Vacation Day 1

I took off the rest of the year from work (except for 15 minutes via the web on Friday/Saturday at the end of the month). 11 days of no work basically. I have some plans, painting, relaxing, cleaning, etc. I’m going to try to blog about each day at it goes.

I planned to wake up early today, head to the bank and then head out to finish my Christmas shopping before it got too crazy out. Didn’t happen. I woke up at 1045, I finally got out of the house at 1130, the bank closes at 12 and it’s 35 minutes away. I made it to the bank. Then I headed off to the mall. Everyone else got up before 1045 or didn’t have to go to the bank because they were already there.

I think I literally walked a quarter mile to get in the place. I headed to my first stop, sold out. Second stop, long lines but they had what I needed. Third stop, longer lines but they have staggard lines (half close to the door, half a little farther back) I ran to one of the closer to the door ones, around about 6 other people, and got out quickly. Did I break a rule or some kind of social more by doing that? I don’t care particularly, it’s Christmas time and it’s every man for themself.

I’m back home now and totally just relaxing, while doing some laundry, I need to clean the house but I’m just not in the mood today. Maybe late tonight or tomorrow, or next week.

Relaxation.

After outting update: Erin and I went out with Kyle tonight. We ran into my grandparents and they even bought us dinner.  Nice. We headed out to Best Buy and the mall. It’s always an adventure, though we didn’t go to Penney’s for towels (inside joke). All in all it was a pretty good time. It’s raining out now but the night was great with great friends and always interesting conversation.

Christmas Vacation is on Tivo now, my favorite holiday movie after A Christmas Story. What can I say, I’m a little demented. I’ve enver seen White Christmas or It’s a Wonderful Life, so I go with what I know. Heading to bed soon so I can do nothing tomorrow but football and chillin’.

A new week has begun

Here’s a brain dump of the weekend:

Wednesday – As I said we went to see Rent with Ben and Franki. Good movie, good times. Definitely worth the price of a ticket to see this one in theatres.
Thursday Turkey Day – The whole family showed up, and then some. An uninvited guest made things interesting and I must add that your embrace was a little too friendly to just be “friends.” The usual stress of family gatherings was of course apparent. Nothing big really, just stress as usual. After that though I headed to Jake’s to listen to some music and just enjoy some relaxation. After the music started winding down, we had the bright idea of going to Okie Penokie out on the east side of the county. Supposedly there have been bodies found and who knows what else. Supposedly scary too. We all drove out there in two cars. This place is located about a mile off the main road, in the woods, the path (not a road) is winding and kinda bumpy. Once we got there we saw some headlights arriving jsut in front of us. Of course we had no idea who could be there but Orion got out to investigate, it was Corey, Jake’s brother, tryign to get there ahead of us to scare us. It didn’t work, the place wasn’t that scary really, but it had possibilities. Someday when it’s warm again, it will be a cool place to go.
Black Friday – Thankfully I don’t work retail now so I didn’t have to get up to work. And since this year I really didn’t see anything worth braving the crowds for, I slept in. When I finally got up though, I headed to Erin’s and we did go do some shopping. What shopping we did! I got totally done with my X-mas shopping except for Erin, who was there with me so I couldn’t shop for her anyways. I did spend a ton of money, way too much. Bought myself a RAZR phone and headset for it and then bought my family and hers some nice gifts. We had a great dinner at Carraba’s, our waitress was actually at the riots at Walmart in Westfield where two men got into a fist fight over a laptop. Craziness. I also must recommend that if you go to Carraba’s you try the Chicken Bryan with the cavatappi amatriciana (pasta with a tomato cheese sauce). As our waitress said in her mom-from-the-south-i’ll-take-all-your-cares-away voice, “It’s just Wonderful.”
Also I found my favorite pen all over again. The Tornado from Retro51. This is the best pen you will ever write with! I promise.
Saturday – I stayed home on Saturday to work on a paper, the only paper I have to write all semster actually. I’ve been putting it off too long and now it’s due soon, so I stayed home to write it. I wrote like 12 pages in about 3 hours, that’s pretty amazing if you ask me. After that I had to get out of the house for a bit, I went to Kokomo, bought some boardgames at Target for Toys-For-Tots, checked out the mall a bit and then was heading home. john called me back from earlier in the day and I hung out with him at the coffee shop downtown. Blind Boy was playing, no one knows who he is, but he used to play at the Blues Jams we used to go to downtown. They were basically just a bunch of musicians getting together to play, you told them your instrument and they just sent a “band” up to jam for a bit. People mostly played old standards like “Sweet Home Chicago” and the like, but Blind Boy had a knack for the blues. He coudl jam with anyone and make them sound great. I miss those days. After the coffee shop we headed to John’s house and played some X-Box for a bit and then I headed home. A long day really.
Sunday – I got up early and headed to Erin’s house to go over to her grandma’s for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was good, I was stuffed again. After all that though, I headed home and then over to Jake’s. Sunday was the day of the big poker game. $10 buyin. Jake won, I didn’t come close, I’m done talking about it. We played football in his yard after that though, that was probably the most fun I’ve had in a while actually. It was just fun, win or lose, we did win though, it was just the guys playing around and enjoying a warm evening in November.
Monday Today – I got up early to wait on the cable guy to come and fix my Internet connection, again. He found that one of our neigherbors had been tryign to steal our cable and in the process he screwed our stuff up. We don’t know which neighbor yet, but I have a good idea of who it was. Stupid people.
Do you hate squeaky shoes on tile after the rain? I do. It rained most of the day today, so at IUK everyone in tennis shoes was squeaking all over the place, it drove me nuts. I was doing it to which drove me even more nuts. There should be a law.
Tonight is MNF though, the Colts and the Steelers. Should be a great game, the Colts are 10-0 and the Steelers are a tough team. Who cares about the Pats this is the game of the year. I’m kinda worried about this actually, I doubt that 16-0 is possible, so I know that they need to lose soon, cause I don’t want that first loss coming during the playoffs. Let’s be happy with 15-1 and a ring, ya know?
School is almost over too, man this semster has really flown honestly. Profs are always talking about reviewing for the final now. One prof is being “nice” to use and giving us our final a week early so we have one less to worry about. That doesn’t help me, because now instead of having 1 week to stress about passing a test, I have 2 weeks to stress. Doesn’t anyone else see that?
This is probably the longest post ever, so I’m heading to Damon’s to watch the game. Leave a comment with ya, I know you’re out there, this is the biggest month ever for visitors by far. More on that later though.

