Thursday, December 27, 2007

Reflection: A New Ending, a New Beginning

My year is almost over in a few ways

1) Tomorrow I will be 3 years from the big "40"

2) 2007 is almost over

The past couple of weeks, I've been reflecting a lot on the past few years-- the years since moving from PA. I really think my life took a turn for the better once I broke up with Jen, met Judy, and bought--then sold--my house. Looking back, I see a lot of people in my life at that time going nowhere. Of the few I still keep in touch with

*two are still living at home with their parents (or returning to live with their parents)
*one is married and divorced, although much better off for it in my opinion
*one is married with a child, still living in the same house and looking to sell it for the past 4 years.
*one is working at a retail store, happily, though! and is a single parent

I wonder how I would be if I were still in the area? Miserable? Looking for something more to give my life meaning? Would I really have left everything to go back to school for my PhD? I don't know.

I do know that I was at a turning point in my life when I met Judy, and meeting her really put my future into perspective. Sometimes it's really hard to believe that I met her 5 years ago and that we're still together (dating 5 years in February). I guess what's most surprising to me is that she still wants to be a part of my life. Not only that, but that I can TELL she wants to still be a part of my life. It's just amazing to me.

As well as reflecting, I've been thinking about the future. What's next for us? Where will we be in 3 or 4 years when Judy gets her PhD and a job? What will we be doing in the years until then? I know that she and I will be together, and that we will love each other more with each passing day. I know that she'll take the job that's best for HER, and that I will happily go along for the ride and find an occupation that I enjoy--whether it's returning to school for my own PhD, getting a job, whatever.

I guess this is one of the few times in my life where I see positive things happening, despite all the negativity that has come at me (and her) over the past year, I know we'll be ok as long as we're together.

To a 2008 that brings positivity, joy, and wonderful memories to everyone!

Now playing: Cure, The - 11 - Lovesong(1)
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

One Week

It's been one week since

my car was hit. I have yet to get a report on the damage from my insurance company OR the body shop. My back is still a little stiff and sometimes there are some twinges of pain, but it feels much better than it did a week ago. Luckily, teaching guard requires me to do a lot of back and abdominal stretches and strengthening activities, so that helps a little bit.

Speaking of guard: my high school guard now has 45 seconds of show on the floor. They're regional A, so there's not much moving involved, but it will work. I'll add more if I think they're capable of handling it. The girls who are on sabre are loving it. I think the work is kinda simple, cheesy, but of course, they never really had sabre work before, so it's awesome to them.

I haven't seen the independent guard in about a month now. It's interesting that in that time they've had 1 entire weekend canceled, and 2 rehearsals cut several hours short. I have no idea what that is happening, but I'm not happy with it. Of course, since it's not my guard, meh.

Speaking of "meh": my hard drive on my 4 month old MacBook crashed. Mechanical failure, I was told. Nice. I lost about 80 hours worth of work-- Guard handbooks, resumes, emails, financial info, schedules, etc. Not to mention the 40 gigs or so of music.

I still can't get my email program to work properly. I'm super pissed. Luckily I found a Firefox addon that checks all my web-based mail and notifies me if there are new messages. I will say that it was a lot more convenient having a program access those mails and save them to my computer where I could respond to them or file them. However, I always had my emails remain on the web, so at least they're archived there. Probably better off for now.

That is all. Stay tuned for more info!

Now playing: The Beastie Boys - 3 MC's & 1 DJ (Live Video Version)
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Now playing: Josh Groban - Remember When It Rained
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Saturday, December 8, 2007


At this time on a Saturday morning I would be running around trying to organize things for one (or both) of the two performance groups located in Dallas for which I am on staff.

However, yesterday on my way home from work, I was hit by a dump truck as I was changing lanes on my drive home from work. Thankfully, I'm ok-- my back and neck are stiff and sore, but I'm going to the doctor about that. As for my car, the rear bumper was torn off, my hubcap came off and my tire on that side was shredded, and there's a big ol' dent in the rear driver-side quarter panel. Of course, I don't know much about car damage, so we'll see what is really wrong once the body shop takes a look at it. I took some pictures, and if I figure out how to save pictures from my cell phone to my computer, I may even post them.

I've never been involved in an accident before. It was quite scary and I didn't know what to do. Police came by to help us move our cars off the side of the road, then spent a little over an hour getting the story together, etc. They were very efficient.

In any case, try not to get hit by a dump truck. It's not fun, and I'm super glad it was rush hour and there was a lot of traffic and we weren't moving fast at all. If that were the case, I might not be able to type this right now! Thankfully, I am able to :-)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Yup, there are tons of them in the world, and I seem to know at least 10 who just love to show how much of an idiot they are. What's worse, is they all like to hang out together and be idiots , while telling other people that they're not idiots.

I shouldn't let it bother me. I try not to, but they really irritate others who then come bitching to me about it, and that bothers me.