Joe's New Blog

Nothing special, this is just my third effort at writing a blog about my life and what goes on in it: Hobbies, cooking, work, maybe the occasional book or DVD review, and so forth. Nothing really noteworthy, but this is sort of a little subset of my world...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Working and grievances...

Boring first half of the day at work. The girlfriend called the new landlords at lunch, and he gave us his e-mail address to send any of our grievances to. Apparently, the old landlords told him all this stuff was going to be fixed before they signed the actual sale papers. We've drafted and sent off a large e-mail to him this evening, detailing all the shit they said they would do and some of the other stuff we gave to them over a year and a half ago.

Second half of the day wasn't anywhere near as boring. Had a take-home, who was a nice college girl who works at the UNT observatory. Quick run. There was one guy who didn't want to be picked up until around five, so I figured I had time to go get a guy in Double Oak. Got lost, wound up taking about an hour to do a run which should have taken about half that. Got the other guy almost half an hour late, but he didn't seem to mind. Had another nice lady as the end of the day, nice short run to Lake Dallas. She was from New Orleans originally and we talked about weather and the best times to visit the Big Easy. Looks like maybe next October would be good.

Went shopping after work and got home later than expected. The girlfriend made curry. I helped with that and then watched Monday Night Football before drafting the letter to the new landlords. Now I need to go wash the dishes, since I told her I'd do it yesterday...

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Only 6 months later...

The girlfriend and I went on vacation to Boston back in late March. I took about 4000 pictures on the trip, but I managed to weed them down quite a bit by taking out the blurry shots, nearly identical pictures, and shots that just didn’t turn out all that well. I was originally writing up my blog entries, incorporating the good pictures, but I did what I usually end up doing and got sort of bored with it along the way and stopped keeping up. Now I need to finish that and put it all together in a CD, so I can send a copy off to my mom for Christmas, as well as keeping it around to send off to whoever else might want to see it. Guess I should get hopping…

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Finally back on my horse...

So, I haven’t updated anything on here for quite a long time, but I figured I’d crawl out from under my rock and get myself doing things again.

Last weekend, the girlfriend and I went to see the Dallas Stars play the New Jersey Devils down at American Airlines Center. It was a good game, although it was a bit more crowded than it has been when we’ve gone before. Dallas gave up the first goal, but then came storming back to a 3-1 first period lead. They gave up the lead over the subsequent two periods, but then scored two to end the game for a 5-3 victory.

On Sunday, we drove over to Tyler to see her dad, who unfortunately has to spend this Thanksgiving in the hospital because of a persistent leg infection. He’s doing better now, thankfully, but it will still be a while before he gets to come home. We’re hoping he’ll be out by Christmas.

This weekend, we have more social events on the schedule than we’ve had for the past couple of months combined. On Thanksgiving, we went down and spent the afternoon with the other side of her family. That was all right. A lot of people who I don’t really know all that well at all, and a few that I’ve never met before. But in general, it was a good meal and nice company, so I can’t complain.

Yesterday, I had to work on my birthday for the first time in almost 20 years. It was a boring day of work, but afterward we went to a party with some of her friends down in Dallas. There were even less people who I knew there than at the Thanksgiving dinner, but we had a good time anyway.

Tonight, we’re going to go celebrate the birthday of one of the members of our book club. We’re going out to eat at a tepanyaki (sp.?) restaurant down in Lewisville, and then go back to their place to play some Wii and enjoy some adult beverages. A good time will hopefully be had by all. We’ll see a bit later, though…

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Save for a down payment...

The landlords have sold the apartment building we live in, so it appears that we probably won’t be having any further repairs done on the place for the foreseeable future. That rather sucks, as there is still a lot of work the old landlords claimed they would do, but which they obviously no longer feel they need to give any thought to. Maybe the new folks will take care of the place better, but I somehow doubt it.

In any case, that makes it a little more pressing that we go ahead and start looking at moving soon. It’ll be a pain, and it’ll be sad to leave all the space in this apartment, but it’ll be nice to actually have our own place, where we don’t have to wait on the whims of landlords to get things done.

With that in mind, I’ve decided that I should try to save up for a down payment, and $10K seems like it should be a decent amount for this area. So that’s the goal…

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Quasi-birthday party

The last half of work yesterday was pretty uneventful. I basically sat around and read Napalm and Silly Putty for most of the time. I had a whopping total of one person to pick up, and that was about a 10-mile round trip. I left a little early, because I figured losing half an hour's pay was better than just falling asleep there in the little spare office cubicle.

I stopped at the liquor store on the way home and picked up a fifth of rum and a bottle of Pepsi. I got home and got changed and the girlfriend and I headed off to go to a party. Wasn't a birthday party or anything, but it was still kind of fun. We actually stopped and grabbed a bite to eat at Chik-Fil-A before we got there, because I was pretty starved and she was a bit hungry, too. I'm glad we did stop. She had told me that there would probably be finger foods and such at the party, but it turns out that Will, one of the hosts, has gone fully vegan, and his cooking is not exactly to either of our likings any longer.

We were introduced to a variety of people at the party. Seems that Will meets a lot of folks, and he introduced quite a little cross section of society. Quite a few of them were native Spanish speakers, and we didn't really talk with the a lot, but everyone was nice and friendly. The girlfriend and I hadn't really been getting a lot of sleep lately, though, and we wound up bailing out at around 10:30. We got home around 11:30 and went to bed shortly afterward.

It kind of sucks getting old...

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Another year older...

So, this has pretty much been about the most crappy birthday I've had in the last two decades. I don't seem to do well with those ages that are even multiples of 21, I guess. Went to work this morning, have had a dull day doing the filing so far, and it looks like there's not going to be much business for me driving the courtesy shuttle around town, because there just aren't that many people coming in to get their cars fixed today. And, of course, most of them have other options for rides today, since they have spouses or kids who have the day off. Anyway, I should get ready to head back and see how things are going. No sense getting myself fired on my "special day." Heh...

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