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Posted on 2010.12.01 at 15:15
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Tron

Let me tell you, the Big JC ain't got nothing on me. Water into wine? Amateur. I have turned wine directly into sugar. Sugar I say! For those of you who missed the "DOES NOT EQUAL" sign in my expression yesterday, I've even managed to *store* the sugar I've manifested from wine directly into the cells in my body! Now that's impressive. Much like Johnny Mnemonic, I am using my body as a storage unit. Pretty neat stuff here. Some would even call it a miracle.

That being said, I've given myself three weeks to lose the 10-pounds (and 1-inch) I've gained from the inordinate amount of boxed wine I've consumed since August. Why? Elementary, really. SO I CAN DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN! Getting up every morning for a one-hour P90X routine is difficult at best, but feels so good at the end of the workout, at the end of the day, and at the end of the week. Coupled with the "Naturally Slim" way of eating these three weeks, I'll reach my goal just in time to crack open a beautiful box of wine (or three) during the Christmas holidays! Ho, ho, ho.

You see, my last visit to Newton was a formal handshake. My next trip I'm going to treat like a second date. I want to hunker down and fortify my position. Or myself. The ground-rules have been laid and now its time to circumnavigate the perimeter and test the defenses. There's still lots to be done, see, and do, so I hope to mix business with pleasure and drink some wine. By the time I get there, it'll have been something like FIVE WEEKS WITHOUT <-- That's a long time, FYI. For me.

I still don't know how everything is going to unfold, but given my effusive flexibility, I really don't care. Wine? Check. Women? Check. Song? Abso-freaking-lutely. Which brings me to my next project I hope to have completed in the next fortnight or so - "A Touch of Goth Xmas" mix! I'm still pouring over my iTunes library, ripping older tracks from my physical CDs and awaiting for some to arrive (based on what I've heard in preview, I'm planning on incorporating Clint Mansell's Black Swan which has already shipped - yay) and I found the spookiest "The Carol of the Bells" out of 150 choices - I shit you not, "The Von Trapp Children" <--- WTF?!?!?! Also, Darth Vader reading John 3:16. What a treat!

Work this week has been fantastic - mostly because of the fun and relaxing week prior; I'm on call next week - that can get tough; then one more week with my tongue in the rifling groove of the barrel before abject bliss. Its times like these, here at work, which make the future so very exciting.

So what are YOU doing this month???


michelle1963 at 2010-12-01 21:43 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I did miss the not equal sign. See what happens when one tries to multi-task? Studies have shown multi-tasking is not all it's cracked up to be an this is why.

As you know, this month is devoted to painting (and probably the month of after that), hanging some kitchen cabinets, and becoming friends with the weight machines at the gym.

Oh, and I suppose there is that minor thing about turning another year older at the end....
ehowton at 2010-12-01 22:08 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I did miss the not equal sign.
You and everyone else. If I had but a dime every time I posted something I thought was clever...

...painting...hanging some kitchen cabinets...
I'm looking forward to buying a work shirt!

...and becoming friends with the weight machines at the gym.
Those weight machines are not your friends. Do not let them fool you. You don't want them in your head. Maintain a respectful amount of anonymity and just use them for all they're worth - they wouldn't think twice about doing the same to you!

Oh, and I suppose there is that minor thing about turning another year older at the end...
I wish your mother blogged.
thesweetestnote at 2010-12-01 22:05 (UTC) (Link)
So what are YOU doing this month???

Working on my pole dancing routine! ;p
ehowton at 2010-12-01 22:11 (UTC) (Link)

What a feeling!

I can have it all, now I'm dancing for my life! Take your passion...and make it happen!
thesweetestnote at 2010-12-02 19:20 (UTC) (Link)

Re: What a feeling!

kat_rowe at 2010-12-02 06:06 (UTC) (Link)
So what are YOU doing this month???

something tells me it'll involve opening boxes, stocking shelves, helping customers, and sleeping the rest of the time

good luck and enjoy the body-conditioning routine and, of course, the wonderful excesses afterwards :)
ehowton at 2010-12-02 12:50 (UTC) (Link)
I miss doing the work you do. I mean, not then - when I was doing it - but now, that I no longer do. There's something rewarding about physical movement and tactile activities which I sometimes crave.

