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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
10:19 pm
Mmmm... carpet cleaner
So I'm not even going to apologize for not updating in so long. We all know I suck at this more than anyone ever. I'm just going to jump right into my update and you're going to appreciate every word of it.

I finally have my own apartment! I technically moved in the last weekend of August, but I have only been sleeping here for about 9 days. The complex is literally located behind the Mountain View High School football field, but my apartment thankfully does not have a view of said field. that would just be too weird. I'll post pictures once the place is a little more put together. It feels really good to be on my own. For the first time since graduating college and getting a job (initally but more on that later) I finally feel like a functioning, proactive adult. I mean I may still come home after work and throw on sweats and eat icecream in front of a Friends DVD all night, but at least now I'm doing it in my very own place that I found, paid for and decorated myself! I think what I'd been avoiding the last two years by living at home was confronting myself and my future. This is at least a step in the direction of defining what I want and where I want to end up.

And I bought a really nice comfy couch that is just waiting for you guys to come sleep on it sometime :)

Current Mood: nostalgic
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
5:38 pm
First week of 2009 in a nutshell
I hope the old saying that how you spend your news years eve is a predictor of how you will spend the rest of your year isn't true, because last Wednesday I fell asleep during Baby Mama, woke up at 11:30, and went to bed promptly after midnight. In my defense a) I had been invited to social events, but they all would have involved me driving significant distances on a night where there are 40574308 more drunk people on the road as usual, and b) I was just plain tired. I'm really not concerned about my social life this year, because in case you haven't heard I FINALLY got text messaging! As superficial a form of communication as it is, it really does make me feel more connected to my friends. And helps me kill more time at work... shhhh!

I didn't really make a new years resolution this year. My goal is to just surround myself with better things in every sense. Healthier food; more intelligent media, TV, movies, and music,; better workout routine; more quality time with friends; make better use of my time; and get a have a better attitude about my job. Granted I will still watch my Real Housewives or Orange county, eat my popcorn, and probably bitch about my co-workers, but hopefully I'll be able to add some other stuff to the mix.

So with that goal in mind here is what I have been up to this week:

- Spent a very enjoyable relaxing weekend with Erin. I watched her cook some fabulous soup and bruschetta, we watched S&TC, and talked A LOT.

- I'm about 300 pages in to Anna Karenina. Not bad considering it's 800 pages long - Leo Tolstoy 800 pages, not Stephanie Meyer pages. There's a big difference.

- I have walked my 4 mile loop three days this week.

- I stayed busy all day at work and got a bunch of tasks done that I have been avoiding for a while. I even spent over an hour faxing and mailing all the companies that send us junk mail to remove us from their lists.

- I started watching The Tudors on DVD, and I think I'm almost following the plot. Henry the VIII had issues! I have also watched Leaving Las Vegas, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, and Casino.


So there you have it.

Current Mood: chipper
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
8:01 pm
I'm back
Well it's been like 23987432897 years, but I'm back by popular demand! Yeah, I flatter myself. But in case you guys are every actually bored enough to read my crap, I'll try to keep it coming from now on.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
12:00 pm
Hello livejournal friends. This is Darby, remember me? I can't blame you if you don't since I haven't updated since the beginning of the summer. But I'm here now, so let's catch up, yes?

I've been back and forth between Bellingham, Seattle and Vancouver/Portland since Montana never staying in one place for longer than about a week. I can do that because I don't have a job to go to right now, not that that's something to brag about. But it's kind of nice to be unfettered for a while so I can drink three nights in a row, sleep till 10:00 every day, and hey, even make pointless livejournal posts! I've had a lot of fun with roommies and friends and the brother, whom I might not get to spend much time with come September when I move back to Vancouver, so I'm not going to apologize for my lack of productivity the last month.

That's not to say I have been completely unproductive. I've applied for several jobs in Portland and Vancouver online last week, but I haven't heard back from any of them yet. I don't really know what else to do but keep looking and applying to any remotely desirable position till someone bites. All I know is I have to have some kind of lead by the end of August or I will go crazy from boredom in Vancouver. I'm looking at research assistant positions, which are scarce and very picky, and any kind of receptionist/office assistant/data entry position. I don't expect to land my dream job right away (especially since I don't know what my dream job is), I just want something that I can support myself on and learn from. I'm keeping grad school in the back of my mind, but it's definitely not going to happen any time soon. After helping Erin and Jamie move into their place in Portland, I'm seriously considering trying to find a place there myself in the next year. I'm not big on cities, but Portland seems like it would be manageable, especially if I already have a friend network so I wouldn't have that overwhelmed and lonely feeling that cities tend to provoke. I wish it wasn't so expensive though. Portland State is really nice.

It's nice to have something to look forward to.

