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Wednesday. 6.3.15 7:38 pm
Because of the every other day of writing, there are some weeks where I end up writing 4 times and others only 3. I'm perfectly okay with this ... most of the time. Some weeks, I just have nothing interesting to type up. Other than the random outings that I have, nothing terribly exciting happens that I feel is worth writing about.

I'm not terribly keen on writing much about my job. It would mostly be me bitching about the day anyway. It's not that I dislike my job; I actually still quite like it, but whether it's good or bad, it would still be repetitive. There's also HIPAA to worry about. I didn't have to worry about that as much in security because I didn't really deal with anyone's information. This is a bit different.

My social life has slowed a little, despite the adventurous Memorial Day weekend and this past weekend. Those are a couple of exceptions that have occurred recently. The last few weekends before that, if I remember correctly, were pretty mundane. This coming weekend is looking to be about the same. It's the rent check payday so I won't have much in the way of finances after. I'm also trying to save up as much as I can for my trip.

Part of me wants to get a second job, but with the Monday through Friday 8-5 schedule that I have, I'm not sure what kind of job I'd be able to do without losing my sleep time. And I'd rather not sacrifice my entire weekend. I think I'll just be spending sparingly on groceries from here on out.

Alright, time to jump back in to videos/shows until bed.

Until next time. . .

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Adventures and reminders
Monday. 6.1.15 5:34 pm
This past weekend was a busy one! I helped a friend move on Saturday. It took about 3 hours for the 4 of us to pack up the truck and less than 2 hours for the 3 of them to unload it. I was quickly reminded of how sore moving can make you; by the end of the night, my arms were sore.

While they were unpacking, I was sent to the store to buy drinks to go along with the pizza. Only two of us indulged in the beer that was already in the fridge so we had some to take home. I spent the rest of the evening just hanging out and resting my muscles.

Yesterday, I met up with a friend of mine and we went hiking. It was my first time hiking in Washington state and it was so much fun! In total we hiked 7.5 miles. We only went way up once, and it was exhausting. I'm so glad I did it and that my friends were understanding. They even offered to let me take the dogs to help pull me up the inclines, but with as thin as the trail was in some spots, I didn't want to risk losing balance and having all of us tumble downhill. They have experience hiking with the dogs.

The views were amazing. Photographs don't always give you the correct perspective of just how high up you are. It still allows for beautiful views, but it's never the same as actually experiencing it. I took less than 100 pictures, which isn't bad considering we were out there for about 4 hours. I was actually taking the time to enjoy my surroundings. And the pictures that I did take, I didn't review until I got back home. I'm not the type of person to immediately make sure that the photo came out correctly. At least not in a situation like that.

We remembered to bring sunscreen, which ended up not being needed, but we forgot to bring bug spray ... and we got eaten alive by mosquitoes. I have counted at least 9 bites; I'm sure I have more that just haven't made themselves known yet. It's been so long since I was in Florida that I'd forgotten how annoying those little bugs are. Definitely remembering bug spray next time.

My legs aren't terribly sore, but I can tell that I did a lot more walking than normal. My arms are still slightly sore from lifting everything from the move on Saturday, but that pain is subsiding as well. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be back to normal.

No plans for this coming weekend, but I'm sure that could change at any point. If it doesn't, then I shall enjoy a quiet weekend at home. If anyone wants to look at the pictures I took, they're on Facebook. Facebook fucks them up somehow and the clarity is nowhere near what it is on the phone itself, but I don't know how to change that so I guess you get sub par photos of some really cool nature stuffs.

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Quite the turn around.
Wednesday. 5.27.15 8:01 pm
Shortly after I posted that blog on Monday, things took a turn for the better. A friend that I'd been trying to come get sushi with me for a while finally took me up on my offer ... and then added to it! He suggested we take his motorcycle to the sushi place. Of course I said yes! I've been wanting to get back on to the back of a motorcycle for the better part of a decade; this is just the first time the opportunity has presented itself since.

It was amazing! I was honestly kind of sad once we pulled off the freeway because I knew that meant that we were closing in on our destination and the ride would be over soon, but once we parked, I realized how hungry I was and that sushi was the reason we'd stopped.

The sushi was alright, nothing special, and inexpensive, but it was in good company so that helped. The ride back was just as nice as the ride there and I was sad again once it was over. I'm not sure when it'll happen again, but I'm hoping it's soon. I don't even really care where we go, just as long as it's on the bike.

Getting back in to my car after the ride just didn't feel quite right. I mean, I love my car and I don't plan on giving that thing up for several years to come, but there's just something about being on a motorcycle, out in the elements, wind surrounding you, roar and vibration of the engine below you that you just can't beat. It's such an exhilarating experience!

