the quick recap of the past two weeks

The last update here was a couple weeks ago right before I moved to a new apartment. Time has flown as usual. March has arrived. The cold is leaving, and the Spring transition is in progress.

On February 19th, Mary and I officially moved into our new apartment. Moving was physically taxing, but we managed to get through with it by the end of the month with life’s usual routine of sleep, work, and school went on. Fortunately, our new apartment has an attached garage that no one is renting and we’re currently using it for storage. Our belongings would have restricted us from moving around the apartment comfortably if it wasn’t for that garage. This weekend, I plan on chipping away at what’s in the garage.

On February 20th, a mouse made its way into the apartment and stayed for almost a week. I’ve never had to deal with mice but I’ve dealt with cockroaches and other insect pests. I ended up getting some mouse traps and baiting them with peanut butter. In less than twelve hours, the mouse was terminated. The crime scene wasn’t too bad, and the clean-up was a cinch.

The house my brother rented the past few years needed to be completely moved out this past weekend as well. Along with the moving Mary and I did through the week especially on Friday and the cleaning I did on the old place on Saturday, helping move what was left in the house and cleaning it as well definitely took all of the energy I had left. I was nodding off at work and school on Monday and Tueday, but I’ve made it this far in the week A-OK. TGTF.

I’ve taken my first couple exams for the two classes I’m taking this semester. So far so good. The addition of taking classes to the 40-hour work week keeps me occupied Monday thru Friday. I still have a little time between work and school to relax as much as I can, and I’ve been doing a bunch of recovering earlier this week from all the moving I did over the weekend. Again: Thank Goodness Tomorrow’s Friday. I’m looking forward to this weekend when I won’t be hauling stuff back and forth in vehicles and unloading them or doing any type of deep cleaning.

My inner circle is making a much-needed transition, and we’re taking advantage of 2010. I hope to see some of our projects come to fruition by the end of the year, and the future is looking bright. As long as we stay focused and motivated, our work will amount to something we accomplished with our own effort.

We’ve been going over this routine for years, and we’re not trying to be huge nor make a huge dent in the world, but it’s better than being and doing nothing or not following through with our projects and ideas. We’re grown up a bit in the past half-decade, and we’re making changes that’ll take couple years to get us to that next level. We’re patient though. We’ve taken up this much time already, and we just need a little bit more.

I’m going to be a godfather in a couple months. Thanks, Joe. This means so much to me. The fact that you selected me to be part of your daughter’s life shows that we’ve formed a solid trust over the 10+ years that we’ve been close friends. I know I haven’t been around all the time, but we’ve always kept in touch. The time has arrived where I’ll have to be more active ’cause she’s going grow up so fast and we’re not getting any younger. I got this. =)

Now that the moving has tapered off and all that Mary and I have left is to get the apartment arranged, I’ll update this more frequently. So much for my New Year’s resolution to update this at least twice a week, but life has its way of getting in the way and resolutions are usually broken. ‘Til next time. Peace out.

the 9 to 4

I had to get up wicked early this morning, and I mean this by own standards. I normally work the dream shift of 12pm-8pm, but I had a meeting scheduled at 9am. I was five minutes early to work, and not to my surprise, the meeting didn’t occur. I’m sure it will happen next Thursday. I think my GM was under the weather.

Today is hott. Spring has returned, and the heat returns with it.

I mentioned the food consumption shift of weeks following payday. I have this mapped out so far:

  • Friday night, Trudy’s
  • Saturday afternoon, China Star
  • Tuesday, Pluckers

With the rest of my hard-earned dollars, I will pay rent and bills, afford groceries, pour overpriced petrol into my tank, and blow the rest on entertainment that includes but is not limited to comic books.

Speaking of comics, aside from my usual monthly subscriptions and awesome scores on eBay, I scoped out a local Half-Price Books to see if they had any gems. Yes, they did.

I scored both issues of the 2-issue Cable mini-series from the nineties as well as the first issue of the second volume of Cable. I also scored the Gen-13 graphic novel for half-price of course. I also landed three of the four issues of Cloak and Dagger.

Back in the ’80s, comics were relatively inexpensive. The cover price on the Cloak and Dagger issues were 60ยข each. Yes, I got them for half-price meaning that I paid less than a dollar for all three of them which would have been less than if I had bought them in the ’80s.

Granted that these books could only pass for good to fine condition, I only paid half-price for them. The comics shop up the street would have at least charged cover price if not a little more to recoup inventory costs plus they have a decent back issue selection but it’s definitely been picked over.

The Half-Price Books nearby is relatively new. I’d say it’s not even a couple years old. Imagine the gems I can find at the other Half-Price Books in this town. My ongoing mission is going to spend time in each one seeing what I can get. Condition doesn’t matter to me unless the book is ripped, stained, or has evidence of water damage. No more back issue buying for this guy at comic shops. It’s all Half-Price Books ’til my mission’s complete.

With the vast selection of comics at my fingertips itching for me to pull the $$ from my wallet in exchange, I can always find something worth reading some day. Oooh… pictures! Then again, comics aren’t a simple medium these days. Notice how they’ve invaded cinema and television, have been converted into books and novels as well as the reverse of cinema and television being converted into comics. Amazing, yes.

So this is my rant for today. Technically, I’d be getting out of work about two and a half hours from now but I pulled a 9 to 4 shift. Tomorrow, I’m doing a 12 to 6 which is going to be extra awesome ’cause the weekend really is around the corner and this cog will have been paid. TGTF. Peace out.

the buffiends vs. the mother pluckers

This title of this post is irrelevant to what you’re about to read. I had it saved as a draft but never got around to writing it. We’re probably gonna hit up the Chinese buffet this weekend, and we will be attending Pluckers this upcoming Tuesday, so maybe I can feel inspired to write the relevant post.

Work has been miserable since last week until today. I’ve been flooded with so much work, but I finally had a peaceful day today where I was being hounded by someone needing some sort of assistance. I was able to live in my personal bubble and do my tasks to get things done. I’d like to thank my bro again for writing up some volatile batch files to get the work done much much quicker.

Unfortunately, I will have to be in bed decently early tonight. I have to be at work at 9am for a meeting tomorrow. I am not looking forward to this, because I normally do not function at that hour. I also worked an hour over on Monday and two hours over on Tuesday. I felt so overworked that I wanted to minimalize the amount of time I spent in front of the computer hence the lack of posts lately.

Tomorrow is Thursday, TGTF Day. I hope to leave as early as possible tomorrow. If I have to be at work at nine, then I should be able to leave at five. I will probably leave at four, because I don’t want the overtime. I will probably leave at six on Friday, since I will still have accrued two hours overtime. I would rather not be at work knowing that I’ve done my tasks and done my time than be on the clock longer than I should.

Friday is payday. w00t! The few days after pay day usually signal eating out rather than the eating in routine which I plan on doing some Chinese buffet this weekend and Pluckers on Tuesday. I know I already wrote that, but I’m excited. I may not have too much meat on my bones, but I looove food. Hell, who doesn’t?

My car hasn’t been well lately. It leaks oil, and I am going to try to repair it DIY-style for minimal cost (JB Weld, baby!). The car is over eleven years old, and by default, cars that age seem to fall apart slowly but surely.

Mare & I are supposed to make our Za of the Week tonite, but I am not sure since I have to be awake so early tomorrow. She isn’t off work yet, and it’s already half past ten. Maybe we’ll do it on Thursday and if not, then Saturday. We’ll see. Peace out.