Monthly Archives: January 2007

Fragile

It's hard to understand just how fragile life is, yet strong at the same time. Maybe it's the will to live that makes life strong. But at any minute, some object could break the squishy shell that holds each life and make it go away. We build all our expectations and bridges on this fragile thing, and if it disappears the whole thing comes crashing down. Material objects honestly don't seem to matter; unless that is all of what is left. Then they become more precious, or a constant painful reminder. We can't fear the unknown, or else we won't truly live, but we have to be prepared for it if something does happen. Not obsessively prepared, but mentally prepared is a good start. So much of this world is so fake, isn't it? It's a whole bunch of weird dreams all tangled up. I think I need some sleep. I hope I don't dream.

A Night on the Town

When Hoyt was in town we were able to accomplish a lot of tasks. No longer do boxes fill the apartment – he broke them down and we took them to the recycling center. The apartment seems a lot more spacious now, even with a few remaining boxes that was our office. We do not have space for an office here, so I am still uncertain what to do.

Thursday was wonderful. It was great to have some real time together and just be near each other. After meeting the insurance agent and getting some additional content management system work done (slowly… my Internet is still on the fritz), we went to see the Linda Hall Library housing the Napoleon Exhibition to Egypt exhibit. The library is very art deco, and I now want to go back during spring to take pictures of the library and campus in general. I want to take lots of pictures with my new camera. :-p

After we went through the exhibit, we found a restaurant on the plaza called the Melting Pot. We originally wanted to go to the Kona Grill, but I had never had fondue before and Hoyt was excited to go. The Melting Pot is horrifically cold! It's in the basement of the building and because each table has a tabletop stove, the rooms need extreme ventilation. The food itself was pretty good – I loved the chef's salad mostly, which has nothing to do with fondue… – but it was also terribly expensive. Just for the two of us, ordering the smallest item on the menu came to eighty dollars. For food we had to cook, I don't think I would recommend it to anyone else.

Then we ran over to the Unity Temple where Brian Greene gave a lecture on the Theory on Everything! It was pretty much a summary of the Elegant Universe (I'll be reading that soon, hopefully!), so while he was a fun lecturer and inspired at least me to think more about my own theories, I am not sure it was worth twenty thousand dollars to have him come speak for an hour… I am glad I got to see him in person though! It's always different and more involving that way. 🙂 So we both felt we had a good evening, despite the cost of dinner. A good experience overall!

It's coming…

Okay, I just realized yesterday that I'll be married next week… so I am going to be a wife and have a husband… and a few other things… and my name is going to change… I think this snuck up on me. :-p

Holy haberdashery, Batman!

Hey, not everything I quote or say makes sense. 😉 Let's just say after looking at the new work plan for the next two years, I think I am going to faint. We rolled out a phase I site, KC Science, INC, this month (with a horrible design, but we lost two team members and let the havoc begin!) with a phase II “pretty” site coming out later this year. It's the other sites that I am concerned about. I am building two interfaces right now for two launches at the end of February/beginning of March. We have three other sites that are not even conceptualized slated for launch at the end of March (mind you, I am getting married at the beginning of February with a week and a half off, then a honeymoon at the end of March with two weeks off). Then another two sites at the end of May… So we are looking at overtime, I imagine… for the next six months… I think I'll have to schedule “being married” somewhere in between all of this…

I have a feeling it will be better after the wedding – no more planning (except the thank yous and the honeymoon…), but right now I am just getting sicker and more exhausted. Hoyt caught a cold and I think it is enhancing the small one I have had for a few weeks. And working over 50 hours a week with little sleep is not helping. Hoyt just finished some 80 hour weeks and is back to 60. I think we both need a solid break from everything, or at least better schedules. Aye, back to work. On a Saturday. And Sunday. Oh yeah…