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Have you set a date for your wedding? [Jan. 5th, 2008|02:18 pm]
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[Current Location |Dedham]
[mood |cheeky]

This is the question people have asked Erin and me. Until I do set a date though, the answer will probably be, "well, I was thinking of taking Erin."
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(no subject) [Dec. 4th, 2007|10:13 pm]
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Also, the news said something about a pantry. Does anyone even have a pantry anymore? Do people still use that word? These days I'd figure people would just call it a closet, or maybe a "food closet".
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Now the bad news! [Dec. 4th, 2007|10:02 pm]
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[Current Location |Dedham]
[mood |calmcalm]
[music |Fox 25 News? Oh, I guess Haus is over.]

I got a call from my staffing agency on Friday morning informing me that it was my last day on the job. Way to give me the advance notice. Thanks guys!

I'm pretty sure it's the client's (Mercer) fault, and the HR department at that. My direct supervisor had just told me a week earlier that my job was confirmed to be through the end of the year. I mean, I was doing an average of 10 hours real work per week, but they kept me for 3 months, so why not the last month? Right before Christmas shopping time too.

So right now instead of casual, choosy job-search mode, I get to engage the panic-mode job searching gear. If anyone's company is hiring and is paying decently (read: I could pay both my student loans and rent!), please let me know! Any leads are gratefully welcome!

I am also rapidly contemplating opening a brewery, but it won't come together fast enough, so even though I may be brewing beer for a living in 2 years, for now I need to keep those loan sharks fed.

Happy Hanukkah to everyone! Everyone loves candles and four-sided tops, right? Also magical fuel efficiency is pretty keen, right?
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Engaged! [Dec. 3rd, 2007|08:47 pm]
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[Current Location |Bed]
[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Stephen Colbert's White House Correspondents Dinner toast]

I had some notion that I would break the news to people by telling them in person, but it isn't that amazing of a story anyway. The upshot is that I proposed to Erin and she said yes.

We were walking at the Arnold Arboretum a few weeks ago, and when it's getting on toward winter, there are some beautiful sights, but nothing that is "romantic" to speak of. I ended up proposing to Erin at the Bonsai Collection, and it was incredibly awkward. She kind of didn't believe me at first, thinking I was joking. It was a sort of tearful moment, not particularly smooth or romantic like in movies, but it worked.

It's kind of strange, nothing's changed between us really except that the word "fiancée" is even more awkward than "girlfriend," and now we're more seriously thinking about a wedding, even though no date has been set. To a degree, we're mostly just trying to get our lives in gear and settle down. The wedding will probably happen some time in 2009.
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Attention America: [Oct. 25th, 2007|11:47 pm]
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Football Season has not yet begun. It is still Baseball Season. If you talk about "the game," it is to be assumed that you're talking about baseball.

Football Season is a short period of time spanning November and December, culminating in the Bowl games around the holidays. Then it's Hockey Season. Admit it, no one really cares about the Super Bowl.

Also, does anyone else think Papelbon's "intense stare" looks kind of silly, especially his mouth?

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Bored. [Sep. 30th, 2007|07:37 pm]
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Bored bored bored bored bored.

Still living in Dedham, still off the World of Warcrack. I'm not going to be playing that sort of game ever again. It's just ultimately frustrating.

Well, at least I have plans for the next 3 weekends, but I hate living outside of the city, and feeling like I have no one to hang out with or visit anyway.

It's dumb that I miss all the drama and gossip from 2 years ago, but at least then stuff was happening and there was something to talk about.
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4 Steps of Snacking [Jul. 17th, 2007|05:36 pm]
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[mood |crunchy!]
[music |William Shatner - Rocket Man]

1: Cut the bag's corner a little, pour a few bits into a dish (optional) to enjoy.
2: Rip the bag open a bit more so my fingers can grab the snack directly.
3: Open the bag fully and shovel snack directly to mouth.
4: Wish that I hadn't torn the bag opening so wide so that I might be able to just pour snack directly into mouth.

Why I'm not a 500 lb. diabetic, I don't know, but Trader Joe's Sesame Honey Cashews are so good!
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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2007|04:49 pm]
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While job-searching is a fun activity, I need something to do in the off-time. Still living in Dedham, don't really feel like playing WoW too much (played a LOT in L.A.) and the weather in New England is too gross right now to inspire any sort of physical activity.

