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No, I am not dead... [30 Jan 2009|10:54pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Though I'm sure the thought has crossed your mind.

Life is still going. Still working at SSI, though my position has changed, people have left, and I've made more friends. But the pay still leaves something to be desired.

So... I'm a self-proclaimed Twilighter. I love the series. I love Alice Cullen. And be jealous of me, cause I'm going to TwiCon 2009 this summer to meet 2500 other fans like me and several members of the cast! It's going to be superb! I can't wait!

Oh, and I couldn't think of a better person to go with me. She's pretty freakin' awesome and is probably more obsessed than I am. Especially for KStew.

Anyway, enough rambling. Maybe I'll post here more often. Maybe not.

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College Football and stuff... [16 Sep 2006|07:47pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

Yes, it's back. From the last week of August till the first week of January, College Football rules. And after the third Saturday, accurately labeled "Separation Saturday" from the high number of ranked teams playing each other... Auburn (#3) comes out on top over LSU (#7). WAR DAMN EAGLE!

AND... the icing on the cake... NOTRE DAME LOST! Finally the overrated Irish will take the fall and Auburn will take their rightful place as #2 in the nation. (I swear to God, if they place USC ahead of Auburn I'm going to strangle something!)

Ahem.. anyway.. college football aside (War Damn Eagle again), life looks pretty good. For the most part. The company bowling league is rolling along nicely. My team is #2 and this past week we beat the #1 team head-to-head 2/3 games. A good showing for us, but as far as the pin count goes, they're still ahead of us and therefore I believe they will retain the top spot. (And likely will keep it for the entire season. Bah!)

On to my reading material. I've been slacking. (Or rather, actually WORKING while at work. Crazy notion, that.) I'm still reading 'Rhapsody' but I'm nearing the end and I'm still enjoying the story, so it looks like I shall continue on with the rest of the series. (6 books, I think?) But first things first, I must finish this book!

Let's see, what else? Ah! Liz... What a wonderful girlfriend I have! She's with her friend Jasmine (who totally rocks) today, but shall be returning to me in approximately 3 hours time. I may be in bed by then since I have to be up at 4:30am to go to work, but at least she'll be home and I can relax. I always worry about her when she's off doing things, but she's a big girl so she can handle herself. (Big as in mature/capable, not fat. I did not say fat. Do not twist my words. LOL) But yes, I love her bunches and can't thank God enough for steering her into my life. (Not to mention helping me lasso her in and keeping her tied up.).......(Again, do not twist my words! Tied up as in keeping her in my life, not any bondage/fetish type of activity. Though maybe a little of that too..... )

AHEM! Well... I think that'll do for an update. I'll return in a few days/weeks/months time. ...... Now what did I do with that damn whip?

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End of the month update [31 Aug 2006|10:16pm]
[ mood | peaceful ]

Well now, it's been a while, eh? Aside from that little birthday post for Liz I might as well not have existed for the entire month of August. Perhaps I merely coexisted between this world and reality. Perhaps....

Anyway, I left off my last update mentioning my purchase of 'The Wayfarer Redemption' by Sara Douglass ('BattleAxe' for those outside the US and some other countries). Little did I know how well I would enjoy that book and the following.. uh.. 4 books. ('Enchanter', 'Starman', 'Pilgrim', 'Sinner') That's right, I've read 5 books since my last update. 5 awesome books! I've yet to buy the final book in the series ('Crusader') because it's not in paperback, but I know it's going to be as good or even better than the previous two. Fun stuff! I recommend this series to everyone who enjoys Fantasy as much as I do. (Again, outside the US this series is actually two trilogies, 'The BattleAxe Trilogy' and 'The Wayfarer Redemption') If you've read them or if you try it soon, please post your thoughts here!

Keeping to the subject of books, (I love 'em, yup yup!) I also bought a box set of Elizabeth Haydon's 'The Symphony of Ages' trilogy. ('Rhapsody', 'Prophecy', 'Destiny') I'm about half way through with 'Rhapsody' and I'm enjoying it so far. It's interesting and I love the tie in of music and magic. It's very humorous too! Again, if you've read it, let me know!

Ok, that's all for the books at this time. I'm sure I'll have read much more by my next rare update. So now on to more ... uh.. 'real' stuff.

Work is work. What else can I say? I'm lucky enough to get to read a lot in our down time, so that's probably the only plus for this job. Co-workers are great too, but can that keep you motivated to one job for an extended period of time? Hmmm...

