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Snooze   
10:36pm 05/03/2010
  I was minding my own business mid morning yesterday. I was a little late that morning and I was reflecting on that and decided that the only recourse is to just get up when my alarm rings the first time. Then I would have plenty of time to do whatever I needed to do in the morning and still get to work on time, just like that quarter in high school when I would roll out of bed and stay out of bed right when my alarm rang. That's when it hit me. The snooze button is not my friend. It never has been my friend. It probably will never be my friend. All these years when I would hit the snooze button for another 5-10 minutes of sleep has not done be any good. It's only created mad rushes in the morning as I tried to do everything that needed doing before leaving for my destination. The snooze button has only caused anxiety and tardiness in my life. I feel so betrayed.
That being said, I hit the snooze button twice this morning and I was late for work again.
 
     

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Dublin Trip 2009   
02:04pm 25/12/2009
  Out of curiousity, I'm trying to see if I can actually finish a trip blog. So, here's my go at it. It's really just edited notes I jotted down while on the go. Pictures will have to come later since I lent LeeEv to someone else and part of the pictures are there.

Day 1
20091221 11:02PST
At the gate waiting to board. I got through baggage check and security in a fairly short amount of time when you consider that all the lines for seemingly all airlines were out the door and down the sidewalk. The security line for AA was probably the worst that I saw. It went from the AA terminal out the door, down the sidewalk all the way to the Delta terminal, then doubled back on itself all the way back to the AA terminal entrance.
Bfast this morning was two dark chocolate creme Tim Tams. Probably my favorite so far. The other ones I've tried are the normal chocolate cremes and caramel.
Early lunch of squished leftover alfredo garlic chicken pizza from last night and an exorbitantly priced bottle of water while waiting to board. No, I am not surprised at the cost of the water. I may regret not bringing Tupointo on this trip though.

13:55PST
On the plane and unfortunately, this one doesn't have the personal entertainment things. In-flight movie is Four Christmases. I HIGHLY DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE. I was hoping to watch Up again on the flight. No such luck.

20:27EST
Just found out that we lost one of traveling companions. I'm saddened. Also, I've got an hour to the next flight and we have not yet disembarked. We aren't even at the gate yet. Apparently, it's quite slippery outside so they're going extra slow.
Having gotten on the plane for the second leg of my flight, it seems that the flight was overbooked because of the delays. The airline wasn't expecting a connecting flight to make it in time and sold those seats. However, the flight did make it and some seats are now double booked. Hour+ delay. Whee.

20091222 11:49GMT
Dinner: airline teriyaki chicken like thing.
Bfast: airline blueberry muffin and banana.
Immigration: VERY friendly and curteous.
I am liking Ireland thus far.
I have also learned that RyanAir is a very annoying airline to fly with but people put up with it because they are so much cheaper than other airlines, my phone does not want to register itself on a network here nor unlock so I can use a local SIM card, the SIM card I just purchased is rather useless to me, and the formula for Irish Coke is not the same as US Coke.
 
     

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Wow   
08:52pm 11/10/2009
 
mood: accomplished
I'm feeling rather accomplished. My desk is clean in the first time for...months, maybe even years. I mean, it's really clean. I've finally fully migrated to LeeEv. nikOs is off the table now. I'm not entirely sure what to do with him, unfortunately. He's just packed away for the time being. The spare bed is mostly clean. The floor is also clean. It's nice.
I still have the blinds and windowsill to dust. And all the stuff we keep on the bookshelves. I really need to get me some bookshelves with doors.
But um...yay! Writing space!
 
     

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Make him stop   
09:25am 28/09/2009
  I can't take it today. Why can't someone make him stop??  
     

