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#541 The Great Red Bear

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 02:31 PM

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GUYS I ADOPTED A CAT

 

 

His name is Hooch and he's a 3 year old black and white cow cat. He's a heckin' chonker too, he weighs 17 lbs. I love him so much.

 

He's so lazy and calm, he just wanders from one comfy spot to another, and he sleeps on my feet when we go to bed.

 

It's good company seeing as I'm living alone in a town with all older people and no friends to hang out with.


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Posted 05 June 2019 - 04:35 AM

Daawwwwwwwww <3 Glad you got a kitty! That'll be nice having him as company.

 

 

 

 

 

I talked with the hiring manager of that job that gave me the job offer. He said that they aren't hiring right now, but he really liked my resume so he put in a good word for me with some other/similar companies. But I looked into all of the ones that he put in a good word for me with, and all of them pay less than I'm making at the coffee shop, and they all have a lot of overnight work and weekends, and it's all physical labor (mostly pushing road cases) so I've decided to just stick at the coffee shop for a little longer. I'm finally getting more hours, and since so much of my income is untaxed tips (shhhh don't tell the government) it's kind of a hard sell for other jobs to get me to leave the coffee shop. So, yeah, for the foreseeable future I'm gonna keep making coffee. Probably start applying for drafting jobs after I take my first semester in that CADD certificate program. 

 

On that note, I applied for that CADD certificate program today, just gotta wait until I hear back so that I can apply for it. My uncle (or, second uncle? First cousin once removed? Something like that??) works for a housing company out here and he said that once I've taken a few classes he can probably get me a job doing some drafting for homes. I wasn't planning on working with houses, but drafting is drafting, so it's kind of all the same to me. And if I don't like it, at the very least, it'll be a foot in the door for other drafting jobs. So, I'll start classes in the fall, and probably ask my uncle for a job / start applying for drafting jobs after the holidays. 

 

Aaaaaaaaaaaand my move out date is 2 weeks from tomorrow!! 


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Posted 26 June 2019 - 07:50 PM

So I've been at the new place for a week and I love it. It's already starting to feel like a home. It only took us a couple days to become fully furnished and fully moved in. It's nice. I have a bathroom attached to my bedroom, which I've never had in my life and I L O V E it. Total game changer. My bedroom is way bigger than I expected it to be, and it isn't even the master bedroom. I also 100% prefer my room over the master. It's only 15sqft smaller, but in the master bedroom the door to the closet, the door to the bathroom, and the door to the living room are all on different walls and in different corners of the room. In my room the door to the bathroom and the door to the living room are on the same wall, and the closet door is in the same corner as the door to the living room, so the layout of the room gives you a lot more space if you're like me and like your furniture to be all in corners. Our upstairs neighbor is one of the guys who I play DnD with, and also my roommate's girlfriend is staying with us for a few weeks, so it's that perfect balance of, like, I still have my own space and I don't feel crowded out but also I'm surrounded by people and it isn't lonely or isolating. Right outside our front door is a really nice pool, but it's not the main pool of the apartment complex so there's almost never anyone there (we're tucked away in like a back corner, I wouldn't even know this pool was here if I didn't live right next to it) so we've gone swimming a couple times out there. I've heard the gym in our apartment complex is really nice, but I haven't checked that out yet. 

Anyways tldr I'm very happy about my new place.

 

 

I need to start getting more serious about the career hunt. I had an interview with a company, and it went really well, but I didn't really wanna work for them so I super bailed on the second interview. But like, that was the only interview I've had since graduation, and I haven't really applied for very many places. I think I'm still apathetic about the whole thing because I haven't technically/officially graduated yet, and I still have two months before I officially become a graduate. But I need to start making more money ASAP, and also bonus points if I can land a job that doesn't make my back hurt and/or doesn't fuck up my sleeping schedule.


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Posted 11 September 2019 - 01:56 PM

The depression vibes have been hitting real hard lately. Dishes are piling up, I have to scour the pile of clothes on my floor to find something clean to wear, haven't made my bed for weeks, the usual stuff.

