leujin: (Rusty (comforting to see my ass))
After reading all my old journal entries here and on [livejournal.com profile] giraffebear, I just wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you to all my friends. Thank you for being there for me in all my angst. Thank you for being there to share the laughs. Thank you for being there to tell me I'm stupid. Thank you for supporting me, refuting me, and just being everything that a friend should be. Thank you thank you thank you for literally saving my life half a dozen times. You have no idea just how much you mean to me, and I really cannot thank you enough for being my friends. There's no denying that many of us have drifted apart over the years, and some of us don't talk the way we used to, but seriously. Thank you. I'm just glad that I have all of you.
leujin: (Dr. Girlfriend (wtf?))
After reading Karell's entry, I realized I never posted about our move from almost 3 weeks ago. Whoops.

The short version is that it sucked completely and utterly.

The long version: We went to pick up the u-haul in the morning, and that was all well and good. We did that first because we wanted to go and pick up our new couch (which, incidentally is the most comfortable couch ever). So, we got the couch, no problems. I was quite surprised that this hasn't sucked so far. Well, we were in for a rude surprise.

We got to the new place to sign the lease after dropping the u-haul off at our house. We go into the office and sit down and say, "okay, we're ready to sign the lease and move in!"

"Oh," says the girl at the front desk, "I thought you were moving in on the 8th." It was the 28th.

Cue shocked looks on Liz and Nathan. "No, we have to move in today, because our lease at our old place is up on the 31st." The ensuing hour-long phone call session finally found us with an apartment that wasn't quite ready, and had a washer and dryer. We originally planned on not getting a washer and dryer in the unit, but that was before we got knocked up, so this will actually work okay. It just sucks that we'll have to play a little more a month than we thought we had planned on, but we're still saving like $200 a month since all bills but electric are paid.

Moving out was pretty miserable, but it was a little easier since we put all the furniture in the garage over the last few months. We had originally planned on hiring movers, but decided against it to save a few bucks. Next time, we are hiring movers. No question. Especially since we'll have a toddler by that point in time. It took a lot longer to do all that, so we ended up just loading up all the furniture and a smattering of boxes that we shoved into corners and wedged under furniture. Realistically we probably could've gotten everything into the u-haul, we were just tired of hauling crap.

Moving in was pretty horrible too, because most of the furniture had to go upstairs, so we just left a lot of it downstairs for the first week. This was made all the more challenging since the entry way diverges in a corner: one way leads upstairs, and one way leads to the living room. Getting the couch in sucked since we pretty well had to Hulk-Smash it into the living room. It was even worse because the a/c didn't work in the new place, so we had to keep stopping every 10 minutes for fear of overheating. That took from like... noon to past dusk, which was annoying. Surprisingly the only casualty was a desk, but it was a cheap-ass Sauder desk, so it wasn't a really big loss. That and we had an extra desk that was just going to be a bills paying desk.

On Sunday we got the rest of the boxes and Liz cleaned the old place. Fetching stuff from the old place was pretty exciting, because I had to play "shove things into the car and hope they don't break." We had left our futon chair because Liz was certain it would fit in the car. It did, but I had to take the legs off and ride with my knees in my chest for that load.

Anyway, we're moved in, the cats and dog are adjusted, blah blah blah. We still have a metric crapton of boxes to unload, but we'll get that done eventually. It's at least livable now. For week one we had just left the mattress downstairs and shoved it out of the way during the day. Fun times indeed.
leujin: (21 and 24 (Seinfeld with a unibrow))
This whole Keynote made me insanely happy. Like... everything about it. I made this face about every five minutes: 8-O

I'm such a nerd... But still! Less crappy SD functionality on the Wii! FF on the VC!! And, last but most CERTAINLY not least, NEW ZELDA OFFICALLY ANNOUNCED OMG YAY!!!!!!!
leujin: (Brock1 (I'd kick his ass))
I felt like making a post. Aren't you excited?

You know who's cool? Liz. You know why? She went out and bought a PS2, which was bundled with LEGO Batman. The first two thoughts I had were "OMG, my wife rox!" and "I sure hope we can afford this..." It's annoying that money is such a concern. I guess that's adulthood.

Speaking of money, I got a raise. Yay. Ryan has said over and over again that you are pretty much GUARANTEED a raise after 3 months of working there and on your anniversary, so ... I guess I can at least celebrate that I'm not a screw up who DOESN'T deserve to get a raise.

Side note: I'm tired of people going door to door trying to sell us crap. WE ARE LOWER-MIDDLE CLASS. GO AWAY. Not to mention that the dog flips out and won't stop barking for 10 minutes.

Back to work. We had a Thanksgiving dinner/lunch today with the production staff (basically that means everybody except acquisitions and marketing. Why they don't get included is beyond me, but I'm not in charge, so whatever). Liz made fruit salad. People liked it, but we made WAY more than necessary, because it seemed like there wasn't that much stuff when Liz was buying the ingredients, so I made her do a double recipe. Long story short: we're going to be eating fruit salad for dessert for a while. Anybody want some fruit salad? It's good, I swear!

Umm... does anybody have an awesome survey or something they want me to do? I'll do it. Honest.

I think I need a nap.

So, who misses me updating several times a day despite not having anything to say?
leujin: (Dr. Girlfriend (wtf?))
Obama won the election. I'm pretty durn happy about it. I know there are a few folks on my friends list who voted Republican and will be aggravated/disapointed/shocked/any range of emotion, but I really do think Rudy Giuliani put it best last night (and I know I've already shared this with a couple of people, but that's because I really think it's an important sentiment to remember): No matter who won the election, after all is said and done, we all still wake up Americans.

