Archive for December, 2009
Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Today wasn’t evena half-day at work. We worked three hours and at lunch time were told we could just go home. There isn’t much to do now that the big project’s handed in and almost the whole office is away for the holidays.
It’s the last day of 2009, and I’m going to wind it down without much, if any, fanfare. There’s a huge party out by UCF tonight, but I just don’t feel like doing that sort of thing right now. 2009 started with a whimper, and it will end without comment.
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
The peephole in my front door doesn’t look nearly so creepy as this, actually. But I like the way this came out. I shot it just before I left to work this morning.
My car repairs are finished, and now my car rides smooth and tight like it was meant to. Work this week has been mostly research and brushing up on the latest and greatest web dev knowledge—basically what I do everyday outside of work anyway. In short, it’s practically a holiday.
Speaking of which, I’m set on the second week of May for my scouting trip to Seattle. I’m thinking I should procure tickets before January’s over. I checked Southwest and found more than a few $240 round-trip tickets over there, and since I’ll be staying with friends and probably eating out at the same sorts of places I normally frequent, this is going to turn out to be a pretty cheap cross-country trip.
I’ll have to find a long weekend to get up to New York to visit a friend and see the sights, but probably mostly just Brooklyn I imagine. I’m sure I’ll squeeze a couple weekend trips down to Miami as well now that my car’s back in tip-top shape. The coming events for 2010 are going to be fantastic.
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
My car’s getting the last necessary work done today. Well, today and tomorrow—turns out part of the suspension won’t arrive until tomorrow. About a year ago, I hit an unpaved area in a construction zone that damaged my suspension, and I’m finally having it repaired now. Next up is my 90,000 mile scheduled maintenance, and my car will be in tip-top shape again.
I’ll be starting the new year with my car feeling good as ever. And while my house isn’t perfect, it’s definitely a lot better than just a few weeks ago. So, I’m making some progress. Let’s see if I can get out of th suburbs during January of 2010.
Monday, December 28th, 2009
Tonight, I’m going to be at home hanging out with some friends. The last week of 2009 is off to a decent start, and I’m starting to feel good about 2010. Not at ease just yet, but alright.
I’m going to move away from the suburbs to the heart of Orlando; I’m going to save money like crazy; I’m going to absorb the knowledge and experience I need to excel in my field; I’m going to lose weight; I’m going to become a master of organization and time management; I’m going to do everything it takes to get where I wan to be in a year.
This is where I was supposed to be in 2009, but being laid off got me derailed. This time, I’m going to stay on track no matter what happens.
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
First off, this has to be the most vintage-looking photo I’ve shot with my camera phone. Ever. Second, I shot this while driving, steady arm that I have.
Tomorrow I go back to work, and the last week of the year begins. While I didn’t do much over the weekend after all—I did get a lot of video game time in—this week might be more interesting. I’m seeing one of my friends that moved from Seattle tomorrow, and hanging out again on Tuesday. I’m getting my suspension fixed after about a year, and I’m going to try to knock one item off my to-do list each day this week.
Saturday, December 26th, 2009
Alright, I guess. I made the mistake of blowing a whole night playing video games. I was playing Dragon Age: Origins until like five in the morning, so that meant by the time I woke up today, half the day was already over.
Since it is the holidays, I’m not going to say I regret it. Not at all. But today, today I got nothing accomplished.
Friday, December 25th, 2009
Yay, rain. This is what Christmas in Florida looks like, more or less. Cold by our standards (e.g. 60s), and wet by any standards (e.g. pouring rain). Torrential downpours came just a few minutes after I shot this photo.
The rain didn’t last more than part of the afternoon, and I was at my brother’s house for Christmas family time anyway, so it was nice. Northern areas have gray, snowy days; we have gray, rainy days. Either way, they’re good days to be indoors.
Thursday, December 24th, 2009
I think that the half-day of work managed to get the "sit around and do nothing" out of my system so that I could get some things done on my first of four days off. I finally managed to do one of the more difficult tasks in my moving to-do list, sifting through all my papers and receipts and stuff in my room. The next big one will be clearing out my closet, and after that, the garage. Those three combined are probably 2/3 of all the preparation I need to clear my house out.
I plan to have the second one, and maybe part of the third done over this long holiday weekend, as well as some other, easier things on my list. Remember the Milk (and the Android app for the site) is becoming invaluable to me now.
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
Funny, all I was hoping for was that this year wouldn’t be the shittiest holiday season ever, and I think it might even turn out half decent. Perhaps I might hit a winning streak again, and balance out all the failures and/or disappointments.
The last of the work on this project was finished this morning, and we were out of work by 1 PM. At around this time last year, I was preparing for the expected downfall of the company I worked for (which happened some two weeks after Christmas). I got a $20 Starbucks gift card and a day off for Christmas and Christmas eve, except without pay. This year, I got a bonus that I believe is good amount—I wouldn’t know, I’ve never been at a job that paid bonuses before—and actual paid days off. And I still have my job. In other words, I’m definitely in a better place than last year at this time.
Still, I’m used to disappointments and I expect them, and I’m always prepared for them. It’s when things go my way that I’m taken aback, that I don’t know how to react.
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
The holiday stuff turned out better than expected. The workplace potluck thing went well, and we still managed to get everything done for this project that needed to be done. and leave on time.
Then, tonight, I went out to a friend’s holiday party, which started out small, and kept getting larger and more like a party should be. The shot here is the sort-of photo booth that had been set up. It was a good night even though I had to leave far too early on account of working the next morning. I think this week might turn out alright after all.