radlilim: (NOH8)
I'm exhausted. I wish I was slow enough today at work that I could go home and relax. That counts as a sick day, I'm sure.

Last night we did date night again. This time swung over to Graze. Graze is the cheaper version of Paul's favorite, Le Etolie. It is next door, same owner, less expensive food. The food was really good. The service sucked and while the web site says they are open until 11pm, we did not feel very welcome showing up after 10.

We shared the home made bread basket and some goat cheese and siracha fried curds. I had their signature burger and he had sauteed gnoci. Then he had the mint chocolate cheese cake and I had the caramel/chocolate bread pudding. It was all really good, though neither of us really liked he siracha in the curds. The "tap" red wine I had (still in the barrel) wasn't something I'll get again either.

Decent place, maybe if one goes earlier it's a better experience.
rating: B+
radlilim: (NOH8)
Had a nice lunch today. Last two days have been crazy busy and this morning was full of demos and meetings. But on lunch I went and got my hair cut, with Mitch. Haven't seen him in ages, it was nice. Then I got a quick lunch at Red, a sushi place off of the Capitol Square. They had a 2 roll lunch deal for $9, and the food was great.

D&D tonight, hopefully. And this weekend I get to finally go see Blythe do roller derby.
radlilim: (Default)
I totally had the Superheroes Super Healthy Cookbook when I was a kid. I loved the french toast and remember looking at the page and making those veggie people.

Wow, memories.
radlilim: (Default)
I totally had the Superheroes Super Healthy Cookbook when I was a kid. I loved the french toast and remember looking at the page and making those veggie people.

Wow, memories.
radlilim: (Default)
The Crown Conspiracy, by Michael Sullivan was well done. It had Nathan Lowell reading it, who is always a pleasure to listen to. The story was well done, though he did use some tropes I'm overly familiar with. A few of the characters seemed thrown in just for plot points or info dumps, and then walked off screen. But I think they were set ups for future books. The short preview we got at the end for the forth coming second book was cool and seemed to have more depth. It was good writing, fun characters, and an interesting conspiracy plot. Solid fantasy writing, I recommend it.

rating: B+

We had dinner at K Pepper, a newish Korean restaurant on the west side. It was a bit over priced. The atmosphere was well done and the food was fine. We had a white guy with a blonde beard for a waiter, which we both thought was a little weird. It was a nice dinner, but not worth driving to the other side of town for.

Did I mention I joined a new RP game? It's run by Gwen, X-men universe, but set in the 1960s. Any character can be played, make your own cannon. I've got Bobby Drake and Alex Summers to start. Kinda slow going though. Seems like a good group of people, I'm hoping the slowness is from busy schedules and InsaneJounral being down a lot. If the game goes well it'd be nice to pick up a few more characters. Piotor as part of the Russian mafia and/or Warren as a high society millionaire might be fun.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow, no work anywhere. I think I get to relax, do what I want and get some exercise in.
radlilim: (Default)
The Crown Conspiracy, by Michael Sullivan was well done. It had Nathan Lowell reading it, who is always a pleasure to listen to. The story was well done, though he did use some tropes I'm overly familiar with. A few of the characters seemed thrown in just for plot points or info dumps, and then walked off screen. But I think they were set ups for future books. The short preview we got at the end for the forth coming second book was cool and seemed to have more depth. It was good writing, fun characters, and an interesting conspiracy plot. Solid fantasy writing, I recommend it.

rating: B+

We had dinner at K Pepper, a newish Korean restaurant on the west side. It was a bit over priced. The atmosphere was well done and the food was fine. We had a white guy with a blonde beard for a waiter, which we both thought was a little weird. It was a nice dinner, but not worth driving to the other side of town for.

Did I mention I joined a new RP game? It's run by Gwen, X-men universe, but set in the 1960s. Any character can be played, make your own cannon. I've got Bobby Drake and Alex Summers to start. Kinda slow going though. Seems like a good group of people, I'm hoping the slowness is from busy schedules and InsaneJounral being down a lot. If the game goes well it'd be nice to pick up a few more characters. Piotor as part of the Russian mafia and/or Warren as a high society millionaire might be fun.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow, no work anywhere. I think I get to relax, do what I want and get some exercise in.
radlilim: (FF Shiny)
It's been a good day. We stayed up late last night, watching the last disk of Firefly and then Serenity. Nice to be able to stay up with my boyfriend and watch movies together.

