Monthly Archives: January 2005

Icicles and Sniffles

This weekend. What the hell was that? Atlanta on Wed.: Sunny and mild. Atlanta on Fri.: Sleet, freezing rain, temps below freezing. And where was I? Well, after work on Friday I went to Meehan’s Ale House to bid farewell to Dave, who left the company I work for to pursue cooler things. I’m gonna miss you, Dave (but rock the new job)!!! I stayed there for a few hours (and a few drinks, plus fish and chips, of course). Anyhow I went to hang out with my friend Heather, her hubby, and their ADORABLE dog Leo. What do you know? Ice storm 2005 decides to freeze Atlanta. I talked to my dad about driving to Alpharetta, because I had to work at Apple (my last day) on Sat. He advised me to not drive, then my mom called back and told me flat out that I wasn’t driving. Needless to say, I was not able to work my last day at Apple, which kinda sucked, but stuff happens. On the plus side, I got to hang out with Heather a lot, which ruled.

What did not rule was busting my ass on the ice Sunday morning. Heather and I took Leo for his AM walk, and I was taking it easy… when all of the sudden the sidewalk came up out from under my feet… and Heather tells me I caught air. Luckily, I ended up with a hurt (possibly sprained wrist) and some sore spots. Man, did that suck.

Okay, we’ve got INJURY. Let’s toss on the INSULT, for good measure. I had started feeling congested on Sat., and by Sunday morning I was coughing and my chest hurt. When I left Heather’s place late afternoon on Sunday, I started feeling like hell. Like serious hell. Like someone had taken a blunt object and hurled it repeatedly into my sinuses and chest. Like I may fall over just walking. HOWEVER, I somehow managed to make it to PetSmart for cat food. Target was closer than the grocery store, so I figured I could get cold meds, Icy Hot pads, an ace bandage, and some other things I needed there. I got a lot, but, nooooo, I wanted to pack my lunch for work. So I went to Publix where I stood in line at the deli, wanting to fall over from the weight of congestion in my head. But no, I got my damned lunch meat and other assorted goodies. And I went home.

I am certainly glad that I can laugh at myself because it gets better. Okay, so my left arm is gimp from my rendition of an idiot flying in the air and landing on ice. Fine. I have bandages and icy hot patches. And about a zillion other bags in my trunk. I hadn’t considered how I’d get them inside. Well. I got creative. I actually got a backpack to carry a 20 lb. bag of cat food. The rest, I just took one arm load at a time. Still, it just felt like things kept sucking.

Oh, and yes, they still suck. I am sick as hell. I missed work today because I feel like hell, and I am missing work tomorrow. Heather didn’t even recognize me when I answered my cell phone. Fortunately, I got a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow morning. Then perhaps I can stop taking all this tylenol and advil cold medication that doesn’t really help but just makes me feel spaced out so that I cannot rest… thus, I ramble on and on in my blog. Maybe.

Bands I Have to See Live ASAP

There are two great bands that I love, but for different reasons have not yet seen live. They are Nine Inch Nails and Tool. NIN’s new album “With Teeth” is completed, so the promise of an upcoming tour has me giddy. Tool is in the process of creating their new album, so they should be touring soon as well.

You can bet I will do all I can to see these bands the next time they tour. I mean, I saw A Perfect Circle 3 times in the course of a year the last time they toured– twice in Atlanta, and once in Birmingham. What can I say? I love *good* live music.

The tours aren’t even scheduled yet, and Tool’s new album is not yet complete. However, I am excited right now at the prospect of seeing these amazing bands live. Just imagine what’s gonna happen when I get the tickets. Then, when I actually go to the shows, I may never be the same.

Rock on.

I didn’t ratify a damned thing, buddy!

So, according to this article (it *is* CBS news, so it could be false…), our wise, sage of a president has made another sweeping generalization about his re-election (remember the supposed “mandate”?).

  • President Bush says his re-election proves Americans agree with his decision to invade Iraq, and that as a result, there’s no need to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes made in planning for the war, or its aftermath.
  • “We had an accountability moment, and that’s called the 2004 elections,” Mr. Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post for Sunday’s editions. “The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me.”

I refer back to the thought I am frequently left with when this trained monkey, ahem, man speaks.

What. The. Fuck.

Ch.. Ch.. Ch… Changes

It’s a new year, and I am burnt out. So I am making changes in my life. I was sick the past couple of days, and the time off has given me a chance to reflect. I am run down from working ALL the time. Thus, I have asked Apple to cut back my hours to one weekend day a week. If they cannot keep me on working so little, then I will leave. I like the job, but it’s not worth the risk to my mental, physical, and emotional health. So I am prepared to give it up, but I hope I don’t have to completely.

My perspective has shifted for the better. I realized that my career is important, and I need rest so that I can perform my best at my career. I have other interests I want to pursue outside of working every minute of my life. I love working for Apple, but, to be honest, my time and my well-being is worth more than what I make there per hour. My initial motivation for getting a second job– the need for more moolah– has also been remedied by another source– my roomie. Having a roommate (and a super-cool one at that) has significantly reduced my expenses, so I don’t *need* to work every waking minute of my life.

Well, I need to get back to my real work. More to come on the changes in my life. Hope everyone is having a splendid new year!

Christmas Day Picture

Here’s a picture of my mother and me on Christmas morning:

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to say Happy New Year! I think I’m actually going to have some formal resolutions this year, but I am currently on a 15 min. break at Apple, so there’s no time to ramble right now.

2004 didn’t suck, but it wasn’t my best year. Here’s hoping that 2005 comes with all the promise it seems to have on this, the second day of this new year…