July 17, 2009

Yep, so far I'm doing stellar - absolutely stellar. I am paralyzed by the uncertainty that anyone reading this will care, or even that someone will read it at all. And who should really care about what is going on my in my head or what I am up to? The only real reason for true interest that I can see for someone checking blogs or Facebook is if you happened to be a thief. I mean, here is this excellent medium for job browsing. Make as many friends as you can in the town where you live and read everything they have to say. Eventually one will mention going on vacation. Their friends will ask details. You can get departures and arrivals and perhaps even details about who may or may not be looking after their place while they are gone. More than enough info to plan a little B&E. Otherwise, most people don't care about your trip to the West coast...

May 12, 2009

Even funnier when you let three and a half years go by! OK, so maybe I am not the world's most dedicated blogger. But I'm persistent if not procastinary. I'm going to take another whack at this. Part of the trouble is that I want to post amusing sentiments, but they are almost always sarcastic and take a certain viewpoint and blow it out of porportion for comedy's sake. As such, they are likely to offend the person from whom they originate. And when you are dealing with the internet, you are tossing stuff out there for all to see, including your subject. Sure you can decide not to name names, but people are going to recognize their own stories. I'm basically a nice guy and don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. I just find stuff funny when you look at it a certain way!
We'll see what I can do in the coming weeks...

Past Logs: |
May 12, 2009 | October 18, 2005 | November 1, 2004 | May 15, 2004 | April 19, 2004 | April 16, 2004 | April 15, 2004 | April 14, 2004 |
October 18, 2005

This is pretty funny, really. Now almost a year has passed! What a year it was, too. My job at Kramer Ltd. is great. I get to play with computers all day, and (get this) they PAY ME FOR IT! Is that great or what?! Some days I don't even want to go home.

Seriously, though, I had some real troubles at first. There was a lot of information that IT people take for granted that other IT people should know. Also it was my first office job EVER, so I didn't understand a lot of what was going on. Heck, I still don't always "get it". I really do love it, though, and I wish I had been able to get a job like this years ago. I have learned a hell of a lot in one year, and I feel like I am contributing to the company. It is hard to believe that a year ago I wondered whether I would ever be more than a bald paperweight.

November 1, 2004

Tomorrow I start my new job at Kramer Ltd. That has been in the works for quite some time now. I thought I'd be more excited, but I don't think it is sinking in. Maybe its because I spent so much energy trying to get it? Or maybe its because I have no clue what to expect tomorrow. Or maybe I'm not letting myself think about it. I've been grinding my teeth in my sleep, I'm pretty sure, so maybe I'm working on it "underneath" (as I like to say).

This Blog really isn't working. Now the new gap is almost 6 months! We got everything done outside that we planned to do, though. Here are a before and after picture for you.

The job I applied for back in the spring was with RONA, of course. Things just didn't seem kosher after three interviews, and I wasn't too unhappy when they called to say I just didn't make the cut. It restored enough motivation in the Home Depot job that I was fine for the summer. I was so busy doing the yardwork and thinking about the yardwork that it really wasn't so bad. Then, once I got wind of the Kramer position, that gave me a renewed attitude for the HD job too. How could I do the Kramer job if i couldn't do the HD job? I had to prove to myself that I could do it, so I did.

Now I'm going to stay on part-time at the Home Depot. I can do the job fairly well without extra effort, so why not continue on and pay some bills? It means giving up my weekends, but maybe I told Shelley I'd make sure to try and book one off every month or so for whatever plan we are making that month.

May 15, 2004

OK, this Blog thing didn't work out so well, did it? Posted three days in a row and then nothing for a month. Not so great.

So what's going on in my life? In a word: Yardwork. We plan, this summer, to take down two pine trees, remove the concrete driveway and expand it and change it to crusher dust, paint the entire exterior of the house with 3 colors of paint, add a brick wall to finish off the new driveway, build a front porch/deck/stairway, and do a little landscaping as well. So far the trees are down and some landscaping is done. The driveway is going away next Thursday. The bricks will be ordered the day the driveway is laid down. Some landscaping has been done with wood chips from the downed trees and all the busted up concrete from the sidewalk I sledgehammered last fall.

I bought a new digital camera, and am taking snaps of all the steps in the landscaping and redoing of the front yard. Its a very cool way to keep a record of before and after.

April 19, 2004

Applied at a place for a new job today. Shhhh - I can't say where. No, it will not improve my life or fix all my problems, but it will be a fresh start. Shelley doesn't understand my need to change jobs/positions/companies every two years or so. I quite simply burn out. I am like a comet - going like crazy and burning brightly, then I suddenly fizzle out. If there aren't new things to challenge me, I just stop shining. Same old stuff = blah.

I thought I was too lazy to get a new job, and maybe I am, but if this job continues to be blah, then the motivation to look elsewhere could become my new raison d'etre and if I put all my energy to it - look out!

I'm so tired of the baloney at work, and this latest "call MOD to check your bag every day before you leave" madness is just the final straw. I have submitted to random bag checks in the past, and do not resent them. I understand them and support their (management's) right to do it. But this having to call and wait after you punch out so someone can come look is stupid! Nobody in their right mind who is stealing is going to call MOD before they leave, and those who are not stealing have to wait around on their OWN TIME for someone to check their bags. Ridiculous. Now I know this doesn't come from the head management of our own store and actually comes from over their heads, but still . . .

