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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
12:15 am
Study 2 Pilot
Tomorrow I am (finally) piloting my Study 2. Luckily, Study 2 is a small study. I'm going to have 10-12 teachers in to do a few tasks. Tomorrow, however, I'm doing a dry run with some of my former master's students. I have everything printed out and all the food ready to go. (My former students were kind enough to do this for me in exchange for a meal.) Here's hoping all goes well.

Also, Mother's Day is Sunday. BMM's card is in the mail and her cookies will be sent out tomorrow.

It's been hot around here, but it's the dryness that is killing me. My nose is all bloody and I'm a walking static electricity machine who is constantly zapping myself. It seems like it's cooler tonight, though.

I guess that's all for now.

... Oh yeah, bin Laden's dead. :^)

Current Mood: anxious
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
10:35 pm
Still Alive
Quick update: Congrats to the Flyers for making it to the second round of the playoffs. Also, BMM is planning to visit me in SD for the first time in about a month. (I've only been living here for 5 years now.)

My sleep schedule is all out of whack, but otherwise life's normal here. (I kinda remember now why I stopped posting to LJ for a while. My life in SD is *boring*.)
Sunday, April 24th, 2011
5:42 pm
Happy Easter
Just a quick post: I've been super miserable for the last few days and I don't know why. I even snapped at Matthew last night (although he was kinda being a jerk). Perhaps living with a married couple is finally getting to me; then again, maybe I'm just tired of the single life. Add that to this never-ending grad program and you get a cranky Zig.

Anyhow, I'm trying to let that go today. It's Easter. I spent the day in bed reading and watching a bit of hockey. Tomorrow it's back to the grindstone.

Current Mood: uncomfortable
Sunday, April 17th, 2011
4:59 pm
Past --> Present
It's weird. My past has been taunting me a bit lately. (It does that from time to time.)

There were two incidents yesterday. First, facebook suggested I become friends with my ex-girlfriend Lauren. I haven't thought of her in years. I have no clue what happened to her after she broke up with me nearly a decade ago. Turns out, she still has the same job at Pier 1, got married to some creepy-looking guy, and gained a TON of weight. (I gleamed all of this from her facebook and myspace pages.) I remember being very upset when she broke up with me, especially because I was working on how I'd propose to her. Now, I kinda feel like I dodged a bullet. :^)

Second, around 12:30 I got an IM from Louisa. She was a friend of mine from SB who used to tend bar at the Merc. She was one of my favourite people to drink with, but I always had the feeling that she meant more to me than I to her. Out of the blue last night she messaged me. I'm going to guess she was slightly intoxicated, but it was nice to hear from her nonetheless. We caught up briefly; she's in Nashville now, married, and seems really happy. What really got me, though, was when I asked her why she was IMing me out of the blue. (I don't think the two of us had talked in quite a long time.) Her response: "just saw you were online and thought i'd say 'hi'. also, i like you and stuff." You can't ask for a better reason than that. :^)

I guess that's all. I spent today in my pajamas in bed reading with the window open falling asleep from time to time. It was nice to have a lazy day like this.

Wherever you are, I hope you're doing well.

Current Mood: content
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
11:44 pm
Happy Birthday Brain Candy
On this date 15 years ago, the Kids in the Hall released their first (and so far only) movie. I remember vividly going to see the film. I went with my then-girlfriend Sarah to the Eric theatre next to the old Montgomeryville Mart. I think there may have been one other person in the theatre with us. I loved it from the first few seconds into the flick.

For the record, I don't just love it because it was a KitH vehicle. Personally, I love it because it is SO dark. With comedies, the darker the funnier ... at least in my opinion.

So please excuse me; I need to go watch Brain Candy. Again. :^)

Current Mood: nostalgic
Monday, April 11th, 2011
2:39 am
Ghosts of Livejournals Past
I haven't posted an LJ in about a year and a half. I needed some time away. I'm considering coming back. I doubt anyone still follows me over here, which is both a good and bad thing.

Long story short: nothing exciting has happened to me in the past year an a half. Nothing. I am hoping, however, that by the end of the calendar year I'll be Dr. Zig. I not going to hold my breath about this, though.

I don't know what else to say. If you're around here still, say hi. I may post more soon; then again, I may not. We'll see. :^)

Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, October 4th, 2009
9:42 pm
Last posting at this age
My birthday is tomorrow (Monday) and I sent out an e-mail to my local friends to see if people wanted to do anything last weekend. As usual, my friends all crapped out (except Victoria, who said to let her know if anything was going on). Even my roommates couldn't do anything then. (Corinne had just returned from NYC the day before and had a flight to Pittsburgh the next day at 6 AM.) So, on Saturday at 9PM I'm watching TV by myself and all of a sudden I get a text from one of our project's student assistants. She invites me to a club downtown. (For the record, it was her boyfriend's sister's boyfriend's birthday.) After she twisted my wrist a bit, I got dressed quickly and headed downtown. Man, it had been a while since I was out and about like that. I actually ended up having a pretty good time, even though I only knew two people there and everyone was 10 years younger than me. Apart from paying $16 to park, I have no complaints about the night. I realize now that I need to find more friends who actually like going out every now and then. (Not all the time, mind you, but at least once in a while.) Also, I realized I can still hang with the young kids. ;^)

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, October 1st, 2009
12:07 am
Three in a Row

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
3:49 pm
The last post was true, but I should give it some context. I was asked to resign as a GA so I could be hired by the same department as a TA. It was just a formality and I felt I'd go out with a bang. However, when I forwarded the message on to Big Momma (who I thought knew about this stupid bit of bureaucracy), she got very upset. She thought I had been fired and had to drop out of grad school. While making her think this was kinda funny, it was also very mean and I apologize profusely to her for the misunderstanding.
1:29 am
Today, I was forced to resign from my job. I never had to do this before and I hopefully will never have to do it again. Below is the actual letter I sent to the College of Education.

