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Aug. 20th, 2012 10:55 am
angelak: (Visualize)
It has been a long while since I had an opportunity to write in my livejournal. It has been dormant. A lot has been happening. So much unrecorded, but in truth I can remember all of it right now. It’s later on when the months pass that I will forget the things I no longer wrote it the LJ land. Since I last posted, I have been cast in Rite of Sol, I have become a sub teacher instead of a regular teacher at my home studio and a regular teacher at Bikram Yoga Redmond, as well as Bikram Yoga Kirkland.

My Grandma died, I am still managing my Grandpa’s funds, we as a family are also taking care of Grandpa, making sure he is doing okay. This is a challenge in and of itself.
I am happily engaged in the polyamorous lifestyle. Every minute seems filled with abundance at this point. Sometimes this is the biggest bliss point ever – and other times a plate or two that I am spinning starts to tip over and I falter. The biggest challenge at the moment is to get the YOGA for myself. I went through a phase where I didn’t teach very much for a brief month, and then it came slamming back with a vengeance. Alongside my city job, all of this does take some managing. Especially given the fact I am involved with three different studios on the eastside, among other things.
The word abundance really captures how I feel. The gratitude I feel every day for the people who I am directly involved with regularly, and the studios I “work” in. Teaching Yoga is a blessing and something that while I sacrifice my own practice at times, is entirely worth the struggles I have endured to get to where I am today. I am becoming a stronger teacher, and continue to aspire to the best verbatim Dialogue that I know how. My brother is back in the orbit of the family, and we are grateful for his presence in our family again after his isolation and soon to be ex-wife situation. We are happy. It is apparent that HE is happy, too. Recently being hit with a strange virus that claimed his voice TEMPORARILY… well, he’s struggling through that.

James is a rare gift of a person. I think that is why it bothered me so much when he was no longer a part of my life, in major part due to the spite of one woman. The good news is that while Grandma’s story was ending, she brought James back into the family as she left mortality. Both of them are very important people to the family.

I am learning a lot about the family at this juncture in time, and have been all of 2012. My role has been harried to say the least.
And the rest of 2012 is going to see a lot more Yoga teaching for me – I look forward to sharing the yoga with people all over the place, and transforming my teaching more and more and more and more.

There’s nowhere else to go, here – but up. And the people who I am able to see are so very special to me! I have the most beautiful circle of friends. While I wish I had more time for things and was further at my Deacon memorization, I also realize I have limitations. And a whole life time. We’ll see what I can do. I was starting to make progress in April, and since then life has been a whirlwind.

Needless to say, Life is Quite amazing for me right now.
I work hard. I rest just enough. I need more yoga, but I am working on that constant balance of teaching and taking and living and loving! And I am more than thrilled to be a part of the cast of Rite of Sol this year. This is something I wanted to be a part of for years.

And choosing to take care of myself first - and consciously acknowledging the people that will harbor a giving and receiving nature within friendships, relationships. Particularly in the times I needed it most. Because my energy reserves waned when some serious things were going on with the family.

And all the good stuff? Well. I worked for all of that. I'm not going to lie. Product of hard work, blood, sweat, and yes - tears!

So here it is!!!!
Growth experiences abound.

-Angela
angelak: (AngelaSide08)
Breakthrough weekend for Half Moon pose memorization wise. I don’t know what happened, but I was driving to class and I broke it into parts and really started reciting it out loud the entire drive to Yoga. And I was able to go off the cards and without anything, only checking occasionally for brief moments of “durr.” I have been kinda stuck on half moon for a while.
It gave me a lot of hope. And I was able to recite it once entirely without the cards. Somehow feeling as though I really *know* it, is huge. It also feels good because YES, I still have 6 weeks of time to progress to a few more postures before leaving. I don’t need to be as far as some of these crazy people who have like the whole standing series… but I can see how I’ll be okay now. Relief. I am letting it flow.

We also saw Winnie the Pooh finally – and that was fun. Was a nice end to our weekend – very chill. We really enjoyed it.

Also, was the Kohl’s cash experience. Went to spend $20 Kohl’s cash… including 2 more sports bras. Man in another line came up and asked if I shopped Kohl’s often, and gave me his Kohl’s cash. Thanked him. In the parking lot, I found it was $20 good next week.

