i took a break in november 05
nothing in june 06
too busy in september 06
december was busy, too
february? forget about it
a r r r r r r
i got a short notice myspace message from our friend tim about a birthday party his family was hosting for his sister's fiance's birthday. a pirate party. it was an extremely tempting proposition.
jeff was informed that we would be attending, so i set about inventing costumes, hit a thrift store and a fabric store, and went home and started cutting things up. a quick trip to party city for a few accessories (daggers, eye patches) and we were set to go. not bad for about $13/costume!
the party was awesome! we were happy to see so many people in costume, or at least, in the theme of the pirate party. there was a dj, booze, food, a bouncy house, and lots of peeps to catch up with.
birthdays are always a good opportunity to dress up and be silly. you can see a lot more pictures on tim's site.
right now, i'm hanging around the house ingesting zicam, ibuprofen, and sudafed, in an attempt to fight off the little buggie that has given me a sore throat, stuffed up nose, and made every spot my body bends ache. a crummy way to spend a weekend day, but i'd rather rest now than end up feeling horrible in another day or two.
since i started exercising, i've managed to avoid any long colds. there were a couple days during our europe trip that i felt kind of yucky, and then i had a stomach bug back in january. but other than that, i've stayed relatively healthy. i'm racking my brain for where i could have picked up a cold, but it's a mystery. lame.
my dear husband is downstairs warming up some split pea soup, and then i think i'm going to hunker down with a blanket and some movies, and just enjoy being a lump on the couch for the rest of the day.
camilles (11:34am, 4.22.07)
p r o c r a s t i n a t o r j o n e s
i continue to procrastinate this week. still haven't printed out my taxes. still haven't booked the rest of our stuff for hawaii. oh well.
we were going to go to see los straitjackets tonight, but i sighed and said "i'm tired" and jeff concured. ben was pumped about going earlier today, but we're not-so-secretly hoping that by the time he takes a shower and comes over, he'll be too tired, too. a bunch of lazy bums, we are.
actually, after i write this, i'll probably start cleaning the bedroom, which is a disaster. that will be quite the chore, because every single muscle in the core region of my body is on fire from the pilates class i took yesterday. i'm thinking i'll probably go use the elliptical machine at lunch tomorrow. low impact.
we are having a friend and her husband over for dinner tomorrow. we are going to fondue it, which she has been looking forward to for ages. she's a cool girl, and our friendship blossomed during her very short stint at my last horrible job. she was smart and had another already lined within weeks of her working there, which meant i was again alone...but our friendship prevailed in spite of us only knowing each other for such a short, short time. that was, like, 3 years ago. and now, by random chance, she lives about 2 blocks away from us.
i was thinking about friendships, and who i've become friends with and stayed friends with over the years. it's amazing, that every single friendship i have is the result of a random series of events...and then i realized, that actually, anybody who has somebody they call a friend probably has an equally interesting and random series of events that resulted in a friend. it's funny, and i guess it's fate.
like, if i hadn't missed the opportunity to take a geography test in junior high to get out of having to take it in high school, i would never have taken geography in summer school and ended up sitting next to leanne. or, if i had never looked online for a ucsd penpal before college started and emailed the very first person who popped up, bryan hadn't emailed me back, and we hadn't become friends, i would never have known about the riceboypage, which means i wouldn't have ended up connecting with ben, or ultimately jeff.
stuff like that.
of course, there are simpler things like working with someone, and ending up being friends, but even then, it only works if you happen to like the same things or have a similar sense of humor or take pleasure in the same kind of work gossip. i mean, i work with 40+ people, all of whom are potential friend-mates...but there are only a handful i really ever want to hang out with, and even a smaller number i would consider friends.
so i'm thankful for the true friendships i have, because it sure seems like a lot of work goes into them having the chance to even become.
camilles (8:23pm, 4.11.07)
t o o g l o o m y
it was probably the gloomiest easter weekend that i can remember. kind of annoying, too, considering i get extra time off for the holiday weekend. jeff and i headed "home home" for the weekend, and we got to decorate eggs with trista and eric. they came out pretty nice.
so yeah, today is my last day of my four-day weekend, and i've tried to be somewhat productive. i woke up fairly early and did some yoga, and then went to the tire shop to see if they could replace my worn out old tire with a nice spare the in-laws happened to have in their garage. there was a 2 hour wait, so instead i picked up a prescription from my dr's office, went to the outlet mall for some new pants, and picked up dim sum for lunch.
i only ordered two things, and the guy taking my order asked me several times if i only wanted one order of each thing. after snarfing it down, i'm now upstairs updating my site and watching jerry springer. i've still got to run to the tire shop for a 2pm appointment, and then i guess i'll come home and look at the taxes again.
have you seen the ad where some dude is at a bus stop and asks the lady standing there "Do you know what time it is?" and she freaks out and says she knows she only has a little time left to turn in her taxes? that's kind of how i'm feeling. we actually did our taxes months ago, but we've procrastinated so long, and when i finally tried to print everything out last week, they were looking really wacky. so...i have to review them and make sure i didn't miss anything crazy. fun...
and i should probably try to make our last hawaii hotel reservations and get our car for the big island. *sigh* i'm such a procrastinator.
camilles (1:19pm, 4.9.07)
d i s t r a c t e d
i've been feeling really distracted lately, and i think it is a result of my spring fever. plus, i've been feeling like a big procrastinator and am feeling like being irresponsible and spending a bunch of money on new clothes.
but i probably won't. at least not much.
last week was my two year anniversary of being at my job. which means that officially, it's the longest full time job I've ever had. so crazy.
i had a few part time jobs just out of college. my first full time job was at the crummy place where the guy screwed me out of my last paycheck, and THEN tried suing me because i reported him for tax fraud. i was there about 4 months. and then my second full time job was at the print shop that was a really good experience, for the most part, other than the fact the owner drove it into the ground. i was there for just 1 month shy of 2 years. and then i was unemployed for a few months before i started working for the real estate company, which ended up being a horrible experience, except for the fact that i made some good friends. i was there for about a year and 9 months.
which brings me to my current job. 2 years. it's a milestone for me. the amazing part is that i have no desire to look for another job. i never thought it would happen. yeah, there are days that i get annoyed and frustrated, but having actually had jobs where i felt like crying on the drive into work, the fact that i don't feel like calling in sick every day just so i don't have to be there is incredible. even more incredible is that i honestly like it.
happy easter, everyone!
camilles (9:25pm, 4.5.07)