I think that's pretty important to remember today. We're not enemies. We are citizens of the same nation, and the American people voted for the man who they thought would be best for the job. Would I be saying that if McCain won the election? Yes. I would've been the one on the disappointed side, and probably threatening to move to Canada, but like it or not he's the leader of our country.

Besides, he's only there for 8 years at most! Better luck next time. :)
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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: (Rusty (comforting to see my ass))
zomg Jim Gaffigan tonight.

zomg we also finally finished our MC Escher puzzle. It only took three weeks, whereas last time we attempted to put it together it took like... three months to finally concede and say "this puzzle is never going to get done."

zomg I really don't have anything important to say at all.

ZOMG!!1box
leujin: (21 and 24 (Seinfeld with a unibrow))
Well, I've had quite the adventure with these Jim Gaffigan tickets.

See, we bought these tickets in like... April or something like that. Liz and I were both really excited. They've been sitting on our cork bord since then.

Recently Liz got a job. Since this is a job that they could very easily replace her, company policy is to can anybody who misses a day of training. We had both forgotten about the tickets until that point. I remembered on like... the 30th. We started flipping out, because we were probably not going to be able to go for a couple reasons: a) Liz's shift is 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm, so she would have had the car, and b) I still don't have a license anyway (yeah, yeah, I know).

So I sent an e-mail around work seeing if anybody would want to go with me. I figured I'd get inundated, because I was offering the ticket for free, but I only got two responses: one from a person who wanted to but couldn't, and one from a person who was going to go with me. I thought I was all set.

On Monday this guy remembers he agreed to dog sitting that day. I'm like "Crap. Oh well, I remember somebody else saying he was planning on going." So I ask this guy. He ALSO had a prior engagement that he forgot about. So I send out my "does anybody want this extra ticket?" e-mail again, slightly revised. Zero responses. I'm annoyed and I'm thinking I'm not going to be able to go. Then I remembered somebody else was planning on going, so I asked her and she's still planning, so everything is hunky dory.

Today Liz reads in her company manual that she can, indeed, miss one day of work during training, so if I don't get somebody to take this extra ticket before Saturday Liz is just going to call in sick.

What a long, boring, pointless post this was.
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AAAAHHH!!! AHH AHH AHH!!!

Holy crap holy crap holy crap. They just released the first trailer for Duke Nukem Forever in like... six years.

Holy crap.

I'm having a complete spaz attack about this. I spent countless hours playing Duke Nukem 3D back in the day.

I keep getting chills just thinking about it. I am so thrilled beyond words. I had a nerdgasm.

In other news, we're in Los Alamos now. The weather was kinda foggy and there was snow drifts. We ourselves were fine, but there was a HUGE (like huge falls short of describing it) accident just outside of Amarillo. It's been all over the news. When we first hit it, we weren't sure what was going on, because traffic just suddenly stopped. We crawled along for awhile, and then I noticed some trucks on the other side of the highway that... weren't facing the right direction. I was confused. Then I saw the source of it all: A semi had flipped and was across the whole side of the interstate there. It had come from our side, crashed through a light pole, and flipped over. The contents were spilled, and the cab was detached about 50 feet away, also on its side. It caused at least 50 vehicles to pile up, crash into each other and... it was just absolute carnage. The reason our side was slow was because there was another truck that... I guess swerved to miss the first one, and it was still in one lane, so we were all having to merge into one. I have never seen anything like that in my life, and I hope I never have to again.

I just feel so bad for all these people, because most of them were just going on holiday, and suddenly they're smashed between a bunch of cars and semis. Not to mention that it was cold, and these people had to be standing outside of their smashed cars, waiting for the authorities. Last I heard, at least 1 person died at the scene, and a few more are in the hospital in critical condition. One news report mentioned that there were kids there that weren't dressed for cold weather, so a bunch of people opened up their Christmas presents so they could give the kids something warm.

That, and there were 4 different accidents later down the highway: two more flipped semis, one flipped car, and one flipped u-haul.

Interesting trip, all in all.
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!
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I just had my first doctor visit in about 2.5 years. Don't ask me why I waited so long, I really don't know. It's not like I NEEDED to go. Besides, that's what emergency rooms are for, right?

Anyway, not having insurance kind of sucks, because I did have to go to the ER before we moved up here for asthma~ness and it's like... $300. Yuck.

Anyway, I really liked this doctor. He was funny (he had a card costume on. "I'm a card" lawlz), and he understood Liz and I being super poor, so he gave me a free sample of asthmanex as well as a card for 1 free albuterol inhaler and $15 off the next two I buy. How awesome is that? Way awesome. And the actual visit was only $90.

In other news, it's Halloween, and once again I'm utterly uncreative and unprepared. Which is okay, because we're being boring this year and not actually going anywhere. We're just staying home and handing out candy. I do, however, have devil horns that I bought eons ago, so I'm wearing them in an attempt to not look like I don't care.

I start my new job tomorrow. I'm excited and a little nervous at the same time. Although apparently I'm one of six new artists that they hired. Here all this time I thought I was the only one they interviewed, which is why I got the job so easily. I guess they were just really desperate.

So uh... yeah.
leujin: (Default)
I have a job interview tomorrow. This is exciting to me. The job is in a publishing place, locally owned and operated, and what they need is somebody for doing layouts, package design, and possibly illustration for children's books.

The illustration bit has me a bit on edge, because that's never really been my strong suit, so hopefully that won't be the make-or-break. I have a strong design sense, and my layouts don't suck, so hopefully this pans out and I actually don't have to... y'know, be unemployed and stuff.

So, yeah. Wish me luck with all that, then, and extra Happy Vibes™ are always helpful.

Now it's off to fooding. WOO!!!
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Don't say I didn't warn you.

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