It has been far too long since I have posted on LJ. I attribute this primarily due to my overactive Facebook account. I spend way too much time there playing silly little text based games and so on. It is rather disturbing to think how much a game which is basically nothing but text and a hyped-up less silly version of progress quest can be so addicting. In addition, it is simply ridiculous how much money those geniuses who created such a novel and simple concept have made off of games like Farmville. Granted, I will never play Farmville or other virtual farm games however the games I do play are remarkably similar. Things like CastleAge or Knighthood and so on are like crack to me. I can't stop clicking away. It is a huge waste of time when I could be doing so much more. But time wasted is time I will never get back and thus there is no point to wasting any more energy on the subject.
Moving on, perhaps I am not the first one to say this and yet perhaps I am but when did LJ start putting adds up in between clicks from one screen to another. I know it isn't a big deal or anything but when I attempted to begin this post I had to wade through some stupid Sonic Commercial just to begin. I find that just a bit annoying. However, I assume that the LJ people have to pay the bills just like anyone else and thus must make their money in some fashion or another. I don't imagine that many people upgrade their account these days, so the need to advertise or sell ad space makes sense.
So many people who I used to keep up with on a regular basis seem to have dropped off of the face of the earth or at least the face of LJ. Granted there a few of you out there who are still loyal here and continue to post regularly but it seems more and more people move onward to sites like twitter and FB to keep us constantly updated as to their current status mood or just to vent. I find that there is something lacking in that and it comes from a lack of content or at least effort to write more than twenty words. Oh well and so it goes.
Twitter, though I hate you dearly, you have spawned something that brings me great joy. A simple little book called "Twitter-ature." It is simply an amazingly hilarious piece of work that hurts both my brain and my funny bone. The book takes a great number of pieces of classic literature and breaks them down in to 25 tweets or less. I nearly laughed my head off the first time I read through it. It also made the Hobbit more than bearable. That is a feat unto itself.
I suppose it is time to give an actual update on my life and what is going on. Perhaps it would be best to move from the least consequential to the most important of things to keep it all in order. First, I have been slowly plugging through the Star Wars novels. All of them. I have read more than a few to say the least. In the past year I have read about 13. I am on the Young Jedi Knight Series and preparing to move into the New Jedi Order novels. For the most part I enjoy them. Some of the books are far superior than the others. It always seems as if I whip through it. The others seem to drag on forever. Still I am on my way to becoming a super Star Wars geek. Go me.
Next, the work situation has been decent. I am back to trudging through shit in a nursing home but all in all it is okay. Life as a carpenter was pretty sweet, I am not going to lie but the downside was simply not having work for nine months. I am sure I could have lived off of others and continued to collect unemployment but that just is not something I enjoyed. I felt like a bum. So I sucked it up and went back to doing things that were less appealing at the time. It has proved to be very motivational and got me back on track toward another goal. More on that later, but first a move onto a tangent topic.
(Contemplating ranting about one person in particular who has a beef with jobs related to mine).
I think I will have that for another time. What I will say is this, if you want something generally you have to work for it. A saying comes to mind when I think about people who complain all the time and nag about being broke and yet express all these wants for things they can't afford. It goes a little something like, "Shit in one hand and wish in the other. See which fills up faster." Or how about this as a solution, get a goddamn job and stop your bitching. Be useful and productive. How about making a contribution to society instead of leeching off it you fucking mook.
Thirdly, on the list of changes in my life, I have tried in vain to be more diligent about my spending habits. The wake up call came strangely enough from a fortune cookie that is now taped to the back of my Debit card. It says, "Do not desire that which you do not need." Makes sense to me.
On the subject of being more diligent and living lean, Monica and I have started to work out together. I think it is an awesome thing to do. For me it is a bonding experience. It is a healthy activity that we can both do, that we can help each other with and is kinda fun as well. It has only been about a week but at my bi-weekly weigh-ins at Biolife I have cut six pounds. My weight does fluctuate fairly regularly when I do weigh in but this is the lowest I have been in over six months. What work out are we doing? Power 90, the precursor to P90X. It is still pretty intense but not nearly as intense as the P90X. It is a good starting point.
Also, with a good work out comes a need to clean up the fridge so to speak and eat better. I can not confess to being a saint. Sometimes I stumble and fall and it is mostly on game night, but I am making an honest effort. I am shooting for 1800 Calories a day and it is more difficult than I thought. To help, I have cut soda almost completely out of my diet. In addition I have also stopped drinking any form of alcohol. The soda is the hardest one to deal with honestly even the diet stuff is pretty terrible for you. Monica is a peach when it comes to all this and she helps me get through each day.
My motivation comes from the fact that my ankles are in constant pain, mostly from standing on them all day and running around at work. I had come to realize that I was on the fast track to getting right back to where I was just after college, pushing nearly 300lbs. It wasn't healthy and with all the positive things happening in my life why not get this stuff going in the right direction too.
After it is all said and done and I complete the first 90 days I was thinking maybe I would try to get other people to come over and try it out. I have an extra TV and a back yard to boot. Just a crazy idea.
Speaking of work though, I said that I would take a moment and talk about another big change in my life. It is no secret to most people but for those of you who are out of the loop, I am going back to nursing school. I start May 24 and hop right back into the program. I will hopefully be a nurse by January of next year with my LPN and move on to my RN by January of 2012 (assuming that Armageddon doesn't come first).
All joking aside about Armageddon, is it just me or have there been an awful lot of crazy natural disasters happening lately: a volcano in Iceland, a whole hell of a lot of earthquakes and then a tornadoes in the southern United States. Top that off with the huge oil spill in the Golf of Mexico (I know it isn't a natural disaster but still it will have a pretty big impact on the ecosystem of the oceans) and I suddenly feel an urge to go back to church and say a prayer or two.
Finally, as I mention church I suppose I should mention the most important event of my life to this date that is quickly approaching. My wedding. Monica and I will be wed on July 3 of this year. It is hard to believe that we have been together this long let alone engaged. Time seems to fly when you are having fun though. For those of you who have yet to give me an address please let me know if you want an invite. It will be Renn themed and pretty much a dream wedding for myself. Hopefully for Monica too.
I am pretty stoked about it. I am not so much nervous as I am ready to get on with the thing and then the stress of it all can just wash away. Monica's mom has been more than awesome with all her help and contributions. I am certain there is no way I could ever thank her enough or pay her back for all the work she has done. There are still a few minor things to wrap up and I should probably get on those but instead I am here writing this long missive. Oh well, there is still time.
There have been two major frustrations with the wedding thus far and as far things go that isn't too bad. The first and perhaps most irritating was some giant hooker-bait who failed epically. I had contracted this person/friend to make the costumes for the groom's side. She was willing and as a bonus she was going to do the work for dirt cheap. Being Renn themed one can't just go to a tux shop or even a costume shop usually. Well she jerked me around for about six months and then just up and moved to Florida. What a bitch. Again a million thanks to Monica's mom for bailing me out on that one.
The second involves a person in the wedding party who has been a real C**T lately. I won't go into great details but this person has just gone from decent to terrible in the span of a few months. Their life style and choices have put them on our respective shit list. Drastic changes in personality, bitterness, and the introduction of drugs into ones life will do that though. If we could have it our way and didn't have most of the stuff prepared, I think we would just kick them out. As it stands, after the wedding I don't think we will associate with them any longer.
Nevertheless, things will proceed and we will go forward. Life will be just peachy and our wedding will be awesome.
Love, Luck, Lipstick and Lollipops,