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So Chuck moved in yesterday!  I’m so excited about this development and I really can’t wait to start the next phase of my life, with more time for living (as I talked about in Climbing Out of the Social Void and Following the Pixies).  Unfortunately, I’ve already scheduled my part-time hours through May and I’ve still got a pretty full plate.  Chuck was looking at my calendar and was shocked how much I work.

While I’m so tired of this rat race I’ve been on, and so ready to dial work back, I am actually grateful for the overlap between rent money coming in and working all these hours.  I’ve got some plumbing issues and my heat pump is on the fritz.  Both are going to require repairs outside of what I can figure out on my own.  Both could be relatively expensive, and thank god I’m no longer treading water in this house alone.

One potential downside to this living arrangement was revealed last night… after I got home from work at 11:30pm, Chuck and I talked for a long, long time about the awesome Game of Thrones.  I mean a really long time.  Really, really late when we went to bed.  He’s read the book but not seen the TV show.  I’ve not read the books but love the TV show.  Well, I’ll take great conversations over awkward tension in a roommate any day, even if I lose sleep here and there.

To kick off my new era of living, I’ve decided to throw an epic party.  I’ve not been in a position to throw a really good housewarming party since I moved in last June, and have not had much time to have friends over– many haven’t ever been here.  My birthday is June 25, and the weekend before that the kids are with their mom.  So… I’ve set up invites.  I’m scheduling it for Saturday since last time I had a party (when I first split with my wife and moved into an apartment) I threw it on a Friday night, and a bunch of friends bailed on me, claiming they were too tired to party on a Friday night.  These were the same guys who would party with me three days straight all the time 20 years ago, but somewhere along the way they got too old to rock and roll… without rest.  As someone who works 65 hours a week and still finds the energy to party (Jägerbombs and Satellites, Quite the Momentous Week) I guess it’s hard for me to realize that not everyone has the party stamina of Rasputin, but in consideration of them I’m doing a Saturday party this time so they can rest up.  I’m also going to start it early — 4pm — so the early birds can come party before heading home.  We’ll kick things off by hanging out on the deck and patio, grilling meat and drinking refreshing adult beverages.  As the night progresses I’m sure we’ll move inside, hook my iPod up the stereo for some great jams… and just have a grand ol’ time.  I’ve got lots of bed and sofa space, so anyone without designated drivers is welcome to stay over, and I’m planning on stocking up and cooking a helluva breakfast to help us recover.  Mmmm, bacon…

Hopefully I’ll have some great stories to tell here a day or two afterwards 🙂

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The “Take Back My Life 2011” master plan has taken longer to come together than I had hoped.  For those who might not have read about it, here’s the quick rundown:  basically, I’ve been on an insane roller-coaster ride for years now where just about all I do is work, work, work and sleep, holding down a full-time job, a part-time job, and a weekly writing gig.  Every other weekend I get to spend time with my wonderful two kids, but on the other weekends I work at my part-time job for 8-12 hours each day.

This is me

Occasionally I squeeze in a little me-time during each week, but it’s often at the expense of rest, which is obviously not a very healthy way to go.  Something needs to change, and this year various things were set in motion that I believe will lead to a much needed change.  Making sure my kids are taken care of is a high priority, but living alone is an expensive luxury I just cannot afford.  Thus–fingers crossed– I will soon have a roommate and can begin dialing down the hamster wheel of endless work I’ve been on and reclaim some time to rest, relax and have a life outside of the hamster wheel.

It’s going to be happening soon, so soon that I can taste it, I dream about it, I’m even starting to tentatively plan around it.  But there are things passing me by now because it’s not happening soon enough and it’s driving me just a little bit crazy.

One of those things is following The Pixies.

Not long ago I found out that The Pixies have been on tour performing the Doolittle album.  They’ve actually been touring since October 2009, hitting Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, then back to Europe and concluding in the U.S. this past spring.  They’ve basically been touring during the time period I’ve been least able to go to their shows since I first discovered The Pixies in the late ‘80s, and I didn’t even hear about it until the tour was over!  And yet… they recently kicked off a “Lost Cities US Tour” continuing the Doolittle performances this Fall and Winter, concluding November 21 in Santa Cruz California.  The closest they’ll be around here is November 6 in Wilmington Delaware, and November 8 in Greensboro North Carolina.

So my window for catching either or both of these shows is less than two weeks away… and still no roommate.  Damn it!!

The Pixies were one of the pillars of my music renaissance (which I talked about here, in …She’d Envy my iPod (pt3)).  They were one of three cassettes I bought one Saturday afternoon on the recommendation of a lovely girl I was dating at the time and it knocked my socks off and totally reoriented what I knew about good music.  One was Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth, one was Hunkpapa by Throwing Muses, and one was Doolittle by The Pixies.

Doolittle, quite the eye-opener

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