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Random Thoughts for March 23rd 
23rd-Mar-2008 06:41 pm
Misc - paper butterflies
This has been an odd weekend. Friday was the best weekend day I've had in at least 4 months, and I'm not exaggerating about that. On weekends, I tend to overwhelm myself with thinking about the chores I need to finish, the cleaning I need to do, the things I have to write and the things I want to write, and I get to a point where I can't focus on anything because no matter what I pick to do, everything else seems more important, so I end up accomplishing nothing.

However, I hadn't realized I had Good Friday off work till this week. So I decided that since I hadn't expected to have the day off, and therefore hadn't expected to accomplish anything, I would honestly do nothing. And because I removed all the pressure from myself, I actually got things done: a fair amount of writing, two loads of dishes, three loads of laundry, and some other odd jobs.

I also finally got Sim City 4 set up on the not-so-new-anymore desktop computer, which is a massive project because I collect user-made buildings from SimTropolis like nobody's business. And I had to set up the Startup Manager, which has actually been refined and is much much more subtle than the old version I had, which put a big grin on my face. Vanderaap and Haarlemmergold on the STEX make amazing BATs of Dutch buildings, and I've had ambitions to play a region with only that style of building. But it took me over 2 hours to get all the files unzipped and installed and set up correctly.

Yesterday and today? More like the standard weekend. Didn't get a lot done because I went over to ESP's for dinner as usual yesterday, then developed a severe sinus headache and have been lying down almost all day today. But Friday was very good and relaxing.

Also, spikegoddes will probably be visiting this week, so I'm hoping to take at least a half-day off to visit with her. That's not necessarily relaxing, as she has an extremely strong personality and I have a feeling there will be some in-depth discussions about mutual friends that she's worried about, but it's still nice to see her.

Oh - I almost forgot that I nearly wrecked the car at 2:30 am last night. I was driving slow in the inch of gloppy snow we got, but when I went through the curve on the temporary exit ramp they've set up in the Crosstown Highway construction, the car just started sliding. I somehow managed to get through the left-hand concrete barriers and orange barrels before it started turning, and I kept waiting to either slide down the embankment or smash into the right-hand concrete barriers. But I somehow ended up stopping perpendicularly, like I was trying to blockade the roadway, without doing any damage to anything. I backed the car up a bit and got turned around and home okay. Though my horrific headache had already started at that point, and I have to admit that I didn't even get an adrenaline rush when it happened - I just thought, "Great. I feel like crap, I do not want to have to deal with wreckers and police reports right now."
24th-Mar-2008 02:40 am (UTC)
OMG, I'm glad you're okay!! It hasn't snowed at all in New Jersey yet, so I haven't had the opportunity to fishtail (thank God). Of course I'm in Michigan today so that may change *facepalm*

That's so scary though. Seriously! I'm glad you're all right!!
24th-Mar-2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! Seriously, the scariest thing about it was my total lack of reaction. The headache was so bad that I didn't even have a freakout afterwards - I just drove home and buried my head under a pillow.

The really weird thing is that I sometimes have times where I think about something happening, and it actually does happen. The moment I got in the car, I thought to myself that I needed to be very careful while driving through the construction to make sure that I didn't slide. And then...I slid. And I've never had any problem driving through there before, at all.

You haven't had any snow??? At all??? Man. We've either had giant snowfalls or nothing at all. My RLBF lives near Toledo and they've had 55 inches, which is more than I've had up here.
24th-Mar-2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Dude, NJ is like in its own bubble o'global warming. It hasn't snowed, AND the coldest it's gotten is like, 40 degrees. Right now it's 65, which was a real trip for me, cuz in Michigan it was like, 30 and snowing (and that's warm for them). Gaa.
24th-Mar-2008 04:13 am (UTC)
I'm also relieved that you didn't get hurt, or crashed your car. And, I'm glad to hear you got the stuff done that you'd wanted to do this weekend!

I also finally got Sim City 4 set up...
Oh, neat! I used to play - or, I tried to play - Sim City a lot when I actually had a desktop comp to play it on. It was always so hard for me to create good, functioning cities, though, so that's probably why I find The Sims a lot less frustrating to handle :P But still, that's awesome that you have it!
24th-Mar-2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Nothing worse than driving in the snow, for me. Glad you're OK - so scary, I would have surely cried immediately after.

It hasn't snowed here yet either. Florida rules!! :-) (I just moved here 2 years ago from the Northeast, so I know snow and cold. And I know it sucks.)

Also awesome that you were able to get stuff done when you didn't place expectations on yourself. Nicely done! Nothing better than that feeling.
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