of the Month: Linkin
Park - Crawlin (the Mike Shinoda remix)
June 28, 2008 -
got married today- aside from a few minutes of
sprinkling in the morning it was a great day.
Last night we had a rehearsal, rehearsal dinner,
and then set up the reception hall (at the VFW),
Motoko, David and Abuna helped us too- we were
at that till about midnight. Carrie was freaking
out the morning of the wedding, but that tends
to be her default mood most of the time anyway...
my wedding role was very peripheral (and I was
happy for that!) All I had to do was usher Mom
in at the start... and I had to go and let the
DJ and caterer in to the wedding hall and logistical
things, that and take some pictures at the reception.
Carrie had a photographer that was shooting the
wedding and the cake cutting , but after that
they left so only took pictures later in the night.
June 26, 2008 -
returned to work today from vacation so I showed
off the new car to him- I really had been looking
forward to taking him for a drive cause I think
he thought like Teresa that I'd never buy a new
car. I'm really starting to feel more comfortable
driving it, I love the sound system, it's just
a cool car all the way around.
wedding is Saturday so tomorrow is the rehearsal-
I don't have a part in the ceremony, which I'm
glad for, but I know I'll probably have to do
a lot of other things- always lots of things to
do. I think tomorrow I might come home early and
help out, wash my car too.
life feels like it has been in complete flux for
the last month, and I find difficult to explain.
It seems I only sleep five to six hours each night,
sometimes less... never more. I know Facebook
has something to do with that as I've been talking
more online with friends I've made recently and
throughout school and this has kept me from going
to bed at a reasonable hour quite often. The car
also is a big part of it; through so much of it
I felt like it was Christmas Eve and I had a present
under the tree- there's that sense of anticipation
and excitement that raises your adrenaline which
makes sleep seem somewhat unnecessary and impossible.
For a long time I've stuck to an orderly and safe
path in life where change was an enemy, and now
I feel things have changed; It's not the contacts,
it's not my nifty new sunglasses, not the car
either- It's me.
June 25, 2008 -
was really scared tonight! I had a great day showing
off the new Scion on it's first day out and about,
but when I turned the car on a "MAINT REQD"
light blinked several times at me. It went off...
and I was quite concerned.. and then half-way
home it came on and stayed on. I had only a mild
panic that something was wrong... and was progressively
getting worse. So I got home and read the manual
and it said that that meant it was time to change
the oil so I called Geoff, and he said he changed
it just 200 miles ago, so I googled a bit and
found out how to turn it off.... it's mostly just
a reminder that goes off slightly before each
5,000 mile mark.
June 24, 2008 -
24 and that means it is Teresa's birthday! This
year Teresa and Nikaela had a joint party at MaryLou's
house to celebrate both of the 30th birthdays.
There was a tropical theme, a moon bounce, shish
kabobs, and great fun. I think the highlight of
the evening was when Murl got in the moon bounce
with Teresa and sent her flying in a completely
June 23, 2008 -
encountered an inordinate number of wasps today.
This morning in the bathroom I heard a mysterious
buzzing and I couldn't figure out what it was.
There was a wasp in the light fixture- and it's
enclosed, so it came from inside the ceiling somehow!
I left the light on so it couldn't figure its
way back out and it died. Craig: 1, Wasps: 0.
At work in the afternoon I encountered my second
wasp- it nearly attacked a co-worker by the copy
machine who came running to my office (okay, I
can understand when they come to me when the electronic
stapler breaks... it plugs in and has a blue light,
but pest control is not in my job description!)
I kid though; I really like being a person that
people ponder can be of assistance no matter what
the emergency. This wasp met its end by being
shoed to death (not in the manner of "Shew
wasp, don't bother me" but in a "I shall
beat you with my shoe". Craig: 2, Wasps:
0 -a bad day for wasps.
I'm sure I did other good deeds at work, but the
focus of rest of my day was picking up the Scion!
Teresa took me out to Ottawa and I drove the new
car home! Then she drove me back to Topeka so
I could drive the other car back home... quite
a few miles I traversed, and so much gas! I filled
up Teresa's car for being so nice.. and then new
car was nearly out... and I know the old car is
going to need filled up tonight... $150 in gas
in two days really hurts!
June 17, 2008 -
work... immediately after work Teresa & I
went to Ottawa to look at the 2008 Scion tC I
found on autotrader- Though it's been garaged
they parked it out in the driveway
for us to see when we drove up.... Oh, it looked
awesome! We took it for a test drive... it has
a manual transmission which I'm not very accustomed
to, but I didn't have any problems driving it.
