leujin: (Dr. Girlfriend (wtf?))
Typical fashion for me these days is to just give short bursts of information on facebook or twitter, but I felt the need to put all this up here on LJ since... well, there's kind of a lot to cover, and I just felt like updating.

long post is long )

tl;dr - Christmas was rad with lots of rad gifts and awesome people, our car is borked, we're happy to be home.
leujin: (Dr. Girlfriend and The Monarch (Depeche)
So, I met Miss America today.
leujin: (Brock1 (I'd kick his ass))
I have a piece of advice for you: go buy honey mustard pringles. They're amazing. Then again, I like salt and vinegar pringles, so maybe I'm not the best judge of taste.

Did you know it's the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln penny? I learned that from a book I designed the other day. It was a pretty interesting book. Historical fiction, basically, about a penny minted in 1909, which a boy got for his mom after finding out she was the daughter of Abe and Mary Todd's only child to survive into adulthood. Basically it then goes on, chapter to chapter, about the many hands this penny has changed through.

Speaking of my job, I worked on a book today that I'm thoroughly convinced caused my eyes to melt out of my head. See, it's a teacher's manual for a student workbook which I also did the layout for, the latter having caused me to hemmorhage internally for a week because it was such a frustrating layout. Why? Because the ONE HUNDRED IMAGES to be inserted were all contained within a Word document, so I had to extract them, save them, and then insert them into the layout. That in and of itself was irritating, but then since it was a workbook there were number lists and bullet lists on literally every page. Have I mentioned I hate workbooks? I digress, back to the teacher's manual, which was equally frustrating in all the aforementioned aspects, but there is the addition of having to add in the underlines to the answer sheets because our document cleaner takes underlines out.

Don't get me wrong, I really do love my job, but every once in awhile there's books like that which make me want to perform violent acts upon myself. One reason I love my job is that we have random things we do for fun, like yesterday we were asked to make playlists. In my response e-mail, I said "you will only have yourself to blame when I play A-ha." Which I did. As well as 3 other one-hit wonder pop staples of the '80s. And everyone felt mine was the best playlist.

In the words of Kevin Spacey, I rule.

Who else rules? Liz. Because she bought a Wii with our tax refund. I didn't see it until like... 6:30 or so when I went into the second bedroom to chase a cat, and there it was sitting on the floor. With Mario Kart. SERIOUSLY, my wife is so much cooler than yours.

That's about all I have to say about that.
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Dear Cox,

What the hell is the point of having a cable connection with a wireless network if I have to reset the modem every 15 minutes? Oh right, none at all. Thanks for being a sucky ISP.

Love,
Nathan




In other news, yes, my job is way cooler than yours. You know why? Because everybody in the office, upon hearing our house was robbed, pooled together and donated over $2000 to our cause. I heard that they were going to pool together for us, but I was expecting like... a couple hundred, at most.

So, yeah. In case you're wondering, it helps to have a sense of humor about this. People keep saying "it's nice that you maintain such a positive attitude despite all the bad stuff." My attitude is you kind of have to leave your baggage at the door.

Oh, also also, yay for new Ben Folds album. It si teh sexxorz.
leujin: (Rusty (comforting to see my ass))
It's been a little over a year since we moved to OKC, so I decided now is as good a time as any to take a stock of my life and catalog everything that's happened. Pseudo-chronologically, because I can't remember the exact order in which I do things, but I'm trying, damn it.

I really don't blame you if nobody reads this whole thing. Even Liz.

It's a rambling summary of 12 months of events. Of COURSE I cut it )

What have I learned from all of this? What can you learn from all of this? What was the point of doing this? All excellent questions! I'm still growing and changing (as people are wont to do). I still have a lot of growing up to do. I've had some thoroughly life altering experiences this past year, all of which I'm just trying to take it all in stride. There's ups and downs, and sometimes it never seems like you can climb out of those valleys. Eventually we all do. Sometimes it seems like there's more downs than ups, but I think it all evens out for us in the end. Just try not to let it get the best of you, my little chickadees. There's not really much I expect anybody else to learn from this rambly ass journey through my thoughts, it's mostly just introspective on my part. I had some stuff that I felt needed to be put out there for everybody in livejournal land, and now it's laid out.

