Made it back to Seattle this morning at 7am – augh! It was freaky to have a whole day left after traveling that far. Got a lot done around the house and whatnot. Weekend was nice, spent father’s day and dad’s birthday at home, enjoyed some time with the parents and got to see Ann, who’s still completely crazy as always (say hi to Shawn for me!). It’s good to be back, but I really don’t wanna go to work tomorrow – augh!
Staying up late on my mom’s iMac keeping you all up to date… after spending like half an hour trying to get signed on to aol – augh!
I’m home on short notice this week; my best friend since high school lost his mother to cancer this week, so i came back home to remember her and be here for him. Lisbeth was a fantastic mother and an incredible woman, one of the most selfless, dedicated, sincere people i’ve ever known. She’ll be greatly missed by all of us, yet we have no doubt she is somewhere happier now and we rejoice in that. Although her time on earth was short, she made a greater difference in more lives than most of us ever dream possible, and no one who knew her harbors any regrets for the blessed life she led. The one thing that seems to come of these situations is that those of us who remain renew our bonds with each other and are reminded how much we value those we care about. I caught up with people i had lost touch with and started new friendships with others this week, and also made efforts for some quality time with family and current friends. It seems even lacking a physical presence Lisbeth still manages to bring us together and help us become better people. I think the memory of her will continue to do that for all of us.
I’ll be on a plane back to Seattle sunday morning at 7am (ack!) – it will be nice to return, even if i do have to work monday morning. Maybe i’ll luck out and still be sick. ;D In a great divine scheme, this trip brought me home for my dad’s birthday, which hasn’t happened since my first college summer; for that, too, i am thankful. In light of my experiences this week, i encourage my readers (yes, both of you!) to call someone you care about this weekend and tell them so, and maybe rebuild a bridge you’ve burned or relinquish a grudge. It’s really not worth it; life is too uncertain.
Anyone who wasn’t in West Seattle this weekend missed a beautiful two days of summer. Had a barbecue and pool party with a small assortment of friends sunday – the pool part was especially popular. It was sunny and hot, perfect poolside weather. Of course all the fun ended today at 6.30am, when the lyrics of Matchbox 20 rattling from the tinny, plastic speaker in my clock radio announced that it was time to stop forgetting i work here. Danielle’s first day at an espresso stand in Bellevue is tomorrow; it seems a lot more fun than the last place. I’m thinking about bagging groceries at Thriftway on weekends. I wonder if i’d get a discount on groceries? Only 23 minutes and 26 seconds until i can leave this place, unfortunately not for good. But at least as i drive past downtown this evening, past the skyscrapers and beaches and mountains, i can pretend that my career isn’t a joke, that college wasn’t a waste, that my checking account balance isn’t negative, that my student loan payment isn’t overdue, and that i’m not beginning to wonder why i ever thought i could do this on my own. Three cheers for the land of make-believe.
Got an email from Christian today, have his Germany address. If ya want it, drop me a line, i’ll hook ya up, yo. Working is sucking, as usual. The stupid mainframe is down today, preventing me from doing any actual work. So i’m torn between rejoicing that i don’t have to be working this &*#$% job, and lamenting that i’m sitting at this stupid desk and can’t even be accomplishing anything. Also, i know that as soon as it starts to work (whatever week that is) i’m going to have all this junk to catch up on. Truly a bittersweet pleasure.
Danielle quit her job friday, so we had a nice weekend of pretending we both were unemployed. Ah, if only i could get laid off, so i could collect unemployment and be truly happy, at least for a few months. But no chance of that; allstate’s stock keeps creeping up. Stupid stock market. Insurance is a scam! Don’t invest in it! Anyway, she has some prospects to check into this week; the other place was being totally heinous about her schedule, and her boss that seemed so nice in the interview turned into a total troll, and she just didn’t need that. Also, i went to a fun(ny?) interview thursday, for a beat-the-streets sales job. They beguiled us with a line about being “talent scouts” for models and actors, and spent the better part of a day splashing glossy, smiling photos on the projector and dropping celebrity names. In the end, though, it’s just a sales rep. job, with a decent base salary and good commissions, and a product that rides the fence between good deal and super-scam. So i told them no thanks, i’ll keep my ridiculous job with its nonflexible hours, stagnant wage, asinine policies, and questionable moral practices. Wait a minute, what was i thinking!?! No, seriously, i don’t wanna run all over the city trying to trick people into giving me money for a product of uncertain consequence. So i guess that means i’m still on the job hunt. Yeah, like, what else is new.
Actually made dinner for the first time last night in the new place – we’re finally unpacked enough to find things, and at last have enough groceries to consider eating food that you don’t squeeze out of a plastic wrapper. It’s nice to feel almost settled, and i’m getting the commute figured out, although maybe (if the universe hasn’t completely written me off) it won’t be my commute forever. So now that this project is done, it’s time for the next one – find a new job! Danielle has one, at the Made-In-Washington store in Westlake Center. She rides the bus (or sometimes drives – her car, not the bus) into downtown every day, walks around the shops on her break, visits the Pike. I’m so jealous.