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Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
6:43 pm
I'm posting here because I'm starting to post in communities more often, and I'm "embarrassed" that my journal looks the way it does. I logged in today to try and fix it, and realized that the problem is, since my paid account expired (who knows how long ago) I've changed ummmm....servers? (I'm techie, but not that techie) and now all of my web "stuff" is hosted somewhere else. Hence all the broken links and no background.

Anyhoo...if you wander to this page because you were bored and clicked on my head in a community, and you are actually interested in reading some sort of blog - I keep a semi-updated version on MySpace.

You'll notice that the URL has underscores on either side of nalakat - MySpace is one of the few places in the online world where someone beat me to it! >:o

So yeah - here is my official apology for the state of this site...because I know you care :-p Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005
12:02 am
I heard somewhere - probably some really reliable source, like the "news", that adults have trouble remembering when things happened not because they're older and have so much history behind them, but because they can't separate one day from the next - because so many adults have very routine lives.

The solution "they" say - is to jot down something every day that makes that day stand out. Anything from "I ran into Shaye on my lunch break" to "I saw lots of police cars on the road today" (and yes, both of things happened today. They don't have to be MAJOR things!)

So....I probably won't be very good at that - plus I risk loosing like all three people on my friends list if I started rambling nonsense EVERY day....but a little now and then can't hurt.

Today on my lunch break, in addition to running into Shaye - I realized that I didn't have a second day off scheduled this week. I had THOUGHT that I had Thursday off, but since it's customer rewards night - I'm not only working....but I'm working a split shift. So I left work after my lunch/chat with Shaye. Which, I called my parents - all excited about leaving work "early" .....early being....3:45...which is 7 hours and 45 minutes since I come in at 7. Since I usually leave at 6 or 7 at night though - it felt extremely early.

I took advantage of all this "extra time" and dropped off dry cleaning, which I've been meaning to do for a week (the clothes have been in my car that long). It's just so hard to get there before they close! ( dry cleaner closes at 7PM) Then I slept until I had to be at the gym. I'm really upset about my dance instructor at the gym being more or less fired....but that's a story for a different day.

How is my winter plan going you ask? Not good....
I've been semi successful at taking water to work, it happens about 1/3 of the time. The taking food or going home for lunch is not going well. I came home a couple of times, which I really like doing, but then I lose my parking spot! I already park on level "K"....coming back and having to park on level "M" was not happy. I'm just really not capable of getting ready the night before...but I'm working on it.

It's December, and that means your wait for the newest line of home videos by Zachary Maxwell Productions is almost over.....

Videos will be uploaded at 6PM EST - please join in on the fun :-)

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Monday, November 7th, 2005
1:39 am - Survival this winter
So I've decided that the goals this winter are to "make lots of money" and "stay fit"

I have also pinpointed what will help me acheive these goals:
*Drinking lots of water (meaning I NEED to take a water bottle to work every day - and actually fill it)
*Getting lots of sleep
*Taking my work out stuff with me to work in case I need to work late and need to go straight to the gym (meaning I need to have portable food that will fuel a work out in a pinch)
*I NEED to either make my lunch or come home for lunch
*I need to plan the night before to make sure everything is ready to go for the next day

[Side Note: During the Anniversary Sale I didn't go the gym at all. I almost thought that would happen during the holidays, but I decided a couple of weeks ago that I need to keep my appointments at the gym to insure that I LEAVE work by 6 at night at least a couple of days a week. (You would THINK that it wouldn't be that difficult...considering that by Thanksgiving I'll be going in to work by 6:30AM.)]

This will all start on Tuesday.....because it's almost 2AM, and I have so many errands to run during lunch tomorrow that I won't be able to come home, and I won't have enough time in the morning to make lunch.
Right now I need to make many, many lists, to make sure that I'll be ready come Tuesday. Between now and the new year every day will be carefully outlined ;-)

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Monday, October 24th, 2005
9:44 pm - Zachary Maxwell
Ok - so you need to click here to see 2 year old Zachary's message to the president.

and if you have time - visit the video page of his website (Zachary's...not the president) and view "The Passion of the Pacifier"

This is the son of some friends of mine in New York.

Cheers! and happy viewing.

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Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
8:47 pm - Internet!
Without going in to a ton of details - let's just say that we are FINALLY correctly connected to our internet. Wireless router and everything - no more crappy connection! I can be in my room with no fear of dropping the signal.
Sweet, sweet internet!

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Sunday, October 9th, 2005
1:58 am
Red Dress Party!

Tonight was the red dress party. All that rehearsal paid off. I don't have any pictures of our dance routine, but here's some general shots.