After sushi we hung out for a bit; I think we both ended up dozing off for a while thanks to the abundance of sushi consumed. After that I headed home. It was a fantastic way to finish off the three day weekend.

Yesterday at work it wasn't as crazy as I thought it would be considering it was the day after a three day weekend, but that didn't make the phones any less annoying. Today it wasn't as bad. I'm hoping the next two days are about the same. I have some work that I need to catch up on and I'd like to do so before the weekend.

This coming weekend I have at least one set plan: on Saturday, I'm helping a friend move. Sunday has tentative plans, but I have a feeling nothing is going to come of it. Which is fine; I'm used to it by now and I know it'll happen eventually. If nothing happens on Sunday, then the only thing I'm doing is laundry.

Here's to hoping the excitement of this past weekend continues to linger over the next few days.

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Mini hiatus
Monday. 5.25.15 9:33 am
I haven't been feeling terribly social lately. It's entirely possible that I'm not as okay with my plans being canceled for this weekend as I originally thought I'd be. I did go out Friday night, but that was it.

Saturday I sat right here where I'm sitting now and watched an 8 hour live stream that one of my favorite YouTubers was doing to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. It was hilarious and awesome and I enjoyed the fact that I had the time to watch the whole thing, as well as contribute.

Yesterday I was supposed to go to the store to buy groceries... that didn't happen so it has to happen today. Around 3:30 the fire alarm started going off again {I'm just glad it wasn't in the middle of the night, like it has been the last few times it went off and didn't stop} so I got dressed and headed out. I hopped on the freeway with the plan to stop at the store and head back, but I just couldn't bring myself to stop driving.

As I was driving, I was trying to decide between whether I wanted to go all the way or to just stop somewhere along the way and the time of day is what made me decide. I got lost around Bellingham, stopped to use the bathroom, put gas in my car and get my bearings on which direction I was facing. In looking at the map, I saw that there was a small park right on the water, not far from the University, so I aimed myself in that direction and got turned around only once while trying to find my way there.

It was a beautiful little park. I only took a few pictures and stayed for no more than 10 minutes. I was tempted to stay until sunset, but that was still a few hours away and I was getting tired. The hour and a half drive home isn't too bad, but when you're tired it's not fun.

I did stop at the store on my way home, but only bought trash bags {something I was in desperate need of} and headed back. I ended up not going to bed until after 1; apparently I wasn't as tired as I thought.

The only plan for today is to actually go buy groceries. As much as I would like to go the next two weeks without eating, I know I can't.

At least I don't have to work today.

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Extended weekend of nothing
Tuesday. 5.19.15 6:07 pm
I know it's only Tuesday, but I already feel like it should be Friday. It turns out the plans I had on Saturday have been postponed again. The friend I was supposed to hang out with forgot she was hanging out with her mom that day and she'd have felt worse bailing on her mom. So now the only plan I still have is to get drinks with a friend after work on Friday.

I was thinking about possibly going out of town over the extended weekend, but in thinking about it, traffic will probably be shit considering it's Memorial Day weekend. I'd rather not be stuck in that, leaving or coming back. So I'll likely end up just staying locked up in my abode, avoiding the warm sun ... I have a lot of cleaning to do so that's definitely a good alternative to sitting in traffic.

If I had someone to go out of town with and enjoy the time being adventurous together, then I'd push for that. But alas, everyone I know already has plans for this weekend so yeah, it'll probably just spend the time cleaning. And sleeping in. Definitely sleeping in.

I'm feeling pretty drained the last couple days so I think I'm gonna aim to go to bed early tonight. I'm not sure why I've been feeling this way; hopefully getting more sleep will help. If not then I just hope it passes soon.

Until next time. . .

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Sunday. 5.17.15 8:47 pm
I ended up having to do a factory reset on my phone because even after I disabled the sync, it didn't stop. I'm glad I did, though, because I was able to just completely start over from scratch and then only add the things that I wanted to add. Sometimes syncing things up isn't always the best option. Since then, I've only had to charge my phone once. The battery lasts so much longer when it's not trying to import stuff from 2 years ago.

The camera on the thing is awesome! I'm looking so forward to when I get the chance to go take pictures of stuff. It probably won't be this week, but next weekend for sure. I took a few pictures of the cats that I was keeping company over the weekend and I took a shitty picture of a flower just to test the camera on outside objects. The vibrancy of the color was awesome. It's a shitty picture, but the flower came out beautifully. I even braved the bees buzzing around them just to take the picture. The front facing camera is even amazing. It's a wide angle so that makes it much nicer to actually take pictures that way.

My back still itches like crazy. It should be better in the coming days, but for now? Still driving me insane. I'm ready for it to be healed so that I can scratch my back and lay on it again. I don't sleep on my back, and I really have no other reason to need to lay on my back, but it's still something I'd like to have the option of doing.

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