Speaking of work, I have two jobs. My normal job working with The SSI Group and then my weekend/holiday job working for the convenient store that I worked at during high school. It's right here by the house and what else am I going to do between 5am and 1:30pm on Saturday and Sunday? Sleep? HA! I'd be doing yardwork if not doing this. (And yeah, I still do the yardwork. lol)

Anyway, on to relationship stuff. Liz rocks my world and I wouldn't have it any other way. She just had a birthday Monday, (Special 18th!) and although I couldn't be out there, she knows I wanted to with all my heart. I can't imagine my life without her and I love her so much. The past 2 1/2 years have been wonderful and our future looks bright and promising. Thank you so much, baby!

Well, let's end the update on that loving note. Go in peace and brighten the paths that others follow you on with your smile and gentle hand. Small gestures do not go unnoticed and a little love goes a long way.

TTFN my friends!

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Today's the day... [28 Aug 2006|06:52am]
[ mood | naughty ]

Happy Birthday, Liz!! I love you!

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Ugh, an update.... [22 Jul 2006|02:28pm]
[ mood | drained ]

So, I'm sitting here, tired from having been at work since 5am this morning, and Liz wants me to updated my LJ. I love you too, baby. lol

But yeah, not much to really update on. I've been working a lot. I have to save up enough money to take a trip to Cali, where I shall rejoice with a certain someone. *grins* So yes, lots of working going on. lol

Ah, yes, I did buy a new car. I got a sky blue pearl 2004 Toyota Camry XLE. It's nice. I likey. I just don't likey the money it costs me. (Though I do save on gas.) It's a lot more dependable than my previous car though. Hopefully it'll last me another 10 years. If not, at least until I pay it off. lol

Took a little trip down to Louisiana and stayed with my best friend, Michael. We didn't do much, but that's why I like going down there. We can just relax and play video games all weekend. (Halo party!) Speaking of which, I think I'm going back down there the first weekend in August. (More Halo!) It's the cheapest weekend getaway. All I pay for is the gas I need to drive there and back. It's so nice. Plus I get to spend time with my Goddaughter, Destiny. She's so cute! I'm sure she'll be walking before she's a year old. She started crawling at 7 months! Hehe, I'm proud.

Nothing too exciting going on at work. The Red Emperor (our nickname for our Director of EDI Services) just announced that she turned in her resignation and will be leaving August 9th. (There was much rejoicing!) Ok, we don't hate her. She's just....odd, at times. But she's going to teach Kindergardeners and First-graders. Hmmm.... ok. Other than that, it's the same old stuff, day in and day out. And when we finish this NPI project, it'll be even more boring. Yay for boring!

Ok, enough ramblings. (I bought a new book. 'The Wayfarer Redemption') I shall go and... do.... something. Bye!

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A little rambling... [18 Jun 2006|08:40pm]
[ mood | tired ]

About time I updated this thing. Though I don't think it'll be much of an update.

My baby's been gone for a week now and I really miss her. She did finally get a cell phone though, so at least we've been able to talk every day while she's been gone. That's the only thing that's kept me from losing it this week. It's always so good to hear her voice and tell her I love her.

But enough of the lovey-dovey stuff. I'm tired. Didn't really do anything today but look for a new car, but I haven't slept very well in a long time now. I'm beginning to think I have some sort of sleeping disorder. Or else I'm more tense and stressed out than I think. Either way, I just want to sleep normally again. No tossing and turning and waking up a hundred times with wierd dreams. Ugh. Help. lol

Anyway, at least work is going good. My boss has been out for over a week now with bronchitis. I think he'll be back tomorrow though. I feel bad for him. He was really sick and when he gets back he's going to be trying to catch up for two weeks or more. Poor guy. But I believe my 90 day probationary period was up yesterday, so if they don't fire me tomorrow, I should be set until I'm ready to find a better job. We'll see.

Well I wanted to keep this short, so I'll stop here. I'll try to update again in the next few days.


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Addressing An Issue [28 May 2006|01:44pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

For those of you unfamiliar with me and/or the love of my life, this may not make too much sense. But for starters, you can check out this entry of hers that relates to what will follow here.


Now, I shall begin by addressing the issues brought out in her journal. For one, I am 100% behind her in whatever she decides to do. She has her priorities straight, as I see it, and whomever thinks otherwise needs to consult with Dr. Phil.

