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I took the day off and we went to Milwaukee for the NOH8 photo shoot. Got there around 3:45, got our temp tattoos, was done by 5. We each got a solo and then had one taken together. he takes like 10-15 pictures and they will pick the one they make all pretty. Paul had a plan for his pose, but once you get up there the photographer just tells you what to do, and you do it. It was fun though. Our photos will be online and available for us in like 8 weeks. I'll post the link and then turn mine into an avatar for things. Not sure which icon to ditch here though.

After we stopped by Becky and Drew's for a short visit and then watched Tangled with Jess and Lari. Cute movie, awesome chameleon. Tomorrow is Blythe's WoW grillout, we'll show up and be confused by the WoW talk.

I hope things went smoothly at work today, I'd hate to have either of my coworkers have to deal with any of my barely understood clients.
radlilim: (Default)
I took the day off and we went to Milwaukee for the NOH8 photo shoot. Got there around 3:45, got our temp tattoos, was done by 5. We each got a solo and then had one taken together. he takes like 10-15 pictures and they will pick the one they make all pretty. Paul had a plan for his pose, but once you get up there the photographer just tells you what to do, and you do it. It was fun though. Our photos will be online and available for us in like 8 weeks. I'll post the link and then turn mine into an avatar for things. Not sure which icon to ditch here though.

After we stopped by Becky and Drew's for a short visit and then watched Tangled with Jess and Lari. Cute movie, awesome chameleon. Tomorrow is Blythe's WoW grillout, we'll show up and be confused by the WoW talk.

I hope things went smoothly at work today, I'd hate to have either of my coworkers have to deal with any of my barely understood clients.
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: (gay Paul and Me)
The 11.5 hours I had been scheduled to work Christmas Eve turned into like 7, so I was home plenty early. I woke up early enough this morning to take care of JP before my bro-in-law called and then I got online with skype and talked to mom, dad, Laura, Jack and Rob for a while. They seem to be having a good vacation.

Paul made potato and cheese soup and pastashio encrusted chicken for Christmas dinner. In an hour or so we are off to [livejournal.com profile] exarian's with cinnomon rolls for games and drinks. Not a bad Christmas, really.

I have tomorrow off from the post office off, but will go into the mall for a bit to help with returns. Then it's D&D with the girls.
radlilim: (gay Paul and Me)
The 11.5 hours I had been scheduled to work Christmas Eve turned into like 7, so I was home plenty early. I woke up early enough this morning to take care of JP before my bro-in-law called and then I got online with skype and talked to mom, dad, Laura, Jack and Rob for a while. They seem to be having a good vacation.

Paul made potato and cheese soup and pastashio encrusted chicken for Christmas dinner. In an hour or so we are off to [livejournal.com profile] exarian's with cinnomon rolls for games and drinks. Not a bad Christmas, really.

I have tomorrow off from the post office off, but will go into the mall for a bit to help with returns. Then it's D&D with the girls.
radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
Full weekend.

We went to Kristin and Nikki's (2 of our D&D group) wedding on Saturday. It was fun, the ceremony took place in Kagonsa state park, with camping after. Lots of people, nice (if warm/sticky) weather. We were going to camp, and then Paul's exhaustion from not sleeping well and the large red dot we saw on the radar coming our way sent us home. It was a good time though. Jess and Lari brought their new puppy, Zoey, and her and JP got to play. They seem to be hitting it off well.

Sunday was cleaning and then we hung out with Jess and Lari, and JP got more Zoey time. The 4 of us played D&D a bit too.

Yesterday I mowed the lawn and then went and got Lari and Zoey, so we all could hang out until softball. We ended up loosing our game, only the 2nd lost of the season. Toni really wanted to beat us and psyched her team up a lot, and we played like crap (or at leas Jess and I). After a beer and some free food at the Shamrock, we went back and played more D&D. Paul stayed up late working on a cake for his coworker's going away party tonight. I'll try and post pictures later, it's pretty cool.

Kinda a crappy day so far. The online game I'm in is closing, which is sad. I was enjoying it again. Maybe this will get me to start up my game idea I've had. Or at least find a new one. I also forgot my headphones at work, and have podcasts I can't listen to now.
radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
Full weekend.

We went to Kristin and Nikki's (2 of our D&D group) wedding on Saturday. It was fun, the ceremony took place in Kagonsa state park, with camping after. Lots of people, nice (if warm/sticky) weather. We were going to camp, and then Paul's exhaustion from not sleeping well and the large red dot we saw on the radar coming our way sent us home. It was a good time though. Jess and Lari brought their new puppy, Zoey, and her and JP got to play. They seem to be hitting it off well.

