Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Not sleeping sort of catches up to you.

That's something I've learned over the past few days. I've been going hard for some time now, staying really busy with work, and it isn't doing my health any favors. I'm doing a better job of hydrating though and eating well. Now the trick will be to get more exercise and more sleep. Then I'll be solid and re-energized just in time for summer.

I never seem to have enough time for everything, though. I have all these movies sitting on my floor that I've either rented or purchased that need to be viewed, and I have eighty thousand books on the floor waiting to be read. On top of that, I have a lot going on with work and feel like I could better organize my time in order to improve myself and the experience I give others. In short, it would be nice if working 24/7 and reading/watching movies 24/7 did not detract from my mood or health. But it does.

But one day at a time. Tonight's plan is to relax, read my book, watch a movie, and watch the season finale performance show for American Idol tonight. I think I want Adam to win, but I'm just as likely to buy an album from Kris... so who knows. I caught a break today because I didn't have to drive to Pontiac, so I actually had a spare afternoon to watch some baseball and take down some stats. It felt really nice to be able to do that and get back to the fun part of the job. I haven't been able to physically attend as many games this spring as I did in the fall and winter because my job responsibilities have grown. And while I'd like to be able to attend more games, I don't want to attend them by working over 50 hours a week. So something had to give. Maybe I'll write up some coverage from the game tonight and post it online on the paper's website tomorrow morning.

Also started gathering together my favorite clippings today for submission in the Michigan Press Association competition. I'm submitting things for sports coverage, sports column, sports section, sports photograph, and MPA Rookie of the Year. Hopefully I have a chance at a few of those things. Probably not, but one can hope.

ALSOOOOOOO. For all those out there nerdy like me... the New Moon poster was released today in newspapers and online. And snippets from the movie will be shown at this year's MTV Movie Awards at the end of the month, hosted by Andy Samburg. Check it out. It comes to theatres in November, I believe.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ah, Sundays...

Glorious days, Sundays. Almost the best day of the week, but not quite. I lounge a lot, do some knee-injury-appropriate exercises, drink tea over my morning paper, do way-too-old-for-me things, etc. etc.

So far the morning has been nice. I made a blueberry smoothie and toast for breakfast, and caught up on all my Ann Arbor News reading. Now the plan is to mail some bills, get some laundry started, and watch "S. Darko" which I rented at blockbuster a few days ago. Apparently it's a follow up movie to "Donnie Darko" that deals with Donnie's sister in the aftermath of his death. Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl is in it, so I said why not? It can't be much worse than Bride Wars, which I also rented.

But eventually, hopefully by midafternoon I'll get around to writing some stories for the paper so my Monday and Tuesday go easier and I'm not stressed out about my deadline. Goal: write two features and my column and gather stats for all the weekend games. It can be done. But it will suck.

Hopefully I can get some exercise in there as well before heading off to Chris's house this evening. It would be good considering the shit I put in my system last night at the bars. However, I now have to nurse a bruised arm, a scuffed knee and a bruised knee cap in addition to the injured left knee I was already nursing. Having tripped on the stairs in a parking structure at 2 a.m., I am now a walking injury. But the worst part of all that, is that I actually touched the ground of the stairwell with bare hands. Ewwwwww.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Home sweet home, for now

I have moved every year once a year since I started college, which means I've spent time in college dorms, college apartments, student off-campus housing, and now adult off-campus housing. Needless to say, my current digs are the nicest yet, and I really like the grounds. So here are a few pictures of my apartment and the community I call home, complete with swimming pool, tennis courts, walking paths, hot tubs, party rooms, a workout facility, and more.

Not so beautiful to most, but I'm not most...

Today it's quite rainy and overcast here in Michigan, which is frankly just something you have to get used to when living here. I for one have always enjoyed the rain. Either because it makes me more productive and usually results in me writing a lot and drinking tea (when combined, the ultimate activity) for the remainder of the day. But it also creates my favorite smell of all, ozone. I love that smell. So my plan is to get some exercise and document my neighborhood in the coming hours.

Also, I'm pretty stoked about a recent DVD purchase I made. I bought season 1 and 2 of the XMen comic cartoons. I get 33 episodes of Wolverine, Beast, Cyclops, Storm, Jean Gray, and, eventually, the Phoenix. I'm freaking stoked. I used to watch this show every day after school... that and Aladdin the show on Disney Channel. Good times.

Other DVD purchases I recently made which have resulted in me banning myself from any electronic-related store include: the Underworld trilogy (even though I already had the first one... but they came in a combined set), Corpse Bride (I love me some Tim Burton), Once, Pan's Labyrinth, and the Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

I also have a large group of books piled up next to my bed. I don't know why I keep them there. I have a bookshelf downstairs, which actually happens to be sort of full... but could easily be rearranged to include some books from my bedroom. But for some reason I like my little (not little) pile of books by my bed. Some of them I've actually finished, but they're my favorites so I keep them close. But there are 27 books total stacked next to my bedside. I read a book a week, or two weeks if it isn't particularly gripping for me. I just like the look of a mound of books. It gets me going in the morning. (That's what she said?) Anyway, the reason I brought this up is that I'm also not allowed into Borders anymore for a long time. Because I obviously don't need to add to the growing pile, no matter how fast I read.

Hi =)

So while I'm not actually new to this, I am new to this particular blog. Other blogs I have are either work related or were made to engage other writers in a productive way. Here I just want to help myself document my everyday life... who is in that life, what I do, where I live, what I enjoy, etc. etc. I'm sure some writing will crop up in here, as it always does. But only if I'm proud of something I want to share. This will be my journal blog. So yay =)