I'm pretty much done with my final project for my GIS class. And by done I mean the paper is pretty much done too. I need to do some major editing and write the presentation, but seeing as its only 5 slides, it will take no time at all. And have I mentioned this is due Friday? I have never ever finished a project this far ahead for school.
Now about that paper due Thursday that is less than halfway done.....
- I'm getting married two months from today - I can't friggin wait!
- In one week from tonight, I'll be done with grad school. Sure I don't graduate until the 12th, but in one week, done! I've actually started writing my paper that is due Thursday, and my project that is due Friday is coming along, so I'm actually feeling OK about the workload.
- I think I've sold my car (knock on wood)! Taking a bit of a loss, but not too much, and at least its done. Now, if I can only figure out all the details necessary for the sale to actually go through.
- Since I don't know how much room I'll have in my parents' and Sam's luggage, its kind of hard to figure out what I should ship. I think I should probably start shipping textbooks and regular books though. Hmm, must buy boxes. And a poster tube as well.
- I sold my futon too! Also for less than I wanted, but at least its something.
- Now to just sell the TV, DVD player, printer and computer speakers....
The past couple of years, I've participated in the Nike runs in Central Park. Motivated more by the training groups and the nice dri-fit T, I haven't cared much about the bands they have post concert. This year, however, Joan Jett and Fountains of Wayne are playing. Fountains of Wayne have been one of my favorite bands forEVER (yes, since Radiation Vibe hit the radio waves), and the Joan Jett concert I saw at Warsaw was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. This should not even be a contest.
concert run also happens to be the first day of a conference I was hoping to go to in Williamsburg, VA. One that sounds really interesting and could help me make some very good contacts if I don't have a job yet.
I have a feeling that good career moves are going to win out over my desire for good music here, I can just feel it.
So far, I've only gotten one person who's really interested in my car, and on Monday he said he wanted to come look at it, but has since not responded to email or a call. So I guess if there are no biters by this weekend, I'll lower the asking price, but what if no one takes that? I have to sell it by June 12th, and I can't just sell it back to a dealer, because unless they offer me a really great price (which I guess is worth looking in to), I can't afford to sell it too low because I'll still have to pay off the remainder of my car loan, which thanks to tax, was significantly higher than the price of the car.
On the plus side, there are two whole people interesting in my futon - maybe I can start a bidding war!
Please pass this on to anyone in the Bay Area who might be interested.
Sam and I drove all over last weekend, since we didn't know if we'd be out here next year. There was a tour through Oakland and Berkeley on Friday, then down to Monterey and Carmel and the beautiful 17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach.
And speaking of driving, it looks like I'll be selling my car. Yup, my baby! I have an interview in New York lined up for after graduation, and it seems like it could actually be in my field, so even if the interview I had a few days ago or the one I have on Monday works out, I wouldn't take the job until I know more about the job in NY. Therefore, it makes the most sense to sell the car and worry about getting a new one in the fall should we end up here. It was a tough decision but I think it makes the most sense. So if anyone knows someone looking for a beautiful blue Prius with all the bells and whistles and very low milage, let me know.
One San Francisco tradition I was not previously aware of was Bay to Breakers, a 12k race run every spring from the SF bay to the ocean at the end of Golden Gate Park. This isn't just any race, though. Sure, some people run it. The majority of the people just walk the course while dressed in crazy costumes and drunk off their asses. Think the Village Halloween Parade but with more alcohol involved. In a way, it reminded me of spring fling from college. Maybe it was the memory of being the only sober one there the year I worked on concert board. Maybe it was the memories of not knowing what to do when its 2pm and not knowing what you were supposed to do with the rest of the day. Regardless, I highly recommend checking it out sometime.
+ more photos at flickr
Well, its about that time. In just over two months, Sam and I will be getting married. And in NY, that means that our application to have our wedding featured in the Style section is almost due. Needless to say, we haven't gotten around to having someone take our photos, which need to be submitted as well. Sam's visiting this weekend, so it was our last chance to try and get some in. We have a few, but maybe you can help us choose from the ones over the last few months.
Click on the photo below to see the rest, and leave the vote either here or on Flickr.
Sure, I have two midterms tomorrow, but for some reason, I felt the need to make latkes for dinner. Well, I know the reason - it was because the bag of potatoes was starting to scare me and I knew I needed to act quickly, and the only thing I could think of to use massive quantities of potatoes was latkes. I also introduced my Singaporian roommate and her boyfriend to latkes and they are now converts. I had a bit of trouble maintaining the correct amount of oil - think it would have gone better with a cast-iron pan - but otherwise, the first latke attempt went well. I decided not to make them all tonight, in the interest of time, so I saved the rest of the potato/egg concoction, which hopefully will be fine tomorrow.
Nope, that didn't happen this weekend. I spent all weekend playing frisbee at UC Davis, playing at Northwest Regionals for frisbee. We got our asses kicked, which isn't much of a surprise when you're seeded 16th. I'm kind of bummed that the season is over now, but I'm looking forward to the extra time.
I hate that there are always twenty things I should be doing. If it isn't studying for my two midterms tomorrow, its writing a paper due Wednesday, or starting on my final projects that I know I'll somehow end up leaving to the last minute.
When will the time come that I can not feel guilty about taking an hour to watch TV? I suppose it will be in about one month, when I'll be done with classes, but then there will just be other stuff like moving, graduation, the wedding and finding a job. I can't wait until the guilty feeling goes away.
Up until last week, Sam and I had been planning on settling out here in the bay area. However, with no job, I realized maybe dragging Sam out here wasn't the best thing to do. Here's the choices I've been weighing recently.
|-It's NYC (like you need a better reason)||-More expensive for the space|
|-Friends||-Kiss my dreams of a big kitchen goodbye|
|-Family||-Most likely kiss my dreams of a two bedroom apartment goodbye|
|-Sam has a great job||-I have no job|
|-Don't have to move after the wedding||-Give up chance to try a new city for a while|
|-Save a lot of money by not having a car or car payments|
-Will probably have to give up my baby (i.e. my Prius)
|-While there are jobs in my field in NYC, most of them are not in the area I was hoping to specialize|
|-Most of them are also not in NYC|
|-Nice weather (I know, I haven't lived through a SF "summer", but the surrounding areas are beautiful!)||-No job!|
|-Lots of outdoorsy stuff to do around here||-Sam has no job|
|-Potential for great job (though miniscule prospect of that happening before I need to make a decision)||-If Sam takes classes, we'd have to shorten our honeymoon|
|-More space for our money||-We'd have to move when we get back from the honeymoon|
|-Chance to try out new city||-Where to get wedding gifts sent becomes an issue|
|-Get to keep my car||-Only know a couple people up in the city|
|-Family and friends are across the country|
|-Think we would eventually want to be in NY when starting a family|
I think this is the first piece of mail we've gotten mailed to the two of us (yes, Richard is Sam's legal name - long story, don't ask). What's especially weird about it is why anyone who has Sam's legal name would have it associated with me and my address. I think the only things we've filled out together are wedding things like registry info, which is all under Sam Thompson. Very odd.
Update: I think I figured it out - I just got something addressed to Sam and I again, from WNYC. Last year when I gave some money to WNYC, I included Sam on there (w. his real name) as well. When I moved, the USPS gave WNYC my updated address, even though I never asked them to. Therefore, WNYC must be giving out their list of members to organizations like The Fresh Air Fund. While I'm all for The Fresh Air Fund, I'm totally against WNYC giving out the list of members. Grrr - I never would have expected this from public radio!