Thursday, August 27, 2009

Still Alive

Wow. Clearly, we suck at this blog thing. A few weeks now, between updates.

The funny thing is, when I was playing Warcraft, I had a blog. And I posted all the time. But I think the difference is that with WoW, I knew there were people out there who would enjoy hearing about it. Even if things started to get boring or repetitive, I didn't mind talking about it because I knew there were others who could relate.

In life, on the other hand . . . well, not that people can't relate, but things just feel SO slow and boring right now. "So . . . yeah . . . read another book today." "Made chicken for dinner, it turned out all right." Not exactly newsworthy. And it just seems like I have nothing exciting or even remotely interesting to talk about. And not that I don't think I could come up with things to talk about, but once again, then I start to feel like I'm turning this into MY blog rather than OUR blog, and so I just don't say anything. And then we go three weeks between posts.

One (relatively) fun thing I can say is that we've both started playing Farmville on Facebook. I used to be very . . . well, not exactly anti-app on Facebook, but more just like, that wasn't why I had it. I have it to keep up with friends and talk to people I might otherwise not. Not to sit there and play games all day. But finally I got a couple invites to play this game and thought I'd give it a try. And now I'm kinda hooked, and have started playing other games on Facebook as well.

Yeah . . . that's what's new. Pretty sad, huh?

Monday, August 10, 2009

On This Day . . .

(courtesy of Wikipedia)

2006 – British police arrested 25 people suspected in an alleged terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives carried on board at least 10 airliners traveling from the UK to the United States and Canada.

Now, I'm not really a history buff, so most of the "happened on this day" stuff is completely foreign to me, unless it's something huge like D-day or the signing of the Declaration of Independence or something along those lines. And half the time, even events that happened in my lifetime usually don't ring too many bells. This incident, however, I remember vividly, because I was actually in England on a choir trip when it happened.

It was really crazy. The arrests happened on a Thursday; we were scheduled to fly back to Chicago on Monday. Unfortunately, there were those among us that really couldn't enjoy the remainder of our week there because they were too nervous (I did my best to not be one of those people). But, it did give the whole weekend for the effects of the threat to die down a bit. Still, it was completely crazy when we got to the airport. They had everyone waiting under big tents outside, calling people into the airport only when their flight was getting closer to takeoff. Security was, understandably, insane. And then we sat in the plane, on the ground, for probably about two hours or so (I don't remember exactly, but it was close to that) while they ran additional security checks on everyone on board, before they gave us the all clear to take off.

It was a strange mix of frustration, anxiety, and relief: frustration at the delays and extra security procedures (we couldn't bring ANYTHING on with us other than our ID and money in a clear plastic bag, so it was a really boring flight), anxiety at the threat of an attack, and relief that we still were able to fly out and get home as scheduled, only a few hours later than planned.

Anyway, not that this is anything compared to 9/11 or anything like that. It was just weird to see that listed on the Wiki home page today and be able to say, "I was there."

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Blusummers bows out of WoW

Well, I've been playing since Christmas of 2004. I can't believe there's a game that has held my interest for 4.5 years. It's weird to think that as of 4 o'clock this morning, I can no longer log into wow just to tool around if I'm bored. It's been a part of my life for so long and it was one of my few social outlets when we lived down in Peoria, but it was time to put it away. Many of the people that I really enjoyed playing with have either stopped playing or become different people and now that we're back in the Chicago area, I've got a lot of highschool friends that I'm getting together with on a regular basis.

Anyway, I just wanted to do a little farewell to the World of Warcraft. It's been fun to get to know different people while using the names Blusummers, Legatto, Scythe, Wolfwõõd, and Arphenon. I hope that the friends I've made will post occasionally on this blog and say hi.

Blusummers out.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Hmm, it's been a while.

Currently I'm up early and quite bored. I woke up at about 6:30 with a horribly stuffed up nose (I'm fighting allergies) and just couldn't get comfortable enough to fall back asleep. Given the fact that we had people over last night and were up till almost 1am . . . well, needless to say, I was not happy that my body decided to deprive me of another few hours sleep. Though I have been sleeping far more than usual lately, so I guess I don't really need it.

I'm "stuck" in the computer room at the moment. Pat is still sleeping in the bedroom, and we have a house guest this week sleeping out on our futon in the living room. So . . . I'm here. Not that there's really much else I could be doing if I had the other rooms available to me, but I'm a person who likes to have options.

The job from last week never played out, so I'm still looking. It's so frustrating. I learn things really quickly, and I'm probably capable of doing just about anything that doesn't require specialized knowledge. Unfortunately what my resume says is, "Has an unrelated degree in music, and hasn't worked in two years." Whether it's that, whether it's my out-of-area area code (I knew I should have changed my cell to a local number when we moved), or whether it's just bad luck, I don't know. But it's getting old.

On the plus side, we have a wedding to go to tomorrow. The bride is one of Pat's best friends (they've known each other since first grade), my former roommate, and one of the bridesmaids from our own wedding. It's kind of weird that she's getting married, though at the same time we've already been married for two years. We were one of the first couples in our group friends to get married, so I guess we're not allowed to say "It's so weird!" when other people get married, since we already pulled that on everyone. Besides, she and her hubby-to-be have been together for what seems like forever, so really, it's just time.

Guess that's all I've got for now. We've been kind of busy this week what with Pat's friend from Ohio visiting. Maybe next week will see more regular posting. Then again, I wouldn't hold your breath.