Archive for March, 2009

Day Seventy Nine | Dive Back In

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Florida hasn’t gotten much rain so far this year, but it’s Spring, and it appears the rain is finally here.

I’ve been a little under the weather after returning from the camping trip. Additionally, adjusting to normal life felt something like when the people got back from the island on Lost, just a lot less boring—but with just as many flashbacks.

The only way to get through the transition back once you’ve realized you were taking a vacation to escape your shit day-to-day life, and that it was still there waiting for you upon your return is, I suppose, to dive right back into it.

And that’s what I’m doing.

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Day Seventy Eight | Home Again

Monday, March 30th, 2009

As it turned out, I ended up making today a buffer day. My friend Janette drove back home to Miami, and I spent much of the day cleaning up, doing laundry, and all that class of domestic stuff.

Also included on the itinerary was a healthy dose of video games and television, and a soul-crushing day of school—I had to get back into the swing of things, after all.

Yes, I’m back home again. For what little it’s worth.

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Day Seventy Seven | Leaving the River

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

This was the last day of our camping trip. The weather, which had been overcast and stormy all weekend, had suddenly become completely flawless. Naturally.

After a little time watching the bands, we decided to make the trip back from almost-Georgia to central Florida. The way home is never nearly as good as the way away from home. Still, we had another half-day to wind down before the workweek began, so it wasn’t an awful come-down.

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Day Seventy Six | Suwannee

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Today, I ended up trekking to the Suwannee River with Janette, and finding out that it wasn’t that interesting. I’d thought about the Suwannee River as being some special, uniquely Southern place in Florida ever since I first heard Florida’s state song, “Old Folks At Home”, which makes reference to this river.

I’m not going to lie, we also got caught up on a lot of sleep during the rainy portions. This was definitely all about rest and relaxation.

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Day Seventy Five | Alone Time

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The second day of our camping trip (and the first full day) was partially rained-out. We had a late morning and I spent a good portion of the afternoon going out on my own, checking out the festival, the sights, the woods, etc.

It feels relaxing to be alone in a crowd of people. You’re not alone at all, but you don’t know any of the people surrounding you. That was absolutely the case during my afternoon excursion.

Later that day, I spend more quality time with my friend Janette, though. And attended a few more of the concerts. While I like the alone time, I like the not-alone time as well.

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Day Seventy Four | Getting Away From It All

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I didn’t used to be a fan of camping, until I actually started camping. The fact is, hanging out with a few friends in the woods for a few days absolutely blows regular life out of the water.

Music seems to be a good excuse. Last year, it was Langerado; this time, we went to the Suwannee Springfest. I hadn’t even heard of any of the bands, but that’s not the point. The point is getting away from it all.

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Day Seventy Three | Pack Your Bags

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

I spent most of the day getting as much freelance work as I could get done before my friend got into town. We’re going to spend a weekend at some camping/music festival north of Gainesville. I’m going to need the break from reality.

I’m going to be behind on the Project 365 posts for a couple days because internet access isn’t especially easy to come by in the woods; especially when my image files run up against Flickr’s 20 MB-per-photo limit.

And I’m off! Goodnight, world.

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Day Seven Two | Get Gear

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Long ago, I promised myself that as soon as Battlestar Galactica finished, I would go back and re-watch the whole series at a marathon pace—I’m keeping that promise. Yesterday, i saw the 2003 miniseries, and today I went through the first two episodes.

Aside from that, I got work done, and prepped up some camping gear—I’m going to be at a camping/festival thing almost on the Florida/Georgia border this weekend, so I suppose I’ll be a few days late with my Project 365, since there’s no internet in the woods.

Oh, and the photo: I’ve been listening to Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow a lot this week, and that’s the album playing on the Zune desktop software’s “now playing” view.

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Day Seventy One | Refinishing

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The house is clean, everything is fresh, and the rain outside makes a lovely atmosphere indoors. It’s the kind of weather, and the kind of situation I enjoy. Sleepy, slightly chilly days that are gray and blue.

I need to keep piling measurable goals on myself, or I won’t accomplish anything. That’s the way I operate. So, in addition to the 9-week 5K program I’m working on—I’m on week two and feeling fine, by the way—I’ve entered myself into an 8-week program Apartment Therapy has wherein we are tasked with accomplishing some house reorganization/remodelling goal during these next eight weeks.

Pride isn’t tangible, or logical, and I operate on logic. Nevertheless, it’s all I’ve got when it comes to my home: it’s depreciating like it’s falling off a cliff—peril of living in Florida—so I can either wallow in the misery as my legitimate, within-my-means mortgage hurdles toward upside-down status through no fault of mine, or I can work to make my home a place I feel wonderful in.

So, what am I tackling for my Apartment Therapy challenge? The kitchen/dining room. Granny wallpaper: gone; Seventies cabinets: refinished and repainted. It’s going to keep me busy and it’s going to be rewarding.

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Day Seventy | Raining

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Today is the first rain I recall in weeks. This is Florida; it’s unusual when you don’t get at least a few afternoon showers.

While I didn’t focus on work work today, I did get a lot of house work done for a change. I had a Sunday with the parents, more or less; had breakfast at their house, and cleaned mine with some help from my mother. The place had been getting pretty shabby and disorganized lately, and we set it straight.

Now, I’m ready to get this coming week off to a great start. I need to get a lot done because come Thursday, I’m going for some leave.


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