Monday, October 16, 2017

versace on the floor

I didn't get up early enough this morning - I blame the residual adjustment to Pacific time + the fact that I didn't go to bed until 1am. So, I didn't make it into the office until ten, which means I missed breakfast, which meant I had to have cereal to get me through to lunch, which was more carbs than I'm used to eating in the morning. Yes, I'm already spoiled.

But I had a good day at the office - a couple of meetings, lunch with someone I'm going to be working with, and a little downtime in the middle of the day to figure out my car insurance situation (verdict: after an entirely unsatisfying call with my insurance agent, who has always been supremely unhelpful and somehow didn't get that I was moving to Colorado despite me saying 'Colorado' multiple times, she told me that she couldn't help me move and that I should just find an Allstate agent in Colorado and they would help me get everything transferred over....so I dumped Allstate and got a couple of quotes and went with American Family instead. Too bad, so sad, Allstate!). I also answered a bunch of emails, which has become my life.

I peaced out around six and stopped at Whole Foods, where it was too late for me to be buying groceries since I was already ravenous. So I bought some Indian food from the buffet and ate that in the cafe area, then bought groceries so I can cook dinner tomorrow. Then I came home and took care of online tasks with my newly-minted internet while watching a couple of episodes of Project Runway on my other screen. And then I had a 9:30-10pm call with someone in India, which is why I felt no shame over getting to the office at 10am today (not that I would have felt shame even without that).

But now I'm going to trim my bangs (ill-advised at this time of night, but the situation is dire) and go to bed - goodnight!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

we could wave until the walls come down

I spent almost all day taking care of tings around the apartment, which means that I finally have internet. This required some effort, since the setup process required hooking into the router with an ethernet cable, and of all the laptops and chromebooks and other devices I have, none of them have an ethernet port. Lol. But I acquired an ethernet-to-USB converter, and I got my wifi hooked up, and I promptly used it to listen to 'Despacito' on repeat, which probably means I don't deserve internet.

Beyond the internet, the rest of the day was great. I woke up at 9:30, got my coffeemaker set up, and enjoyed my coffee while talking to Aunt B. I also made an omelette (with garlic salt, since I couldn't find my sea salt), did like five loads of laundry, measured all sorts of things in the apartment, and eventually went to Container Store, where I got a bunch of shoe racks on the last day of their shelving sale (which I'm sure will start again in two weeks, but I succumbed to the lure of the discount).

Then I came home, talked to my parents, and went out again to run some more errands and eat dinner at Chipotle, and then spent the last four hours folding clothes, collapsing boxes, organizing things, etc., etc. And now I'm watching the first episode of this season of Project Runway (which I'm ten episodes behind on) on one laptop screen while typing this on the other - someday I will have a tv again, and while I usually don't watch tv, I'm weirdly excited to get back into tv again. Yeah, I know, my life has taken a total 180 in the last two months. I'll examine that fact later...for now, it's time for bed. Goodnight!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

you know grey is my favorite color

I had a long day, although it wasn't particularly out of the ordinary - my new second home is the Denver/SFO flight, so I should get very very comfortable with that route in the next few months. I've got three more trips planned to SF between now and the end of the year...so my plans to escape California forever seem to have hit some snags.

I woke up this morning and dallied a bit as I was getting ready, but I still made it to the airport and returned my rental car with enough time to grab a quickish breakfast before boarding. I spent the flight reading THE MADWOMAN UPSTAIRS and trying not to vomit - the book itself had nothing to do with my nausea, although reading it while dealing with more turbulence than usual (which is saying something, since Denver almost always has turbulence) was probably ill-advised.

When I landed in Denver, I picked up my luggage, took the v. v. long shuttle ride to my offsite parking, and then drove towards Boulder. I didn't come home first, though - instead I stopped at Crate and Barrel and bought some pillows to jazz up my new couch (verdict: I love them!). I also got some new stemmed wine glasses, a couple of plates/bowls to get me through the next couple of weeks (which match what I already have), and a couple of new knives since mine are all fairly cheap and not particularly good. I was all excited to start cooking tomorrow, but then I realized that if I wanted to make a lot of things, I would also need measuring spoons, hot mitts, spatulas, tongs, possibly other pans than the couple that I have here, etc., etc....so I should probably slow my roll on the cooking and just eat takeout for the next ten days until my stuff gets here.

But I at least have the right stuff to make scrambled eggs and coffee, so I'll survive. After Crate and Barrel, I came home, turned up the heat, briefly verified that everything still looked good, and then went to Modern Market to grab something to eat. I also finished the book I was reading on the plane - it was good and I think (?) I enjoyed it, and yet I found it pretty irritating, possibly because the narrator was irritating. I also didn't believe the ending, but since the whole premise of the book included whether you can trust narrators, maybe I wasn't supposed to. Idk, ymmv.

