Gift fun

Dec. 23rd, 2003 03:56 pm
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I had good gift karma this year.

I gave my father Diaspora: Homelands in Exile (2 Volume Set) which he really loved.

I gave my mother DDR Max for the PC with two USB pads. It was a nicely priced bundle. When she visited in early November, she noticed our DDR pad hiding behind the entertainment center. We pulled it out for her to try and she was hooked. It was cardio that she could do at home, non-repetitive, and fun. She literally howled in delight when she opened the package (I listened in over the phone). She's already tried the arcade version through her company. I was amazed, but happy that I had chosen wisely.

I sent my sister the tradition Amazon gift, a couple books and a DVD. The books were by Candace Bushnell, of Sex and the City fame. I figured she would enjoy them, being a usually single NYC female. And I also got her Whale Rider, an independent movie that J and I enjoyed. It took her awhile to get the package. UPS delivered it, so they said, but she never received it. Finally, she knocked on doors and found out the old lady on the first floor of her apartment had accepted the package, but neglected to let my sister know. In the end, it looks like she'll enjoy the gifts.

And, as for J., I painfully admit that it is the day before Christmas Eve, and I have yet to buy a gift for her. I've struck a wall and have no idea what to get. It depresses me, but I shall triumph. To the mall, batman!
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  • Friday, 1pm Austin time - Leave work for the day, pick up J at home, head for the airport.

  • Friday, 3pm Austin time - Plane takes off.

  • Friday, 7:30pm New Jersey time - Lands at Newark.

  • Friday, 9:00pm NJ time - Arrive at my parents home. Have leftover chinese food, visit with parents and sister.

  • Friday, midnight NJ time - Go to sleep.

  • Saturday, 9am NJ time - Wake up. Wish my parents a good trip before they head off on Alaskan cruise.

  • Saturday, 11am NJ time - Drive 1.5 hours north. To J's grandmother's house we go.

  • Saturday, 2pm NJ time - J's grandmother's birthday starts. Visit with her mom's side of the family.

  • Saturday, 6pm NJ time - Leave party. Decide to go to Atlantic City and play poker.

  • Saturday, 9pm NJ time - Arrive in AC in pouring rain. Park in the Taj Garaj at the Trump Taj Mahal casino.

  • Saturday, 10pm NJ time - Finish eating Sabarro's pizza, start playing poker. Lose.

  • Saturday, midnight NJ time - Leave poker, walk on boardwalk. Touch Atlantic ocean for the first time in years.

  • Sunday, 1am NJ time - Leave AC.

  • Sunday, 3am NJ time - Arrive at my parent's house. Try to get some rest.

  • Sunday, 6:30am NJ time - Head towards airport.

  • Sunday, 9am NJ time - Plane leaves.

  • Sunday, noon Austin time - Arrive in Austin.

  • Sunday, 2pm NJ time - Fall asleep at home.

Good parts:
Saw both sets of family

Bad parts:
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Things done today:

- Searched Found three that I sent resumes to. Here's hoping.
- Emptied the dishwasher.
- Cleaned the bathrooms.
- Started doing more laundry.
- Emailed some network contacts. Got one really good lead. Sent my resume on to the recruiter for his company. Seems they need some Professional Services. Ooooh.
- Got emails back from some of my other friends. Not hiring at this time. :(
- Played Neverwinter Nights.

Other than that, it was kind of a boring day, spent mostly in front of the computer. Sending out emails, composing cover letters, hoping to hear back from resumes I've sent out. My dad called to see how the job search was going while I was playing Neverwinter Nights Multiplayer. I don't think I was a very good conversationalist.

Now to start making dinner for J. to have when she gets home. Ah, the simple joys of being a house hubby. Tomorrow, I plan on vacuuming!

Unemployment sucks.


Jun. 17th, 2002 12:22 am
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Back from Central PA, safe and sound from Engagement Party/Wedding Shower.

Need to go to sleep for work tomorrow, so this will be brief, with more details to follow. It was a lot of fun, my family and friends mingled reasonably well with J.'s family and friends, nobody died, we were only a little bit embarrassed, we got mucho presents, some of which still need to be shipped, and all in all, it was really great.

Thanks to those who were there, you really made us feel loved.
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Well, it's one o'clock in the morning, my future wife is "nagging" me to come to bed, my keyboard drawer keeps breaking, my CD-RW burner seems to be working, but my original CD-ROM drive doesn't read CD-R's, my live journal hasn't been updated in over a week, I just saw Strictly Ballroom tonight and thought it was a fun weird movie, and saw Ocean's Eleven last night and thought it was a fun Hollywood movie, and was reading my old ML book while I was waiting for my first CD to burn (Windows 2000), and I'm in the middle of writing something for D&D contest (how lame is that), and work is going ok but starting to piss me off more often then not, and going to my engagement party/wedding shower this weekend in PA where my relatives and parent's friends get to mingle with J.'s relatives and parent's friends, and they all get to mingle with our friends from CMU and J.'s friends from HS..... wheee.

And that's the state of the world as of 1:10am. Any questions?
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My parents are coming in this weekend. I have mixed feeling about this.

On the upside, it'll be good to see them. It's been awhile. The next time I'll probably see them is the wedding in 6 1/2 months.

On the downside, they want to see where we're getting married, and that's a long drive from here, about an hour. So we're meeting them as they drive up from Houston. (That was the cheapest flight they could find). That's a pain. And they also want to see the place where we're moving to. That's not so far away, but since we don't live there yet, obviously, I have to call the owner and see what time is good for him for everyone to go traipsing through the house. Sigh. And, the apartment's a mess, because we're in box hell.

Today was blah. The weather was grey and almost raining, and the energy level in the office was really low. I spent most of the day staring at my computer pretending to be doing useful work. I don't think I was. Luckily, my two boss's seemed to feel the same way about the day and weren't too rah rah rah about getting much done today. They both left early, one was sick, and other was just ready to go home at 5pm exactly. I feel a bit of justification for my lack of motivation. Or at least I don't feel so bad about it.

I found out the CEO of my last failed company got a new CEO position somewhere else in Austin. Some of the people I used to work with at work there. Actually, when I between jobs this last time, I called some of them to see if there were any openings, but no luck. I wonder if they're doing better. Getting a new CEO either means the company has progressed to the point of needing real leadership or it means that all else has failed, so let's hire someone to fix all our problems. My last company failed, true, but the CEO was really good. He wasn't hired until all the mistakes had already been made, and there was nothing left to do but damage control, which he did very well. He kept us going for another 7 months after the first mass layoffs, and found a buyer for the company. So, I'm really happy for him, and happy for my ex-coworkers who get to work with him now. I hope this new company does better for him and them. I sent him an email offering my congrats today, but I haven't received a response back.

Went out to dinner last night at a seafood/steak place J. and I have been trying to go to for awhile. Reservations are a must. I tried to make reservations for this place on Valentine's Day, but they were all booked up three weeks ahead of time. I called the day before, and surprise, surprise, no luck. But, I made reservations yesterday with plenty of time. It was really good. I had a big hunk of steak, which is not something I indulge in very often. Very good. J. had Tuna Steak, and seemed to like it. Then came desert. Oh my. It was a a chocolate cake shell filled with melted Godiva chocolate. So good. But I could only have like half of it, the richness of it all was just too much. But, I'll definitely have to try it again.


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