23 September 2009

Dear XXXX,

It is with great sorrow and heavy heart that I am hereby tendering my written notice of resignation to you from the position of graduate assistant, effective immediately. The past few weeks have been a tumultuous time for me as I deliberated the direction of my career. This was a difficult decision, as working for the College of Education has been a positive experience and one for which I am thankful. I have learned a great deal and have enjoyed working with everyone here. However, career enhancement opportunities have led me to accept a different position. This final decision was reached only after thorough consideration. I regret the inconvenience this immediate resignation may cause, but circumstances have left me no choice.

I have enjoyed my tenure here and I appreciate having had the opportunity to work with everyone. I consider just about everyone I have met here to be friends of mine now, and I will miss them all. I thank the College of Education for many opportunities it afforded me to both learn and contribute. I will take many positive memories with me to my new employment.

I am looking forward to this new challenge and to starting a new phase of my career. Although there is much to say, I believe the reasons leading to this decision are known by you, and I will therefore leave them unsaid at this time. Please feel free to contact me at any time should you have any questions regarding my past work or if I can be of any assistance otherwise. I hope that this transition will go smoothly for everyone.

I wish continued success to everyone in the College of Education, and thank you again for my employment all this time.


[signed name]

Current Mood: resignation
Sunday, September 20th, 2009
1:56 am
Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family.
Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars,
compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good
health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed
interest mortage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your
friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a
three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics.
Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning.
Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing
game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose
rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable
home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up
brats you spawned to replace yourself.

Choose your future.

Choose life.
Friday, September 18th, 2009
12:47 am
One month!
It's only one month until our Oktoberfest party! I'm starting to get excited! :^)
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
5:32 pm
Saturday, September 5th, 2009
1:43 am
It's Official
17 October 2009 will be the 4th Annual San Diego Oktoberfest. Order your tickets now.

Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
11:24 pm
17 November 2009 - Belly-Up Tavern - TMBG!

I've got my ticket. You should get one too!

Current Mood: jubilant
Friday, August 28th, 2009
12:45 am
I suddenly got very excited for our upcoming (4th annual) Oktoberfest party ... even though it's still about 2 months away. Tentative date: October 17th.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
9:27 pm
Two quick notes
One: I had jury duty yesterday. I had to get up early and drive all the way downtown ... and then wait in a big room for over 9 hours. It was like waiting for a plane that never arrived. There must be a better way to do this. Moreover, if I was ever put on trial, I don't know that I'd consider most of those people my "peers". (Sorry if that seems dickish. I just needed to vent.) Oh yeah, parking cost me $22 also.

Two: It's way to friggin' hot here right now. When it gets hot like this, I get headachy and grumpy. (This should explain some of the miserableness of this posting.) It's currently 9:30 at night and the temperature here is almost 90. It totally messes with my sleep cycles. It's supposed to be worse the next two days.

There's my bitching for the evening. I hope you enjoyed it. :^)

Current Mood: hot
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
2:56 am
Sketch Comedy
My friend Pillsbury and I used to do top five / top ten lists all the time. Tonight, in that spirit, I present to you my top 15 comedy sketches you probably have never seen before. So here's the premise: there are lots of famous sketches from different shows. These are sketches (some from famous shows, some from not-so-famous shows) that may not be the funniest ever, but are probably not known by most people and are definitely funny in their own right. Feel free to totally disagree with my rankings. (I tried to find a website for each of the videos. Please don't blame me if they don't work. You can always use the google to find them for yourself.)

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Friday, August 14th, 2009
12:22 am
Saturday, August 8th, 2009
2:31 pm
The garage
My roommate wants to turn our garage into a gym. I really couldn't care less, but he's very into this idea right now. Frankly, it's too hot to exercise in there and we have so much crap that we need to store that that it seems impractical. Nevertheless, we're cleaning out the garage as we speak. (I needed a break, so I decided to write this post.) I'm going through old boxes of stuff that I haven't seen since I lived in Santa Barbara. Most of the stuff I'm getting rid of seem to fall into three categories: old clothes, dead electronics, and crap I don't even know why I kept in the first place. Also, I'm getting rid of a lot of stuff my exes bought for me. I had been keeping it for sentimental reasons, but looking back now I really have no attachment to it whatsoever. Don't get me wrong, I still keep pictures and gifts that I actually use, but I'm not holding on to stuff just to hold on to it anymore. The box full of soda tabs with a note attached explaining the inside joke from Sarah -- gone; the black jeans Lauren stole from Nordstroms for me that I no longer fit into -- gone; the weird translucent yellow plastic box Laura once places some presents in for me -- gone.

I'm becoming more and more minimalistic as I'm getting older. Maybe it's getting wiser with age, maybe I'm just tired of lugging all this crap around each time I move. I still get way to emotionally attached to objects, though ... *especially* if someone gave it to me as a gift.

Oh well, guess I should get back to cleaning. Wish me luck. :^)

Current Mood: nostalgic
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