Stoked for that. I am going to buy something other than workout gear. Also very bored with Kohl’s Fila bras by now. Random other piece of information that came to me today: Issaquah is apparently going to have a Kohl’s eventually!!!!! Where the old Albertson’s was. I am pretty stoked for that…

The calendar is filling fast. We have a lot of plans for the rest of the summer.
I intend on also to stick with a 5 per week yoga practice, throwing a run in if I REALLY want it – but as of now I’ve backed off of my running schedule. I am also thinking of throwing some small sets of pushups and sit-ups because I don’t have time to circuit train (actually mentally I’m just not in the CT mindset).
I also have plans to stop doing the yoga for 1 week prior to training, and scale back on the week prior to that, so I can enter training very fresh. The 2 weeks before I leave, my plan is to switch from practice to directly studying dialogue for the amount of time I would have been in yoga.

This is the deal I’ve made with myself. I think this will help me step into the training with all of the peace of mind I can muster.

I also have to remind myself that when I look at how weak my arms feel (compared to when I lift weights regularly) that this is the period in my life I am focusing on yoga, and that it is okay for me to wait a few months. I can pick up any other workout all I want when I come home for December/January. But for this phase of life, it’s yoga and it’s okay not to be able to bust some dude’s neck with the crook of my arm. ;)

For now.

I really do love the feel of how my muscles feel from strength training.

Back to the calendar:

August 13th: Meeting up with Heidi at her place to talk about all things TT.
August 20th: Headed to Portland to celebrate Jim’s Mom’s birthday
August 27-28th: PAX Prime.
August 29th: I turn 27. Hello, Saturn. Good to see you again.
September 1-4: Joel Brown (eeeep) my Aussie friend comes to stay.
September 2: My going away party/Birthday party
September 4th: Mom’s birthday (not sure if we have plans!?)
September 5-8th: Staying at Mom’s watching her animals while my parents journey to Vegas.
September 9th: Lianna’s birthday
September 15th: Barry (Jim’s Dad) comes to stay until a week or so after I leave at our place
September 17th: Thinking of a day trip before I leave with Jim and Barry <3
September 18th: I fly away and my life changes forever.

When I say my summer is now stacked, it really is.
In other Yoga news... I kicked out in standing head to knee yesterday and didn't fall out on one side. :P Until Heidi asked me to bend my elbows. And then it was sunk. Damn tight calves. It's probably the running hills ... running hills against yoga is like having an affair on your husband. It's a bad idea. ;) But most people cry and moan about how they love it and don't want to give it up... wait, that's just me. Don't worry. I'm not having an affair... I don't have a husband or a closed relationship...... but I haven't ran behind my house in a week or so, so maybe that is why I could kick out ;)

-Angela
angelak: (ShadowFax)
A run is on deck after work, but I don't know how I am going to survive. I feel frozen outside today. I think it's like 36F in Issaquah. I forgot to grab gloves, so there is only one glove in my car that I was able to dig up. I'm not sure I want to have one warm hand and one cold one. Brrrr. So cold outside. Feels colder than it did last week - I'm guessing that icy wind doesn't help matters.

The weekend flew by. Saturday we went to Port Townsend, where Grandma Santo lives. This is pretty much a whole day affair. We delivered a puppy to her because one of her two dogs died. Bummer. This was a Sheltie puppy. Very cute little boy and hopefully all goes well with the adjustments.

We then went back home. I chillaxed at home, and then Sunday came. Worked out, did things around the house, and then went to Russian class. Coming along with the learnings. Hopefully when I am done being frozen tonight after work, I will do a major study session and get all my material ready to study for next week. Including a couple of written dialogues of using the 4 different forms of "to go."

Anyways. I'm inching towards my evening workout. In the frigid, frosty cold.
And for fun, I'll go ahead post a picture of me and my other Grandmother.

Бабушка и меня - Grandma and Me. )

As Sasha has mentioned... I've been catching up with family that I haven't seen in years, a lot lately.

