Archive for July, 2006

I did it

Monday, July 31st, 2006

So I’m all moved into my new place. Moving went down without a hitch, but our house is a huge mess – due to the fact the the entire living room is filled with my boxes and my bedroom is so packed full of stuff that I cannot fit one more box inside. My room is pretty big but it is still hard to figure out how to consolidate everything into one room now. I’m at work right now as I don’t have internet at home but the cable / internet guy is coming this afternoon so I should hopefully have internet tonight. Commuting to work also wasn’t as bad as I thought. I left our house around 7:30 and the bus came at 7:40. I was downtown by 7:55 and wandered around until I found Fifth Avenue. I was at work by 8:25 and probably won’t take as long because now I know where I’m going. Now we’ll see if I can make it home!!!



Friday, July 28th, 2006

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me ….. nobody sang me happy birthday today, boo. (Edit: My parents called me this evening and sang happy birthday to me over the phone!) And I got a kitty birthday card from my favorite person <3 <3

Last year I spent my birthday on the beach, basking in the sun (well I did that last week) but it is always fun to spend your birthday on vacation instead of at work!

I’m now 25. I started this blog when I was 20 – when I first moved to Pittsburgh. At the time it was my Pitt webpage, then onto LiveJournal, then to 9-lives, and now it is here. And now I’m moving and maybe it’s time to move my blog as well. It’s no fun to stay in one place too long! This site is long overdue for a new layout, but I’ve sort of lost interest in blog-designing. It is tedious and time consuming and I get frustrated when the css doesn’t work. I designed this page, as well as several other old designs that I now hate. I’m very tired of this one too. I think it might be time to just steal one from somewhere. I have so many pictures to put up too. I keep saying I’m going to do it but I never get around to it. I have pictures from all of last year, pictures from Gettysburg, and the beach. I’m a slacker and life keeps on rolling on by.

I got a birthday present from my boss today – a lovely little decorative plate for my new place and a sweet card from him and his family. His daughter (who is five years younger than me) is getting married next week but I can’t go because I have another wedding to attend and I can’t miss that, especially because it involves my friend from like forever and Chia Pets! Anyways my boss’ daughter is really sweet and cutesy sort of and seems to like happy things, so I bought her the cutest picture-frame in the world. Well I like it so I hope she will too.

I’ve treated myself (remember it is my birthday) to a three-quarter day of work because I have so much left to do in terms of packing. I made a list earlier of each room and what still needs to be done. I then alloted time periods to each room/ task and have concluded that it will take me four hours (at a normal pace) to finish it, so I think I’m going to try to step it up a notch and beat my time without doing things half-assed.

Well now that I have successfully done nothing productive today and have chosen to browse the internet, taken a coffee break to walk to the furthest coffee shop from my work, go out to lunch, and write this little story, I think it is time to go home and finish packing.

Adios and wish me luck!

<3 Jess

Adios Apart-mentos

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

I’m moving in two days! Things are good. I’m getting a phone, yeah a real landline phone. So if my piece of crap cell phone is acting up I can still talk on the phone! There’s a party on Saturday night at Church Brew Works for birthday fun … if I’m still alive after moving in this horrible hot and humid weather. I’m going to adopt a black siberian kitty. I love kitties, they make me happy and they’d never abandon me for some ugly chick. Word.

โ€œThere comes a time when you have to stand up and shout:
This is me damn it! I look the way I look, think the way I think, feel the way I feel, love the way I love! I am a whole complex package. Take me… or leave me. Accept me – or walk away! Do not try to make me feel like less of a person, just because I don’t fit your idea of who I should be and don’t try to change me to fit your mold. If I need to change, I alone will make that decision.
When you are strong enough to love yourself 100%, good and bad – you will be amazed at the opportunities that life presents you.โ€

Post-Vacation Anxiety Attack

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Anyone else out there that would rather slam their head into a brick wall or contract some highly contagious disease than go to work each day? Only thing I haven’t accomplished on my goals for this year is to find a new job. It’s next on the list. Especially after a week of sun bathing on a beautiful beach …. the thought of going back to work made me nauseous this morning. Ok, that’s all in the whining department … on to the good stuff.

