Our power has been out since Wednesday morning. Not all of it, but pretty much most of it. They cut it off around 8:30 am, and got the new meter box approved around 2 pm. By the night, we had some lines run, but since the house was built back around the 20s or 40s, the old cloth wiring is really screwed up. They've been having trouble running all the lines. On the plus side of that, once it's finished, Byron and I will have a few outlets in our room instead of just one to try and run everything off of. Our ceiling's kinda screwed though, lol.
We're supposed to be doing our room later today, but around two I'm going to get my septum re-opened (the jewelry fell out in my sleep and somehow closed way too fast). Byron has practice later with Spencer and hopefully Natalie too. Spencer's going out of town for a week, so hopefully Byron gets in a lot of solo practice too. They're getting the songs tight with him for the shows coming up. It's been real cool listening to them all week and hanging out. The music is kinda roots hillbilly/blues/country, with Byron bringing a kind of heavier guitar to the sound, and it's awesome. It's like we've been living back when music was real good lately, a lot of oldschool stuff like Bob Dylan playing. I've been on a punk kick, but I can't get the Boomswagglers out of my head lately. I already know so many of the lyrics, and it's so exciting to be a part of this experience. They're going to get big. The music is just so good. There's a cd release party coming up next month at Antone's, and then we're heading to Louisiana a couple of weeks after for another show there. I get to be the driver, and maybe do some photography too.
The feeling of being back in time is so excellent. I love feeling the old music. It meant something. When Byron was playing metal (his favorite), the band just wasn't going anywhere, didn't really get much done. With this band, he's so happy because it's somewhat new to him, but he loves it. It's good music, and it's something that's people are going to love. The music, the lyrics, it all just works.
We're prolly going around three to do all of that, so I need to get back to work. I'm just stuck on this feeling that I've been doing my own thing, but now I get to watch this awesome opportunity just come. I feel like this band is going to just explode, and it's going to be awesome.
So we had a nice weekend. We spent some time at the lake, I got a little sun (mostly just on my freckles lol), and Byron had a couple of band practices. They were fun. Saturday night, I got lost leaving the houses in Pflugerville at 2am though. It was a lot of fun getting to know some of the people in the band and hanging out. Last night went til about 11, and I was just ready to pass out and get some good sleep before boot camp this morning. The band situation is looking alright for Byron, as long as they can hammer out some good practices and get stuff down, they just tend to have a lot of distractions. I'm going to be driving for them when they head to their show in Louisiana next month. I'm definitely looking forward to it!
After I woke up from my nap before work this morning, I booked it up to Applebees and walked in to find out the bartender quit. My manager asked me if I would do my section and that, so I definitely said yes. I've never been trained in the bar, but every time they need something covered back there, they've asked me if there wasn't another bartender. It's a lot of fun, but I'm definitely not super comfortable back there. I really just need to get the multi-tasking down and get a little faster at the complicated drinks, but it's nice. The only other shifts I've worked in there have been at night. Even for how dead it was today though, I still made some excellent money compared to lunch shifts just serving. I'd actually be interested in training back there if I weren't about to jump into another occupation.
Hmm, so it's Monday night, Byron just left for his second job, and I have nothing to do. I think I'm gonna get some cleaning done and spruce up my resume. I need to try and study too, but I'm gonna start my evening catching up on blog posts lol.
So I haven't posted in about a year. It kinda sucks that I went from needing to post every day to just kind of slacking off. In the past year, I've moved in with Byron, gotten married, alienated Nancy's family (she's the lady who was my mentor when I was younger).
This is how that happened: Her daughter (supposedly one of Byron's best friends) just got to where she blew us off all the time and then never invited us to hang out after we would repeatedly ask her to come chill. She called Byron one day asking for his help with something and offering to buy him beer, then was surprised that he had a job and could buy his own beer despite the fact that all he'd talked about for the last two weeks was having that job. For me, that was the last straw, and her mom decided that since I had a problem, then the whole family would have a problem with me. Byron was upset about it, but I feel much better without the stress and drama in my life. He has dinner with them still, but I'm happy to not have to hear every week about how I'm messing up in my life.
I moved in with Byron last September when his parents moved to Michigan, and then we got married in November in a small, private ceremony. We're planning a big ceremony for our one year to invite everyone to. Right now we're just saving up to move out on our own again. In January, the house got auctioned, and we've been staying with my family. The job market is hard, and whenever Byron would get hired, he'd also be the first for lay offs since he was new. Right now, he's just gotten two jobs as well and joined a new band, so it's been hectic lately. There are lots of decisions to be made, but he's happy making music again. Now we just need to focus on our finances and getting our life back in order. We get stressed, argue, and get really overwhelmed, but we work though it. It's life.
I recently finished training in phlebotomy. I need to start working on my resume and getting ready for my certification test, but I'm very excited about making a career change coming up soon.
It's Saturday, both of our day off. We're watching some metal mania on VH1 classic. Byron is folding laundry, and I'm debating getting dressed. I've been up for a few hours because of a work meeting (on my day off, but we got to taste lots of foods lol), and I'm just feeling kinda lazy. It's probably going to be a lake day, and then some band practice/hanging out with the cool kids.