Primarily the issue here resides in her pursuit of education. I won't deny that I'd be ecstatic if she finished up her schooling now and moved here. But then again, I wouldn't really be happy either, knowing what she'd be giving up. Education, in my opinion, is the most valuable part of our lives. For her to want to increase the value of that in her own life is definitely an A+ for us both. I NEED someone who has as much intelligence as I do, or more. She's already well on her way and I won't do anything to dissuade her.

Believe me when I say that we want to be together as soon as possible. When the time comes, I doubt there will be much delay in making that happen. But neither are we trying to rush it. I'll admit that it bothers me to think I won't even have a shot at being married until my late 20s, but as long as things are working out between us, I'll be happy to have her even if I was turning 40.

With the divorce rate as high as it is already, I don't want to contribute to it. If it takes us 6 more years to decide to marry, then so be it. At least then we'll be comfortably secure in each other to know it will last. I'm all for that. In the meantime, she's got her life to see to, and I've got mine. Let us see to it.

Enough of that for now. Just know that what we do is what's best for us.

Now I'll tell you what I've been up. My good friend Travis got married yesterday, so me and the rest of our group went to Dothan on Thursday night (a few of us on Friday morning) to prepare and, of course, celebrate. His gift to all the groom's men was tickets to see X3. We were all pumped for that on Friday night. And it was sweeeeeet!

But anyway, we had a real good time. It was great to have the whole gang together for such a big occasion. The wedding was absolutely awesome. And the church... wow. It was so much more than a church. lol

Not sure when I'll get pics from the wedding, but I'll be sure to post one or two here when I get them. =D

Ok, I'm done for now. My baby just got back and I've lost my train of thought. lol TTFN!

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A Quickie.. [09 May 2006|10:38pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Ok, so not much to say today. I just wanted to post something since I haven't in a little while. I guess some people would like to see more posts more often. Hehe

Well, work is coming along fine. Still a good bit of down time which is extremely boring, but when there's stuff to do, I enjoy it. I've even asked to be assigned to any new line of business that comes in for Catholic Health West (CHW). I've done a lot with them lately and I think they rather like me as their programmer. lol

Anyway, I think I'm going to give up on 'The Sword of Shannara' for now. It just really hasn't grabbed me and I've lost interest. So instead, I shall embark on re-reading 'The Wheel of Time' until 'A Feast of Crows' comes out in paperback. Then I'll pause long enough to digest that. Good stuff!

On a crappier note, I just spent $650 on fixing the A/C in my car. And since my car is really only worth about $1500 now, I've been seriously looking to get a newer car. I'm kinda liking the Ford Escape, Mitsubishi Outlander, Chevy Monte Carlo, and a few others. Those three I've checked out tonight. (All model years of '03 or newer) Wish me luck in finding something sharp, well-equipped, and affordable!

In closing, I've gotta say I love my girlfriend. She's extremely supportive, caring, loving, and an all-around beautiful woman. (Maybe I should post a pic.... hmm... ) I don't know what she sees in me, but I hope it's something good enough to keep her around for many, many years to come. (Not to mention giving me a kid or two in the future, hehe!)

Anyway, be safe and be courteous! You share this world with millions of other people. Your petty matters are not THAT important to be rude or reckless. Just my little random advice/good sense. Good night!

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Morning thoughts... [29 Apr 2006|09:05am]
[ mood | grateful ]

Ok, so lately there has been a lot of talking about which of us is going to move. For those of you who don't know, I'm in Alabama, my baby is in California. Not exactly a relocation either of us would care for.

So let me try to reason it out a little. As far as financially, I could never make that move and expect to lead a comfortable life. Not at this point in my life/career. I'm making $30k a year here and it's no problem at all. Take that income out west, and I'll be lucky to pay rent for a few months before I'm broke and stuck. Now for her, the only concern is really tuition. That could be remedied if she was willing to wait a year, but would she be willing? But whatever income she made here could easily balance out the bills which I can already cover, so it'd be easier on us.

But let's look at the emotional ties to this dilemma. I don't have any, should I be the one to move. I'd be going out of reach of my best friends and the immediate family I care to spend any time with, but nothing more. Though if you look at her side, she's leaving everything she's ever known. Family, friends.. her whole world. Those parts of her life have been solid since she was born, where as mine have not. So in short, the move would be simpler for me.

