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Funny that I mentioned it
Wednesday. 7.17.13 8:16 pm
It didn't rain a lot last night, but it certainly rained. There was some awesome thunder and lightning storms to accompany it as well. I was awake for both times, around 11 and again around 2. It was fantastic. The one time where I'm actually happy that I was awake in the middle of the night. It was so soothing just laying in the dark watching the flashes outside my window and listening to the thunder rolling in the background with the rain pelting my windows. Too bad that doesn't happen more often here. I wouldn't be surprised if that was it for the remainder of the year.

Work wasn't too bad today. We had someone from a different site to tour around our site to see if he was interested in working the newly opened grace shift. I'm not sure how it went, but I guess I'll find out if the position gets filled.

Tomorrow is technically my Friday. However, since I only have the one day off I'm not sure if I'll count it as my weekend. I have no plans for actual Friday. I'll probably just hang out at home. I was looking over the jigsaw puzzle options and because I got them for Christmas, the two horizontal ones are actually winter themed. . . which I'm not sure how well it would fit in with the summer season. It would almost be more exciting working on them once it gets a little bit cooler, which actually won't happen for a few more months, at least. We'll see how I feel.

I've nearly depleted my finances again. . . damn uncontrolled splurges. Most of the money from the last paycheck went toward things that were necessary. But there was about $200 that I probably could have saved and didn't. I'll have to be really careful with the next few paychecks and really hope that I can find a part time job that works with my current full time job.

I need to reply to an email and then probably watch Pretty Little Liars before calling it a night.

Until tomorrow. . .

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Swapped days
Tuesday. 7.16.13 7:51 pm
Today felt like Saturday to me because, minus the laundry, I've done absolutely nothing. I swapped shifts with a coworker so I'll actually be working swing shift this coming Saturday. Apparently I was lucky that I didn't work today because it was super busy.

It's definitely summer in Seattle. It hasn't rained here in 3 weeks and it's definitely feeling rather dry out there. I know the best way to make it rain, via Murphy's Law, is to get my car washed. Unfortunately that won't even be an option until next payday and I'm pretty sure with it being the rent check, I won't have enough afterward to get it washed. So I guess the best I can do is just hope that some kind of precipitation makes its way here.

Two more work days and another day off. I have no plans for Friday. It will probably be another sit inside and try to stay cool kind of day seeing as how it'll be in the 80s all week.

The tiny spot on my leg that got burned a couple weeks ago is peeling. At first, I didn't know why my leg was peeling, but then I remembered that it was rather red after the river outing. It was the only spot that seemed to have been missed by the sun screen, aside from some slight burning on my shoulders, chest and back, but none of those spots peeled. I guess I could put lotion on it, but the spot is smaller than a dime at this point so I'm not sure it'd even be worth it. I'll just make sure I'm careful and put lotion on next time I shave my legs.

Anywho, I guess that's all for today. I'm thinking about tearing down the puzzle on the table and starting another horizontal one. Perhaps that's what I can do to fill in the time on Friday. We'll have to see.

Until tomorrow. . .

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Experimenting
Monday. 7.15.13 6:59 pm
I've been trying to figure out exactly what I need to do to maximize coolness in my room. With the temperatures being in the 80s this whole week, the odds of it staying cool inside is not likely. The fan works well enough, but it's still pretty warm in here. Right now, the thermostat says it's 80 degrees in here, with it being around 82 outside. The difference? There's no sun in here.

So I know that if I put up aluminum foil on the windows, not only will it keep the heat out, but it'll completely block out the light as well; something I don't really want to do. I like having the natural light in my room. Instead, I have a dark sheet tacked up to the wall covering most of the West-facing window. I have a South-facing window, but the sun never directly shines through there. I also have the West-facing bathroom window, but if I keep my bathroom door closed over, the heat pretty much stays in there.

I've more of less been trying to figure out how far open or closed I should leave my windows during the day. I leave them almost all the way open at night to allow for maximum air flow from the cool night air outside. I leave them that way when I leave for work and close them over when I get home. I've been leaving them open about 3 or 4 inches and then opening them up all the way again once the sun sets, but I'm not sure if that's a good idea or if I should close them all the way or leave one more open...?

Anywho, we had the world's shortest Code today. Less than 30 seconds after announcing the Code, it was canceled. It's good that it was cancelled because that means the issue had been resolved, but it still caused me to have to sprint a little ways as I was on the other side of the campus when it was called. I also had to write an incredibly short report since a Code was actually called, despite the fact that it was nearly immediately cancelled. It just meant that the report was really short.

My hair doesn't look nearly as awesome as it did when I got it cut, but that's because whatever they use in hair salons almost always makes your hair look awesome and unless you do exactly what the salon does, it's not likely that it'll look the same once you wash it. I was showing a bunch of people the pictures from Friday. Since I always had my hair up in a bun, no one realized how long it was so the reactions were great. "Whose hair is that? ... Yours?!?! It was that long?!? Wow!"

I swapped shifts with a coworker so I'll have tomorrow off. I plan on getting up early enough for a quick morning jog before it gets too hot out. I am supposed to be hanging out with another friend in the evening, but I haven't heard from her yet so I don't know what time we're supposed to hang out. If I haven't heard from her by the middle of the day tomorrow, I may make other plans. We'll see what happens.

Until then. . .

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Daily grind
Sunday. 7.14.13 5:31 pm
Two days on, one off, two days on, one off. six days on. That's how this week is looking thus far. I'm actually going to try to pick up a swing shift on Friday, but that all depends on the SRO's availability. Either way, I will have at least one day off this week; with that day being Tuesday. A coworker needed Saturday off, so we swapped shifts. She will be working my Tuesday morning and I'll be working her Saturday.

