Tidbits…

Without even realizing it, Jenny and I were granted a reprieve from annoyances above, when our upstairs neighbors moved out. They were literally there one day, and gone the next, taking their stomping children with them. For a few days, we didn’t know they were gone–only that they were unusually quiet. The other day, we noticed that their patios were empty, and that they had moved out. We may have traded one annoyance for another, however. The past two days, there has been some sort of beeping occurring above us. The noise started the same day that there were maintenance people present, preparing the unit for new residents. I pray that when we get new upstairs neighbors, they are skinny, quiet, and child-less. Meanwhile, Jenny called the office this morning to complain about the beeping. After two days, it’s about to drive us crazy. Looking toward the weekend, it’s looking like a fairly busy one again. Saturday, Jenny’s going to Christen’s bachelorette party, and I’m going to Massey’s belated birthday dinner. Sunday, I imagine we’ll visit some of Jenny’s family, or possibly my Grandmother. I’m past-due for a visit to her. Sunday night, I’ll need to study a bit, since I take my A+ Core Hardware exam on Monday. I’ve requested the day off of work, but doubt it will be granted to me. If not, I’ll be forced to call in sick. Without another choice, my hands are tied. I must finish the test, before moving onto the second part of the course. Even then, my timeframe is collapsed, as I’m only covered through August 24th. If I’m unable to extend my end-date, I’ll need to double-up on my coursework, which could put a strain on my free time. It will be worth it though. Next weekend is Lu’s birthday shindig (also a bit belated, as his birthday is actually on Wednesday.) Strangely, the event coincides with Jenny’s brother Steve’s birthday. Apparently, her plans with him will be fulfilled on Saturday, rather than Friday night, so we’re in the clear for Lu’s deal. I’ve been a lot more active on MySpace lately, though the recent slowness of the site is maddening. I found a template for my profile that’s better than the standard white, and even posted a photo! Since moving, I’m more socially active now than I have been in a while. Admittedly though, I still don’t spend as much time with my friends as I’d like. I hope once I finish my class, I’ll be able to rectify that. I’d be able to do more if my money situation wasn’t so tight. With rent and bills, I find myself broke more often than not these days. I’m starting to get back to having discretionary income once again, but still have a number of things necessary to save for. Such as: our new bed-frame and dresser; a king-sized mattress and box-spring; hotel and car rental for Matt’s wedding, not to mention the tuxedo rental as well. Things will be much easier once my car is paid-off later this year, freeing an additional $400 per month for other things. That particular event is several months away, however, and that money could be put to other uses in the meantime. Despite money woes and dead-end jobs, I’m quite happy with how things are going in my life. I’m in a freakishly healthy relationship, with no end in sight, a job that pays fairly well, with better opportunities on the horizon, and am surrounded by friends and family that wish me only the best, and hope for my happiness. Happy days are here again!

Today, 7/24…

I’m going to have to get used to waking up a little bit earlier. July31st marks the start of my new shift at work. It’s only 30 minutes sooner than I start now, but it feels like more, considering I’ll have to get used to it. In some ways, having a new shift so similar to my old one is worse than one radically different. I only have to make slight modifications to my schedule, rather than a major one. Making a huge shift in some ways is easier, simply for the fact that it completely defies habit, and forces change. Regardless, starting tomorrow, I’m going to get up earlier. *** I finished reading The Blood Knight and have to say it was the best of the three books in this current series. The story becomes much more intriguing, and the characters have all shifted considerably. I can’t wait for the next installment. I found myself without anything to read until I got home tonight. I didn’t anticipate completing this book while at work, so did not bring additional material with me, I suppose I could continue my reading of my Sherlock Holmes that I’ve yet to finish. Tonight, however, without any studying to do, I think I’ll finish reading a short story that I started oh-so-long ago.

Today, 7/20…

Today started with a set of unusual circumstances. First: I woke up early. The fact that I woke up early isn’t wholly unusual, but the fact that I got up early, is. What did I do with the extra time? I put away some laundry, ironed a shirt I hadn’t worn in a very long time, precisely because it needed ironing, and made my lunch. I also got some news read, catching up on the Tech world. Second: Driving to work, just ahead of me an accident occurred, of which I was very nearly involved. It wasn’t horrific, and no one appeared to be injured, but it was a close call, and got my adrenaline pumping, I assure you. Once arriving at work, I learned I was to be in the Lead Queue again today. I have been in it all week, and six straight days, with the exception of four calls yesterday in the regular queue. It’s been a refreshing change, and one that I could certainly get used to. Despite packing my lunch this morning, I decided to eat out for lunch, saving the packed lunch for another day. I’m not certain what prompted the change, but I definitely did not look forward to eating my chicken-noodle soup today. Perh’aps another time. Now, I can’t help but be excited, because TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!

Record pace…

I started reading my 5th book so far in July, and the 8th since June 14th. At present, I’m averaging 2 books per week, which is an unheard-of pace. At last, I’m plowing through my backlog of stockpiled novels, many of which I’ve had for a couple of years. Some are recent additions that have been released while reading others, and they often jump to the top of the list. I’m not sure what’s spurred my current resurgence in literature. Perhaps all the reading I’ve been doing for my A+ class. Lately, I find myself reading incessantly, never seeming to get enough. Apparently, it’s a testament to the quality of the writing; they have all been excellent novels. Now I’m moving a bit beyond my ordinary genre, continuing a fantasy series, which is one of but two that I read: Greg Keyes’ Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone. This book may slow me down a bit, but I still look forward to the read.

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In other news, I did very little this weekend. Besides paying bills on Friday, Jenny and I went shopping at Sam’s and Wal-Mart, respectively, picking up food to last us awhile. Following our goal, we got enough food for us to actually cook a couple of meals this week. I’m even planning to make French Toast (Freedom Toast, to some) this weekend, if I can manage not to ruin it. We still have bacon and sausage, and got some eggs at the store the other night. Now that I’m broke, I’ll be taking my lunch to work for the next couple of weeks, which I generally dislike. I’m not a huge fan of bringing my lunch, as it usually has the same things. There’s no variety in taking your lunch. Regardless, having no money dictates the necessity.

On the edge…

I left work early yesterday. I had to, or I was afraid I would get myself fired. After only five calls, my nerves were fried, and I had not resolved a single issue. Knowing that if I stuck around I would snap, I had to leave. I cooled down on the drive home, and used the day to relax. Now, I’m back at work, struggling through yet another day. It’s completely ridiculous how much I detest my job, and even worse that I’m completely stuck with it. Right now I must stay there, in order to complete my course and prevent having to pay back $2,800 for the tuition. I still have approximately six weeks until I’m finished, which could be excruciating. Once certified, I am immediately going to start seeking other jobs outside of my current company. I’ve been on-edge lately, and it bothers me. The stress I’m dealing with is getting to me, and Jenny is tired of hearing me gripe. I can’t say I blame her, I’m tired of griping about my job, too. Things will get better though, it’s only a matter of time. I just need to be patient–a difficult prospect for me–a little longer. Good things come to those who wait. I know I’ve been waiting long enough.