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Posted on 2016.10.07 at 19:00
yesterday was my livejournal's 15th fucking birthday.
i have now blogged about my life in lj more than not. How neat is that?
Posted on 2016.10.06 at 22:17
Another week. And honestly, again, not much to say.
Thursday I met up with Sabrina, Nick, and Carlos to see Gojira. Afterwards carlos and z and i got drinks. i got pretty drunk and it was nice. the show was good too. although they had, like, 4 different "we're done. JUST KIDDING HERES ONE MORE SONG" it was novel a couple times, but kind of annoying towards the end.
friday night Z was supposed to work the brewery but didnt because he was sick. Same with Saturday, Z didnt work because he was sick still. we didnt do anything either day. but i wanted to hang out with him while he was sick. i mostly read a lot of books. sunday was mostly just football. i think we went out to pokemon go for a little bit at one point- which, at first, i was reluctant to do because i was so bored, but i was glad i had agreed to get out.
see ive been bored lately. and i just dont handle being bored well. and once im there im just of insufferable. oh well. the one thing i havent been bored with is reading. so i've been reading a lot.
October is always weird for me. i dunno why. I have nothing to really be 'blah' about. but i am. maybe im reading a bunch because im being escapist? but there's nothing im running from. A part of me thinks this is because I havent been on a hike or anything since Iceland, really. Its just hard. I havent wanted to go out for just regular walks either. but thats because im bored of walking to the same places all the time. i went on one walk to a new place and i felt much less bored. i just need to walk to somewhere new i guess.
Monday was Skittles vet appointment. Shes doing pretty well. she's gained a little weight so her kidneys are good. shes got some on-set kitty dementia [which i guess really is a thing] but there isnt much to do except treat the symptoms. since its not bad at all right now, its not a worry. she does have a really bad, gross tooth so i gotta get her teeth done again. imma have the appointment in november. putting her under always makes me nervous since shes so old, but im sure she'll be fine.
yesterday i went to the dentist and got my last crown. this one suuuccckkked. basically, they had to numb me 3 times for them to scrape and clean the live tooth. and after removing all the decay there wasnt much left and the nerves were SO SENSITIVE. i cried from the pain each time until the heavy duty numbing worked. Glad thats done with. Apparently, i only have 1 more cavity left until my mouth is finally fixed! But I won't get to fix it till next year. Still, no more crowns and no more root canals. hallelujah.
oh, some vague workshit went down yesterday. nathaniel came by to have a beer. it was nice to talk about it. but i feel shitty about it still.
thats p much it. i think i solidified my wedding party side. but i wanna sit on it for a bit to make sure i like it in a week or so. hopefully soon ill get out of this funk. z's been feeling it too. idk why. its not really the weather i dont think. no good reason, i suppose. hopefully ill feel better soon.
Posted on 2016.09.27 at 22:54
I wish I could have some sort of super exciting stuff to say. But I don't. But I'll post anyway.
TV dude did, in fact, fix the TV on Thursday. It wasn't a screen issue- it was a board issue. just popped a new board in and BAM- TV.
This weekend was pretty uneventful. Z and I had our anniversary dinner on Friday, which was really nice. We finally went to Hopfields after talking about going for forever. Saturday, Z worked at the brewery and I got my nails re-done, got some new food bowls for Skittles [I read online that plastic bowls can harbor bacteria after a while and its better to use ceramic or metal bowls], and got a pair of exercising pants. The temperature has dropped, so I'm not going to want to wear booty shorts to the gym as often, so I'm slowly getting some more pants. i need to get pj pants too before it gets too cool. After shopping, I picked up Z from the brewery [they had a slow day], and went to hang out with Mike and Jenna. We got some fancyass tacos from a place I hadn't been before and had some beers. It was awesome hanging out again- I hadn't seen them since before we went to Iceland.
Sunday was just football and wrestling. It was nice to see the Packers' offense pick up against the Lions... but it is the Lions. Just hope things keep trending in the positive.
So, yeah, the weather took a super cool spike on us. It was averaging almost 100 and then suddenly its been averaging in the low 80s. I even caught a whiff of Texas Autumn out there. It doesn't smell the same as fall does up north, but I like it just as much.
However, my allergies have been straight shit. I'm allergic to ragweed, so I've been sneezy and groggy and just... I feel like my brain has a layer of snot, you know? I take allergy meds [otc], which make me sneeze a lot less, but I think it makes me just as groggy. I'll be happy when ragweed season is over, which probably won't be for another month. Normally it isn't so bad, but since we've had a lot of rain this year, its afwul.
