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Moving sucks. When you get right down to it, putting your entire life into little brown boxes and shipping across town is kind of depressing. You'd think that the sum total of all your possessions, emotions, hopes, dreams, and a blender would somehow look less ordinary. Ever seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the Ark was in the Nazi box and burned off the Swastika ? I want my stuff to be as cool as that.

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I feel like a dope. Yesterday, I called up the phone company to move our phone service to the new place. He asked for my old address and phone number, and then he asked for our new address. I told him 96xx Abc Lane (Street names have been changed to protect the innocent). He said, ok, and then goes off to check something. He comes back and sounds very confused. Apparently Abc Lane isn't long enough to have a 96xx. He asks me if maybe I mean 69xx. I tell him that I don't think so, since 96xx sounds right to me. Then he asks me the name of the people we're buying the house from and goes back to check. Apparently, they live at 69xx. I laugh about it, and we proceed to change our phone service to the right address.

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Today-Went to the bank and the post office to do moving prep things. Hopefully I'll have enough money in my account now to take care of the various house buying expenses and our mail will show up at our new house soon after we move in. Hopefully.

I got a lot accomplished at work today even though I didn't get into until nearly 11. The previous tasks, especially the banking, took longer than I was expecting. We're doing a release of our product next week so there's been a lot of testing and other prep work. Unfortunately, next weekend is move weekend, so I'm not going to be able to help with the release. I'm kind of upset about that. I feel like I'm not doing my part, even though I know I am. I've told everybody I need to tell well in advance of my absence next week and everything I need to have done will be done. So, I shouldn't feel bad. I'll help out with the next one.

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Today - Got to work late because I kind of overslept. I also was dragging this morning and didn't leave the apartment until after 10am. Luckily, I live 5 minutes from work and was there by 10:15. Nobody seemed to notice or mind, although today was a board meeting and there were a lot of VIP's hanging around. I hope I didn't completely embarrass myself. More likely, they never even noticed. I'm pretty low on the totem pole, just a poor simple tools developer and QA person. I really do need to get in earlier. I would get much more work done. I'm just not a morning person, I guess. When I do get out the door early, like yesterday when I had to meet my parents at 8am for breakfast before they headed to the airport, I'm tired for the entire day.

Big announcement at work today after the board meeting. I can't really go into it yet since it hasn't been made public yet. Suffice it to say it really shook me up. It's too early to tell if it's going to turn out to be a good thing or a bad thing. My job is still safe, as far as I know, so that's one less thing to worry about. I guess when I work at a startup, I have to be able to accept change on short notice. That's not one of the things I like about working at a small company, but usually the positive aspects outweigh the negative ones.

Went out furniture and appliance shopping tonight. Went to "Rooms to Go" looking for living room stuff. Didn't find anything that I really liked. I'm pretty happy with the couch that we currently have. It just only seats two, which makes having company over awkward. We always have to drag uncomfortable chairs into the living room. Will probably get a brand new couch that seats many and move the current couch into the office or something.I think we should wait until we get settled in, though.

What we can't wait for is a new fridge and washer/dryer set. Those we'll have to get before we move in. The big question on fridges is top/bottom or side by side. Opinions? I've always grown up with top/bottom. But, we might want to get a water dispenser, and most of those are side by side. They're just more expensive. It doesn't really matter to me. The exact type of my fridge is truly of little importance in the grand scheme of things. And washer/dryer seems to be coming down to how many buttons and doodads are on each one. I like playing with buttons, but in the end, as long as they get the clothes clean, I don't care. There are just too many choices for something that I don't really have an opinion on. It feels like the SAT's all over again.

Wired had a good story on Dr. Oliver Sacks, the guy who wrote Awakenings. Very interesting guy. "Sacks made patients the heroes of his case studies, rescuing the clinical anecdote from margins of medical practice." I've read Awakenings, and also a few of his other books.

Current honeymoon idea - Mediterranean cruise starting from France, Italy, or Greece. Might be too expensive though. We think we want to do a cruise, but October is in the middle of hurricane season for the Caribbean. Ideas?


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