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night driving - good; rush hour traffic, not so much
Tuesday. 11.3.09 6:02 pm
Ever since I bought my car, I've much preferred driving at night. If I had the choice, I'd only do my driving at night. There's much less traffic, you don't have to worry about the sun glaring off the cars and objects around you and it's generally cooler so you don't always have to run the AC {the only downfall is during the winter when it's much colder at night; a minor setback.}

I enjoy night driving.

However, now that Daylight Saving time has ended, it gets dark right around rush hour traffic time. I was drivng home last night at around 5:30pm and it was going rather smoothly. . . until I hit the Spaghetti Bowl {that's what it's called cuz from an aerial view it looks like a bowl of spaghetti; the way each of the highways/city streets twist around each other. it's a major chunk section of interchanging highways and streets.} I keep forgetting just how much traffic SUCKS on the highway right at rush hour.

It's not much better on city streets and probably still would have taken me twice as long to get home. It's easier just to take the highway.

That's another thing. I'm a highway driver. I prefer going faster to get to my destination. It's rather bothersome when there's no easy highway access to get me to where I need to go. Like when I'm going to my sister's. I would be going a bit out of my way if I took the highway. It's smarter and quicker to stick to city streets. Annoying, but more efficient.

Anywho, I'm debating on going out to get me a $5 pizza. It's not fresh, but it's hot and ready to go when I get there. That's how they can get away with only charging $5 for it. It'd be cheaper than going to Panda. Yeah, I think I'm gonna go do that. It's right down the street and oh hey, it's dark outside so that works.

Until next time NuTang ...

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yeah, its another entry
Sunday. 11.1.09 6:56 pm
Daylight-saving time ended last night. I slept pretty good. Had to turn my phone off and back on again in order for the time to be updated, though. Oh well. A minor inconvenience. It threw me off a little when my car clock still said the original time. But then I remembered and quickly changed it.

Didn't do anything Halloween-y yesterday. Went to Lake Mead for the first time. That was fun. I got a 20 second video of the crazy hoard of fish next to the pier waiting to be fed popcorn. The ducks fighting in the water was funny to watch. The boats looked cool too.

I've never been on a boat like that. I was on a ferry once. I suppose that counts as being on a boat. Never gone fishing though. My step-dad tried to get me to go with him when I was younger, but at the age of 16, getting up at 4am was not very appealing. Now it would be nothing. Hell, that would be sleeping in.

You know it happens every year and you know that it takes time to adjust, but you still have to deal with adjusting every single time. It's probably going to take me about a week or so before I get used to it getting dark around 5pm. In about a month it'll be getting dark around 4:30pm when the sun dips behind the mountains. It definitely takes some getting used to.

I wish it were like Arizona. They don't change their clocks. It was very easy to get used to that. Not having to worry about when to change the clocks and in which direction to adjust them to. Easiest way I remember is 'spring ahead' and 'fall back.'

I feel kinda numb right now. Like the emotions that want to show aren't being allowed to show. I could probably lay down and stare at the ceiling for a good hour and not feel a thing.

Perhaps it would be smarter to just lay down to sleep. I have to be at work in about 8 hours. The weekends just go by far too quickly. Even long weekends whip by. Oh well. That's life for you.

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auntie Me
Thursday. 10.29.09 4:17 pm
I've known my sister was pregnant, but yesterday confirmed it entirely. She is definitely with baby. I took her to her first ultrasound yesterday and it was oddly fascinating. The fetus is approximately 11 weeks old {she didn't think she was that far along} and about 4 centimeters long. My mom and my sister both knew she would be providing the first of the next generation; I don't think any of us thought it would be this soon {she's only 19.}

She didn't plan for it, but I can bet that more than half of you, if you have siblings, that one of you weren't planned. I'm excited and scared. I'm pretty sure the pregnancy is the easiest part of having a child. Even if you're prepared for it, I'm still sure that's the easiest part. There's only so much I can do to help her with this, but I'm doing what I can.

She wants a boy; everyone's already calling it he. I'm not sure if this will jynx it or not, but there's no turning back now. She is due in the middle of May, about two weeks before her 20th birthday.

Anywho, it's been cold here the last few days. A cold front has been blowing through {literally} since late Tuesday, early Wednesday. It made the temperatures drop from the mid to upper 70s down into the mid to upper 50s in a matter of 24 hours. And it hasn't gotten much warmer since ... mostly because this god-awful wind won't cease to exist. I have a plan to wear a Halloween outfit to work tomorrow and I'm pretty sure I won't be able to since it'll be too cold. I'll have a long sleeve shirt on under the t-shirt, but I still don't think that'll be enough. And if I have to wear a sweatshirt or jacket over the Halloween shirt, well then there's really no point in wearing it to show off if I have to cover it. I'm hoping the wind dies out before I leave for work tonight, but I don't think it'll quite work out that way. However, it's supposed to be back up around 80 by Sunday. You figure out the temperature math.

I hate Vegas weather.

I'm afraid of turning my heat on. I'm not looking forward to that smell that comes out of the vents the first time you turn your heat on after having it off for a majority of the year. I need to get Lysol air freshener before I do that. I was tempted to turn it on yesterday, but then I decided since it'll be warm this weekend, I'd just suffer through two more days of wearing toe socks to keep warm. I'll probably have to turn it on sometime in the next two weeks though. Once this first cold front comes through for the year, it doesn't stay warm for much longer after it blows through.

Alrighty, now that I've talked your ears off {or typed your eyes out?} I think I'll go melt my brain some more. I want to get through Level 1, Unit 1, Lesson 2 today. Until next time NuTang ...

Sayounara!