The last time I drove a manual was like ten year
ago, and not for any extended time. I think it's
a pretty good deal... I meandered the car lots
(on Sundays when the dealers are away) and I've
seen similar ones going for $20,000, and those
did not have a lot of the options that this one
has. They are still paying it off, the couple
that was selling it was doing so for their son
who joined the navy, and
since Toyota had the title there really wasn't
much that I could do tonight so I came home only
with some photos.
my host sister, had a baby boy! She got married
early last year and moved to a city near Fukuoka
on Kyushu. She named him Junsei.
left on vacation to California and won't return
until next Wednesday, so I'm on my own for a while.
It was a very good day though, we got several
things resolved before he left for the day and
I got my annual evaluation- seems I'm doing an
okay job, and people seem to value my assistance,
so it was a positive evaluation.
June 16, 2008 -
of fun today!!! In the morning I went to the optometrist
and got contacts again. I've worn glasses for
a number of years and I was quite ready to be
rid of them. After that I went with Teresa to
get new tires and eat lunch. After lunch Teresa
got a call from Chipotle that her burritos were
all ready... We got twenty comped burritos for
people at work, which we were supposed to get
tomorrow- but they made them a day early on accident
so we went and got them and just put them in the
refrigerator at work.
lunch I went with the Library Archives division
on a Capitol Dome tour. The historical society
runs a gift shop and the dome tours at the Capitol.
When you're in the Capitol and look up you see
a glass inner dome, above that is the exterior
dome, and lots of stairs up to the cupola on top
which you can go up and walk around outside.
fear I probably didn't get too much work done
today; Teresa, Bob & I went to see the Incredible
Hulk in the evening- Teresa thought it was the
greatest movie ever! I thought it was certainly
a good movie, but I don't know if I'd consider
it the greatest.
June 13, 2008 -
Russert died this afternoon from a heart attack
at the age of 58. I religiously watch Meet the
Press and think that Russert was the best political
journalist out there.
got a package from TigerDirect today with RAM
I ordered for various people and my new 8GB flash
drive... It's a Transcend with a retractable USB
port, which is way cooler than one with a cap.
I have a 1GB red one that I've had for years and
it's been through flash drive hell and back. I've
sent it through the washer and the dryer (and
it came out pipe'n hot!) and it's be dropped and
stepped on, now it's held together with tape,
but it still works like the day I got it so I
pondered this one would be good too. I have a
4GB one as well, but every now and then it's just
not big enough for everything I want to take.
and I played tennis tonight again and my winning
season continues! I'm getting pretty darned good
at serving too!
was the end of the first half of season four of
BSG, with them arriving at Earth and our questions
were answered just what sort of Earth they would
arrive at. It was also revealed that the final
Cylon was not in the fleet- which leads me to
think that it was someone that was killed; Admiral
Cain, Cally, or Ellen Tigh.
June 12, 2008 -
was a MarioKart lunch and today I was victorious
again! With Matt's help... well.. he told me how
to do mostly everything, I got CRDNAS1 (Cultural
Resources Division Network Attached Storage) server
to auto-convert raw digital camera images into
tif files- there still are a few bumps, but it's
mostly good to go for production work.
night a tornado went through Manhattan. I woke
up just seconds before the sirens went off here...
I had just enough time to look at the alarm clock
before they began. It was raining outside, but
it wasn't overly windy- I'm normally too nervous
about bad weather, but the power went out, and
since there didn't seem any reason for it to go
out, other than something that was on it's way
that could have done so I did find it a little
weekend Teresa, Bob & I had a cookout on Teresa's
patio- I think I impressed them both with my yummy
taters.... We spent the rest of the night playing
June 7, 2008 -
gave her concession speech this afternoon and
she a very good job I felt. She threw her support
behind Obama, and now the real campaign can begin!
While I watched the speech I did some origami...
I repaired one that got dripped on at work, and
made this one.
think the only thing of note that I did today
was to paint one of the porches, after that was
nap time, then I gave the porch a second coat,
walked on the treadmill for just one episode of
DS9. A good day.
June 3, 2008 -
Teresa & I went and played with the Cultural
Resources Division (at least the HPO side since
Archeology is conducting their field school right
now) in a cut-throat game of bowling. It's been
at least a couple years since I've been, and I
did quite well! I got several strikes and scored
June 1, 2008 -
morning I slept in until 8:00, though I didn't
go to bed until after 1, it still seemed like
more sleep than I've gotten in weeks. It was a
basic no-plans Sunday for me; I walked (at a pace
just short of jogging) on the treadmill and watched
two episodes of Deep Space Nine which took me
nine miles and then I listened to Linkin Park
and ran another two miles before the treadmill
automatically shutdown since I had been on it
for 99 minutes, 99 seconds. I guess it ponders
no one should use it longer than that. I spent
the afternoon chatting and messing around with
Facebook- it's really quite addictive and amazing
how people can come out of the woodwork.