changing directions

I’m starting to remember why I don’t like moving. It takes me a long time to settle down into new routines. Small things that I don’t think about, like, “where do I keep my extra Wii controllers” suddenly become an issue. And there’s lots of little things like that.

Up until this week my strategy of dealing with post-moving hassles has been simple: ignore them. I’ve been doing great at that, and I’ve gone through one and a half seasons of Dr. Who on Netflix in no time flat.

Something must have stabilized recently, though, because I just barely started getting things organized at home again. On Sunday and Monday I setup my HTPC hardware in the new apartment, so I can watch my collection of shows. I’ve been without that for over a month, and that’s something I usually use every day. That’s how far gone I’ve been from getting things in order.

I think I’ve been a little shell-shocked from everything that landed on me at once: moving, the hospital stay, changing jobs and a new semester at school. My approaches at dealing with stress haven’t changed much during the years. I typically cut off activity and interest in most everything, and revert to just taking care of the basics such as putting on deodorant and having enough cereal in the house. It’s kind of like what someone would experience when going through a depression, but I use it as a bit of a cocoon.

As a result, a lot of responsibilities or commitments really suffer. I’m not a fan of that, but when I have too much going on, my defense mechanism is to just shut down and ignore it all. It actually beats the alternative of berating myself for not being able to meet a lot of demands.

Like I said though, I’m starting to get out of that a bit. I’ve lived in my apartment long enough now that I know where I want my computers to go, where to put my Wii controllers, and I’ve found enough new varieties of cereal that I’m willing to venture out a bit more and strap some more stuff on my back. That, and the fact that I have a midterm this week already kind of shell-shocked me back into the life of daily responsibility.

So, nothing really to report here, other than, if you’re waiting on me to get to something … I’m actually starting to get around to them now. Whatever that means. I don’t think many people have expectations of me anyway, other than putting on deodorant. Even then, I’m not so sure. Maybe they do. Who knows.

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getting back online

If it feels like I disappeared for awhile there … that’s because I did. The last few weeks have been pretty crazy.

First off, I decided to move all of a sudden. I’ve been wanting to ramp up my studies, so I decided to move to a smaller apartment with less rent, and do the whole student thing as much as I could. I got an awesome little one-bedroom in the Avenues district near downtown Salt Lake City.

Then, I headed off to Georgia for a week with the family for Christmas vacation. That was fun.

When I came back, I got sick really bad, and had to go to the ER a few times. I ended up getting admitted to the hospital for almost a week because my stomach was acting so poorly. I ended up throwing up non-stop most of that week, and I have the bloodshot eyes to prove it. They did a lot of tests on me, and the news is all good. :) I don’t have an ulcer, which is nothing short of a miracle in my book. They did an endoscopy at the hospital, which I’ve had doctors recommending I do one for ten years. No ulcers, no intestinal problems, no cancer of the stomach or anything like that. They actually said my stomach looked good! So far, we think that it was a stomach virus that landed me in the hospital. I’m doing much better now, thanks. :) I lost about ten pounds during my stay, though, and I have been eating non-stop since I got home. Craziness.

So, I’ve been taking this week off, and I just got an Internet connection setup yesterday. I got rid of half my computer stuff, including my server that hosted my blog, so I’m gonna try hosting it on WordPress for now. We’ll see how that goes.

I still need to migrate Znurt’s site, and I’ll get to that as soon as I get a chance.

Anyway, yah. Not dead yet! :)

That’s about it for now. Obligatory boring update post will now end.

malcolm in the middle

There are only a few things in this world worth living for these days, trudging on mindlessly day by day, with no end in sight. TV is one of the big ones. Unfortunately, it’s not one of those things that I keep myself up to date on very much, and I only just now discovered Malcolm in the Middle as its reaching the end of its run. I can’t believe what I’ve been missing out on, either.

Every show I watch is hilarious and makes me burst out laughing (which is pretty rare, whent it comes to tv shows). What else can I say about it? It’s great stuff, and I can’t believe I never knew about it. The good thing is it airs twice a day on my local WB station here, so I’ve already got a small collection recorded on my mythbox.

The bad news is that Fox hasn’t released any of the seasons on DVD except for the first one. I really hate it when stuff like that happens. I’m tempted to download it off a torrent somewhere, but with my luck, I’d get sued by some huge company for doing that. Besides, I don’t condone file sharing in the least. It really sucks though that you never know if we’ll ever be able to see them again any other way than reruns. The story is always the same for why some shows don’t come out on DVD — they are having trouble renegotiating the “rights” to certain stuff, which basically translates to “everyone wants more money now that this thing is actually popular.”

Oh well, in the meantime, I’ll just settle for another one of life’s reasons for living — Corn Pops.