I've hit 125, but, so my stupid policy is its only 'official' when i hit it on my bathroom scale AND the wiifit scale. but i keep getting it on one but not the other. god. hopefully tomorrow or something. either way, things are going good diet-wise there too, even with going out to eat several times over the weekend. I'm learning out to gauge calories while eating out a bit better, I think.
Thursday is Gojira [yussss]. Monday Skittles goes to the vet. Wednesday I get my crown. should be an eventful-ish week, but not too bad.
Posted on 2016.09.07 at 23:08
Ahh the other stuff.
So, basically, no timeline for this stuff. just assume this happened somewhere between aug22- through now
I went to the dentist a week an a half ago. And I have an appointment for when I get back from Chicago too. Going to get another filling and another crown. That'll be 3 fake teeth in my mouth. Granted, it was my fault for getting my teeth so broken in the first place. But I think its my last crown... I hope... Naw, Im pretty sure I have more.
So my damn TV broke. Just before football season too >_<. So I call LG. Its still under warranty. And I fill the request for service... 3 days later they call to schedule a technician for a few days later. well dude never comes. i call, they say he'll come tomorrow. dude never comes, they say he'll totally come this time. technician calls me. says i dont have a ticket. i call, LG says i totally have a ticket dont worry he'll come. he doesn't come. i call. they say he'll come. he doesn't come. All of this over the span of a couple weeks. it was the worst.
finally i demand someone escalate this or get a damn manager. because, my god, right? finally they were like, okay, we'll cancel this one, and we'll call you in 3 days to schedule a new one. and im like, oh HELL no. we can schedule it right fucking now for the next available technician. their solution?
they referred me to a guy and said to do it myself.
fuck LG. granted, it was a solution I liked, because not dealing with them as the middlepeople has been a breeze. but still. how crappy is your customer service that your solution is to make me do the work? ugh.
Oh, Brandon came and took his couch. So we have a super empty living room with a random assortment of chairs [office chair, the recliner, and a folding chair. lol] We bought a couch last week. it was 100 cheaper, but wasn't available in the warehouse. So I saved money but we have to go another week or two without a couch. At least we have something to sit on, eh?
I dyed my hair. Its now red fading to orange fading to yellow. The orange has kinda already washed into the yellow though. Boo. It still looks nice though. I like it. I'll probably touch up the yellow eventually.
I went to the pride parade with Sabrina. Actually we were going to be in the parade. But it started at 8. Didnt start moving till 9 though. And I had to pick up Z at the brewery at 10. Uuuugh. So we weren't in it. Oh well. It was interesting just to sort of see everything though. Just annoying and frustrating.
I went to Art of the Brew, which was this sort of thing to showcase how brewing and art scenes go hand-in-hand. problem was, it was free. so the crowd was mostly people wanting free beer. not people wanting to enjoy special beers brewed with the artist. it was pretty crowded and i was there by myself too which is never fun. But I got to try some beers that I enjoyed. specifically NxNW had a grapefruit gose that ruled.
i spent all of labor day just reading comics. and, yanno, remembering the haymarket riots and the fight for an 8 hour work day. but mostly just reading comics which was nice.
its been hard to get back into working out. like, idk, i lost some shoulder muscle and some bicep, so im having to drop reps/weight and its annoying. the TV is broken in the gym, so i have nothing to do while doing cardio. its been hard. im sure ill find, like, a podcast to listen to to entertain me, but id rather watch espn while we work out. ugh. stupid stuff.
and ive been bored with pokemon. i dont mean to be. i just feel like i keep going to the same farming points. and if i dont go to the big farming spots, i come across, like, 2 pokemon in an hour walk. maybe the new update will pick my interest up again.
maybe im just bored with stuff since im no longer on vacation? Who knows.
Luckily, Im going to Chicago this saturday through next saturday. im staying at jpusa, which should be interesting. itll be nice to see all my old family/friends. im pretty excited about it. ill be working the whole time, so hangouts might be strained, but i will make it work :)
Thats about everything I can think of. So I'm officially caught up now.
