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Tatted up: part one
Wednesday. 4.29.15 7:25 pm
Yesterday was almost perfect. There was one tiny thing first thing in the morning, but the remainder of the day went as planned.

I was able to sleep in a little bit and took my time getting up north. I made a stop at Target for something that I'm going to end up returning because it just didn't work out. I'll likely make my way back up there Friday after work and get it done then so that I can spend the weekend indoors.

After I finished at Target, I went to the doc's. The exam went well enough, but I do need to go back in a couple weeks for a follow up. Everything is fine, but the doc wants to double check on something that she wasn't able to see this time around. I also had some blood work done while I was there, which came back all negative, as was the anticipated result.

Once the doc appointment was finished, I made my way over to the little cafe/coffee shop that my friend picked out for breakfast and we met there. The food was delicious and not terribly expensive considering they make the food fresh daily, and right in front of you. After that we had just enough time for me to stop by the eye place and get my lenses replaced, since they had a scratch on them and they're under warranty for 2 years.

This killed enough time to get to the tattoo parlor, across the street and the process began sometime around 12:30pm. Once the endorphins kicked in, the pain wasn't all bad and it felt pretty good. There were a couple spots, especially toward the end when he was going over a few places again, that felt slightly more unpleasant than the rest, but it wasn't horrible. He got the base outline done, along with some base shading. The colored shading will be done in two weeks. Here is the current look:

I am a little sad that there's really nothing that can be done about the words {which is why they appear to be a different color than the rest; it's faded from having been done 8 years ago.} The original artist was an amateur and made the lettering too thick for much to be done with it. Even if he were to outline the letters with a lighter ink, it would still be hard to read. And going over it would just make it more illegible. If you'd like to see the original, it's in the "random photos" gallery.

Sleeping last night was fine, since I don't generally sleep on my back. And work today was fairly alright. I only moved wrong a few times and was instantly reminded of the fresh tattoo on my back. In a few days it'll likely start itching, but once that has passed, it's pretty much healed. Just in time for me to go through this all over again!

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6 months later
Monday. 4.27.15 8:55 pm
Approximately 6 months ago, I reserved an appointment for tomorrow at noon. I'm super excited! There will be photo evidence to come. I'll also write about the details in a couple days. There's really not much to write about yet that I haven't already written about.

I'll get to sleep in a little later than I normally do on a work day because I decided to put gas in my car this evening rather than going first thing in the morning. I won't have to leave my place until around 8 or 8:15, depending on traffic. This means I won't have to get up until 7:30, as opposed to 7. So 30 extra minutes, but that's still a little extra time to just kind of chill in bed before getting up.

My doc appointment is at 9 and I should only be there for maybe 30 or so minutes. I might be there a slight bit longer if the doc wants the labs done right then. I'm going to bring up the thyroid thing again and see if she's okay ordering a test for it to be checked. I doubt anything is wrong, but there is a family history so it can't hurt to get checked every once in a while. I think it's been 3 or 4 years since the last time so it's about time again.

After the doc, I'll be meeting up with a friend for breakfast. I'll need to have food in my system for the noon appointment. I'm also treating her since she'll be chilling out with me for the entire 3 hour appointment. Then I'll be bringing her to work before I come home. Once I'm home, I'll be home for the remainder of the night, since I do have to go back to work Wednesday morning.

Today didn't feel terribly busy, and I was caught up on all my work before I left for the day, but I have a feeling with my being out tomorrow, I'm going to have quite a bit of catching up to do come Wednesday. Oh well. It'll be my first time missing work since I started and one day shouldn't affect it too much. I guess I'll find out for myself exactly how busy it may or may not be.

Until then. . .

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Pretty toes
Saturday. 4.25.15 10:34 pm
I woke up this morning feeling kind of off so I stayed in bed for about an hour after waking up before finally making myself vertical. I took a shower, put in my contacts and hung out for a few hours. I needed to go to the store and pick up some toiletries {toilet paper and conditioner were a must, since I was nearly out} along with some chips to bring to the BBQ. I thought about putting gas in my car then, but I decided to wait since I had more than enough to get out to Snoqualmie and back.

