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Three weeks, and 2
Thursday. 10.1.15 9:07 am
I leave for Vegas 3 weeks from Saturday. I'm pretty excited about it, despite how ridiculously broke I'll be for this trip. I may end up needing to take out a small loan, but I'm already going to be short on funds when I get back so I'd rather not be even farther behind. I need to start saving up for my big trip next year almost as soon as I get back.

I have no plans for my birthday... I'm broke, otherwise I'd go out for sushi. That will have to wait; it may end up waiting until I'm in Vegas. Who knows. I will be getting at least a small chocolate treat of some kind, though, I'm not sure what yet. At least I have the day off so I won't have to worry about work getting to me. I will be going to the gym at some point this weekend. And I have three days to choose from.

There really is nothing of importance to write about ... oh, wait. There kind of is. I'm not sure how much I can talk about it yet, but I suppose no one who knows me well enough actually reads this thing so I suppose I'm safe. I had an interview today for a permanent position within the company that I work for. For now, I have a limited contract, which is going to be up soon. It's kind of crazy how I've already been doing this new job for almost a year. It certainly doesn't feel like it. I have mixed feelings about the new position I applied for. I actually quite like my job now along with the people I work with. But things will be changing soon enough and I need something more stable and promising. I'd still be kind of doing the same thing, just in a different capacity. I may not even get it; if that's the case, then I just keep looking.

I need to get on a scale again sometime soon. I'd really like to know if I've made any more progress since the last time I got on the scale. Perhaps this weekend when I go to the gym; there's a scale in the locker room that I can use. I'm hoping for at least a little progress. And I'd like to lose 5 more pounds before I go to Vegas, but at this point, that may be pushing it.

This was kind of a rambling blog. No real rhyme or reason to it. I suppose that's the point; it's my blog and I can write however I please. I may write again during the weekend, but there's no guarantees. I will write again before I leave on my trip, that much I can promise.

Until next time. . .

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Thanks weather gods.
Sunday. 9.27.15 9:13 pm
If you haven't heard about the fact that there was a total lunar eclipse tonight, which also happened to be a harvest moon, then you obviously have no access to the news, the internet, or really any form of communication with the outside world. It was pretty much advertised everywhere simply because this is the first time since 1982 that those particular events have lined up, and it'll be the year 2033 before this happens again. Of course, there will be plenty of total lunar eclipses and harvest moons between now and then, as there have been between 1982 and now; it's just the combination happening at the same time that's far and few between.

I went outside to the rooftop deck and watched it go from total to about half uncovered. The building behind me, where the moon was rising from, blocked the first part of the moon being covered; which, in my opinion, is far cooler to witness than watching it come out of a total eclipse. Oh well. Perhaps next time there's one, I'll go somewhere that has a clear view of the east. Full disclosure, if I had been at work, I'd have been up on the roof watching the whole thing, in succession, for the full 3ish hours that it would have been visible.

I did take some pictures; they came out about as well as one can expect from a Samsung Galaxy S6. I did use Instagram to try to filter out the light radiating from the neon Wonder Bread sign, but there's only so much that can happen when you don't have a professional camera. I'll actually be stalking someone on Facebook so that I can see what he managed to take with his DSLR. He's a friend of an old friend so there's really no reason for us to be Facebook friends {he's pretty particular even with people he knows, let alone someone like me} but a lot of his pictures are available to public view, which is nice since he takes some really nice ones.

I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that it was clear skies this evening. There were quite a few puffy white clouds throughout the day so I wasn't sure if I would have been able to see the moon. However, as it inched closer to sunset, the sky cleared and the temperature quickly dropped without the overhead blanket to keep the heat in. I'm so glad when the weather gods work in the favor is something like this. As much as I prefer clouds, these are the types of events I'd rather not miss.