After a yummy breakfast of scrambled eggs, french toast and buffalo bacon and a long walk with JP this morning I headed off to the west side for some shopping (Paul had to work--a pity). I got two pairs of cute shoes as DSW (clearance area), one black and one brown (the brown ones are suede!). Then I swapped out a belt at Express and got some new underwear. I've been a boxers man since high school and getting tired of the white Hanes my mom was buying me. But with the flatter stomach, I wanted to try out some other styles to see if I like any of them. So I picked up a pair of boxer briefs, two pairs of sport trunks, and two pairs of high rise briefs--all in fun colors. So we will see if I like them and if I want to switch.

I tried to find a copy of the 2nd edition Werewolf book at the various used book store. No luck, even though the west side Frugle Muse had a HUGE selection of RPG books. I'll just have to wait until Wendy and Drew get back up here and I can get my copies. Unless I can find a friend to lend me one for a bit.

I had an awesome mushroom quiche and greens at a small local cafe called The Mermaid cafe for lunch. Delicious and served in a wooden trough, very fun. And the chef/server/register boy was kinda cute.

After I got home I put my clothes away, did some yoga, had a shower (it is so humid today, I love it), and then walked JP (who's currently an unmoving lump). Now to relax a bit, watch some Lord of the Rings and wait for Paul to come home and have dinner.

I had a good rejuvenation weekend and I'm ready to start the new job tomorrow.

On another note, I really enjoyed the into info dump on today's episode of the Starter by Scott Sigler. The ecology of the Quith was very cool. He has great ideas for his aliens and monsters.
radlilim: (FF Shiny)
It's been a good day. We stayed up late last night, watching the last disk of Firefly and then Serenity. Nice to be able to stay up with my boyfriend and watch movies together.

After a yummy breakfast of scrambled eggs, french toast and buffalo bacon and a long walk with JP this morning I headed off to the west side for some shopping (Paul had to work--a pity). I got two pairs of cute shoes as DSW (clearance area), one black and one brown (the brown ones are suede!). Then I swapped out a belt at Express and got some new underwear. I've been a boxers man since high school and getting tired of the white Hanes my mom was buying me. But with the flatter stomach, I wanted to try out some other styles to see if I like any of them. So I picked up a pair of boxer briefs, two pairs of sport trunks, and two pairs of high rise briefs--all in fun colors. So we will see if I like them and if I want to switch.

I tried to find a copy of the 2nd edition Werewolf book at the various used book store. No luck, even though the west side Frugle Muse had a HUGE selection of RPG books. I'll just have to wait until Wendy and Drew get back up here and I can get my copies. Unless I can find a friend to lend me one for a bit.

I had an awesome mushroom quiche and greens at a small local cafe called The Mermaid cafe for lunch. Delicious and served in a wooden trough, very fun. And the chef/server/register boy was kinda cute.

After I got home I put my clothes away, did some yoga, had a shower (it is so humid today, I love it), and then walked JP (who's currently an unmoving lump). Now to relax a bit, watch some Lord of the Rings and wait for Paul to come home and have dinner.

I had a good rejuvenation weekend and I'm ready to start the new job tomorrow.

On another note, I really enjoyed the into info dump on today's episode of the Starter by Scott Sigler. The ecology of the Quith was very cool. He has great ideas for his aliens and monsters.
radlilim: (SN Dean approves)
Wow, I have zero intrest in working at the post office this week. I will. of course, my work ethic is too high to skip out. But no staying late (plus I still have free lancing at Laserwords this week). All I am hearing is how much I will be missed. Especially since next week is the big tax week, one of the heaviest weeks for mail volume all year. I feel a little bad, but not too much.

I picked up a XML and XSLT book today. It sounds like one of the draws to hiring me was my experience with that. So I think I should brush up this week, since I haven't used it in like six years. It shouldn't be a problem, but they did say they'd like me to teach it to other people, and I need to firm up my knowledge before that happens.

We had celebratory dinner at the Tornado Room last night. Yummy as ever. Steak is good.

Next Monday can not come soon enough.
radlilim: (SN Dean approves)
Wow, I have zero intrest in working at the post office this week. I will. of course, my work ethic is too high to skip out. But no staying late (plus I still have free lancing at Laserwords this week). All I am hearing is how much I will be missed. Especially since next week is the big tax week, one of the heaviest weeks for mail volume all year. I feel a little bad, but not too much.

I picked up a XML and XSLT book today. It sounds like one of the draws to hiring me was my experience with that. So I think I should brush up this week, since I haven't used it in like six years. It shouldn't be a problem, but they did say they'd like me to teach it to other people, and I need to firm up my knowledge before that happens.

We had celebratory dinner at the Tornado Room last night. Yummy as ever. Steak is good.