 

It's probably a couple things, mostly loneliness. I spent the last two months apart from my fiance with no visits because neither of us could get time off to visit the other, so that's been brutal. I finally managed to get a day off to go visit her, but it was literally only for part of a day, and instead of making me feel better it just kind of made me worse because it wasn't long enough to be a refreshing visit, you know? Now I miss her even more. Long-distance was hard in the beginning, but now that the wedding is getting closer, it's getting harder and harder to deal with.

 

I'm also stressed out about this major event I've got coming up this weekend and I feel like I'm way underprepared for because trying to find people to help out has been impossible and trying to do all the prep work alone is tough.

 

 

If I can survive this weekend, I think it'll be like topping the hill. After this, everything is just going to be back to my regular schedule which is generally really manageable. My lead pastor is also taking vacation after next week, so I'll be filling in a lot of areas for him there, and oddly enough being busier tends to help pull me out of my slumps.

 

When I have more work that needs doing, I'm usually able to rise to the occasion, and having someone else depending on me gives me the motivation to work harder.

 

 

 

TL;DR- Ya boi is kinda sad but I'm okay, just throwing out some reflection, helps me sort it in my head.


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 12:41 PM

Perfect time to harass your cat for attention whenever you're free lol. My cat is the sweetest and I love having her around. She sleeps with me like your cat, almost every night, she's right there with me. I've had her for like 10 and a half years now though, nothing new. But yeah, now's a good time to bother your cat XD That's good though that you'll be busy soon and hopefully thinking less about depressing stuff.

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 12:05 AM

So. Finding a good job with my degree is rough, especially since I don't want to go into the Entertainment industry, and my degree is in Entertainment Technology & Design. Even though I've only been out of school for like 4 months, I'm already realizing that I probably need to go back to school and get a better degree if I want any chance of, like, landing a good job. Capitalism sucks. Anyways, I was looking around at what degrees I could get easily from UNLV, with all the classes I've already taken and all of that. I ~MIGHT~ be able to get a BA in Computer Science pretty quickly. There are only 17 classes that I need to take in order to graduate, and 5 of those would be "Application Area" electives, which need to be 300+ level courses outside of the CS department and approved by your academic adviser. If I can get them to count 5 of the classes I've already taken for my literal engineering degree I already got from them to count as those 5 electives, then I could graduate in 4 semesters at 3 classes per semester. I couldn't do it any faster than 4 semesters, because of classes being pereqs for other classes, but that's fine. 3 classes at a time is a small enough load that I wouldn't have to, like, move back in with my parents or anything like that. I'm pretty sure I was doing like 6 or 7 classes every semester my last two years of school so 3 classes is nothing. I'm gonna talk to an academic adviser soon to make sure this is a viable plan and will actually be as fast as it sounds. 


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Posted 07 October 2019 - 01:46 PM

Best of luck man, sucks that you couldn't land something good with what you've got, but at least you seem to have a decent plan for moving forward.

 

 

 

I'm finally coming to the end of the busiest time I've ever had in my working life. I survived, but I'm gonna have to ask for some time off, I'm approaching burnout territory. The executive board here is pretty understanding and generous though, so I don't think it will be problem. I haven't taken any time off since I had to leave the province back in April, so I need a little break.

 

 

Wedding planning is going really well too. We've got all the major stuff nailed down, the venue, the photographer, the decorator, and the caterer are all booked and downpayments are paid. My fiance also has her dress picked out already, so we're doing pretty well considering it's still over 9 months until the wedding. The next step is nailing down a guest list and getting invitations out. It's starting to hit me how real this is now that it's all coming together.

 

 

I'm getting married guys holy shit


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 02:52 AM

Thanks man! I've found a few jobs that are actually somewhat relevant to my degree that I would be interested in, so I'm gonna apply for those after work tomorrow, but it's way past my bedtime and applying for jobs can make time just disappear.

 

Dude you made it through the busy part! It's all smooth sailing from here, yeah? Enjoy that time off, relax, you've earned it dude.