I'm glad the girls are back. I really missed them. Shelley liked the fence after all, but she isn't too pleased about the roses in the house. Mel and Amber and I are watching the first two LOTR movies to prepare for Saturday night, when we are going to see the third one at the cheap theatre. Shelley doesn't want anything to do with the entire thing, which is too bad.

April 16, 2004

Another day without my girls. Worked today and hated it. The dizzy spells are back: what is causing them? Do I hate work that much? Or am I refusing to rise to the daily challenges because I'm finding them not worth it? Or maybe I just need to eat better.

Finished the fence (for the most part) and it looks not really that bad. Shelley will still probably not like it.

Now I'm sitting around not doing anything. I watched Lord of the Rings: Two Towers for a bit, now I'm doing my blog. I think afterwards I'll have a shower or see who is in chat. I feel like I should be working on the next game move, but I have zero motivation. That hasn't really happened since I started the game, so I hope that it is just because I have no family here.

Funny, I thought I'd have tons to do while the girls were away, but I really don't want to do anything. There is certainly lots of clean-up to do after 4 days of bachelorhood, but I'm not very motivated to get that done.

I have to work tomorrow - yay. whopee. wow. can't wait. I need to rediscover my motivation for work. Or get another job. I'm too lazy and too old to find another job. I think age is the problem right now for me. A mid-life crisis? Possible....

April 15, 2004

OK, so I had this party last night, and it didn't go so swell. It seemed like the lack of my darling wife made the party fall flat. I didn't realize there was any work to being a host - you are kind of responsible for the party's direction. This means I have come to rely on Shelley too much for these things, and need to make sure from now on when we sponsor one that I am there for her and ready to do what she needs done to "get this party started". I felt sick at the end of the party, but I'm pretty sure it was all in my head. I'm very down in the dumps, possibly because Shelley and the girls are away and I'm lonely. Either that, or I ate too much pizza . . .

I tried to fix my fence yesterday, but it didn't go so well. It became obvious pretty quickly that a quick fix was not going to do it. I needed to replace the posts and the 2x6's that were holding the yard dirt back from just leaving my yard and becoming part of the easement. I had to put in 4x4 posts after digging post holes manually and then cement them in and do my best to reinstall the fence boards. Thank God Fred came over early for a beer or two. His advice helped a lot. I needed gravel to put in around the posts, and it was Fred who pointed out that the slag I have from sledgehammering out the sidewalk in front of the house was perfect for that purpose. It was Fred who suggested putting concrete around the posts and allowing it to sink down around the slag to create a good, solid post, especially since I could only get the one dug down about 2 feet, which was about 2 feet shy of the ideal depth.

My fence isn't done because its raining and I don't want to use power tools in the rain (call me over cautious if you must). The batteries on my portable drill gave out as well, and I need it to apply the deck screws I'm using to re-apply the fence boards. Speaking of which, I don't think I'm done spending money on this damn fence yet. I think I may need to replace some of these fence boards that aren't in great shape. I may have to go back to Home Depot again (third time in two days) and get boards.

I also planted roses in pots yesterday to try and get them up and healthy before I plant them in my feature area. I'm keeping them in the house, and I don't know how that will go over with the boss when she gets home either.

I never got to BBQ those burgers yesterday. The burger meat stayed in the microwave for two nights and a whole day before I remembered it sitting in there and by then the blood pooling aroudn the plate had developed this odd brown color instead of crimson, and it had a sort of sour smell. I made it into burgers anyway and ate two of them for lunch. They tasted OK (I cooked the heck out of them to kill any growths). My stomach is gurgling a bit, but that's pretty standard.

April 14, 2004

OK, I'm going to try this Blog thing. I haven't kept up my journal for years, so this will probably fizzle as well, but I'll give it a shot anyway.

Work is bugging me, but to explain why here might get me in trouble, since ANYONE could read this. That sucks, because I'd love to rant a bit. Let's just say I'm not too excited about my yearly raise and am having doubts about the direction the company is going.

The PBeM game is still going well, after 6 months of posts. I'm impressed that I stuck to it that long. Usually I give up on stuff after about two months. I seem to have a limited but addictive personality. Check out the current PBeM Game page. Ignore all the Pay-2-Play stuff. I think I'm going to take that down, because I don't know how much longer I can keep up the rapid Moves and my enthusiasm, so if I have to shut it down, at least I won't owe anyone any money back. Besides, I don't want it to start feeling like WORK. (Man, I'm sounding lazy today!)

The girls are all in Edmonton for the Easter week, which sucks because I have Wednesday and Thursday off and nothing to do (OK, there's lots of stuff to do, but its all WORK - I work at work, so I don't like to work at home. I like to home at home, but that doesn't make sense . . . forget I said it). It also sucks because they got about 5cm of snow in Edmonton yesterday and are getting more today. Not an ideal Easter week at all.

I'm having the first bonfire of the season tonight if it's warm enough. That should be fun. I forgot to check to see if I have enough wood, so I better do that as soon as I log off.

I've been listening to NIN again a lot. I love Reznor's stuff. I was thinking how it was cool that I liked new music even though I'm old, but then I realized that "Pretty Hate Machine" was recorded 15 years ago already!

I need more coffee, then I'm heading outside. I'm going to barbeque some burgers later if its nice.

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