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Sunday. 1.3.16 6:12 pm
It's been nice having two three-day weekends in a row. Tomorrow everything goes back to normal, however, which means that traffic is going to be fucked and people are going to be more pissy than ever. So that'll be fun ...

It snowed today. It's the first time it's snowed in Seattle since Thanksgiving 2014. It literally didn't snow at all here during 2015. I figured it was only a matter of time before we got at least something, considering how much snow the mountains have gotten and how cold it's been. Nothing stuck, nor did it last for very long, but it was pretty to enjoy while it lasted.

I was supposed to go grocery shopping this weekend, as well as buy gifts for my family ... did that happen? Nope. I went out with a friend yesterday to see The Good Dinosaur. It was a cute movie; definitely had some feels, which tends to happen when it comes to Disney/Pixar movies. It was kind of amusing that we happened to be in the same theater as we were when we saw Star Wars. Afterwards, we went to the pub nearby for dinner and drinks. Since I was driving, I chose the drink with literally the lowest ABV in a drink that I've ever had. It was only 3%. It might as well have been juice. But it was tasty!

After that, he didn't want to go home quite yet, so we stopped at a bar that was closer to home for him and had another drink. This time we both ordered a winter warmer and had some fries. It was nice being able to catch up; we hadn't hung out in months. Hopefully it's not months before we hang out again.

Today I had every intention of going out and doing stuff, but I didn't even do my laundry. The fact that I didn't have any quarters to do laundry helped with that ... but I could have easily gone to the store, gone grocery shopping and gotten quarters all in one trip. What did I do instead? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I opened my blinds when people on Facebook started posting things about snow and waited for it to come my way. I did do the dishes so I suppose I did something that could be considered productive.

I'll have to take care of all my errands and whatnot during the week. Perhaps I'll be more motivated to be an adult if I'm already dressed and out. I'll have to sit in the shit storm that will be traffic, but hey, that's part of being an adult, right?

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A continuation
Friday. 1.1.16 6:44 pm
I figured out why it doesn't feel all that strange for it to be 2016. Due to the fact that I worked in a scheduling department for a majority of the year, I regularly scheduled appointments weeks or months in advance. I still schedule appointments, it's just not my primary objective anymore. However, because of this, I've been intermittently writing 2016 for at least the last two months. That's why this doesn't feel all that different.

Today was nice. I hung out with a friend whom I've not hung out with {outside of work} in probably about 18 months. We met up for breakfast at this place called Patty's Egg Nest. The food is decent and reasonably priced. The portions are massive... I've only had snacks since breakfast and I probably could have managed even without those, I'm still so full. I have left overs for tomorrow and will likely be just as full as today.

Afterwards, we made our way out to Snoqualmie Falls. It's a New Year's tradition that she's been doing for a few years now so I just happened to tag along this time around. It was bright, sunny, windy and cold there. It wasn't super crowded, which was nice, but enough people had the same idea as us. If she'd been wearing different shoes, we probably would have gone down the trail... definitely gonna happen next time.

Once we got back to the car, we decided to drive over to the outlet shops in North Bend and wander around to kind of walk off the food we'd consumed. There were a lot of stores I'd never heard of. I did end up buying chocolate; it's hard to resist the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Once we were done there, we drove back to where my car was and parted ways.

Tonight will be much like last night, hopefully with less fireworks. I went to bed early, after watching the live stream of the ball drop in NYC. The fireworks woke me up at midnight, since someone was setting them off right in front of my place, and I heard the noise from the celebration at the Space Needle, but I was asleep again by quarter after. It's not even 7 yet and I'm exhausted.

I'll be going to the gym in the morning and then meeting up with a friend to catch a movie in the afternoon. He said he might have some other friends going with him so it's possible it might be a group thing. Either way, I'm mostly in it just to see the movie. That and I haven't hung out with this friend in months, with the exception of him being part of the Star Wars group. Which is another movie I plan on seeing again sometime this month. The friend I invited to see it with me opening night, myself, and another friend of hers, will all be going to see it at the Pacific Science Center IMAX. I'm excited about that.

Sunday the only plan is laundry, which I'm perfectly okay with. I have plans next Sunday and possibly Saturday, but I'm not sure about that day yet. I'm waiting to see what my friend says in the way of what she's doing. If she's not busy, we'll probably go hiking. If not, then I'll just be chilling out at home.

I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for the guy to text me ... it is after the new year, after all. Positive vibes...

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Thursday. 12.31.15 6:57 pm
It's stranger to think about the fact that this is my last entry with the date 2015 than it is to think about how tomorrow will be 2016. I'm weird like that.

Uhm, so I meant to write the last couple days, but that just didn't happen. Obviously. Nothing terribly exciting happened over the last few days, really. I found a game on my computer from back in the late 90s that I've been playing. I was obsessed with it back then. It's a brick breaker called DX-Ball. I held every one of the high scores, the highest of which was over 110,000. My goal is to beat that score. After that? I'll probably lay it to rest for another 15-20 years.

I need to go out picture-taking again. I haven't really gone anywhere since I've gotten back from Vegas and I'm itching to go wander. It's a little more challenging because I don't have chains for my tires so I'm restricted on how far east I can go. But that's fine. I can travel north, or go as far as I can before chains are required. My little car doesn't like going through the mountains anyway. I just know that I need to get out.

I'll likely put on the live stream of the NYC celebration here in the next hour or so, watch the ball drop, say something about the near year for the East coast people and then call it a night. I'm pretty damn certain I'll be asleep before midnight. There's only one person, at this point, who can get me to go out and that won't happen so I'm golden for going to bed early tonight.