-Angela
angelak: (TwentyTwo-Angela)
Was a great visit with nobody this weekend. You know who you are, obviously.
Spent Saturday sleeping in, going to Yoga, coming home. Circuit trained and used the elliptical prior to: Sunday was Lianna's visit.
Monday was my dentist appointment that I succeeded in getting under the wire before the end of year to keep my preventative insurance premium at 100% coverage.

Best thing was that I was able to schedule my FINAL crown replacement for Today. !!!
He thought I was going to have a nasty cavity underneath my crown because it was a "non precious" AKA, Not Gold, crown, from a spotty (I said this not them) DSHS clinic way back when I was 13. It's been on there for 13 years.

My gums are inflamed around where it used to be, but now it can really start to improve :D
Today, when he popped off the old crown, expecting to see some really nasty stuff - exclaimed, "this looks way better than the x-rays would have had me believe!" and then he said to the assistant, "She must have a great diet. Most people would have had serious corrosion with this kind of crown."

I walked out of the clinic with my temporary crown, and paid $16, rather than $300 - all thanks to my non existent soda habit and otherwise great food habits essentially. I was so excited.
Next week I get my new gold permanent crown placed on the 23rd. This has been the most pain free set of visits to the dentist that I can ever remember having. After 8 years of regular visits and continual maintenance and projects in my mouth, I will enter 2011 caught up on everything. For the first time in a decade.

Maybe a lot of people don't understand this feeling - but it is an amazing one. Having a history of serious perio problems (gums), I have come a long way. Having to need to replace 3 crowns around the same time wasn't exactly fun for the financial side of things, or the actual "replacing" side.
Ever since I was 13, it felt like I was constantly doing some serious uncomfortable dental work.
Today, they numbed me up and I seriously didn't feel any pain at all. Usually they have trouble numbing me up and I still feel the pain of the work. It was amazing and now I understand the experience a lot of people have in a dental chair.

One thing I'd really like to buy is a sonicare toothbrush, strongly advised by my dental clinic...
But they cost so much. It's tempting, though - to invest this way. I am also considering beginning a 30 day flossing trial. I think this could benefit me greatly, seeing as I really struggle with flossing, but am wanting to see some great boosts to my oral health. I think if I did start a 30 day floss-everyday trial, I would begin... hmm, tomorrow! Enter the New year with GREAT GUMS. :D

Another thing I haven't mentioned on my livejournal is that I have enrolled for a January-March Conversational (intro) Russian class in the U district at offered by this: http://www.seattlelanguages.com/russian.htm place. It will be Sunday afternoons, 2:30-4:30, and I couldn't be more excited. While some portion of this is Sasha's fault, not all of it is. I look forward to harassing Inna-bo-bina, and I am looking for something that is not Spanish, not the usual thing... and, just following the path with heart here, it feels like the right thing to do, and because it's such a different language, it really appeals to me. I also can't get enough of listening to my Russian friends speak it. I'm sort of drawn to the sounds the language itself has. So, why not go for it!? I'm already booked for it!!! Besides. If I'm going to have a few Russian connections, I might as well use them to help me become bi-lingual. I know kindergarten Spanish (took I and II in High school) but... to be honest, I wasn't that passionate about it. So this time I'm going with the path with heart on it ;)

Oh yeah - and I found a free "Runner's Self Defense" workshop to go to tomorrow night, and I think that's awesome! I'm a runner and I love self defense, so I'll be glad to go get some more material for my bag of tools!!! And no. I wasn't referring to dirty tools...

-Angela
angelak: (Attitude)
I had almost written an awesome post about our wonderful trip to Texas... but then I didn't complete it. I should try, anyway.

I'd like to announce that the only posts I will ever re-post via facebook, will be my own.
No one worry for this. This includes comments as well.

I like this option... but I also like Facebook.
It is in turn what has sort of dwindled my REAL posts. Which is sad. I don't like this fact. But I've often wanted to repost certain things TO facebook.

Jim has just informed me our trip to PAX yielded a total of 9 free t shirts. I have a few. I gave him a few. I'll be sporting a new nerd wardrobe for the coming weeks. It's cool - my bigger sized body for the moment could use some looser clothes, if you get my drift. Might as well utilize some free t-shirts!
I'd love to write so much more about PAX. I better....

