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[02 Jan 2008|10:52pm]
[ mood | tired ]

I don't have much time, but I wanted to make a quick, but meaningful entry.

I was talking to Nicole on new years eve and we were trying to figure out if anything significant happened this past year for us

She really couldn't come up with anything, but for me, A LOT of significant stuff has happened this past year.

- I started working at 7th Ave - which is going to help get me into grad school.
- I got a brand new car.
- I graduated from college.
- I had a hernia and my first ever operation.
- My mom passed away.

There's probably more, but that's all the major stuff that happened (I think).

It's definitely been an eventful year.

And I decided for my news resolution, so actually geniunely and sincerely attack any resolution I attempt to complete.

I started reading the Harry Potter series. I'm almost done with book 3!!

Please shoot me in the face if Hillary Clinton is elected the Democratic nominee.

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[16 Nov 2007|07:59pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

For once, I still wished I lived in So Cal. Kroq is putting on their annual Christmas shows, and for night 2, check out this lineup: Muse, Feist, Jimmy Eat World, Modest Mouse, Silversun Pickups, Spoon, the Shins. Holy crap! That is one hell of a lineup.

In other news, 4 days left and then I'm off to South Carolina for thanksgiving. All in all, there's going to be about 11 of us there (all from my dad's side of the family). Most people agonize over having to get together with their extended family and "hang out" with them for lengthy period of time, talking to that one [insert relative] who you're forced to talk to and the conversation is always awkward and usually about issues that you don't care about. For me it is definitely different. I'm mostly excited to hang out with my cousins, but it'll be nice to see everyone.


Nothing really noteworthy going on right now, recovering nicely from my surgery. I did achieve a new high score this past week in bowling (161) since I've been bowling  (for FREE!) weekly with my coworkers for the past 2 months. And I'm still plugging away at my vocab/preparing for the GREs.

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[16 Oct 2007|10:42pm]
[ mood | tired ]

I just wanted to say fuck you to Target. Yes, Target.

I went to buy the new Thrice CD, which I checked online, and they're supposed to have it, but they don't. Despite their atrocious customer service, I waited  for "the electronics expert" to tell me that "it's not going to be in our database yet, so I'm not sure where it is." I drove all the way to Watsonville and now I come away empty handed.

Okay, maybe that was a little hyperbolic to say something so callous. Okay, I take the whole thing back. Despite what you've done to me, I still love you Target.

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[09 Oct 2007|12:47am]
[ mood | contemplative ]

So, I felt since I never really make entries anymore, or at least ones that have any relevance, I decided I was going concoct something fresh.

So in the last month I've implemented this process where I'm making flash cards on vocabulary. It started off when my grad school books arrived in the mail, one of them being on how to prepare for the GREs. But now, it's turned it something more than that. I've always known that my vocab was subpar and this is just the tool I needed. So now, as I'm reading books, I stop and look up words and write them down, and have now assembled a list of over 500 index cards.

I've been cooped up in my house for the past 4 days. On Friday I had surgery. I had a hernia, which was restricting my movement, and keeping me out of work at Trader Joes. So now, I can return to Seventh Avenue after a week off and Trader Joes in two weeks. It's nice to actually have a real vacation. Usually vacations consist of travelling and doing all these superfluous activities, but not really having any time to oneself. Considering that until today, I couldn't leave the house to do anything, I've had a lot of time to myself. Also, I've been doing a lot of reading. And to top off the "vacation", I'm leaving on Friday with some friends from work and heading down to LA. We will boarding a vessel and embarking on a 3-day cruise down to Ensenada. We will return Monday morning and Tuesday will be my first day back to work.

Okay, now a little ventingCollapse )

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[10 Sep 2007|11:34pm]
[ mood | amused ]

http://www.youtube.com/jp.swf?video_id=lDrtTtRzwo0&eurl=http%3A//xblackthoughtsx.livejournal.com/friends&iurl=http%3A//img.youtube.com/vi/lDrtTtRzwo0/default.jpg&t=OEgsToPDskL2N-b3i1BUCaqv3x9u9mcU

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[14 Aug 2007|03:22pm]
I got a new car. and by a new car, I mean a new car. it's a 2007 toyota corolla. I had my old car and even when I first got it, it wasn't that exciting cause it sucked. But this car is awesome. all kinds of cool stuff. I'll have pics later. I'm in love.
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[25 Jul 2007|12:31am]
[ mood | tired ]

Quick update....

