helikedmyshoes: (tori + king solomon's mines)
I'm still alive! We had friends in town this weekend so there was much drinking with just a hint of debauchery, and now it's back to the grind at work and I should be in bed now so that's where I'm going. Just wanted to say that I have been trying to keep up with everyone, even though I haven't been commenting and all that jazz, and that I hope everyone is well!
helikedmyshoes: (the office + the favorite)
TIRED.

Work sucked. $34 is not okay with me. Please don't let this be my entire January.

The fam is gone. It was really nice having them. The house is very quiet. I think I need to curl up in bed and put my sleep mix on my iPod and decompress.

Just be.
helikedmyshoes: (the office + hat fm)
I love days off.

I am in the process of cleaning my house. It feels good, it really needed it. I've been lazy and just been vacuuming (I have hardwood floors) and they really needed a good mop. Especially now with the kittens, I'm going to have to get better about cleaning.

Speaking of kittens, they are adorable. Having some problems with getting to use the litter box, though. They're pooping in it no problem but they've been peeing elsewhere. Specifically, my bed. Yeah, that was real pleasant. I moved them into the bathroom last night and when I cleaned the box out this morning they'd peed in it so maybe they're finally getting the hang of it. Currently they are passed out under the pillows on the futon. I could die of the cuteness.

Speaking of cuteness, please click here to see the cutest thing I've seen in a long time (second only to kittens!). Seriously, does that not make your heart melt?

Adam's dad came to visit for the past few days. They went to the Bears game on Sunday and Monday we got pizza and cookies and watched Hollywoodland, then yesterday we went to Target so Dan could buy Adam things (parents are the best), and I hit PetSmart for some more kitty essentials. We went to see The Brave One in the afternoon, which I really enjoyed, and then got subs and came home to watch Hot Fuzz. Lazy days. I love it.

Not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. At least next week I'll get 3 days off as Comcast is coming in the afternoon to install my DVR on Monday so I won't be able to work. I'll miss the extra $50 but oh well. Then Rob is coming out to visit Monday night! His girlfriend Sue is coming out for work and he's tagging along as he is jobless at the moment. It'll be great to see him again, I can never have too much Rob in my life. Beer pong is already planned. And then next Friday is my birthday! I can't believe it's nearly here. Crazy. I'm getting old.

I want to leave off with something profound or witty or both but I'm drawing a blank.
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I have to be up in 4 hours to go pick up my parents from the airport.

Why am I not in bed?
helikedmyshoes: (misc + signs + post no bills)
A quick update, with more to come later.

+ I passed all my tests last Thursday at Bandera, waited on the GM, did a great job, and finished my training. We worked out my schedule, right now I will be working Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday lunches with the ability to pick up weekend night shifts once they feel I can handle it. I had my first shift yesterday. I had three tables and walked with $18. This is what happens when it is -25 outside.

+ My friends came in to town for the weekend and we had a blast and I did not want them to leave. Barrington, the Oak, karaoke at Trader Todd's, the Art Institute, the cold, the drinking. I miss them all terribly.

+ It's been below 0 here for days and days. People are not meant to live in this kind of cold. I have stayed in the house as much as possible, thank god for free heat.

+ Adam and I finally got caught up on House, and started watching The Job. It is Rescue Me as a half hour police show. Denis Leary is wonderful and all these familiar faces keep popping up, like Hilary from Fresh Prince, the first mom from Fresh Prince, and Jen's grandmother from Dawson's Creek aka Mary Beth Peil. We got through 5 episodes last night. One good thing about the cold is all the time to watch shows I never got a chance to.

+ I need to eat something.

+ Things feel different, but maybe it's me who is finally changing.

+ Was there new BSG on Sunday?

+ We had some people over for the Super Bowl and had a lot of fun even though the Bears lost. Things were a bit hairy around 4 when we realized the game was on CBS, the only channel we don't get, so we had to run to CVS and buy an antenna. Crisis was easily averted. I started drinking wine during the preshow and didn't even pay attention to things after Prince played. Anna and I played Trouble which was TROUBLE with only the two of us, we had pizza and laughs and fun all around.

+ FOOOOOD.
helikedmyshoes: (vm + v + all that's ever left unsaid)
I have ONE MORE test to study for for tomorrow at Bandera, and I just can't make myself pick up the binder and do it. It's the artwork test, just like Art History except this is only the name of the piece and the artist. I can do this, it won't be hard, I just don't want to. Procrastination at its finest.

I'm tired. I need to do this and get some sleep, since my boys are coming tomorrow and drinking and debauchery will surely ensue.
helikedmyshoes: (vm + she calls it a trip to the dentist)
The snow tonight is like the kind in fairytales. It feels magical.

Adam and I saw Pan's Labyrinth yesterday. Fantastic. I highly recommend it. It was devastating and uplifting, rocking betwen war and imagination, a beautiful, haunting film that was stunning and horrifying yet soothing. They are marketing it as an adult fairytale, which obviously cannot be as wholesome and sweet as a children's fairytale - the gore was all the more awful because it has no place in my perception of a fairytale. But all fairytales are about hope and bravery, and this certainly has its share. Go see it. It's incredible.

I met up with [livejournal.com profile] _venus_ and her friend Keri for lunch today. Jessie and I finally met after meeting 7 years ago online. It's strange, all of you people who know me so intimately that I have never ever met. A lot of times that makes it easier to confess, because you are real but really only on paper because I don't know how your laughter sounds or even what you sound like when you speak or how tall you are when you stand next to me or what it's like to give you a hug involving arms and torsos and not 0s and 1s. But I know a lot of secrets, a lot of fears, a lot of hopes. I dare say I know you all better than most of my friends - I am proud to say it.

Anyway. Tangent. I met them downtown and we went to Miller's Pub for lunch, which was packed with Bears and Saints fans when we arrived but quickly thinned out. Jessie is adorable and crazy for wearing heels in Chicago in the middle of the winter. [livejournal.com profile] ashley, she took a picture for you but I don't know how well it came out, hopefully I look like my hot self in it. ;)

I had the Bears/Saints game on while I studied, and I couldn't help but root for the Bears even though I hate football. I got caught up in the excitement of it all, I guess, I couldn't help hoping that the Bears would win, being the home team and all that. A part of me wanted the Saints to win, to bounce back after Hurricane Katrina and a 3-13 record and go to the Super Bowl the very next year, but I think making it to the championship game was not too shabby either. Adam and I talked about having a Super Bowl party, given the enormous TV and all. It will be different than other years, cheering for a team that I am constantly surrounded by support for. I still don't care, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy myself.

I am in the midst of studying my 140 page binder for my upcoming training week at Bandera. I have two tests every day of my training (there are 6 days), tests on the seating chart, the computer abbreivations, the appetizers, the soups, the sides, the entrees, the desserts, the liquor, the red wine, the white wine, the artwork on the walls and then I get to serve the GM and take a final written and verbal test.

I understand the need for such thoroughness, especially considering how much they pride their service and how big a part of the dining experience is it. Still, can we say overkill? None of the ingredients are listed on the menu, so I need to know EVERYTHING in case of food allergies or just for general questions, and each dish has between 6 to 12 ingredients. And there are about 40 dishes. THAT IS A LOT OF FOOD IN MY BRAIN. Plus the wines, plus the ARTWORK (wtf?). Yikes. No playing for Serena this week.

And now I am going to get back to work. I feel like I'm at Purchase again, though with less distractions. And by distractions, I mean blowing off work to drink with the boys. Sigh. Miss you. See some of you in two weeks!

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