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December 21, 2002

Saturday, December 21, 2002, 11:57 PM

Rob @ 11:57 PM

It's the Winter Solstice! The shortest day of the year! And it felt to me like the longest. An entire day of slinging tickets for mall drones. Luckily, my Assistant Manager is doing me a godly favor and covering the entire day for me tomorrow. I get to sleep!

Several great things happening to me all at once all help reaffirm my belief in the ultimate balance maintained by the Universe. Life is good, folks!

The affable Venadium gave me a bunch of CWP photos. I shall probably add them tomorrow, in between the busy schedule of NOT WORKING I have planned.

The only thing that kind of bites about today, as someone pointed out on alt.music.info-society, is that the daylight hours will increase now. Daylight is overrated.

Anyway, Season's Greetings to all!! Whatever your faiths, whatever your celebrations, have the best ones you can!

Music - Fina's Arabian Dance music from the nest room
Mood - Cheery

December 20, 2002

Friday, December 20, 2002, 1:55 PM

Rob @ 1:55 PM

Know what I suddenly realized? I had a dentist appointment this morning. I slept right through it. Darn.

On to the important stuff. Last night was loads of fun! A spiritual company with strong ties to Grey's coven threw a party to celebrate Yule. Grey, Matt, Infinity Squared, and I arrived at the Unitarian church booked for the event two hours early thanks to a miscommunication, walking in on a math group who was scheduled before us. Fun! So, we hung out in the parking lot and warned the few others who arrived early. Later, when the High Priest arrived, we helped set up.

For the record - yes, Grey is a Witch. I don't call myself one at this point, but my belief system lies in that direction. I'm quite firm and comfortable in my beliefs and practices, I just don't know exactly how others would classify them. As in all areas of my life, I still try to learn all I can, from all directions.

A major part of the party involved everyone putting an ornament on a tree, and later taking a different one, as a pure form of exchanging gifts and blessings. I was really proud of the one I made, and was kind of sorry to see it go. But I got back a really neat one, and the person I suspect took mine could really use what it represented.

The first letter of my name dictated I was to bring a dessert, and I wanted to make something that even the vegan partiers could enjoy. I've never tried to bake anything vegan before, so I poked around until I found this recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies. This was all at the last possible minute, mind you. I couldn't find any vegan sugar (white or brown) so I substituted two cups of (real) maple syrup, and I couldn't find vegan chips, so I substituted about a tablespoon of cinnamon. I also added an extra cup of flour, doled out half-inch-thick lumps on the cookie sheet, baked them for an extra five minutes, and sprinkled a pinch of cinnamon over the cookie tops. They came out all soft and biscuit-like, and were a huge hit with all. Grey demanded I make her up a batch.

What, I never mentioned that I'm an avid cook and recipe hacker? This entry is just chock-full of revelations, isn't it?

At one point during the night, I was the only guy dancing in a circle of happy women. Why, if I had a nickel for every time that has happened to me... I'd just have the one, actually. Darn.

Later on, we helped the High Priest and Priestess clean up, and we ended up being the last ones to leave. First in, last out. Neat!

I'm able to get comfortable anywhere, but sometimes I don't have to try at all. For example, I always feel really comfortable when surrounded by cheery magickal folk. It's similar to the feeling I get when surrounded by hackers and such at conventions, and when I was surrounded by theatre folk back in my regional theatre days. I suppose I've never sought out nor gotten totally used to feeling like I really belong somewhere, so it hits me extra hard when it does happen.

I still have to do my holiday shopping. I won't get paid until the weekend, so I'll probably end up doing it on Monday or so. You'd think someone who is now working his fourth or fifth consecutive holiday season in retail would have learned to plan ahead a bit.

Music - Benefit
Mood - Cheerful

December 17, 2002

Tuesday, December 17th, 2002, 12:41 AM

Rob @ 12:41 AM

Work has been totally draining me out lately, and will continue to do so this week, so my Internet presence will be much more sporadic than usual. Here's an appropriately dramatic quote from the first Doctor Who...

"One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine."

Twelve hour shifts are lousy anywhere, but they're extra lousy at my job since nobody ever goes there. It's a good thing my perception of time is something I've spent years of my life learning to control, or I'd actually have to be aware of the passage of twelve hours. I'm really catching up on my reading and idiotic-consumer-watching.

There's an article on the upcoming Everquest Online game for PS2 in the Official Playstation Magazine. I'm not much for MMORPGs more involved than Neopets, but the one thing I do remember is that fireflies are a common "beast" in the game, and rangers even have to collect a "firefly thorax" in order to construct a bow.

I'm now afraid of rangers.

I'm also skint, broke, and out of scratch. And I have to start my holiday shopping at some point. And wouldn't you know it, I don't shoplift.

December 13, 2002

Friday, December 13, 8:37 PM

Rob @ 8:37 PM

Swiped from Grey's livejournal, who swiped it from sadistic clone..

What band...
* Reminds you of an ex-lover: Uhm... nothing.
* Reminds you of an ex-friend: Monster Magnet, which is appropriate because they really suck.
* Makes you cry: Christina Aguilera
* Makes you laugh: Weird Al Yankovic
* Makes you smile: Off The Beat (Vocalists who do a capella covers of pop songs)
* You never want to hear again: Jennifer Lopez
* Sums up your teenage years: Queen
* You want to get married to: "You Don't Love Me Anymore" by Weird Al
* You like to wake up to: The Ink Spots
* You like out of your parents record collection: Benny Goodman
* You love that you wouldn't know about if it wasn't for a friend: Insane Clown Posse
* Makes you think of someone who died: Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club
* You love the video more than the tune: "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails
* Reminds you of your first crush love: The "I Hate You" song the punk is playing on the bus in Star Trek IV
* Reminds you of your now crush love: Dinah Washington - "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"
* Makes you think of sex: Lords of Acid
* Makes you think of being alone: Information Society's "Don't Be Afraid"
* Has only been released recently but you love already: Miss Kittin and the Hacker
* Are you embarrassed to admit you like: Tatu (A Russian manufactured teen pop duo who pretend to be a lesbian couple for image purposes)
* Perks you up: Information Society's older stuff
* Do you love to sing: Information Society, old blues stuff, swing, stuff in foreign languages I can't understand but can pronounce such as Falco and Happatai

Friday, December 13, 3:43 PM

Rob @ 3:43 PM

A Fox reporter has an unfortunate Freudian slip while discussing Jennifer Lopez in this WMV file. I shouldn't laugh, really I shouldn't...

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