Wow. So, it's been a long time, eh? There's been a lot going on, so I guess I should apologize, but I really have been busier than ever. Though, with the amount of time I spend reading the rest of you, I guess I really have no excuse. So anyway.
A long time ago, someone tried to steal my car while I was visiting John. I do have the most stolen car in America, but I still never thought about it, living in Wisconsin. In New York/CT, yeah, I'd have been worried, but never here. Well, I walked out to my car early one morning and I turned my key in the lock, but it was already unlocked. "Funny," I thought to myself, "I didn't unlock this car all weekend." See, I have this neat little anti-theft device that I decided not to remove after all, and it locks my car doors automatically when I shut off the car. Then I opened the door to beepbeepbeepbeep! beepbeepbeepbeep! "Funny," I think to myself again, "that's the sound my car makes when there's a key in the ignition." So I sit myself down in my driver's seat, and look at the ignition. There's a key snapped off in there where someone tried to start my Ezra with the wrong key. Anyhow, they didn't succeed, but I called the police, was late to work, and it was a general pain in my rear-end. So, that's major event number one I didn't record.
John's birthday was fairly uneventful too. He got MST3K volumes 1 and 5 from my parents and I, respectively. He got a wine rack that I killed myself to find, and succeeded, because I'm awesome. He also got floor seats to Sarah McLachlan. Incidentally, his birthday was near the end of July. The concert, which I'll get into later, was not until last weekend. I bought the tickets on January 9th at 10am. I'm a forward thinker. You might say I had faith in this relationship :)
At the end of July and beginning of August I moved from my apartment of 2 years to a less awesome apartment. However, I now live with 2 less people, have a bigger bedroom, and on the really hot days, A/C for no extra charge. The kitchen has no counter and cabinet space even though it's a big kitchen, and I have to say that's absolutely the most annoying thing about it. It's so hard to cook in there! I bought a wireless router for the place though, so I no longer have wires running everywhere, and I must say, it's not like I haven't used wireless before, but oh boy do I love it!
August 13th John and I saw a year, officially. It's a few weeks after we actually spoke for the first time, but we figure the in-person meeting holds a bit more significance. He cooked me three square meals, and we generally spent time around the apartment and just enjoyed being together. Quite honestly, I don't know how I ever did without him. He's fuzzy.
Also, at the beginning of August, I started at my new job. The restaurant opened on the 20th, and I've been working 4 or so shifts a week since we opened. Some nights/days I make nothing, but I've walked away with $150 in my pocket also, so I guess it evens out juuuust fine. I'm finding that I'm WAY suited to waitressing. I still make a few mistakes once in a while, but it's only been two weeks and hey -- we're all new, the place is new, no one expects all the kinks to be worked out yet. So yeah, I love it. I work with (mostly) great people, the place is beautiful, and I don't even feel like I'm working when I'm there. It's just fun. I understand now why some people with college degrees keep waitressing. If you've got the personality, there's nothing more fun. I like to talk to people. That's pretty well served at Starbucks, but it's very well served at the restaurant.
Speaking of Starbucks, I've been passed over for promotion 4 times in about 3 months. I want to quit, but I've already made the decision that Starbucks is the job I'm giving up when I go back to school, so I have a set date on how long I have to endure the place. I used to love my job, but since it's become evident that someone somewhere hates me for no good reason, I've resigned myself to my current position for a few months... and then I'll be free. I'll go back to Starbucks maybe if I move somewhere else.
So. Friday was the Sarah McLachlan concert that I've been looking forward to for about 9 months now. Before the concert I bought us dinner at Joey Buona's on Water St in Milwaukee - home of the best Italian Nachos known to man. We brought most of those home -- we forgot how absolutely huge the portion is. Anyway, we got to the concert a little early, and got to people watch. There are some strange people who like Sarah, let me tell you. So, the best part of the whole night was the opening act - an adorable, amazing girl from Australia named Butterfly Boucher. Bow-cher, not Boo-shea, because that's how it is in Australia - and yes, Butterfly is her real name. She has a fantastic voice -- in fact, I'm pretty sure it's better live than on CD, and she puts on a fantastic show. John and I became instant fans and bought CDs at the break, and had them autographed. Let me prove it to you. Butterfly Boucher You won't be disappointed.
Anyway, Sarah herself was fantastic of course, but nothing out of the ordinary. We were 25 rows back to the right of the floor. They were great seats. Anyway, Sarah sounds just as good in person as on CD, and she's beautiful of course, and her voice is amazing of course, but she didn't really put on a great show. The set was cool, but she only really looked comfortable when she was sitting at the piano. Standing up with a guitar, she looked... stiff, I suppose. Regardless, the entire experience was totally worth all the money it cost. So, yay.
Not much left to report. I'm going to Pittsburgh with John to see his family for Thanksgiving. I'm so incredibly excited, it's going to be fantastic. His mom's also coming to visit him at the end of the month, and I can't wait to see her then. She's the best.
So you probably didn't even make it to the end of this. Let's hope I update considerably more often and with less information from now on, hmm?