Let's see. This month has been a whirl wind so far. Our birthday party. PAX. I want to take my mom on a road trip to the ocean next weekend, and possibly look at Lab puppies. We're ready. I'm ready. Rufus is fresh in my heart, but I'm feeling my world is getting to the point where I am very excited about a new addition to our family.

Fritz has settled after the loss of my dear one. We're still sad often about his solid absence in our home. I can feel his spirit has mostly left the deeper corners of my space. It's hard. It still feels a little lighter in here. Emptier. Fritz fills us up so much with love, though. And he is definitely enough to fill up the home with exuberant adoration of us :)

As for PAX: Friday freaked me out. I suddenly realized it was all standing and with my new and very temporary Plantar Fasciitis, it seemed to be a bad idea. And I sort of froze up over the whole ordeal.
Left early, went to my chiropractor (had a really bad Friday prior to the chiro) and ended up getting treated for my feet and adjusted and then went off to meet Kelsi and Mel for dinner (a light salad which I only ate half of).

I then went to Kelsi's and hung out with the 2 of them. It has been a very long time. Mel got engaged a week or so ago. She's going to Mexico. I'm not excited about the funding for this, but I do want to be there.

All in all, Mel and I disconnected for a good several months. But it felt right to reconnect on Friday.
Which is interesting, given Mercury being in retrograde. But then...
I have other astrological ideas about that.

Needless to say, I woke up on Saturday with a Will to make PAX work. Feet and all. My feet felt immediately better after Brett's grastin technique. I went home and rested them. And then I resolved to sit as much as possible, ask for rest when I needed it from the crew rather than feel like a big pain in the ass, and just go with the flow instead of fightingfightingfighting.

This tactic worked 100%. I had a blast. We also got invited to TWO separate VIP parties post-PAX hours. Wow. I can't even tell you how surprised I was for this. The first one which was pretty ritzy with a full buffet and wine/beer table was hosted by game developer Trion Worlds, a new company celebrating the release of 2 very different titles: A new MMO called Rift and an RTS called End of Nations. We actually mingled with the 2 head producers of the RTS for quite some time. Very cool guys. I had to distinctly pretend to be a gamer though. This only happened because I was drinking a glass or two of wine and it felt right to try and give him feedback. I actually HAD played his game. I just gave up because it seemed to complex for my non-gaming mentality... (I'm really bad at playing games, I don't have very much practice. If it were a 4 mile run or pushups or yoga, then let's talk).

The second party was by EVE online. They rented out a bar and hosted free drinks until you either passed out or showed you were too stupid to competently order more. They also hired dancers and made a stipulation that anyone without tickets needed to come as a scantily clad vampire.

So, the dancers were pretty much strippers dancing the dirty dance.
I only had a few drinks, on my second one, I ran into an OTO/ATC guy. Jeff.
I recognized him and I think he recognized me. It felt good to know someone there from my outer-world. It made me consider being more active in my communities, for some reason.

I kept drinking and dancing and then introducing myself to random men. This is my forte. I just walk up to people and tell them who I am, and men always return in kind. I picked up a couple of dudes who thought I was pretty cool. Jim felt a little envious that I was able to get that much attention. He feels like only women can do that, and that it's all a gender thing or something. I seriously think it has to do with approach in some part, though. Act like you're open and don't really care what they think of you, and usually they'll open up too. Tell them about yourself. Then see what happens, and that's my method, even in a dance club. I only had a few drinks at the open bar. It was "Neighbor's" club rented out for the Private, VIP party. And the party was WILD and awesome.

I talked to "Dave," from Canada for a long, long time. Jim said Dave grooved on me. Well. I think I grooved on him equally as much. He's an Engineer. I've never attracted an Engineer before ;)
Usually I just fix their computers. Upgrade their AutoCAD...

Anywho. The night passed insanely fast. We went home and collapsed into bed. I woke up early enough Sunday to ask if we were heading out. We headed out a little less early but made it in around 10 anyway. (Which is when PAX starts every morning).

We were exhausted though! The rest of our friends were totally bull-dozed by the parties. Jim and I were just tired. They were hungover and sick!!! We were glad we didn't stay too long and also glad we didn't drink as much as they did. I was actually cut off after my 2nd drink, which was probably not necessarily when I *needed* to be cut off, but it served in my favor. Dave stole me a beer from the bar and brought it back to me. Not that I wanted beer, but I drank it anyway. Slowly. Because I figured if they cut me off, I was looking a little too party-esque.