I headed out and, despite the amount of traffic due to a pretty bad accident {seriously, a car was underneath another car} I was still early to my friend's place. I decided to kill time by driving up to the casino, the next exit up, and hung out there just looking out at the view. It's so pretty out there. I took only one picture; I liked the way the clouds were resting on the mountains, before I headed back to my friend's place.

I was the only non-family member there, aside from my friend's son's girlfriend, but I've known them long enough and have been over there often enough that I'm treated as such. It wasn't a crazy party, and I'm okay with that. A few drinks here and there, a bunch of snack foods and delicious burgers got us through the evening. We ended by watching Neighbors before calling it a night.

Laundry is the only thing planned for tomorrow. I'll likely wait until Tuesday morning before I put gas in my car, since I'll be up near the cheaper gas station then anyway. I still have a quarter of a tank so if I don't go anywhere tomorrow, I'm good until Tuesday morning.

All in all, today was a good day. I slept in, painted my toe nails again {I'd cleared the colors from last time and waited a few days before painting them again; same colors, just a different order ... I actually like this order better} and got to hang out with friends.

Until next time. . .

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Routine, monotony, routine
Thursday. 4.23.15 6:43 pm
The days have been kind of blending together this week. Nothing spectacular has occurred that stands out enough to be written about. Hence my missing another day this week. This is the calm before the storm, however, because the end of next week we'll be losing 3 people and so the week after is going to be chaotic.

I'm hanging out with a friend on Saturday evening, but other than that I don't have any plans. The usual things: laundry, hanging out, sleeping in, is what I have on the agenda for the remainder of the weekend.

I'm actually perfectly fine with the fact that I'll have two weekends in a row without much going on. Next weekend will likely be the same, which is just fine with me. The weekend after, two weeks from now, might have some happenings, but at this point in the year I'm going to need to start saving for my vacation in October.

So until something terribly exciting happens, or something I feel worthy of writing down, the entries may be more sparse.

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Donation bust
Sunday. 4.19.15 12:05 pm
I wasn't able to donate blood yesterday because the girl who was checking my blood pressure and pulse couldn't get a good reading and when she finally was able to determine my pulse, it was too high. I think by that point, I was too pissed to get my pulse to lower because the first time she tried, I counted it around 89 and she told me she was getting 112. She also said that the jog I'd gone for {5 hours earlier} might have been what affected it. Which is bullshit, but whatever.

So I left Bellevue pissed off and knowing that I'd have to sit in traffic on the way home prompted me to take the 520, which has a toll ... I ended up sitting in that traffic as well, probably from all the people wanting to avoid the 90 traffic. If my blood pressure and pulse were high before, this didn't exactly help. I blasted the music, with the windows down, giving zero fucks about any of the other vehicles around me and made my way to the 5.

I decided to head north and get rid of the microwave that's been sitting in my trunk for who knows how long. I donated it to PAWS, which is the place I volunteered at a few years ago. I told them that I wanted to make sure it worked first, otherwise I'd just put it back in my trunk and dispose of it later. Surprisingly it actually worked so they kept it. I'm glad it still worked.

At least something good came from yesterday.

After that mini trek up to Lynnwood, I headed back home and chilled out. Today the only thing I've done is laundry and that will remain the only thing. I'm going to take a nap after I'm done typing this up and then probably just watch Netflix ... with it being sunny and warm outside, this is exactly the kind of day that makes me want to hermit myself up.

Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 70s ... it's probably a good thing I'll be inside for most of the day.

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Weekend shenanigans
Friday. 4.17.15 5:51 pm
I accidentally missed the entry from Wednesday ... oops. I ended up going to a friend's place immediately after work and got home much later than I anticipated.

Saturday morning after I finished laundry, I headed over to the tattoo place to look at the initial drawing for the new piece I'm getting. I've decided on the colors that I want; now to just decide on the shading style. I'm thinking a combination of stipple and traditional, to give it some contrast.

After that, I still hadn't heard back from the friend that I was supposed to meet up with so I came back home and was trying to figure out what time to go donate blood. I heated up some food, so that I'd not be donating on an empty stomach, and received a message from another friend in the group with the time and location of where to meet. So I scarfed my food down and headed out.

