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Journal? Life? What journal and life?

So much has gone on, significant things, and I've completely stopped journaling which is strange.

What I also realized this morning - and plan on rectifying - is the fact that besides one person, I talk to NO ONE on a regular basis. And failing to be able to contact one person with whom I talk to often, it stiffens my new resolve to get out there and reacquaint myself with friends. I've completely lost all of my male friends (which is stupid), and today I'm going to start working on building those relationships back up. It's ridiculous to isolate myself the way I have, in here and in real life.

Kelsey just graduated, and I'm unusually sad about this. If you want to throw something her way for making it (thank God), feel free to hit my Paypal on my homepage. Her birthday - the 18th no less - is quickly approaching also. They've already made the post-high-school trip to Florida, and are planning on another quick one in between Kelsey's job and school.

Life has been crazy despite its lack of people. I can busy myself up all by myself with the help of my spawnlette. Last night on her way home, she stopped by and picked up Krispy Kreme. Yum. I haven't had those doughnuts in about five years. The odd thing is I was JUST telling someone that the other day and boom! She reads my mind.

Kelsey plans on starting college this fall, for those who might be interested. She works at Delia's right now, and is doing wonderful. She got employee of the month twice in a row, and received bonuses as a result. I'm very proud of her for not resting on her proverbial laurels.

The looming decision about social security has risen its head, and the statutes of limitation are almost out for filing. I feel like I have no more life in me, and that things are being stopped for a reason. Also, this is the time of year my parent's died, so it's a rough time for me right now. I could use one, really good friend to talk to, but it seems all of mine are pretty superficial (or stupid...which isn't a good sign).

Of course, there's no point to this entry and I've not included ALL the things or even a good bit of the things going on right now. Maybe I'll start making an effort to at least journal so I won't feel quite so alone. I have, after all, done this to myself.


( 34 whispered — Speak )
Jun. 5th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
So is she going to continue to live at home when she goes to college or move into the dorms or something? What's she majoring in?

Sounds like her momma raised her well!
Jun. 6th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
For now, she'll be staying here. Unless her dad wants to pay her living expenses elsewhere, this is her option (and he won't). She really waited too late in the game to acheive what she could've. Her major for right now is astro physics/engineering (or what she says she wants). She's smart enough to major in /anything/ and come out on the good side of it :>
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)

Um. Congrats?


I'm just gonna go over here and yell at kids to get off my lawn.
Jun. 6th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
I was SO depressed when she graduated, but played happy with her. It happened on the 27th, so it hasn't been long. I was waiting on her to return from their trip before I posted anything.

I already yell at people to get off my lawn (and my condo is pool-side which is a bitch).
Jun. 5th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hey... Are you around on Monday?

*hugs you*
Jun. 6th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
Monday? I hope so.

*hugs back*
Jun. 5th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah - this journalling thing, the setting down of little daily doings and thoughts, sometimes it's second nature and sometimes it's like pulling teeth. Personally, I find it pretty easy, and a nice way to reassure myself that I'm not wasting my days, as well as being a good way to log exactly what I HAVE done. Otherwise, I forget.

Well done and congratulations to Kelsey! She's a fine young person and should do well in life.

Sympathies about the time of year. My father died on the 19th August, my older sister's birthday, and although it was 13 years ago now, it's still a day of sad reflection. Hugs...

Jun. 6th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
It used to be effortless for me, too. But these days, I have nothing /good/ to journal, you know? I'm not going to start a cry me a river journal at this point in the game.

Thank you :) She is a good girl.

Yeah, this is hitting me harder than usual. I bet your sister has a really hard time with it, huh? It's been three years but feels like yesterday. =/
Jun. 6th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
is all *grins* for Kelsey. YAY TO HER!
Jun. 6th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
I am, too. It's just hard watching them grow up like that! You should see her. You probably wouldn't recognize her now. No, no, you would, since she's looking like a prettier mini-me. :> How's the bambino?
Jun. 6th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Anna is wonderful. She's 8 months now and doing new things every day. It's neat :) I really like being a daddy.
Jun. 6th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
I always thought you'd make a great dad. :) She's a lucky little girl :D
Jun. 7th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
Danke :D
It's neat to hear about K being so grown up now.
Jun. 7th, 2010 08:11 am (UTC)
Bitte :)

It's scary with her grown up! She wears makeup and now likes to shop for clothes. Yikes.
Jun. 6th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
It's good to read you again, T. And congratulations to Kelsey!

