Thoughts on traffic

For the past two months I’ve noticed that the traffic jam coming home starts earlier than it used to. I used to be able to get to a certain exit before the line of cars piled up, but now it’s normal if I don’t even fully switch highways before it starts.

At first I was confused as to why this was happening. Then, the other day I came up with a theory. I think the fact that it gets darker earlier makes people think it’s later than it really is. So those people that normally stay late at work are going home earlier than they usually do throughout the rest of the year. Does that make sense?

It may not be an accurate theory but I still thought it was interesting. More traffic could also just be caused by the huge increase of people that live here and continue to move here. Either way, I dislike traffic and can’t wait for the day when we all have self-driving cars.

Getting in the Christmas spirit

On Monday I webcammed with my friend, Katie. We’re trying to make it a monthly thing and so far we’ve done it two months in a row. Go us!

She mentioned that I hadn’t posted any pictures of my Christmas tree yet and she was right. I decorated about a week ago. I didn’t do much and was done in maybe an hour? Still, it’s a nice touch to the apartment.

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The picture above shows the entirety of my Christmas decorating this year. At first I wasn’t really in the mood for Christmas, but decorating has helped. I also plan on driving around to look at Christmas lights at some point, walking around the outdoor Christmas market, and walking around the zoo for Zoo Lights. As someone at my work was telling me, in order to get into the mood of Christmas, you have to go out and be part of the Christmas in the city. You have to participate and walk around and watch people. I think she’s right.

I have the next two weeks off from work so I want to use next week to really get in the mood. Maybe I’ll go out and just walk around downtown one day. Cut out some snowflakes. Make a couple of crafts (thanks Katie!). Listen to Christmas music. And perhaps watch a Christmas movie or two. Would love to have your ideas if you think of any!

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I admit, it was me.

Today I pulled a fire alarm!
No, there was no fire. No, it wasn’t a prank.
The campus manager came to me in the morning and asked if I’d be willing to pull it for a fire drill. He informed me that it was possible someone would come to me in the future, telling me there was a fire, and it would be my job to know what to do.
I felt pretty special. :D
So when the time was right, the manager came and got me, showed me where the fire alarm was, and had me pull it! He even had me walk with him and check all the rooms to make sure no one was left behind. It was cool to not have to go outside with everyone else (although the alarm was super loud). After we confirmed everyone was cleared out, the manager had me silence the alarm. He told me not to do it in an actual fire, but since it was a drill it wasn’t a problem.
It’s the first time I’ve ever pulled a fire alarm (and hopefully the last), and it was quite exciting.

Busy Saturday but mostly good Saturday

Yesterday I worked in the morning for my work’s College Prep Day. About 25 people showed up when we were hoping for about 75, but, that’s the community for you. It’s quite hard to get people to show up for events. Granted, it also started at 9 in the morning and what high schooler is going to want to learn about college that early on a Saturday? Either way the time passed quickly enough for me and it wasn’t a huge failure. The students that came got value out of it, and that’s what counts.

After that I ran a few errands, which included getting my oil changed. The guy asked me if I wanted my tires rotated and I told him no because I was going to get them replaced very soon (aka the next day). Five minutes later the guy comes back saying he removed them even though  I had asked him not to and then he proceeded to try to convince me I needed almost $700 of work done on my car. Um…no. Not going to happen. First, you broke my trust the moment you took the tires off when I had said not to. Second, I haven’t had any trouble with my car so far, including the brakes (which I had told him previously as well) so I think I’ll be fine for a bit longer. He kept telling me all four of my brake pads were about to be completely gone and he couldn’t guarantee they would even last two weeks (I told him I only got paid once a month and I couldn’t even afford $200 of work so I’d have to wait until January). After five or ten minutes of him trying to get me to purchase this nonsense, he finally did the oil change I had come in for.

I then went to Costco this morning to get my tires replaced and asked if they saw anything wrong with my brake pads. The guy responded that nothing popped out to him as needing immediate attention. Which I interpret as “your brake pads are fine for now.” Needless to say I no longer trust Just Brakes and will be going elsewhere for my oil changes from now on. It sucks because I had been going to them for over a year now and had no problems. It was always the same guy that I dealt with but yesterday it was an all new staff. I guess they replaced decent people with liars and cheats. I would also like to rant how some men find it natural to try to cheat women out of money when it comes to cars. That is truly ridiculous and I absolutely hate that. (Thank you Costco for being awesome yet again and telling me the truth. I’ve had interactions with their car staff for a while now and they’ve always been honest about what can wait and what shouldn’t wait to be done.)

