not only did I forget my cell phone, I also forgot my glasses. I'm not totally blind without them, but when I'm tired (as I am now) I need them more than usual. Plus, our office remodel is just about done so we're moving things into their permanent homes, so more moving and chaos at the office. And I'm supposed to be working and getting other stuff done too. I feel like everything I try to do gets half done and then abandoned in favor of something else. Gah.
Tonight I need to do the laundry I didn't get done on Saturday due to work. Just what I love - doing laundry in a non-air conditioned laundry room with 8 industrial strength clothes fryers, I mean dryers, when it's 105 outside. But it's gotta get done. Oh how I wish I had a washer and dryer in my apartment, but that would have affected affordability and probably put me in a worse neighborhood.
I'm just not having the energy to get anything done, even though I have tons of stuff to do at home (dishes, laundry, the usual crap). Perhaps getting it all done will make me feel better. But then again, perhaps it can wait while I wallow in the self-pity known as PMS.
It's hot in here and I picked up some hours at Job#2 tomorrow, which means I don't get the whole day off. I think I'll watch some tv and eat some ice cream.
Now I just need a more comfortable chair. I really like my chair, but it's just not a sit for 2 hours kinda chair. Eventually I might have it re-upholstered, but it's not in my budget right now. Check out my chair:
I know it's hard to see, but it also has these really nice carved ball and claw feet in the front. Some new fabric, new padding, and re-tying the springs will help a lot. Besides, there's a rip in the arm that you can't see in this picture, and the fabric on the ends of the arms is really thin, but no one sells armrest doilies anymore.
That's enough about my chair. I'm just so happy I can watch movies again. I was starting to think I was crazy for actually wanting to concentrate on a movie, but then I moved and realized that I'm not. At least, not for that reason.
When it was over, The Maid was starting to put the kids to bed, since they all had an early day today. I had to get up for work today, so I wanted to get home too, but with so many people in the park, and parked on every street near the park (including The Maid's), I decided to wait about 1/2 hour or so until the majority of the traffic cleared out. So, around 9:45, the cars from the street were gone and all sounded quiet, so I said goodbye to The Maid and her kids and headed out. Man, was that a mistake. As soon as I rounded the corner, I stopped. I had no choice. Traffic was NOT MOVING. It took me over an hour - OVER AN HOUR - to get out of her neighborhood. It should have taken all of 30 seconds. 45 if I had to wait at the light. But no, it took me a total of 1 1/2 hours to get home, a drive that normally takes 20 minutes. Next year, I'm sleeping over.
Ah, the 4th of July. An excellent reason for Americans to get drunk and cheer at things being blown up, all the while ignoring basic safety rules and trying not to blow themselves up. I'm sure a few Darwin Awards were handed out yesterday!
Blech. No a/c at the store. Ok, the lazy repair guy says that technically it's working because of the difference between outside and in. But it's 105 outside and about 82 in the store. That's a bit too hot for shopping, and it is affecting our sales. It's a holiday weekend. Millions of people came to Vegas to celebrate by losing money left and right, whether in the casinos or in the malls. And we're working in a sweatbox. Joy.
I have to go get ready for my 8 hour shift of sweating. I don't care what the dress code is - I'm wearing capris, a tank top, and sandals to work.