 

And congrats on the wedding dude! It sounds like you're ahead of schedule, so that's dope!!


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Posted 05 November 2019 - 02:54 PM

Finally found myself a car, after slightly over a year without one for stupid reasons that made it overly hard to get a replacement... 08 HHR with only 100k miles, single owner type car. Very pleased with it thus far.

 

This past Sunday, after attending my church for over 3 years, I finally took the step and became an actual member.

 

Roommates getting married in May, we move into his new house in Dec, and between now and May I need to find a new place to call my own.


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Posted 22 January 2020 - 10:56 PM

Just realized a TON of stuff has happened since the last time I posted in here. So, here we go:

 

1. I'm back in school for a computer science degree, yesterday was my first day of class. This semester is SUPER light, I'm just taking two classes through the community college (was supposed to be 3, but one got waitlisted) and I found out that all of the credits within my degree that the community college offers transfer over to the university, so I might end up taking a lot of my classes at the community college because it's cheaper, plus some of the teachers go back and forth between the community college and the university so in some cases it's quite literally the same class, just being taught at a different location. Anyways, this semester I'm taking a math class that's all based around logic, which is dope because I've already taken a couple of other classes that are all about logic and I'm pretty good at it. The professor seems really cool too, and a lot of her reviews are all students saying that it was their favorite class of their entire college career, so I'm expecting this to be really fun. My other class is Communications 101, which is intro to public speaking. I was able to dodge it in my last degree because I was given the option to take either public speaking or rhetoric, so I took the rhetoric class instead. Anyways, I'm doing this class online, and the teacher seems like he's trying to be a real hardass, which is annoying because nobody actually wants to take this class, you know? And because it's online, the way that I'll have to give all of my speeches is recording a video of me giving the speech to a group of 9 or more of my peers, which means I'll have to bug all of my irl friends to come together and sit and watch me give a speech 3 times this semester. But other than the speeches, I think I'll be able to get most (if not all) of the classwork done within the first few weeks, because it's all available online already so I've already started knocking things out. I don't technically have to do anything for the next 3 weeks in my communications class but I'm hoping to get through all of the quizzes by the end of february at the latest so that all I have to do is make the speeches.

 

2. The girl that my roommate was dating when we moved in together was crazy. I don't like calling girls crazy, especially within the context of talking about failed relationships, because I think it's really dismissive and often used to shift blame onto the girl by devaluing her, but in this case, yeah, she was fucking crazy. After she went back to Maine, she called him while we were hanging out and he answered it through his car's speakerphone and asked me to pretend I wasn't there, and she spent like an hour yelling at him about how she's been drinking and driving and fucking all these random dudes and it's all his fault and like gaslighting the shit out of him and being incredibly toxic and manipulative SO ANYWAYS they broke up at like the end of July (roughly?) and then within like a week he was dating this NEW girl, and the new girl was really cool but I felt bad because I assumed she was just gonna be a rebound, which would have really sucked, but then he started having her over like every day, and like they were literally always together in that really annoying way, and then they bought a dog without asking me, which fucking SUCKED, and I was honestly really pissed about literally all of the situation because a girl and a dog both moved into my house and I didn't really have a say in either of those two situations, which is some straight up bullshit, but I loved the dog and she was a cool roommate, other than the part where she moved in without me knowing about it. But like we finally talked about it once they bought the dog and she started pitching in for rent so like that was chill. And then a week ago, like RIGHT when I was starting to come around to the whole situation and accept it and be okay with all of it, my idiot roommate broke up with her!! For dumb reasons too!! He did it because he isn't over his other ex, the one who was super manipulative and crazy and moved back to Maine. And this more recent ex was so much better! Like she was one of the best people I've ever met!! And he's an idiot and broke up with her!! Which means that I now have to pay her cut of rent next month, which I wasn't planning on and I already spent the money, and also they're trying to keep split custody of the dog, so we'll have the dog on weekends and she'll have the dog on weekdays. The thing that bugs me personally about the dog situation is that that's just one more decision that was made without me that directly affects my living situation. I'm really fucking mad at my roommate. BUT!!! Now I finally get some alone time in the apartment, which hadn't happened in a HOT minute, because my roommate and I work opposite schedules and there are no dogs or girlfriends living in our apartment. For the past couple months I've been hiding out in my room a lot because I just wanted to be alone and if I came out into the living room I would have to take care of the dog, or share the space with my roommate's girlfriend who worked from home half the time which is total bullshit, or things like that. Now I finally feel like I have my apartment back, and that's a really nice feeling.

