-Looking over 2005 Id have to say it was rather stressful again (Work and School worries, crazy dating situations, both grandparents having health issues, getting kicked out on Dec 23 by my rather drunken father
-I cant find a freaking job in florida. Bah
-I have started a whole pirate following at work too! I am giving everyone Pirate names..Mines 4 fingered jack cause I cut myself a lot lol
-I gave Olivia some little chucks for her first bday..They are SOOO freaking cute!!
-Drum circles=way too much fun (especially when there is a rattle that is a snake
-So I was jsut wondering..If there are certain things you dont like about your current significant other...is it wrong to want to change those things? (Especially if you like them overall as a person, but they have things they do that annoy you) Or are you just not right for each other and you move on? I mean I cant imagine there will be someone whos exactly what i want. I dont know.....Its hard to tell whats really going on and whats the fact im moving and things prolly wont work out (I push things away when i think im going ot lose them)
-I am jealous of people who are doing htings with their lives. iknow i shouldnt be. But honestly I feel like an utter failure at times. And honestly I feel terrible for even imaginng what it would be like to have been born into a family with teh means to back me. I just look at all these people Ive gone to school with who i am equal to in intelligence and they are off doing great things (that i SHOULD be doing) and im serving them food. I know its only temporary, but its hard. I guess at least i was blessed with teh intelligence so I CAN get out of the situation.
-Leopdtamer (6:57:40 PM): rye would youhave a problem with that?
Neospragus (6:58:35 PM): It's completely focaccia!
Leopdtamer (6:59:11 PM): to fathom your dislike would take my whole grain!
Neospragus (6:59:43 PM): nah, I don't dislike them. That would make me a sour dough
Leopdtamer (7:01:12 PM): ciabatta be nice!
-Canadian Post Money orders have a beaver watermark...
Thought you should know!
-I got a job offer :) yay!!
Looks like i may be back in WV for teh summer..but this time down south a little more.
she was impressed by my application and my references had nothing but good things to say about me :) that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
-Hope all is well :) NAd your st pattys day was good..I made rumbledethump and spent the night with a bottle of irish cream..oh the excitement.
-Andy and I didnt break up..but it was rpetty close. THe whole situation made me realize i liked him a bit more than i actually thought..he gets one moreo shot..Its not that he did anything really bad or anything..he just isnt exactly what i want him to be. But hes a good guy
-I will have no television, no internet, no phone. But im really looking forward to that in a way. I will miss livejournal. And itll be super hard to keep in touch. I dont really think ill even have a mailing address. And itll be super hard to plan out whats going to happen after im done..cause i wont ahve access to job sites and all that. But it feels like im useful again..and I feel lik eim starting off on life for real this time..I hope this time I wont be home again..I feel like last year i got my foot in the door and this year ive pushed the door open! (on Cassity, WV)
-So today I sent out my first application for a collecting permit. Before I always just used my bosses permit..
I feel like a real scientist now :)
-um chicago=totally awesome
I want to move here
Boys have glasses
-Steve, Carrie and I talked like Hannibel Lector all day.
-Lifes good when its busy and changing :)
-This morning Andy and I broke up. I still dont know if i made the right decision...
-Breakups are a little easier when you hate the other person. This time its more like hey youre a great guy, but you arent quite what im looking for at the moment. I think we are also just in two different spots in life.
-I am now the owner of an 85 red Jeep Cherokee :) Needs a name. But i did already buy a new froggie air freshener for it
-So Thursday..I am skipping the city of sand...and i will be heading ot middle of nowhere, WV
-Things here are great. I live in a small unincorporated town called Cassity, which is about a 30 minute drive from the larger town of Elkins (Which is about 7,000 people!). The area is surrounded by logging and coal mining and its gorgeous around here. I got here on Thursday around 8 (was about a 7.5 hour drive down Rte 250). My jeep ran great except i sometimes have to pop it into 2nd gear to get it up hills. I have named it the flying spaghetti monster.
The field house is about a 10 minute drive from the actual forest and is actually an old schoolhouse. THere is a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a big bunkroom. Right now there is only 4 people (myself, Josef (Nile) my partner who is also a vegetarian), Jim who is from New York and studying deer and coyotes, and Amy who is studying vernal pool dispersal). Everyones super nice and easy to get along with. We went out in the field straigh away on friday.. The hills are hard for me to climb..but im getting better! I think its a combination of the elevation and the uphill steep which i am obviously not used to. Basically what we are sampling transects in different areas, with different silvicultural treatments. During hte day we are checking the transects, getting GPS coordinates, marking trails, etc. We sample at night and bring the sallies back and measure and ID, and sex them in teh morning. Sexing is pretty sweet as we use a light to see through them and you can see all their insides (heart beating, stomach contents, intestines, the whole bit). We take them back to teh same spots we get them from and release them. We also have to enter data into the computer, make litter bags, take care of the truck, check coverboards we set up. There are two sites, and one has 5 plots with 9 transects each, and the other has 7 plots also with 9 transects each.
