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9th-Jul-2008 12:09 pm
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I just realized that I haven't posted in here in forever, and perhaps I should. The 4th of July weekend was spent going out of state to meet Boyfriend's parents. Which I was a little nervous about, but I figured they couldn't be that different from him, right? Turns out they aren't, and they seemed to like me just as much as I liked them. Which is a very, very good thing... Monday and Tuesday nights I also spent with Boyfriend. I quite like it, but as I said to him, "The neighbors are going to start thinking the house has been reposessed or something, because I'm never home and the yard is all overgrown!"

Tonight and tomorrow night I'm supposed to spend in work-related stuff because it's the big quarterly company meeting with Team Building Actitives and Corporate Retreat Functions, but...man, I do not want to go. I have SO MUCH TO DO. One of the evening activities (a boat ride on the Mississippi) is something I'd like to do, but with friends, not co-workers. Thursday night, though, is a trip to the modern art museum (which I do not like) and dinner at a downtown restaurant that I've only heard negative things about. 

Don't mind me - I'm just a bit whiny. This weekend is also TCFKAR, hosted by the lovely aelora , which I really really wanted to go to - I need some relaxing fangirl squeeing. However, the unexpected expense of two out-of-state trips when my grandfather died in May meant I couldn't afford a plane ticket. I'm trying to buy my ticket for ComicCon but of course, the affordable tickets are at inconvenient travel times. Plus I'm getting nervous about it, because I realized I'm more excited over hearing Neil Gaiman might be there for a panel on Coraline than I am at the thought of seeing Heroes promos. And Neil Gaiman actually lives in my neck of the woods, so I don't have to travel across the country to see him. Plus, my two favorite shows this past season, Moonlight and Jericho, are both gone. Oy. 

Maybe I'm just coming into a depressive time. Hopefully it will be over soon.  I think I need to pick up the Jericho season 2 DVDs and make Boyfriend watch them in a marathon this weekend.  That would cheer me up immensely.  I've already decided I'm going to order a t-shirt with a Ianto quote for ComicCon; I think I need to pick out a Hawkins quote as well...

9th-Jul-2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that all went well meeting your boyfriend's parents :-)

Funny you should mention the boatride on the Mississippi as something that sounds good with friends not co-workers. At work they tried to organize a boat night out on Lake Ontario and the reaction of most people was "sounds good with friends...but why would I want to do that with work people" (and we all get along quite well, but still...it's expensive and, well, I'm not spending that money to hang out with work folks).

9th-Jul-2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
What really scared me about meeting his parents was not the actual meeting, but the fact that I kept saying I was a little nervous because they were "potential future in-laws". I've never said that about a guy before...

The "no hanging out with co-workers" thing is pretty universal, isn't it? The people I work with are perfectly nice human beings, but I just really have nothing in common with them. And when co-workers get together, they usually wind up talking about work. I already spend 40+ hours a week around them, talking about work with them...I don't want to be forced to spend my personal time doing that, too. So I know it'll be frowned upon if I don't attend these leisure activities, but at the same time, I don't want to spend 8 hours of my life sitting there fidgeting because I'm thinking of all the more-useful/more-relaxing things I could be doing with my time.
9th-Jul-2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Well then it's great that your meeting with your "potential future in-laws" went quite well. I can only imagine how anxious you were beforehand...and now you've gotten it out of the way :-)

Hanging out with co-workers always comes back to work. I can only name a few who I could probably have a good non-work conversation with. I mean we have a blast together at work (everyone) but the idea of spending a Friday night talking about work just makes me groan. I participate in few office outings -- enough to still be social with work people, but no more than that. There needs to be a boundary. Work and personal life should still have some sort of separation.
9th-Jul-2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Definitely need to order a preemptive strike on the depression!!! Do whatever you can to save yourself! :)

You at least have tickets to Comic-Con, right? Cuz those things are selling out. I've been excitedly dorking out over it today. 2 weeks!!

9th-Jul-2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Heh. I have a PRESS PASS to ComicCon. Which also makes me slightly nervous, as it means I might be talking to famous people, and also that I have to earn my keep while I am there by writing about it. I'm hoping to meet a few of you lovely people on my flist at some point, even if it's just over a hot dog or something, but I have absolutely no idea what my schedule will be like.
9th-Jul-2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Bitch, that's right! I forgot! :)

(I was just saying to someone else that I must be lifting out of my depression now - cuz I'm getting mean again...)

Once they get that programming schedule out I can obsessively plan and see what the days will be like. You don't happen to have that do you, Ms. Press Pass.....?

9th-Jul-2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
OH I WISH I HAD THE SCHEDULE. I also obsessively plan schedules at things like this. When I went to Starfest, I hadn't been able to get a schedule beforehand, so after I got my packet, I spent 45 minutes sprawled on the hotel room bed highlighting and notating and writing up a schedule. It drives me nuts, especially since if there are multiple things I want to do at the same time, I want time to decide which is most important.
9th-Jul-2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the meeting with the parents went well. It's lucky that good guys tend to have good parents. =)

I've been contemplating renting Jericho now that it's cancelled. That may sound odd, but I just don't have time for much TV watching of the weekly scheduled variety where I want to keep up with what's going on, so a raved-about and cancelled show sounds appealing to me.

I'm with you on the modern art. In the Fine Arts Building on campus, many sculptures are used for kicking when people are frustrated, and it's the best use to which they could be put, except for the one that we used as a trash can. ^_^
14th-Jul-2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hey, I have a kind of stupid question for you. How did you change the titles of the sidebar boxes? For instance, you tags box is titled "What I Talk About." I can't seem to figure out how to do that with mine...
14th-Jul-2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's stupid at all! :0)

If you go to "Home" and then from the "Journal" menu you choose "Customize Your Journal", it's under "Sidebar". I had to hunt a bit to remember where it was. When I set it up, I spent a LONG time playing with changing just one or two titles and saving, and viewing to see if I liked it.

One caveat: I've discovered that depending on what layout style you have, there are different things you can edit. For instance, my layout is based on "Smooth Sailing", and as far as I can tell (or, as far as I could tell when I customized it), the layout forces you to have your tags displayed as a long running list separated by columns. You can't have the tags displayed one on each line, which I'd prefer because it's easier to read. However, I tried using a "Flexible Squares" layout that did allow me to have the tags that way, but then, there were other features I could customize in "Smooth Sailing" that "Flexible Squares" would not let me customize. So it's possible that you are using a layout that won't let you change the titles in the boxes. If that makes sense?
16th-Jul-2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Thanks. Unfortunately, it seems that my layout does not allow me to rename those. Boo. Maybe if I have the time I'll go look through the layouts to see if there's another I like...
9th-Jul-2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Seems like everyone's going to ComicCon but me. *WOE* I'm eager to hear the reports on the Heroes promo and the Coraline stuff. (Isn't there a Doctor Who panel as well?)

I hear you about co-workers. I don't get along BADLY with the various people I work with, but they do kind of...grate on me sometimes. Enough that I have zero desire to see most of them on my own time.
10th-Jul-2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! I'm glad to hear that meeting your BF's parents went well, and that things are going well between you and him ^_^ On another note, I hope that things work out both for your work-related activities and CC stuff.

That sucks about Moonlight and Jericho, but, didn't the latter get picked up for another season because of how much the fans pushed for more? I mean, maybe the same thing could happen again, at least for Jericho...

In any case, good luck with everything! And I also hope that this down period ends soon for you. The marathon sounds like a good idea, and that reminds me about the numerous shows I need to start up sometime this summer.
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