;) Monday was relaxing. I hadn't done yoga all weekend, nasty!!! NO working out ! I turned into a lazy nerd?S?!?! with lots of free t shirts and no voice after the party. My voice is still not normal (it's almost 9 on Monday, so the last time I had a normal voice was probably like midnight Saturday).
Hoping another night's rest will have me back in the voice business for Tuesday morning work. Ugh!!!
Work. Tough pill to swallow.

Let's see what else? Hit the yoga studio at noon, read more. I've been reading TONS this weekend. I think I'm on my third long novel. I read in the Duke Nukem 3 line. I got to play DUKE NUKEM forever, got a Duke Nukem belt buckle which Jim has clearly already stolen............... dorkus.

I got it cuz I Facebooked about getting in after the 3 hour line wait (which we all 4 held shifts in, so we could explore the rest of the con while waiting.) That was Saturday morning. Fortunately, I was silent at yoga, spent most of the day alone. Didn't even talk to my dog that much. Okay, maybe some. Maybe more than I should have, I spoke to him. Whispering though.

Anyways, I'm breaking my LJ silence with this post. And also stating that we had a really good time, and we plan to go back next year. We've committed to making a bit more of a plan at which exhibits to hit ahead of time though.

-Angela
angelak: (Sexy Legs)
It's Saturday Morning. Okay, now it's afternoon.
But I slept WAY in, and although there may be plans on the agenda for running and circuit training, there also might be OLOTEAS plans.

Except my parents are eventually going to come over also...
And perhaps I will play with my puppy. Crappity. Too much got put on the agenda for today. :P
We'll see if I make it to OLO.

I'd like to though...

-Angela
angelak: (I go Wild)
It's been quite the month, April.
Been fighting mental demons - been struggling with my maintenance range in my "happy place" weight - been dealing with switching birth controls -
And adding the minor knee injury that I sustained roughly 1.5 nearly 2 weeks ago...

It has been rough on me. If ever before I questioned whether or not I was a runner, I no longer do.
I'm a runner. It's funny because ever since I started running, it was something I didn't want to be a "poser" about.
But now I realize that it is as much a part of me as the hiking and the paganism is. If not stronger than some of those others now... spiritually, physically... mentally.
When I have had to take time off and ramp down, I felt lost without it. Ridiculous to me to think that just a couple of years ago, I didn't have this in my life.
I've never felt this way about something? I'm not sure if I have.
I think in the last year of training I have found a larger part of who I am just by the discipline and the time I have spent pounding pavement. I never thought I'd be that person.

So, I know I'm a runner and hope to be until I die.

Let's see. Friday night we went to the Commander's retirement party.
Saturday was OLOTEAS and just taking it easy with Jim.
Notables about OLOTEAS: My weirdo uncle is ... uh. Becoming a regular? Or something. This wigs me out. I've never been a fan of him. My mom has never been close to him.
But BAM, on random he jumped out of the OLO crowd and said hi. Mindfuck. I wish I could explain, but suffice to say that some family is just ... weird. I think a lot of people have weird family. And not weird in the endearing way - but weird in the uncomfortable way. So, there it is. His name is Stephen - or Steve as we call him, but he is a chode and introduces himself as Ste-fan sometimes. Or something? The grounds are small. It felt like I kept running into weirdo.

The other notable OLO thing. Ritual was pretty good - although I questioned some of the undertones and ritual message.
Crones are not attractive? How would I feel if I was a crone and the metaphor was once again about old people being less appealing than the youthful counterparts?
The message for me was sort of so-so. If I had been a crone and sat through that ritual, it may have slighted my personal feelings, especially if I was transitioning from mother to crone physically and struggling with it.

Too deep into the ritual or what, are my thoughts? Just throwing that out there. Otherwise the concept was pretty good. I did enjoy the May Queen's performance in comical nature.