This weekend was fairly uneventful. I went to the gym yesterday morning, like I usually try to do on Saturdays, then decided to go donate blood in the afternoon. Because of the accident that happened last week on the Aurora Bridge, the blood center was pretty busy. I didn't make an appointment because for some reason if I anticipate it, my pulse rises too much. However, because of being a walk-in, I ended up waiting 2 hours until all of the appointments were taken care of. Which is fine; I had nothing else to do yesterday. I figured this would give me the chance that if my pulse was off, I could try again on Tuesday at the blood drive my work is having. But I was able to donate so I won't have to worry about trying to get it all done within my hour lunch; if you've never given blood, the set up takes longer than the entire process of actually donating. That part only takes maybe 10 minutes max. Then you have to hang out for about 10 minutes afterward, eating cookies or drinking sugary drinks, to replace the blood sugar your body just lost. Last time I donated at work, I had a little over 10 minutes left in my lunch break before I had to clock back in.

Today I just hung around, did laundry, finished the book I'd been reading, and took a nap. In hindsight, the nap was probably a bad idea. I should be starting to get tired about now and I'm not feeling it... Hopefully in an hour I'll be more tired and can get some reasonable sleep tonight. Not sure if I'll write again before the end of the month.

Until next time. . .

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Half and half
Monday. 9.21.15 9:01 pm
As with most people, my mind wanders to some of the most random places at times. Other times, there's a reason why my mind goes where it goes. This evening, I was thinking about how half of my friends are either married with/expecting children, or are single. I have very few friends who are just in a relationship. It seems kind of strange thinking about it, really. I've reached the age where it's completely normal for people to be getting married and starting families. Or embracing the hell out of their singleness if they're not on the married side of the spectrum.

Currently, I'm on the single side of things. And I'm perfectly okay with this, at least for now. I met someone whom I'd love to be able to date, but it's out of the question at this present time. I wish we were at least talking on a semi-regular basis, but it's been too long now; things would be awkward as all hell if I suddenly attempted to maintain an open form of communication. Oh well. I accept it for what it is and continue to embrace being single.

I can list, off the top of my head, 4 of my friends who are either currently expecting, or are trying for it. Which is crazy! I'm not even dating anyone and people around me are reproducing. I guess that's what happens when you inch closer to 30.

Now, I've never been shy about my feelings toward this route in my life. My future "children" will all be fur babies. I feel like a small part of this is a reason as to why I'm still single. Obviously it's not the right time in my life for it to happen; otherwise it'd be happening, but at the same time, I have to find a guy who's views on having offspring is equivalent to mine.

In due time, I suppose. It's possible that I've already met this man, but the point in which our paths are supposed to become one is still to come. It's also just as possible that I haven't met this person yet; our paths are still waiting to intersect. It's split 50/50 down the middle. I'm curious, though. My curiosity gets the better of me quite often; this is just one of those situations where my curiosity cannot simply be answered by me asking people, reading through books or relying on Google for the answers.

Only time will tell.

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Lessons of the life kind
Thursday. 9.17.15 7:41 pm
After getting intimately aware of the varying reasons for people to be referred to our departments, I've realized that if I said really anything about how tired I am on a regular basis and how I completely lack the energy to do things I'd like to do, I'd most likely be referred to my own department. How fucking strange would that be to see my own name pop up?

It happens, you know. You go in to your doctor's office and discuss things with them; they hear trigger words and refer you to a department without actually telling you that they're doing this. Then when we call to set up the appointment, the patient has not fucking clue. At this point, it becomes super awkward for me because I now have to play dumb while I have someone arguing with me about why they've been referred and what is the point and why can't I tell them more?

Ugh. I'm so ready for the weekend. After working in a phone-based customer service job for the past 9 months, I've learned quite a few valuable life lessons. Such as: when the person on the phone isn't helping you the way you're wanting, raising your voice gets you even less than what the person was originally planning on helping you with. If you're super polite and patient, the person on the phone will *likely* do everything in their power to help you.

