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If You Seek Amy

That’s the title of one of Britney Spears’ new songs and if you say it just right, it is also highly juvenile yet HILARIOUS.  I can’t believe one of her songs is titled that.

WELL!  Here’s where things stand now that it’s 2009 –

  • I now have TWO apartments and ONE house.  I have officially become a real-estate mogul.  Okay, that’s taking it a bit too far.  But right now my name is associated with the Riverwalk apartment in Jersey, my soon-to-be swank UWS apartment, and my house in Colorado.  Oy.   A lesser person would pass out from the stress.  Me?  I just develop panic attacks!  LOL. 
  • Concerning the oh-so-awesome new apartment, I got the keys last week before New Years.   Before I went home to Los Angeles for Christmas (more on that later), I bought a new 52" Samsung flat-panel LCD TV which is effing AWESOME.  I was going to buy it from Best Buy, but those bitches had a) the nerve to not have a delivery date for it before JANUARY 20 (yes, still in our future) and 2) not even have the TV I wanted in stock in any of the 6 stores around the NYC area and iii) I know I mixed up the listing increments.  I did that for Jenny.  She has a love of the Bart that is the ultimate in unrequited love so I thought I’d give it some appreciation.  BWahahahahaqhahahahahahaha1!111111111!!!!!
    • I ended up using Crutchfield.com and man, I wonder why anyone would buy big-ticket electronics anywhere else.  I got the same price I would have paid for a lesser TV for the much higher-end model, FREE shipping, and no sales tax.  SahhhhWEEET.  They ended up delivering that this past Friday (Jan 2nd) to my empty apartment.  And it is awesome to behold.  I also bought from Crutchfield a matching TV stand and Larry & I built that yesterday and today, having fair to satisfactory success. I say that because the floor in my apartment is not what one would call ‘level’.  It took a bit of work to make it okay.  But once I put a lot more stuff in the place, it won’t look wrong.
    • Yesterday we went to Macy’s where I bought a new couch since I had sold all my previous couches before moving away from Colorado.  I got a Macy’s card and got it on 12-months same-as-cash, which is YAY!  Free shipping on the couch too, which is a 4-pc sectional.  Comfy.  I’ll get that this upcoming Friday, after…
    • …the movers come move me out of my current digs in West New York!  I set that up for Thursday which is all sorts of stress-inducing for me.  I hate moving with a passion.  I wish it was just over.  It soon will be, but still.  Hate it.
    • So come this upcoming weekend – well, I think I’ll have a pretty fucking awesome place. 
  • Christmas in Los Angeles!  Yes – I flew back to Los Angeles from the 23rd through to the 28th.  It was so great to get back home and see Mom and Harv, as well as a whole lot of other friends and family. 
    • The first day back, Harv picked me up and for dinner Mom had got us El Pollo Loco!!!!!  I heart El Pollo Loco and really wish it existed out here in NYC, just like I wish the Noodles chain from Colorado Springs was out here too.  <sigh> 
    • The first family outing was on Christmas Eve when we partook in the Sperske annual Christmas Eve celebration, although many of the cousins/kids didn’t make it this year, so it was a relatively quiet time.  Doesn’t mean I didn’t have a good time though seeing all my aunts and the cousins who did show up.  It’s always fun when this family gets together!
    • On Christmas Day, we went over to our friends EB & Andrea’s house in Monrovia, and of course had EB’s world-famous prime rib.  I ate far too much and literally had a food headache after getting back home that night.  It’s a good thing, but not really.  But it was so delicious!
    • The day after Christmas, I got to spend some time with my buds Mila and Sveta.  Mila came over in the early afternoon and picked me up and we began our Memory Tour ’08 in style, first going to Target.  Mila likes to pretend she celebrates Christmas and definitely enjoys the after-Christmas sales on all holiday items.  Then we went to BURGER BASKET(!) which is one of our cherished childhood places to eat.  We would eat there all….the….time.  We also swung by MHS and took some pictures (all my pictures are still on my camera for a little bit longer – sorry!).  We then headed out to North Hollywood where Sveta lives and we crested the Hollywood Hills and drove around West Los Angeles and ate at our spot, The Stinking Rose ( a great garlic-y restaurant).  It is never a dull moment with all of us together.  I really really hope those two can make it out to visit me this spring.  It would be redonk.  After dinner we drove around some of the Hobie highlights, including around and in UCLA and Westwood as well as various locales throughout Los Angeles.  It was so strange to see that Bookstar Beverly Connection was actually gone and replaced by an Old Navy!!!!!!!
    • Finally on Saturday, we met up with some of Harv’s brothers and sisters-in-law at Mimi’s Cafe which was awesome as I hadn’t seen them for literally five years.  Then that afternoon my stister Stacie and her husband Phil and two of their boys came over for some Christmas fun. 
    • As you can see, it was non-stop and it was EXHAUSTING.  I loved it, but seriously, that was not what anyone could call ‘relaxing’. 
  • And of course, New Year’s in New York!  This year was a  whole lot better than last year’s (and the year before that, and so on and so on…..) as one, I had someone to kiss that wasn’t family or a friend.  Two, it wasn’t spent alone, which I’ve done far too many times to count as an adult.  Third, it was a blast to celebrate it in New York City.  Shelly’s co-worker (and our friend, of course) Claudia had invited us to where her husband, Gualti, is the head chef at, a restaurant called Revel, in the Meatpacking District.  So Shelly, Larry, and I went along with Claudia and it was a great time.  It was definitely cold as hell outside, and I feel bad for those poor schmoes who felt that Times Square was their place to be to ring in the new year.  No gracias.  But inside the restaurant, where we had a full four-course meal and fantastic wine, the atmosphere was fun and exciting.  And warm.   It was nice to not be crammed into a place where you can’t even sit.  It was especially nice to be amongst friends and of course, Larry.  So yes, I hope this New Year’s celebration was a sign of good things to come. 
  • These last few days, it’s just been a matter of getting everything lined up for the move.  The TV is there and the cable guy was there this morning hooking up my high-speed internet and HD-DVR service.  Yay!  Thursday will be moving and Friday I’ll get a couch.  Saturday night is the loft party!!! Be there or be square (this is what cool people say when they throw parties….)  Larry & I even cleaned the windows today – ugh, those bad boys were Le Filthy. 

