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Friday. 5.15.15 9:35 pm
I got my new phone today. I just activated it about 30 minutes ago so it's updating and syncing everything that it needs to in order for it to be pretty much like the one that I just shut off. There's already a couple features on the new phone that are going to take some getting used to, but that's pretty much with every new piece of technology.

My back is itching like crazy. I will be holding off on posting a finished photo of the tattoo because I want a better picture of it than the one I currently have. The lighting is weird so I'll wait until it's healed and have someone take a picture of the finished product before I post it here. If you'd really like to see it, I have it on Facebook or Instagram.

This entry is appropriately titled because it's been 30 minutes between typing that last sentence and this one. I thought that syncing my text messages was a good idea, but it's retrieving all of them from the beginning of time so it's taking for...ever! and it's draining the hell out of my battery by doing so. I'll probably run the battery down a couple times before I'm finally able to accurately see how long I can go on one charge.

Alright, I need to end this and publish it before I completely forget that it's even a thing. My computer has gone to sleep twice now because I've not been paying attention to it.

Until next time. . .

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Change?
Monday. 5.11.15 8:46 pm
Something felt different at work today. I'm not sure what exactly, but something felt different. It's entirely possible that it was whatever I was feeling last night that carried over in to today that made me feel off, but something definitely felt different. Though, it's not necessarily a bad different ... just different. I just hate knowing that something is off.

I wanted to go for a long drive last night {this always seems to happen whenever I have to work the next day.} I didn't, because I knew that I needed to get some sleep for work, but I found it kind of amusing that I was using the excuse of "not enough time" as the reason to keep from doing something as reckless as disappearing for a few hours. Going out that close to bed time and driving to Bellingham and back would have been ridiculously reckless. Perhaps next payday...

I'm excited to get my new phone on Friday. At least, that's the estimated delivery date. I called UPS and made sure they put a hold on it at the warehouse so that I could actually get it on Friday, rather than have them try to deliver it and me not be able to pick it up until the next day, or even Monday. That's the only problem with living in a place that doesn't have a leasing office or a way for them to leave boxes at my door. Luckily the warehouse isn't far from my place and traffic shouldn't be bad at all getting down there to pick it up.

The next few days at work should be interesting. We'll be short staffed until at least Friday. Then starting on Monday I'll be switching my main work load. It kind of makes me sad, because I've got a system going for my main stuff now and it works well for me. I'm afraid of it getting messed up by someone else taking over ... it could just be the fact that I hate change, no matter how minor, until I've adjusted and everything is fine again. This change is necessary, but still makes me kind of sad.

Hopefully I can get to a place where I'm on top of the new stuff as I became with the stuff I'm currently doing now. It might take me a few weeks, but it's a way to prove how awesome I am {in a very not conceited way, of course.}

Time to watch more videos. Another blog in a couple days.

Until then. . .

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Bailed out
Saturday. 5.9.15 9:03 am
I'm not going to pretend that I'm super happy that my plans for the weekend have been canceled, but I'm really not all that upset either. Two of the plans that I had, I'd postponed those earlier in the week, and the one other tentative plan that I had was just that: tentative. I'm really not surprised that it got canceled. This allows more time for me to take naps and watch more videos courtesy of my new found love.

The only thing that I need to do this weekend, that actually involves me putting on a bra and leaving the pod, is to go to the grocery store and bank. Otherwise, I'm in for the entirety of the sunny and warm weekend.

Yesterday I was looking particularly adorable, but because I had no one to go to dinner with, I went to the mall instead. I returned an article of clothing that I'd purchased online from VS {it looked super cute on the model, but it was very unflattering once on me} and stopped at the AT&T store. I purchased a new phone, which is being mailed to me since the one I wanted was only available online, and came home with some accessories for the phone and a new tablet. The tablet, which was free with a smartphone purchase, is my first tablet. It's a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and I really have no use for it other than taking it on long trips. But it was free, so why the fuck not.

I'm excited about getting my new phone. I'm sure there's going to be features I don't like, but hey, that happens with every new piece of technology that comes out. I'm actually thinking it's time for me to be getting a new laptop soon ... I got the blue screen of death yesterday ... for the third time in the last few months. I can't think of any reason why my laptop would suddenly be crashing. The only new program that I installed on my computer is Spotify. If it happens again, I may have to bring it to a techie friend of mine and see if he can diagnose it.

Alright, I think that's it for today. Nothing exciting happened during the week that I felt like documenting, which is why I skipped a day. Here's to another lazy weekend!