What am I going to do now? I'm going to walk the dog and watch the Green Bay Packers demolish the Dallas Cowboys. STFU it will too happen!
leujin: (Dr. Girlfriend (wtf?))
http://grailquestbooks.com/gqbblog/comics/the-shadow-of-the-stars/

My cousin did the pencils for this. Go read it and admire the art and the story, because it's a truly amazing masterpiece put together by five insanely talented individuals.

</utterly UTTERLY shameless plug>
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Paintballing was today.

Let it be known right now that I am terrible at this game. I am covered in welts. A fair amount of them are from the last round when we played "nobody's out until their gun is empty" so I get hit no less than 30 times.

I had loads of fun. The teams seemed a little unbalanced, unfortunately, because the other team had a lot of retired military personel and at LEAST 4 people who play the game fairly regularly, whereas my team had me, who played about 10 years ago and was given the slingshot, and 1 person who was a pro. So, for the most part we were basically just walking targets.

We played 8 games, only 1 of which we actually won. I was wet, dirty, sore, and filled with glee.

I hope we do stuff like this more often.
leujin: (21 and 24 (Seinfeld with a unibrow))
This is why Ben Folds is way cooler than you are.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Ben Folds? Like... it's seriously borderline man-crush.
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Okay, so I’ve had a bit of time to recoup from the ordeal that was Miami International Airport and I’m no longer riding the high of being on vacation. So, you know what that means: it’s time for Nathan’s update about the honeymoon (Don’t worry, it’s PG. PG-13 at worst)! Rather than actually having journaled about it ever day, I decided to just take notes so we would have more time to enjoy ourselves. But, it’s still conveniently broken up into what I’m dubbing “Day Chunks.”

Day 1 – departing Miami and sea day )

Day 2 – First full day at sea )

Day 3 – Cozumel! )

Day 4 – Another boring day at sea )

Day 5 – Grand Cayman )

Day 6 – Jamaica )

Day 7 – Yet another boring day at sea )

Day 8 – Debarking and heading home )

Day 9 – Damn, now we’re not on vacation )

That’s it. That was our grand adventure. I typed this up in a word document, and it’s about 6.5 pages, so I really don’t expect anybody to have read all of it. Just rest assured it was the best vacation I’ve ever had.

wedding

Apr. 20th, 2008 12:05 pm
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Egads, I'm all married. I just want to take the time to say thank you so much to everybody who came. I know it was way out of the way for some of you, but I'm very happy that everybody who did come was able to, and I understand why the rest of you couldn't. It was an absolute blast for those of you that missed it. Yesterday and Friday was a high-octane stress day for me, just because we had to run back and forth to the airport about 5 times, and one group got lost.

It got better when on the day of the wedding, I made sure I had my tux and my shoes, and I made sure all the groomsmen had theirs. It was about 30 minutes until the ceremony when Forrest said "do you have the rings?" and my heart sank. I'm like, "oh crap!" and so I'm frantic. I run and talk to one of Liz's relatives who knows the city because it's his old stomping ground, so he drove back to the hotel at top speed, got the rings, and we had to start the ceremony without them. He got back, Forrest got the rings from him, and all was well. Liz called while this was going on and asked about them and I said "yeah, um... it's being taken care of," because I figured she might have strangled me if I told her I forgot the rings. I told her afterwards and she said "yeah, we had our own issues, so it's all good, and we got them, so it's good. I probably would have cried if you told me when you didn't have them then, so it's good on you."

That was my wedding experience. Fun fun, we have a story for the grandkids. Bye everybody!
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Saw Juno. Totally lived up to the hype and then some. If you haven't seen it, seriously do. Ellen Page is awesome, so is Michael Cera and Jason Bateman. J.K. Simmons wins at life.

Jennifer Garner, however, has the emotional range of a napkin.

Seriously, at the beginning it was shaping up to be, "Oh, God, not another one of THESE movies," but then it got awesome. I so want a kid like Juno. She's the best.
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We went and saw Cloverfield last night. All in all it wasn't all that bad. there's spoilers. Sort of. )

Also, there were previews for Iron Man, Hellboy 2, and Star Trek. Freaking squee.
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Back from Dallas.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention: We went to Dallas for Electric Six.

the drive )

the concert )

The E6 )

after the show )

Now we're back in OKC, ready to resume life as usual.