Next Monday can not come soon enough.
radlilim: (Default)
I slept for like 11 hours last night. I've been working 10-12 hour days for over two weeks now, between the post office and Laserwords. I guess my body needed the rest. I'm feeling better. Not "rested", but better. We didn't get out to pick up the few items of clothes I'll need for my new job (I don't have a full 'work casual' wardrobe), but it's not like we have to get them before I start. Just soonish.

I'm a bit jealous of the kids that will be learning form the books I'm working on now at Laserwords. They are science books for grades 6, 7 and 8. Some of the topics covered are predicting weather, genetics, and space travel. Either I just don't remember that type of thing when I was in school, or they are moving these more complicated topics earlier in the curriculum. Some of the stuff covered I still don't know about it. Gives me hope for Jack and his generation.

Laura, Jack and co. are still having fun in Thailand, it seems. She was telling me about a restaurant they went to, called Cabbages & Condoms.

"[It} was started by a guy who is trying to fight AIDS and poverty (caused by too many kids in a poor family) by teaching about sex ed. He is trying to make family planning as normal and common as vegetables (hence the name). Anyway, it was really cool and was decorated with condom art. Instead of mints they handed out condoms after dinner, and Jack played with his condom package and kept telling me it had gum inside," said Laura.

Sounds like something that should be wider spread.
radlilim: (Default)
I slept for like 11 hours last night. I've been working 10-12 hour days for over two weeks now, between the post office and Laserwords. I guess my body needed the rest. I'm feeling better. Not "rested", but better. We didn't get out to pick up the few items of clothes I'll need for my new job (I don't have a full 'work casual' wardrobe), but it's not like we have to get them before I start. Just soonish.

I'm a bit jealous of the kids that will be learning form the books I'm working on now at Laserwords. They are science books for grades 6, 7 and 8. Some of the topics covered are predicting weather, genetics, and space travel. Either I just don't remember that type of thing when I was in school, or they are moving these more complicated topics earlier in the curriculum. Some of the stuff covered I still don't know about it. Gives me hope for Jack and his generation.

Laura, Jack and co. are still having fun in Thailand, it seems. She was telling me about a restaurant they went to, called Cabbages & Condoms.

"[It} was started by a guy who is trying to fight AIDS and poverty (caused by too many kids in a poor family) by teaching about sex ed. He is trying to make family planning as normal and common as vegetables (hence the name). Anyway, it was really cool and was decorated with condom art. Instead of mints they handed out condoms after dinner, and Jack played with his condom package and kept telling me it had gum inside," said Laura.

Sounds like something that should be wider spread.
radlilim: (FF Shiny)
I don't think I posted about my annoying customer from Thrusday at the mall. He came over from Macy's complaining that they didn't have the watch he wanted. He was looking for a "grandpa's watch". All gold, including the face, a bit tacky. We had a few options and he picked one out to try on. He puts it on, takes a step back and lets his arm hang down. His sleeve then slips over the watch, and with an annoyed sigh he says, "This is what you get from buying a suit from someone who can't tailor it. But since it was only a $100 in Bangkok, I guess I can't complain." Then while checking out the watch more he asks if the hands glow in the dark. I say yes and he replies, "Ha Ha Ha, perfect, cause what I need to be able to do is check the time in my limo with the lights off."

Really? Why is he trying to impress the watch store clerk? :eye roll:

I had a pretty good breakfast today, I recreated McDonald's oatmeal. I heard a commercial again yesterday and it sounded good. Nothing to exciting, just brown sugar and maple syrup in my oatmeal, topped with apple pieces, cranberries, and almonds. I'd have liked raisins too, but we are out. Of course my version wasn't undercooked and watery like McD's.

Today my goal is to learn JavaScript. There is a temp job with Robert Half Tech that I'm interested in, and knowing JavaScript would help me get the job, I think. I have one book from O'Reilly, hopefully it'll do the trick.

I've figured out why I don't really like Cast Macabre. The stories are good, like I said, and so is the production. I just don't really like the stories. They are horror, but there is barely and supernatural, fantasy or sci-fi aspect to them. They deal with human horror, just people being evil to each other, the darker side of human nature. Not my thing. Best of luck to them, but I think I'll take it off my list.