Normally I do a wrap-up of the year, and I think I still will.  Probably tomorrow.  But I at least wanted to let you know I was still kicking around and hope that everyone is doing well too.  Here’s to a fantastic 2009!!

101 Critical Days of Hobie (T-101)

The Air Force has the 101 Critical Days of Summer – I myself, well, I have the 101 Critical Days of Hobie!

This is it people – I am almost a double digit midget, meaning I am almost down to less than ONE HUNDRED days until I become a Mister. That’s ridiculous, I tell you. You can go back to when I was doing this green countdown from 365 days! And now I’m nearly 100 days out. It’s almost…nervewracking.

Okay, so I didn’t have much to write, but I thought the 101 Days thing was catchy. I can’t believe that all my primetime shows are ending for the summer: Ugly Betty, Survivor, 24 (fortunately on that one), How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs….and my beloved Veronica Mars is actually ending, for good. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

I do have some pretty ‘exciting’ projects in store for this weekend – which is actually going to be a FIVE DAY weekend, since I am taking Thursday off in addition to getting Friday off as an AFSPC family day and of course, Memorial Day. What projects you ask? Well, I’m finally going to plunge in and redo my bathroom: I’ve picked up half of the items (the new faucet, light fixture, vinyl tiles, toilet paper holder and hand towel holder – also replaced my towel bar this past weekend when the old one fell off) and will get the rest tomorrow (new vanity and sink combo, paint, molding for the baseboards and a chair rail, a mirror and destruction tools – can you say CROWBAR?). My other project: installing a new car stereo that will seriously kick ass, as it’s fully iPod functional and that is going to rock my world. It will be a busy weekend!

Combine that with seeing Shrek the Third on Thursday night (after going to the Royal Gorge with my folks during the day) and then seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End on Saturday night, and you can’t say I’ll be bored!

