Throw it all Away

So, it’s Vacation. Number of days in: 5. Things accomplished: Minimal. I should really get going on the school work.
Did a little work yesterday, picked up my sister at school to bring her to Physical Therapy. Before I did that, I walked around my old high school, running into an old friend whom I haven’t seen in years, as well as a number of teachers and people that I knew there. It was weird being back there, and I don’t go to visit very often. Teachers are the same, but there’s different kids all over the place. My old TA, Ginny, was thrilled to see me, and was horribly surprised that it’s been four years since graduation. Another teacher, whom I’d started with at grade 7 was also surprised that it’s been a decade. God, I’ve never thought of it like that.
Dropped Keelia off, and met up with my friend Sarah, who’s back from New Zealand for the winter, spent a couple hours catching up on various things. I’ve also known her for ten years now. It was good to see her. Picked Keelia up afterwards, dropped by Smalldog electronics, where I got my iPod, to get them to check it out, and while waiting, played with the small puppy that was bouncing around the store. (It’s called Smalldog for a reason). Keelia practically squealed when she saw him, and he was very cute, although he kept wanting to nibble on my hand.
Yeah, rest of the day was uneventful. Tried to do some more work, got some reading done, my brother came over, watched House and Veronica Mars, both good episodes.
Today’s proving to be just as uneventful, as I’m finishing up some bread and random cleaning of the place, and I’ve got work in a couple hours. I’m going to make a serious effort to get some more work done.

You only get what you give

Mundane day today, with an evening filled with many interesting things that will be listed. I puttered. I changed out all of the lightbulbs in my house with energy savers, finished out a couple more loaves of bread and fullfilled my obligations for Thanksgiving dinner, watched some more of Veronica Mars, did a little reading and yeah. No major progress on my reports or other readings, but that’ll be coming soon. Hopefully.

Interesting / Noteworthy things:

  • Prison Break, Heroes and Studio 60 were on. Prison Break was decent, but Heroes and Studio 60 were brilliant.
  • Studio 60 made fun of Jessica Simpson and FOX and really dug at the network for product placement.
  • Veronica Mars has been picked up for a full season, or twenty episodes.
  • Steven Spielburg told people today that he’ll be working on a Tintin miniseries and a new WWII one.
  • The trailer for Harry Potter 5 came out, and it actually looks good.

Bad things:

  • Peter Jackson isn’t going to be directing or working on the upcoming Hobbit movie. Between financial things between his studio, Wingnut Films and New Line Cinema, over the gains from LOTR, they’re not being asked back. Between that and the Halo movie, he’s not having a good fall.

Also, I’m jointly posting on this blog and the livejournal that I’ve sorta, kinda, not really kept up for about the same amount of time.

Does Anyone Know What Time It Is?

It’s Vacation. Finally! A relaxing frantic week of where I have nine separate things to for three different classes, seven books to read, four days of work, which will more thank likely be extremely busy as the holiday shopping season ramps up into full gear. It’ll be nice to actually have people buy things than just poking around. Brought Kyle to the airport, he’s home for the first time in a year, pretty excited about that.
I’ve also been subcontracted out to help cook part of our Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday – I learned to cook bread from scratch. It’s an absurdly simple recipe, although it takes over 12 hours to finish, to give it time to rise and everything. I started the prep work on it last night and had it done by three this afternoon, whereupon I brought it home. My brother’s reaction:

“You made that? It looks professional.”

Cue the laughter from my sister and mother. It turned out great, and everyone seemed to like it well enough, so I’ve started work on some more loaves. Unfortunently, I can only make one at a time, but the time to let it sit is long enough that I’ll be able to start it and leave it again later on. Tasted fantastic too. Made me happy.

I am looking forwards to sleeping in over the next couple days. That and seeing people I haven’t seen in a while. And you know, the whole not going to class part.

Gar

Gah, it’s definently been an eh day. I feel like crap, stomach ache, tired, and have had a headache for the past two days.
On the bright side, I finally isolated the program that’s been giving me the insane number of popups, and found another program that helped get rid of a lot of the spywear, trojans and other crap on my computer. So it’s at least running a little better.
The downside of that was that it took about 6 HOURS to scan the entire computer. Arg. At least it’s clean though, sort of.
Now, for bed.

