mid-term review

Good god, the year is half over.

  1. Finish Old Chicago World Beer Tour.
    – 4 beers to go, which means I’ll finish the next time I’m home. Wall of Foam, here I come!
  2. Rate my entire mp3 collection in iTunes
    – I’m at around 40% despite adding a LOT of new music recently.
  3. Visit Boston.
    Check!
  4. Visit New York City.
    Check!
  5. Have a successful garden.
    – Check! though we haven’t had any vegetables yet – just lots and lots of wonderful herbs.
  6. Lose 10 pounds.
    – Check! kind of. I lost about 10-12 pounds but have regained a few of them, so after yesterday’s cookout piggery, I’m attacking this one with renewed focus.
  7. Maintain three months’ worth of bills in savings.
    – Nooo but I’m going to start a new budget with the next pay cycle, and I think that will help.
  8. Watch every Bond movie.
    – Falling down on the job on this one. Resolution tracking here.
  9. Get my car fixed.
    – Phil the Explorer has racked up well over a grand in repairs and diagnostic testing so far this year. The biggest bill of them all remains to be paid – he apparently needs a new computer. Personally, I’d rather spend the money on a new computer for ME, but Phil needs this so that we can sell him, so I’ll be ponying up in the next month or two.
  10. Be more like Leslie.
    – I don’t know if this is something that can be measured, but I’m trying.
  11. See two movies in the theatres each month.
    – I’ve seen 10 movies total, so I’m behind schedule by about two months. There are a bunch of things out right now that I want to see, though, so hopefully Keem and I can beat the heat in the theatres over the next couple of months.

Had a fun cookout yesterday. I made zucchini carpaccio salad and my mom’s warm potato salad. SB made eclair cake, which we spent all day sneakily nibbling on (and still have a large amount left over). Richard brought brains! We skipped the fireworks and were in bed by 10:30 after a long day of homework, cooking, and cook-out-ing. Fabulous.

A long week already

Let me just tell you that closing-opening-closing-opening will wear on you. I worked 6-12:30 Sunday night, then went out for drinks for Kim’s birthday, meaning I didn’t get to bed until 2ish. Monday I worked 8:30-5:15, watched a few minutes of kickball, then worked 6-12:30, THEN took my car into the shop, getting to bed again around 2. Tuesday I worked 8:30-4, and then, by the grace of Ron, went home at 4 and took a nap. Yawn. I needed it. This is how two jobs will wear me down – not with the busyness, but with the physical exhaustion.

I gave my unofficial notice at work on Monday. I was worried that they’d be super pissed, but Mandy said she was expecting it – they called to check my reference last week. My last day at the bank will be June 4 – and I couldn’t be more pleased. Will I be sad to leave here? No. Will I miss the people I work with? Some of them. Will I miss my customers? Probably. But it’s fine. The ones I really like I can still visit.

I had my pre-employment physical at Carle this morning – I forgot to drink anything, so they had a wicked time finding my veins, but I survived. It will be strange going from being a face to a number again, but the anonymity is good too.

Finally got my car fixed. Shawn and I dropped it off Monday night after work – that was a debacle. I had misheard or misread the name of the service center, so in the middle of the night we were driving around looking for G&K service center, not TK. We eventually found it, and we picked the car up last night. My car is so much happier with the new belts, and I’m happier because it didn’t cost as much as I thought it would.

24 was freaking great last night – I can’t believe there’s only one episode left! There are rumours of a fourth season in the works – that would be interesting, but they need to get some fresh faces. At least certain people are dead and deffo won’t be around again…

Right now I feel a little like shit, and a little like my head might explode. My seasonal allergies have been punching me in the face, and the long hours and short sleeps haven’t helped. It usually goes this way – my allergies act up, then I don’t take care of myself, then I get dehydrated, then I get sick. I’m hoping to nip this one in the bud, though.

I’ve been reading a lot, though not as much as I’d like. I need to post to the book club site soon, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I did, however, complete one of my resolutions by finishing The Chronicles of Narnia.

A few odd moments lately – moments of joy and depression, of separation and remembrance. Eva’s first anniversary was a year ago Monday, and that was strange for me. Monday night Sarah and Hannah and Shawn came to see me at work – watching them play games and read and laugh together apart from me made me feel like I was watching their life before I was a day-to-day part of it – the time together with friends, when the three of them were so very close. How much has changed in a year. And there have been times of intense happiness in the last week, and times of intense depression. I’m hoping the job change will alleviate some of the stress that has been causing the depression, but it’ll take more than that to fix everything. And maybe wisdom is learning when it’s best to just live with the unfixable.

For now, though, it’s almost time to go home. Tonight is the last episode of regular man’s Law & Order with Jerry Orbach, so that’s a definite must-see. I just want to relax and not think about money or goings-away or my body for a bit. I think that’s an OK request for the night.