I don’t know if you’ve been following Jenny’s blog lately, but that girl has been having some serious bad luck in May – yet while I’m feeling bad for her, she has a way of telling her stories that makes you laugh out loud. Her car literally got run over yesterday. How does that happen? My crazy story for the day: lately, every afternoon Colorado Springs gets a crazy storm in; this week, the storms have gotten ridiculously crazy, with loads of rain and starting yesterday and continuing today, hail. Oh joy. Yesterday afternoon, I actually had to wait inside the building until the hail had died down and the lightning had moved on – since we’re a thousand feet higher than the city, we are basically in the clouds. And with that fact, the lightning is MUCH closer and MUCH scarier. Today I thought there was a lull, so I walked my happy ass down to the lower parking lot super fast. As I got down to that lot though, I started hearing a strange tapping noise on the ground. I look around and see a white gumball hit the ground. That’s strange. Then there’s another….and another, and suddenly I realize I’m getting PELTED by white gumballs which AREN’T white gumballs – they’re perfectly round bullets of ice! Hailstorms are crazy. I run to my car and listen to the POUNDING noise of my car being pelted with ice; then as I’m trying to drive down to the city level, the rain gets so heavy and loud to a point I’ve not witnessed in a LONG time. And about 10 minutes later, the storm is over. Crazy Colorado weather.

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!

Who’s Going to London? (T-201)

That would be ME! Indeed, I’ll be returning to my favorite European city at the end of March. And I couldn’t be happier about it, let me tell you!

You know, I’ve been meaning to get back to the website for a while (sounds familiar, I know…) but frankly the past few weeks haven’t been too exciting except me being mostly depressed about crap. But I think I snapped myself out of that nonsense by the end of last week. Namely because I decided to go ahead and just go on the damn trip with Jeff, even if I’m supposed to be deputy during that time. I had been planning on going on this trip for so long – I’m not going to let some misplaced guilt keep me from going. Part of my depression was caused by thinking I wasn’t going to go on this trip anymore because it started in March – but after talking to Jeff about it, well, as you can see, I’ve booked my flight and in less than two months, I’ll be headed back to London (SWEET!!!!!) and even going to Normandy for a re-enlistment ceremony that Jeff is officiating. The ceremony will literally be on the beaches of Normandy – how freakin’ cool is that? That was one of the main reasons I was so excited about going on this trip. Also going to see London AND Paris again is something I just can’t pass up. Doing this though means my Vegas plans are definitely not until September – going to have to save money for that trip. And oh what a party that shall be too!

Okay, what else? Good news for Kyle and Adam, two of the Lts that work for me. They had applied to cross-train to become a pilot and an ABM, and the results were coming out at the beginning of the month – and fortunately, they both Made It! We found out that Adam is leaving in March (so fast!) and that Kyle is sticking around until November (his UPT doesn’t start till then). I’m really happy for both of them and wish them the best of success in their future operational career with the Air Force.

Speaking of Air Force careers (or the lack of), I have to get crackin’ on writing my own damn resume. I’ve been thinking about what Bradley-Morris has been working for me, and I think I’m going to cancel out of the Chicago hiring conference. I really don’t want to live out there. I’m still going to go to San Diego, and I think I’ll be trading Chicago’s conference for one in Austin. But even more importantly, I’ve decided I can try to see what jobs are out here in Colorado Springs. I thought I would be willing to give it up easily, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I LOVE it here. I really really love my house, I love my friends here, and I think that I could totally stay here for a while. Not forever, but a few more years at least. Build up the value of the house, wait till my friends PCS, and then think about going elsewhere. So I’ve got a lot of work to do to figure out all this. I’m getting scared! If you noticed the green countdown numbers above, I’m a day over 200 left to go till I’m done. WOAH!!!!!!

I had a lot to write about – or so I thought. Every time I thought about sitting down to type up an update, I realized I wasn’t all that motivated to do it. I’ve bought a lot of clothes and furniture stuff for my house – plus today I finally put up most of my pictures in my bedroom and I actually used my drill to put up shelves in the bedroom too. Can you believe it? I haven’t made any progress on the bathroom – I think I scared myself out of doing it. I still really want to, but I am so afraid of fucking it up. I just need to rip out the vanity cabinet and then I’ll be FORCED to do it.