Posted on 2016.09.04 at 13:19
The day started out pretty dreary. We went to Dettifoss which is one of the most powerful waterfalls in europe. The weather cleared up and we went to Asbergi national park. It was a really neat canyon region that you can hike to the top to. Unfortunately, we had a ton of hikes planned that day, so we didn't really take any of the good, long hikes. We went to the Krafla volcano area, where you can hike up some volcanoes. One even has a lake inside. Unfortunately, up there the wind was piercing. I mean, it was insanely windy and my windbreaker wasn't helping at all. It was cold and miserable and I vetoed the hike. Z agreed so we went to Dimmuborgir which is a lava field with some of the craziest lava formations. It was really nice and I really liked it. We checked out Lake Myvatn that had some neat craters. The lake is typically full of midges, but it was so windy that they weren't around! We checked out the Jon Snow Sex cave, grjotagja, which you sadly can't go in. and found a different volcano, havrfjell, we could hike to the top of. You also get a great view of the lake. It was close to sunset too which was nice. We closed out the day by going to the Myvatn nature baths. Its basically the same thing as blue lagoon, a sulfuric hotspring, but half the price. And oh so relaxing. It was so cold outside the pool. 40 F (4 C) and in the water was just so lovely and perfect.
Its worth noting I caught Z's curse/cold at this point. Booooooo
We did a lot of driving and relaxing this day. This was the worst day of my cold. We checked out Godafoss before driving out to where we were staying that night. We stayed on this cute farm. They actually cooked food for you too, but you could only pay in cash [we were just using the card]. We decided it wasnt worth it and... MAN I WAS WRONG. it smelled so good. and they made lamb. and waffles! man, I really regret not getting cash. It was still a cute place to stay. We walked around the grounds and met the cows and horses. It was nice. But mostly uneventful. I got a good night's sleep though. And thats important.
Onto the west fjords! We started off at the museum of icelandic sorcery and witchcraft. It was really interesting. and id say worth the money. I got a shirt for my friend, which was pretty overpriced though. Oh well. At some point we stopped off the side of the road and saw SEALS! Just wild seals hanging out. It was really neat! We got to our airbnb in thingeyri. its a tiny little place, but they had a cafe, so we caught some beers. WE went out looking for a couple of destinations i had written down, but really couldn't find them [turned out google maps was just wrong. hah]. So kind of another low key day with a bunch of driving. which was fine since I wasn't as sick as the day before, but still not feeling awesome.
Oh its worth nothing the roads out in the west fjords are absolutely terrifying. mostly gravel, steep, and no guard rails. which leaves zero room for error when you're trying to stay alive. I was always kinda white knuckling it while we were out there.
We started out our day by going to the latrabjarg bird cliffs. its probably the western most point in the west fjords. We saw a ton of different birds, but most importantly, I GOT TO SEE A PUFFIN CLOSE UP OMG OMG! It was one of the highlights of the trip. Afterwards, we went to the red sand beaches, raudasandur. Man, it was a mile or more to walk from the start of the beach to the ocean. The red sand is very red. Its very pretty. The roads here were probably the scariest. Last for the day, we went to Dynjandi, which is a beautiful series of waterfalls. We had seen it from the road earlier that day, but it was so huge in person, and it was absolutely mesmerizing.
That night we ate fish at this famous fish place. everyone recommended it and Z really wanted to go. I feel a little bad because its 'all you can eat' buffet style, but I have the tiniest stomach in the history of stomachs. but mannnn the fish was SO GOOD. I haven't had anything so good. Might be some of the best fish I've ever had.
I finally was about over my cold on this day.
Out of the west fjords. back to paved roads. First, though, at that cafe in thingeyri, we got waffles with rhubarb jam. Oh my god, Icelanders fucking love rhubarb and I do too. They also like black licorice, which is weird, but goodness, i fucking love rhubarb. I was in rhubarb heaven there. I even had a rhubarb soda, which I wish we had states-side. At any rate, We started at the Shark museum, where we got to try the weird greenland shark meat. Addendum: you can eat whale in iceland. but the whales they hunt are endangered so I refuse to support it. Its mostly tourists that do it anyway. I dont want to feed into that. Greenland sharks are not endangered. At any rate, the meat is super ammonia-y, so if you just eat it, you'll get very sick. So instead they dry it out. In the air. No fire or anything. for a couple of months. It allows some of the ammonia to go away. At first, you almost dont notice it, but the ammonia creeps up on you as you chew till it permeates your sinuses. Its ... not good. hahaha. But it wasn't the worst thing ive ever put in my mouth. That said, I'll eat just about anything.
