Friday, May 18, 2007

not exactly a laid back evening

Did a lot of stuff today...

-Finished coding a security and audit module for the courseware system I've been helping to maintain.

-Caught up with Sarah during a very pleasant lunch. She looks really good these days. I find it important to add that the taco salad at Trudy's does not include guacamole any longer. This is a sad discovery for me.

-Scheduled a walk through for my authorization table update interface.

-Switched the car title from my dad's name to T and I's. I should note that state office workers in Austin are incredibly friendly. This is not the case in other cities where they usually want to bite your head off. Even though the car isn't officially in our hands, we now are legally a 2 car family again -and- this second car is a minivan so we've got a gigmobile now. Whoo hoo!

-Cut my hair. Not all of it, but rather a trim and got it re-layered. I haven't had a hair cut in over a year and my hair dresser was just appalled. I told her I was going for the scruffy rock star look. I discovered it wasn't as damanged as I thought it was as she didn't seem to think I had excessive split ends even though the tips seemed "crunchy" to me. She shaved off about an inch, thinned it out a little and it feels magnificently better. She was raving at my natural highlights. Frankly, I thought the locks were turning brown and red because my hair was unhealthy and undernurished (normally my hair is close to jet black naturally), but she assured me that I've got a nice healthy head full of tresses. They just happen to be sun kissed. A nice bonus came when she commented that the longer length was flattering for my frame which, according to her, has gotten much thinner since the last time she had seen me. Eventually I'm going to donate it once I reach the 2 ft. mark. T took a pic when I got home.

-Practiced violin some and theremin for about an hour and then had to stop. I've actually got butterflies due to tomorrow. It feels like an audition and I guess it is an audition but rather for an album spot. I just have to remind myself that I've only bombed one try-out out of two dozen or so in my life time. That's a pretty good track record...I do tend to do better when I don't care or don't exactly try, so I need to remind myself to not be so worked up this time around. In actuality though, in the back of my mind, I'm incredibly worried that T will get bored or fidgety during the recording session and cause me to become really stressed out, unfocused or hasty with my playing. :( Not sure what to do about that...

-I baked oatmeal cookies for Monica's Meatfest party tomorrow. They've got a myriad of dried cranberries, currants, raisins and sultanas packed in them as well as nuts. I'm noshing on one now. Because I ran out of vanilla extract, I decided to use maple for fun and they taste fantastic with the brown sugar. They're also calorific...2 sticks of butter baby! If you're gonna make something for something as ostentatiously named as "Meatfest" there's no sense bringing something low fat.

-Caught up on email with friends from afar.'s weird. The people I *want* to talk to rarely make the effort and those who keep checking up on me are companions I need some solitude from. So strange feeling this way. I think it's because I know they want to talk about my father or my old job, neither of which I feel like discussing at length.

So, that was my list of things done today. I need to pack my gear sometime tomorrow morning. Every time I disassemble Bernadette, I worry she'll sound different since she's an analogue machine. Despite all the stuff going on today and tomorrow, I'm still a little down. My friend Shawn is down too, apparently. Although the term is near over, research never stops for a grad student so he's still busy. He found a pretty big error in a VIGRE grant paper a different team wrote and he seems to downplay the significance of that. This is one of those times I'm glad we didn't marry each other because I suspect we probably would have tied our wrists together and jumped off a bridge into the ocean in tandem, drowning our sorrow all at once. I only kid about that now because we're both pretty whole people and laugh as such morbid thoughts, but whenever we BOTH get mopey man is there a huge fucking cloud over our heads...

Shit, I just realized my 30th birthday is coming up in a couple of months. I need to throw a huge-ass party because it's my freaking 30th birthday! I so look forward to leaving my 20's behind. I wonder how old I look though.

Yawn. I guess I ought to go to bed. Tomorrow is gonna be a long day.


Blogger dasMobius said...

That picture is just too cute! Good luck with your audition tomorrow --- or today actually since it's after midnight. Just remember to have fun.

I'm starting to feel better now. I'm writing up a paper which disputes the results of that VIGRE paper you mentioned. My advisor read my first draft and was pleased with it. He gave a few constructive criticisms but thinks that it will be publishable once finished. It's a nice and educational experience for me - my first paper!

Well, have fun at Sheldon's! Get plenty of rest, food, water, and exercise. :) I'm getting back to work on my paper.

Saturday, May 19, 2007  
Blogger cchang said...

The session went really well and I'm still amazed at how it went.

That's awesome. I thought you already a had a paper published? Didn't you submit to an online journal about 2 years ago. I seem to recall reading it.

Sunday, May 20, 2007  
Blogger sarah said...

your hair looks great. as to how old you look: 22 or 23. i think you always will (in a good way). :)

i hear ya on wanting to leave your twenties behind. so do i.

Sunday, May 20, 2007  

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