So: What's new/keen/entertaining on the Internet for me? I'm looking for things that will keep me interested for hours, not days. For instance: some good webcomic I've missed with an archive, or a small game, etc.

Need entertainment! At least til the next Harry Potter book.
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(no subject) [Jul. 11th, 2007|04:58 pm]
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[mood |relievedrelieved]

Comcast came today to "install" our cable internet. The man did nothing that Erin and I couldn't have done, in double the time. The worst part was the injustice of "having to install" the Comcast connection utility on my PC. I hate those things because they are NOT required, and they just gum up the system further. Needless to say I uninstalled it as soon as he left.

Plugged the Airport router in right afterwards, and here I am, posting on LJ from the bathroom like a champ. What, people use wireless for other reasons?
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The Great Los Angeles Experiment is Over [Jun. 16th, 2007|01:00 pm]
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I haven't often updated this journal, so I'll just assume that anyone who actually still checks this might legitimately care. As some people have learned through hearsay or Erin's journal, we are moving back to Massachusetts. We don't know where we're going to live yet, the intent is to stay with her parents only so long as it takes to find an apartment, a job, and move.

I moved out here to study Biostatistics, and so long as I was caught up in the UCLA life, things were OK. UCLA is kind of different than "typical LA", and not owning a car or even really wanting to go and see things, I didn't leave a 1-mile radius very often. The Fall and Winter courses were interesting and challenging, but the Spring courses were tedius with the exception of a Mathematics course that I was taking on the side of my program. I kind of chalked it up to a bad selection, bad professors, or whatnot.

I had a couple of "statistics" jobs lined up that I figured would help me figure out what I wanted to do with my education, or at least give me insight into what a statistician might do. Unfortunately, they were really just glorified data entry jobs, with no real statistical challenge. Fast forward to the second year Fall quarter, and my courses are just as boring as ever, and I kind of came to the conclusion that a Master's degree in Biostatistics was just a qualification for being a robot. I had no real interest in most of this medical stuff, and all of the fun stuff was either in the research or experiment design on the science side, or further toward Mathematics, un-hindered by flaky Public Health types who wanted you to make their unorganized, poorly gathered data look pretty.

I lost motivation hardcore with 2 weeks left in the Fall quarter, I was simply unable to even go through the motions of the work any longer. Even if I completed the course work, I didn't want to do this any longer, so why waste the remainder of the school year for a degree that I would hate? On the other hand, I did enjoy teaching the sections of lab that I did as a TA. I'm not sure I'd be the best teacher though, I get far too exasperated when someone asks me how to do something that was taught 2 weeks ago, and I can't fathom how they did the work of the past 2 weeks not knowing how to do it the entire time.

I've spent the past few months now being just rather unmotivated, I had a bit of a fiasco with the Apple Store in which I took a job there working Back of House (read: box moving) just to bring in some money; the listing had implied I'd be leading BoH, but apparently it was wrong. I'd also applied to be a Mac Genius (tech) at another location, but apparently after taking the BoH job, I was ineligible to be hired at another store. Complete bullshit, but supposely Apple had a promotion program to work people upward. Well, unfortunately it churned everyone upward at a molasses pace, and my education meant nothing to anyone once they'd determined that I was a box-pusher. Serving only as a reminder to be nicer to retail and food-service people in the future, I left the Apple Store.

So yeah. Coming back to Massachusetts, where I belong. The bars are places to meet friends, rather than to be seen. Public transportation that actually goes places where people want to go, and where people live. A place where cars are a luxury, not a necessity. A place where luxury is not considered a necessity!

I still feel a bit alienated; living with my friends from college kind of fucked something up. It felt like we drifted apart or just otherwise didn't mesh as well. Apologies should be extended to Nicole, she's called and e-mailed me, and I haven't bothered to reply. I meant to, but I just didn't. Hopefully I'll be able to settle back into living in Massachusetts, seeing plenty of those I love, while avoiding sight or mention of others.

Flight comes in at 8:15 PM on Saturday June 30th in Providence, bring the "Welcome Home" banner and the ticker-tape.
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