Monday, January 26, 2015
So I find out last week that I'm going to get to go to a technology conference in Austin the first week in February. I'll have a hotel there starting Sunday night so I told Matt that he could come up and stay on Sunday, then he could play Scrabble on Monday in Austin before heading home. Matt really wanted to be able to watch the Super Bowl, however, so I checked with Marty and Brent (my other high school friend) to see if they were having a party we could crash. Well it turns out that Brent just needed an excuse to have a party and Marty, me, and Matt will be going. So we are texting back and forth making arrangements. Marty then said that it was funny that I sent him a message because he was just thinking about me so I asked him why that was. He said that he had just found out that his ex-wife had cheated even more so than he originally thought when they were still together. He was obviously reeling from the news and he told me, "I made some bad decisions when it came to you and me based on my loyalty to her and now I find out that it wasn't deserved and for you that sucks and I apologize." I told him that an apology wasn't necessary but I appreciated it. He also said that it worked out for me because I found Matt and that was a better relationship for me. I would have to agree with that. I'm still fond of Marty and will always care about him, but Matt is a great partner. There's no drama with him. There's no jealousy. I can be myself and he still loves me sometimes in spite of me being myself. It took a long time for me to let Marty go, but in hindsight, it never would have worked for us. I'm glad that we're still friends, but I'm happier that I found Matt. I do wish him happiness though. I hope that now he is finally able to let go of his residual feelings for his ex-wife and move on.
So, yeah, I'm going to be in Austin for a whole week at a technology conference. I think it will be interesting, but it will be kind of lonely. Matt will have to work all week so I'll only see him on Sunday and Monday. But it will also be kind of nice to just get away from work for a bit.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
We got back around midnight on Monday/Tuesday and I had to work the next day. It was a very long day as I had to get a million things done. I ended up staying at school until 8:45 p.m. That was more than a 12 hour day for me. I got to school early today hoping that I'd have a bunch of students come for the launch of the book of the month club. A whopping two students showed up and neither one could check out the book because they had other books that were way overdue. Maybe some of the teachers will send more students down tomorrow. I received a grant to start the club and I ordered 12 copies of 6 different books to promote during the year. The first book is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
Monday, January 12, 2015
I finally got my speeding ticket issue resolved. I was going to mail it in but Matt said he would take it to the courthouse for me today. He took it but was told that I had to give them a copy of my insurance as well. There's nothing in the paperwork I received that I would have to resubmit my insurance as I already submitted it online. He brought me lunch today and shelved books and then went back with the copy of my insurance. He is playing Scrabble and watching football at a friend's house tonight. Perhaps that's why I was somewhat productive this evening.
Well it's bed time for me. My cat is curled up on the bed next to me and the dogs are somewhat sleeping in their beds on the floor.
Friday, January 09, 2015
Tomorrow I may just stay in bed all day. Matt wanted to go to church at 5:30, but I may just let him go on his own and I'll go sometime on Sunday when it starts to warm up. I have a lot to work on this weekend. I still have house cleaning/organization to work on as well as the online book club project.
I got more new books for the library today. I love it when I get to have the first look and some of the books I ordered. I just wish I had more time to actually read some of them.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
The weather is turning cold here. We have a front coming through and a potential winter weather advisory for Friday and Saturday. Matt was supposed to have this program at the library about the big snow storm of 1985 and ironically it might get cancelled because of the weather. I don't think we'll get 10 inches like it snowed back then, but any freezing substance that falls from the sky basically shuts the city down and we go to almost 24 hour news coverage of the event.
So I get home tonight and I'm chilled, but then I remember the Christmas present Josh got me!
Sunday, January 04, 2015
I spent most of the day today at defensive driving. I got a ticket back in October and I was getting down to the last minute to get it done. I could have done it online, but I didn't think I would be disciplined enough to do it. I signed up for the comedy course thinking it would be really funny, but it wasn't that great. I didn't really learn anything other than I live in the city with the highest traffic fatalities in the state. At least I got a decent meal out of it.
I can't believe there's only one more day of vacation left. I guess I need to make the most of it - which means sleeping in until as late as possible tomorrow. We'll probably go to church at 1:00 and then I'll get back to cleaning and organizing. I probably won't finish tomorrow, but I'll work in the evenings as much as I can. We won't start band up again until the following week.