I was down in LA for about a week cause my mom just passed away. I got to spend time with my dad, brother, and all my relatives who I never see. Specifically my cousins whom I love to death.

I'm getting a new car soon. I put mine into the shop to get minor repairs and then I become aware that I was cracked block and that it will cost so much to replace it that it only makes sense to buy a new one.

I got a new phone.. still a razor, but this one has monopoly on it. I think that's amazing. Especially cause I can play for 20 minutes and resume the game 6 hours later if I like, which you can't do in a real monopoly game. And it has chess and other cool games.

I'm not moving. I was going to, but then Alissa got accepted (was on the waitlist) to teach in Spain. And considering all the money I'm going to spend on a car, I don't want to move out right now

I'm going to the Giants Braves game tomorrow/today and proudly wear my dodgers hat.

Theres a lot more, but that's just the most important things that came to mind.

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[15 Jul 2007|09:04pm]
[ mood | tired ]

I finally got to go golfing today. It was finally nice to get out there again. It had been 6 months, but now that I have a little free time, I can actually go golfing more regularly.

Speaking of free time, I don't have any. I'm working somewhere between 55-60 hours every week. But despite that, 7th avenue is going really well. I started a new position 2 weeks ago. It's really nice to not be on the floor and answer every single question that comes my way. Instead, I get to be a little creative in how I do things. Basically, the two main things I do are run different activities and do 1:1 activities assessments. But I get to basically renovate the program based on what activities I am interested in. I am currently trying to restart a nicotine cessation program and a little further down the line, a symptom management program. But mainly the programs are geared more towards fun things like fitness/sports, drawing, creative writing. So when I fully take over the position I have to come up with some groups.

I'm excited for next week. Next thursday Sean is going to come to SC and were going to hang out. And Next friday I get to see the smashing pumpkins. Not to mention the dodgers just swept the giants and that makes me immensely happy.

I just got a new phone. A word of advice: don't ever buy a razor. They are shitty phones that are not designed very intuitively and they are extremely fragile. Essentially, people buy them cause they look cool, but they have nothing else going for them. My old phone broke after about 2 months. The screen just stopped working, but the phone is fine. So rather than forking out a bunch of money, I just found a friend that could give me an old cell phone. So instead of a silver one, I now have a pink razor. It's hot. And because, the screen was broken, I couldn't get the numbers off my old phone. But I will be able to get most of the numbers back, at least the ones that I actually want to keep.

I really like the new Against Me! record.

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[19 Jun 2007|12:37am]
[ mood | exhausted ]

apparently I'm not the only one in the world with a middle name of thunder (and I find this out at the cowell graduation no less!)... no seriously, really? Now I don't feel as special anymore. AND when I was filling out the form for your official booklet/graduation ceremony name, I somehow decided to omit my middle name. I suck at life.

I wanted to express that, and that I am reading sex, drugs, and cocoa puffs, and it's really not that special. I mean, some chapters are good, but overall, not even close to living up to the hype.

PS - In case it's not painfully obvious -- and this is the only form of contact I have with you (or you live under a rock) -- I graduated from college on saturday afternoon.

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[11 Jun 2007|04:07pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

DONE.


(actually, I have one more paper, but its an evaluative/intuitive type paper that will not take very long)

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[02 Jun 2007|02:26am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

So today was possibly the weirdest day ever.

Julia is retarded and thinks to herself, 'hey, it's 7am, lets give zach a wake up call even though he does not have to be up for a couple hours.'  The previous few days I hadn't been sleeping too well, but nothing horrible (6 hours per night or so). So I'm doing relatively fine as i'm at 7th ave filling out all the orientation paperwork before I actually get hired. As the day progresses, I start to feel worse and worse. We finish orientation and I'm driving home consciously aware of all the normal things that I don't have to think about when I'm driving.