Pictures from the event hereCollapse )

current mood: tired

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Monday, September 12th, 2005
12:05 am - There's Nothing In My Car!!
I'm guessing whoever broke into my car on Friday was pissed that there was absolutely nothing to steal.

I did like how they opened the glove compartment
[ empty sunglass case and an owners manual for the car!]

but didn't bother to take the 40 cents in the ash tray

Oh, and why didn't they want to steal the tape deck?

I'm sure they were upset there was no inside trunk release, which would have revealed....Diet Coke and jumper cables.

So many nicer cars park in that garage, and while I understand the appeal of breaking into a car on the 10th floor (as there are fewer people up there) it seems silly to do that in a garage with no elevator...makes the get away a little harder.

I just really don't know what the appeal was. :-( It's a 1991 Corolla!!

On the upside, when I had my window replaced they vacuumed up all of the glass on the inside of my car(which made me very happy - now I'm REALLY glad I made no effort to clean up any of the glass myself)
AND they reattached my inside door handle on the drivers side....which was already half way off and threatening to become like the passanger side door...which had no handle at all.

*Sigh* I'm really nervous about parking in the garage again...but....I'd like to hope that lightning won't strike twice in the same place?

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Sunday, August 28th, 2005
12:05 am - Jessica
Last night I had a dream that included my friend from high school, Jessica, who was murdered last month. Actually today (in my mind it's still the 26th since I haven't gone to sleep yet) was exactly 1 month since her obituary ran in the paper.

In the dream we [group of friends from high school] were all over at someones house - making/eating dinner and I guess just hanging out for the night. The weird thing was - in the dream it was AFTER she was a haunting type situation I guess - but not really a ghost. It was like this unspoken thing no one really wanted to bring up.

It was nice though because I got to see her the way I remembered her (not in the horrible way they showed her on the news). Healthy, happy, laughing, and at one point in the dream I gave her a huge hug and told her how glad I was to see her.

Covered by Fox news :-/

One of the articles from the Portland newspaper

Jessica's obituary and online guest book

How I remember Jessica

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Saturday, August 20th, 2005
10:22 pm - Inventory
Work has been crazy. Half Yearly into Anniversary into Inventory. It's only 10:30 and I feel like it's 2 in the morning. The next two days are inventory and then the madness will be over. Then my boss goes on vacation - and I'll have TWO (count 'em - TWO!!!) stock guys to help me until the end of the month. We'll get so much done.....and everything will be so clean...

I was worried because other people were pointing out that I seemed "different". Really quiet...not myself. It's because I handle most stress inwardly. I vent to some people, but overall I just become really quiet.

I can tell I'm stressed because I loose my train of thought constantly and sometimes I even become clumsier than normal [for me].

I was also really upset and annoyed with some people. Which is weird for me because I'm usually so passive. That's because I usually don't like to waste energy being upset with people - (Inspired in part by the Brian Andreas "story": I once had a garden filled with flowers that grew only on dark thoughts but they need constant attention & one day I decided I had better things to do.)

But recently I got annoyed because....That's not fair! It's not fair if I don't get annoyed and upset with people when they piss me off! Ok, I know it doesn't make much sense when I type it out, but I swear it makes sense in my head. Anyway...that's almost all taken care of anyway....whatever :-p

Maybe I just need some vacation. I just need to figure out when's the best time to take it. It seems harder to plan vacation time when you don't actually have anywhere you're going.

current mood: tired

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Sunday, February 20th, 2005
7:12 pm
Fine - are you happy? I went to the gym :-p ....and I promise I will try to keep going
Also - since I posted last, I've become semi obsessed with Law & Order SVU. Lucky for me it's on EVERY single day on TNT and USA....and seasons 1 and 5 are out on DVD (not seasons 2, 3, and 4 though....weird)
Other than that - I've been working a LOT.
I'm trying to leave on time
That's one of my February focuses (foci?)
February's a good month to leave on time anyway, because it's slow(er)
My manager's gone for the week - so I'm "in charge" - yikes! :-)
I hope it all ends well.
We're completely redoing our back room and reorganizing everything, so hopefully - by the time my manger comes back it will be all pretty :-)

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Monday, January 31st, 2005
2:25 am
That's right vacation.
I'm not working for 9 whole days....and they'll still pay me! A concept I haven't completely wrapped my head around yet - what a wonderful system

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Sunday, January 2nd, 2005
12:02 pm
I'm taking Lucy into today to get her fixed - since she's been sick since March. I backed up all the files on New Year's Eve. This means I'll be without my computer for a couple of weeks :-( so I'm getting my last little fix before I head over to CompUSA.
*I'll miss you Lucy!*

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Friday, December 31st, 2004
10:40 pm - Happy New Year?
Another New Years Eve....