It was a pretty long drive from the west fjords to olafsvik. We got in that night and met up with other people staying there. They were from Germany. Really nice people. We actually went to one of two restaurants and grabbed some beers together. It was nice to make connections.
This day we spent a lot of time at the snaefellsjokull national park. Its basically a big glacier. there's a ton of neat formations. We saw some weird lava spires, some more arches in the ocean, and we drove up to the glacier itself. we also went to kirkjufell which is one of the most photographed waterfalls in iceland. its right off the main road, so I'm not too shocked. we tried to see kvernafoss, but it was on private land as far as I could tell and I wasn't feeling like trespassing. But it seemed pretty neat.
I think this night we were gonna share a bottle of the beer we brought with the German folks, but they must have gotten in way later than us. I think I fell asleep reading while I was trying to stay awake.
I think I'll finish up this entry for the entire Iceland trip. Makes the most sense. This day we started back into Reykjavik. We stopped at Hrunfossar, which is this amazing chain of waterfalls just springing up from the ground. Its just a spring i guess and they all come pouring out into the river. Its crazy, remarkable, and surreal. One of the more interesting waterfalls. We also saw barnafoss, which was going pretty quickly and basically carved out a hole in the rock. It was pretty neat as well.
We went to a brewery- Stedji, It was pretty much the only brewery with taproom hours. because, of course, the brewer was german not icelandic! Their beers were good and reasonably priced. They have a beer thats made with smoked whale testicles. I shit you not. It was ... pretty good! hahaha I guess I may have supported whaling in this way, but I couldn't turn down one of the strangest beers with strangest ingredients. We bought some beer to take home with us.
We also stopped at Glymur, which is a really fun hike to the tallest waterfall in Iceland. Through the hike you get to cross a river on a log, pull yourself up on ropes, and go through a lava cave to get there. It was so fun. And the waterfall was so cool! You could go to the top, however, we kept losing the trail and it was feeling sketchy and I sort of just wanted to go back. So we did.
that night in reykjavik, we caught a beer at the mikkeler bar so we could use wifi and hear from the airbnb since we went there and no one was there... turns out they left the key with the ice cream shop! hahaha
Last full day in reykjavik. We decided to just do stuff around the city and recuperate. We went to the penis museum, which was pretty great! They had a lot of fish dicks, but tons of novelty penis things. it was fun and worth it. we went back to the airbnb for a bit, and Z wanted to nap. So we pretty much just relaxed for a couple hours there. After that, we checked out that church in the center of the city that everyone photographs. the weather was dismal though and it was terribly windy so we didn't stay very long. We also went to this place called Old Iceland so we could finally get some Icelandic lamb. Man, I've had lots of lamb before, but the lamb there just tastes so good/different/awesome. I loved it. Z and I talked about how they should make lamb chili here. It would be really good, and since its always so cold, chili would be a hit. Turns out Iceland has no chili- I guess we'll just have to move there and start it :P Okay, not really. Although apparently the winters there don't get near as cold as they do in, say, Minnesota.
Okay, so this day was the day we flew out to the Faroe Islands. And it was a total pain in the ass. Basically we had to wake up hella early and drive the rental car an hour out to the Keflavik [main] airport. Then, we had to take a bus an hour back into Reykjavik because we were flying out of the smaller airport in Reykjavik. Then, we walked to the wrong part of the airport [with our heavy backpacks on our back.] But finally, we got there. We, thankfully, at least, had plenty of time. We flew out to the Faroe Islands! It was a way bigger plane than expected. But I'll save the Faroes for the next entry :)
I'm almost caught up... ish...
Posted on 2016.08.31 at 23:59
I have so many words to post. This'll likely get broken up into three posts. But I'm trying, okay?
also, a brief housekeeping note, I couldnt read back 3 weeks of y'alls entries. so if anything important happened, lemme know [if you want].
Our vacation started off poorly. Our flight was delayed by 5 or 6 hours because of bad weather in New York. That, and Delta thinks timetables are merely a suggestion. Thankfully [seriously, thank the stars, gods, science, whatever] our flight to Iceland was also delayed so we didn't have to re-schedule. But they kept pushing 1 back and then waiting an hour to push the other back, and those hours where we THOUGHT we were missing our flight were incredibly stressful. Eventually, we did fly out. Neither flight were eventful, which I suppose is a good thing. I mostly read. I did watch Pocahontas, which is a remarkably inaccurate movie.