And to talk about many incredulous looks from spiral dancers watching me sit out!!!! My knee was too great a risk to careleslsy run around in circles with a bunch of people and not know whether they were going to go faster or slower. I also have found this particular ailment is more vulnerable to (side to side movements) and more subtle movements, which I sort of tend to see in spiral dances. The though of doing one scared me for my precious recovery. But I can tell you that several people gave me "looks" in the circle when they saw me sitting out with some of the older folks.

Maybe I appear to healthy when I'm hurt? I'm not one to milk my injuries. I want to carry on and not be molly-coddled over. Sympathy and tons of attention generally tends to grate on me. I am - of course, a daughter spawn of my own mother in certain situations. She has unknowingly and built some very strong invisibility shields to accompany her person. Not good nor bad, and handy in many situations are her own shields.

None the less. I feel my knee is about at 95% healed. I went on my first recovery run in a week and a half yesterday morning. At a mere 2 miles, and a slow pace (10 minute mile) with some hill incline on the treadmill. It was definitely a good feeling to be back and moving. I am, being very cautious as to not push it. It felt great until I carried Rufus up 3 flights of stairs (he doesn't do stairs very well on the up in his old age). I felt it get tender again and began to immediately panic.

Later in the day things got better, especially after I got up, walked around. I do still feel tightness while driving my manual transmission car, but. Far be it for me to stop driving. Classy the Subie is my baby.

Today I feel like my knee is a little MORE stable than yesterday. I plan on circuit training tonight with no free weights for lunges and testing the waters easy on squats.
And no jumping jacks. (I hadn't given it thought till Jim mentioned no jumping jacks.) I will however do my best with arms and situps and all that. And I am happy to report my new found abilities to do real pullups at last. Things are looking up. I can get out and move. I sort of fear in the last week I may have lost arm and lung stamina... but then again, there is nothing I can't train back up to. I just cannot wait till my knee is a bad memory of idle-ness.
No doubt I won't be taking my longer runs for granted - or my ability to push my pace when I eventually heal entirely.

-Angela
angelak: (Attitude)
Weekly Update here! )

-Angela
angelak: (Sunset)
It was a great evening. Got off work, went to the bank, then went running.
I was feeling extra energetic and apparently was going at a very fast pace. Yeay.
Ran the bus trail from my usual parking spot below the parking area (to allow for a good solid hill to run up).

It felt really good, although I was bummed on some level to slow down - although Jim was tired. I can't blame him. I have those days too. It was a nice pace and it felt really good. And more than anything, his company is soooo very wonderful. There is something to be said about having your S/O be your workout partner too. The view, the view, the view.

And somehow I really like running in the woods. It's fantastic. And the lack of flatness I am sure, REALLY helps out with kicking it up a notch for strength.

Then we went and had dinner with Shane and Kelsi after we showered and stuff. We spent forever at Applebee's talking and talking and visiting some more. Very nice. Bed now. I am exhausted. OLOTEAS tomorrow. And I have to get there earlier than I prefer due to being a ritualist.

-Angela
angelak: (Poetic)
The weekend workoutz:
Running, Hiking, and then circuit training today.
Don’t forget sadly, that one day I didn’t work out and then I sat and watched TV for 2 hours. The same night I incidentally had weird, WEIRD, weird dreams and Jim was off at drill being soldierly. YIKES!

More ado about the circuit training of tonight: Sweet. I will be sore tomorrow. Sad, sad. I may have to take a day off. Eh. Depending on HOW sore I am. Maybe I will do a light workout on my recumbent stationary bike. Just burn a few without putting too much load on the muscles.

Anyway. Been doing pretty well!

-Angela

Hm

Feb. 4th, 2007 01:13 pm
angelak: (Default)
My brother - this, that. The other. Travis, Icky... )

-Angela
angelak: (Default)
I wrote this on Sunday. And Yet, now it is Tuesday...
*Siiighs*!


Days filling themselves. Candid post full of weekend updates. )

-Angela
angelak: (Make a wish)
Droning on and on. )

Oh. And after doing some ice-skating moves: I can I recall being this sore from working on them several months ago. Here it is again. And for a while I had soreness from the pushups. Yesterday I thought 30% of my body hated me. My legs for longes are sore. I did one or two spirals, but when I first got on the ice it felt like the 9 months was really forever since my last trip around the rink. I relaxed after 15-20 minutes.