And thanks! Its going to be a great end-of-year :D
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-12-02 15:39 (UTC) (Link)
I too, share this sentiment. There are moments when I long to be back on the farm because after putting in a full day's work, all I wanted was a shower. Food did not matter. Just rest that I could not be parted from.

But then I realize I wouldn't be doing what I do on a daily basis (for better or worse) and think, perhaps, I should take both my past and current occupations in stride and be grateful for both experiences.

It is tempting, however, to get a part-time job with FedEx over the holidays to burn some calories.
ehowton at 2010-12-02 17:23 (UTC) (Link)
I almost said "looking back" is always different than the reality, often cast in a more favorable light than reality of the situation - a common symptom of nostalgia - but then I thought how very much I enjoy the job I'm currently doing, and almost always have.

I suppose some of that stems from the fact that I've left this job on numerous occasions only to return. The perception gained from hands-on experience is unlike anything else. I imagine its why I'm so happy here.

Well, that and I work daily with consummate professionals. Never underestimate the joy in that.

Outside the physical conditioning a job like FedEx may bring, don't forget its also a great form of augmented income! There's surely something to be said for that.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-12-02 18:51 (UTC) (Link)
I did think about the augmented income aspect, but I think the truth of the matter is even without school, I'm not sure that i would want to rush between jobs or that the money would be worth it. But it is kinda cool to get paid to "work out."
ehowton at 2010-12-02 18:57 (UTC) (Link)
You ought to get into construction. Those guys...damn!
thesweetestnote at 2010-12-02 19:23 (UTC) (Link)
Right about now I'd shovel shit for a steady paycheck and to have health insurance again! LOL ;p
ehowton at 2010-12-02 20:36 (UTC) (Link)
Oh I've had days like that. Days I would sit and wistfully imagine myself working on a road crew...

Usually on days where a database server dropped. Ugh.
thesweetestnote at 2010-12-03 20:09 (UTC) (Link)
Crews are fun. Last crew I was on, many moons ago, was installing cat 5 and fiber op. I was the lightest and skinniest one on the crew so naturally I was elected the "cable rat". They'd tie the cable drops to my belt and send me up into the rafters and give me the path. As dangerous as it was, it was also exciting. I felt like some sort of ninja spy LOL. Until the time I almost fell 30 feet down onto some woman's desk. She was screaming covered in ceiling tile debris as my legs dangled over head... my chuck's kicking to find someway of pulling myself up... and everyone looking up from their cubicles to see what was happening AH! the good ol' days. :')
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-12-04 05:55 (UTC) (Link)
Do you speak Spanish? If you do your skills are needed. Obama authorized 1000 new jobs at the U.S. Border Patrol
thesweetestnote at 2010-12-06 19:54 (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, I don't. I'm a Latina that never learned the language. I know very little and I sure know how to cus up a storm to tell someone off but other than that I feel I'm not fluent enough. My girlfriend has been coaching me slowly. Thank you! I will look into it! And it's a reminder that I should learn the language of my bloodline. Be nice if they had a position where I could yell obscenities at illegals while shooting bullets over their heads while riding an ATV, chasing them back over the line. ;p LOL
ehowton at 2010-12-06 21:01 (UTC) (Link)
Danny Butterman: Have you ever fired two guns whilst jumping through the air?
Nicholas Angel: No.
Danny Butterman: Have you ever fired one gun whilst jumping through the air?
Nicholas Angel: No.
Danny Butterman: Ever been in a high-speed pursuit?
Nicholas Angel: Yes, I have.
Danny Butterman: Have you ever fired a gun whilst in a high speed pursuit?
Nicholas Angel: No!
thesweetestnote at 2010-12-07 18:01 (UTC) (Link)
LOL. I need to see that movie. I suppose apart from the safety issues and the possibility of stray bullets killing innocents... a high-speed pursuit whilst firing a fully automatic machine gun could be quite fun! ':D Hummmm... an idea for a paint ball park involving ATVs! EUREKA!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-12-07 05:03 (UTC) (Link)
"And it's a reminder that I should learn the language of my bloodline." All that means is you are a true U.S. American mutt, and you should be proud of that. I don't know how to speak Gaelic or German, the languages of my ancestors. Well German, like you I know rudimentary and can cuss in. In Gaelic all I know is the phrase Éirinn go Brách, Ireland forever!!!