Then I went to Whole Foods to get eggs and milk, and Target to get a spatula (only one!) and another pillow for my bed, and then I came home and took care of a variety of sundry tasks until now. And now I must sleep - goodnight!

Friday, October 13, 2017

lost frequencies

Today went about as well as it could have gone. I met my movers at my storage unit just before 9:30am, and it all went super smoothly - which makes sense, since everything was packed up and ready to go. One of the two guys had moved me before, which was pretty funny - weirdly, I'm kind of sad that I'll never run into any of these movers again, since I always had a great experience with them. However, the mover dude followed me on instagram at the end - he's also a painter, so I followed him back, which I guess means I'll still be connected to him even though the chances that he'll move my stuff again are slim to none.

sssanyway. They loaded up all my stuff while I answered work emails on my phone. Then we all drove to Oakland, where they moved everything into two shipping containers, which will be delivered to Colorado in 5-7 business days. It was a little surreal to see things carried past me that I haven't seen or potentially thought of in ten months - and it made me that much more excited to unpack it all when it finally arrives. Someday soon, I will be a real adult again - and I don't know for sure how I feel about that, but I'm 85% excited and 15% wishing I was lazing in a hammock waiting for my next massage.

They wrapped up everything a little before two, which was perfect timing since I had a meeting I didn't want to miss - which, thanks to the marvels of modern technology, I took as a videoconference from my laptop, which was hooked up to my mobile hotspot while I was sitting in a Home Depot parking lot. As far as meeting places go, this was not convenient, but I got it done. Then I took my leftover rachet straps and extra lock back to Home Depot, then drove to my hotel, where I promptly took a nap. Then I answered some work emails, repacked my suitcase, and had a long, leisurely dinner/journaling session in the hotel restaurant - I probably should have made contact with at least one friend, but friendship has to wait when I'm feeling this much like a hermit.

And now, after watching some meaningless tv (including a truly stupid episode of some show where some idiot was hunting werewolves in Romania and only made it look interesting by doing it in the dark with night vision camera equipment), it's time for bed - I'm flying back to Denver tomorrow, provided that the smoke from the fires doesn't keep me grounded. Goodnight!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

case the grounds from the cascades to puget sound

Too tired to blog - I worked allllll day, went to philz to stock up on coffee beans (I don't trust Boulder yet), went to Home Depot to get rachet straps for my move (I also bought a lock and rope, so I expect to end up on a Criminal Minds episode), switched hotels (to the Westin SFO, which is serviceable enough), and had dinner while answering a hundred-plus work emails (if you're waiting for a personal email, keep waiting :(

And now I need to sleep - goodnight!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

it's the sun that burns, it's the wheel that turns

It smells like death in Northern California - which is more accurate than I would wish to be, since the particulates in the air and the grim haze that hangs over our heads come from thousands of homes and an unknown number of lives lost. I'm a hundred miles from the fires, but the winds that are fanning the flames are also carrying the smoke south, so strongly that by this afternoon, even the inside of my well-insulated, well-purified office building smelled like a campfire. 2017 was already feeling apocalyptic, but adding visible death to the air certainly hasn't helped things.

sssanyway. I've stopped checking my favorite wineries' facebook pages for updates, since it's useless, superfluous, and also so fucking elite to care about the wineries at this point. But I've had so many great times in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, and I hope enough survives that they can bounce back quickly....

sssanyway again. I had a long day that was completely full of meetings - I had fifteen free minutes from 9:00 to 4:30, which, it turns out, is not enough time to actually do any work. But my meetings were good, etc. After my calendar freed me from my bonds, I sat around and did actual work for a couple of hours, and then I adjourned to Shana Thai, where I had a solo date with some pad see ew and my bullet journal. This one is my work version, which is not nearly as colorful (yet - I'm waiting to show them the full extent of my madness) - but I went through my first few weeks' worth of notes and migrated important things forward, which really helped me to clarify my thoughts and priorities.

Yes, I've fallen headlong back into corporate whoredom. I expect this will die down once I get settled in Boulder and can develop more of a personal routine/life, but for now, I'm weirdly enjoying it.

And now I must sleep - goodnight!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

this shouldn't concern you

I'm super tired - I didn't get enough sleep last night, and I had a long day of doing mostly nothing at work (the third time going through orientation is pretty boring, it turns out). But I had lunch by myself to regain my energy (bad newbie!), and I spent some quality time after training visiting Eugene, who was quite entertaining.

Then I had dinner with Joann and Jen - were are now all officially working at the same place got the first time in like a decade, so we can actually talk about stuff without confidentiality getting in the way. Not that that matters... We mostly talked about travel, weddings, puppies, and other life updates. Luckily I'll probably see them pretty regularly since I'll be in California fairly often, so that's one silver lining to the amount of travel I have to do.

But now sleep is imperative - goodnight!