My Computer “Still At’ent Dead” And Other Thoughts

“I STILL AT’ENT DEAD”

My computer turned on again. And with the help of a friend in tech it’s actually partially restored to it’s former ability. Not completely, but it’s hobbled now rather than crippled or dead. Not only that, but my move and jobhunt are both over so I can be more consistent about putting actual, quality content up on this blog again. Because what good is doing 52 blog posts in a year if all of them are “sorry this is so short but I’m busy and doing this for routine without putting any heart into it?”

So let’s recap my last few weeks. I moved halfway across the country as you know, but due to circumstances I was unable to transfer my Gold’s Gym job. That was unfortunate as Gold’s Gym was a wonderful place to work with awesome people. So after a quick hunt I got a few jobs. One is scooping ice cream between now and the winter for a friend. The other is a fitness coach at an elite fitness club in Brookline, Massachusetts. So that was a stroke of extraordinary luck, wouldn’t you say? That said I am caught between checks like an extended version of the last three days of a bi-weekly pay cycle. Once that comes to an end everything is basically back to what passes for my normal.

As far as non-work stuff, I’ve caught up with a good deal of my friends but there are still a few outliers whose schedules I haven’t been able to mesh with yet. There was a party where I drank vodka as though it were beer, and several shows ranging from local bands like Aminals, Actor|Observer and The Shallow End Divers to the original metal legends, Black Sabbath. At my youngest brother’s urging I played Shadow of Mordor on his Xbox One and it was actually a good deal of fun. I borrowed The Zen of Screaming for a friend of mine and I watched it and am making decent progress at screaming well. As I’ve mentioned previously I have a short story in a physical anthology and I’m prepping for NaNoWriMo, especially now that my work life is settling down. There’s still a lot to do both for work and for everything else, but the chaos of my life is more of the magnitude I prefer, which is still present but not much that I can’t keep my head above water.

So I hope all y’all had and have a great week and I’ll be back to doing real blog posts next week, I hope!

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My Computer “Still At’ent Dead” And Other Thoughts

Operation KNITTING – Day 5 (Haha Get It?)

​Man, it’s getting harder to ignore politics but I am trying really hard to keep my nose out of it. But as they say, “brawl with a pig and you go away with his stink.” The old Norsemen had some solid wisdom.

And that wisdom has helped me pass through Day Four okay, despite the temptation to dwell in politics. I know only that today is a major milestone day in the elections, but I’m solid in my resolve to remain uninvolved beyond “Stop Donald Trump.”

Oh also this is Day Five. Anyone else hype for that show?

So I’ll hop on the positives real quick to get my mind farther from that circus.

1. I got Fable Anniversary in the mail today. I ordered it primarily with the Amazon gift card I got from my grandmother at Christmas. It is pre-owned, and while the box looks a little dinged the disc itself, overall, appears to be fine so here’s hoping it works!

2. Aminals play in Austin tomorrow! There’s some other SXSW stuff I’m hoping to do but that is the main thing and I am so damn excited for it!

3. My first unemployment check came today. Glad to say that as things stand it looks like it’ll be the first of only very few depending on when I start at the Ford place (or the other opportunity comes to fruition) but every little bit helps both before and after.

4. Back to the weather, it was like 90 degrees and sunny today as well, and it was magnificent. Flawless. It’s March 15th and it feels like the peak of Summer already as I understand it from the north. So this is exactly why I moved here.

5. It was just one of those days where I got a sight of myself in the gym mirror and realized that months and months of consistently working out means I actually look really good now. Not saying that in a braggy or conceited way, more in a “remap my brain to be able to see the good” way. My arms are getting thicker, my chest is getting better and my shoulders are more rounded. And dem calves, yo. Dem calves.

Okay, that’s that, I’m going to try and play Fable now, since Fable is awesome. People give it shit but I think it’s lovely.

Operation KNITTING – Day 5 (Haha Get It?)

Operation KNITTING – Another Day One Down!

​I got through another Day One! It’s definitely getting a lot easier to keep myself positive as I get more and more used to ​trying​ to think that way. And my reactions to negative events are getting a lot more controlled, a lot more normal and less extreme. So I’d call it progress even if my numerical day is still just “Day One.” 

Obviously, I’m still worried about the job thing. Very worried, if I’m being honest. But I have it under control now, and am using it to push myself instead of letting it weigh me down. Which I would also call an improvement.

I’m really tired now, so I’ll give a quick runthrough of some of the positives of the day as usual and then relax a little. 

1. I lit my kitchen on fire a little bit making cheeseburgers. It was absolutely hilarious and I only wish my camera was still going at the time, it made a great noise too. My hair didn’t even catch! (I’m not being disingenuous here, I thought it was funny).

2. I finally got around to cooking cheeseburgers in my apartment. It was a bit strange that I hadn’t done so since before I moved, so I rectified that by making some delicious burgers. I have enough of them to last me several days, as it happens. So I’m pretty thrilled about that since I love burgers and would gladly eat them and nothing else.

3. Thanks to LoZelda (who streams on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/rt_lozelda ) I finally had an excuse to head to Rudy’s when she had a community get-together there. No, yeah, you read that right. I’ve lived here since September and I still hadn’t been to Rudy’s. Hell, I still have Torchy’s on the to-do list, as well! That’ll come soon enough. I know I’m technically cheating because this happened yesterday, but it was after my last journal so I’ve decided to count it.

4. I did some math and, realistically, if I’m careful I’ll be fine. Without bogging y’all down with the numbers, between the final check from my old job, my tax refunds and the unemployment I qualify for (MA state unemployment is a bit weird, but I do qualify since my old job was there even though I worked remotely from Texas) I’ll be fine for a good while. I’m choosing to believe that by the time I would actually have to worry about it I’ll have another job ready to go. But even if I don’t I think, even if things are tight, I should actually be basically fine. 

5. SXSW is coming up soon! I’ve never been to one before but the boys from AMINALS are coming down from Boston and they are playing both a paid and free/unofficial event! On top of that there are a lot of free events, networking get-togethers and unofficial (read more free) metal shows. So I’m going to have a hell of a time!

Hope all y’all have a good night, see you on Day Two!

Operation KNITTING – Another Day One Down!