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August 17th, 2007

09:39 am - Of course I'm not posting from work. What makes you think that? [shifty eyes]

I don't think I've actually danced for over two weeks now (I suppose I could look at a calendar and figure it out exactly, but I'm too lazy). I'm gonna be hopeless when I get to Syracuse and start back at the Butler Academy; I mean, I'm out of shape enough already, but taking a hiatus this long isn't doing me any favors. Just when I was starting to get my front clicks down, too. Dang.

And I've really been hankering for some toe stands. Is that weird? Like, I have this physical longing to put on my hardshoes and do a couple of my woefully short-lived toe stands, just because. Mmm, or that one part in my second hornpipe step with the "and treble and toe down." Love that part, even if half the time I can't do it on the left foot.

Okay. It's Friday (last day of work thank goodness). I leave Sunday afternoon/evening. I haven't started packing yet. I need to get my passport (ouch--it's $127 for an expedited passport, which will still take about three weeks), run to Springs to see a few people, hang out with my family some more, do laundry, and go shopping. (I need socks. Also, new shoes. And maybe another pair of jeans if I can swing it.) I've gotten my bank business taken care of already, at least, but man. This is gonna be interesting. Heh. Fortunately, I'm not going to be taking nearly as much stuff as I normally would; it's mostly going to be my clothes, just a few books, my computer/camera/etc., stuff like that. Toiletries and drugs and a printer and another powerstrip and school supplies and such we'll pick up in Syracuse. I haven't quite decided what I'm going to do about my CDs; I don't have time, obviously, to import them all into iTunes (omg, sexy black 80GB iPod, best birthday present EVER), so maybe I just need to pare it down to the essentials and take those so I can rip them at my leisure. I dunno. Something.

Sigh. This summer really got away from me. It definitely had its bright spots (dude, Laura, you totally have to come back), but for the most part, it was kind of...stupid. Ech. I do think I'm ready to get back to school, and I absolutely can't wait to see everyone, but the end has just rushed up so quickly. Bah. Well, too late now to do anything about it. Lol.

Oh, and thank-you notes. Crap.
Current Mood: calmprobably too calm

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August 15th, 2007

12:56 pm - Aw.

So today was my last day at Karen's office. She gave me a Starbucks gift card ($50, holy crap) and took me to lunch at Wire Works (which, mmm), and hugged me when I had to leave for MTA.


(Somehow I doubt Mikal will do something similar when I peace out from MTA on Friday.)

Also, this morning, my mom came in before my alarm went off to say happy birthday, and when she was walking out of my room, she sort of stopped at the door, looked back, and said, "You're really old." Like, thanks, Mom, tell me something I don't know. Lol.

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August 13th, 2007

12:27 pm - Hmm.

Okay. So I leave in a week.


Heh, I'm so not prepared for this. I'm working until the end of this week, which isn't leaving me much time to run around and do all that last-minute stuff you always need to do. Also, I'm really, really over these jobs. I'm glad I had some sort of employment this summer, but I'm just...done. Ugh.

Laura leaves tonight (*sniff*) and Kristin leaves on Thursday (*sniff*), and, one way or another, I'm gonna be leaving next Monday. I guess I'll just have to deal. I mean, I'm excited to get to Syracuse and see everyone and all, but I'm just...not ready.

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July 31st, 2007

07:47 am
Whoops. Note to self: do not post comments containing potentially sensitive information on another's journal. Sorryyy dear.

In other news: ugh.

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July 17th, 2007

09:01 pm - To avoid another lengthy whine-fest, I will say only this:

Shut up, This Summer. You suck. You're lucky there are precisely three things left to look forward in you, or else we'd be through. Things which, I might add, you are already doing your best to make unnecessarily difficult. Hate.

...Seriously. I found myself longing for studio today, people. Not good.

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July 11th, 2007

04:55 pm
My boss is currently listening to conservative talk radio. I kind of really want to vomit.

Also, I haven't wrapped Aaron and Sean's birthday presents yet. Whoops.

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July 9th, 2007

02:06 pm
So my boss's dog had diarrhea. Right next to my desk. Awesome.

Three hours until I can leave. So long.
Current Mood: sickick

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July 1st, 2007

04:58 pm
Funny how something as simple as a surprise Sonic limeade can restore one's faith in the day.

Also, I am in love with Justin Glanville's voice. He randomly popped up on my Antje Duvekot station on Pandora today. Very tasty.

Annnd I don't have to work until Thursday this week. Hell YES.

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June 24th, 2007

08:22 pm - I'm whining. So sue me.