Old Oaken Bucket Pics

Ben jumping over the fire The great classic rivalry in Indiana was contested yet again on Saturday, of course I’m talking about the IU/Purdue game otherwise known as the Old Oaken Bucket game. We all headed down to Bloomington bright and early, of course traffic didn’t let us get there as early as we would have liked, Erin, John, and I missed the first half of the first quarter. No biggie though. It was a nice day, we all had fun and of course IU got their butts kicked 41-14. There’s always next year right? After half time half the people left so we headed down and got better seats, some fans eh? Here’s some pics, links go to the larger versions.

The pics on the left are as follows:

  • Hey, Hey the gang’s all here!
  • IU with good field position
  • We sat really high up the first half.
  • Really high up
  • Erin and I in our IU best
  • John and Ben looking as cute as ever!
  • Franki and Erin, our girls are tough in the cold
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire
Ben jumping over the fire

Frozen Pens don’t work well

It was cold out again today, like 25ish probably. The wind died down a bit I think, thank God! I got ot my evening classes tonight after my haircut to find that the pen that I had left in my bag as I rushed from the room during the tornado warning (the other day when it was still warm out) had frozen in my bag. It wouldn’t work and it was all I had. So while the professor is going on and on about supply chains, I’m sitting at my seat breathing on my pen and holding it tight in my hands so I can get the freakin ink to flow! Grr… it’s always something.
As much as I complain about the cold and junk I really do enjoy it actually. It was really cold after classes tonight, that kind of cold where when you breathe in, your nose hair freezes a bit. I love that feeling and I have no idea why. I’m not talking about the cold where you can’t breathe of course, just the kind of cold that happens righ at the first of winter, when suddenly everything is crisp and the world has a very…. well in my head the word is “sharp”… feeling about it. Maybe that doesn’t make sense to anyone else but me.
The other thing that I have to report tonight was the fact that at my first class there were only 5 people there. 5 out of 18! I realize that some people can’t come to class all the time but I just can’t imagine everyone not showing up on the same day. Of course class was pretty boring and pointless, but still with this guy you never know, he’s all over the place sometimes.
Lastly, I’m getting really excited about two IU things. First off, tomorrow night is the start of basketball season. I’m jealous of John and Audrey going to the game vs. Nicholls State. But my time will come, if I can ever get money anyways! It should be an interesting season to say the least. The other thing is the fact that I’m going to the IU/Purdue Bucket game on Saturday with Erin, John, Ben and Franki. It’s supposed to be cold as crap, but nonetheless we will still have fun. I’m looking forward to actually going to my first IU football game and then basically just hanging around B-town for a bit afterward maybe. It’s a nice town and for some reason, I just really like being down there.
Anyways this is a long one, I should hit the sack I haven’t slept well the last few nights.

Looks like I’m going to have to buy a ticket

I applied for press credentials to the IU v. Purdue Bucket game under the auspices of the Fuzznik Podcast. Alas I was turned down as show below:

Dear Michael Bollman,

Your credential request for Indiana football media credentials has been denied for the following:

Michael Bollman

Unfortunately, your request did not meet our guidelines, and it is not possible to accommodate all requests.

Should you have any questions please contact our office at 812-855-9399. Thanks for your interest in IU Athletics.

So until I can figure out how to turn the podcast into somethign more legitamate I’m going to have to either pony up the dough for tickets or just enjoy it on TV like everyone else.

Sudoku and Peyton

So we headed downtown last night after a trip to the Music Mill for dinner. The food was ok, not the greatest though. We headed down to the circle, in search of something. Right after we got around the circle and we headed south again, we saw him, rather we almost hit him with my car, Peyton Manning. Yes, that Peyton Manning. He almost walked out in front of me, then he stopped, we moved on and we noticed him after he was already across the street. John immediately noticed who it was and began screaming. I started to look for a spot to park, which was not that easy considering it was Indy on a Friday night. When we parked finally, we searched the nearby blocks on foot looking for him, no dice. We headed to Hooters for a bathroom, learned that they apparently don’t wear anything at Hooters in Canada and headed back out into the Indy night-life. Peyton was still on our minds and totally was a buzzkill to us. We had no idea what we were going to do or when. After walking around forever we headed to Rock Bottom for a brew. Mine was like motor oil, not good. After sitting and talking for a while we headed back out, walked the circle and then headed home. Peyton Manning ruined my night.
Tonight I headed out to Carmel with Erin. Saw the new iPod Nano, the pictures look better than the actual unit, it’s too “sharp” for me. I just don’t like it that much now. I bought some clothes for the party next weekend and we ate at Carraba’s… Same old, same old.
I did buy a book while we were out though, it’s full of Sudoku puzzles. These things are addictive, each takes about 20-30 minutes to solve, but they are pretty cool.
I’m headed to bed and then I will spend all day tomorrow studying and watching football… ahhh, fall, what a season eh?