Have a great day, everyone (not that there's anyone really reading this lol).
If we only had a way to make it fall faster every day.
So today has been incredibly stressful. It didn't start out that way, but once it got that way, it got bad.
A few weeks ago, Byron's parents told us they were moving sooner than December. No more November 11 wedding because they're moving to Michigan mid-October. We had to move the wedding date to the 14th of October. With trying to move by next month, and then planning the wedding, I already knew I'd be somewhat stressed for the next few months. I went back to waiting tables because I definitely make more doing that than working some minimum wage job, but somehow I ended up at the slowest restaurant in town. My average is terrible there, and I'm definitely looking for a second job. By this time next month I will have most of the money saved. That's my goal, and I will achieve it. I don't care if I have to bust my ass, it's not like it's anything new to me.
The stress today came from my childhood mentor. Byron and I have family dinner at her house every week, and she's very opinionated. She made it obvious that she didn't think we were ready to be engaged, but when she found out how much the things she had said were bothering us, she backed off somewhat. Tonight we went on a frenzy to work on the guest list and talk a little about the food. She had a clear opinion on what I decided to wear, but it is my wedding.
After dinner, I walked out for a cigarette, and she was sitting there with Byron. I could tell I had kind of interrupted something, but they said it was fine. Byron had been moody all day, but not because of anything in particular. He was in an anti-social mood, and quiet when I came outside. Nancy started in on how maybe we just weren't ready to be getting married, and maybe I didn't need to just be planning a wedding based on what I wanted. I told her I asked Byron his opinions, I wanted his input, but he honestly didn't have much of an opinion on everything. Later he told me that nothing is wrong with the plans we have so far (except funds). I was so upset for the rest of the night, and I decided to tell Byron that if he wanted to put off the wedding and thought I was taking it out of control, then we could just break it off. Turns out he wasn't saying anything to Nancy about doubts, he hadn't really said anything at all. She just took in his quiet, anti-social attitude and decided it was my fault for trying to get the wedding planned. Later he said he was actually relieved when I walked out because he was getting annoyed.
Even knowing that Byron and I are fine, and that we're going to proceed with planning it on time, my body just decided to go with the stress. I've been crying off and on, emotional. Everything is fine, and I have set my goals, but sometimes I just want to tell everyone the wedding is off and do it in secret to get them off our back. We're going to save enough, we're going to get our place, and we're going to have a nice, small wedding, but I wish we could just do it in private, my sister and his best friend there.
So... it's been more than a month. I've been neglecting xanga. I created this in hopes of writing every day to try and have some regularity in my life. Anyhow, I'm back.
It's been a long month. Byron and I have decided to move in together soon, and in November is when we're hoping to get married. Today was actually our anniversary. This year has had a lot of ups and downs, but we haven't fought in a while now. There was a lot of getting used to each other because neither of us have ever really done this before. It takes a lot of adjusting and compromising to be with someone else, but it's so worth it. This has definitely been the best year of my life. I'm so happy with Byron. Every night I go to bed by myself, I can't wait for the day we don't have to say goodnight from separate places.
Enough corny-ness. I could go on for hours, but there are other things in my life. I got a job at Advanced Auto Parts, but while there I realized that I really didn't enjoy working in retail as much as I thought. I'm not sure if it was the retail or the fact that it was just auto retail, but it wasn't working. While I was in training there, I got hired at Vector selling Cutco. Everyone told me it was a scam, but it actually turned out not to be. Despite that, it didn't work out. The boss man was a douche. The biggest perk of the job was 15$/hr plus commission, which turned out to be 15 an appointment plus commission, and Eddie, the boss man, liked to tell us if we didn't sell our knives we were taking money away from his little son. Our base pay came out of his check and therefore we needed to only make appointments we could sell in. The thing is, nobody is going to buy a 1000$ set of knives. "Oh, if they tell you they can't afford it, they're lying. They say they have to pay for college for their kids, but their kids can pay it themselves." Like he's going to make his own kid pay for college. The thing is, people could afford to split the knives up into payments, but honestly the people I know have more important things in their lives to pay for than knives. Car payments, mortgage, college tuition, all of that comes before some knives. The knives were excellent, but I'm not going to force the people I know to buy something so ridiculously expensive from me. I finally ended up telling him I couldn't sell them and that I was going back to waiting tables. It's something I'm really good at, and a much better opportunity than Vector. He got pissed and hung up on me, but he can shove it.
I just got a job at Applebees. I'm in training, and I wont have a lot of shifts at first, but once kids start going back to school I should do alright. If nothing else, other restaurants will be hiring then. Once Byron and I live together, I'll be more comfortable working nights too, although Applebees is open very late.
I've got to take care of the registration on my car, and get my inspection and oil change done as well as buy a new computer. Byron and I will also be buying our rings soon. Now we just have to work on a budget to fit in rent and all that jazz.
Well, I think this has been enough of an update for now. Hopefully I don't slack off like last time again.