Well, after getting and socking away some of the tax refund and paying some stuff, I went clothes shopping for the first time in a long time. Ended up picking up a couple of shirts, a couple of light cardigans, a pair of dress shoes and a bunch of slacks. The slacks were important because I've always had a bunch, but over the last couple years, I've been losing pairs without being able to replace them. I also need to take my old dress shoes and get them repaired. Might as well have them strip and shine them too. I can do an awesome shine job on footwear thanks in part to the U.S Army, but, at this point, I'm OK with someone doing the basic duties and then coming and putting the finishing touch on it.
Had an exam yesterday in Texas Government. This class has been stupid because, well, Texas Government itself is stupid. I'm getting a B in the class. That's not really that good because, being a non-science/math class, A is really the only acceptable grade. I also feel silly because, if I had done a couple of the extra credit assignments, I would have gotten that A. But, then again, I got a B because I spent the absolute minimum amount of time working on this class. If I had spent the time I would have needed for the extra assignments merely studying, I probably would have gotten the A anyway. This also means my GPA is 3.42 instead of 3.47. :( I guess I shouldn't complain. Besides, an A in each of my other two classes should put me back above 3.5 again. Got a History exam tomorrow, but that won;t be a problem at all.
Am gathering a handful of places to apply in Tyler/Longview. Will be going up there for an overnight next week to do some of that. Since it seems to be looming, I should work the ground up there. :( On a nicer note, I'll be passing through Waco on the way back with a little bit of time on my hands. I'm planning on taking a long lunch trip to Greenwood Cemetery for the Despoina Pedigree Project.
Am also preparing for my last, best hope at staying here. UT position opening up. Someone very close to me is in HR in that department and has chosen to be off the hiring committee to help me (ethics and all that). I've met someone on the committee in the past and appropriate manager has been told about me and my qualifications. With all that in my corner, I should definitely get an interview. And if I can't get this job, well, I don't think I could get any job anywhere.
Got another care package of blank CDs and DVDs. I also realize that I rarely watch most of the movies I download (even the ones I really, really want to see) so why waste DVDs on them? Maybe I'll pick up a cheap terabyte drive and just use it for movies or something...
Took a few tax refund dollars and bought a couple of things for my 40K army. Not a lot, but it does have me trying a new experiment. I've attempted to do some resin casting of bits. Why pay $3-4 for a specific weapon for a miniature when for $35 I can make as many as I want for a fraction of the cost? I've made molds of a few weapons (some work better than others) and have made resin copies. Some of them haven't been all that good, but a few have been quite good. Even the messed up ones can have a use. So the experiment is alright for now. I'll be updating you as time and the experiment go on.
Neil Gaiman is working on an English language script for Journey to the West. James Cameron is tangentially involved and they're trying to get Guillermo Del Toro to direct. If that movie makes it over here, I will be there opening day.
As for 5 years ago, I was employed and living in a crappy little apartment, glorying in my new slipcovers, celebrating a year with this chick I'd been dating, looking at every inanimate object, thinking to myself "Now, what can I make out of that?" Now, that chick is my wife and we live together in a much nicer place with both our kids. Sure, I'm unemployed and we're on the cusp of leaving the only city where we want to be, but you can't have everything. Yeah, I'm doing a lot better. :) Thank you.
That is all.
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