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Sunday. 2.1.15 9:59 am
My body is finding more ways than one to remind me that I'm not in my teens or early 20s anymore. I honestly can't remember the last time I drank two nights back to back and in doing so this weekend, I've discovered that my stomach will put up quite a protest on morning two. Yesterday wasn't too bad. I finished off my left over pizza and drank a bunch of water and I was good. Waking up this morning, my stomach rolled over as I did and it felt like it was jabbing the protest signs directly in to the lining. Since there's no more pizza, I'm glad I thought ahead enough to buy something for me to chow on this morning. So I'm currently working my way through left over fries and mozz sticks from IHOP. It's horrible food, but it's what I need to help calm the raging storm in my stomach. Peanut butter and carrots certainly wouldn't do me any good.

I'm also not sure if I slept wrong or if it was from standing too long in one position or what, but my left side hurts whenever I turn in a certain direction. It's not a stabbing pain, but the lower rib area feels like it was overworked ... something I really wish it had been from, rather than not having a clue. My bones crack and pop on their own now ... another sign of getting older. And I'm not even that old yet!

Random, completely off subject tidbit: in the process of still getting used to having weekends off, I seem to forget every Sunday that the Japanese Congregational Church across the street from me marks the start of their service with a gong. I mean, I'm assuming most churches do something with bells, but it makes sense to me that they would use a gong instead. Along with it being a reminder that it's Sunday, it also indicates that the time is just after 10am.

Anywho, due to the small war waging on my insides, I have decided that consuming alcohol for the third night in a row is probably a really bad idea. Especially since I have to work tomorrow morning, meaning I won't be able to laze about and take my time recovering. And because I like this job, I'm not going to call out because I got too shitfaced at the Super Bowl party I went to and couldn't handle myself afterward. If I hadn't gone out last night, I probably would have had a few drinks later today. Instead, I'll just be enjoying the snacks.

Happy February 1st everyone!

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Saturday. 1.31.15 9:21 am
Today is the last day of the month. I'm not sure exactly how I feel about the fact that the first month of the year is already over. In a way, it doesn't feel like it flew by. A lot has happened in the last month. Then again, due to the fact that a lot has happened, it kind of does feel a little like the month has gone by quickly.

February has a Friday the 13th. March also has a Friday the 13th. And so does November. 2016 doesn't have any. This is making me really want to get more Friday the 13th tattoos just because I know it's going to be a while before the chance happens again. Then again, I haven't a single clue where on my body I'd get them or exactly what kind of small tattoo I'd get. I kind of want something on my ribs; something small that will be just for my knowledge. I probably won't get anything, but the idea is enough to satisfy my mind until April when I'm actually getting one.

I have to go to the bank today, which I forgot I needed to do. I also have to do laundry and put gas in my car. The laundry will be first, since I don't feel like venturing in to the outside world yet. Other than those three tasks, I don't have anything going on today. I'm still excited about tomorrow's party. I need to figure out what I'm going to bring, but I'm sure something will come to mind. Even if all I do is bring more booze.

Yesterday was an interesting day at work. People, coworkers excluded, were exceptionally bitchy. It's something that's expected for a Monday, not a Friday. We all thought that because Sunday is the Super Bowl and the Seahawks are the defending champions, that people would be quite happy. Not the case. It was quite the opposite, in fact. There were a few pleasant people who called in or we had to call, but it was far and few between. By 10am, I needed a drink. By the end of the shift, it was definitely happening.

I drove to 5 different places in order to find one specific type of drink: Angry Orchard Iceman. It was the only one of the three that I had not tried yet and it didn't disappoint. I do think The Muse is my favorite, but the Iceman comes in at a close second. Strawman is more tart than I care for so I'll be perfectly fine not drinking that one again.

Perhaps if I find someone who will come with me to get a Friday the 13th tattoo, I'll be more likely to get one ...

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Odd or even
Thursday. 1.29.15 6:40 pm
The undiagnosed OCD that I tend to come across with certain aspects of my life has me pretty focused on writing only on odd dates. I know that I've written about this before, but it seems to be bothering me more so than normal these days. Or, at least, just this month. I'm not sure how much longer in to the year it'll continue. I guess I'll just have to see what kinds of life instances occur that would warrant an even date entry.

Tomorrow is the final day of my first week on my own, without having someone sitting next to me training, and it feels like I've been doing it for so much longer. In reality, I've only been working this job for a month, including the training period. That's it. Just a month. Yet, I'm comfortable enough with the job that I'm doing that I don't feel like I'm still super fresh. I tend to use that excuse when I'm talking with someone who is getting frustrated that I'm not understanding what they're asking. Or if the call is taking longer than ideal, but it doesn't happen often.

Tomorrow is also the last Friday before the Super Bowl, which means the final "Blue Friday" before the Super Bowl and the entire city is going a little crazy. I thought they went crazy last year ... ha! Although, cocky has been added to the crazy since this is the second year in a row they're going. Since I'm not in possession of any sportsball paraphernalia, I'll just being wearing blue and green. And the only reason is because I happen to have an outfit that consists of those colors.

Anywho, I'm glad tomorrow is Friday. It's payday, but it's the rent check so I won't be doing any shopping like I did last paycheck. I have tentative plans for Saturday, but I have a strong feeling they're going to fall through. Which, honestly, won't surprise me. I have a back up plan ... laundry! Then Sunday I'm going to a friend's place for a Super Bowl party. There will be food and drinks and lots of noise. I'm excited about being able to hang out with her again. After this, we'll have to actually plan for things instead of just using football as an excuse to hang out.

One thing I'm really looking forward to this weekend? Sleeping in.

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Testing, testing.
Tuesday. 1.27.15 10:07 pm
Today was a good day. Tonight was a good night.