Today, before I drove to Springs with Kristin and kidnapped Hannah and sat on a hillside in Bear Creek Park and ate and talked and laid in the grass, I was having the crappiest day ever. And I don't even know why, is the thing. I felt fat and ugly and poor and all I had to look forward to for the rest of the summer was a load of boring, tedious work at two jobs I dislike, my room was (well, is) an absolute disaster, I was suddenly totally incompetent at relating to my family, and everything just sort of sucked.

The panini and the sun and the giggly conversation definitely helped balance me out a bit, but...man. I'm really just not happy with this summer. The job thing is utterly ridiculous; I mean, I started at MTA almost two weeks after I was supposed to, I still don't know how much I'm getting paid, and I don't want to clamber about the roof of the Ice House with a measuring tape--I'm scared of heights, okay, and crawling around in a disgusting, creepy, lightless basement isn't any better. I'm glad I have something, at least, to fill in the rest of my work week, but...ugh. And speaking of having to fill in hours, Dear Karen: I appreciate the fact that you're "in and out of the office" a lot, but nine hours a week? Is not an internship. And you haven't paid me yet. Love, Colin.

I just...I don't want the rest of this summer, which is short enough as it is, to consist of struggling to survive the week, trying to have a little fun during the weekend but feeling bad about it because I have so much to do around the house, and then scrambling to finish all my classwork on Sunday nights (*cough*) because everything else is killing me.

Blah blah blah I should be proactive blah blah blah optimismcakes.

...Whatever. I just want to get paid doing something that allows me to exercise even a shred of my creative ability, be able to sit, just sit, for a few hours with people I like without guilt-tripping myself, and generally stop being a total lame-ass. It would also help if I could find the time and/or energy to actually, you know, exercise a little bit and not be in such hideous shape.


In other, less whiny news, the feis (...two weekends ago, I think?) was a lot of fun. It was sort of weird having my family there--I'm used to flying solo at these things, so I was like "Dancing in front of my brother? Awkward." It was sort of cool walking Aaron through his first exposure to the feis scene, though. My soft shoe round wasn't all that great--since it's the first dance, my reel was kind of choppy, and I lost my balance pretty obviously at one point in light jig--but since I'd been working mostly on hardshoe beforehand, my treble jig and hornpipe felt pretty good. I was quite pleased (and actually kind of surprised) at my results: 2nd place in treble jig and light jig, 3rd place in reel and hornpipe. These were decently-sized competitions too, about fifteen or sixteen people, and the other (taller, skinnier, louder) guy in my comps only beat me in one dance (treble jig), so I must've been doing something right.

Now, apparently at the Bennett School, placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in all your Prizewinner-level competitions qualifies you for Preliminaries, but I'm pretty sure at Butler you have to get all firsts. I think with enough practice I could do fairly well in Prelims, but I'm going to give myself another shot at those firsts in Prizewinner at the CUIS feis in July. I'm going to practice, though, as if I were in Prelims--three reel and treble jig steps, two and a half hornpipe steps--just so I'm physically ready to move up if I get the spots I need. Oh man--the CUIS feis might get a little interesting, though. Like, half my extended family wants to come. Awkward. (Although that makes me want to practice even harder so I'll be extra-good.) I'll need Kristin there to, like, keep me sane.

Okay, I really need to get on my class. I have a week's worth of stuff to do and I have to get up for work tomorrow. Ugh.

(We had an absolutely gorgeous sunset tonight. East-coasters, you don't know what you're missing.)
Current Mood: crappybleh

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June 7th, 2007

01:52 pm - Okay, scratch that last entry. Sort of.

So I have another job. Finally. And I'll actually be working more than nine hours a week with this one. Woo.

I can't believe how ridiculous my search for employment has been this year. I've had so many possibilities just...fail. First, Jason Jacques fell through. Then I didn't get the El Pomar internship. Then AEP was like "Well, we'd like to have you back but I don't think we'll have enough work." Then Karen Vivoda decided that "part time" means "under ten hours a week," and "Oh, by the way, I'm not going to be here at all next week, so...sorry." Then Starbucks, haaate. And now I'm going to be doing god knows what for MTArchitects, but it's fine because Mikal's a nice guy and the Pueblo Ice House project is super cool.

Uggggggggggggggggh. Finally.

So now I can sort of get into some sort of rhythm for the rest of the summer, and maybe start actually doing some of those things I really wanted to do. If I have any energy left over. Sigh.

Pikes Peak Feis in less than two days. Eep.
Current Mood: tiredtired

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