So anyway. That pretty much sums up my activities and thoughts of the last couple months. As soon as I have something noteworthy I'll let y'all know. I hope you are all having a nice summer with work/school. I'm going to try to be better about reading your posts since I'm so bad about keeping in touch.

Current Mood: content
Friday, June 22nd, 2007
9:45 am
Done
So I'm done. I graduated last weekend. Still hasn't really hit me that now I'm just another twentysomething and not a college student. Job searching sucks. Any tips?

I'll be in Vancouver for a wedding on Saturday and then we're leaving for Montana on Wednesday. We should get back on the 8th or so, and I'll hang around till around 10th or 11th and then head back up to b-ham to enjoy the rest of the summer.

Call me if you want to get together at any point!
Saturday, June 9th, 2007
7:19 pm
Last Finals week ever.....
I'm noticing a pattern where I write in this thing around the times I have finals/midterms when I tend to procrastinate and ruminate the most.

I have a 20 -25 page paper due tuesday

A test on Tuesday that I have yet to start studying for

and a 5-10 paper on a book I have yet to finish due Wednesday

I know it's all going to get done. It always does. I'm not even nervous like I used to be when I would procrastinate, because I know I always manage to get everything done - maybe not to the best of my ability - but it does always get done.

I got to see my brother graduate on Friday, which was surreal but cool. He also just got hired by Americorps to work at the mayor's office in Seattle. So go congratulate him on myspace or something. Now I have to figure out what the hell I'm going to do after this summer. Any ideas?

Alright. Back to work. This post was short yet pointless.
Monday, May 7th, 2007
11:14 pm
Once a month whether I need it or not?
Alright let's see. What the fuck has happened since my last entry almost exactly a month ago.....

Saw Rocky Votolato in Seattle with my roommies and Kelsey. Great great show. I love that man to death. New album out June 19 you should look for (along with the new Tiger Army)

Celebrated the 21st birthday one of my roommates. Yay for The Mint finally being legal!

Work sucks, but I'm making money, learning a few skills, and hopefully inspiring a killer letter of recommendation. On a related note, I still haven't written an acutal resume yet and I graduate in like 4 weeks (AAAAAGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!) I should really get on that. careerbuilder.com is a pretty good tool if you're not already familiar with it.

On another related note my classes are kicking my ass big time. My field research methods capstone is the worst time consumer as I must transcribe hours of tape recorded interviews and research stuff that hasn't really been researched before.

I'm almost at the point where I'm too busy to enjoy my last quarter. Almost. I'm still trying to get out there every weekend and do something new thanks to the Bellingham To Do List on facebook composed by myactivity planning amigas. I catch myself feeling nostalgic at little moments like walking back from work on campus at night when it's deserted and dark but the paths and buildings are all glowing, and I am remember that I won't get to be a part of this for very much longer. Your parents can tell you your whole life how great college is and how it will be the best time of your life, but it's impossible to really appreciate it until you realize that it it's almost over and all you have to look forward to is adulthood and work. I guess college might not end up being the BEST time of my life, but I have no doubt that it will be one of the most special experiences I will ever have.

I'm really too tired to write much else. Being on campus for over 12 hours really takes it out of you. I kinda miss writing in this thing. I should do it more often.
Sunday, April 8th, 2007
5:29 pm
New quarter update.....
So I've made it through the first week of Spring quarter. It's going to be a ridiculous amount of work, but it will be more fun than previous work heavy quarters. Lot's of group projects and research and one biatch of a paper in my capstone, but I'm trying to be optimistic.

This weekend was pretty lazy and uneventful, but I enjoyed it. You know me. All four of my roommates went home for the weekend, so it was mostly just myself, Puddy and the cast of The Office in the house. Watched another disc of OC season 3 with Jill and Julie. Go us! We are tying to get through the whole series before summer starts and everyone scatters off. On saturday I painted Easter eggs with Jill, Julie, Taune and Sarah, and some of my eggs actually turned out kind of cute.

I feel like I might be getting sick, which would suck since I'm going to Victoria this coming weekend in honor of Nikki's birthday. It would actually be kind of ironic considering I was sick the last time I was in Victoria too. I was pleasure to be around, believe me.

Seriously though, there are a lot of other really fun things going on in the next couple months. Mae is playing on campus on Thursday the 19th, then Nikki and I are going to see Rocky Votolato in Seattle Friday the 20th, THEN John Oliver of The Daily Show is doing stand up on campus Saturday the 21st. How great is that week going to be?! I wish work wasn't starting up again soon. Just one more quarter of harassing poor unsuspecting freshmen to do unnecessarily lengthy surveys over the phone and I'll have something relevent to put on my resume.
Monday, April 2nd, 2007
11:01 am
Spring Break revealations....
Well my last Spring Break as an undergraduate has come to a close. My last quarter begins tomorrow at 8:00. I have moments where I'm excited tp graduate and see what's out there for me in the real world, and moments where literally want to curl up in the dark and cry. I figure the latter is pointless because as much as I'm afraid to graduate, IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. So I may as well embrace it by makeing the most of my last quarter.

