Getting (Un)Settled

Pictured below, is what my apartment looked like when I first moved in.  Understandably, it’s gotten a lot more chaotic, due in no small part to the events of today.

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Today was a big day.  I got the gas turned over, the hot water heater fixed, and the internet was activated (mostly).  I was also able to procure a desk and chair for $20 total.  The desk is really small and flimsy but it keeps me from having to type on the floor for now.  Pictured below is my current setup.

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I still have a lot of progress to go on the apartment, but hopefully the movers will be coming soon so that they can drop off the rest of my furniture and I can actually start planning how my apartment is going to go together.  For now, I’m going to keep making due with what little I’ve got.

I was also able to finally go grocery shopping today.  I’m planning on starting my diet on Monday along with a decent workout routine but we still have a few intermediate steps before now and then.  I also need to make another trip or two around town because I wasn’t able to find all the groceries that I wanted, but overall most things we very simple to find which is great news!

Tomorrow morning I’m going to attempt to drag myself on a run and go check out the local college, so hopefully more pictures will be coming soon.

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Arrival

The journey is complete!  I’m finally at my new home, and now I just have to sign my lease tomorrow and move in.  I actually got here a bit earlier than I expected and was able to go to the leasing office to turn in some paperwork.  They offered to let me move in today.  I wish I had known that before I booked another AirBnB.  But it’s nOT LIKE I’M UPSET OR ANYTHING.

No but really I didn’t mind waiting, for two reasons.  First, it’ll force me to get up and going tomorrow, and second because I don’t have a bed in the new apartment yet, so this will be my last night sleeping on something that isn’t the ground or an air mattress for about a week.

Since I had more time after electing to make​ my life slightly harder in the long run, I decided to stop by the college where I’m getting my masters at.  It was, coincidentally, freshman orientation today, so I got to wade through the streams of fresh high school grads who had no idea what was about to hit them in the face.  What was nice, however, was the new faces that I was getting to see all over campus.  I really didn’t meet a lot of people besides some of the employees in the engineering department, but it was refreshing to see all of the other students, and I can’t wait to really get started in the program.

Don’t Knox It

So I’ve arrived in Knoxville which means that Leg 1 of the journey is officially over!  Tomorrow it’s just a short 4 hour sprint to my final destination, kinda.  Actually, my apartment won’t be ready to move into until Wednesday, which means that I’ve got to spend another night at an Air BnB, which is fine with me!  It means I’ll only have a grueling 16 minute drive to my apartment on Wednesday morning so I can finally get settled​ in, so look forward to that!

The one I’m at in Knoxville has cats, and I can’t tell if they love me or hate me, so I’m keeping my distance for now.  Until the owners show back up, I’m going to stay in my room and do something I haven’t done in awhile:  read.

Packed and Ready

So today was filled with two things:  packing and Mount & Blade:  Warband.  While I am equally excited about being able to say that I did both today, I had considerably more fun with one than I did the other.  As usual, my neat and organized style of packing devolved into me shoving whatever I had in my hand into whatever container it would fit in.  I blame the fact that I haven’t unpacked since I got home from college and therefore none of the stuff was organized, but honestly whenever I go to move next this will probably happen again.

In other news I’ve injured myself a total of 5 times over the last two days, at least by my count.  Last night I found three new scratches on my foot while taking a shower.  Since I have no idea where they came from, I can only assume that tiny ghost ninjas periodically sliced at my feet throughout the day, perhaps in retribution for my misunderstanding of Microsoft PowerPoint.  Another occurred today when I tried to hang a pair of pants and wound up breaking the hanger, consequently cutting my wrist.  The final (so far) injury occurred when I spun around too quickly and snagged my finger on a metal sculpture I had made years ago.

Here’s hoping that the ghost ninjas don’t return until I get to my new apartment!

Technically Difficult

Earlier this week, there was a death in some extended family.  It hasn’t really taken a huge impact on myself or my immediate family due to how distant the kin was, but they lived close enough to where we knew who they were.  Since the surviving kids didn’t have much support, my mom and dad stepped in to help them out as they usually do with this kind of thing.  Since I’m the techy guy in the family (i.e. the only one who knows how to operate Microsoft PowerPoint) I was asked to help out with some of the aspects of the memorial service which took place this morning.

Now, I have to split this post up into two parts.  The first is going to be more or less a list of all the things that didn’t go quite as planned, and in hindsight it was pretty humorous given the circumstances.  The second is going to be about how they all went right, so bear with me.

I was given about twenty five pictures that I needed to turn into a slideshow for the service and put music over it.  Easy enough, scan the pictures, put them in order, bam, done.  I was too cheap to buy the music they requested, so I just downloaded the songs from Spotify and had a plan to plug my phone into the church’s sound system (spoiler:  that part worked great).  Easy enough, I showed up to the church about half an hour early so that I could set up and I was greeted by the most adorable little potato of a man who apparently was the pastor there.  He had no idea how computers worked, as evidenced by the fact that he was struggling with the church’s system when I walked in.  I first thought he was the tech guy, actually.  Turns out that their tech guy was on vacation, also that the pastor hadn’t turned on the computer yet, so I turned it on and he knowingly moved out of my way so I could work my magic.