-We also have been eating Ramps that we picked from our field site. THey are pretty good
-Friday night we went back into Elkins to this awesome Venezuluan restaraunt that has music on wednesdays and fridays.
-Yesterday we headed back into Elkins for teh Ramp Festival which was awesome. I had a ramp sucker, some ramp eggrolls (being sold to help the town restore an old mill), french fries, ramp dip, ramp asparagus, peace love and ramps, and almost had ramp cotton candy..but i couldnt bring myself to do it :) The Elvis impersonator was hilariously bad.
-Oh Sweet Gatorade
Pinnacle of Modern Man
-We went out for Cinco de Mayo, had a free margarita, some yummy food, a mojito, more margaritas, befriended a band, saw another band with the first band, and had a rum and coke. Good times. yay!
-THE AVALANCHE IS COMING AND I DO NOT FEEL PREPARED!
-Im worried Ill always go for the unreliable guys who cant call me back and cant show me that i mean anything to them
What if you never get those experiences we all think we are sposed to have? (Don't we all expect our happily ever after?)
-BUTTERS, ANDYS FUCKING CAT. he couldnt keep her at his parents house, so instead of doing something responsible (like trying to find a good home for her, or taking her to a shelter where at least shell have a chance)..he throws her in our yard without telling anyone..not to mention shes been living inside for like 6-7 months, oh and shes in heat. Fucking A. I am so livid right now..i cant even tell you
-Gina is now married :) Crazy! I guess i never expected her to be one of the first of us...I cant even imagine being married right now..MAybe i dont ever see myself getting married..who knows. I like my freedom, I like doing what I want.
-SO ive decided to visit the Nati for this upcoming music fest Dave Menninger wrote about in his blog.
-12 ecologists picked to live in a house! See what happens when science nerds stop being polite and start being real!
-Also Amy, Matt, and I went out to dinner one day and met some local guys who were trying to impress us with their Lexus. OOOOO hahahahah.
-I also found the time to look up my old hs biology teacher, Mr Blakemen who just so happens to be amazing! He retired the year I graduated, but he was one of the two majorly awesome influencial teachers Ive had. He was super interested in field bio (particularly prairies and hawks) and probably was a part of why I am doing what I am today.
-So we got a flat tire and saw a bear today!!! (A screw went into the tire, and the bear was about 100 feet away from us in the woods).
-Amy and I left on Friday morning and I realized I wave at people in the car now (its a WV thing)..people in Ohio dont really do that..so i figured id wave at everyone and see how many people waved back. Only one guy in a lowrider purple truck waved at us, and one person gave us the Fonzi finger point. Most people just looked at us funny. It was funny and interesting.
-"Did you hear about the cow who had an abortion? It was decalfinated!" OOOO!!
-The next day we woke up, and Dave's mom fed us..She was super nice! She showed us her spoon collection
-44. Living Arrangement? MWERF Bunkhouse..oh yeah! i have like 14 roommates right now..and i LOVE it
-falafels? or falafi?
-So last night Amy and I went into town to see a bluegrass band called Jackass Flats...we lucked out because there was a car show for the july 4th weekend and i HEART old cars! but we saw the band..they were great..and then we met some obnoxious cop from delaware who was there for a wedding (his coworkers fiance was from elkins..and she knew soemone in our field that hooked amy up with going to grad school at marshall). He made fun of a lot of different diverse groups..ugh
but he invited us to the wedding reception..and his sister was dry humpin ghte banjo player in the bar...OI!
-Happy 4th of july everyone!
I went to Morgantown, WV for the weekend (home of the WVU mountaineers and the personal rapid transport). SOme of the fish people here are from that area and invited us to party and watch fireworks. It was spectacular. PArtying with ecologists (particularly fisheries) is never dull. NOt to toot our horns..but we tend to be a pretty fun group of people.
I really really enjoyed the fireworks, as I always do. I lose myself in them a bit and for some reason reflect back on my life so far. ITs interesting to think abotu all the times Ive watched the spectacle and where I was in my life (where i was, what I was doing, who i watched them with..you know) Its amazing and peaceful. This year I can say..im truly loving my life..and enjoying all the fun people im meeting. Last night I met Ken, whose house we were at. He was super nice..and hilarious. He had an announcer voice and we skipped down the bike trail singing threes company. There was also an extreme piece of eye candy..but he wasnt much fun tot talk to..but he liked to be shirtless..which was fine by me.
-Well I come back and start to drink..(reminder that everyone else has already been drinking for about 3 hours) and Carl decides he wants a mohawk. So with a pair of mustache trimmers and a pair of knitting scissors...carl gets his mohawk courtesy of sean.
Matt (who formerly had a long curly fro thing going on) was so drunk he decided he wanted a mullet. And MAN did he get a mullet. Its a thing of beauty. Stacy did it for him..and man is it amazing. I cant wait till i can post pictures. There is also a huge pile of hair on the floor. ITs amazing.