We got into Reykjavik at 11 or noon or something like that. We'd been awake for almost 24 hours at this point, so we mostly wanted to find the AirBnb we were staying at so we could nap. So, we got the rental car and drove in. And we couldn't find the damn place. We had an INCREDIBLY narrow window to meet our host [1:00pm-1:10pm] which was just aggravating. By the time we found it [it took at least a half hour] the host had left. So we didn't get to nap. We went to a bar to drink really expensive beers and hope we hear back from the host. It turned out the host kept texting us, however, we did not pay for international service. We were assuming they would communicate via the airbnb app [which afaik is always the preferred method anyway]. Anyway, we didnt hear from the hosts till 6pm.
Iceland had prohibition until the late 80s or early 90s, so beer is so damn expensive. a cheap pilsner or lager will run you 10 USD. And thats a /good/ price. Its an island, so everything is imported, and they dont really have a culture of going out/eating out/etc so any of that stuff is just a bank breaker. i didn't drink near as much as i thought i would on this trip.
at any rate, we went to a brew pub too while we were waiting. We drank beer and killed time before we finally heard back from the host. they let us in, after some jabs. He seemed confused that the place was hard to find, but after calling myself a stupid american he seemed to pacify his annoyance towards me. We decided just to take a quick nap but then stay up the rest of the night to complete flipping our schedules.
after our cat nap, we went for a walk along the ocean. turns out at the end of this walking/biking trail, there is a tiny hot spring. So we dipped out feet in and watched the sun slowly try to set [we were at the tail end of the summer sun, so the sun never really set the first few weeks we were there. it would be kinda like dusk/twilight and then the sun would rise again]. We walked out to this lighthouse too and caught some neat views. It was a really long sunset. It was probably 1030 or 11 when the sun finally dipped underneath the horizon. It was a nice, simple night to rectify the stressful start of the trip.
We found out the first monday of august is a holiday in iceland, although no one could really explain what they were celebrating. i guess its kind of like memorial/labor day where its an excuse to get together and go camping. So, whatever. We went to thingvellir national park. its mostly a historic park, where, like the first parliment and stuff were held. but there was some neat stuff. we saw a waterfall, the canyon, and where the continental plates are shifting. You could actually go diving down there, which is neat. Z is a dive master, and he wants me to give it a shot sometime. maybe i eventually will.
After that, we wound up trying to find some place we couldn't find. but instead wound up by some hiking trails. We decided just to pull off and hike around. It was a really beautiful hike. Also, the national park was super duper crowded. Between tourists and the holiday, i was happy to have it be just with Z and I.
We also went looking for this geothermal park in hveragerdi. but it was closed. instead we kept hiking around hoping to find a place in the river that Z saw online where you could get into the geothermally heated river [turns out it was in another town]. it was neat to see all the steam vents rising from the ground.
We went back to the same airbnb. it was a strange place. the host was kind of neurotic. i left the light on real quick while i went to get my toothbrush. she marched upstairs to turn the light off. i felt bad but, i mean, its also the same people who gave me a 10 minute window to find their apartment building. whatever.
One of my favorite days. We started out by going to the geothermal park that was closed the day before. We got some bread that was baked from the geothermal heat, which was pretty cool. there was also a geyser there the erupted randomly. and luckily it went off while we were there. So that was pretty cool! Next we went to Bruarfoss waterfall. It was remarkably difficult to find. It felt like trying to find a geocache. We did, indeed, eventually find it, which was well worth the hunting. The water there is a very stark, light blue. Then, on to the next waterfall, we went to Gullfoss which had its own little park you could walk around. the spray made a permanent rainbow and it was quite pretty. Oh, somewhere in here, we also went to Geysir, which... whaddayaknow has a geyser. There's two. One that is pretty much dormant, and one that errupts every 8-10 minutes. It was pretty neat to see it erupt. We watched it twice. There were a TON of tourists though.