I struggled with the sound system for a little bit before finding the plug I needed and I got everything going.  Awesome!  Now it was time to actually start the service.  I went and found Mr. Potato and asked when he wanted to start.  He said that the guy who was performing the service was ready and that I could begin.  So, I cut the music but let the slideshow keep going in the back.  The guy delivering the service, we’ll call him Mr. Nervous because he was, continued to do nothing.  Then he stood up, walked around for a second in front of the silent church room, and sat back down before looking at me.  Puzzled.  AS IF I KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

Luckily Mr. Potato joined me at this point and I was able to ask if he knew to start.  We both motioned to Mr. Nervous to start doing things and I think he got the hint, because he stood up and said something.  I was clearly not being an active listener, because I did not hear what he said before he sat back down and stared at me again.  There was a war brewing between myself and Mr. Nervous, and the ball was now in my court.  Well played, Mr. Nervous, but you underestimated Mr. Potato!  No, actually, he did not, I was so lost.  I looked at Mr. Potato and asked what he wanted me to do, and he informed me that I was supposed to play some music.

“What music?” I asked.

“Oh, they downloaded it for you this morning,” said Mr. Potato.

I frantically began searching every folder in the church computer, but found no such records of music.  I had failed, but if I was to go down, Mr. Nervous was to come with me.  I told Mr. Potato to tell him to start with the actual message, and Mr. Nervous complied, very nervously.  After some more searching, Mr. Potato handed me a piece of paper that contained the tentative (read: obsolete) schedule of events for the service.  As I started reading the songs, I realized that they were the songs that I had played over the PowerPoint.

“Who downloaded these?”

“Oh, some woman came in this morning and gave me a disk with them on it,” responded Mr. Potato.

“Where is it?” I asked.

“Oh, I think I handed it to you!”

I reached into my pocket and pulled out a thumb drive.  “You mean this?”

“Yup, that’s it.  It has the songs on it.”

In that moment I didn’t have the heart to tell Mr. Potato that I was the woman and that there were no songs on this thumb drive shaped disk.  Instead, I could only look deep inside of myself and wonder who nobody had tried to prepare me for this day, and how I was going to fix it.

Ultimately, we decided to scrap two of the songs since they had already been played, so when Mr. Nervous finished we basically played Amazing Grace over some of the slides and we wrapped up!

Now, it might sound like I’m making light out of someone else’s tragedy, but knowing the person who was lost I think today went pretty much exactly how she would have wanted it.  It wasn’t a total catastrophe, but it wasn’t exactly smooth and polished either, like our family.  Her daughter was surrounded by people who were there to support her and help her through this time, and I’m glad that I could help be a part of it in some small way.

Also, Mr. Potato and I are totally besties now.

They Came, They Saw, They Moved

So today the movers came and grabbed all of my big stuff like my work bench and bed – fingers crossed that I show up to my new apartment and get all of my stuff back.  Honestly, though, this is a big relief.  I’ve got my renter’s insurance taken care of, my apartment is lined up, and now my stuff is on its way to my new home and as big as the task is ahead of me I have honestly never been more ready for something in my life.  Now for the hard part:  the little stuff.

I am so bad at packing.  I hate doing it because I’m terrified that I’m going to break something or that I’ll not do it the absolute most efficient way or that I might not have enough room for everything.  I am equally bad at unpacking and usually have to be made to do it.  I’m doing everything in my power to bring as little stuff as possible because I don’t want stuff lying all over the place while I struggle to find a place for it in my new apartment.  So far I’ve done pretty well and just planned to bring the essentials, but mom and dad keep trying to convince me to bring more stuff.

In other news I’ve started planning my first week out at the new digs.  A lot of it will probably be basic stuff like turning on the internet and getting groceries, but I think I’m gonna start prepping for my new workout routine as well.  I’ll have about a week off before I start work, and I plan on starting the routine around the same time I start work, so it’ll give me that much time to start conditioning my body for the gym again.

Travel and Future

So this weekend I probably spent a combined 24 hours driving around.  From home to Orlando to back home to Pensacola to back home, I spent more time on the road than I normally like to  but every minute was worth it.  And I mean, seriously, I’m usually not tired after traveling, but this post was supposed to be made about 5 hours ago, but instead of that, I was passed out in bed.

Megacon was awesome, and it reinvigorated me with love for nerdom.  I met a man named James, and hopefully, James and I are going to help change the world for someone, little by little, but this isn’t the time for that.  I also met a Shoretrooper with the 501st.  If you don’t know what the 501st Legion is, stop here, go Google that, and come back.  I’ve been a fan of the 501st for years but never had the money to really start getting involved with them (again, go do research).  But I’m about a week away from starting my job now, and I’m happy to say that I’m more stoked than ever to get involved and start helping out!

Also, I bout this Dr. Fate comic that I really wanted for like $0.50, so that was cool.

Pensacola was fun too, and I’m glad that I got to spend Memorial Day Weekend with a lot of good friends.  If you haven’t seen the movie War Machine on Netflix yet, stop wasting your life.  It’s hilarious and raises a lot of good points about war and politics.

Like I said earlier, I’m about a week away from moving off to start my new job and as far as I know my new home won’t have a desk when I get there, so prepare yourselves to see some posts made from the floor of my new apartment!

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