Well, another week almost over. Had an excellent weekend with Lance in town – did all sorts of random fun things. Caleb got us into Last Supper Club (an uber-trendy dance club, for you non-locals) friday nite, and we also caught a 3-d movie at the Pac. Sci. Center about the space station (super-neato), spent some time on the beach, met Skyla for coffee and then for drinks in her ‘hood Queen Anne, and various other random things to give Lance a taste of the city. Now it’s back to the grind, back to being depressed about my meaningless existence, and back to getting told “no” by prospective employers. As recently as yesterday, actually – guess i’m not going to be working at John L Scott any time soon. Never mind that i came into the interview on 24 hrs notice, that i ran all over their office for their little interview-scavenger-hunt game, that i studied for it and was more excited about and interested in the position than any of the other doldrum candidates that were there; i suppose all i deserved for my effort was two sentences of a tersely-worded email informing me that my “skills and qualifications” were not what they’re “looking for.” Thanks a bunch, appreciate your professionalism. BTW, Caleb, i don’t hold it against you – i appreciate the chance to try, results notwithstanding. Maybe one of these times i’ll actually get the job. Heh – now *that’s* funny.
Adventures in randomness! So my long-lost friend Skyla called me yesterday, a pleasant surprise. Okay, so maybe not long-lost; it’s not like she was shipwrecked on a desert island or a political hostage in the middle east or something – she lives in Queen Anne. We just haven’t hung out in a year or so. Anyway, we were gonna make plans, and i almost told her i was busy this weekend with an out-of-town friend (Lance) when i realized that i know her for the same reason i know Lance; we all went to high school together. Hello, duh! We only ate lunch together every day for 4 years! Guess i’m sleep-deprived lately or something. So anyway, she and Jana (another long-lost friend in the same sense) are going to catch up with Lance and i this weekend, for a little, well, catch-up. But wait, it gets crazier! Guess where Skyla works. I’ll refer you to the post on April 11. Yup, that’s right, she works at the Quellos Group. Dream-job-i-was-rejected-for #347. Life is so cruel. And random.
So, yeah, it’s tuesday. It’s almost noon. Only 3 and a half days of work left. Must… not… lose… grip. Lance is gonna be here this weekend, so Danielle and i are working on some cool ideas to entertain him. I’m excited to have him out here – we haven’t had much time to hang out since we both stopped going home in the summers. If Caleb will get back to me (dude!) Danielle and i are gonna go dancing at a club in Belltown tonight. If not, i guess we’ll just sit at home playing scrabble and drinking prune juice…
Made it back to Seattle this morning at 7am – augh! It was freaky to have a whole day left after traveling that far. Got a lot done around the house and whatnot. Weekend was nice, spent father’s day and dad’s birthday at home, enjoyed some time with the parents and got to see Ann, who’s still completely crazy as always (say hi to Shawn for me!). It’s good to be back, but I really don’t wanna go to work tomorrow – augh!
Staying up late on my mom’s iMac keeping you all up to date… after spending like half an hour trying to get signed on to aol – augh!
I’m home on short notice this week; my best friend since high school lost his mother to cancer this week, so i came back home to remember her and be here for him. Lisbeth was a fantastic mother and an incredible woman, one of the most selfless, dedicated, sincere people i’ve ever known. She’ll be greatly missed by all of us, yet we have no doubt she is somewhere happier now and we rejoice in that. Although her time on earth was short, she made a greater difference in more lives than most of us ever dream possible, and no one who knew her harbors any regrets for the blessed life she led. The one thing that seems to come of these situations is that those of us who remain renew our bonds with each other and are reminded how much we value those we care about. I caught up with people i had lost touch with and started new friendships with others this week, and also made efforts for some quality time with family and current friends. It seems even lacking a physical presence Lisbeth still manages to bring us together and help us become better people. I think the memory of her will continue to do that for all of us.
I’ll be on a plane back to Seattle sunday morning at 7am (ack!) – it will be nice to return, even if i do have to work monday morning. Maybe i’ll luck out and still be sick. ;D In a great divine scheme, this trip brought me home for my dad’s birthday, which hasn’t happened since my first college summer; for that, too, i am thankful. In light of my experiences this week, i encourage my readers (yes, both of you!) to call someone you care about this weekend and tell them so, and maybe rebuild a bridge you’ve burned or relinquish a grudge. It’s really not worth it; life is too uncertain.
