December 2008

Christmas 2008

This Christmas was a pleasant and rather quiet one. We did the usual Christmas morning thing. Mom and Dad bought me a new Dremel. This afternoon, we had a nice meal with ham, turkey, sweet potato casserole and oyster dressing among other things. We didn’t go to Aunt Dionne’s house in the evening like we have in years past so the evening was uneventful.

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Christmas Eve

The better part of this Christmas Eve morning was spent with various cleaning up around the house. This evening, Dad cooked a nice dinner and we had guests, Aunt Lauren and Arien, who are in town for the week from St. Petersburg. We had a lovely dinner with jambalaya and sweet potato casserole. Aunt Lauren gave us each a thumb drive with a few hundred old family photos that she scanned, which was a very nice gift as putting it together would have been rather time consuming. The family spent some time looking at them after dinner.Later this evening, I watched Night at the Museum while I caught up on my log entries.

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Half Work Day

Dad and I went to the office this morning but we weren’t there all that long. After a little while we drove out to the Metairie office to get payroll. While in the neighborhood we went to the mall. I ordered Mom and Dad’s gift for in-store pickup at Sears. When I got there I had to wait in line a while only to find they didn’t have the item I ordered so I had to go upstairs to electronics to process a return for something I never received. We got something to eat in the food court before heading back to the office.We were only at the mid city office for a little while before leaving. On the way home, we stopped at the west bank office to give Annisha her pay check and stopped by the bank. Later that evening I watched Tsotsi.

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Yes Man

We opened the mid city office to patients this morning as we have a shortened week with the Christmas holiday. Things were quiet around the office but we did see a few patients.After work, I went to Wal-Mart with Mom to do a little shopping. I wanted to get something for my parents but they were out of stock of the item I wanted. I did pick something out for my Dad’s sister’s family though.Later this evening, I went to the movies with Jeff. We saw the 9:50 showing of Yes Man, and entertaining if forgettable Jim Carrey comedy.

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Gov’t Majik

I was at home for the better part of the weekend. I got my room clean, watched TV and so forth. On Sunday night I met Andrey, Patrick and David at the Hookah Cafe on Frenchman Street. It took over an hour to get a cab on the west bank but I wasn’t terribly late. Gov’t Majik had been playing for about 15 minutes when I arrived. I’ve heard them play at least once at the Hookah Cafe. I couldn’t characterize their music but they call themselves an “Afro-beat arkestra.” We were there for a couple hours and left at around midnight.

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Take 2

With the semester break underway, I’ve had a lot more free time to spend. In addition to my usual wasting time on the Internet, I’ve also been playing Fallout 3, which frankly feels too much like work. That may only be the case because my computer isn’t quite fast enough to handle the game properly.For the last couple days, I’ve been working on a revision to my website. I wasn’t especially happy with the redesign I did back in August and decided to take another crack at it over the Christmas break. I’m pretty happy with the end result although I don’t expect the new color scheme to be any more widely liked than the last one.

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School’s Out

With final exams and projects looming and my procrastination, I was preoccupied this past week with school work. Over the last weekend I spent my time with a large project for advertising class. After Monday’s LA politics exam which I think I did well on, I turned my efforts to the research paper assigned for that class. I took the better part of Wednesday off to finish it. My advertising exam on Tuesday was a simple affair.On Wednesday, I took the exam for finance class. I thought I did reasonably well and was the first to finish after about an hour. There was no exam for online journalism class but I did have a final assignment due Thursday evening, most of which I did that afternoon. With school done, I’ll have some time to catch up on some things I’ve been putting off like an update to the website.

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Thanksgiving Break

Regrettably, I’ve let another couple weeks go by without a log entry, skipping Thanksgiving and some of the lead out of the Fall semester. Jeff was in town for Thanksgiving and we had a nice meal at home. Later that evening we went over Aunt Doris’s house to visit some family.This past weekend I got out of the house on Saturday to go to dinner and a movie with Andrey, Patrick and David. Dad gave me a ride to David’s house and we drove out to Metairie and met up with Andrey and Patrick. It took a bit longer than it should have but we decided on the Sake Cafe on Veterans Blvd. I can’t remember the name of the dish I had but it was decent. I also had some sushi, something I enjoy but have only had a few times. It’s not the sort of food I would want to get from just anywhere.After dinner we went out to the Palace Theater in Elmwood to see Transporter 3, which quite frankly was pretty bad.I had work and class last Monday and Tuesday which was rather uneventful. This week was the first time in a while that I’ve been at the office at closing time on a Wednesday. Wednesday’s class went long as there was a lengthy review for the exam.Thursday’s final journalism class was about ethics. There was a small camera crew set up in the back of the classroom shooting footage for an upcoming school commercial. We received our final assignment, 850 words reviewing one of four online news websites.After class I went to McAlister Auditorium where Tulane’s orchestra and concert band performed this evening. I had my camera with me and shot some pictures with limited success. Performances included a rendition of “Peter and the Wolf” by the woodwind quintet and works by Bizet, Holst, Schubert, Sibelius and Saint Saens.There was a light crowd for the final session of ballroom dancing later that night. I couldn’t call the second hand of the semester a successful learning experience as I was still having trouble with the steps at the end. It continues to be an enjoyable diversion, however.This past weekend, I spent time working on a final project for advertizing class which required me to create a marketing plan for reusable cloth diapers. It wasn’t until late Sunday night when I remembered the project due Monday was for Louisiana politics class and I hadn’t started on that yet.I wasn’t at work this afternoon all that long. We were late arriving and I took the 3:40 shuttle to campus so I could go to the library to get a book or two for the Louisiana politics paper I need to write.The exam this evening was a short and simple affair. One student brought jambalaya as part of a special project. The professor was very understanding about the paper so I have a couple days to finish it.

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