I believe all Americans should be proud of their ancestry and know that language but with all of us coming from different countries I think we need just one language to unite us and that is English. All of our laws and institutions were founded in English. English like the U.S. is made of many different cultures and is infinity adaptable. And frankly compared to Spanish, English takes a lot fewer words to say the same thing.
thesweetestnote at 2010-12-07 18:21 (UTC) (Link)
I totally agree with you. I am tired of people getting pissed off at me because I don't know Spanish and they can't speak any English... as if I should know Spanish! I'm like... "HELLO!?.. this is the United States!" ... I wouldn't go into Mexico (and I never NEVER would ) and expect them to accommodate my shitty Spanish skills. Kind of also pisses me off that forms for government aid are in English and Spanish. I feel if you can't speak English why in the hell should you be afforded any benefits such as food stamps since clearly you are not from the United States?!

I'd rather learn French or Italian because those are countries I'd rather visit. But I do want to learn Spanish because I feel it's a lame excuse on my part to say "I refuse because I live in the U.S." Knowledge is power for sure. Especially if I ever find myself kidnapped by a cartel or if Mexico invades the U.S. (ok, take time to laugh that one off...I am). As a video editor, living in a Texas border town, I do my fair share of bilingual video presentations and I can definitely say Spanish has way more words. Tough to keep :30 tv spots within that time in Spanish if it's being translated from English. Another reason I think why the voices in Spanish commercials sound like auctioneers.
kat_rowe at 2010-12-02 20:22 (UTC) (Link)
it's not terrible work (and i really do enjoy helping customers) but it's hell on my creaky, weak, painful joints. not complaining, though. money is money, after all, and the Great Satan has lots of potential for upward mobility so it's not like it's a forever thing

great end-of-years are always great *hug*
ehowton at 2010-12-02 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
I started as a cashier but I was way too cool for that, so worked and worked and worked my way up to "Manager" of Electronics! MY DREAM JOB! Only problem was - it kinda sucked.

I *loved* the days they'd ask me to sub as a cashier and sometimes volunteer to pull double-shifts as one. All that standing around not having to work as hard as I did on the sales floor? Yeah, I had the good life and didn't know it :P
kat_rowe at 2010-12-02 20:56 (UTC) (Link)
I've yet to meet a cashier who realizes how lucky s/he has it...
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-12-02 15:35 (UTC) (Link)
I too have put on some five pounds due to excess imbibing. Not irresponsible imbibing, just imbibing at the wrong time of day and too often over too short a period of time. Now I'm going to have to step up my A game, but as our weather has moved to winter temperatures, my choices for burning calories are limited.

I'll have to answer your parting query when I'm not otherwise pre-occupied.
ehowton at 2010-12-02 17:25 (UTC) (Link)
What's your "A" game? Do you have a plan? And follow through? That's what Brian Boitano'd do!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-12-02 18:51 (UTC) (Link)
Portion control and, if I can find a way to squeeze it in, exercise.
ehowton at 2010-12-02 19:09 (UTC) (Link)
That's a great priority structure. Good luck!
irulan_amy at 2010-12-05 04:59 (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to the "Touch of Goth Xmas" mix!

Oh... losing weight and the P90. I need to make time. I really just need put in the DVD as soon as I get home from work and get it out of the way. I sit entirely too much.
ehowton at 2010-12-05 05:30 (UTC) (Link)
If we don't get up an hour early - in our case 0445 - we often won't do it. On rare occasion we'll run through one in the evening, but consistency requires we do it before anything else.
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