Monday, January 31, 2005

Weekend Update

I haven't been running in nearly 2 weeks. (wince) Oops. I'm chalking it up to a funky after-work schedule of late. Hopefully once we finally find an apartment and get moved, settled, etc., I'll be able to pick it up again without too much trouble.

On the bright side, I've done enough walking the past two weekends to sort of make up for my lack of weekday physical exertion. Saturday we walked to Old Town to meet some friends for lunch. Kristin, Shea & Tony (all folks I met during my two summers interning at China Lake) met us on their way back north; it was good to see them. :) Afterward, we wandered to Border's and picked up Mitch Hedberg's CD/DVD comedy album, Mitch All Together. That guy's just crazy. We then picked up the car and drove to Best Buy to get Halo 2. I've played a bit of it so far; it's pretty cool, but I'm not really as into the first person shooter games as a lot of folks (probably because I have a tough time strafing and aiming, dealing with two joysticks on the controller, plus two triggers and all the miscellaneous other buttons). I'm sure as I get more adept at controlling the movement of my character, I'll start enjoying the game more.

Saturday night we went over to Tom's friend Kenji's house for a birthday/housewarming party. There was worm racing, plenty of music and food, and a big ol' bouncy castle on the front lawn. Later in the evening, "Kenji and the Kenjiphiles" (a jugband started by some grad students) serenaded us. A rolicking good time was had by all.

Yesterday we did a bit more walking (just the few blocks to Target and back) and the usual weekend chores of grocering and laundering. This morning came all too quickly, but that's typically the way it goes. We still haven't heard back from the manager of the apartment complex we're interested in (most likely because she still hasn't gotten in contact with the current tenant)'s frustrating because I'd really like to see the place so we can at least be one step closer to making a decision about where to live and all that. Grr. At least the guy is moving out this coming Saturday (as far as I know), so at the VERY latest we should be able to see the place then. Here's hoping!

Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Tom & I played chess on Sunday night. I hadn't played in many years, and I think we were both impressed that he didn't slaughter me in ten minutes. ;) I actually held my own for quite a while, foiled the "fool's mate" and whatnot. Go me.

I had to run an errand in Thousand Oaks yesterday after work, which required a drive past Moorpark. Now, I know I shouldn't be surprised by progress and such, but it never ceases to astound me how much that place has been built up in the years since we moved away. I have very little doubt that I would get totally lost if I tried to navigate through town again. It'd be fun to try, though. I'd like to show Tom where we lived and where I went to elementary school (all three of them). Maybe we'll make it out there one weekend, after we're done with all the moving.

Speaking of which, I heard back yesterday from the manager of one of the places we were interested in, and we've got an appointment to view the place Thursday evening. So that's cool. I'm really hoping it's a good apartment, since the area seems reasonable and the rent's manageable. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Going to be another bear of a work week, but I'm doing my best to get through it while keeping my sanity. With any luck I'll make it to the weekend in one piece. ;) All right, and on that note, I had better get cracking. Lots to do, time's a-wasting, etc. Keep checking the gallery on occasion for new updates, as Tom & I have been having lots of fun lately playing with all the nifty features on my camera.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

House hunt and gallery update

The hunt is on for a new abode. We looked at a few places yesterday (still in Pasadena, of course) and found one or two that looked promising. Hoping to hear back from the manager of one on the complexes soon. Moving is kind of a pain, but I'm looking forward to having our own place.

Last night I downloaded a program called Picasa. It's free photo managing software that's pretty cool. Tom's been playing with all the manual functions on my digital camera lately, so I pulled a bunch of pictures off of that and added an album for him on the gallery. Also finally put up pictures of Gram Gram's new pup, Missi, and some that I took at the beach this past summer. Going to add even more in a short while.

This weekend was far too short for my liking, but I suppose that's just the way it goes. I've been reading the book Sea of Glory that Tom got for Christmas. It's really quite good. It's been a goodly while since I've had so much time to just read whatever I'd like; not having homework to do every day makes such a difference!