So after that little fiasco, I went home, grabbed some food, and then went to a musical put on by students in the community I work for. The musical was created by some people that I used to see when I first started working for Denver Public Schools and was in another office. So it was nice to get to see them again. The musical was pretty good considering they performed in a gym. It was creative, cute, and fun and I’m excited to see their next production which focuses on Disney villains!

After the musical, Gene and I met up with Kaitlin, Kevin, and my dad for dinner. We had Firehouse Subs! I really like that place but don’t go to it very often because there’s not one near my apartment. My dad came over afterward for a bit just to visit where we talked about technology and of course, my adorable cat, Pippin. Next time we’ll have to play a game too!

So my Saturday was eventful but all around good. Back to work for a week and then I get two weeks off! I think I’m going to make some dessert, go to a Christmas market, and maybe watch a movie or two!

Recap of the past two weeks

I went to Washington State for the whole Thanksgiving week. That’s one good thing about my job, I get a lot of days off (granted, many of them I don’t get paid for, but it’s a trade off I suppose). We stayed with Gene’s parents and had an overall lovely time. I hadn’t been back since I left to move to Colorado over two and a half years ago. It had been too long. I need to visit Washington more often. Especially since I have friends on the West side that deserve a visit.

It was during that week, however, that my grandpa died. He was 83. He died the day before my birthday. Parkinson’s took his life away. I wish it hadn’t. But if it wasn’t that, it would have been something else. You can’t escape death. Knowing that doesn’t help my sadness, though. I still miss him. I am sad, knowing that I’m never going to see him again. He was such a great grandpa.

Death is stupid. We should have figured it out by now. Although we have extended life by leaps and bounds from the start of human history, I still want more.

I went to his funeral last week. It was very sad. He had a military funeral for his service in the Air Force. It was beautiful and so very sad. So final.

I did have good moments while in Texas though. I got to see the majority of my extended family, and that was wonderful. It made the sad parts more bearable I think. I hope I can see them again sooner rather than later, I love my family.

So I’m back in Colorado now. Back to work. Back to daily life. It’s probably a good thing, to have a routine, to have a schedule. But it still feels slightly wrong.

I don’t want to end this post on a sad note. Happy things still exist in life. Death is just a crappy part that we all have to deal with at some point, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy life knowing that it’s coming. I’m going to see a high school musical this weekend. And I’m going to hang out with my dad and maybe go to a Christmas market. So that should be enjoyable. Perhaps I’ll get off my butt and actually write about it! ;)

In the mood to write…

But have nothing to say.

I mean, I suppose I always have something to say. But I don’t have anything important or of any real meaning to say.

It’s quite cold here right now. Pippin was outside all day. I was a bit worried coming home because boy, it was truly cold, but he seems okay. Granted, he is curled up by my feet right now, under my blanket.

I really think I should buy myself some winter tires, or at least myself new all season tires. But they’re expensive. Costco’s cheapest is around $100 a tire. Boo. Sooner or later I’m gonna have to fork over the money because I don’t want to get into another accident like I did last winter. That cost me a bit over $10000 so I suppose $400 is worth it.

I got a postcard from my cousin in the mail a couple days ago. So nice to get a postcard from him! He’s such a great person, I wish I could see him more often. He truly is a brother to me.

Also, I finally got a new phone! I bought a Nexus 5 from Google. I LOVE having a working phone. For the past couple of weeks, my old phone’s touch screen lost all function. It was horrendous. Absolutely horrendous and something that bugged me and annoyed me and made me dislike my phone service company (although technically they weren’t the ones that sold me the phone). But I’m happy again. I have a touchscreen that works which means I can make calls, answer calls, and, since it’s a more recent smartphone, I can add apps and actually do stuff! Yay for new phones.

I don’t like the dark

It’s that time of year again where, for six months (possibly longer) I will be driving home from work in the dark.

Bleh.

I don’t like this time of year. Well, I don’t like the beginning of it at least. I absolutely hate it. I complain. A lot. And then Gene gets annoyed cause I’m saying the same thing over and over, just in slightly different ways. But I can’t help it! I really don’t like the dark.

I just plain don’t like it. It makes me feel like it’s late and I need to go to bed. And I don’t want to feel that way.

I drove home today at 5:30 and it felt like 7:30 and it was stinky.

I have come to realize though, that I’m going to complain about the weather/temperature no matter if it’s warm or cold. I can’t seem to be happy. When it’s winter I want the summer, when it’s summer I want it to be colder (note: still not winter). I guess with that realization I should perhaps work on not complaining as much. Because complaining really isn’t very flattering. And it’s quite annoying to the other parties involved….

Sorry guys, but I had to rant! ;)

 

I HATE THE DARK