**disclaimer: some people are just assholes who hate their jobs and they don't give a shit what tone you take or what your issue is. They will do as little as possible anyway**

Also, those little funny stories that you think are hilarious? The backstory to your problem? The jokes about how you could be dead by tomorrow? I don't know those are jokes because people actually say those things, and mean it! Don't get pissed at me because I didn't laugh at your "lame joke." I honestly don't care about how you got to the point you're at. I don't care that your mom did this and your dog is eating your phone wire. Please, please, don't ever start out the phone call with, "okay, let me tell you the story." I will literally mute you and say that I don't give a fuck.

I'm not the only one. And thanks to this personal experience, I am no longer one of those people who does that when I have to call in somewhere. I get straight to the point; I don't make small talk. I am quiet while waiting for a response; no reason to fill dead air with things that are irrelevant. The more cooperative on the phone, the faster the call is, the sooner I can hang up and move on with my life.

The intention of this blog was not meant to be quite so rage filled ... oops. I think this is my way of saying that I'm very ready for my vacation. I need a break from reality.

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Realization
Tuesday. 9.15.15 6:56 pm
It just hit me yesterday that my birthday is in 3 weeks. Normally I don't give a shit {I still kind of don't} but just the fact that it's getting really close without me even realizing it, is amusing to me. I also leave for Vegas in 5 1/2 weeks. The idea that I'm that close to my vacation is awesome! I'm so looking forward to it.

I'm hoping to be down at least 5 more pounds before I go on my trip and even if I only lost a pound per week, that is where I'd end up. Hopefully it'll be a little more. 10 max, but that's if I really push myself and pay super close attention to what I'm consuming. Today was a little bit of a "cheat day," so to speak, because there was a potluck, but I only indulged a little. I still recorded everything since it all came from a store with labels.

Saturday is going to be my actual cheat day, where I don't log anything or pay attention to what I'm consuming. I'm going hiking with a friend and we're going out for margaritas afterwards. However, the hike is an 8 mile round trip hike so I'll be doing more walking than I normally do on any single day so it's our reward for completing the whole thing.

Tomorrow is my rest day for lunges and pushups; I'm debating whether to go to the gym after work and get in a quick 30 minute jog. I guess we'll see how I feel when I get home from work. It could very well happen. I know that I do need to get in to the gym at some point before Saturday since I'll likely be too sore to go on Sunday. If not tomorrow, then definitely Thursday.

Until next time. . .

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Another Mile
Wednesday. 9.9.15 9:25 pm
Pandora was advertising today as their "appreciation day" which meant that they were going ad-free for everyone, even if you hadn't paid to eliminate ads. Because of this, I finally brought my extra set of ear buds to work {8 months later} and listened to it while on lunch. After lunch, we used the free computer in the office to play background music. 3 hours of uninterrupted music. 'Twas awesome. It kind of, sort of, helped motivate us a little more. Sort of.

I usually listen to Pandora while I'm at the gym, but there's always ads right in the middle of my flow, so throughout the day, I debated whether I wanted to take the extra initiative to go to the gym in the middle of the week just to have a run without having to listen to ads. When I got home from work, I decided to just go for it. I changed, grabbed my stuff and headed back out in to traffic. It takes me so much longer to get to work at that time of day simply because everyone is trying to leave. A 6 minute trip in no traffic took me 15. Not complaining, despite the way it sounds. I think the decision would have been different if my commute wasn't so short.

It was definitely worth it. I found it rather entertaining that the only people in the gym during the 35 minutes I was there were just females. There were about 6 of us when I got there and it ended with just two of us. There were also 3 other women in the yoga room next door. No men at all. We females are bad ass and we work hard at it!

... I'm tired. Ignore that last sentence. I just don't feel like deleting it.

Anywho, payday is this weekend. I need to go grocery shopping for the next two weeks, pay the bills and purchase my airline ticket to Vegas. I know I'm cutting it close, but the trip to DC was necessary and more than worth the money spent so I'm good with this. My family understands that I'm pretty much broke until January.

Other than the gym, grocery shopping and bill paying, I have no other plans for this weekend. Next weekend, I'm going on a hike with a friend so I'm looking forward to that. This weekend is pretty open. Who knows what it'll bring.

Until next time. . .

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