All right, that's it for now. Hope everyone's had a nice weekend.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Not quite a week...

Well well! Nothing's let up at work, so there's nothing new there. In the past week it's gone from being in the 50s and 60s during the day to being in the mid-80s! Talk about a change. I've been having a hard time getting over the fact that it's 85 in January. Yeesh.

On Friday I stopped by Gram Gram's on the way home and met the new puppy, Missi. I visited again yesterday because Aunt Nancy was in town, so I got a few pictures of the little girl (Missi, not Aunt Nancy). I'll be posting them in the gallery soon. She's awfully cute, but puppies tend to be that way.

Saturday night, Tom & I saw the movie Sideways. I'll not ruin the plot for anyone, but suffice to say that even though one of the characters bothered me tremendously, the film was pretty enjoyable. And I learned a lot about wine (the basic premise is that these two guys are on a week-long wine tasting excursion), so that was interesting. All in all, an entertaining movie that made me appreciate (even more than I already do) the fact that Tom isn't the type of guy who feels the need to chase after other women. Because those guys are scum.

All right, time for me to go running before it gets too much later. Good week to all!

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Weekly (weakly?) Blogging

Pah on me for not updating more frequently. Pah on the fact that I haven't really had much to say. Happy belated b-day (again a day late) to Madre!

Work's been kicking my lily-white arse this week, though I'm not sure why. I'm just finding it really difficult to get anything accomplished, partly because it seems like every time I start to work on something, someone comes along with another task that "has to be done NOW!" Yes, I know that's just the way it goes sometimes, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating.

All right, break time's over; better get back to work. Hopefully it won't be a full week before I get around to blogging some more.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Catch up

Yesterday was Amy's birthday. Happy 21st, kiddo!

I've spent the first 3 days of this week trying to get caught up on materials testing at work. Seems like every time I start to make some progress, more projects appear that require even more immediate attention. I got called into the office of the president of the company today because he's unhappy about the way a particular thing is done and wants me to find a better way to do it. (It was neither as scary nor as grand a meeting as it may sound...basically he just wanted to complain about something and was operating on the notion that I actually have the authority to change it; I don't, really.)

I've gotten behind on my running schedule since a little before Christmas. I've still managed to run at least once a week, but I am amazed by how easy it is to fall out of shape. Pretty ridiculous, actually. But...I'm trying to get back on an every-other-day schedule. Guess a little bit is better than nada.

If you haven't checked out the Gino Gallery recently, you ought to do so. Amy's been posting photos, and I put up some of Yaya's as well. I'll be adding more to my own collection in a few days.

And (for all you sports fans), the BCS championship game last night was really quite something. USC kicked the ever-living crud out of Oklahoma. I heard the USC fight song so many times throughout the course of the game (every time they scored, of course), that it was firmly stuck in my head as I was trying to fall asleep. Ah well...

That's all for now. If things are quiet on this blog, trot on over to random detritus. We've had a couple of interesting discussions in the past couple of days, with more to come for sure.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

And Pasadena dodges another bullet...

After a complete downpour yesterday morning, which turned into drizzling and eventually just cloudiness in the afternoon and evening, the skies cleared this morning and allowed the 116th Rose Parade to proceed as scheduled. I, of course, slept til 10 and pretty much missed any chance to see or hear the festivities from our apartment (I think I did hear a marching band shortly after waking). Seriously, what kind of fool decides it's a good idea to start a parade at 8am? Blech. Anyway, I've heard that never in the history of the Rose Parade have the skies not cleared in the nick of time, which leads me to start believing that somewhere along the line, maybe years and years ago, someone sold his or her soul to the Devil to ensure that this cherished (read: extremely lucrative) Pasadena tradition should never be prevented or postponed. Just a guess.

Our small gathering last night was pretty fun. For a long while, there were just 4 of us, so we played board games and listened to music. Then another 7 or so folks turned up around 11, and Agnes squeaked under the New Years wire to tumble home from the airport at 11:58. All in all, a successful event. And now I'm off to scrounge up some breakfast and get the day started. Happy New Year, all!