Then it hits me. I start imagining all these depressing things happening to me (like getting into a car accident because i'm so tired, but nobody notices and I bleed to death).These kind of thoughts stopped all of a sudden, and at the same time I'm telling myself, this is not rational thinking and try to continue on with my day just like I normally would. As I'm heading back to 7th ave it starts to feel like i'm on drugs. Well, what I'd imagine drugs would feel like. I can't remember any specifics, but I just remember thinking about things in totally different ways than I've ever thought about them before. I blew my mind. Seriously. As soon as I start interacting with my coworkers at 7th ave, I realize things are not quite the same as they usually are. The next couple of hours I didn't feel like myself at all. I was a third person watching my actions from a distance, but I was still able to for the most part act like I would on a day-to-day basis. It felt like I was in control of someone elses body. I still cannot fathom that all this happened. It was surreal, to say the least.

And now I'm off of work, and I'm not tired. What the fuck. 

2 weeks until I graduate!

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[17 May 2007|02:16am]
[ mood | tired ]

No more midterms ever! I just took my last 2 ever. Now I just have 3 papers to write in the next three weeks and then it's over

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[29 Apr 2007|01:18am]
[ mood | tired ]

I have lots of welts on my body since I went paintballing today. It was worth it, though. Now I'm just covered in paint.

My job at 7th ave has been amazing so far. I love it. I've enjoyed every minute of it. I'm going to get a job working there once I'm done with school. I just wish it paid more. Since it doesn't I'm going to continue to work at TJs and 7th ave, but despite the pay, the experience working there is gonna be really great.

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[09 Apr 2007|12:47am]
[ mood | tired ]

Spring break was pretty amazing. I didn't do too much while I was in LA, but that was okay. I went to Santa Barbara and got pretty trashed (which is usually what happens when i'm in SB). Then  I came home for a day to pack, and then headed out to Seqouia national park for the weekend. Sean's family friend has a house like 15 minutes away from there, so we stayed there and went hiking during the day. I didn't get many pictures in cause my camera died, but I did get a few in.

Then school started. But that's okay, cause I love my classes. Consciousness and humanistic are both going to be amazing. My other class is my field study, which tomorrow is my first official day at seventh ave. I'm super excited for that as well.

So this weekend has also been insane and it sorta feels like i'm still on spring break. Thursday I went out with Courtney and Julia, which is our usual thursday night except I managed to lose my phone. I put my phone in my shirt pocket and after walking to another bar, I realized I lost it. So I went back to the other bar, looked around where I was and it wasn't there. So I talked to the bouncer and he told me to come back after 2 when the bars close. I did.. still no luck. He says to come back tomorrow cause sometimes the cleaning crew finds it. So I come back again, and it finally shows up. Except the casing to the antenna and the top of the phone is gone. It works, luckily. I was more concerned that I didnt lose all my numbers. But now I'm checking ebay for a new phone, and probably upgrade it to a nicer phone.

Friday night Melissa had a little get-to-gether for her bday party, which involved copious amounts of alcohol and plenty of pictures to go around.

Saturday night I stayed at Christen's and met up with Daniel, Jason, and Paul in SF for the Dredg show. The show was amazing. They played for 110 minutes. Almost 2 hours!!! Holy crap did they put on a good show. They played an extremely diverse set from all 3 of their CDs, plus a few new songs. I also like how because they're a local band so most of the people at the shows are well versed in all their songs (but they're big enough to where they don't attract the local groupies).

Then I went back to Christen's and celebrated easter today with her family and like 50 million other people. We went to church for the easter sermon and then went back and had a huge easter dinner. And now I'm home.

Theres new episodes of south park and the office. This excites me greatly. Baseball season is here and this also excites me greatly (along with hockey playoffs!!!!!)

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[21 Mar 2007|02:39am]
[ mood | aggravated ]

I probably should be productive, but I don't really care. I have 1 more final on thursday, then spring break is here. I'm really excited for next quarter, partially just cause I really hated this quarter (but my classes will be amazing next quarter). I especially hated my sociology class, except when we got the female body builder to come in and talk about what steiroids does to her body and how she's also a prostitute on the side (and the dancing that was mentioned in my previous post).

For spring break I'm going down to LA for 3 days, then to Santa Barbara for 2 days. And then I'm coming back up to SC and not doing a god damned thing.. well not really. I just don't have to work. So that means: lots of reading  going to the beach, watching a crapload of movies and TV shows, and seeing people I don't see enough.