I'm taking my sociology capstone, which is going to involve intense field research, lit reviews and of course paper writing; Social Stratification; the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Tansgendered Experience in America; and Intro to Hatha Yoga. Not to mention the hours I'm going to spend perfecting a resume, job searching, working, working out, partying, going to shows,and going on weekend excursions. It's going to be busy, but this is probably the last time I'll ever have to be busy with school stuff.

Here's what literally happened over Spring Break....
I putzed aroud Bellingham for a while enjoying my freedom, then went home to the 'Couve until last night. My dad had been having a weird chest/side pain for a month that the doctors couldn't explint. They decided it could be heart related, so Wednesday he had to have a procedure called an angeogram where the enject dye into the heart through a vein in the leg to get a look at the vessels. They found that a big part of one of the right arteries was 90% blocked, and two other arteries on the left side were 30% and 50% blocked. They put a balloon thingy called a stent in the 90% blocked artery to open it up so more blood can get through. We were all really shocked that it was as bad as it was, but really greatful that they found it before he had a heart attack or heart damage. My dad has ran at least 3 miles every day since college, and eats pretty responsibly, but he has always had high blood pressure and cholesterol. This means that genetics are largely to blame, which is scary for me and Drew. So now my dad has to be on a million different medications for blood pressure and cholesterol and he has pratically eliminate salt and cholesterol, and reduce the fat and sugar in his diet. He got home from the hospital the next afternoon, but wasn't feeling great because of the procedure and the emotional impact of everything, so we spent the next few days just watching movies and sports to distract him. I really think he's going to be OK as long as he stays focused and doesn't get depressed about getting old and being deprived. I'm going to try to clean up my act as well to show support, and because if I do have the same genetic tendencies for blood pressure and cholesterol, I could be in the same position 30 years down the line.

I'm off to go run a million errands for the new quarter. Hope everyone had a nice Spring Break!
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
11:34 pm
"Now that I've tasted blood this wine seems too thin...."
Sorry, weird title. It's a line in a Dustin Kensrue song (singer of Thrice solo project). If you have purevolume or myspace you MUST check him out. I absolutely adore his mournful alt-country style.

If I seem a little delirious and incoherent today or anytime in the next week, well, it's because I propbably am. It's Dead Week right now, and I have never procrastinated worse in my life. I wrote two papers on sunday that were both due on Monday. I have another paper and a presentaition on Friday, Two finals on Monday and one on Wednesday that I have not started studying for yet.

Once I have time to think about something other than assignements and tests I am going to seriously contemplate why I do this to myself. Do I enjoy torturing myself in some masochistic way? Do I need to create extra challenge to affirm my abilities? Do I hate school and my majors so much I prostinate till the last minute so I can justify puttling as little effort into them as possible? I just don't know. Oh well, in a couple months it won't matter.

I still need to finish filling out my NCAA bracket. THAT I would actually enjoy researching.

Everybody root for Gonzaga on Thursday. I have them winning the 1st round.
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
11:28 am
Time after time.....
I watched Strictly Ballroom last night for the first time since I don't even know when. Jaime and I used to watch it like everyother weekend back in the day, and I disocovered I still have most of the dialogue and songs memorized. Such a fantastic movie for so many reasons. If you have not yet seen it, add it to the top of your to-do list.

I have to get back to my 10 page sociology paper that's due tomorrow at 2:30. My goal is to have at least 8 pages before the UW/WSU game tonight. It's possible, right?
Monday, March 5th, 2007
11:53 pm
Wooo whooooooo!
Gonzaga is in for sure! This is a happy day :) I hope UW and/or WSU can hang in there as well. Washington represent!

Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, February 26th, 2007
5:15 pm
lalalala.....
So ok, I hassle everyone to update their journals so I can keep up with what's going on in their lives since I'm too flaky to you know CALL them, and then I don't reciprocate by updating mine. How lame is that?

Not much has been happening of interest lately. I'm done with work, which is nice since that plus all my school stuff was really taking a toll on my sanity. So now I'm just stuck with 4 papers, 3 tests and 1 presentation due by the end of the quarter. The next few weeks are going to be ridiculous.

I got into my Field Research Methods Capstone for next quarter with the professor who made me want to be a sociology major, so that's exciting. I register like this week or something, wich just blows my mind.

I can't really think about how close school is to being over, because when I do I literally want to cry for so many different reasons.

I don't really know what I'm doing for Spring break yet. Everyone seems to be kind of scattering off and doing different things, so if anyone has any ideas, let me know! I'm having thoughts of the beach, but the weather could still suck, so I don't know. It's my last spring break, so I kind of feel like I'm obligated to do something other than sit around.

