6.30.2006

Clearly, nothing in my life can be simple.

Yeah, my relationships are messed up, but hey, who's isn't? I can't even go get groceries without some debacle that transpires when my newly converted single-speed's chain loosens, jumps to a bigger cog which then wrenches the wheel into the side of the frame and bending the axle, leaving me stranded three miles from home with a messanger bag full of groceries and a toe that's bleeding from trying to kick the wheel back into place. I walked home in the dark with a sandal full of blood. Yay me.

Then I can't close on my house in south bend because someone broke in and STOLE THE FREAKING COPPER PIPES! The meth kids must be pretty hard up for cash in 'ol South Bend. Super. Just super.

6.29.2006

Yep, I'm definately really good at updating lately.

Oh, let's see, I was in Canada two weeks ago, paddling the big water up there with Dennis. It was a good trip, and hopefully I’ll have a trip report up on the paddling blog sometime in the near future.

Work has been work; now that we’re done with my big project I’m mainly grinding out settlement demands, though I get thrown the occasional interesting loop every now and again. Sometimes I really enjoy copying or Bates stamping documents (stamping a whole bunch of exhibits in sequential order), which makes me wonder if maybe I’m more cut out for factory work than all of this law business.

I’ve been hitting poetry slams and open mics, which has been really fun, and I feel like I’m starting to earn some respect from some of the poets that I’ve been admiring at all of the SJU slams, which is pretty cool. Last Tues. was the chick slam, where you had to either be a girl or dressed like one to compete. The terrible picture is attached (though I think the barette adds a lot). I’ve been writing a lot of new pieces, which I think is good for me.

Last weekend was my grandparents’ 60th Anniversary Party. I was up in St. Cloud to do a little shopping and see some friends. The party was good; it was fun to see some relatives I don’t get to see much and hang out with my family. This weekend I’m headed to the lake for the weekend, and tomorrow we’re set to close on the house in South Bend. Pretty exciting.

Courtney flies in on Monday, which I’m somewhat apprehensive about. I’m really not sure how things are going to go, but it definitely won’t be a boring summer.

I turned my road bike into a single speed, and I think I’ll be spending a good portion of the rest of the summer fiddling with bikes. I did a lot of work on them in high school and really enjoyed it, but then at SJU there wasn’t much need or opportunity to work on them. Now there is again, since I’m traveling just about everywhere by bike. My Klein needs a new bottom bracket, I need a new stem on my single-speed, and I think I still want to build up a fixed-gear. Then, who knows, maybe I’ll just salvage what I can from scrap bikes, build them up, and sell them. Seems like a fun way to spend an evening.

6.20.2006

So I've been working a lot lately on not trying to hard to plan things out too far in advance. I mean, I still plan on doing things, like going to my grandparents' anniversary party this weekend, and I still know that I'm going to South Bend this fall, but for the most part I've been trying to avoid putting together any grandiose life plans. It's a lot of work, and I've come to realize that things rarely work out the way I expect them to. So I've stopped wasting time expecting them to do... well... just about anything.

I've been trying to comfort a friend (I know, again with the vagueness) from about 1000 miles away the past couple days, and it's tough. Though I'm always a big fan of emails (speaking of, you should email me), I've never been much of one for phone conversations, and emails are pretty impresonal for these sorts of matters. I'd rather be there in person to lend support, but alas, I can't be. *sigh* Anyway, hopefully I can be of some solace.
So I've been working a lot lately on not trying to hard to plan things out too far in advance. I mean, I still plan on doing things, like going to my grandparents' anniversary party this weekend, and I still know that I'm going to South Bend this fall, but for the most part I've been trying to avoid putting together any grandiose life plans. It's a lot of work, and I've come to realize that things rarely work out the way I expect them to. So I've stopped wasting time expecting them to do... well... just about anything.

I've been trying to comfort a friend (I know, again with the vagueness) from about 1000 miles away the past couple days, and it's tough. Though I'm always a big fan of emails (speaking of, you should email me), I've never been much of one for phone conversations, and emails are pretty impresonal for these sorts of matters. I'd rather be there in person to lend support, but alas, I can't be. *sigh* Anyway, hopefully I can be of some solace.
Some friends of mine were in a Theatre Lumina play (and directed the play, actually) last night at Bryant Lake Bowl called The Accident. It was really excellent; I count myself lucky to have such talented friends.

I was in Canada over the weekend (I'll have an addition to the paddling blog when I've uploaded the photos) and it was a good trip. This week it looks like I'll be keeping myself pleasantly busy, though now that I'm done with my major project at work I'm just sort of grinding stuff out.

Things are getting situated with the house in South Bend; I'm really excited to have my own house (even though I won't have it to myself).

Oh, and I had a very pleasant night bike ride last night coming back from Bryant Lake. Long enough to be a workout but not a slog.

6.14.2006

Just got back from a slam at Kieran's; things are going well; I got 3rd last week at the artist's quarter and 2nd tonight, and though you can't give too much credit to the scores, it is nice to do well.

Things are moving right along; drama continues to sort of swirl around me, though it doesn't really faze me. Most of it is actually quite a bit of fun, so... yeah.

Looks like I'm headed to Canada on Thursday for some big-water paddling; should be fun.

6.08.2006

Crimany, so the story of my life continues to be complicated. It's like the O.C. around here; I really don't have to watch TV anymore, as the storylines are all pretty mundane.

The boilerplate version is this: my now-ex-fiancee has a one-way ticket to MN for July 3rd. It's a little exciting, a little scary, and a little bit lots of other things. Wow. Should be an exciting summer anyway.

6.04.2006

Diet coke and mentos. Freaking cool.

6.02.2006

My my. I'm going to be vague again, but it's really been a thrill-a-minute around here. Work has been going well; I get to go on my first business trip next weekend (though unfortunately it's to Omaha). Most of the drama has been on the romantic side of things; of which I don't think I'll go into details at the moment. Suffice to say that things are good. Dramatic, but good.