Wednesday, August 25, 2004

the flux has begun ...

Well, it's started. The two weeks of aimless drifting. Well, it's not exactly aimless, but it sure is drifting. And so far, things are not looking good.

My housing contract ran out last Friday, but I still had two more weeks of work to be finishing up. So where would I live for that time? Not a problem. I talked to management at my complex, who agreed that if it was OK with the new tenants moving in to my old apartment, I could stay on the couch there for two weeks.

So I talked to the new tenants. There are three of them. They're all freshmen. Now, I remember being a freshman and being annoyed at how everyone would look down on us like vermin of the world. But sometimes, it's warranted. I have nothing against these freshmen (or any freshmen) personally, but they are still enthralled by the fact that they can stay up until 3:00 am, eat cold cereal five times a day, and sleep in until all conceivable hours ... and MOMMY'S NOT HERE TO STOP US!!

Anyway, I talked to the freshmen to see if it would be OK with them for me to sleep on the couch for the next two weeks. No problem, they said.

So last night I came home from work rather late, and then went with my neighbor to run an errand. Around 10:30, I got home, hoping to be able to get in bed within an hour or so. I thought I'd watch TV for a while with the new roomies. That didn't go over so well. On my end, not theirs. They were watching things like Elimidate (help!) and the Olympics (not a problem), and making silly or just plain stupid comments (that's a problem). My favorite moment came when they were running the gamut of channels during a commercial break. They stopped for a while on The Cosby Show to make fun of their dorky dancing. That I'm OK with -- the 80s were a very odd and often dorky time. But then Malcom Jamal-Warner (aka Theo Huxtable) walked on set and one of the freshers said, "Look at him, he's from The Cosby Show." Trying hard to mask my disbelief, I replied, "This is The Cosby Show." "Oh," she muttered, "I thought it was, like, In Living Color or something." At that moment I realized that I am 6 to 7 full years older than these girls. I went to the neighbors' for a while.

After watching a movie with the neighbors, I went back to the old apartment around 1:00 am, part of me hoping that someone would still be up to let me in, part of me really dreading having to face them again. No one was up (as far as I could tell), but the door was still unlocked. I went in and the first thing I saw was ... someone else sleeping on the couch! One of the freshers! On my couch! The couch I specifically asked to sleep on for the next two weeks! I was appalled. Closing the door quietly, I heard her mutter, "You can sleep on my bed if you want." I don't want! I don't know you, I don't want to sleep on your bed, I want to sleep on my couch! I quickly dressed for bed, got my pillow and blanket, and headed back to the neighbors' house. They were kind enough to let me sleep on their couch.

The bright side? I woke up around 7:45 this morning. That's a record-setting early wake time for me for the last few weeks.

Talking to one of the guys at work about all of this, he pointed out that the situation is not likely to improve much during the coming two weeks. And I know he's right. So, it's an option between sitting down with the freshers and outlining my demands if I stay in their apartment (i.e., I get the couch to myself after say 11:30, the living is mostly empty and quiet by around the same time) and allowing them to opt out if necessary, or of just going to stay with the neighbors or some old roommates a few blocks away. I may well opt for the latter. How does one outline one's demands in a non-threatening manner, after all? Especially when one is fully aware that one is causing a major inconvenience?

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

my avatar: I only wish I could be wearing my Gryffindor scarf!


I stayed home from work today. Since I got back from Idaho, I haven't been feeling too well, and I keep sleeping way through my alarm clock. Today I didn't wake up until almost 10:00, even though my alarm was set for 6:30, and I don't even really remember it going off. Anyway, I called in to work and asked if there was something I could work on here, so they sent me some stuff to do. It's brainless work, which I usually don't mind, but being at home makes it much harder to work consistently on brainless stuff.

There was also this program that one of our brilliant programmers recently made to help us enter some content and stuff, and he made it available online so that I could use it from here. It took a while for it to work right (it was having trouble downloading one of the installation pieces). But now that it is working, I'm almost more frustrated than I was. First, it runs off of the internet, so I can't take it out into the living room to watch a movie or some TV while I'm working. And secondly, it doesn't show up on the task-bar, so I can't minimize it, or else I can't get it back at all. It's getting rather frustrating.

But I guess I shouldn't complain, since I'm not really at work anyway, right?

Friday, August 6, 2004

an old run-down wooden house just outside of Swan Valley, Idaho

trees in West Piney

some wild flowers at West Piney

West Pine Creek Valley
West Pine Creek Valley

I'm back

I had a great time at the big Braithwaite Reunion 2004. We went to West Piney Lodge, near Swan Valley, Idaho. I just love it up in that area - it's SO beautiful! I swear I could live in Victor, Driggs, or Swan Valley, even though they're so tiny.

And I love the Braithwaite side of the family. My cousin Debbie said it well, when she said that she was glad she belonged to a family where we actually like each other and get along, where you know that any of these people will accept you just as you are and do anything for you, because you're family. (She also reminded me that she could torture me for eternity because we're family - right after I made her Draw Two in UNO. :) ) They're a lot of fun, and the reunion was just wonderful.

I'm feeling absolutely tuckered out this evening. When I got home last night, I decided to watch a little TV and discovered that they were doing a mini-marathon of Wings on Nick at Nite. I just love that show! I used to never miss an episode when it was first being made, especially the earlier ones. (Is there any show I've liked that actually got better over the years? Hmm ... nope, can't think of a-one!) Anyway, I ended up staying up until 2:30 to watch some of those, and I'm feeling it now. Hey, at least I didn't have to go to work today, right?

I took some great pictures while I was in Idaho this last time. I have to put a few of them up on the web, in particular so that I can use one of them for my desktop at work for these last three weeks. :D