Saturday, August 29, 2009

guess where I am today?

guess where I am today?
guess where I am today?,
originally uploaded by tiredcynic.
We had to get our photos for our Premium passes before the big October trip, so we jaunted down for a day trip.

So far, we've done Pirates, Haunted Mansion, the Jungle Cruise, and Space Mountain (which was AWESOME!!)...we're sitting on the Disneyland Train, riding around and chilling before we head back to the airport. (California Adventures will have to wait for October, I guess.)

I have now officially been to Disneyland.

And I'm definitely coming back.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

proof positive

You guys thought I was kidding about the food they serve here at Facebook...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

cracker jacks, etc.

Ballgame with Will last night, Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. Went with Callahan, Serge, and Betsy, thanks to a vendor who offered tickets to the Virgin America Loft at AT&T Park. Awesome seats, good time, and one of the more exciting final 15 minutes of a baseball game I've seen. Giants were ahead by 3 going into the 9th, and they managed to give up two runs in about 10 minutes...finally won it on a wimpy little ground drive, snagged and thrown to first. Final score, 5 to 4, Giants. Cheer, yell, whoo.

[btw, the Loft was amazing. I was expecting one of the skyboxes: glassed in, sterile, removed. Nope. This thing is fricking *right* down on the field, just beyond 1st, with a full row of outdoor seats to go with the fancypants indoor area. Very nice, close to the action, excellent view of everything, and directly under the effing COLD water that goes spewing high into the air when the Giants hit a home run. Not too shabby.]

Monday, August 24, 2009

a very good weekend indeed

Friday was fun, with the desk decoration and cake and hanging with folks at Facebook's weekly happy hour. Friday night was chill, feeding the cats, hanging out with Will, snarfing nummy Panda Express Orange Chicken [they now sell the Orange Sauce in bottles!!], grabbing pieces of Safeway carrot cake [my favorite!] for the next day, and generally relaxing and enjoying not having to do anything or be anywhere. Which pretty much describes the weekend, actually...with the exception of Will's meeting with his flight instructor and some work maintenance on Sunday, the entire weekend was ours to do with as we pleased. It was one of the more relaxed weekends I've had in a very long time, even though we did a lot of running around and got a lot of stuff done.

Saturday morning started earlier than hoped, but was still good. Can't complain about a day that starts with birthday carrot cake and beautiful flowers first thing in the morning. Then we rambled about, watching some telly, taking it easy, and headed out into the day. Got a lot of things done: furniture shopping for Will, computer shopping, lots of running around...but all of it was stuff we *wanted* to do, not *had* to do. Amazing what a difference that makes. Found a couple of *awesome* shirts for Will at Marc Ecko Cut and Sew...polos that fit him perfectly, with the Cut and Sew logo on them [look it up and you'll see why I like it <grin>]. Found a nice zip-up hoodie for me there, and it was crazy on sale...ten bucks, baby. It was a fun retail therapy day [complete with a shared Cinnabon], though a bit hard for me...I'm fairly careful with my money, and very used to being self-sufficient and taking care of myself, so it's odd and hard for me to relax and let someone else pay for things for me. And it's especially awkward right now, because Will isn't quite used to the fact that I don't expect or need him to buy things for me, so there's some adjusting we are doing [but as far as adjustments go, it's a good problem to have].

Along those lines, I am now a proud user of a Mac Pro awesome kick-ass desktop machine. It's a hand-me-down: I'm still a bit woogy with having things bought for me, so a new machine just for me wasn't an option. Instead, Will upgraded to a new one, and I get to use his old one, which is by no means obsolete [or even close]. Now I've finally got a machine powerful enough to game with...which is dangerous indeed. There goes my last excuse for avoiding EQ2... :^)

Sunday was a bit more along the 'things we *have* to do' line: furniture delivery and setup, Will had his flight instruction and work maintenance, but the rest of the time was ours. Dinner at Blowfish Sushi [seriously good], random running about for bedding and supplies, and a camera purchase for Will. Actually, a lot more money was spent for him than me over my birthday weekend...but I'm okay with that. <grin>

All in all, a very good time...there were loved ones that I wished could be there to share it with me, and I missed them horribly, but in general, a good time. So now it's back to work, back to the grind. Always a bit harder to do after a free-form weekend like that...but a girl's gotta make a living, right?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

a good start to a great day

a good start to a great day
a good start to a great day,
originally uploaded by tiredcynic.

Friday, August 21, 2009

birthday fun

The folks I work with are awesome...check out my day [click on the pics to see them bigger [and blurrier]]:

I love that they knew I'd love the skull theme, and the "Watchmen" DVD [from Sho] and the Bone Chiller ice-cube trays [from Phil] made me smile...I love that they know me so well.

Add in the pirate flag, the pirate hat, skull/pirate-themed temporary tattoos, and my favorite, the eyepatches on the skulls on my desk [yes, the skulls were already there], and it made for an awesome day at work.

Thanks everyone!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

a good surprise

These just showed up for me here at work:

An early birthday present from my dad. He's a good one. I miss him a lot.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

renaissance man

Will got sworn in last night as a volunteer firefighter for Santa Clara county. It was a good time...rather 'thrown together', with the chief confusing the times for the ceremony, but worked out well. His friends were there to share it with him: Nate and Kim and their daughter Molly, and Jon and Bree and their son Logan. It was good to hang with them, especially since we got extra time together because we showed up an hour early, due to the aforementioned confusions. Saw Manuel and Ross again, which was cool; got to see and meet some of the other guys. Will took the oath, we got some pictures taken [thanks Nate!], he got assigned to his company, met his captain and his company mates, and then we headed out.

So now I'm dating a skydiving, motorcycle-riding, firefighting [soon], snowboarding, mountain-biking man who is currently in ground school as he works towards his pilot's license.

Makes me tired just watching him. <grin>