Last Saturday I went to St. Pete with Courtney for a blissful week of doing nothing but swimming and soaking in the sun and that is exactly what I did. Each morning began with a large cup of coffee out of my enormous Gettysburg coffee mug, accompanied with a tasty bagel lightly topped with veggie cream cheese – my new unhealthy obsession. After making breakfast I would shower, don my swimsuit, lather up in sunscreen and skip out to the pool with my towel and essentials like chapstick, drink, book, and towel. I was out by 11:30 a.m. at the latest every day and would relax by the pool and read my book until Courtney would drag her ass out of bed (usually when the maids came to clean the room around 1pm). We’d usually take a break from the sun around 2pm and go cook some gourmet lunches consisting of cereal, yogurt, hot-pockets, bagels, or mac ‘n cheese. Afterwards we would head out to the Gulf and float on our raft devices in the ocean waves. Courtney would put on her goggles and dive for treasures but usually only found sea slugs or sand-dollars. Last year we found really cool things like eight-legged star fish and evil crabbies, but this year was a bit less exotic in the creature finding department.

We’d usually call it a day in the sun around 4pm and head back to our room to shower and decide what to eat for dinner. Sometimes we’d go out to dinner or order pizza. Two of our evenings were spent hanging out with two guys who wanted in our pants and I found it amusing to send boys to our room to extract Courtney from bed at 9pm when she became depressed and decided that she needed to lay in bed all night. It is amazing what boys will do when they think they have a .01% chance of getting laid. Another highlight of my trip was being called a prude because I had no interest in taking off my clothes and getting it on, I just thought it was fun to make them taunt Courtney, plus it is not good friend-like to leave me alone with two horny boys while you lay in bed. I drank a lot of Yuengling and got drunk in the pool one night. That was amusing. I also learned that hang-overs don’t exist when you are at the beach, amazing.

Other than that, most nights were spend shopping or eating, usually home by 10pm where Courtney would proceed to play World of Warcraft and talk to her boy online until 4am. I would usually read and fall asleep early so I could get up and frolic in the sunshine. We watched the sun setting on the beach a couple nights when we were actually back by the time the sun went down. I took some really cool pictures of it.

I also experienced flying in an airplane for the first time. It wasn’t as awesome as I thought it would be. It wasn’t scary or freaky, and my ears popped so bad and got so plugged up that I thought I was deaf and that I’d be deaf forever. When the plane landed and my ears still refused to pop I started panicking a bit, fearing that my head would never release the pressure … and my head started feeling like it was going to explode. I learned to plug my nose and blow, and it was all better. Airports are confusing and I don’t like them much. US Airways has small dirty planes and I didn’t enjoy being crammed between people although I did like looking out windows at awesome clouds.

I got back on Saturday afternoon and I still haven’t unpacked. There is really no point to unpack since I’m moving in 4 days. On Saturday evening I went to Pittsburgh Mills mall with Bryan and got Raspberry Sherbert Dippin’ Dots and was in heaven. They’re my favorite ever and haven’t had them since I worked at Cedar Point … and that was 2001 so it has been a LONG time. We also went to see ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ one of the books I read over vacation. The movie sucked, don’t see it. But read the book, it is great. We also ate at Chili’s and we both had awesome food, mmmm.

I’m moving on Saturday. If you want to help, please do … it is much appreciated. Be here at 10am on Saturday morning in your moving gear. I do have Jaime and her boyfriend, and my brother (i think) on board for the move, so it should be fine. But I don’t know because I haven’t started packing and freaking out yet that I have too much stuff, although it is already in the back of my mind. If my brother gets out of bed and makes it here, he will also be bringing me my birthday present from my parents …. an air-conditioner for my bedroom with windows! Woo, I’m quite excited. I’m tired of being hot in this stinky apartment that smells like death all the time because upstairs guy poops in my vents. Ok, I’m becoming negative again. Wait …. woooo I’m moving! I just have to figure out where exactly I live. I’m dumb and may never understand Pittsburgh.