So, to summarize: Electric Six = awesome.
Drunk people at concerts ≠ awesome.
Cain = awesome.
Kathy = awesome.
Dallas traffic ≠ awesome. In fact, Dallas traffic = aneurysm inducing not awesome.

I need a better superlative than awesome.
leujin: (New York explodes)
I just pulled up part of my finger opening one of the tubs in the garage. It hurts like a mother.

So, I never really talked about thanksgiving. It was... different. Normally I spend it with my family.

Actually, on second thought, that's not really true. I did last year just because they were here for Adrian, but the year before we did make-shift thanksgiving with Sara and then Peter. Or the other way around... I don't really remember.

But I digress. This year we went to Liz's grandparents house. I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but they own a farm where her grandfather raises cows and has oil. They're pretty much what you expect from older people who live in the country in the south: lewd and unintentionally racist, without really thinking about the fact that it might offend people.

It was cool, though. There was good food, and I met a few people in Liz's family who I'd never met or only met once and didn't really make a lasting impression. Her great aunt and uncle are cool, and so is her cousin, and they were the only ones I hadn't met before. I'd met her uncle and aunt once at a previous thanksgiving, but I didn't really remember them.

So pretty much the only person who I don't like in Liz's family is her sister. She came, and she actually seemed cool for like... a day. But then the bitch set in, and I started to remember why I don't like her. Apparently it's sort of a consensus. Nobody outright says "we don't like Carla," they mostly pussyfoot around it and say things like "she can be so disagreeable" and such. We were glad to see her leave. Everybody just walks around on eggshells when she's around, for fear that she'll fly off the handle for any stupid reason. She's just like her father, apparently.

Also, I fed cows. And by "fed cows" I mean I sat in the truck while Liz's grandpa drove us out into the pasture and we drove along with the cows as they raced to the feeding pen, then he got out and actually fed them, because they probably would've trampled Liz or I to get to the food.

That was my holiday. Now it's back to work, back to arranging things for the wedding, and Electric Six this weekend. Woo!

Oh yeah, also: HEREOS WTF BBQ?!! Next week better not happen what I think is going to happen...

and that's all I'll say about that for fear of spoilers.
leujin: (I had a sword)
Holy crap, it's so nice to actually have a desk. I've just been using the bedside table as a desk for my computer since we moved in in September. Ahhh. This is great! And now the big, giant, super tall desk is hidden in the bedroom, and the reasonably sized desk is in the living room. Now all we have to do is (eventually) move Liz's noisy computer in here and move my ultra quiet computer into the living room.

Now I need to measure things. Bah!
leujin: (I had a sword)
My new job doesn't suck! Hoorah! I survived the first two days, and apparently today was the real test. Probably because of the "fast cash" thingy at the end of the day, which is code for "make the newbies make asses of themselves via improv,"

I was Miss America '25, in a hurricane, singing America the Beautiful. For some reason I couldn't remember the words, so I was just like "... um... Ameerrrricaaa, the beauuutiful... IIII don't know the words!" It rocked.

What also rocks is that we use Macbook Pros in the office, and every evening we take them home. We don't have to work or anything it's just "in case something happens to building," so as long as I have this job I have a free computer.

Other than that, my first two days were utterly uneventful. I spent most of yesterday just learning the system and how we do things, and in the morning I went around meeting people. So far I only remember like... 4 people, because they all have distinctive characteristics or interviewed me. Rawk.

Today, apparently, was the annual designer meeting, or whatever, so we went over to the President of the Company's house (which, I now need to add, is frelling enormous) and watched presentations on the (frelling enormous) projection screen. And had pizza for lunch. And one of coworkers, Steven, made the President's daughter cry. He jokingly said he was going to take her chair, and she got this wide-eyed look and ran to the laundry room and bawled her eyes out. He felt bad, but it was really hilarious.

So, in short, this job rocks on various levels, and hopefully I'll stay here for a long time.
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Holy freaking crap yes I got a job!

A job that pays $28k a year. A job where I get to design. A job where I get to do something I actually enjoy. A job with benefits, and bonuses, and room for raises. A real, honest to goodness, J-O-B.

Holy crap I'm walking on air.

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