It’s Snowing. Seriously. In April. (T-129)

And by tomorrow, it’s supposed to be warm in the 60s again. Crazy!

Okay, so it’s been a week and a half since I’ve last updated. Plenty has happened! I finished Transition Assistance Program last week – I am SOOO stoked about getting out of the military. There was lots of good info that I got, and the most important stuff that I did get was help on looking for jobs and how to craft a great resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills. But by far the best was meeting with some of the local job market recruiters and realizing that I have a really good shot at finding a good job locally. And that’s the goal: stay in the Springs for a few more years and then see what can happen next. As some of you may know, I really am still wanting to do the Home Entertainment business (this does NOT mean in-home stripping, although I’ll do what I have to do! ;-p ). But regardless, the next few months need to be done. Just over 4 months to go! Can you believe it?

Alright, then this weekend was mighty productive! Jeff and I went and rented an aerator which looks like a lawnmower but instead it digs little holes in your lawn and yanks out the dirt so that when you water the lawn, there’s plenty of dirt entry points for better water absorption. Well, let me tell you, that is one hell of a chore. We did 3 lawns that day. And then we put fertilizer on the lawns, and I also started up my sprinklers again (just in time for one more snow fall – great…). Then that night, more Wii goodness ensued! The next day I then went weed-crazy with my new Rocket Weeder and literally filled a trash can with nothing but monstrous weeds. Scary. And after that I began my first hike on my quest to eventually hike Pikes Peak. That endeavor is scheduled for sometime in August, so I do have plenty of hiking to do in order to get myself ready. The one on Sunday was a pretty fun one and after that I am pretty sure that all the trails in the Front Range area of Colorado are going to be beautiful. And of course, you know that if there’s beautiful scenery, then there’s going to be PICTURES! Right now I’m going to put them amongst the journal photos, but eventually I want to create a separate photo portal for my hikes.

Anyways, today I sent out my resume for the first time to the two recruiters I met at TAP and it feels good to get them out. Now I need to continue sending them out, studying for my interview questions, and continue my classes (I’ve enrolled at O’Reilly School of Technology – my first class is horribly basic in HTML yet I think the CSS portion will be educational) and studying for the CISSP (which I may or may not take in September – apparently this has a pass rate of about 30% the first time…wonderful….and it costs ~$500 to take the test).

Okay, I’m done blathering on. It’s time for some pictures!

8 April 2007 – Easter Sunday Dinner at Susan’s

Jeff tries to open the wine, with no opener
Jeff tries to open the wine, with no opener08-Apr-2007 16:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Eric lends support
Eric lends support08-Apr-2007 16:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Susan shows off her ham
Susan shows off her ham08-Apr-2007 16:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
KD is ready to be fed
KD is ready to be fed08-Apr-2007 16:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Everybody awaits dessert
Everybody awaits dessert08-Apr-2007 17:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
All 4 dogs together = fun fun fun
All 4 dogs together = fun fun fun08-Apr-2007 17:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Happy Schnauzers
Happy Schnauzers08-Apr-2007 17:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 

We had a great time at Susan’s during this impromptu Easter Sunday dinner. It was nice to be able to all get together and have a nice dinner.

18 April 2007 – Susan’s Birthday at On the Border

18-Apr-2007 19:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
18-Apr-2007 19:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
18-Apr-2007 19:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Do I take the best pics or what?
Do I take the best pics or what?18-Apr-2007 19:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
KD and Eric....aww, so cute...
KD and Eric....aww, so cute...18-Apr-2007 19:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Jeremy and KD...and a huge margarita
Jeremy and KD...and a huge margarita18-Apr-2007 19:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 

Other pictures I took were not allowed because the participants involved said my life would be forfeit if they showed up on the Internet. So you get to see the typical hilarial pics of me and KD. Lucky you.  [2015 Update:  I no longer fear for my life and those pictures are included!]

21 April 2007 – Aerating the Lawn

Aeration sucks
Aeration sucks21-Apr-2007 12:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.004 sec
Really, it does.
Really, it does.21-Apr-2007 12:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 

Can I say that I truly enjoy the fact that my hairline is the bane of my existence. I know it’s a petty thing to dwell on, but I would kill to have decent hair. If I thought I would look decent with a shaved head I’d do it because the current hair situation is unacceptable. But when I’ve dared to cut my hair super short, people tell me I resemble a prisoner. Wonderful.

