September 18th, 2003


Hmm. Unproductive me.

I've been home for three and a half hours now, I've accomplished jack squat of importance.

Thus far I have:

  • Watched two episodes of "Batman Beyond"
  • Made dinner for myself
  • Unpacked the new DVDs I bought (I ordered a batch of five last Thursday, and three of them arrived today. The box I got in contained the second volume of the "Family Guy" boxed set, the cheesy 80s sci-fi flick "Critters" and the classic "Blues Brothers." I expect that my new copy of "Animal House" will arrive tomorrow, since it was backordered and just shipped this morning. Naturally the most expensive part of the purchase, and the one I want to see the most, has yet to arrive from the distribution warehouse. I want my boxed set of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series! I want to see Freddy! I want blood, special effects and gore!)
  • Cataloged the DVDs and added them into my database system
  • Puttered around online

I have made no headway on the paperwork that I have to get done for the office. For example, the self-appraisal for my review is sitting open in Word right now. The cursor is blinking in the upper left-hand corner and the vast empty white space is mocking me. Right now I lack the motivation to justify my existence to the world as a whole, much less to a small-minded middle-manager who doesn't understand what it is that I actually do for 8 (or 10, or 14) hours a day when I'm at my desk. When I take into account the recent turn of events at the office I feel even less motivated to go through this routine -- it isn't that I fear for my job, oh no. I fear for my employer. I can say in all honesty that I think in another four year's we are going to hit absolute rock bottom. We have the Pied Piper of Hamlin as our CIO and he's leading all the rats right into our company, letting them chew apart everything that we've so carefully built over the last six years. It's depressing and thoroughly demotivating.

So yeah, I don't want to work on my review, because it seems like a complete exercise in masturbation. Since I don't want to work on the review I should be working on the documentation that's due on the 25th... but I'm not doing that either. I honestly think I'm going to let it slide until tomorrow night, and see if I can't get a vast majority of it done Friday night and during the day on Saturday. What I don't get done over the weekend I can probably take care of each night after I get home from training. Procrastination, thy name is Feren.

Yesterday was a good day, as you may have gathered from this entry. I'm still pondering over the last part of it -- how will I ever explain my feelings, and thank the special lady who makes me feel that way? I don't know. In the evening I grabbed enveri and drove over to Target. I was on a mission -- it was my singular goal in life yesterday to acquire a pizza stone. This was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to the pizza fiasco that occurred in the apartment on Tuesday night, I admit. We should have bought one of these a long time ago! They're so cheap. Unfortunately I walked out with a lot more than just a pizza stone. I also acquired a copy of "Batman Beyond: The Movie" which is not so much a movie as it is a collection of episodes from the first season, bundled with the pilot. I also bought a Harley Davidson motorcycle calendar for my uncle, I figure it's an easy Christmas present for the man who is the spitting image of the Hell's Angels stereotype. Last, but not least, I got a lovely picture of an elephant in a very nice wood frame with matting. This will be Sara's housewarming gift. I'm not sure if I should hold onto it for when we actually visit her house, or if we should just give it to her at the store. I imagine there would be less conflict of interest if we presented it to her outside of a waitress/customer environment. So all told I went in looking for a $15 pizza stone and walked out with over $60 in purchases. That's how it always goes!

I just found out that hightensile will be crashing at our apartment on Saturday night. This will be a welcome visit, we don't get to see him nearly enough. Without a doubt there will be drinking, DVDs and Mongolian barbeque to be had. With luck our cats will not drive him insane during the night, or I'll have to explain to kristenq how we broke her boyfriend.

I tried to study but was often interrupted
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That was amusing...

So I just caught TechTV's late night pseudo-talk show, "Unscrewed." I was bored by the show overall in the first two minutes... it's desperately trying to be "controversial" by giving everything a sexual connotation. Half the opening dialog was lame sexual innuendo -- certainly not what I've come to expect from TechTV. Despite the lame attempts to boost the show's ratings by relating everything to sex I continued to watch, because tonight was the night when kristenq was going to be on the "Search Sperts" segment. Thankfully my suffering was limited -- Search Sperts was aired about five minutes into the show, right after the opening monologue. Kat faced off against DitsyBint, a gal from (NOT WORK SAFE). It was rather all very brief but I still got a good chuckle out of it! Not only did Kat win the contest (thus securing a box of binder clips as a prize) but she totally shut down the overly-chatty and not-terribly-interesting host with the answers she gave to his questions. It was pretty pathetic to see how they were trying to steer Kat into a corner by asking her what her "erotic punk nickname" is. When Kat gave her answer they cut back to the host and you could see his face fall -- that was definately not what he was expecting. I think his exact words were something along the lines of, "Oh. Well, that's not very erotic."

Nice going, Kat! Hopefully you will continue to kick butt and take names when they have you back next week. I'll watch it again just to see you humiliate the host.
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