the exit strategy

Today marks the third week since my last day at the chaotic office I worked in for the past two and a half years. The job hunt still continues, but I’m not too worried yet. I have a decent amount saved up that will float me for at least the next couple months if needed.

I’ve been enjoying this vacation. Apart from the spontaneous Texas winter weather, it has been very relaxing. I’ve been doing next to nothing, but I kind of like it. I can’t say I’ve been bored. I can always find something to occupy my time, and the days have been flying by so quickly. I meant to write something up like this last Tuesday, but the time just got spent too fast. I enjoy being able to stay up during the wee hours of the night and wake up around noon again.

My PS3 and I have been bonding. I’ve downloaded a bunch of media, themes, and demos through the Playstation Network. I’ve been playing a decent amount of Half-Life 2 and discovered an enjoyable game that uses the Sixaxis technology called Super Rub a Dub. You basically control a tub with a rubber duck in it that has to gather the baby rubber ducks and bring them to the drain. It gets more fun and interesting as the levels get more difficult with obstacle-shaped tubs and wind-up sharks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6qXaNkeKyw

I’ve reduced my comic purchasing, since my steady income is on pause. Another reason is that I’ve let go of a bunch of titles for the lack of interest or the mini-series have completed. I do still get my share of comic reading done. Next month, the Watchmen movie comes out and I’m looking forward to it. If you haven’t read the graphic novel yet, then I suggest you do.

I’ve immersed myself in DTV and have become somewhat of a couch potato. I try to catch the back-to-back episodes of Jeopardy! HD at 4PM CST on NBC. I usually watch Wheel of Fortune at 6:30PM. Heroes is back on Monday nights. NBC Comedy on Thursdays is one of my favorite sitcom chains on network television right now, but FOX has Thursdays right now with Bones and Hell’s Kitchen.

Fortunately, Mininova is an excellent network that usually has access to HD downloads to network television shows. I could just stream them on the network sites, but I’m a cheapskate with the slowest broadband connection on the block plus my entire folding farm currently resides here and units are completed often enough to suck up all the bandwidth when I need it most. I also like to collect them and watch them over again.

I’ve done a decent amount of job hunting, but with the economic recession scare and lack of job availability, I haven’t found anything yet. I’m going to keep looking at the pace I’m going now, and I’ll continue to pick and choose what who receives my résumé and applications. I’m sure I’ll find something. Like I said earlier, I’m not too worried yet. That’s the advantage of being financially responsible when I knew I was going to make a move to start a new chapter in my life. I didn’t want to continue being a manager at a horribly disorganized company where I’m putting out fire after fire. The pay was decent, but the stress was not worth it.

My rambling ends here for tonight. The post explosion will continue tomorrow from my fingertips to the keyboard. I will be wearing my pajamas again. Peace out.

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.