Today will also be a Lord of the Rings marathon, as back ground noise.
radlilim: (FF Shiny)
I don't think I posted about my annoying customer from Thrusday at the mall. He came over from Macy's complaining that they didn't have the watch he wanted. He was looking for a "grandpa's watch". All gold, including the face, a bit tacky. We had a few options and he picked one out to try on. He puts it on, takes a step back and lets his arm hang down. His sleeve then slips over the watch, and with an annoyed sigh he says, "This is what you get from buying a suit from someone who can't tailor it. But since it was only a $100 in Bangkok, I guess I can't complain." Then while checking out the watch more he asks if the hands glow in the dark. I say yes and he replies, "Ha Ha Ha, perfect, cause what I need to be able to do is check the time in my limo with the lights off."

Really? Why is he trying to impress the watch store clerk? :eye roll:

I had a pretty good breakfast today, I recreated McDonald's oatmeal. I heard a commercial again yesterday and it sounded good. Nothing to exciting, just brown sugar and maple syrup in my oatmeal, topped with apple pieces, cranberries, and almonds. I'd have liked raisins too, but we are out. Of course my version wasn't undercooked and watery like McD's.

Today my goal is to learn JavaScript. There is a temp job with Robert Half Tech that I'm interested in, and knowing JavaScript would help me get the job, I think. I have one book from O'Reilly, hopefully it'll do the trick.

I've figured out why I don't really like Cast Macabre. The stories are good, like I said, and so is the production. I just don't really like the stories. They are horror, but there is barely and supernatural, fantasy or sci-fi aspect to them. They deal with human horror, just people being evil to each other, the darker side of human nature. Not my thing. Best of luck to them, but I think I'll take it off my list.

Today will also be a Lord of the Rings marathon, as back ground noise.
radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
I am really not in the mood to work at the mall tonight. People are pissing my off and I already gabbed a sharp tool into a finger.

I've been reading some books and websites on cover letter writing, figuring that is why I never get any interviews. I just don't understand the style they all suggest. The words and phrases are all empty of meaning and complete crap. Why do HR people want to get this type of a letter? It's just a bunch of me saying I'm awesome and that their company is awesome too. There is nothing of substance in any of the examples. And any details I am adding can also be seen in my resume. I have a class on cover letter writing tomorrow at the Job Center, so we will see what they say.

I've been told that I'm picking up the tasks and procedures at the post office quickly. I'm also the only one of the temp people that will stay until all the mail is sorted. The other two guys leave at 10ish, I've been staying until noon most days. It's more money, which is good.

We had dinner at Samba last night, that's the Brazillian grill here in Madison. We were supposed to go with Jess and Lari for Jess's birthday, but they couldn't get back from Milwaukee in time. Since we had reservations and it is restaurant week (yeah for $10 cheaper), Paul and I went anyway. We'll probably go again with the girls. The food was good as always.

Today I had a nice lunch with [livejournal.com profile] exarian, Pedro's draws 2 names each Monday, and people with those names get up to $10 off their meal. Today was "Jason", so I had a free lunch.

I find myself easily annoyed with people these days. I'm resentful of people I see out having fun, since if I'm doing something I enjoy it usually means I'm up way too late or I'm stealing time I should be using to get a job or something. People who send a lot of money on things I find are pointless annoy me too. That dose include the customers I get that are buying $800 watches. Which is bad, since they are paying my wage.

Tired, very tired. Damn it's hard to type with a band-aid on my finger.
radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
I am really not in the mood to work at the mall tonight. People are pissing my off and I already gabbed a sharp tool into a finger.

I've been reading some books and websites on cover letter writing, figuring that is why I never get any interviews. I just don't understand the style they all suggest. The words and phrases are all empty of meaning and complete crap. Why do HR people want to get this type of a letter? It's just a bunch of me saying I'm awesome and that their company is awesome too. There is nothing of substance in any of the examples. And any details I am adding can also be seen in my resume. I have a class on cover letter writing tomorrow at the Job Center, so we will see what they say.

I've been told that I'm picking up the tasks and procedures at the post office quickly. I'm also the only one of the temp people that will stay until all the mail is sorted. The other two guys leave at 10ish, I've been staying until noon most days. It's more money, which is good.

We had dinner at Samba last night, that's the Brazillian grill here in Madison. We were supposed to go with Jess and Lari for Jess's birthday, but they couldn't get back from Milwaukee in time. Since we had reservations and it is restaurant week (yeah for $10 cheaper), Paul and I went anyway. We'll probably go again with the girls. The food was good as always.

Today I had a nice lunch with [livejournal.com profile] exarian, Pedro's draws 2 names each Monday, and people with those names get up to $10 off their meal. Today was "Jason", so I had a free lunch.

I find myself easily annoyed with people these days. I'm resentful of people I see out having fun, since if I'm doing something I enjoy it usually means I'm up way too late or I'm stealing time I should be using to get a job or something. People who send a lot of money on things I find are pointless annoy me too. That dose include the customers I get that are buying $800 watches. Which is bad, since they are paying my wage.