Completely separate note:
I would have taken sick leave if I wasn't so close to the end of the year and so close to earning extra annual leave. Secondarily. Why be sick at home when I can come in to work, get paid, and be head-coldy? I could never justify taking time off for a lousy headcold. Puking, yes. Nausuea, yes. Viruses - yes. Headcolds, not so much.

-Angela
angelak: (Thoughtful Angela)
Under the cut: Deeper thinking. Grammatically flawed. Long, drawn out. Flows like chaos. )

-Angela
angelak: (HairSide)
Been a great day.
Last few days.
Feeling a bit like a bar-fly lately though.

Thursday night was really fun. I think it was my favorite night so far. We went to "lady luck," AKA Cowgirl up. I knew Mike was tossed when we arrived and he greeted me with "Angela!" and a giant big-Mikey hug. I thought, "hm. Not his usual greeting for me." He was snap-happy with his camera and that was fun too. I socialized with the Tacoma crew. I was amused when a girl (Michelle) in the group said, "You and Jim have been together like forever now..." and I was like, "heh, not really." But I guess it's the longest he has had a social/visible girlfriend. His ex didn't seem much to go out with him - and was a little timid I suppose. (read: didn't leave his side much.) It made me feel good when he described her to me when I realized I’m not really like that.

With his friends I veered off to do my own socializing with the people I’ve begun to make friends with. I felt like shit on Thursday when one of the guys – Tim, described his ex-gf leaving him and then having their dog put down, even though he had it all set to donate the dog to the blind. He told me how he had all the paperwork ready and she took the dog to the pound and asked them to put it down.

I was really angry and saddened by the notion.
I talked to him for a while. Got to talk to Ray Ray also.
Anyway. After that we left to go grab food and then came home.
I fell deeply asleep, after sleepy-inducing physical stuff.

45 year old... )

More weekend updates to come.

-Angela
angelak: (Sexy)
Yesterday was cool. Slept in late. Relaxed and messed around on my computer for a while. Got up, showered, and took Travis out for lunch. He left… and then I read for a few hours.

Jim arrived and we headed out to my parents’ new place to meet my sister and go pick up my brother. We went to our favorite little Casino “Angel of the Winds,” Casino. We got cheap food and visited and I gambled with $5 and left with $7.47.

Jim was impressed at the .99 strawberry shortcakes. And my huge-nor-mous chicken fried steak and eggs. He had a turkey sandwich. It was fun – he got to meet my sister, and spend a little bit of time with my brother. He likes my family so yeay on that.

And my family likes him too. So this is going quite well indeed!
We had a blast. Afterwards we dropped James off.
It was amazing that Melissa let him out of the house alone. My sister and I were shocked. It was the first time we had spent time with our brother in months without Melissa there. I was relieved.

I had wanted to show off my really awesome new boyfriend to him for a while – but as life had it, even without a boyfriend to show off I couldn’t seem to get him away from Melissa or get to see him at all more than 5 minutes in passing.

So this was really refreshing.
I missed him and so did Jill. And Jeff (Jill’s S-O) was sad he didn’t get to hang out with James solo.

After dropping James off we stayed at my mom’s and visited with Jill for a while until I noticed Jimmy was falling asleep. He had, after all – gotten up early to go to drill.
I drove home. He slept the whole way as my car surged through the rainy early morning. It was 3AM.

We got home and somehow in our moments of contentment and sleepiness, we had some awesome love-making. And then exhaustion hit and so did a decent sleep.
The morning consisted of more pleasantries. Yeay mornings that start off right. With really good snuggles. And. Stuff.

And then showering and then a really fun breakfast/brunch outing. 12th Ave. Café is great. We had 3 cheese Omletes. He had ham and I had sausage. THEY were good. We continued to talk about everything and nothing. What a great way to spend the weekend. He had to go to class.

I thought Ray was going to be here tonight – it turns out he will, although he is just getting into town tonight from Iraq for a few days leave. Well, I had suggested I stop by Jim’s tonight to get a chance to catch Ray-Ray. I am just relaxing and listening to the wondrous sound of the rain.

November and the dark nights and the constant flow of rain the past days. Wow, how wonderful. I cannot help but enjoy the downpours. How gorgeous could it be???