Then we drove off to Haifoss, which was a bit out but probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. The road, in theory, allowed 2wd vehicles, however, there was a rock that our car just couldn't quite clear. it wasn't even that big of a rock... but too big to move. So we walked. It was maybe, like, 2 maybe 2.5km to the waterfall, and then back. When we got there, so, its these 2 waterfalls. and they're sooo tall. and the crash into these basalt pillars. and there's basalt columns around the falls. And granted, the area around it is basically lava fields and not much else. Its really remarkable. We hitched a ride back to our car from a french couple who were remarkably sweet. Then we drove over to check out Gjain, which is supposed to be some kind of fairytale-esque land. Well, we drove there... and it was 4WD only. We had been walking so much that day, too, idk if we would have walked or not.... THANKFULLY the french couple were there WAITING FOR US! They knew our car was 2wd, so they waited to give us a ride in!! How sweet is that!! :D And, man, so, its so crazy, amidst this lava field again... it looks like a barren wasteland, then there's this little canyon, and a magical land with all these waterfalls and green, green grass that looks like... like putting green, really. the whole thing was stupendous. I'm indebted to that french couple, really. We gave them a bottle of beer from the brewery to show our thanks.
This day was kinda rainy and dreary. But we basically went and saw a ton of waterfalls. First, Seljahlandsfoss, and gljufrafoss. The first one is more popular with tourists, but the second one is way cooler. Its in this little cove. the water was high so we had to sort of go through almost a cave to see this waterfall, basically in a cave. Well, sort of. there was a window overhead technically. so it wasnt dark or anything. Either way, it was super neat. We also went to Skogafoss, which you can take stairs to the top. It was a LOT of stairs. Lastly we went to Seljavallalaug, which is a geothermal pool. If you hike around to the back, theres a little hot tub that is warm from the run off as well. We stripped naked in the middle of the rain [which was SO COLD] to get into the natural hottub. There were actually 3 other americans back there which was nice. It felt good to make connections. We also swam in the main pool because we were there. The pool is nestled in all these mountains. and most hot springs you have to pay for. but not this one. Its nice.
We went to Mikkeller and friends bar that night and spent too much money to drink. But the beers were good. And the pizza was good too. So, whatever.
Oh, another favorite day of mine. It was the first day we stopped staying in Reykjavik and started going around the ring road. We first went to fjadrargljufur which is this neat canyon. We also stopped in the lava fields from the Lafi eruption. And found this place not too far, it looked like weird lava formations, but it was actually cairns. You place a rock on a cairn for good luck. Z actually made some fall when he added his, so he got some bad luck [or so I'm guessing]. We went to the main black sand beaches on the south coast, although admittedly almost every beach had black sand in Iceland. the basalt columns were CRAZY on the beaches though. It was really neat looking. Like, lots of hexagonal columns, and just crazy stuff. Nothing like it on earth, really. It was one of my favorite places. We went to another part of the beach too where in theory we could see the arch made by the water, but there wasn't really a good view. But, still, tons of weird lava formations and basalt columns. That night we stayed at our only hotel because there were no airbnbs available. It was like double the price of any airbnb
Z started feeling sick this night. I think he was cursed for knocking some of those rocks off the cairns with his rock.
Oh another favorite day. We did a lot of driving, but when we weren't the stuff was so cool. We went to svartifoss, which is in a national park. the hike up was surrounded by these super sweet smelling flowers. i wish i could make smell-memories, because i want to remember how sweet and lovely it was. the waterfall itself is surrounded by cool basalt formations. i mean, what isn't, right? but it never gets old. We also went to the glacier lagoon, which is cool, but if you walk down to the beach, the ocean pushes the glaciers onto the beach and its one of the most surrealest sights I've ever seen. the glacier lagoon was just super cool, and they had a beer there. which was a miracle in and of itself. it was terribly cold, because, well, glaciers, so we also got soup and hot cocoa to warm up.
That night we stayed at this really super nice airbnb. it was decorated beautifully and the hosts were great. they made a kickass breakfast that morning with fresh baked bread. there were puzzles to work on. and i love puzzles. so Z and I did that that evening. hahaha. It was a lovely stay through and through.
We did a lot of driving this day. We wound up in a town called seydisfjordir and started just checking out a waterfall off the side of the road and some memorials. but we found a hike to storurdh, which is this hidden lake around the mountains. The hike was about 6km total [3 in, 3 out] and took up most of our time. It was a beautiful hike though. There was snow around and there weren't a lot of people. The trail was very poorly marked though. This was my main complaint with most of the island is either it is super baby-proof touristy, or super not built up and you might die and they don't care. poor trail markers [the same color as the grass, more or less] and no real distance information either. But it was very fun, and honestly, I don't care. It was beautiful. Supposedly the Elf queen lives in the mountains somewhere around there. But we couldn't find her.