Tired, very tired. Damn it's hard to type with a band-aid on my finger.
radlilim: (DW Awesome 10)
Our anniversary weekend went well. The farmer's market was busy, but not too much so. We picked up some fresh veggies and fruit and generally had a nice morning. Then we went home to sleep, since I was still working on adjusting my schedule for this week at work. We both went into work for a bit later that day, to cover for shifts that we were asked nicely to do. Then we just hung out that night. It was our 3rd anniversary, and I'm still expecting many more years.

We slept for most of Sunday again, then Paul made us dinner, buffalo steaks, a delicious strawberry & sesame seed salad and fingerling potatoes. Then we had grilled strawberry short cake (it was really good too). We went to see Prince of Persia afterwards. We liked it. One or two small plot holes, and I was totally expecting more shiftless Jake, but good.

Monday I was woken by MG&E calling to say they were doing some work on our meter, but it wouldn't affect us, the puppy needing to go out and then a cop asking what happened to the traffic sign that is normally in our yard and was laying on the road (it had blown down the previous week due to the wind). So I didn't get much sleep. Then I had to go have a mini-physical for insurance. Softball was canceled due to the rain, so Jess and Lari, and Jess's brother came over and we played D&D.

Work has been boring/tired/slow. We haven't gotten any work in from the project that we are doing this overnight shift for. But we are keeping with it to keep everyone on the same schedule, in case we do get busy. It will not be fun switching back to days for this weekend when I go up to mom and dad's for Father's day and to see Jack/Laura. But I will deal.

All in all, a good 4 days off. I can't wait until I'm back to a normal schedule, though this way I do see Paul a lot more.

Also, congrats to Wendy and Drew on the birth of their girl. I can't wait to meet her.
radlilim: (DW Awesome 10)
Our anniversary weekend went well. The farmer's market was busy, but not too much so. We picked up some fresh veggies and fruit and generally had a nice morning. Then we went home to sleep, since I was still working on adjusting my schedule for this week at work. We both went into work for a bit later that day, to cover for shifts that we were asked nicely to do. Then we just hung out that night. It was our 3rd anniversary, and I'm still expecting many more years.

We slept for most of Sunday again, then Paul made us dinner, buffalo steaks, a delicious strawberry & sesame seed salad and fingerling potatoes. Then we had grilled strawberry short cake (it was really good too). We went to see Prince of Persia afterwards. We liked it. One or two small plot holes, and I was totally expecting more shiftless Jake, but good.

Monday I was woken by MG&E calling to say they were doing some work on our meter, but it wouldn't affect us, the puppy needing to go out and then a cop asking what happened to the traffic sign that is normally in our yard and was laying on the road (it had blown down the previous week due to the wind). So I didn't get much sleep. Then I had to go have a mini-physical for insurance. Softball was canceled due to the rain, so Jess and Lari, and Jess's brother came over and we played D&D.

Work has been boring/tired/slow. We haven't gotten any work in from the project that we are doing this overnight shift for. But we are keeping with it to keep everyone on the same schedule, in case we do get busy. It will not be fun switching back to days for this weekend when I go up to mom and dad's for Father's day and to see Jack/Laura. But I will deal.

All in all, a good 4 days off. I can't wait until I'm back to a normal schedule, though this way I do see Paul a lot more.

Also, congrats to Wendy and Drew on the birth of their girl. I can't wait to meet her.
radlilim: (Gen Gabe-Spidey)
Last night Paul made very yummy bulgogi, or Korean barbeque. Due to a rice problem we ate kinda late, but it was worth it.

Looks like we are still caught up on the project, most likely no over time this weekend. They'll probably start cutting back on our overtime next week too. At least until something goes terribly wrong, which it usually dose.

Our league tournament starts this weekend, so I have no idea when I play or how many games I'll have. Should be fun. It'd be nice to get to Wayne's BF's birthday party and to the Sun Prairie Corn fest also.
radlilim: (Gen Gabe-Spidey)
Last night Paul made very yummy bulgogi, or Korean barbeque. Due to a rice problem we ate kinda late, but it was worth it.

Looks like we are still caught up on the project, most likely no over time this weekend. They'll probably start cutting back on our overtime next week too. At least until something goes terribly wrong, which it usually dose.

Our league tournament starts this weekend, so I have no idea when I play or how many games I'll have. Should be fun. It'd be nice to get to Wayne's BF's birthday party and to the Sun Prairie Corn fest also.

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