the days you never want to end

Saturday and Sunday have come and gone. I always dread when these days end, because the weekend is too short compared to the work week ahead.

This weekend was enjoyable for a change. It usually goes by before I really get a chance to grasp it, but I think I had some good use of it this time around.

Friday night was my company’s holiday party. It was a casino night party. The food was much better than last year, but I would say last year’s party was much more fun.

Mare and I played blackjack with a couple co-workers and then left early to go downtown to enjoy the rest of night. We had some drinks at Creekside Lounge on 7th. Surprisingly, their drink prices are very decent and the bartenders know how to make them. A couple DJs were spinning. The music was loud as you’d expect from a downtown bar on a Friday night. Before we knew it, the whole place was packed with people. That was the signal to close out the tab and call it a night.

Of course, the late night munchies after drinking surfaced. Mare and I went to Jack in the Box for some 2am breakfast. We also had to get some bacon cheddar potato wedges, because those are the best late night fast food drive-thru fries that I’ve found anywhere in town. Please let me know if you know any better fries that you can get at a drive-thru open at 2 in the morning, but I’ll be doubtful. They also had a new menu item we had to try: mini-churros. They were decent for late night dessert.

On Saturday, I cleaned the Hex 5 aquarium. I cleaned up the wires behind the television set. I went to the Crown and Anchor Pub for the first time in a few months and had an excellent time. We had a decent-sized posse present, and more fun is always to be had with strength in numbers.

On Sunday, I did the two to three times a year deep cleaning of the betta bowls. I finally beat Portal. I haven’t beaten a video game in years, and it’s a good feeling and was definitely worth the effort. I’m working on Half-Life 2 now. I read the first issue of Watchmen. DC has reprinted this series and will be releasing the 12 issues weekly until the movie is shown in theatres on March 6th. I’ve been hesitant to get the graphic novel, but I’ve decided to collect the single re-issues.

In less than eight hours, I will be back to my occupation as an office zombie. I should have VPN’ed today but decided to enjoy my entire weekend instead. I feel it is my obligation to worry about work when it’s time to work or when work needs to be done and relax when everything work-wise is mostly stable.

Mare will be going to North Carolina on Wednesday. I will be going next Wednesday. I finally get a much-needed vacation elsewhere. This year really came and went. I’m glad I will be able to get some time away from this town real soon. Peace out.

the decrescendo

The days have been numb, and my holiday spirit been mostly non-existent. When your job is to manage multiple projects simultaneously, it can be overwhelming. When more projects are  added to the pile, then it turns into a nightmare. When the allotted time to rest is consumed, I hang on the edge of the dreamworld begging to stay.

What’s going on at work is relatively under control right now, but it will go out of control again any day now. My vacation is so close, but the road to the beginning is filled with potholes.

I’ve contemplated quitting my job more times than ever in this past month’s worth of days. The workload may become too much to handle, and we do not enough competent and organized enough employees to make this any easier.

The beginning of this upcoming July will mark my third year of working for the same company. Depending on my mindset in the next three to six months, I may see myself polishing up my résumé or stuck in my wormhole of a job for much longer than I had planned.

The weekend is taking way too long to arrive. I’m glad work tomorrow will be the most laid back day in weeks. We have our holiday party in the evening which I am attending more as an obligation than anything.

TGIF. Peace out.

the texas snow

Only in Texas will the weather be a comfortable ~70°F during the day, large gusts of wind come through in the late afternoon, and snow falls from the sky a half hour ’til midnight.

Mare took a picture of her Vespa as the snow started falling.

The bandwidth in the apartment is currently being eaten up with a 50MB upload to Stanford of a completed [email protected] work unit by c0rey and another one completed by Diode. The PS3 should be completing another one around 1:30AM.

To post this without having to put up with the lag from the large data transfers going on right now, I am mooching off a neighbor who is unaware of the importance of securing a wireless network.

To successfully rip The Dark Knight on DVD, make sure you’re using DVDFab Platinum 5.1.2.2. They thought they could stop us.

the candy bars and soda for brunch

After a splendid four-day vacation for the Thanksgiving holiday, Monday returned which meant that the 40-hour work week was back in session. The painful monotony goes a little something like this:

  • Sleep.
  • Wake up.
  • Shower.
  • Dress.
  • Grab a candy bar and a soda.
  • Hop in my car.
  • Drive to work.
  • Work.
  • Drink a soda and eat a candy bar for brunch.
  • Work more than eight hours at the office *or* go home and work a little more after a few hours of unwinding and eating dinner (The second option is much preferred).
  • Repeat until EOD Friday.

The cycle may start on Sunday nights with work before the normal cycle commences on Monday.

If they knew what I was thinking, then they would stop believing I was a robot.