So you see the struggle, yes? Money isn't everything, I know. But it's a lot more important in Cali than Bama. Family and friends are worth their weight in gold, but can that alone substain you? This has been a very sore discussion for me, because honestly, I've refused to relent. I don't want to move to Cali, nor do I have the means to do so should I change my mind. And I know she's said she'd move to where ever I am, so that really makes me feel like shit. Trust me people, long distance relationships are more than you initially bargain for. lol

Ok, since that's off my chest, I have to say that I love her so much. I may not show it well at times, I may be a pain in the ass, and I may find it hard to express myself with her, but she's more than I could ever have hoped for. So why in the world does she have to be 2000 miles away? (That's about 25 hours of driving folks, not to mention stopping for gas, eating, sleeping, etc)

Anyway, I'm waiting around for this girl to wake up. She loves to sleep in and keep me waiting all day. *grins* At least she does come around eventually. Otherwise I'd be a lonely soul.

Ok, enough for now. See ya!

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A little bit of this and a little bit of that.. [26 Apr 2006|06:43pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Okie, so, round two. Had a pretty steady day at work today. Definitely better than sitting around staring at my cubicle all day. But maybe if I decorate my cubicle all cool it'll be alright to sit and stare at it. Hmmmm, I shall have to investigate this idea more...

Now, tonight is the results night for American Idol. Don't know how many of you keep up with it, but I've started to over the last 4-5 weeks. And I've just got to say, I really hate Kelly. Someone that stupid should have been voted off weeks ago. Even when she did absolutely horrible last week, she was still in the top three. It really blows my mind. But she did bad again yesterday, so her ass better be high-tailing it back to where she came from.

That being said, I love Katherine. Out of the bunch, I believe she's got the best voice, look, and appeal. Not that my opinion matters as much as the millions of others who watch the show and vote, but that's what I believe. And Chris is really good too. One of those two should really be the next Idol winner. Maybe Elliot... but that's pushing it. Anyway, we shall see the outcome in about an hour and a half.

Continuing on... it's definitely the season to be getting married. I've got so many weddings to go to it's nuts. Thank God I'm only participating in one though, or that would really suck. It's bad enough I can't steal away my baby and get hitched in Vegas or something. Although that is a tempting idea....

Well, I believe that's it for now. I have to go look up plane tickets to Vegas... Byez!

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This and that... [23 Apr 2006|08:20pm]
[ mood | crazy ]

Ah yes, time to endulge myself...

As this is my first (ok, technically second) entry, I'd like to start by giving out a little info about who I am, what I like, etc.

My name is Tony, and I'm an alcoholic. No, really, I am. Dammit, couldn't fool you, hm? Oh well. I am a fantasy buff though, which will become apparent the more you check in on my journal. If you ever want to discuss fantasy novels, just let me know. Anyway, I graduated from Auburn University this past December with a BS degree in Computer Science, and I currently have a job with The SSI Group based in Mobile, Alabama. The job is easy enough (quite boring at times) but I have a great group to work with (And goof off with) and my boss is really cool.

Aside from that, I'm not much more complex. I collect comics, play video games, and read. I read a lot. Seriously. I'm not kidding. Currently I'm reading 'The Sword of Shannara' which, I must admit, is somewhat of a let down so far. The PoV is extremely jumpy and much more third person than I'm accustomed to. And the plot, as it stands now, is really 'Lord of the Rings'-ish. Minus the ring, add a sword. But it's still quite early, and I've heard plenty of positive comments on it, so I won't give up hope. Yet.

Anyway, got off track a bit there. Now back to me. One thing I must mention is that the biggest part of my life, much bigger than the reading I assure you, is my girlfriend. She's the best thing since Vanilla Ice melted. I love her more than I love myself, and that's saying a lot. Check out my pic/avatar and you'll understand. It's hard to be so sexy...

Ok, ok, enough about me. I think you have an idea about what I'm like now. (Good or bad) But if you find yourself pondering some facet of me, unsure of what it is that draws you in, feel free to ask. I'm very open, so don't be shy!

Now, for those of you who do know me, shush... Do not give away my insanity just yet. I want these unsuspecting souls to .... well, we'll talk later....

Now post some comments, leave some phone numbers (girls only, please), and let the games begin!

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My first entry... a test of sorts.. [23 Apr 2006|05:30pm]
Yeah, so I've browsed through a few members journals and finally decided I would create an account here myself. So.. here I am! *waits for cheers*

*still waiting on those cheers*

Bah.. anyway, I've had a blog going on Yahoo! 360, but none of my friends are very good about updating it anymore, so I'm moving on to other sources. Perhaps here I can entertain the random guest, delight a few friends, entice a lady or three, and most likely just get labeled a loser. As long as I can make somebody somewhere smile, I'm doing good!

Enough for now. I'm going to customize a little more then find out what other mischief I can manage. TTFN!
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