A Prize In Every Box

This is a place for the random musings and life experiences of one Fliven, who looks for life's fun little surprises, even when its in a giant box of stale, tasteless foodstuffs.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010


So here I am stuck at work, and there is NOTHING to do. And I can't leave, really, and I haven't had much sleep, and its just an abysmal situation. So yeah. Thought I'd share that.

It looks like the Green Lantern movie is a 'go'! Its about TIME that GL got his day in the sun. But Ryan Reynolds? I'm not feeling it. We'll have to see how he does.

And now, I have to go poo.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This is a common question. One that absolutely everyone gets asked at job interviews. Having had a blog for 5 plus years now, I can look back and see what I was doing/thinking 5 years ago, and whether I thought then I'd be where I am now. Let's see, at that time I was living with my parents, in a fair bit of debt, spending WAY too much time playing KotOR, had long hair, and was dating the Evil One. I was working part time at the knife store. Rough.

And now, 5 years later, I am married to the Good One, living 600 miles away from my parents in my own home, have a new car, a full-time job, and have a LOT of debt. But apparently its the 'good debt' and not 'bad debt'...I didn't know until recently that there was a difference. Kind-of like good and bad cholesterol. And I am not playing KotOR at all, but mostly because my X-Box is crap and I need to save up for a new one. Still wearing the same pants and t-shirts though. I wish I knew what company made our marching band t-shirts from freshman year, cause that thing is still in GREAT shape, and its been 18 years already!

So what happens in 5 MORE years? Time will tell. I imagine I'll have my car paid off, and may be trading it in for something with more room in the back for kids and junk. And probably a kid or two running around. A dog, certainly. May or may not be bald by then, but will have a significant percentage of my hair turn gray for sure, if the rate stays the same as it has been. Who knows? Maybe I'll finally get my job at Cartoon Network, as well!

Nothing really going on right now, just killing time during the lull at work we are currently experiencing. Plotting how best to finish cleaning my garage. We are SO CLOSE to having room for both cars in there...just 2 boxes of junk and a pile to go to goodwill and we're there. Very exciting. Also need to go shopping for a weedeater. Home Depot is my new favorite store since becoming a homeowner, since I end up going at least 5 times a week.

Naptime. Zzzz....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Of Cars and Houses

Man, its been awhile since I've blogged, but I have been a busy little bee the past few months, and just now have the time.

Firstly, house! Started looking for a house in January. Looked at a few options in the area, and in March, put an offer in on a short sale. For those who are not 'real estate savvy', a short sale is a sale by someone who is in the early stages of foreclosure, so as to avoid having a foreclosure on their record. But its got to go through a whole thing by the bank, and is a real pain. So. While waiting on that, we kept looking around. Then found THE house. We put an offer in on that one, had a little haggling with the seller, and then signed a contract on April 29th...one day before the tax credit deadline. Booyeah! What followed is a dark time with financial stress you would not BELIEVE, but on June 25th we closed on the house and started moving in! Its awesome. I have a YARD. And when I get rid of some of the trees out back, I'll have a view, too. I don't mind the trees, really, and like trees, and speak for the trees, but these are pine, which are not cool. Deciduous is better. Pines drop cones or needles or sap or pollen all four seasons of the year, and kill grass. So they've got to go. There IS one nice tree back there that I want to keep, however. We're about 90% moved in now, with just a few organized piles of stuff in the garage keeping me from getting both cars in there.

Cars. So on July 1st, I am rolling down the road in my car, like you do, and find myself behind a large pickup truck. Now, as I am in a Civic, I can't see around said pickup truck, so when the person in front of him decides he suddenly has to turn left, doesn't use a signal, and just STOPS, I can't see that. Pickup truck mashes his brakes, I hit mine, and while he gets stopped in time, I do not. I hit him going like, 10 mph, tops. About the speed of a jogger. HIS car is fine. A scratch on the bumper, no more. Unfortunately, because my car is smaller, I miss hitting his bumper with mine and slide UNDER his car, so his bumper just pushes my hood back like an accordion, and has its way with my radiator, A/C condenser, framework, headlights, and so on. Its a mess. I get an estimate. Freakin' FOUR GRAND worth of damage! From hitting someone at 10 mph! Ridiculous. My car's only worth 2 grand, tops. So I donate the green machine, and get the crimson shadow. Its a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. Got a pretty good deal, price-wise, but the real bonus is the super warranty. Plus you know, new car smell. Its awesome. Trunk isn't as big as I'd like, but if that's the only thing, I'm ok with that.

I'm still pondering ideas for the library upstairs...its going to be awesome. If I manage to get a secret passage in there, it'll be tough not to tell anyone about it, though. Otherwise its just a 'passage'. :)

Looking forward to turning 33 this weekend, too. I get to have breakfast at McDonald's. Mmm...hotcakes and sausage...