I’m alive… kind of

Photo on 6-28-13 at 7.20 PM

Well that’s awesome, gotta love photo booth 🙂

No, I’m not ACTUALLY floating amongst the clouds, I was just messing around with photo booth on my computer. For free software that came with the computer, its kind of awesome. Might have to see what else I can do…

So ummm, yea. Life. June has been a hell of a month. I’m going to be really glad when its over. My little brother is turning 21 on Sunday though, so at least there is one bright side to this whole month. Joe and I are both gainfully employed, and we’re all caught up on our bills. We even had a surplus of cash last week, so we went to a fancy schmancy fish restaurant and ate way too much soft shell crab. I didn’t have an allergic reaction to everything, and we went on our merry way home and promptly PTFO’d. And I’ve had a low grade migraine all week that decided it would choose today of all days to try and squeeze my brain out of its skull, so I shall be looking into the health insurance I pay out the ass for and seeing if I can afford to go to the doctor and get some control medication. It would be really great to not feel like the world is caving in around me, ya know?

Otherwise, its been rather uneventful for the last couple of weeks. What have you guys been up to?

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Yes, I realize I’m a flake-tastic flake

In my defense, my computer’s hard drive crashed almost two weeks ago (It’ll be two weeks this Monday), the A/C unit in my house died the following Thursday, we didn’t get to move back into our house until this Tuesday, AND I have two HUGE research projects due this week, plus a power point presentation to go along with each paper. To say I’m tired is an understatement of ridiculous proportions. So what are we doing today? I’m donating blood this afternoon, Joe is making fish tacos for dinner, and I’m going to knock out both of my research assignments. I think we’re going to see Man of Steel tomorrow, but I’m not sure yet. Everyone says its awesome, but we just have a lot to get done this Friday. On the bright side, I’m so used to being up at 4:30am every morning that I was up and ready to go at 6:30 this morning. I think I’ve accepted my fate as far as my inability to sleep in is concerned, but its still kind of depressing. I miss getting up at noon 😦

So Monday before last. I am taking my class when I get the rainbow spinner of death. Anyone who owns a Mac knows what I’m talking about. And nothing responds. I restart, same thing. I start to panic. I haven’t had a backup external hard drive since we moved almost two years ago and mine took a crap. I get on my phone, google the symptoms, find out my hard drive has crashed. Fantastic. so I load my startup CD into the external CD player and pray it works. it does, but now I have the OS from when I got the computer four years ago. Fuck that shit, I go and buy the new from apple and have to start over from scratch. Thankfully I had my pictures stored online, but all my documents and music are gone. Including all the research for my two research papers.

Last Thursday sucked balls too. Giant furry monkey balls. We got home from work, cranked the air down and went to go chill for a little bit before starting dinner. About half an hour later we realize its not getting any cooler. We can hear the a/c going and can feel kind of cold air coming out of the vents, so we did what any responsible home owners would do and checked google. Then Joe goes outside to the ac unit itself. The motor is going, but the fan isn’t moving AT ALL. Fuck me sideways with a pineapple. Return to google, find out its probably the a/c capacitor, a relatively cheap fix if you have the right tools.

Snag. Joe is half Jewish, he doesn’t have a DIY bone in his body. We have a few screwdrivers and a wrench, and we need a socket wrench to even get the cover off to verify its the a/c capacitor. And by now its getting dark, and we don’t own a flash light. And the house just keeps getting fucking hotter. We live in Phoenix, and its summer. Its been 110+ the entire week, and we have a dog and a cat locked in our now 2,000+ sq ft oven of a house. So we do the only logical thing we can think of, and call the a/c company who services our a/c every six months to find out if they will come fix it and we can pay them when we get paid THE NEXT DAY. They say no, so we call Joe’s mom, who says we can come stay with her until we can get it fixed.

She also reminds us we have a home warranty, and we should probably call to see if they will pay to fix it. They will, oh thank heavens. And they’ll wait to take out the deductible until we get paid tomorrow. So we throw clothes in a suitcase, catch the cat and throw her in the car, then load up the dog and escape the furnace before we kill each other. And then the a/c company calls. They can’t be out till Monday. So Joe calls work and asks if he can have Monday off, of course they say no because he was moving to a new location that Monday, so he practically had to BEG to get Tuesday off. He calls the a/c company back and they agree to move it to Tuesday.