I've spent it as I imagined.
It was the first real day off I've had since Christmas (even though I called in sick a few days ago) so I went and got my Day Off Bagel, which was excellent and have filled the rest of my day with cleaning and watching VH1's countdown of the top 100 One Hit Wonders - very interesting 5 hour show; however, I did stop watching as we hit the last hour, so I did not see the top 20.
At ten I cracked open the mini bottle of champagne that I bought in celebration of my promotion and never drank. Unfortunately, it's not that good - fruity, and not as dry as I like.

Since then I've been slowly making progress in my room, but I'm at that horrible point in cleaning where the next task is not obvious. Any move from this point on is an endeavor. Every other minute I'm struck with the "i should sort through everything and get rid of lots of stuff!" and then the next minute I remember that I'm getting over being sick - and then I feel really tired.

Work tomorrow...bright and early. (Holiday Pay!) Actually I don't need to go in until 8:30 or so, but I want to go in early enough to guarantee free street parking :-) I NEED to sell tomorrow - I was hit with days of 600 and 800 dollar returns while I was sick :-[ and couldn't do anything to fight back.

Great - now my "sparkling wine" is starting to go flat :-p

I'm not the biggest fan of the New Year's "holiday" as most of my friends know.

Any resolutions? I have monthly focuses. January includes the superficial tanning and nails focus, as well as the practical car and health insurance focus. February is the official "Clean Sweep" focus - as that's when I'm going to try and take a week off to go through all my stuff at my parents house.

(See, I just got motivated to go through all my stuff here again....and now it's gone)

Happy New Year to all - I hope 2005 treats us all well.

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
9:57 pm - Downtown!
I'm staying downtown! I took the assistant manager position for my department. I didn't decide until 3:30 on Monday, but when I figured it out it was like I just knew it was the right decision.

SO happy - but wow it's going to take some getting used to.
Being at work at 7 every morning is going to be tough....and I always feel like I should be in the middle of some big project. Then at 5 today it felt weird just "ok - done for the day" The day goes by really fast though which is great.

This is going to change Thanksgiving plans now that I'm not off the Wednesday before - but I should be able to drive home that night without having any trouble with traffic. Hmmm...actually - now that I look again - the day AFTER thanksgiving I need to be at work at 6 - so maybe I can't drive home.

And I was looking over the December schedule and there's no way I can go home for Christmas. December 20th through the 23rd I'll be working 6 to 6....and then on the 24th we have set up for Men's Half Yearly, so I'm scheduled from 6AM to 8PM (and 8 is optimistic because the store closes at 6 - that gives us only 2 hours) Even if I take a huge break in the middle of the day - there's no way I'll be awake enough to drive home that night. On the day after Christmas I don't work until 10 - but that will be at least a 12 hour day - so I REALLY don't think that 6 hours of driving would be a good thing to add to that mix.

So - my mom said that maybe they'll try to come and spend Christmas up here. We'll see what happens.

I hope I can get into the swing of things in this new position before the holidays get into full swing. (In other words - I better know what's going on by the time we get to that week before Christmas.)

Ok - sad - I'm SOOOOO tired. Off to sleep for me!

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Monday, November 15th, 2004
1:40 am - Who would have thought....
I was offered the assistant manager position for the women's department I applied for...


I had to decline

Because at the same time -

My current assistant manager was offered and took the management job for our same department at the Bellevue store....and the current assistant manager for the department at the Bellevue store is leaving.

Leaving my department's assistant position open - which my current manager offered to me

And the Bellevue assistant position is open - which my old assistant manager (now the Bellevue department manager) offered to me as well.

And I was basically told by upper management - that I have my pick of which job I want.

Which is so great - honestly - it's great to be loved, but it's also an extremely difficult decision, so it's been an emotional and stressful 3 days of meeting and talking with different people trying to make this decision.

All good thoughts appreciated.

I have to decide today.

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Sunday, November 7th, 2004
3:11 am - Student Loans
I'm trying to figure out how to consolidate my student who to go through to do it.
My grace period is up next month, so I need to figure this out ASAP.

It's making my head hurt - so I think I'll just go to sleep.

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Friday, November 5th, 2004
8:37 pm - Day off wandering
I had yesterday andy today off, and what a lazy couple of days they have been.
Yesterday I got up.....and then after a few hours I went back to sleep - until I almost 5:30PM.
Then it was an eventful evening of sorting papers from my desk (the scary box of papers from the desk in my old apt) and watching the last three episodes from season one of the OC, in preparation for the premiere :-p

Then today I wandered around downtown - because even though I work there every day, I don't get to do a lot of wandering - so I explored some boutique-like stores down on 1st Avenue and roamed some antique stores. Oh, and I got my day off bagels today. I have almost completely made the switch from the U Village Noah's Bagels to the one in Queen Anne - it's SO much closer....

