I've been pretty busy lately. Now I'm trying to get caught up with things, but the problem is that takes motivation, which I don't really have. Anyway, here are some of the things that have happened to me lately:
I had one of those days where you get older. To commemorate my quarter century of existence, I now have a really sweet sleeping bag. It's so lightweight, it barely seems to exist at all. After having gone through a bunch of synthetic sleeping bags over the years, I went for down. While it's not vegan, I expect it to be a better choice in the long run because it should last many times as long. I'm excited to use it but I don't have any trips planned yet.
Homegrown happened to me. For those of you not from Duluth, Homegrown is a weeklong festival where, if you were blessed with omnipresence, you could hear 140 local bands for $20. Being a mere mortal, and one who works a job that involves getting up early in the morning, I made it out on five of the seven nights and heard the following, in chronological order:
Erth (Best Show of the Week award, also notable for being cute)
Clyde Iron (Shortest Set Ever award)
Tangier 57 (I would like Red Star to be like this always, plznty)
Yeltzi (Unfortunate Wardrobe Choices award)
The Toasted Roosters (best show runner up)
James & Younger
Poetry readings on Ancillary Arts Night/Cosmic Pit Orchestra
Big Country & the Up North 33 (not bad, but blah)
Too Tired, Can't Remember:
Rory James (we're going to pretend I was tired, rather than inebriated, here)
Two Beat Band (I know I was present at this show, but I literally remember nothing about it. Evidently I was too absorbed in eating my mediocre burrito.)
No Idea, Couldn't Hear:
Three Song Sunday (what is it about the Brewhouse that makes everyone want to have conversations in YELLING? Seriously, remember your Inside Voices, people!)
Awesome crap like this is why I moved to Duluth.
In other news, last week at work was awful. Too many ill-advised changes, short-staffing, lots of overtime, having to be there at 6:45 in the morning...not good. Also, the People Who Know How to Do Things keep leaving, which is scary. More or less by process of elimination, I'm officially full-time now and am being trained in some supervisory duties. Everything is basically in the food processor right now getting spun around and chopped to pieces; check back in a month or so to see what we end up with.
One time I had a day off--that was kinda cool. I walked all over Endion and the East Hillside, including the Lakewalk and Chester Creek. Found a free dish drainer, one of the ones with wooden slats like I've been wanting for a while. Ate at Taco John's because I thought it would be a fun and unusual thing for me to get fast food.
In April, I bought twice as much food as I should in one month, so in May I'm living off my surplus. I'm trying to practice grocery-shopping abstinence but I discovered there is a gray area in what is really grocery shopping and what's just "buying food"... See, I don't spend very much money each month eating out, so that's still allowed. So if I'm allowed to go to Quizno's, it seems reasonable that I'm still allowed to get food from the deli at the coöp. But then am I allowed to buy a yogurt to go with it? For the most part, I've been answering that question as no--but who knew grocery shopping was so open to interpretation? Either way, I haven't run the numbers but I'm sure my expenses for the month are looking great so far, plus, I'm reducing the amount of food I'll have to pack up and move at the end of the month.
The $15 bike from Goodwill is fantastic, except for when I have to go uphill--but that's my problem, not the bike's. I had my dad weld a homemade rack on the back, so now I have a basket for the first time. This is like the most convenient thing ever. For example, it gives me one of the main advantages of having a car: that you can leave warm clothing, food, or whatever in it, rather than having to carry everything you want for the next several hours with you into a bar or store. As long as it's not anything of any real value, I can just stuff it in the basket, problem solved.
Rearranged the furniture in my room to accommodate big flats of seed starts. The new configuration is so simple and white and calming; LOVE it.
I swear, updating Livejournal and using up my iTunes giftcard are the most important things for me to be doing right now. Ehhh, maybe I'll go get a load of laundry going. Peace to you all.