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True story...   
09:16am 28/08/2009
  We recently remodeled the front yard so that half of it is walled off from the street. My mother then proceeded to plant flowers and such along the inside of the wall, facing the house, as one of her hobbies is gardening. Since the front yard is walled, I feel ok about letting the dog run out there sometimes. It's not like she can do much damage in our own yard. That apparently is untrue. You see, my dog is secretly a horse.
The first time I let her out in the front yard, she was quite happy, as she didn't used to get to play in the front of the house that often. So she went exploring, as dogs do, and went over to sniff at the flowers my mother had planted. I wasn't paying that much attention to her, but out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw her try to take a bite out of one of the blossoms. Wait...what? By the time I had fully focused on her, she had already wandered off and was exploring other parts of the yard. I figured I was just seeing things as it didn't look like any of the flowers were missing. At any rate, I shooed her inside and that was the end of it.
But this continued to happen when I would let my dog into the front yard. It would always seem like she was taking bites out of the flowers out of the corner of my eye and I was never quite fast enough to actually catch her in the act. The flowers never seemed to diminish in number, so I always thought I was just imagining things.
Finally, I decided I would just watch her the entire time she was out in the front yard. I mean, seriously, am I always imagining my dog eating flowers in the front yard? How ridiculous is that? She's not a horse. Why would she be interested in flowers? So, I let the dog out into the front yard again. She again went exploring to see whay might have changed from the last time she was out there. She paused by the flowers, this time by the tree in the middle of the yard, and then she proceeded to eat one of the blossoms and ran off. Wait...what? She really ate one of the flowers! Moderately horrified at what my dog horse had done, I shooed her back inside the house and made sure my mother hadn't seen what had happened. If she would ask, I would just blame the rabbits. I would hide the identity crisis my dog was having to try and spare her the shame and ridicule.
Since that incident, my dog hasn't really been too interested in the flowers in the front yard when she's out there. She seems much more interested in trying to open the gate to run out toward the street and to play. I thought maybe she's realized she is a dog after all. Until I caught her taking furtive bites out of the leafy tops of the vegetables my mother grows in the backyard. Sugh.
 
     

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And they all died horrific, horrific deaths...   
02:47pm 27/08/2009
  The things you do at work...
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Cheddar noodles?   
01:52pm 18/08/2009
  I had no idea they had such things. Cheddar cheese yakisoba? That sounds really gross.
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On aging   
10:46am 04/08/2009
  As one gets older, one becomes more set, settled, and occupied. Ok, I can accept that, at least in theory. Through observation you can already tell that older folk are less flexible than the younger. But what about me as I get older? I can't imagine being like...my parents, say. Or a bunch of my coworkers. And yet, here I am noticing that I'm becoming more and more AR, inflexible and unwilling to change or compromise. WTF?
I notice it most when I'm proofreading. Any writing style different from my own is now automatically wrong. It bothers me TREMENDOUSLY when obvious details are missed or incorrect. Um, hello? The area code for this region changed YEARS ago. You obviously didn't bother even to look at what was written otherwise you would have caught it. How about that header? Didn't you notice that it was missing ON A WHOLE SECTION?? WTH? What kind of wording IS that?
I always thought I would just skip this phase in life. Maybe I'd stay young and immature forever. At least, I never gave it any serious consideration. I guess young people never really do. But, now I am. Does that mean I'm an old people now? What happened to my perpetual immaturity? I've always matured (psychologically) slower than my peers. What happened that I was suddenly catapulted into middle agedness while still retaining my angsty teen ways? Is this even possible?
This whole situation is highly disturbing to me. The only redeeming thing is that I realize it's happening. Maybe this means I can stave it off for awhile longer forever. I don't want to grow up. As if this whole working thing and responsibility thing isn't bad enough, I have to become old (psychologically), inflexible, and AR too? HIGHLY displeased.
 
     

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What I realized...   
11:53pm 03/08/2009
 
mood: blah
I seem to suffer some symptoms of misophonia. But, I only suffer from misophonia when I'm around certain people. Obviously, what ails me is not misophonia but intolerantstupidfatUSianism. This should go into the DSM IV, or whatever edition they're on now.
 
     

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Porting to LeeEv   
07:55pm 30/07/2009
  I've done it. I've pretty much migrated everything I needed to LeeEv. After the arrival, sending back, rearrival, swapping out keyboards, and sending the old keyboard back, LeeEv is now my full time computing system. nikOs has been great. I haven't really had any major problems with him. But he's been starting to slow down a lot and after two blue screens this month, it was time to reformat again. Also, nikOs is just too slow to run certain applications now. Poor nikOs. I really like him. I'm uncertain what to do about him right now. He's still a fully functional laptop and in pretty good condition considering that he used to go everywhere with me. Except Egypt. I decided it wasn't worth losing him. I only had maer with me then...which ended up being fine anyway, since I was working 14 hours days the whole time I was there. So yeah. Say hi to LeeEv. I suspect pictures will come. If I stop being lazy and actually port them from the phone.
Oh, one more thing. I could get used to Vista on pretty much everything EXCEPT how they play with my keyboard settings and I CANNOT find a way to fully disable that function. FREAKING...YES I MEANT TO TYPE THOSE LETTERS IN A ROW!!
 
     

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