*happy sigh*

The man will be home soon and I am here.
Classy pierced through the dark, slick roads – and I am safe here for the night until morning. When I start my 3 day work week. Which will be FABULOUS. I’m stoaked. For now I think I will read some more and enjoy the weather.

I think some of the simplest things make me happy.

My swimsuit came in the mail and it fits! Yeay.
It is a bit modest, but then – I hate swimsuits anyway and it’s a workout swimsuit. So, I don’t really care. It is not thread-barren and faded. YEAY! I like it a great deal and the price was right. Now I know for next time I want Speedo’s “Classic Modern,” cut, which is the middle of the 2 styles. This one is just “Classic,” which is the most modest cut. Still, it’s great.

I have even MORE motivation to keep swimming up.
Kelsi suggested me bringing my fellas (Rufus and Fritz) to visit Ava as she is pup-sitting for her sister and bro-in law.

I am having a beer-date with herne51 quite possibly tomorrow – so I may swim on lunch most of the week to get my workout in. After all. Tuesday is probably beer night, Wednesday is the day I’d spend with Kelsi in the evening, and Thursday is PPC. Friday, it seems – I will most likely be seeing Mel at some point.

Soooo, this being said. Well, it looks like I will make it my high priority to swim on lunch perhaps Tuesday-Wednesday-and-Thursday if I can. If I make as many plans to swim (maybe even Friday – seeing as I have all of Friday off.) then if I do not swim one or two days, it isn’t that bad. I try and get in as many as I can.

So, this weeks goal is T-W-Th.
I do what I can. I am less self conscious now that my swimsuit isn’t ugly. And my co-workers that I support saw me last week on lunch. I try my best. To go un-noticed. But it’s inevitable – I’m the IT girl that everyone knows.

I cannot go anywhere in Issaquah unnoticed.
Off to go enjoy my book. If Ray-Ray doesn’t show up, I think Jimmy and I will watch some Gilmore Girls.

Yeay. Regardless.
And an early morning start tomorrow. I better get up right before 5 to get to work with as little traffic as possible.

-Angela
angelak: (Daydreamer)
Today was awesome.
I woke up not wanting to wake up. I was dead tired, but after I slept past my alarm - felt bad, I got up and headed out to Burien to help my parents move.
This went fast and I was happy to see my brother. I was having trouble making myself help them move - but they didn't have that much to move. We filled the truck, went to Lynnwood, unloaded quickly, and were done. It was that fast. The parents' new abode is nice and I love the location.

Spent some time visiting with Jill and mom. Dinner was fun. Talking with Jill was fun
I am excited. Tomorrow night Jim is going to go to the Casino with my mom, Jill, and I. Cheap food and we can escape when we want. AND - he can meet my sister. This is important, because she IS important to me. Even if she's insane.

Afterwards I drove home to meet chinchillagirl for a belated Samhain Ritual.
It was small, intimate, and I really had a good time. It filled a void that I had this Samhain and I'm very glad we spent the time together this evening. We made pasta and ate some yummy corn.
Great chances to talk and catch up.
I am glad she lives close.
*happy sigh* Bed soon.
Regardless, I think our Samhain ritual was healthy and awesome and just what I needed.

YEAY!
And so I will go to sleep, sleep in, and then exercise somehow tomorrow.
(If only my swimsuit were here-). I could go on a weekend hike or a jog. Hm. Or try the community cneter.

DECISIONS yeah.
So anyway.
Then Jimmy will eventually drive out here after he finishes drill.
I am excited to see him. I miss him besides me in bed tonight. Thank gods for my two kids - the two kids that have 8 legs combined.

LOL.
Rufus and Fritz are my heroes.

I will have to write about how cool my date with Jim was last night at The Melting Pot!!!! Later though.
Signing out.
Goodluck and Goodnight.

-Angela
angelak: (ShadowFax)
A several day update - sadly with minimal details. I suck at LJ. )

-Angela
angelak: (JimAngelaKissing)
Weekend Updates. )

I would WoW it up - but Jesus - there is not enough time because it's ALREADY 12:30ish.
Been having ADD with typing this entry.

-Angela
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Yaaarrrrr... dere be pirates in this journal! Surrender the booty...

Where da party at? )

-Angela

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