It was a loong night drive. We got into Akureyri pretty late. well, midnight or 1am. Thankfully our host understood. We tried to make it out to this festival that our host had invited us to, but we knew when we started that long hike that we were going to miss it. I feel okay with that decision.
Okay, here's one week. I am /terribly/ behind on shit and i've been working on this entry for a few days now. I'll keep breaking these up and I'll be caught up in no time. *knock on wood*
Posted on 2016.07.21 at 22:34
Things are pretty good right now. Let me get caught up though. I know its earlier than usual. I decided just to do this before watching netflix or something. idk.
So, letsee. after my birthday, not a whole ton has happened. A LOT of pokemon go. pretty much every evening I had been walking ~3~4 miles to new places. I've walked to bubble tea. And walked to voodoo donuts. I forget which nights it was, but it doesnt matter. bubble tea place rules. voodoo donuts was /good/, but pretty overrated. Friday was further pokemon hunting.
Saturday I got my tattoo done. And not much else. Although I fucked up my diet because i had a HUGE dinner before, and a huge dinner afterwards
Sunday was mostly pokemon go again. we pogo'd to a place to get pancakes. and went to Zilker brewery. I went to check out this punk show / art show but... ... the art was pretty lacking. and what was there was kinda meh. so we just had a pint and left. i wasn't really keen on the show itself. Marissa came over at some point and we got to pogo with us. We met Jenna down at auditorium shores. it was nice.
this week hasn't had much going on. calm before the trip i suppose. im starting to get a little burnt out on the pokemon thing. i think ive walked damn near everywhere i can lol. not exactly, but still. starting to reach a point it feels. maybe ill go back to my workouts soon. that'll help out. i haven't been working out because my arm is still sore. I'll get back at it on Monday and it'll be easier to hit my calorie goals again.
this saturday is my birthday party. which will fuck up my diet, im sure. whatever. i hope i dont gain weight in iceland too. oy.
sunday is the wrestling ppv. which also should be good, but bad for my diet. lol. so, after the smackdown/raw draft, im feelin pretty discouraged. i liked the idea of the brand split, but with it in front of me im having second thoughts. i guess we'll see how it goes. also, the fact that bayley wasnt drafted makes me p sad. shes my fave in nxt. whatever. no one wants to hear me ramble about wrestling.
well, that was thoroughly uneventful. sorry. hopefully my next post will be more exciting.
Posted on 2016.07.13 at 00:59
Hey. It was just my birthday. But now midnight happened, so its not anymore.
I didn't mean to not post the last few weeks. just got caught up in other stuff. So let me catch up.
Two weekends ago Saturday was pretty uneventful, if I remember correctly. Z's friend ihrig was in town. He's fine. I think we went out with Hodge and played mini golf and we drank a bunch. Sunday I went out to Abby's for the 4th. I thought Copperas cove, the city she lives in, was only an hour away. but its wayyy farther. We stopped at a new brewery on the way to her place. She made a TON of food. And I ate a ton of food. It actually really fucked up my diet.
Friday I was posting about being close to 125. well, after the 4th i was at 130lbs again. Uuuugh.
After that discouragement, I've been kinda meh on the diet thing. Just was frustrated. Decided to stagnate. On the actual 4th, Monday, I hung out with Jenna and we went to the fireworks. It was really nice. I've always liked the fireworks.
That brings us to this past weekend. Friday I went out with Mike and Jenna again. I actually got locked out but that was fine. Jenna and I had both just gotten pokemon go so we were talking about that and playing it and what not. My god that game is good fun. So, normally, my exercising involves jogging in front of the tv. well, no more. I'm going out! for long walks! for pokemon! haha. Technically, I get less steps in, but it actually feels like a real/better workout. So I'mma stick with it. It feels nice to leave the house more either way.
Saturday Z and I started by going out on a hike down to the greenbelt. We found some overgrown trails and had fun exploring them. Afterwards, we went to a food trailer park for ice cream. It was apparently cooled by nitrogen or something like that. tbh it tasted like normal ice cream. But it was still interesting. We also got cheesecake because, well, like i said, i was tired of dieting. lol We also got lunch at a new place called epicurie and got a cheese plate and some boudain. which was also delicious. oh and their house made pastries were killer. because i also got desert. i managed to squeeze 5 deserts into Saturday. hahahaha. Later Saturday was PARTY WORLD RASSLIN which was quite fun. Its a local wrestling circuit and its well done.
