Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Missed An Awesome Party

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1156458_surferI missed one of my best friend’s bachelor parties last month because I had something for work that I just couldn’t get out of.  Fortunately my friend understood and was pretty cool about the whole thing.  After seeing pics and hearing about how it went, though, I’m super jealous.  They all went to California and did some partying and stuff like you would expect, but the main reason I’m jealous is because they went surfing!  Well, it would be more accurate to say they took a group surf lesson since I don’t think anyone there had ever been surfing before, but from the pics it looked really exciting.

I’ve always wanted to learn to surf.  But, you know, living in the middle of Texas it’s not like there are really man opportunities to do so.  There are plenty of rodeos and football games, but not much surfing.  In fact, after hearing about their experience in California, I started looking at various surf camps online to try and see if there was anything relatively close.  I figure now that all my friends have gone surfing, I might as well give it a try myself!

So the rest of the bachelor party was just spent doing the normal type of partying things.  A nice restaurant, some bars, etc.  Nothing crazy or anything.  It wasn’t like the movie the Hangover or anything (and if it was they would’ve told me!), which is a hilarious movie by the way.  Ed Helms’ character cracked me up.  I think he’s funny as Andy in The Office, too (although he hasn’t been on much this season), but I could related to his character a bit in the Hangover because he was with a woman that he didn’t really like and who didn’t really respect him, and throughout the movie he found the confidence to finally stand up to her and leave her.   Like he kept trying to be a good guy and treat her well but she didn’t appreciate him and basically just disrespected him all the time.  Poor guy.  But it had a happy ending, but I don’t want to give anymore spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.

They made a sequel but I haven’t seen it yet.  I’m kind of behind on my movie watching.  I’ll usually wait until they come on TV and then record them and watch them later.  Except sometimes I don’t watch them for a while and my recorder gets really full and I can’t record anything else.

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A Valentine’s Gift To Myself

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804782_regalIt’s Valentine’s Day!  I didn’t buy lots of candy and flowers like everyone else, but instead I went shopping for car insurance rates for myself.  Why?  Two reasons:

Reason one: this is the year of saving money, and I know I was paying too much with my old company.  I read an article not too long ago that kind of changed the way I thought about money.  The point of the article was basically that saving money is the same as making more money.  Most people wish they made more money, but the reason is so they can buy more stuff, not so they can save more.  But even if your income stays constant, if you find ways to save more your bottom line still increases by the same amount as if you made more (and didn’t spend it).  So, since I don’t see myself getting a raise anytime soon, I’m looking for ways to save more and reduce the amount of money I already spend.  One way was by getting cheaper car insurance.  I also probably go out a bit too frequently.  I could save $20-50/night by staying in.  I’m also going to try to buy more stuff on sale this year, like clothes.  Stores always have great end of season sales so I’m going to try to get some sweaters and stuff on sale and just wait and wear them next autumn.  It’s not like I’m the most fashion forward person in the world and can only wear the absolute latest stuff.  Trends don’t change that much in only one year.

Reason two: because Valentine’s is a commercial holiday and I don’t think I should have to spend a lot of money on a bunch of gifts for a woman just to prove that I love her.  I can already hear the collective groan of all the “nice guys” who are reading this.  Look, when I’m really into someone, I pretty much already spend most of my time with her, anyway.  She knows I love her just like I know she loves me.  Besides, if I want to do something nice for a woman I’m seeing (and I do from time to time), isn’t it better if I do it because I want to do it rather than because some holiday says I’m supposed to do it?  Fortunately, I don’t date women who get all crazy about Valentine’s Day, anyway.  There’s not much worse than a woman who, after you give her a dozen roses and take her out to dinner, complains that the roses weren’t long stem, or the restaurant wasn’t where she really wanted to go, etc.  Ungrateful much?  There are plenty of other guys out there who would be happy to take them to a $100 per person dinner at a fancy restaurant on Valentine’s Day, so they can go date those guys if that’s what they want.  It must be stressful to feel like you have to prove how much you love your girlfriend or wife by spending a lot of money on her.

Plus, let’s not forget that those places are always super crowded, anyway.

And crowded places usually aren’t much fun.

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Shopping And Diet

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1097197_pizzaI just wrapped up some online shopping and am pretty happy with what I bought. I am moving next month and got some really nice plastic storage bins to help me keep my stuff organized (which is definitely something that I need to work on). I also got some much needed new clothes as everything I have now is starting to be too big. That is because in the last 3 months I have lost a nice amount of weight. I decided that this was the year I was finally going to do something about my weight. I am turning 30 later this year and wanted to enter my 30’s in shape.

I have never had a problem working out it is the diet part of it that always screws me up. I like to eat and what I like to eat isn’t healthy. I used to run and go to the gym all week and then when the weekend rolled around I would eat a whole pizza or chicken wings or fast food and a lot of it. It was just the way I was raised as my parents didn’t cook much. We ate out a lot and if we didn’t it was a grilled cheese sandwich or stuff like that. I had to basically teach myself how to cook and it was a lot of trial and error. I remember the first time I tried to make spaghetti and that was a disaster. I used so much garlic a plate of it could have killed 100 vampires.

I also bought myself a new coffee machine this morning. The one I have now I have been using since college and it has seen better days. I never clean the thing and it is almost 6 years old so yeah you can probably imagine. I can’t say I love much in life besides my family but coffee is one thing I do love. I drink a lot of it so I invested in a nice one. I saw it on sale because there’s no way I was going to pay full price on it. I don’t love it that much. I also got a couple DVD’s that I have always wanted. I really need to get a Blu-Ray player. I think I might ask my parents to get one for Christmas this year. We still buy each other gifts although we have scaled back as I got older. I think one of those though would be a perfect request.

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I Even Ate A Mushroom

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1388709_korean_mushroom_steamboatSo I’ve been busy today. I stayed at work until 6pm. Oh, let me clarify; that’s late for me. I usually leave at 5pm. So I was working on this new project all day that is kind of getting to be a pain in the butt because the scope of it keeps expanding and expanding . At first it was cool. Our boss was like “hey, we need you to do this thing” (I don’t really want to get into it here, so “thing” will have to suffice). So we do our research and stuff but our boss keep adding new stuff to it. It’s like, right when we think we have everything figured out, some new parameter gets added.

Ugh.

If they would just give us all the information we needed from the beginning we could be done by now. Instead, it’s like do this… oh, but you also have to keep this other thing in mind… oh, and this third thing… etc.

That’s actually like a metaphor for my job, except normally it’s on a smaller scale so it’s not that big of an issue.

Not the last week, though.

My time over the weekend was spent away from work, but I spent a few hours of it looking for an attorney in Sarasota because I got into a bit of trouble last weekend. But I don’t want to talk about that anymore. I will say, however, that I think the cost of getting an attorney to represent me will save me money in the long run. It’s still going to cost me, though. I guess I won’t have as many funds as usual for the next few months.

I did something I’ve never done before: I ate a mushroom, and it wasn’t totally gross. It seems like everyone loves mushrooms except for me. I don’t like the texture. I think they feel like rubber, and they taste like dirt. But I had some mushrooms with this chicken and pasta meal today and I could almost say I liked them. Maybe it was just because they were mixed in with everything that they didn’t taste so mushroomy. I don’t know. But I’d definitely try them again.

It’s really weird, too, because I loved mushrooms when I was a kid. I used to get them on pizza all the time. And then one day I just realized I didn’t like them. But maybe I’m starting to like them again, and that would be cool because I know they’re pretty healthy.