22 April 2007 – Hiking Helen Hunt Falls in Cheyenne Canyon

#1 of my Trail Hikes - Helen Hunt Falls
#1 of my Trail Hikes - Helen Hunt Falls22-Apr-2007 16:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Me at the base
Me at the base22-Apr-2007 16:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.005 sec
Jeremy too
Jeremy too22-Apr-2007 16:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.006 sec
 
That's Helen Hunt Falls from the base
That's Helen Hunt Falls from the base22-Apr-2007 16:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Looking down from the top of the Falls
Looking down from the top of the Falls22-Apr-2007 16:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Here's the stream that feeds the Helen Hunt Falls
Here's the stream that feeds the Helen Hunt Falls22-Apr-2007 16:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Me at the stream
Me at the stream22-Apr-2007 16:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Jeremy liked the stream as well
Jeremy liked the stream as well22-Apr-2007 16:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Looking towards Spoon Falls (aka Death Trap falls)
Looking towards Spoon Falls (aka Death Trap falls)22-Apr-2007 16:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
These seemingly smooth falls have caused numerous deaths
These seemingly smooth falls have caused numerous deaths22-Apr-2007 16:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.008 sec
Looking towards the Springs
Looking towards the Springs22-Apr-2007 16:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
Another shot of the Spoon Falls
Another shot of the Spoon Falls22-Apr-2007 16:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Me...scared.
Me...scared.22-Apr-2007 16:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Higher vantage point looking towards the city
Higher vantage point looking towards the city22-Apr-2007 16:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.005 sec
Me and the city view
Me and the city view22-Apr-2007 16:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 

I really am looking forward to knocking more and more of these trails out – Pikes Peak or Bust!!!!

24 April 2007 – Still snowing (and it’s April)!

My camera focused on the screen door - cool!
My camera focused on the screen door - cool!24-Apr-2007 14:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Here's one through the glass door
Here's one through the glass door24-Apr-2007 14:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
More snow view
More snow view24-Apr-2007 14:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 

And that’s that for the pictures.

Coming up this weekend? Mom and Harv are coming into town! That should be a good time and it’ll be good to see them. Hopefully the weather cooperates and stays warm as of Wednesday. We don’t need it to be like it was the last time they visited when Colorado Springs decided to have its one and only fog days while they were here. Bizarre.

Hungover today (T-138)

It took me till about 5pm to feel human again, so today wasn’t exactly Productivity Day.

Yes, I drank a lot last night. I didn’t end up puking, but the sheer amount of liquor and beer I did drink made it impossible for me to hope to feel good today. But it was all worth it. We all went out last night to this Japanese Steakhouse place (much like a Benihana’s) in town, and of course I have to have warm sake. Actually, I had to have two warm sakes. I love that stuff. The food was excellent and of course entertaining to watch being cooked. And again, there is no better thing that fresh fried rice. YUM. But anyways, that was just the start. After dinner, most people went home (lame) but Jeremy and I continued on, going over to Old Chicago’s by our neck of the woods. Many beers and lots of conversations later (I honestly couldn’t recall most of them after a certain point), we were done and closed the bar down around 2:30 in the morning. Oy. So needless to say, I was drunk. But it’s great being able to hang out with a best friend and just shoot the shit.

It wasn’t good though that my productivity was nill today. I had lots more I wanted to do, but just couldn’t stomach it. I wanted to clean my house. Didn’t. I wanted to work on Beers’ OPR. Didn’t. I wanted to work on my Europe pictures. DID! Here’s a link to Day 1 of the trip, as we journeyed to jolly ol’ England and toured around London. Lots of pictures to be sure. 7 more days to go though till I’m done. Here’s hoping I get these up and going on a faster timeline than my last European trip.

Day 1 Pictures of Europe Link | My Cool Europe 07 Portal Page

The links are not all active yet, especially those for Days 2-8. But be patient!

Also back up on the website is the illustrious Shooting Gallery. Those of you who perused the site in the 04-05 time period may remember this. I have no idea if it’ll catch on, but I think I’ll be using it to post random thoughts of stuff. Go check it out when you get the chance and join up so you can post stuff too. I’m sure you get tired of reading my same ol’ same ol’ over and over again. Let’s see if you can do better.

And I have to also say that I found out last week that most, if not all, of my ‘old’ flight (I say it that way because I’m no longer flight commander) knows about this website. No one will confess to who actually spread it around, but I think it’s funny regardless. So welcome to the site, SCB! Hope you enjoy your stay.