Sunday was cleaning and then we hung out with Jess and Lari, and JP got more Zoey time. The 4 of us played D&D a bit too.

Yesterday I mowed the lawn and then went and got Lari and Zoey, so we all could hang out until softball. We ended up loosing our game, only the 2nd lost of the season. Toni really wanted to beat us and psyched her team up a lot, and we played like crap (or at leas Jess and I). After a beer and some free food at the Shamrock, we went back and played more D&D. Paul stayed up late working on a cake for his coworker's going away party tonight. I'll try and post pictures later, it's pretty cool.

Kinda a crappy day so far. The online game I'm in is closing, which is sad. I was enjoying it again. Maybe this will get me to start up my game idea I've had. Or at least find a new one. I also forgot my headphones at work, and have podcasts I can't listen to now.
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The wedding up in Green Bay for some of Paul's friends was a nice trip, expect for the part where I forgot to put our wedding clothes into the car. So Friday night at 8pm when we realized that we drive back to Madison to get them. The $20 in cash and extra 5 hours of driving was better than buying all new clothes. Some days I don't know why he puts up with me. But the wedding was nice, out side in beautiful weather on the river. We left JP with Jess and Lari, so I didn't have to deal with him. We made some new friends and he seemed to enjoy talking with college friends he hadn't seen in years.

I think I hurt my back at softball last night. My rib feels out, but it's expensive to go to the chiropractor, so I'll just deal with it. Hopefully it will pop back in place on it's own. To save gas I biked to work today. I'm so out of shape. But if I keep that up maybe I can fix that.

We've pretty much worked out the details for a trip to the Twin Cities to see Laura, Rob and Jack at the end of July. It will be the last chance to see them before they go to Saudi, so I hope it goes smoothly. We are staying with Roib's parents, who are great people and have dogs, so we can bring JP.

I am having more volleyball board drama, this might be the issue that makes me quit it. And I'm really not enjoying this season much. I'm not sure if it's cause I've been kinda busy and can't make all of the games, or if it's the people we play against, or what. It's my only volleyball outlet and it's not that fun. Sad day.

No plans for the 4th yet, maybe something will come up this week.

I dropped down to a basic LJ account, since people we complaining about the adds they see when they visit my posts. It was hard to pare down the icons, it really was.
radlilim: (Default)
The wedding up in Green Bay for some of Paul's friends was a nice trip, expect for the part where I forgot to put our wedding clothes into the car. So Friday night at 8pm when we realized that we drive back to Madison to get them. The $20 in cash and extra 5 hours of driving was better than buying all new clothes. Some days I don't know why he puts up with me. But the wedding was nice, out side in beautiful weather on the river. We left JP with Jess and Lari, so I didn't have to deal with him. We made some new friends and he seemed to enjoy talking with college friends he hadn't seen in years.

I think I hurt my back at softball last night. My rib feels out, but it's expensive to go to the chiropractor, so I'll just deal with it. Hopefully it will pop back in place on it's own. To save gas I biked to work today. I'm so out of shape. But if I keep that up maybe I can fix that.

We've pretty much worked out the details for a trip to the Twin Cities to see Laura, Rob and Jack at the end of July. It will be the last chance to see them before they go to Saudi, so I hope it goes smoothly. We are staying with Roib's parents, who are great people and have dogs, so we can bring JP.

I am having more volleyball board drama, this might be the issue that makes me quit it. And I'm really not enjoying this season much. I'm not sure if it's cause I've been kinda busy and can't make all of the games, or if it's the people we play against, or what. It's my only volleyball outlet and it's not that fun. Sad day.

No plans for the 4th yet, maybe something will come up this week.

I dropped down to a basic LJ account, since people we complaining about the adds they see when they visit my posts. It was hard to pare down the icons, it really was.
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: (gay Call in queer)
We had a nice two days up north at my family's cabin. Lari, Jess, Paul and I, plus the puppy went. We swam, went canoeing and kayaking, had a sauna, went to the Mojayak picnic and hung out with my family. Everyone seems relaxed and seemed to have a good time. Too bad 3 of us had to work today, everyone wanted to stay longer. Hopefully we can get up there again later this summer.

This is interesting:

According to the New York Daily News, scientists in the Netherlands think they've explained Gaydar.