Matt I and are going to New Orleans during MLK weekend for a Scrabble tournament. We are going to be able to stay with some friends of his which certainly helps with the travel expenses. I haven't been to New Orleans since I was 19 so I think it will be a fun trip.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2014?
7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
9. What was your biggest failure?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- richer or poorer? Poorer - wedding costs and surgery for Lucy
- thinner or fatter? Definitely fatter - can't fit into what used to be my loose pants - time to do something about that I guess.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
20. How did you spend the holidays?
Valentine’s Day – with Matt at home - grilled steaks and watched tv.
Easter – with Matt - can't even remember what church we went to this year.
4th of July – with Matt – cooked out on the grill and then just hung o ut at home.
21. Did you fall in love in 2014?
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favorite TV program?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
25. What was the best book you read?
26. What was your favorite film of this year?
27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
28. Whom did you miss?
29. Who was the best new person you met?
30. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Let’s see – for Christmas, I got a cold. I am sure I have my cousin’s kids to thank for that one. I started feeling icky on Christmas eve and have stayed in bed mostly the past three days. Matt and I did go to church on Christmas day and then I took a nap. We went to see Into the Woods late in the afternoon. I enjoyed it, but I was back in bed shortly thereafter. Oh, I did make some tortilla soup. It was my first attempt and I think it turned out fairly well. It was really easy to make in the crockpot.
Actually I did get more than a cold. I already got the tv for the bedroom and Matt also ordered me a chromebook, but it won’t be available for pickup until this evening. I got a Kohl’s gift card and Josh got me a cool Scrabble message center, Sailor Jerry Rum, and a dinner and a movie gift card. My aunt and uncle gave Matt and I cash as well.
Someone asked about the stray dog I took in – I did find her a home. After I put up the flyers, a guy had called and said that she had been hanging out at his place earlier in the week and that if she didn’t belong to anyone, that he would take her. He picked her up a couple of days later. He has kids so I think she’ll be in a good place and get a lot of attention.
I got Matt tickets to the Spurs game tomorrow night so I guess I need to get well by then. I’m fine as long as I’m asleep. I guess it’s a good excuse to take a lot of naps.
Monday, December 22, 2014
My shopping is done. I bought the last of it online today (an Amazon gift card for Josh). Everything else is wrapped and under the mini tree. I opted for a small 3 foot tree on top of a table this year. I figured that Angie would have eaten the ornaments (and tree). I got a new gate for the top of the stairs since Mollie figured out how to open the other one. I thought it was a really good choice. It was more secure, had a wider opening, would stay open if desired and looked nicer than the other gate. I set it up last week and it worked great all week. We went out of town this weekend and when I got back, I discovered that Angie (most likely) had tried to eat her way through it as the main part is made of wood. Luckily she didn’t succeed, but now it doesn’t look as nice. It is still functional, but I’m very irritated with her.
We went to Austin this weekend to meet up with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins. We headed up Friday evening and came home this morning. My cousin works at a Hampton Inn and we got a rate of $29 a night. We went to a musical of A Christmas Carol on Saturday night. It was… interesting. It incorporated a lot of jazzed up Christmas songs and pop music – kind of like Moulin Rouge. Josh didn’t care for the music. The music was ok, but I thought the performers were very talented.
On Sunday afternoon we went to see the one man show performing “This Wonderful Life” which was basically a performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” by a single performer. I saw it last year and enjoyed it again this year. Josh liked this show much better than the one the night before. After that, we headed to my cousin’s apartment for Christmas dinner with the family. It was a bit crowded – a one bedroom apartment with 11 people, but it was nice to hang out with everyone.
Matt had to head back early this morning at 6:00 a.m., but Josh and I slept in and didn’t leave until around 9:30. I’m making spaghetti for dinner tonight. I guess I tend to cook more when Josh is home visiting.
Our Christmas plans are to have steaks for lunch and then go see Into the Woods at the movie theater. Matt probably wants to go to midnight Mass, but I think I’d rather just go on Christmas morning.