Anywho, I guess this is it for the year. Have a safe one guys.

Until next year. . .

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Monday. 12.28.15 5:41 pm
The weekend was good, but I'm glad the holiday is passed.

Thursday after work, I headed straight to my best friend's place. Traffic wasn't bad at all, so it only took me about 10 minutes longer to get there than it normally would have. I ended up beating them there; they'd gone out to dinner with his parents. She text me to let me know they were on their way back from being out so I just hung out in my car until they got there. We hung out for a little bit before heading to her parent's place to go to Christmas mass. It was a really awkward 90 minutes. I pretty much rushed out of there. I can only handle so much at a time and that was a lot at once so I just had to get out. The only cool part was the sand art thing they did for one of the psalms.

We went back to her place and hung out for just a little bit before crashing for the night. We got up fairly early the next morning, showered, had breakfast and headed back to her parent's place to spend Christmas with them. I'm glad I only got 3 gifts, one of which was essentially a gag gift related to an inside joke, so having brought dessert, I didn't feel too bad about not being able to buy gifts. The big ticket items were mostly spent on the family members. It was nice being able to see the reactions from everyone. Gave me the feels. My favorite of the three was this super soft cardigan from Nordstrom. It's so, so comfortable! I fully plan on buying at least one more and I pretty much recommend any female {or male, if that's your thing} to buy one. It's called a calypso wrap by Barefoot Dreams. So. Soft!

After dinner we hung out for a bit watching some movies. We let dinner settle before digging in to dessert and then hung out for another hour or so before calling it a night. We headed back to their place and hung out for a bit before crashing. I had accidentally left the cardigan at her parents' place so I ended up staying longer on Saturday than I anticipated because I was waiting for them to bring it over. They planned on coming over anyway because of a project that had been planned, but I was expecting to leave before the project started. It ended up working out, though, because I was able to help with the bags of cement at Home Depot. With my friend being pregnant, she's not supposed to be lifting that much weight so it worked out that I had to stay. I'd have stayed longer to help out with the project too, but I didn't know about it ahead of time so I didn't bring clothes that I was okay getting dirty. Oh well. Perhaps next time.

When I got home, I took a nap because I knew that I'd be out late that night. I met up with a couple other friends for drinks. We've not all three hung out in over a year so it was way overdue. I ended up drinking more than I should have, like I always say I'm not going to and then do anyway. I also think that the food I had with the beer didn't mix well because I got sick when I got home. I was still sick the next morning so I spent most of yesterday slowly reintroducing food to my system and sleeping off and on. I'll have to go to the gym tomorrow to make up for the lack of being able to go yesterday.

Today I felt much better, but it was Monday and patients were being pissy so that didn't help my mood. Even one of my friends was like, wow, you're cranky this morning. As the day went on, it got better, but the morning wasn't the greatest. Tomorrow should be better, simply because it's not Monday.

Until then. . .

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X-mas eve eve
Wednesday. 12.23.15 9:07 pm
I got the shopping done that I wanted to do, put gas in my car, showered and shaved and packed. I even went to the gym. Knowing that I'd be out of town for the next couple days, I wanted to get in a gym run before the weekend. I'll probably go again on Sunday.

I have tentative plans for Saturday evening. My friends can't decide whether we're going out or not so I have a feeling I won't find out until that night. I'm okay with either plan: going out or rescheduling and staying in. I'm broke, so that's kind of a deciding factor for whether they want to cover me or not. As long as someone tells me what we're doing then I'm good.

I'm really hoping this guy I like asks me out again. We've already gone out for drinks once. I kind of want him to take me to the range so that I can work on getting over my fear of guns; he seems to be pretty comfortable with them and I feel comfortable with him so I feel like it would work. We'll see. He said he'd text me after the new year so that we can get together again. If I haven't heard from him by mid-January, then I suppose it's yet another not quite there moment.

I'm keeping this one pretty short because I want to watch some YouTube vids before going to sleep. I'm already massively behind on my Hulu queue and with not being home the next few days, I don't want to be super behind on YouTube as well. I'll write whenever I get the chance once I'm back near a computer.

Until then. . .

Merry Christmas!

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Tuesday. 12.22.15 8:03 pm
Due to the plans that I have this weekend, I will not be writing an entry on Thursday, Friday or possibly Saturday. I won't be home to write a blog so I'm casting my absentee ballot. I'll be home tomorrow, so there will be a quick entry tomorrow, but otherwise, it'll probably be next week before there's another one. This 1-a-day challenge for the month of December didn't exactly work...

Today was actually kind of nice at work. There were no GI changes, which meant that I was finally able to catch up on the other work that had been piling up. I was also able to help out the call center a little bit by doing some of the backlogged work. After getting around 170-180 changes for GI between Wednesday and yesterday, it was really nice to not have 70+ changes waiting for me when I logged in this morning. It's most likely because the people who submit the changes are on vacation right now, but hey, I'm all for the break in brain melting work.

The gifts and snacks that we've received this week have made me realize that we are actually shown appreciation for the work that we do. It's one of maybe two jobs I've had where the managers and higher up staff actually acknowledge the work that we do. It's making me feel quite welcome in this new position. Because of the types of jobs I've worked in the past years, where there was very little/no acknowledgement and appreciation actually shown, this is a new concept for me.

Anywho, I'm gonna be knocking out soon. I chowed down on my second bundtlet and the sugar is making me quite drowsy.

Until tomorrow. . .

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