Also my roommate and I are thinking about moving into a house this summer once our lease is up. As long as he doesn't bring yet another girl to live with us while we're still in this apartment, I'm down.

 

3. My dad had some heart problems, which is more or less under control now, but it was really fucking scary when it was all going down. Throughout all of 2019 he had been experience some minor issues that were all symptoms of having blockages in his arteries, but none of it was very obvious because it was just things like shortness of breath, getting fatigued earlier, high blood pressure, etc. so it didn't seem like a big deal, because those things are also signs of aging. Then my mom's insurance changed, and so my parents found new doctors that were covered by both of their insurances (because they like to have the same doctor for everything). And so their new cardiologist took my dad off of the beta blockers he had been on, which caused all of the symptoms of his heart condition to get a lot worse, which was surprising because nobody knew he had a heart condition. So they ran some tests and stuff and found out he had a really crazy blockage and scheduled him for that operation where they shove a camera through your arteries and look around for blockages and then electrically destroy the blockages and then put stints in (I guess is how it works?), and my dad still didn't think it was a big deal and he wanted to cancel the procedure because he thought it was a waste of time, but my mom convinced him to go anyways. His procedure was on the monday before thanksgiving, and the doctor who performed the procedure said that the blockage was so bad that he probably would have been dead by wednesday if they hadn't gotten in there when they did.

My dad also has another blockage that they're going to have to do something about eventually, but the blockage itself is nowhere near as severe, and the location of the blockage would require them to have to travel through the stints he just had put in, which is a super risky procedure, so they're monitoring him every few weeks I guess to see how well his stints are healing vs how fast the other blockage is building, because they wanna give the stints as much time as possible to heal before going in there but also they don't wanna wait too long and have another massive blockage to deal with. But in an ideal situation, they want to wait a full 2 years before going back in to travel through the stints. And with the way my dad is taking care of himself now after all of this, he might be able to go that full 2 years before having to go back in, because he's taking care of himself really well. So that's good news.

 

4. I traveled to Portland back in October for a Pokemon TCG regional, and I still might have a shot at qualifying for Worlds - although it's going to be really tough. I was supposed to go to Dallas last weekend for another regional, but cancelled because I wanted to relax for my last few days off before I went back to school. I'm getting really good, though. If I don't get my invitation for Worlds this year, I'm definitely on track to get my invite next year. Objectively speaking, I think I might be the 4th or 5th best Pokemon TCG player in Vegas, although it's a bit hard to judge since skill is an abstract concept, and results can be skewed based on other factors, like matchups and luck variables. I recently won a local because I made the right meta call and played a weird deck that had good matchups against the two biggest decks at the tournament, even though every round I was sitting right next to somebody playing a deck that my deck literally could not beat (like a 10:90 matchup, maybe worse, I'm not even kidding), but I also got 5th at a tournament that I could have won a couple weeks ago because in the last round before top cut, I put one of the top local players into a situation where if he didn't top deck one very specific card, I won, but if he did top deck it he won, and somehow he was able to do it even though it was basically like a ~2-3% chance. So like, sometimes stuff happens. But my big point is, I feel like I've breached into a higher echelon in this game, where winning a local tournament is not at all outside of the realm of possibility for me. It's cool, because the next, like, level of gameplay is to consistently get results at regionals, and that's the level of gameplay that gets invited to world championships. And I really want to get a Worlds invite, I think that would make 8 year old Krevin so proud.


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