At about this time..someone has the genius idea that we should go to the swimming spot at like 1 in the morning. WE all piled into the back of a pickup truck and drive down three miles where there is no light and its pitch dark. Luckily Nile built a fire relatively quickly. Let me remind you that Appalachian streams ARE COLD! hahah so the next thing I know...everyones naked jumping off the rope swing and being crazy. Sean fell in the mudpuddle which was hilarious.
-So Wednesday is officially my last day as a vtech employee..I am sad. I have no job lined up and its back to home. Its depressing
-so My job in WV is finished..I miss WV. Its becoming my second home..and its so beautiful. its weird to look at the horizon and not see mountains! Im glad I got to spend so much time there and realize how cool of a state it really is. Of course there is the whole redneck aspect to it..but theres also a lot of nature and artsy people and a whole mountain culture thats pretty much awesome. And theres lots of bluegrass music.
-On my last day...Amy and I went to to Davis/Thomas area and saw Blackwater Falls and hung out at the Purple fiddle. The purple fiddle was amazing. It was a rather hip coffee house/bar and it was amazing. The Hackensaw Boys played some bluegrass (THEY ROCKED!) We hung out with them afterward and some of our local friends that jus thappened to be there at the Mountain State Brewery. Yummy beer. It was an awesom eway to go out.
-I also have some good news in the job market. Today I interviewed for a fisheries job in Utah and have an interview for a job in Florida on friday morning. So heres hoping something works out. Im excited to have interest! THe experience is definately helping :)
-Well we went back to his car and started talking..and then we sorta started kissing. Well the people called the cops on us!!! hahahahah So a cop showed up and was nice and everything. But it was pretty funny. Im a loiterer.
-I am moving to Florida (Panama City) next week!!
-I dont have a plce to live..i dontknow whether I hsould take my car, sell it, etc
I dont know how im gonna pay for anything!
Im a weirdo..and any guy who gets slightly interested in me or acts a little too clingy..i blow off. I have issues.
-my adventure starts....
ill let you all know when i have internet access/address and all that. For now you can reach me on teh phone :)
i luvs you all! You have a place to crash in florida.
-I named my work truck Bubba. Im excited about all the cool equipment and things I get to use. at the Current point in time I have 4 gps units, an atv for use, an f250 v8 4x4 truck (Bubba), and a super super nice digital camera (the kind with the lenses that come off and on). Im having so much fun.
-Steve Irwin: Today I dedicate my herp work to you! (If I dont i think i might be a little too depressed to work.)
You were an inspiration!
I am sad we lost him so young..he has done so much to help so many unloved and misunderstood animals..and I hope his impact is long lasting
- One of my life goals is going to be fulfilled
I have found a place in PC that teaches Belly dance
-Life is getting easier here. THe weekend back in the great lakes area helped immensely. It was really hard to come back. I tortured my brother for approximately 24 hours straight being as annoying as possibly
-I miss fall :'(
-Well i finally went to the beach and I have to admit..going swimming in the ocean in October was pretty much awesome. Ive gotta learn not to accidently swallow salt water though
-I also made an executive decision that one person is not going to make me miserable the rest of my life. Thats freaking stupid.
-Andrea and I went garagesaleing last weekend..I bought an obnoxious paper mache crab and I named it Pinchy. Im in love with him.
-In other news, I found something else to do in my spare time. There is a cat sanctuary/center type place in PC and they need volunteers. THe main focus of my time will be to enrich the cats lives..So i get to play rope with bobcats and cougars...life is hard
-Last weekend we went to a powwow..it was disturbing..i felt like i was in the twilight zone.
-My thanksgiving rocked. I went to Annas on Wednesday night, watched some Gilmore Girls, and caught up with Anna.
Thanksgiving was memorable!!! Anna's great aunt was a self-described "Georgia cracker". She was fiesty, force fed me food, and managed to make annas bf feel excessively awkward. I want to be like her someday ;) Yes, I have lofty goals in life.
Dinner was tasterific...I ate way too much.
This was the first year I wasn't with my family for the holiday. It was strange but good :) I did miss my routine and seeing my friends, but change is always welcome.
I think im going to get fat.
-I played the new nintendo at my friends house..it rocks my world.
-So my horse is sick..
My parents are here and cant go help him and neither can i
I hope he pulls through..
I feel guilty and helpless.
-Psycho horse appears to be pretty much back to normal
No more crying in the closet for me!
-Its always fun to read through my last years events. And for once..that happy, better luck next year I always wished for finally happened. 2006 was actually a nice change of pace.
-I'm off on my own...I have a job I love....I have great friends. Ive finally been able to let go of some things that have plagued me in the past and have continued to work on things in myself that I would like to see changed. I seem to have found that elusive happiness that has evaded me for quite a few years. Now if i only made more money so I could catch up my bills..life would be perfect..;) oh well, all in good time.