Today went about as well as a Sunday could go. I did some patrolling, but spent most of the day just kind of wandering about ... which I supposed could be considered patrolling.

I'm pretty tired, but it's too late to take a nap. I'll probably end up going to bed early tonight. I opted for taking a shower as soon as I got home instead of a nap. My hair only takes about 2 hours to completely dry rather than just over 3, which is nice. It pretty much means that if I feel like washing my hair later in the evening, after a nap, it'll still be dry in time for bed. I can actually wear it down at work; it's short enough, but with it getting back in to the 80s during the day, I'll probably still wear it up so it's off my neck. I'll just be able to take it down at the end of my shift rather than having to wait until I'm home and have a brush available to me.

I caught up on all the Hulu shows yesterday. I've started watching a series that a Yogscast person is doing on their site: Sjin's Feed the Beast World. I'm still watching Sips plays Don't Starve, but he may not continue playing the game, depending on how people vote. I hope he keeps playing. Watching him play that game is amusing. I like it better than some of the other games he plays, such as Skyrim. I can only stand watching that game for so long before I get bored.

Yeah, I'll definitely be calling it an early night. It's barely after 5:30 and I'm already struggling to keep my eyes open. I will try to make it until the sun goes down, but the last few times I said that, I think I made it as far as 7:30. We'll see what happens. I'll let you know tomorrow.

Until then. . .

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Treading water ... again
Saturday. 7.13.13 4:58 pm
I've spent a bit more money than I was planning on spending. . . A splurge at Target yesterday kind of did me in. Also the dinner with my friends that I covered didn't help either. I'm not getting very far on saving up money for my December trip. Hopefully I get a turn of the tide here soon. Or I just don't go shopping at Target or eat out any time in the near future.

I really should get on finding a second, part time, overnight type of job. Something simple and stupid that doesn't require much effort. Maybe a retail or grocery store shelf stock person. Overnight so that I won't have to deal with the general public. I get to deal with them often enough at my full time job. Anyone have any suggestions?

I got the bras and fan returned to the store and was able to find another bra set of two that actually fit more comfortably. At the moment, I'm kind of in between a 36 and 38. The 36 is a little too small around, but the cups fit nicely and the 38 fits around, but the cups are a little too big so I just went with the 36 since that's what I've been wearing for years now. Hopefully I can motivate myself enough to make use of the two new workout shirts I got and lose some of the fat that's causing the 36 to be a little too constricting.

The groceries I got today will also have to last me until the 26th. Which, if I portion everything appropriately, should be just fine. I have a habit of overeating food that tastes really good so I'll have to be very careful this time around.

The rest of today will be spent just kind of hanging out, catching up on shows on Hulu and hopefully staying cool. It's already warmed up 10 degrees inside, but more than 20 outside. It does help having shorter hair. I just have to figure out how I'm going to wear it to work. It's a tad too short for the bun that I always had it in. I'm sure I'll figure something out.

Until tomorrow. . .

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Productivity!
Friday. 7.12.13 8:48 pm
So this is the list from yesterday. I've crossed out everything that I got completed. It's been a rather productive day for once.

1. Pay car/insurance, cell phone, credit card.
2. Register for Torchlight 5K.
3. Put gas in car.
4. Go to the bank.
5. Stop by Jasmine's.
6. Get car emissions tested.
7. Register car.
8. Go to Target, buy at least one new bra. **
9. Get hair cut with Meko.
10. Get oil changed.
11. Stop by AT&T to discuss new phone options. {This is optional ... if I remember to do this while I'm at Target, I will. If not, it can wait until another time.}
12. Go grocery shopping. {Also optional; I may put it off until Saturday.}
13. Set up monthly payments with Legal Shield.
14.

Since I didn't get to the bank inside the grocery store, I kept forgetting to go to the grocery store to get a money order for my credit card/debt payment. It's not due until the end of the month, and since I spent a little more than I was anticipating, it may wait until the next paycheck.

The oil change will also wait until the next paycheck because I'm only over by 50 miles so it won't be a big deal if I wait a couple more weeks. I won't be putting that much mileage on my vehicle. Hell, the last oil change was in November and I'm just now at the 3,750 mark.

I did get to Target and I bought a two-bra set, but will be returning them tomorrow. The wire went all the way across the bottom rather than up in the middle so it was just weirdly uncomfortable. That was the issue with buying the two pack was that I couldn't try them on in-store. I also bought a fan that I'll be returning. The air only blows out the side of the vent, not the middle. It's kind of a waste if I always need to keep the fan at a weird angle. The sleep pants and two dry-fit shirts I bought will be kept. Those are all really comfy.

I'll get my grocery shopping done while I'm out and about tomorrow afternoon. The laundry will get done in the morning when I wake up and once I get motivated to leave the house, I'll return the stuff to Target and get some food products.

My hair is cut super short. It's even shorter than last time. I donated about a foot or so to Locks of Love again. My head is a lot lighter from the lack of weight cased by the length of my hair. It'll be a lot easier to wash it and the dry time will be shorter by at least an hour. I will have to figure out a new way to wear it for work, though. It's not quite long enough to wear it in the bun that I put it up in. I'll spend a good part of tomorrow messing with it to see what works.

After the hair cut, my friends and I went out for dinner. We went to this place called the 8oz Burger Bar. It was probably the best burger I've ever eaten. The prices were reasonable and the wait wasn't too bad. If I have the chance and money to go back, I definitely will.

After a bit of wandering through R.E.I. we all headed home for the night. It was definitely a productive day. Sleep tonight should come easily.

Until tomorrow. . .

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