AND my birthday is on Friday so be ready for fun. Actually I have to work on Friday and I guarantee I’ll be in panic mode on Friday evening because half of my stuff is still unpacked and I have to have it out on Saturday morning. Oh and my landlord has yet to speak to me or even look at me since I wrote him a letter stating my departure plans. I don’t care either. I just want my f’ing security deposit back. We’re tentatively celebrating my birthday on Saturday evening with a bunch of Peeps at CBW so if you wanna stalk me you know where to find me.

And before I find something else to ramble about, I’m off to pack stuff. See ya all later ๐Ÿ™‚

Long Week

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

It seems like every day this week should have been Friday! A full week of work and no fun is not cool. Last week was great though. I think I forgot to mention that last Thursday I ditched work to go to the most free and awesome baseball game ever with Bryan. Our seats were right behind home base and everything was free! It was awesome, we were like VIP! I’d never been to PNC Park before and I must have been good luck because the Pirates won after losing like a lot of games, I think 12 or 13. Then I was in Ford City, then off to Gettsyburg for four days of awesomeness … so yeah being back in Pittsburgh sucks. Although in two days I’m getting on an airplane for the first time and spending seven whole days in Florida at the beach basking in the sun! And when I get back I’m moving out of my crap-shit apartment … yeah I really should be packing right now, but I’ve basically done nothing so far. Oh well … my goal is to make it to this Friday because I get to hopefully spend some time with the most awesome boy ever and maybe see Gin Blossoms @ Station Square. Regardless, it will be Friday, yeah!

I really don’t have anything else to talk about. I’m just excited that I’m finally beginning to check off all the things on my goals for this year (they may not be anything to brag about, but I’m ok with that). Yeah woo woo.

The End.

Where’d Ya Go … I miss you so

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Miss me? ๐Ÿ™‚

I just returned from the best trip I’ve ever been on … and I don’t want to be back. Guess I’ll always have the memories though, right?! Last Friday I went out to FC for good ‘ol Heritage Days Fun. I went to yard-sales with my family, watched the 5K race go past my parents house, had some good eats at Heritage Days, watched a good band with my dad, spent some qt with the family and the cats, and had this evil desire to inject my mother with sleeping medicine so she would stop talking. You think I talk a lot? Obviously you haven’t met my mother … she actually talks to herself if she has nobody else to talk to. I also hung out with my grandma and grandpa, ate some good grandma food and got my birthday present from her … a new coffeemaker.

On Sunday night I came back to Pittsburgh, packed up my stuff in my awesome yard-sale suitcase and was ready for the real fun. On Monday, Bryan and I headed out to Gettysburg, PA to visit and tour some of the things from the battle there during the Civil War. I had the BEST TIME EVER. Some highlights from the trip include marching through a field of waist high grass and bugs as we reenacted marching in the battle. I was exhausted by the end of that! Food, a nice hot shower, and a hottie by my side really did a lot to perk me back up for the rest of the evening though. We also toured the Eisenhower farm and got to walk all around the farm and do a tour of the inside of the house which was one of my favorite things. We did a bunch of shopping in Gettysburg, walked around the college campus, and went on a Ghost Tour at night. We also took the auto-tour which took four hours but we got to see a ton of stuff, like Devil’s Den where I took a picture of Bryan on a huge rock that the soldiers hid behind during the battle. There was a cool spot to watch the sunset but it ended up to be a cloudy day and it started to rain in the evening so we didn’t get to do that. Other things that were awesome include our hotel equipped with a huge bed and of course a bathtub where I indulged in a nice hot bubble bath, lots of good food, and of course the town itself … it was just charming. I am now the proud owner of two Gettysburg t-shirts, two Gettysburg key chains, a Gettysburg college key string thing that replaces my Pitt one, and a Gettysburg college coffee mug. I think I’ve fallen in love with the town. Someday I will go there again and never come back. Best three days I’ve had in a long time, and the best tour-guide a girl could ask for.

Pictures will come eventually. Since I took over 100 and still want to see some of Bryan’s, and I’m just too lazy to do it right now!