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my brain is melting!
Monday. 10.26.09 6:02 pm
So I'm learning a foreign language right now: Japanese. Jake got the Rosetta Stone on his computer and then transfered it to mine. It's a lot of fun learning how to read and say things, but after a while your head starts to hurt and you have to take a break. There's a lot to it and a lot of repetitive stuff so it's easier to pick up, but it's just a lot to take in all at once. Fun, but it melts your brain!

I need to buy a microphone for my computer, though. The speaking part of the lessons are kind of hard when you have no way of communicating to your computer. Hopefully I'll be able to find a good, cheap one at Wal-Mart or Best Buy or something. Someone told me Radio Shack had good ones, but they're not always cheap.

Anywho, I'm considering downloading Google Chrome. I like IE, but it's been giving me some issues lately. Certain websites, only part of the website will load. Then FF is good for some things, but that one works even less often than IE. Idk. Any suggestions on what I should go with or stick with?

Halloween is Saturday. Have I got any plans? Of course not. I was invited to a costume party, but I won't be attending for two reasons: one, I don't have a costume and two, it's against the "no fraternizing" rule my work has. It's a stupid rule, but I could lose my job if I'm caught and get involved in drama. I've already been talked to about showing interest in hanging out with certain people. Its not worth it to lose my job.

Alright, so I've pretty much got everyone up to speed. I spent this past weekend learning Japanese. I still have a long way to go. I'm only on Level 1, Lesson 2. There's three levels, 4 lessons in each level and multiple subsections in eash lesson. It's a definite time killer. It's one of the main reasons Jacob chose it. He's got nothing but time on his hands right now.

Until next time NuTang. . .

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a hypocritical rant
Thursday. 10.22.09 7:51 pm
Have you ever complained about someone else complaining? Yeah, that's what I like to do. Well, I don't necessarily know if I actually like doing it, so to speak, but I tend to do it a lot.

I was thinking about it today when I started complaining about one of the drivers complaining. I'm sure most people do it without even realizing they're being hypocrites. Every so often I'll acknowledge that I'm doing it, but most of the time, I'll just start complaining ...

But since this is my time to be a hypocrite, I'm going to bitch and moan about other people who do it to me.

This one driver, in particular, likes to think he's right when it comes to everything. And if someone tells him he's doing it wrong, he'll complain that they're just jealous. He likes to point out other people's flaws and just because he's good at his job, he thinks he should get special treatment. He'll complain to me about how he's doing what his boss is asking of him, but how he never seems to make his boss happy, even though he's supposedly doing everything that's being asked of him. I'm getting really sick of listening to his bullshit. Some of the stories I don't even want to believe anymore. Either because every story he tells ends up the same way {he somehow manages to get out of having to pay some sort of fee or gets money back on a purchase he supposedly didn't make, but was charged for anyway, blah blah blah} or I just have too many trust issues. Either way, I'm tired of listening to the same stuff every day.

Then when I don't want to get involved in a conversation with him, apparently it's because I'm grumpy. I understand that I'm known for being talkative, but I do have days where I just don't feel like talking to anyone. But apparently on those days, I'm having a bad day, regardless if I actually am or not. I'm questioned and interrogated and accused "why aren't you talking?" "what's wrong?" "are you having a bad day?" " do you want to talk about it?" "why are you so grumpy today?" "why aren't you talking?" "don't worry, it'll get better." And the oh so classic "I'm here if you need to talk."

What the hell makes you people assume I'm bothered by something simply because I don't want to talk your ear off today? Sure, I may not be smiling, but I hardly ever am. What would the day I'm not talking make a difference?

Whatever.

I know for a fact that I'm going to continue being hypocritical because as long as people complain to me, I'm going to complain about it to other people. It's just the way it works.

But for now, I'm done being a hypocrite ... for the night anyway. Until next time NuTang ...

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curses
Tuesday. 10.20.09 6:02 pm
I've been doing it again; cursing more than I should. Well, if you want to get technical, I shouldn't be cursing at all, but most people do so I guess I'm just overdoing it as of late.

Anywho, I was recalling some of the conversations I had today and I realized that most of them had profanities more than just crap, damn and hell. It makes me sound kinda trashy ... especially when I'm talking to someone who doesn't use profane language. I said a while ago that I'd work on not cursing so much. I don't actually know if I worked on it at all. If I did, then it's gotten worse again.

I like when it's cool/cold outside. I don't like when it's hella windy. Like it was yesterday, last night and today. The wind finally settled down sometime around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Hopefully it'll stay away for a while. Or keep it from getting hot again until next year. This past weekend the highs were up in the 90s. No wonder people get sick around this time of year. One day its in the 90s, two days later its in the mid 60s and windy.

Gotta love mother nature.

In other news, I'm still addicted to Facebook. I was like this with that website when I fist joined, but then I got really sick of it and ignored the site for close to a year, going on maybe once or twice a month and only to delete invites and look through my notifications. But then people at work started joining and I was like, alright fine, I'll go back on and add all you people.

It's an annoying addiction, but just like with any other addiction, I can't just stop. Or I could, but I'd have to find something else equally occupying to keep me from going on it. Nutang is a healthy addiction. It's productive. Planting fake seeds and building up faux homes and rides is not exactly productive. At least I'm not quite as bad as I was a couple years ago. I don't take every quiz under the sun to 'see if I'm like this person' or 'if I fit into this character' or 'what does this specific date mean to me,' etc. I also don't update my status like it's Twitter.

To those who are on Twitter, I have nothing against you. It's just that I, personally, do not like that website and will never join. I also have nothing against the people who update their facebook status' on a constant basis. Hell, if anything it gives me something new to read while I'm on there, feeding into my addiction.

Yeah, I'm not sure where that mini-rant was going, but I've lost my train of thought. Oh well. Until next time NuTang ...

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