Speaking of sitting around. I'm thinking of not getting a job up in Bellingham this summer for the 2 months I'll still be here until my lease expires in September. This way I can be free to do whatever Bellingham things I want while I still can.

The end is so near. It's seriously freaking me out.

Gonzaga plays their last regular season game tonight against San Diego. I don't have cable, so I shall be listening intently to the broadcast on yahoo. I never thought I would miss cable so much.

I'm getting kind of sick, so I'm going to sqeeze in a cat nap before I have to do homework.

Current Mood: tired
Monday, February 12th, 2007
11:12 pm
An update.....
I just realized it has been about 39453475 days since my last post. So since I'm sure you are all just dying of anticipation to hear what has been going on in my life, here's the Cliff's Notes version:

School - Not feelin' the classes so much this quarter. My Sociology of Race and Ethnicity class is the only reedeming aspect of the 15 hours I spend in classrooms every week.

Work - Even less inspiring than classes. I still like my co-workers and my boss , but the emotional labor of having to be pleasent and enthusiastic on the phone to people who don't deserve it is wearing me down.

Working Out - My shins still aren't feeling 100% since I first got shin splints right after new Years, so I'm still restricted to the eliptical machine and walking, which is a total drag compared to running.

College Basketball - I've been camping out at the Rec Center on campus watching b-ball since we don't have cable at my house. I'm psyched that March Madness is going to be on CBS so I will be able to watch from the comfort of my own home and not be self conscious about my publicly inappropriate outbursts of anger/joy. Go Zags and daWgs!

Music - Lovin the new Fall Out Boy. Catchy as hell. Just what I need to get me through the next four weeks of papers and exams. Also recently saw Rocky Votolato on campus. I never get tired of seeing him play. Look for his new album later this year.

Misc - I had real sushi for the first time in Richmond Canada at this place called Richmand Sushi. It is sooooo gooood! And cheap compared to what you have to pay over here. I wasn't super adventurous, but I definitley downed some raw salmon at one point :)

Rommates - My favorite people :) I don't know many others who would put up with all my bitching and moaning this quarter.

Presidents Day Weekend - Heading down to the 'couve either Friday night or early Saturday and staying till either Monday or Tuesday. If anyone else is in town, give me a call!

I think that's about it

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, January 21st, 2007
9:26 pm
Roommate mini-break....
So this weekend Nikki, Jamie, Erin and I went to the McMenamins Edgefield winery/brewery/distillery/lodge. We got to stay in this cute little room and drink and eat literally all day long. They have FABULOUS food!It was deliciously decadent. The wine tasting was the highlight for me. If you want to take your own mini break with a significant other or friends, I highly recommend it. It's novel and classy without being really expensive.

I really don't want to go to school tomorrow.
Sunday, January 7th, 2007
5:24 pm
Back in B-ham + random updates.....
I'm back up in Bellingham now. School starts Wednesday for me. My room does not have the capacity to accomodate all the shit I brought back up with me, but that's OK.

Thanks to everyone who entertained me over break! I loved every minute of it.

Gonzaga plays at home tomorrow, so there's a good chance they might actually win a game.

Go Seahawks!
Monday, January 1st, 2007
9:17 pm
Break thus far.....
Break has been really nice so far. I've gotten to catch up with people, spend a lot of time with family, run a bit, and watch A LOT of college basketball and football. Which is really everything a good break should consist of.

I still have some errands and shopping to do before heading back up to B-ham on Friday, so if you feel like going out and about with me, lemme know!

I miss you, Bellingham!
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
5:02 pm
X-mas in the ' couve.....
I'm in Vancouver now. Once again, I cannot access my e-mail or facebook here, so if you need to get in touch leave a message here or myspace or call my cell.

Yay for being home!

I miss my B'ham crew already!

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, December 11th, 2006
1:34 am
New marathon journal.......
I made a journal to keep track of my marathon training progress. Check it out if you want in on the fun and excitement! I am seriously going to do this.

Go Here:

darby_milestogo
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
11:18 am
"Hey Hey Hey!....."
COBRA STARSHIP - CHURCH OF HOT ADDICTION. Look it up on YouTube, myspace, whatever. Just find it. Cobra Starship played with Panic! on Sunday, and this fucking song has been stuck in my head ever since. The video's kinda funny too. Check it out.

Also, maybe you Gonzaga/ former Gonzaga people can help me out with this...
How could they lose to an unranked team last night? Maybe I haven't been watching long enough to earn the right to criticize their performance, but I was very distraught at work while I "watched" the game via the score board on yahoo.com.

Back to campus to work on the loathe of my life (aka research paper on the psychological benefits of emotional approach coping and how previous emotion-focused coping research has confounded this construct with distress and psychopathology through poorly constructed scales. Yeah. What the fuck was I thinking?)

Peace y'all.

Current Mood: bouncy
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