Technically, it’s still sept 29 for another 3 minutes. But i figure by the time i finish this it will be the 30th, so i’m gonna post-date it. Hey, i’m the boss here, it’s whatever i say, sahright? This working late at thriftway thing has kind of screwed up my sleep schedule (which was pretty irregular already). At about 9 i start thinking it’s bedtime, but then come 10:30 i’m wide awake and ready for another round. So i stay up late watching tv or surfing, or usually both at once, and find myself (like right now) sitting on the living room floor hunched over my laptop at the coffee table in the wee hours of the morning. You know, i think i actually do have a desk, but it’s piled so high with computer parts, post-it notes and paperwork that i’m not sure there’s still a desk under there. Plus, i can’t see the tv from there. And i think it’s a carried-over habit from the hotter summer months, when it was unbearable to sit anywhere near the west-facing windows – which is the precise location of said desk. Either way, i’m going to have a curved spine from always sitting over a laptop, to match my ulcers and those nice cavities i keep developing. It says “organ donor” on my driver’s license, but i have a feeling they’d be hard put to find any salvagable parts…
Speaking of thriftway, that is going well. I’ve settled down to 2-3 shifts a week, and they’re sometimes 4 hour stints, not always the 6 hour longies. Doing a 6 after doing 8+ at jls (John L Scott) that day really wipes me out. That reminds me – i was going to iron my shirts for thriftway tonite, so i wouldn’t have to do it tomorrow between jobs while i’m trying to wolf down dinner. Doh! Good thing it only takes one hand to microwave a pizza bagel, so i can iron with the other. Anyway, my coworkers at thriftway are turning out to be pretty cool, and i was even able to get the latter part of this coming week off. Why, you ask? Well…
…so i can head back to MT for a long weekend! I’ll be in Missoula wed nite sometime (probably late), spend thurs visiting family (and Ann!), and then on to Bozeman friday morning, to spend the weekend with Danielle and enjoy the homecoming festivities. Sara is flying back for the weekend, and everybody who’s anybody will come back to town for at least a little bit of it, so it should be a great chance to see everyone. I’ll try and take a zillion pictures, and i got all my dialup settings ready tonite for traveling, so i can keep you updated on my adventures. Probably won’t put the pix up until i get back, tho, cause… Hello! Dialup! I’m really excited to go back, to see Mom and Dad and the grandparents, and to see Danielle and meet her new kitten, Ferris, and to hang out in Bozeman as an alumni (i paid my alum association dues, baby!). It’s my first vacation since i went to Bozeman to pick up Danielle in may, and my first time driving the Max back to MT since i moved here last october. So i’m really jacked, i’ve already started packing, and i’m wishing and hoping and praying that the state of idaho hasn’t had a chance to gravel their roads yet…
Okay, so since i couldn’t get connected over a dialup and Danielle’s connection got shut off way early, we were unplugged until last night, so i’m just getting to update you all at work today. Needed something fun to do while i’m here, right? Danielle and i made it back to Seattle last night about 7pm, stiff, tired and pretty much criminally insane. We spent waaaaay too much time in the car on too little sleep and were really fidgety and delirious by the time the trip was over. But we survived, and went to bed early (9.30!) and are doing better today.
So, to summarize the weekend, i hung out with a bunch of fun people i hadn’t seen in a while, got Danielle all packed up and moved, and pretty much had a lovely time. Some highlights include: Great dinner at Montana Aleworks (well, appetizers and beer) with Gabbye, Josh, Kris & Megan (have some funny pictures from that, which are forthcoming). Mother’s Day dinner with family (some funny pictures there, too). Nutty roadtrip with Danielle (again, some funny pictures, although for most of the trip we were too tired to be particularly photogenic). Gabbye’s generous hospitality (thanks Gab! You rock! Have fun in Reno!). Catching up with Nate after a chance meeting in the hallway. Driving for 4 hours with Danielle’s fish in a rubbermaid lunchbox (no sharp corners!). Having a nervous breakdown in my first hour home because I couldn’t find my mailbox key (it was in my car, in a cupholder). All in all, a very eventful weekend. I have some photos prepped and ready to upload, will try and get that done tonight. Sorry, i don’t have any pix of me having a nervous breakdown – you’re just going to have to use your imaginations.
I have arrived! Made it to Bozeman ok, there’s a ton of snow on the ground and they almost sent my plane back to Seattle, but at just the right moment the sky cleared allowing us safe passage by way of gravity and a rather rough landing. It’s a little weird to be back, especially since it feels like summer out west and is definitely still winter here (not to mention the whole being-back-in-the-town-i-left-behind thing), but it’s good to see everyone again and Danielle and i are already having a great time together! The Baxter was our first stop after the airport, to greet Christian, Temby, Ty, Brian and (hey, surprise! since when is she is Bozeman!) Kristin! A couple drinks, then a quick stop at the grocery store on our way home to buy breakfast food, which we promptly broke into and made ourselves a midnight omelette before bed. Which leads me to now, me updating you all over a hideously slow (but nevertheless appreciated) aol connection from inside the much-hallowed halls of my alma mater. So here i am; the adventure begins. And with that, i shall retire.
Had a most excellent weekend at the lake with Carrie and her awesome family! The fun continued right into the week with a relaxing Monday afternoon with my parents in Bozeman followed by dinner with Tyson & Elliot (Erika, you’re a slacker for not coming along!) and an evening of “cultural exprience” at Kris and Lambert’s Youth Hostel. I finished up the trip by having brunch with Christian, Shanna and Danielle (some of whom were skipping class, but I won’t mention any names) before jumping back on the freeway. An added bonus: Angela, who’s from the same region of Italy as my great-grandfather, rode back to Seattle with me. We had a great time talking about wine, food, Italy and America. Thanks for a great drive, Angela!
Today I resigned from Logistic Systems, to pursue my dreams of success in Seattle. Still don’t have a job out there, but some good prospects that I won’t mention lest I jinx them. I’ll give you a hint, though. One of them starts with an A. I’m going to move in with Josh probably Wednesday (thanks, Josh!)
BTW, to Tim: Bwah, ha ha ha!
Before I get that far, however, I’m going to spend this weekend in the Bo-zone (a little) and then at Ennis lake with Carrie and her family. It’s been a whole two weeks since I’ve seen Danielle, so of course I’m going to hang out with her, too.
We dropped Danielle off in Bozeman yesterday, after helping her move in and set up her room. Amazingly, all of her stuff fit in that little space. It’ll be weird not having her at home, and it’s really weird that she’s away at college and I’m not!
Well, I’m actually done. After a wonderful weekend of family, friends and record-breaking sunshine I’m home in Missoula looking back on it all. It sure went quickly and it really hasn’t all sunk in yet; I don’t think it will seem real until August when I don’t go back to school. Thanks to everyone who visited me in Bozeman or sent their regards. I’ll try to keep in touch!
Only 19 more days until graduation! Hey – if you’re going to be in town on Saturday, stop by. We’re having a last-time-we-do-this-in-Bozeman barbeque, and we’d love to see ya.
It’s almost April – augh! I’m tired of school, winter in Bozeman lasts forever, and I don’t have a job yet. But only 44 more days until graduation!