That's an incredibly cliche way of starting a blog entry, but it's true. The entire day was good and it ended on a high note. I understand that I'm still very new at my job, but I've been working in this position for a solid month now and I'm fitting in perfectly. I found out today that the people in my departments were actually quite nervous about whether I'd fit in or not because they're quirky. And they make inappropriate jokes and comments. I'm glad that I can be myself about them and the feeling is mutual. I like the work that's involved and I've even gotten to the point where, if I'm in the middle of trying to get outbound work done and the phone rings, I'll look to see who's calling and just say no; then proceed to answer the call.

After work, I met up with a friend for dinner. We got pizza; there's a lot of left overs. It was the first time in a few months since we last hung out and it was really nice being able to catch up. After dinner we went back to his place, since it was only a couple blocks away, and just chatted some more. He's one of those friends where there is no dull moments, no awkward silences, no points of discomfort. It's rare to have a friend like that. Even when you're hanging out with people you've known for years and years, there still tends to be times when there's an occasional awkward silence. Either way, it was nice. I'm glad we got to catch up. Hopefully we'll get the opportunity to hang out again soon. If not soon, then at some point. I'm fairly confident that we won't go too long between outings/get together's/whatever the fuck you want to call it.

Tomorrow is Wednesday and I'm hoping for a slow day so that we can have a little time to catch up on outbound work. Outbound work is much nicer because you can get it all set up prior to the call and they don't record the outbound work so if you forget something small, like forgetting to put in a note or something during the call, you can add it in afterward and they can't dock you for it. There's positives and negatives to both inbound and outbound, but we're behind on outbound so I'd like a reprieve from inbound so we can catch up.

In the meantime, I need sleep. Today was a good day. Tonight was a good night. Cliche bullshit, but it's honest cliche bullshit.

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Similar, yet different.
Sunday. 1.25.15 5:19 pm
In scrolling back through the list of hundreds and hundreds of entries that I've posted, I've realized that I managed to make the title on each entry different for at least the last year or so. Some of the titles are very close to each other, but no two are exactly the same. I think that's pretty awesome considering I'm not actually checking through very often to see if any titles match.

I had a dream about someone I haven't had a dream about in quite some time. It was pleasant, light and joking. We were coming back from somewhere and I was riding a scooter, one of those Razer scooters from the early 2000's, and we took turns seeing who could get to the fastest speed going down hills and then we'd wait for the other to catch up. I'm not sure what the conversation was about; the actions were the only thing that stood out enough to remember. At the end of the dream, I went down a hill that curved, but instead of going with the curve, I had too much speed, I just shot off the hill and launched myself in to the pond below. It was part of a park {that I'm sure doesn't exist here} and because it was in the dream world, the momentum that launched me in to the water, also shot me back out of the water and I was able to land on my feet with the scooter still in hand. He ran to catch up to me and make sure that I was okay. All that was wrong was that I was suddenly much more went than before. We laughed it off and he offered to let me go to his place to dry off, but I declined. And that's where the dream ended.

It's the first dream in a long time that I've had where I actually remember the events that took place. It wasn't unwelcome, but I'm hoping it was just a one time thing.

Anywho, dog/cat/house sitting is complete and I'll get to sleep in again tomorrow ... despite having an alarm go off for work. It's sad when you have to get up earlier on your days off than you do for work because the dog's bladder is on a set schedule. I feel bad for them that they never get to sleep in because of this. It also means that when I finally end up getting a dog, I may be investing in a dog door ... or making sure that the schedule is not before 6am. Either way, I'll definitely be sleeping in next weekend ...

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Friday. 1.23.15 7:36 pm
I "graduated" my training yesterday. I was released on my own and began taking my own calls this morning without having someone sitting next to me listening in on the call and providing cues as needed. I stopped after every call and had someone double check to make sure that I was doing it correctly, inputting the information correctly and such, but I was able to do so without my nerves taking over too much. I think it's because I'd been taking calls for the last week and a half and getting high scores on each call graded.

Starting Monday, I'll be at my own desk, and will be helping with the rush that normally comes with Monday. I'll probably be doing the same thing as I was today: stopping after each call and asking to make sure it's correctly formatted before continuing on to the next one. There will also be plenty of annoying calls, or confusing ones, that will require questions be asked before I even complete the call. Which is what they're expecting since I'm still very new. It can get quite complicated at times so they're expecting it to be at least a month, minimum, before I begin to even come close to the level of comfort and speed as the people who have been there for a few years. On average it takes a solid two to three months before you get comfortable enough to not need to ask questions every time. And even then, there's still questions.

I think the reason I'm having such a hard time convincing myself that this is actually a permanent change is because I'm still at the same place. I still have the exact same commute, though the travel times are different. I still park in the same place, walk the same hallways, and am in the same facility. After running in to my former senior security manager and telling him that I found a new job, it kind of sunk in then that I was no longer in the security department, but still. If I had been working even at one of the other campuses, it would have hit me a lot sooner because I would be in a different environment, with different people. I know it'll hit me eventually and suddenly I'll realize that my biorhythm has adjusted. Until then, however, I just keep going through the same roles. It will hit me eventually ... I hope.

No plans for the weekend. I am dog/cat/house sitting for some friends, but it's essentially just me staying the night tonight, then I'll be going home tomorrow to do my laundry and hang out for a bit. Then I'll be back up here tomorrow night and then pick them up from the airport Sunday morning. It's between paydays and I actually have enough food at home to get me through the entire whole of next week, which is a miracle in and of itself. So I have no plans to spend money this weekend.

Hopefully I get some rest this weekend. There's only ever been one place where I felt more at home than my own and this is certainly not it.

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