"For the research, 42 gay and straight volunteers were presented with photos of outlines of large squares and rectangles. Each shape was packed with smaller shapes. Generally, the human brain is programmed to take in the larger picture, so when people see a rectangle-filled square, they're likely to say it is filled with squares.

When the men and women were presented with similar questions about the pictures they had been shown, the straight volunteers answered faster but were less accurate. The gay men and women, on the other hand, were slower to answer but were right more of the time, especially when they were asked about the smaller shapes.

This suggests they are able to hone in on even very small details as well as the bigger picture, according to the research, which appeared in the journal Frontiers in Cognition. In gays' daily routine, researchers believe, this close attention to detail could help them to detect others' sexual preferences."0

According to one researcher involved in the study: "This perceptual skill allows homosexuals to recognize other gay people faster and we think it's because they are much more analytic than heterosexuals." (via Towelraod



And Pres. Obama Issues LGBT Pride Month Proclamation, it's June.
radlilim: (gay Call in queer)
We had a nice two days up north at my family's cabin. Lari, Jess, Paul and I, plus the puppy went. We swam, went canoeing and kayaking, had a sauna, went to the Mojayak picnic and hung out with my family. Everyone seems relaxed and seemed to have a good time. Too bad 3 of us had to work today, everyone wanted to stay longer. Hopefully we can get up there again later this summer.

This is interesting:

According to the New York Daily News, scientists in the Netherlands think they've explained Gaydar.

"For the research, 42 gay and straight volunteers were presented with photos of outlines of large squares and rectangles. Each shape was packed with smaller shapes. Generally, the human brain is programmed to take in the larger picture, so when people see a rectangle-filled square, they're likely to say it is filled with squares.

When the men and women were presented with similar questions about the pictures they had been shown, the straight volunteers answered faster but were less accurate. The gay men and women, on the other hand, were slower to answer but were right more of the time, especially when they were asked about the smaller shapes.

This suggests they are able to hone in on even very small details as well as the bigger picture, according to the research, which appeared in the journal Frontiers in Cognition. In gays' daily routine, researchers believe, this close attention to detail could help them to detect others' sexual preferences."0

According to one researcher involved in the study: "This perceptual skill allows homosexuals to recognize other gay people faster and we think it's because they are much more analytic than heterosexuals." (via Towelraod



And Pres. Obama Issues LGBT Pride Month Proclamation, it's June.
radlilim: (DW Awesome 10)
I hit the printer deadline on the project that only had me on it. Go team Jason! The other project that I'm helping with is very behind, but today's deadline is for an earlier pass, so we can try and make up time later.

After our meeting a few weeks ago where the president told us that we, the grunts, were responsible for coming up with ways to be more profitable and efficient, we all got a mass email asking for our suggestions on how to accomplish that. I wrote back saying we should focus on ebooks, especially the iPad platform, and start using XML so we can re-purpose our books easier. And I was totally shot down. Apparently one of our Indian facilities is doing that. But at our meeting I came away with the impression that each facility was on it's own to be profitable. I'm sad to hear that we aren't even considering branching into new technologies. We are just going to keep doing what we have been. I think we should be considering growth, but who I am to have an opinion.

Two of our D&D group are hard to nail down to play, meaning we can go a month or more without a session. So we decided to just play the four of us (Paul, Jess, Lari and me). They will each make 2 characters each, so the party isn't too small and I will still DM. They are all really excited about their new characters, as they have a better idea about RPGing and the system and know what they want.

This weekend the four of us are going up north to hang out with my family at our cabin at the lake. No Laura and Jack, but it will be nice to see the family and relax away from the city. This will be the first time Jess and Lari have been up there and first time meeting anyone beyond mom and grandma. Hopefully it will go smoothly. I'm not too worried. Really.
radlilim: (DW Awesome 10)
I hit the printer deadline on the project that only had me on it. Go team Jason! The other project that I'm helping with is very behind, but today's deadline is for an earlier pass, so we can try and make up time later.

After our meeting a few weeks ago where the president told us that we, the grunts, were responsible for coming up with ways to be more profitable and efficient, we all got a mass email asking for our suggestions on how to accomplish that. I wrote back saying we should focus on ebooks, especially the iPad platform, and start using XML so we can re-purpose our books easier. And I was totally shot down. Apparently one of our Indian facilities is doing that. But at our meeting I came away with the impression that each facility was on it's own to be profitable. I'm sad to hear that we aren't even considering branching into new technologies. We are just going to keep doing what we have been. I think we should be considering growth, but who I am to have an opinion.