As soon as I school starts, I also start my field study at 7th ave. It's a mental health facility. Basically I'm going to learn a lot about the DSM (psychiatric diagnosis and behaviors), medications and side effects, and dealing one on one with the patients. It'll be intense, but I know what i'm getting into.

Other than that, things have been going well (well, almost everything). For st. pattys day, I went out with stephanie, courtney, and julia and we ended up at this house party where I somehow got a sombrero, as we left, I forgot that I was still wearing it and walked off with it. Now I have a sombrero. I guess I'm ready for cinco de mayo.

Hockey playoffs are almost around the corner (I've been following it closely.. especially since my friend Bryan is a huge hockey fan) And the baseball season is starting soon!

PS my current song has been stuck in my head for almost 2 weeks. They were playing it at the saturn cafe and Matt and his friends started getting really into it and now it won't go away. Seriously, almost 2 weeks. What the hell.

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[01 Mar 2007|12:10am]
[ mood | amused ]

uhhh... today will be a day that I will NEVER forget. really. I'm tired and need to go to sleep, but basically I had a guest lecturer dance around the classroom in a bikini and stick her ass in peoples faces all to the tune of sexy back.

No, really. This happened today in class. And that incident is only the tip of the iceberg.

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[27 Feb 2007|02:37pm]
[ mood | excited ]

My latest addiction is watching the office. Y'know, the show with Steve Carell. A few of my friends with the same comedic taste had been urging me to watch it. And so I did. After downloading everything, I watched all 2 1/2 seasons in about 2 days. Now that's what I call an addiction.

I got signed up for my senior seminar today. All the psych seminars are 30 people, but they decided to lower it to 15 and use the other half and give out permission codes (which was something new the psych department was doing so we weren't sure this was actually the case). 1 of your upper division classes has to be a seminar. So, it starts at 9A this morning and I'm thinking, I'll get there at 8:15 and be early. Last night I had class with Daniel and he's saying how Dave and him are showing up at 7:30. So I started rethinking my plan. Later I called Hayley and found out she was arriving at 6:45. So I changed my tune and woke up at 6A so I could get there early enough. I ended not getting there til 7A, but I was 17th in line (but there are 5 different seminars being offered next quarter). Those permission code lines are competitive when it comes to graduating seniors. So in this class of 30 it's me, Jesse, Daniel, Dave, and Hayley. Should be all sorts of awesome.

I really don't care about my classes this quarter. Mainly my sociology class. It sucks. But then next quarter comes and it's gonna be possibly the best quarter ever (possibly next to winter quarter of `06 when I took psych of poverty [and the practicum], clinical psych, and a US civil war class). I'm taking this consciousness seminar with ray gibbs, I'll be doing my field study (still need to pick out my place of residence), and humanistic psych with Ralph Quinn!!!!!! If you couldn't tell, I love ralph quinn. No, seriously, if either of us were female, we would make babies together. I'm hoping he'll also be my faculty sponsor for my field study as well.

And now that I've woken from my nap after waking up soooo early to get into the consciousness seminar, it's time to get to that studying!

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[06 Feb 2007|01:03am]
[ mood | frustrated ]

so a tiny update.. I've had a really bad day, but it amazes me to see the way my friends always chime in and help me out when i'm in a time of need.

With that being said, there's a tentative trip planned for Europe next spring (2008), and I got accepted into a field study program for spring/summer.. no idea what i'll be doing, but probably some sort of group home or something of the like. So at least I have a couple of things to be excited about.

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[13 Jan 2007|08:51am]
[ mood | sick ]

it's fucking cold (26 degress)... yeah, whatever!

I'm fucking sick and I feel like I'm going to die.

Nonetheless, life is really fucking good.

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[02 Jan 2007|01:52am]
[ mood | content ]

I just got back from San Francisco. That was a really random trip. It was me, Hayley, and her friend from LA, Tiffany.We decided about 8PM that we were going to head up. Everything about the trip was random.. We decided on the spot exactly what we were going to do. We basically ended up wandering around the north beach district.

The trip was provoked by Hayley's boyfriend and the drama he was causing at his house. Needless to say, none of us wanted to be there.

I hope all of your new years were just as eventful and I hope 2007 will bring all the things that you are looking for.

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