Here’s some recaps on my TV viewing habits:

24: I’m enjoying this season, but it’s a far cry from the glorious Season 5. The plotlines seemed very forced and I really don’t care about any of the characters all that much. Maybe this is going to be like the Ontario Airport section of Season 5 – they just needed to get the ball rolling and then the season will knock into fifth gear… Besides the death of Curtis and the reveal (and subsequent death) of Jack’s brother, there hasn’t been too much excitement that really gets you going. Even Chloe hasn’t been as awesome as usual. When is the other shoe going to drop?

Ugly Betty: Good God, I couldn’t love this show anymore if I tried. Rebecca Romijn as Daniel’s brother-turned-sister is inspired. Judith Light as Daniel’s mother is awesome (so hard to see her as Angela from Who’s the Boss anymore). I loved the show at Fashion Week with Hilda and Betty at odds with each other. Henry and Betty’s doomed romance is so involving. And good riddance to Walter, although he actually was somewhat likable once he dumped Betty. And of course, the cattiness of Wilhelmina, Amanda and Marc continue to make this show must-watch material. I can never get enough of this show. Favortie scene from last week: Alexis (Rebecca Romijn) making Daniel slap himself and yelling at him: “Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?” And the dramatic plot reveal at the end of last week’s episode (the true killer of Faye Sommers was revealed) was much more gripping than anything 24 has done this season so far. If you haven’t started watching this show, do yourself a favor and watch it!

Survivor: Fiji: Okay, I haven’t done a page for this season and I have no intention of doing so. But let me just say that this season has started off with so much promise already. The entire cast is engaging so far, there was drama, and the game twists thus far have been pretty interesting. 19 castaways – not an even number this time. The ‘leader’ (Sylvia) picking the two tribes, and THEN getting sent to Exile Island right afterwards by Jeff Probst. Having all 19 people on one beach for the first two days building up a SWEET shelter and camp – only to then be split, with the winners of immunity returning to Camp Luxury and the losing tribe going to a new beach with just a machete. And these wildly divergent camps do not seem to be poised to be awarded to winners and losers. I think the one tribe is stuck at the pathetic camp from here on out – unless next week’s episode tells us otherwise. Should make for an interesting (although potentially pathetic) dynamic at challenges.

Amazing Race: All Stars: This hasn’t started yet, but I did panic while typing this up. Suddenly I thought I had forgotten about the premiere tonight – but that isn’t till NEXT Sunday. Whew….

Okay, enough is enough. This upcoming week is a short week, and I think I’ll be 50/50 at my flight and at the squadron front office gleaning info from the deputy while he’s here. We get a 4-day weekend (Woo Hoo! I love February) – not sure if I’m doing anything exciting, but whatever. 4 days off? I’m there.

And here are some random pics from the past few weeks:

Random Feb Pics

Me in my mess dress before the Annual Awards Banquet
Me in my mess dress before the Annual Awards Banquet01-Feb-2007 18:10, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 2.8, 7.40625mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 50
01-Feb-2007 18:11, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 2.8, 7.40625mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 50
01-Feb-2007 18:11, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 2.8, 7.40625mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 50
 
Magnum, Jeff's schnauzer
Magnum, Jeff's schnauzer04-Feb-2007 14:15, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 10.0, 15.4375mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 50
Kahlua, Jeremy's mix
Kahlua, Jeremy's mix04-Feb-2007 14:15, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 4.0, 15.4375mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 50
Another of Kahlua
Another of Kahlua04-Feb-2007 14:15, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 4.9, 22.21875mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 50
 
There's Magnum again
There's Magnum again04-Feb-2007 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 4.9, 22.21875mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 50
Pic of my new mirror in the upstairs hallway
Pic of my new mirror in the upstairs hallway11-Feb-2007 19:39, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 2.8, 7.40625mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 200
Once more, with feeling
Once more, with feeling11-Feb-2007 19:39, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 2.8, 7.40625mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 200
 

And I just finished rewatching Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal back-to-back. Those were really good, SCARY movies. I had forgotten how damn graphic Hannibal was. blech. I have absolutely no interest in seeing Hannibal Rising though. That looks just like a damned horror movie. No gracias.