My Observations

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Thursday, November 24, 2005


I'm on my brothers laptop on the N 15 Exit 343 near Salt Lake City Utah. We spent the night at a hotel in Salt Lake City. And I'm sooo thankful for the night to sleep stretched out. We're getting a late start but we're listening to Christmas music at the demand er... request of my sister. hehe So far we've had a pretty fun trip. I'm pretty happy that we didn't attempt to drive straight through. But most of my thanksgiving day will be on the road.

Well I should let the laptop charge. I'll post more I'm sure. If my brother will be nice enough to let me use his laptop. hehe


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Depeche Mode was a blast! ABSOLUTE BLAST! Pictures will come. Sadly only before the show. The tickets said no cameras so I didn't even chance sneaking it in... But it was openly accepted when we got inside. Sam took some video with his camera phone so I might have those links to post. ABSOLUTE BLAST! A definately needed night out with great friends and good times! David Gahan was hot! The show was fantastic! The set list was incredible! They played "Somebody"!!!! I was totally happy! It was just great to let loose! A night to remember! I'm soo happy the people closest to me were there to share it with!

More hopefully later tonight...

Sunday, November 13, 2005

So I'm very content right now. In fact I'm more then content, I'm ecstatic! I just got done shopping with Michelle, Rachel and my mom at Lane Bryant. They had a great sale for 40% off (employee discount) of anything in the store for yesterday and today. So I was interested in going to see what they had. And to my amazement I found a TON of stuff. With how much weight I've gained I usually hate shopping for clothes. But I found an outfit for my cousins wedding next weekend, a denim jacket, brown slacks, and a cream camisole to go under a brown lacy silky tank. It'll be a cute outfit. :) I also bought two sweaters, a blue and a black one in the same style. :) I love em both. I walked out only spending $100.00 and for Lane Bryant that's unheard of! Rachel was so sweet she got through the line before me and bought my two sweaters!!! :-D Anyways, I was thrilled with my purchases. It's been a while since I've loved so much in one shopping trip.

Anyways, I've had a nice weekend. Friday night I hung out at Sam's watching Star Wars Episode III and played on the computer for a while. Sam wasn't there. He and his brother and Ludek drove up to Buttonwillow to drive their cars on a track, not exactly racing but teaching more about their cars or something. hehe So I took his keys and used his place so I could avoid Vegas traffic. I got home around midnight and went straight to bed.

I got up Saturday fairly early, and got ready and made my way into work. I got there around 9:30am and worked through to 2:00pm when I had to head out to Pasadena to meet my family for lunch/dinner. My brother Shawn and my sister-in-law Brenda were on a 10 hour layover from LAX coming back home from their trip to Fiji (yeah... I know... must be rough! ;) hehe) so my brother Brian drove down to pick them up and we all decided Pasadena was middle ground. My parents and sister drove down from the desert. And if you can believe it, with traffic and all we all made it there within minutes of each other. So we were going out to eat at the Cheesecake Factory in Old Town Pasadena. I had been there a couple times during my visits with my friend Russ... So I felt more schooled in getting around. For my family it was pretty up there in confusion have the diagonal crosswalks and all. ;) But we made it work. I paid 5.00 for an easy parking spot. My parents found a parking garage. Brian was somewhere in the opposite direction. When we said our goodbyes it was rather funny to see us all go our separate ways, literally. Anyways, back to our dinner... Shawn had to go out to Fiji for a business trip and decided to take Brenda and have a romantic time with her too. The trip was successful for the business end, and as well for the romantic end. I was shown the pictures and it looked like Brenda was having the time of her life. They were treated to high class treatment the whole time. They had pictures of the island that Castaway was filmed on.

*Side Note: Apparently the island is deserted because it's considered to be haunted. I think I'd like to look into the production of Castaway and see if they had any weird incidents happen during the making of the film.

So we had a nice dinner as a family. The food was excellent and the service was awesome! Our waiter was too funny and made the evening all that much more enjoyable. It was great to see Shawn and Brenda. It's strange how when you're family it doesn't seem like you've been thousands of miles away when you meet. It was a great time. They brought me a necklace back from Fiji and I love it!