Before the Robots

Life has been going good recently. School’s going well, work’s going well, despite the increasing number of sketchy people walking around the Berlin Mall, things in general have been looking up, a big improvement over last year, where at this time, I was angry, depressed and hopeless.
Not to be depressing.
I’m enjoying work; business is picking up as the holiday season approaches. I’ve been making more sales while out in the kisok, which is a welcome change, as that job is horribly boring. Since we’re not allowed to read while on the job, I basically have to amuse myself by walking in circles, straightening out calanders to the micron and bugging every customer if they need help with something. (They never do, they’re just looking). I do get the occasional funny occurance, which is diverting. The last amusing thing happened last week: A woman burst into the mall, took about five steps in, looking like she was going somewhere important, dragging two small kids behind her. It was then that she stopped, looked around and turned to me: “Where is Optical Expression?” – the local eye glasses store and clinic. I didn’t do anything but point. The store is just a store away from Walden Books. She turned and went in. The old guy sitting next to the kiosk in a wheel chair just laughed and said: “I guess she really needed those glasses.” I guess so.
Today, I saw something like ten people that I a) know from school, ) know from school and haven’t seen them in ages, c) knew from high school/elementary school, d) from scouts. It was weird.
The rest of the time is devoted to stewing.
I also found a movie that I really need to look into watching – The Iron Giant. I’d heard a bit about it a couple years ago, when a movie called The Incredibles, a fantastic animated film, was released, directed by Brad Bird, who had directed a box office failure called The Iron Giant. Despite it’s lax returns, the movie had gained a sort of cult status (What good science fiction film DOESN’T develope a cult status nowadays?) and around the time of The Incredibles release, it was released on DVD. I’d read a couple DVD reviews, but I haven’t actually gotten a chance to watch it, until I caught the last half hour or so of it on Cartoon Network this evening.
Man, what a good film – solid animation, fun storyline and likeable characters. It reminded me a lot of Titan AE, one of my favorite animated Science Fiction movies. I need to see the rest of Iron Giant, but I suspect that this will be included on the list. The basic plot is that a giant iron robot falls from the sky and lands near a small town in Maine. While there, he befriends a small boy, while the government comes after them to try and destroy the robot. I definently need to rent this at some point.
And I still need to bring my computer into Computer Services. I’ve been getting a bunch of popups lately, more than ever, and a lot of random applications that I suspect are spywear. I’ve run dozens of virus/bot/spyware checks, defragmented and optimized my harddrives, done error tests and am still having minor problems. It’s driving me nuts.
And I’ll post up my TV Recap sometime tonight. Haven’t had a whole lot of time to finish it this week.

EDIT: YES! YES YES YES! Someone posted up the 10.23.06 Carbon Leaf Concert at the Higher Ground, the one that I went to with Keelia, where they sounded awesome – You can download all the songs here, although be warned, they’re .Flac files, which are huge and require additional software to decode. You can play the files on Winamp. I’ll get them all, and for those of you who know me, will be seeing me and who issued me death threats about attending this, would you like a copy?

The Saints are Coming

I finally found a copy of U2 and Green Day’s collaboration, The Saints are Coming, which sounds fantastic (It’ll be on their upcoming Best Of album called U218) – It was a collaborative effort after Katrina, as the song has some very strong connections with New Orleans. And, given Green Day and U2′s political despositions, it’s also a bit of a stab at the relief effort and the government’s response. (At least the video is).

And it’s been reported that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, the best show on television, has been renewed for a full 22 episode season. NBC, you’ve made me a very happy man.

I need to bring my computer in for fixing. There’s nothing physically wrong with it, but there’s still a crapload of viruses on here, giving me popups and messing with Mozilla Firefox (I switched from IE after I finally realised that IE sucked), redirecting me to random pages, usually when I go to open an image. Not to mention that I need to close about ten applications when I actually start the computer, not that it seems to do much. And in general, it seems to be operating slower and not as well as it used to. I’ll stop by computer services today and see what they can do.

And there are times when I don’t want to be here, here in Vermont. At times, I feel too far from certain people, disconnected and unable to go to them if needed. At times, it’s all that I can do to restrain myself from running the half mile to the payphone. Why does Vermont have to seem so isolated? And why do those people I want to be with have to be so far…

Sorry, that’s cryptic, but that’s all that you get.

Excuse me, where are your live chickens?

Yay for only having one class today. My english professor for Gothic Lit was out of town today, so we got the period off, where I went home, got lunch and took a much needed nap. Got a little work done, caught up on Jericho, did some more work. It’s been an uneventful day.
Apple needs to really make some better headphones. I fell off my bike again because of them, when one earpiece fell out of my ear. Fortunently, I found my gloves and had been wearing them, coming away with no injuries, although my wrist was quite a bit sore afterwards.

And, I found the best Star Wars parody to date: Chad Vader:

There’s four episodes, all on YouTube. Episode 2, Episode 3 and Episode 4. Absolutely hilarious. I laughed my ass off each episode.

Breathe in the Night

I’m seeing Carbon Leaf tonight! This will mark the 4th time that I’ll be going to one of their shows, and my third at the Higher Ground. I’m excited. They’re great in person, and Love Loss Hope Repeat has some really good songs on it. I’m taking Keelia, my sister, along with me, and one of my professors from school is also going. Should be a fun time. I saw them this summer, and they sounded fantastic.

I’m actually going to remember to bring my camera this time, so I’ll get some pictures. Hopefully.

I’m also getting my cast off today, officially. It’ll be nice to finally not have to worry about it and get my hand back.

EDIT: 1606 : It’s off! Finally!

My Parents

My parents rock. I don’t think that I ever say that, or any form of a dignified thank you to them, but I need to more often. And because I know you read this:

Thank you.

Thank you for everything that you’ve done over the years, putting up with me, my moods, geekiness, problems, being annoying, and everything, and thank you for all those times that you’ve helped me, pushing me when I needed it, encouraging me to try new things and thank you for being simply wonderful. I should say it more often.

This is a Water Stop

Kinda how I’m feeling today – slow, not really tired, but unmotivated. One class was cancelled, I skipped my next one to catch up on some work and to eat lunch. Class this afternoon was short, and I got my work in.
It’s dreary out today, and it’s been raining out all day, and I went back out in the field with George like I did last week to help him with some of his river studies. However, it meant that we both got completely soaked taking water samples. My cast is soaked, as are my books and jeans, and it’s going to be forever before they’re dry.