Alright, time to watch tonight’s Amazing Race and then it’s off to bed for me. This week I go to Transition Assistance Program. That’s for those of us who are separating or retiring. Should be good, and by good, I mean not at work. Yee haw.

Might be a snow day today…(T-140)

I’m totally gambling on that possibility too, as I am WAY up past my bedtime.

When I got home today, I took a nap. I haven’t done that in forever. But doing absolutely nothing at work is actually exhausting. I kid you not. And since we all left a little early today as it was freakin’ SNOWING in the middle of April, I was like, it’s early and I won’t take too long of a nap. Now you’d probably think that I ended up taking a 4-hour nap – well, you’d be wrong. I set my alarm like a responsible person and actually managed to get up when it went off. It probably helped that I was laying on top of the covers with only my sleeping pants on, so it was a little cold and I had to pee. But it was awesome to sleep…until it reached 11PM and I’m WIDE awake. Still. Even at 1:30 in the morning now.

So anyways, I got my Twin Peaks Season 2! And I couldn’t stop watching Disc 2 – it has Episodes 11-14, which are pretty much the best part of Season 2, as it’s when you get all the Harold Smith drama with Donna and Maddy as well as one of the scariest episodes of TV…ever. Episode 14’s reveal of who Laura Palmer’s killer is just as scary as it was back when I watched it the first time in 1990. 1990!!!! That was 17 years ago. This show is that old?????WTFO? Then after watching 4 episodes of that, I HAD to watch my Survivor, which was very entertaining. Then of course I watched the Ugly Betty special that was on, and after that, Scrubs (still can’t believe they killed off Nurse Laverne!!!!!). Was I tired at that point? Uh, no. So I cracked open the laptop and continued working on the two major projects I have in store for the site. Last night I was working on getting an old website feature back up and running again – and it is. I am not going to link to it just yet, but if any of you are serious fans of the website, you’ll remember a feature that was quite entertaining for a while. And yes, it’s exactly what you’re thinking it is. The initials were S.G., if that helps. And the other major project I’m working on is getting all these damn Europe pictures up! So of course I wanted to create an interesting front page for that picture section. Here’s what I’ve got so far – you can’t click through yet to see each Days’ events, and Days 5-8 aren’t even shown yet, but consider this a tease.

In other news, I finally got my resume mostly done. I’m awaiting a few more updates from objective eyes, and then it’ll be time to ship that baby out.

Well, keep your fingers crossed that by the time you’re reading this, I was notified of a snow day. Otherwise I’m in for a very cranky Friday. Bah!

back in the states (T-145)

I have been since Wednesday, but I’m still suffering from jet lag, so gimme a break.

There are nearly 1000 pictures to go through, including not only my own 700 from Europe, but also Jeff’s. So like my last European Vacation photoset, it may take me a while to get these all up. Or it may not. I don’t have too much of a job anymore, so between finding myself a NEW job and getting my resume written and studying for the CISSP, I will endeavor to get these all up. But to sum up the trip, it was awesome. London and Paris are awesome cities, the friends we met up with out there were very cool, and every day was entertaining yet exhausting. I was very happy to come home when all was said and done. The trip wasn’t done too early and I was plenty ready to come back. Also, my bank account appreciates me being back.

So stay tuned for many pictures to get posted, and by the way, Happy Easter!

Off to Europe!! (T-159)

And I still have a bit to do tonight before leaving tomorrow, so this will be brief!

It’s been an interesting two weeks – work has sucked, but I’m definitely getting ready to get my ass into corporate America. Anyways, when I return, not only will I have pics from Europe (woo HOO!) but also I’ll put up last weekend’s fun day-long drink-a-thon for St Patty’s Day downtown. Ridiculous amounts of alcohol drank, but honestly, while I didn’t exactly feel chipper the next day, I made myself drink water every other drink, so I wasn’t all THAT bad. Sweet. It was a fun time though, as most everybody came out.

Oh yeah, KD and Eric returned from their England trip….engaged! Congratulations you crazy kids!

And Susan, Jeff and I leave TOMORROW for our Europe Trip! How super sweet is this? Just London and Paris, and I can’t wait to see them both again. They are pretty much the two most awesome cities in Europe, when you take into account all that they have to offer. Incredible – and I’m going tomorrow! I won’t actually arrive till Tuesday morning, but getting there is almost as fun as being there….okay, I made that part up, but I’m still excited.

Alright, I just wanted to check in one last time in March, create a cool front page image (not exactly the most professional of results, but in 10 minutes time, that’s not too shabby), and then get back to packing. Oh joy.

See you in April!