August 9, 2009

Every Once in a Great While…

Posted in Ketchup, Pieces Parts at 11:43 pm by nedbun

you have to stop and realize that technology can and will prevent you from enjoying the simple things in life, most of which are free, that mean the most to you. That is if you stop long enough to realize it.

I’ve done a lot in the past month since I haven’t written, and I promise to provide many wonderful photos and stories to go along with them in the coming days. I just now unloaded my camera of 500 photos. That’s roughly 16 or 17 photos a day for the past month. Awesome.

The summer is coming to a close… I’m sad, but I can’t say that I didn’t do the things I wanted to do this time around. I had a blast and it went by quickly, but it was jammed packed with laughs and good times. 🙂

I got lucky with one of my little sisters for senior year; it appears as though we have a lot in common and we will get along great. The only trouble is I actually have two little sisters since there are about 25 of them and about 12 of us… I hadn’t thought about how many people we’ve lost in a while. Crazy stuff.

I am beginning to appreciate swag more and more because when you wear it to work people can’t judge you on what you’re wearing. Dress code for work was very different compared to last year, but since I had a whole bunch of swag it wasn’t much of a decision. I think I can do without the All Access thong…. it was free though!

I’ve attempted to go shopping several times this summer, and I have been wildly unsuccessful 99% of the time. It’s sad when you try to buy stuff when you really shouldn’t be spending money and you can’t because there’s nothing you like. It’s weird because I’ve found this to be true for quite some time now… Eventually I’m going to run out of black shirts and my jeans are going to rip. What will I do then?! Shit.

Daniel Spievak, who I went to high school with, is interning at Lionsgate’s marketing department near UCLA… what a small world! He says staying at UCLA is cool, but traffic really sucks. I think he needs to get out more. 🙂

Driving in the desert at night is probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. I will avoid that as much as possible in the future. I suppose that being on a boat in the middle of the ocean in pitch black darkness and not being able to see land anywhere would be scarier… I don’t anticipate finding out anytime soon.

You would think that a relatively large and well-known company like Orbitz would be able to afford to get more than one song to play while you’re on hold on the customer service line.. At least it was classical music and not a Jonas Brothers song, I guess.

The Prius commercials with the people dressed up as flowers and plants is really creepy. It’s a great idea and I think it was executed very well, but it’s disturbing for some reason. Maybe it’s the trippy music.

You know those people that are really miserable all the time? What’s their beef?! I can’t understand why said person is so angry all the time. What irritates me the most is the waste of intelligence due to poor attitude and work ethic. There’s nothing worse than someone with a great mind that never gets used to its full potential because nobody wants to work with them. Sad… I wish you would get over whatever is making you angry at EVERYONE.

Going back to school after this summer will be rough… Hopefully I won’t screw everything up like I did last year. I think I’m doing a much better job of having fun and relaxing than I did last year. Plus, I have plenty of time between moving back East and starting school, which I didn’t have last year. I guess this year I can’t use the excuse that I’m burnt out because I never stopped working. I’ll have to think of another reason why I’m screwing it all up.

I can’t decide if I want to come back to the West coast after I graduate… I really like it here, but I don’t know if I would want to live here for a long time or during the “winter.” I love to travel, but it’s kind of crazy to think of starting a life here and having all my family be 3,000 miles away. I guess I’ll have to continue to weigh my options.

I had a dream a few nights ago that I moved back home after I graduated because I couldn’t find a job, even at the mall. I’m terrified that I’ll graduate and not be able to support myself or find a job that won’t make me feel like I wasted four years of my life getting an education. Maybe I should go to bartending school like I planned to two years ago.

My financial aid got cut because I made too much money last summer… I was over the bracket by $500. Bummer. It’ll be a rough start to the year, but I’ll live. It can’t be that bad.

I’ve begun to keep my checkbook balanced at all times again. I don’t care if there’s online banking! It never reflects exactly how much money I have because the majority of purchases these days are authorizations so they take forever to clear. Either way, I like having an accurate snapshot of my account whenever I need it. It helps me avoid those $33 overdraft fees that banks love so much. I can live without that fee, trust me.

I missed shark week. Damn.

I’m really excited about this travel bag that I bought so I can keep it in my car for “emergencies.” It’s basically a sleep-over kit so if I have to stay somewhere unplanned I can be comfortable with my own stuff. It’s pretty awesome, but Tony doesn’t seem to share the same excitement about it as I do.