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Empathy, apathy and indifference
Tuesday. 5.5.15 8:23 pm
There are several challenging aspects to my job; most of them are easy to adjust to. Others, that you wouldn't immediately think of, are much harder to become accustomed to.

Sitting in one place, at one desk, for several hours in a row. One of the very few things I miss about the security job is the ability to walk about whenever I please. I don't necessarily miss patrolling, but having the option to just get up and go wherever I wanted around the campus? I do miss that. I've been doing this new job for 4 months now and sitting at the desk is still one of the hardest things for me.

Empathy is another challenge. Empathy is something that allows you to feel for and understand what the person is feeling. Sympathy, on the other hand, is when you feel bad for something that someone is going through. Apathy is when you don't have any feelings at all, which runs somewhere along the lines of indifference. I have a hard time feigning empathy for someone's issue that doesn't affect me. I think I'm pretty good at pretending; saying sorry in a non sarcastic way tends to help with this. But the empathy only lasts as long as the phone call itself.

I've finally gotten to the point where I only concern myself with my job while I'm there. I don't let it affect my personal life because I don't think about my workload while I'm not there. Sure, I bitch and moan and compare stories with coworkers and friends when I'm not at work {also while I'm at work} but it is usually to laugh and de-stress. I'm completely indifferent about the situations of the people with whom I've interacted while on a call.

I'm not sure if this is a good skill to have or it's something that would make people accuse me of being a horrible person. Either way, I guess as long as I don't start making people think that I don't give a fuck about their problems, then we're golden.

Anywho, I go back to the tattoo shop in a week to get the tattoo finished. It's just about healed, which is nice. My back barely itches now and the flaking is completely minimal. I give it a few more days and should be able to clean it with the pouf in the shower and {gently} scratch my back without it messing up the ink. Then I go through this healing process all over again next week.

Alright, back to my new found love on YouTube.

Until next time. . .

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Soothing Aquaphor
Sunday. 5.3.15 8:54 am
I've reached the incredibly annoying itchy, flaky stage of getting a tattoo. My back itches on an almost constant basis at this point and there's quite a bit that flakes off every time I take a shower and/or put ointment on. It's amazing that, after this stage, there's still enough ink left over to keep it looking good. Obviously I'm not scratching my back ... that would actually fuck up the tattoo, but whenever I rub ointment on to it, or clean it with soap and water, it's such an awesome relief. It's quite soothing, for all of about 5 minutes.

I give it a few more days, it hasn't even been a week yet, before my back no longer itches constantly, but only when my clothing rubs it the wrong way. Then right as it's healed up and not really bothering me anymore, I'll get the color added and we'll go through this dance all over again.

Yesterday was spent doing nothing. The only bit of productivity that's been added to today is laundry. I put contacts in this morning so that I wouldn't be tempted to nap at all, so that I'll still be able to get a decent amount of sleep tonight for work tomorrow. Other than laundry, however, I don't have anything planned. It will be another day of staying inside, being lazy.

On the off chance that anyone of my friends actually texts me wanting to hang out, I'll just have to make sure that what we do is free. Rent check is always tight; the difference now, with the new job, is that I can afford to pay the rent and buy actual groceries for the two weeks until the next payday. As opposed to before when I'd have to buy ramen or something cheap in order to survive two weeks.

Alright, I'm gonna go drown myself in a sea of videos of my newest YouTube obsession.

Until next time. . .

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How to avoid May Day traffic
Friday. 5.1.15 9:13 pm
Today is May Day. I'm not sure exactly how the protests/riots are going Downtown, but I know that I wasn't anywhere near the main "event." Supposedly the crowd was supposed to come up near work, but that didn't happen. The closest I came, at all, was when I was heading to Target and came to an intersection {that I planned on turning at anyway} which was blocked off by police. Otherwise, the only thing giving it away is the choppers that have been hovering overhead for a majority of the day.

After work, I planned on going directly north to return a couple items to Target, but instead I headed south to meet up with a friend who invited me to join him for dinner. I'm glad I went down there first. Traffic going north afterward wasn't at all bad. The food and beer was exactly what was needed at the end of the day, at the end of the week.

Coming home to shower and put ointment on my back was the best way to end the day. I have no plans for the remainder of the weekend, except for laundry. I'm pretty excited to be spending he rest of the weekend indoors. I'm not sure what the weather will look like, but I have a feeling it'll be sunny and will give me even more reason to be happy about the lack of plans.

It's kind of crazy that we're already in to May, but at the same time it's not that crazy. A lot has happened in the last few months so the time hasn't been wasted. I am a bit curious as to what the next few months are going to bring. I guess I'll find out in due time.

Until next time. . .

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