Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hawaii-E Bound!


The Misfits aren't the only ones having fun in Hawaii. Yours truly will be heading there on October 16th for a few days of rest and relaxation. Hawaii has been a fantasy trip of mine for the longest. It's surreal that it's become a reality. What drove me to go was not only the decent fare but the fact that my bff Eugene is Hawaii-bound for the second time (lucky bastard). He's going for his close college friend's shot-gun wedding in September (which he's opposed to but that's another story) after snagging his own bargain price. I knew when he said he was going for a second time that there was no way I could pass up not trying to go on my own. So I did some research and after contemplating pulling the whole "MegaBus" to another city deal to get a slightly cheaper fare, I wound up getting a ticket at Midway that with transportation costs would actually cost me a few dollars less.

So the ticket is purchased. The only thing I need to do is survive my project from hell, which is supposed to be done end of September.

I have to now plan some excursions (though I'll definitely be putting in time to work the tan). Woo hoo!


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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Motivated Blob

I so need to log into work after this post, so it'll be relatively quick.

But Hemingway (haven't used that term in a minute) I just back from a quick hour work out. I had extra motivation from a picture Eugene had me look at this morning. Nothing like looking at hottie Daniel Jacobs to motivate you to go in the gym.

Only problem. The workout today was an extra struggle. I didn't quite reach my 10,000 strides on the elliptical. It was more around 8300. I think my splurging on a whole pound of plantain chips was to blame. Bad E I know. So good but so bad. So so good...wasn't even hungry for lunch. So pretty much yesterday that and some gummi worms was all I had to eat. Bad bad bad.

But hey. At least I did something. I wish I were in Cancun like Rock (it was a trip that his bff and he had planned a year back) but it's okay. Well back to my personal work hell.

By the way, a tip I learned from Sally while she was job hunting. Not sure if I mentioned it but she found a new job working at Home Depot full-time and Eddie Bauer part-time. They're not her ideal job but it gets her out of the house and some income in her pocket. But Hemingway the tip. She said that you can apply to get a certificate in substitute teaching. Once you have that certificate which is good for a year, if you get laid off, you can apply at different school districts to get a job subbing. If they select you, they pay you at minimum $100 a day (even if you don't teach). I printed out an application from the Illinois School Board of Education and am in the process of mailing it out along with a transcript from my University. You have to do what you gotta do in this market. Best thing, at least you can say on interviews that you have a current job. Just passing it along.

Hemingway let me log back to work before I get in trouble. Ciao.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Bernie and Isaac - R.I.P.

What's that saying that things seem to happen in threes?

This weekend's been a shocker in terms of celebrity deaths. Estelle Getty was one thing. She was sick for a very long time and her death was expected. But I totally shocked Saturday to read online that Bernie Mac died. His death was especially shocking to me since he was still relatively young at 50. Apparently he was hospitalized for pneumonia and it looks like complications from that did him in.

I've known him mostly for his work on The Bernie Mac Show. I watched it on and off but was never really hooked on it. I believe his show was released on DVD recently. So I will definitely have to check it out.

Then as if Bernie's death wasn't sad enough, I then read that Isaac Hayes was found dead the next day. Apparently he was found by someone next to his treadmill. His cause of death wasn't determined at the time the article came out.

His lyrics to one of his most infamous songs still gets to me everytime I listen to it:

"If you see me walking down the street,
And I start to cry, each time we meet.
Walk on by, walk on by

Make believe you don't see the tears
Just let me grieve in private
'Cos each time I see you, I break down and cry
Walk on by, walk on by, just walk on by"

Isaac had that quiet storm quality to him. Like Barry White, his low baritone voice could instantly be recognized. He enjoyed later success as "The Chef" on South Park and also guest starred as Toni Child's father in Girlfriends.

Isaac was 65 .

Both men will definitely be missed. I'd like to think that the two of them along with Estelle are cracking jokes in heaven now.


Friday, August 08, 2008

The Big 8 8 08 Post

I'm alive.

I just had to post something today since it's all eights. I wonder if there's a lot of weddings today.

Work has been insane. I'm conflicted with feelings that I wish they'd lay me off already and the whole 'thank goodness I have a job' jazz. This project is trying to do me in. I don't think I can take it anymore.

But I went jet skiing two weekends ago in Lake Geneva with Rock and his best friend Ned (and his boo...*LOL*). In between freaking out about drowning (and the making a joke that if I did, at least I didn't have to deal with work), I actually had fun.

Well I got to get ready for you know what.

I'll try to post more often and visit my fellow bloggers. I've been bad at doing so these last few weeks. Ciao.

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