We spend the next five days crammed into a 1,400 sq ft house with four other people, two of whom have issues with showering on the weekends because they are lazy asses that can’t be bothered to do anything but smoke like crazy and lay around the house in their boxers and shirts that barely cover their stomachs. And then there is Harley. And their dog. And their cats. And our cat. Our cat is not speaking to us and refuses to come out from under the bed. Every time we bring Harley out to go to the bathroom, their dog flips her shit and the cats try to kill Harley on more than one occasion. And we have to go to work on Friday and Monday.

I have never been happier to see my bed in my entire life. We get home on Tuesday, I rip my bra off faster than you can say boobs, and I lay down for what feels like an eternity. I savor the cold air on my back and kiss my computer.

Time to go donate blood, I’ll check back later!

Welcome!

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To those of you venturing over here from Xanga, thank you! I know this is a hard time for a lot of people, especially for us Xanga old timers that have been there forever, cultivated friendships, or even got our blogging start there. I won’t speak about how I feel about the whole thing, as I’ve already expressed that in several other places, but suffice it to say I’m more than a little upset about how the Xanga team is handling the situation. But enough about that!

Life has been interesting as of late. I’m working through a temp agency at the moment, currently working for a company that sells bullet reloaders. For those of you who have no idea what that is and/or means, its basically a machine that makes bullets (for guns, obviously) so that people can be batshit crazy and make their own bullets without blowing themselves up. Ever since the rash of recent mass shootings and certain groups of people calling fro tighter gun control, people have apparently stopped taking their crazy meds and think its a good idea to make their own bullets at home.

The phones have been blowing up, orders are back ordered at least two months, and the good ole boys who run the place have no idea how to operate a switchboard, so in I step to the rescue. I started last Thursday and have been reliably informed its at least a 3-4 month assignment with the possibility of getting hired on full time should they decide they need someone long term. Given the current political climate, I think I may have a job with them for a long time, but I’m not getting my hopes up just yet.

The last job I was working said six week assignment with the potential for longer, decided after three weeks that they didn’t need me and didn’t even have the balls to tell me to my face, they made the temp agency call and tell me while I was sitting in the break room waiting for Joe to come and pick me up. Assholes. So I did the only reasonable thing I could think of, I walked back upstairs, handed in my security badge, and walked out. Of course I had to sit outside in the heat for another half an hour for Joe to come and get me.

The good news was, the temp agency had a job interview already lined up for me when she called to tell me that my assignment was ending. The bad news is, I rocked the interview, but apparently I was too nice, so they decided to go with another candidate. TOO NICE?!?!?! WTF is TOO NICE?!?!?!?! I found out this past Tuesday that I didn’t get the job, and its still annoying the hell out of me. Grr.

But then she called on Wednesday and said she already had a job lined up for me and I didn’t even need to interview for it. Woohoo! And I get to wear jeans, tshirts, and sandals to work! And they have free coffee less than 10 feet from my desk! The equipment is horribly outdated (my mom used the same switchboard back in 1986), and its mostly men, but otherwise, I think it’ll be a good fit for me. I just can’t wear horribly low cut tops unless I want 20+ dudes staring at my tata’s all day, but otherwise I think I’ll be okay 🙂

Tomorrow is my mom’s birthday, so they are coming over today for dinner made by Joe and cake made by yours truly. We’re having mac n’ cheese with chicken and bacon in it with a salad for dinner, and a super yummy and delicious chocolate cake with chocolate frosting (all made from scratch btw, none of that boxed nonsense) for dessert. I planned to surprise her with the cake, but then she told me she was stopping to get a cake from coldstone on the way to our house, so I had to let her know, oh well 😦

School has been going well. We are halfway through the session for one of my classes and I have an A in that class, and almost to the halfway point with the other class and I also have an A in that class. They dropped tuition prices after I had figured out my financial aid, so I got a check for almost $430 yesterday and should be getting another check for over $2,000 in mid September. Of course its all going to pay off bills, but I’m not that upset about it. Hopefully we pay down most of the bills by the September check so I can get a new computer, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Well, I think that is everything at the moment. Joe and I celebrated four years together last night by going out and grubbing on some ridiculous BBQ and ice cream after that, and now I get to go clean like a mad woman so it doesn’t look like my dog exploded all over our house. Have a good day!