Two of our D&D group are hard to nail down to play, meaning we can go a month or more without a session. So we decided to just play the four of us (Paul, Jess, Lari and me). They will each make 2 characters each, so the party isn't too small and I will still DM. They are all really excited about their new characters, as they have a better idea about RPGing and the system and know what they want.

This weekend the four of us are going up north to hang out with my family at our cabin at the lake. No Laura and Jack, but it will be nice to see the family and relax away from the city. This will be the first time Jess and Lari have been up there and first time meeting anyone beyond mom and grandma. Hopefully it will go smoothly. I'm not too worried. Really.
radlilim: (Gen Beach Volleyball)
Wow, I don't post much these days.

I didn't get everything that was due this week done on time. I have another furlough day today and only got the batch that is due today about 70% done. We are sorta busy, so there isn't anyone to finish it up for me. I told my boss and he seemed OK with it. I will probably have to work longer days Monday and Tuesday to hit the printer deadline on Wednesday, and then take short days the rest of the week.

I was productive this morning though. The puppy got me up at 8am, earlier than I'd have like, but not bad. We went for a walk, then I did yoga for an hour. Then I washed the kitchen floor and made it into work at the mall.

We've made plans for Jess, Lari, Paul and I to go north to mom and dad's for Memorial day weekend. We will spend most of our time at the lake, hopefully the weather will be nice, everyone will get along and we will have a good time. At least I don't ask for much.

I really enjoyed the season finally of Supernatural. Good closure I think. I'm happy Cas isn't actually dead, and I did make the same logical leap that Dean did. I know he won't be in next season, but maybe he can stop by every once in a while. I don't know how they can make next season not be 2nd rate compared to the apocalypse. But I will watch it to find out.

I also liked the last episode of Glee with NPH. It totally was more like the first episodes that were so good. I'm happy the Jesse isn't totally evil. I still have hope for him to hook up with Kurt.

Softball and volleyball are going well. My shoulder hurt all the time, I'm hoping I can do more yoga to loosen it up. Apparently our team is "a team to beat" in the softball league. Which is cool to hear. Especially since we are having a good time as well.
radlilim: (Gen Beach Volleyball)
Wow, I don't post much these days.

I didn't get everything that was due this week done on time. I have another furlough day today and only got the batch that is due today about 70% done. We are sorta busy, so there isn't anyone to finish it up for me. I told my boss and he seemed OK with it. I will probably have to work longer days Monday and Tuesday to hit the printer deadline on Wednesday, and then take short days the rest of the week.

I was productive this morning though. The puppy got me up at 8am, earlier than I'd have like, but not bad. We went for a walk, then I did yoga for an hour. Then I washed the kitchen floor and made it into work at the mall.

We've made plans for Jess, Lari, Paul and I to go north to mom and dad's for Memorial day weekend. We will spend most of our time at the lake, hopefully the weather will be nice, everyone will get along and we will have a good time. At least I don't ask for much.

I really enjoyed the season finally of Supernatural. Good closure I think. I'm happy Cas isn't actually dead, and I did make the same logical leap that Dean did. I know he won't be in next season, but maybe he can stop by every once in a while. I don't know how they can make next season not be 2nd rate compared to the apocalypse. But I will watch it to find out.

I also liked the last episode of Glee with NPH. It totally was more like the first episodes that were so good. I'm happy the Jesse isn't totally evil. I still have hope for him to hook up with Kurt.

Softball and volleyball are going well. My shoulder hurt all the time, I'm hoping I can do more yoga to loosen it up. Apparently our team is "a team to beat" in the softball league. Which is cool to hear. Especially since we are having a good time as well.
radlilim: (gen JP Daddy is sleeping)
Furlough day today. Slept in a bit, nice of JP to let me. We were up late last night watching Big Bang Theory and hanging out with Lari, she got laid off and wanted company.

This morning we have to run to Home Deopt, and then I'll be at the mall around noon to work the day there. Then I'll swing home to feed JP at dinner time and then back to the mall to close.

Cold and rainy day too.
radlilim: (gen JP Daddy is sleeping)
Furlough day today. Slept in a bit, nice of JP to let me. We were up late last night watching Big Bang Theory and hanging out with Lari, she got laid off and wanted company.

This morning we have to run to Home Deopt, and then I'll be at the mall around noon to work the day there. Then I'll swing home to feed JP at dinner time and then back to the mall to close.

Cold and rainy day too.

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