Sunday I went out with Sabrina to a boat party. It was pretty fun, although I had to drive so I didn't get to drink much at all. I did a lot of swimming. It was pretty fun! I didnt know many people since I was Sabrina's +1 and i got confused for someone else once which was awkward. but thats okay.
Not much else has been up. Today was my birthday, but I mostly worked. Z got me some plugs with little beetles in them and a pair of vertebrae earrings. i love them. At some point, pokemon go finally fixed the servers for downtown austin, so after work and after i got ice cream, i went around to all the pokestops and such. i havent challenged any of the gyms near me since theyre super hard and im not even level 10 yet. Its nice to finally have a full pogo community rn tho. Its been neat to see other people around. Someone high fived me randomly. It was honestly really nice. I thought about getting voodoo donuts since it was tuesday night, but the damn place still had a line. so i got an almond croissant from easy tiger. i wound up giving a little less than half to a homeless person because they said they were really hungry.
that about catches me up. i guess ill ttyl.
Posted on 2016.07.01 at 00:05
Hey. Sorry, I was gonna post a few days ago, but just never got around to it.
Friday we did good to solidify our Iceland and Faroe Islands trip. Everything's written out and I feel really good about it. Its also just really nice to have all the planning done. I have pretty much exactly 30 days before we leave. I can't wait to not work for 3 weeks.
Saturday started with Z's company picnic. We were only there for about 3 hours. And it kept raining on and off, which, doesnt exactly fare for good picnic-ing. Z won the tug of war contest, so I'm proud of him. I got to see Sabrina and meet some of Z's coworkers. After that, Z had to work at the brewery. While he did that, I went and got my nails done and popped into Michaels to get some craft supplies. magnets for our bottlecap board, black thread for a skirt I'm hemming [by hand. because i dont have a machine. uuuuuuugh], and black dye for my swimsuit top. I went back to the brewery and Tessa was there, along with Aaron and Aly. We hung out for a bit. They eventually had parties to go to, so after Z was done at the brewery we just went home. I dyed my swimsuit top. It looks really great! I probably like it more than before. So I suppose ultimately that was a happy little accident. Eventually Tessa came by and we went to Pinthouse Pizza. It was nice just to hang out on the patio.
Sunday started with blackstar, which ruled, as always. Then we went down to the greenbelt just to swim and drink beers for forever. 4 or 5 hours anyway. It was nice and relaxing. I only got a little sunburnt on my back and the tops of my boobs. i guess i shoulda sprayed a little more into the tops. oh well. After swimming Abby swung by and I got a massage and we hung out for a little bit until they had a movie and we went to Alys for fajitas, margaritas, and GoT. The season finale was fantastic.
Week's been chill. Im not working the 4th, so Ill prolly go to Abbys to hang out for her thing. saturday i gotta do the registration sticker on the damn car.
Wednesday, which is yesterday for another 5 minutes, I got to see fucking CONFLICT! Total Chaos too! And 3 other bands i hadnt heard of, the scandals, deadly reign, and grand collapse. The show was just awesome. I hadnt been to a real awesome PUNK show in forever. and i forgot how friendly punx are. I went by myself and made a ton of show friends, and possibly an IRL friend too if he's cool. I think i'll catch a pint with him on Saturday if everything pans out all right. he seems cool tho. Big Mike came around with free pizza. he said he'd go to my birthday party!! he was excited to hear Marco lives in san antonio. Oh, Marco was supposed to go to the show, but didn't. oh well. I had a blast. my only complaint is i dont really like the lean/push type of pits. i much prefer circle pits. but that hardly matters. everyone was cool, the bands were great, and i got to have a couple of beers. successful evening. i scooted out pretty much as soon as it ended though. mostly because everyone i had met was very, very drunk at that point and i just didnt want to deal with it. ive always been a ghost-er when it comes to leaving parties/places. i hear its very rude, but whatever.
diet did /okay/ this week. sunday i kinda fucked up. but still, only about 1.5lb gain... could be worse... worked it off already. and really as long as each monday is a little lower than the last, its sufficient. I'm very close to 125. might hit it saturday, but maybe not since i might go see finding dory. and ill prolly fuck up sunday, so whatever. still, i look back on my old pics and its just ... crazy man. i just keep on keepin on.
all's well. good week. ill ttyl, lj.