We'll be back in Birmingham next month. I hope we can get to see you this time.
Jun. 6th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you and thank you!

Next month is definitely in. My birthday is July 25!
Jun. 6th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Alas, we won't be in town for your birthday. We'll be back for PlayOnCon (our friends run it, and we go to hang out with them and support the con). We're flying down on July 7th, and flying home on the 12th. We are eager for some more great barbecue!
Jun. 6th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
I can meet up with you guys. I'll take ya to Jim & Nicks. They have the best barbecue ever. :> I /love/ their riblettes.
Jun. 6th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
We loved Jim & Nick's! Sounds like a plan, and you should let us treat you. Do your numbers still end in 1542 and 4088? And which one is the mobile (I changed phones since last year)?
Jun. 6th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
You're the visitors, so I should treat!! Yes, both numbers are the same. Try the 1542 first. :)
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Ah, but we're on vacation and only lounging around, and you're being kind enough to carve out some time for us, so we should treat.

I shall try 1542 first!
Jun. 7th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
That's sweet, but you know, southern hospitality and all that. :>

What is this Play Con that you're going to? Since it haappens here so often, maybe I'd be interested?
Jun. 7th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
If you insist, I shall graciously accept. But if we're back in Birmingham before you visit the NYC metro area (a likely scenario), please let us reciprocate

PlayOnCon is a gaming convention started by some friends of ours. We're not especially into gaming, but they have fun themed parties in the evening (21 and over, because they serve booze). We also enjoy the opportunity to visit friends we only get to see perhaps once or twice per year.
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
When I rewrote a book, I was in NYC every week for almost a year. It's not totally unlikely that I'll be there...good chance of it, since I still have friends there. :D

So it's a friend's only thing? It sounds cool, dressing up and stuff. Sort of like dungeons and dragons?
Jun. 7th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that it's not too unusual for you to be up here. We'd be delighted to take you to dinner next time you visit the Big Apple!

It's definitely not a friends-only thing. Anyone may attend (well, anyone who buys a badge for a day or the weekend). There probably isn't as much dressing up as at SF conventions. However, people will certainly dress for the parties if there's a theme. And for certain gaming contests (e.g., Band Hero), the members of participating "bands" will often dress like rockers. You should check out the website!
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
It's been years since I've been to New York, and I miss it for sure. I wish I had an occasion to visit now!

So what all goes on at this convention (or can you say? lol). It sounds like great fun, and a good networking opportunity, too. I'm surprised Birmingham hosts it. Is it Play Con? Or Play on Con? I forget its name.
Jun. 8th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
You can always come up for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade on Saturday, June 19th.

Some of the parties can get pretty interesting, though I personally retain plausible deniability. During the day, though, Play On Con features gaming of various types (gamers love to get together and play), such as board games, card games, video games, etc. There are gaming contests, and there's a barbecue on one of the days. Voltaire (the goth musician, and not French philosopher François-Marie Arouet) will be performing at the con, too, and judging one of the contests.

It's held in Birmingham because the city has a convenient, central location for fans in the southeast, being not too far from Atlanta, Nashville, etc. Connie and I fly in.
Jun. 8th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Kelsey's birthday is the 20th.

I knew there was something "fun" going on that I wasn't privvy to! lol :D I'm a big gamer, so I should look into it. I should say I'm a big competitor.

Too bad Connie doesn't bring her bowling equipment. I bowl, too and have my own schtuff. :> The local bowling alley has great chicken fingers.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
*poke* oi!
Just checking in to make sure things are...thingish? Thingly?
Jun. 23rd, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
I just came home from a camping trip and things are...things. Meh. See? I can't even journal anymore.
Jun. 24th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Well, fix it! Make with the fix!



Yeah. I have nothing to say.
Jun. 24th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
How do you fix a journaling block? LOL

See? We have nothing to say. At least not to a bunch of crazy readers.
Jun. 24th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
Right. Wait. Do you have something to say to just meeeeeee?

OH MY GAWD YES I'LL MARRY YOU. But the commute sucks.
Jun. 24th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Our love cannot survive such a commute. *le sigh*
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