I met up with them at Seattle Coffee Works, which is a cafe right by Pike Place Market. After that we met up with another group of friends at Pike Place Brewery, hung out there for a bit, before parting ways and heading to get some food. We decided to go to the Pink Door, since neither of them had eaten there before, and it was just the right amount of food to satisfy the hunger.

After that, we wandered up to 1st and stopped at an Umbrella shop before heading back to the Coffee Works for more drinks/snacks. One member of our small group had to catch an Uber back to Seattle Center for a prior engagement so my friend and I started to walk around. We ended up going to Vons, which is a bar on 1st that I'd never been to, and each had a drink there. We were in there longer than anticipated because the weather took a turn {as it tends to in the spring} and waited out the sudden hail storm.

The other group that we'd met up with before messaged that they were going to a German bar by Seattle U so we decided to meet back up with them for dinner and a few more drinks. After finally figuring out which bus to take back up the hill, we finally met up with them and hung out until around 9ish.

Half the group needed to leave due to work the next day and, after saying goodnight, the rest of us made our way back to our respective vehicles. Another friend of mine who'd wanted to hang out Sunday, text me saying he was back in town early and wanted to know if I was cool to hang out then, so I called him and made my way over there.

We hung out, watched a bunch of random videos and shows on YouTube and Netflix, ate some food that he made and had some drinks. By the time we realized what time it was, I didn't feel like driving home so I just crashed there. I had to set an alarm, though, since I had plans the next morning.

Sunday morning I stopped at home just long enough to shower and change before heading north to pick up one of my friends before making our way to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Once up there, we decided to eat first and stopped at the Skagit River Brewery. The food was amazing! It was soo good! I'm definitely going to be going there again ... just don't know when I'll be up in that area. But when I am, I'm totally eating there.

Once we had our leftovers boxed up and the bill was paid, we made our way to the tulips. The variety of colors in the flowers were so pretty. If you're friends with me on Facebook, I posted the pictures there. We wandered about, but not really in the fields; they'd chopped a good chunk of them already. I'm perfectly content with the amount that I saw. And I'm also perfectly happy if I never go back again. It's not worth seeing every, single year. They're just flowers. . .

After we'd taken our fill of pictures and heard enough screaming children who could give two fucks about the flowers, we decided to head out. A spontaneous decision was made to go to Anacortes, since I'd not been out that way. Once in the city, I saw a sign indicating the ferry and asked my friend if she was up for an adventure.

We made our way to the ferry dock, decided on the San Juan Islands and chose Orcas Island. It was my first time out to the islands and her first time since she was in grade school. The ferry ride out was really nice. There was cloud cover, it wasn't too cold and there were plenty of photos {that are also on my Facebook} to be had. Once on the island, we realized that it was going to be an extra hour longer than we thought before heading back to the main land, due to the fact that we misinterpreted the ferry schedule and didn't realize the time we chose was just among the islands and would not be making a stop at the main land.

So we made our way around to pretty much the other side of the island and had dinner at the one major resort there. The place was so quiet! I'd go completely stir crazy being stuck on an island. I have no idea how the inhabitants do it. Even just knowing that we'd be there an hour longer made me instantly want to go back. Despite that little hiccup, we had a great time. I do like the peacefulness of the place and the scenery is so pretty. I just don't like the idea of being stuck on an island and having to plan everything around a ferry schedule.

We finally made our way back to the main land. The almost hour long ferry ride back to the main land, it finally hit me that I'd gone the whole day on only about 4 hours of sleep and I was suddenly very drained. I had to stop to put gas in my car before I dropped my friend off because I only had half a tank of gas and wasn't anticipating a joy ride out to the San Juans. I felt kind of bad because when I get tired like that, I become very quiet so she was talking and I wasn't terribly responsive. Next time I'll try to make sure I get more than 4 hours of sleep.

This week has been a crazy week at work. It's been busy and there have been a lot of asshole people calling in. I'm so glad the weekend is here. I only have a blood donation appointment tomorrow, but otherwise I'm in for the weekend. After barely being home last weekend, I'd like to have a weekend of not much.

I'll likely update on Sunday what I did or didn't end up doing for the weekend. I'm anticipating the entry to be short and quite boring.

Until then. . .

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