After dinner Brian realized they had to head out. I ended up taking Heidi back with me. I was glad I did so I could get into the carpool lane. On our way home I got a call from Sam who was driving back from Buttonwillow. He was exhausted but had the time of his life. He said it was the most fun he's had in a LONG time. I was glad for him. It will be a good memory for him of time with his brother and Ludek for when he moves to Wisconsin in less then two months. Sam was going to stop by on his way back through. When he got closer he realized he was dead tired and asked if he could spend the night. As soon as he got there his bed was made up and he got ready for bed and we talked about our days and what we did. I let him crash. The next morning I had him transfer to my bed so he didn't get interrupted with my parents walking through the living room while they got ready for church. So after I got ready he decided he probably needed to get up. He had a few calls about things he needed to do today. So as I left for church he headed down the hill. And after church I went to Lane Bryant. All-in-all it was a good weekend.

I have all of last weekend to update about too. Hopefully I'll do that tomorrow night or something. I'll try to get the pictures done too so I can explain the weekend and have pictures as references. My mom wants to watch a movie so I think this will have to do for now.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Today is going much better then yesterday. Yesterday I was driving to work and this happened to my glasses.

I drove to work thanking God that it was daylight. I can see the cars but not read the signs. But when you've made that trip every weekday for the last 2 3/4 years you kind of just know where things are at. Well I didn't need to read the sign that said "4th St Exit 1 mile", I already knew it was coming up. hehe I spent the morning staring 6 inches from my screen to see what it said. I finally had Sam help me change the resolution on my two monitors, I tried to do it but couldn't figure out why my two monitors wouldn't go lower in resolution without skewing the view too horribly to read. So I did what I could until the Frame Doctors opened up at 10am. I've used them before and they have done an excellent job soldering my frames before. Yes, I've had to use them before. I guess I'm rough on my frames. ;) But with Christmas coming up I can't really spend 165.00 on new frames just yet. Sam was nice enough to drive me to the place and get my glasses fixed.

I get back to work and everything went to hell in a handbasket! Work was just not going right. I had issues with upper management all day. I eventually left the office at 6pm to go home, had a chat with Rachel for a bit, showered, read the final couple chapters of Magician's Nephew and then crashed!

Tonight I'm going over to my sisters. She's having one of those jewelry parties. Also her DSL should be up and running today so I am going over to set that up for her. I have to be in bed EARLY because I have to wake up at 3am to get ready and meet Sam down at work so I can take him to the airport! Friday is going to be a LONG day. I haven't decided if I'm going to try to leave work early so I can get home to pack (I'm leaning towards that idea), or going to Sam's and taking a nap waiting for the Vegas traffic to die down. We'll sse how I feel I guess.

Ok so updates: It's going to be a busy month!


Beach Terrace Inn - 11/5/05 to 11/6/05 - So this weekend I'm hangin with the ladies of the church. We're all driving down to Carlsbad for a couple nights at the Beach Terrace Inn. A family in the church stays at this place quite often and there's an annual Carlsbad Village Fair that they think we'll all enjoy. It'll be nice to get away for the weekend. I'm hoping to have time to journal and take pictures but this trip is all about building relationships, and well journaling and taking pictures is very singular I doubt I'll get away with it. hehe But I'm sure I'll have fun.

Depeche Mode Concert - 11/21/05 - I'm absolutely excited about seeing Depeche Mode again! I've been listening to their new album "Playing the Angel" pretty much non-stop when I'm in my car. I bought tickets for Rachel, Heidi and Sam to go with me. They are all free to help out but I have no intention of making them pay for their tickets. Sam and I will be at work that day so Rachel and Heidi are going to drive down and meet us at the office and we'll make our way to the Staples Center for the show. YAY!

Thanksgiving - 11/23/05 to 11/28/05 - My brother, sister, her two kids and myself are driving out to Montana during Thanksgiving weekend. My cousin is getting married that Saturday, my grandparents celebrate their own wedding anniversary that same weekend and well it's Thanksgiving. All good reasons why to make a 24 hour drive out to see them all. My neice and nephew haven't been out there since they were just wee little things. So that should be an adventure. We're planning on driving Wednesday night, through Thanksgiving day to arrive late thanksgiving night. We should be able to relax Friday and the wedding is Saturday at 7pm. My dad is going to marry them so my parents already had plans to fly out. Then Sunday we'll get back on the road back home. I took Monday off so we don't have to leave after the wedding. I'm actually kind of interested to see how it works out. Sam has said I can use his Nintendo DS and I'm actually going to buy a game called Trace Memory that looked really interesting.

That's it so far. I'm hoping not to have to add anything else to my schedule. I'm sure I'll have pictures of each event. And they'll most likely be posted next year sometime. ;) hehe Well I'm going to enjoy the rest of my lunch break.