I finally got my laptop fixed! I now have a new display & bezel, new speakers, and a new topcase, which is basically a new computer with the same exterior shell as my old one. Sweet! The only thing is when I got it back I put in the new battery that I hadn’t opened since I got it for my birthday in April and it would randomly shut off whenever I moved it. Of course, I took it back to the store assuming it would be an easy fix. As it turns out, the numbnuts that changed my battery connector didn’t plug it in all the way so it was loose. As a result, whenever the computer was moved, it would wiggle loose enough to kill the power. Luckily, it was a quick fix and did not require re-sending my computer out. Great! Hopefully any other problems will arise before my Apple Care expires in October. I’m nervous about that.

I am very tan.

That is all.

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July 10, 2009

I don’t have a picture, but…

Posted in Pieces Parts at 9:08 pm by nedbun

This week I saw a CNC machine on a forklift. Let me rephrase that sentence a little bit. This week I saw a 25,000 pound CNC machine on a forklift. It was pretty awesome.

Yesterday, Mom told me that the University of Salamanca just turned 800 years old. Is that impossible to fathom or what?! Try it, and then realize that it’s only the 5th oldest University in the world. As you can imagine, she said they’re having quite the celebration.

I really need to see a doctor about my back, or get a really deep tissue massage. It’s been really irritating and it’s getting old very fast. If I sit down for too long, or stand for too long, my shoulder starts burning like crazy. I should probably take care of that…

Naps and I are not friends. I keep trying to mend our non-existent relationship, but it’s just not meant to be. No matter how long I’ve been asleep, short or long, I wake up feeling like I got run over and the rest of my day is ruined. Maybe when I’m older we’ll meet again and be friends.. maybe in another life.

I was watching the Breakfast Club on HBO the other night… Does anyone remember the ending to that movie? Isn’t it a little awkward to make out with someone whilst leaning on your parent’s car when they’re IN THE CAR coming to pick you up from Saturday detention? I mean… many people are more comfortable around their parents than I am, but that’s a little much, don’t you think?

Stamps are 44 cents. I don’t know if you know this, but it costs 44 cents for a first class stamp… Why? I have no idea. I just know that the post office likes pennies and I have a lot of them, but not 44 of them at once.

Tony and I had an extensive conversation this week regarding my extraordinarily pale legs. He spoke as if they were the palest he’d ever seen. I’m sure I could find someone with less pigment in their legs than me. I suppose I could do something about that, but he also mentioned that he didn’t mind because he prefers it when girls wear long pants rather than shorts… Touche.

I still remember how to divide, multiply, and factor polynomials… is that weird?

My alarm clock keeps stopping at the same time so if I want it to go off in the morning I have to reset the time every single night because it won’t run past 7:24 and 16 seconds. I opened it up to see if any of the wires were loose or anything, but no dice.

I think it’s weird that the guy who used to live in my room is an IATSE member and didn’t know that he couldn’t transfer his seniority from Texas to Los Angeles. Doesn’t everyone know that? He was number 837 on the wait list. Ouch. I’m glad I never want to be in that union.

I’m getting really sick of feeling like there are fleas crawling all over my body. While eating dinner tonight a flea jumped off the dining room table onto my arm.. I was not pleased in the slightest.

I had to re-book mom’s flight back from Spain, again. It’s starting to feel like flights from Salamanca to Barcelona are routinely canceled for fun.

I need to buy clothes soon. Definitely before school starts again, but preferably sooner.

I tried to barter with the tool room manager today. My attempt to trade a duplicate bathroom key and a 3/8″ to 1/2″ pipe fitting for his 1973 black Corvette Stingray was embarrassingly unsuccessful.

Tony’s brother, JJ, wants me to invite my roommates, who both have boyfriends, to his friend’s party tomorrow. I’m thinking I’ll lie and say they’re busy… It’s probably for the best.

A machinist at work invited me to go deep sea fishing. Sounds scary, but fun. We’ll see how that goes.

Next week my boss will be gone again.. he’s going white water rafting, but he didn’t invite me so I guess I’ll still show up to work. A bunch of stuff needs to ship for Lil’ Wayne, and from what I’ve heard the Production Manager is coming on Tuesday to look at everything before it gets put on a truck. Looks like I’ll have to pull this together and double check that my i’s are dotted and my t’s are crossed, twice.

Tomorrow, I’m going to the beach. Oh, yes. Hopefully, creepy guys won’t take pictures of me like they usually do when I go to the beach. We’ll see. 🙂