Okay, so since i couldn’t get connected over a dialup and Danielle’s connection got shut off way early, we were unplugged until last night, so i’m just getting to update you all at work today. Needed something fun to do while i’m here, right? Danielle and i made it back to Seattle last night about 7pm, stiff, tired and pretty much criminally insane. We spent waaaaay too much time in the car on too little sleep and were really fidgety and delirious by the time the trip was over. But we survived, and went to bed early (9.30!) and are doing better today.
So, to summarize the weekend, i hung out with a bunch of fun people i hadn’t seen in a while, got Danielle all packed up and moved, and pretty much had a lovely time. Some highlights include: Great dinner at Montana Aleworks (well, appetizers and beer) with Gabbye, Josh, Kris & Megan (have some funny pictures from that, which are forthcoming). Mother’s Day dinner with family (some funny pictures there, too). Nutty roadtrip with Danielle (again, some funny pictures, although for most of the trip we were too tired to be particularly photogenic). Gabbye’s generous hospitality (thanks Gab! You rock! Have fun in Reno!). Catching up with Nate after a chance meeting in the hallway. Driving for 4 hours with Danielle’s fish in a rubbermaid lunchbox (no sharp corners!). Having a nervous breakdown in my first hour home because I couldn’t find my mailbox key (it was in my car, in a cupholder). All in all, a very eventful weekend. I have some photos prepped and ready to upload, will try and get that done tonight. Sorry, i don’t have any pix of me having a nervous breakdown – you’re just going to have to use your imaginations.
I have arrived! Made it to Bozeman ok, there’s a ton of snow on the ground and they almost sent my plane back to Seattle, but at just the right moment the sky cleared allowing us safe passage by way of gravity and a rather rough landing. It’s a little weird to be back, especially since it feels like summer out west and is definitely still winter here (not to mention the whole being-back-in-the-town-i-left-behind thing), but it’s good to see everyone again and Danielle and i are already having a great time together! The Baxter was our first stop after the airport, to greet Christian, Temby, Ty, Brian and (hey, surprise! since when is she is Bozeman!) Kristin! A couple drinks, then a quick stop at the grocery store on our way home to buy breakfast food, which we promptly broke into and made ourselves a midnight omelette before bed. Which leads me to now, me updating you all over a hideously slow (but nevertheless appreciated) aol connection from inside the much-hallowed halls of my alma mater. So here i am; the adventure begins. And with that, i shall retire.
Christian and Gretchen left this morning at 7am for MT. It was great having Gretchen here for the weekend, and it was especially sweet having Christian in Seattle for the past 3 months. We had a great time, and i look forward to the next. Fortunately it won’t be too long; i’ll see him in Bozeman tomorrow night. That’s right, i’m headed back home tomorrow (my flight arrives at 11pm) to spend a week with Danielle. Then Saturday afternoon we’ll drive to Missoula to spend the weekend at home, and will be back in Seattle (both of us!) by Sunday night – and thus begins my fun summer with Danielle! By that point, Christian will have dropped Gretchen off in SD and will be back in WI for a short stint before he’s off to Germany. But at least i’ll get to hang with him a few more times in Bozeman first. So for all those who will be in Bozeman this coming week, clear your calendars!
I had a great birthday, despite being (still) without a new job – you can call me any day now, Elray! 😉 Breakfast at IHOP with the guys, an afternoon on the beach with Christian (we both came home a little bit tan – i have lovely sunglasses lines on my temples), and a great dinner at “che Carrie” including two (!) kinds of pie. For those not in Seattle this weekend, it was a sunny, bright, warm, incredible day and a very good day for a birthday. Today is looking equally beautiful, and a week from tomorrow i’m going home! And Elray is going to call me this week and offer me a job! Right? K?
Yesterday was a totally great day – well, at least the part after 2pm. Since i was sentenced with saturday duty, i was up early. but the day went uphill from there. I met Christian, Joe, Steph, Carrie and Poppy for a trip to the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery – a nice little tour, some free sampling, and then we picked up cheese, chocolate and (of course!) wine for a picnic on the estate lawn. Most excellent. From there it was across the street to the Red Hook brewery for a pint and a cheeseburger, then up the street to DQ for dessert. So pretty much a day of monstrously indulgent dining pleasure, and an overall experience that i highly recommend.
Having lunch with Lindsay and Adam today – haven’t seen them in a while – actually, i haven’t seen Adam since the superbowl – so that will be good. Right now, Christian and i are watching taped TV from last week and lamenting the dreary weather and the lack of new Leap of Faith episodes.