I didn't even buy anything - which is a combination of knowing that I really don't NEED anything right now and....that I really SHOULDN'T buy anything because I have no money and lots of debt. I did however buy some jewelry from my friend Dionne. She set some stuff aside for me on the first day of the sale that she thought I'd like....and she was right - what a good little salesperson :-)

I also called the manager I interviewed with - she had left me a message in my department to call her. She just wanted to let me know that she has one more person to interview on Monday and that she'll let me know one way or the other on Tuesday....she also said that I'm her top candidate - I don't think you tell people that unless you're planning to hire them. :-) *fingers crossed* As much as I love the department I'm in - I can tell I really need to get out. I also ran into my old internship director while I was in the store - who said that they would be stupid not to hire me for this job. (Nothing like having people's support) ;-)

Now I'm home and I'm exhausted. There's stuff I really want to get done. Like finish unpacking that last damn box! I know there's not much in it, but it's mostly random stuff that I have no idea where it's going. :-( Plus...the box has become a great little desk for my a little computer island between my desk and my bed. Unfortunately - it doesn't really "go" with the look of the room. I still can't decide if I'm going to get up and work on stuff....or if I'm just going to crash. I'm sad that a day of wandering has left me with so little energy :-(

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
12:37 am - It's COLD
It is COLD in my apartment....,my bed is freezing. I'm trying to conserve heat bny not having it on very much, but clearly I should have turned it up a little earlier today.

Interesting thought - you don't really think about how election night would affect people shopping...but it really does. There was NO one shopping tonight...or barely at all during the day either.

Work was good though, and it's good that it was kind of slow for Lindsey's first day. I also spent some of the day and lunch chatting with my assistant manager, and caught up with my old manager too - so the day itself was really nice.

I'm also going to blame the election for the messy state of room. We were FORCED to be in the living room to watch the CNN coverage - so no room cleaning was accomplished :-(

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Monday, November 1st, 2004
12:14 am - Thems are the brakes
Yesterday on the way to work my bus pulled over and the driver had us all get out.
The brakes were shot, so he wasn't going to go any further.
(Come to think of it I had noticed a burning smell when I got on the bus....and I did wonder for a second why the bus stopped so far PAST my actual bus stop when it picked me up)

So I walked the rest of the way to work. Luckily it was BEAUTIFUL outside. It's actually not a bad walk, and in the future I might actually plan on getting to work that way (half bus/half walk).

Of course it's been a million years since I updated, so here's the short version.

The new apartment is wonderful, and I have all of my furniture (AND lighting) for my room so I feel like I am furnished and not living in a cave, which is great. The desk is the main thing I have left to tackle in my room...there's a very scary box of random papers I need to sort through, and there is ONE box left that is not fully unpacked. I feel like every time I start in on cleaning my room, I get rid of stuff - which is good.

My computer has yet to be fixed. She's still shutting off randomly (though not as much as she used to.) It's just a matter of me having the time to go through and back up all of my files because they will pretty much wipe everything out and start over when I send her in to be worked on.....and it will take at least two weeks! Two weeks w/o my laptop. I think I'm slowly approaching the point where that will be ok.

I have a million financial things to figure out, like how to pay back my student loans. Not "how will I come up with the money?" but the physical act of paying - "How do I figure out how much to send/how often/where do I send it?" I thought I would have health insurance starting this month, but that was a misunderstanding, so I actually won't have health insurance until February - which is just dandy. Any day now I will need find another form of auto insurance, because I'm pretty sure that I will be kicked off the family one at the next billing cycle - once the insurance people realize I'm no longer in school....and when I look for car insurance, I should also look for renter's insurance. Then I need to skip on over to human resources and up my 401K deferral.

Speaking of money - I'm waiting to hear back on a promotion. It's actually the 3rd assistant management position I've applied for, and I'm really hoping that the 3rd time's a charm. If it doesn't work out then it wasn't meant to be......but if it DOES work out that means a salaried position for Katrina...AND...

a bigger discount :-)

And to wrap it I stare at my room - in shambles before me - I can still feel a sense of accomplishment because I voted tonight. My ballot's all ready to go, and I will be mailing it off before I go to work....along with the electricity bill and dropping off the rent.

Those are the ramblings for the evening. I'd love to pretend to be productive this evening but I'm completely exhausted (oh yeah, I only had about 4 hours of sleep last night). Maybe for a change of pace, I'll try to be productive in the morning.

Oh, we have someone new starting at work, so she'll be shadowing me today and I have teach her the ways of the furnishings world. I hope it goes well - here's a true test of my teaching/mentoring abilities. I've already worked with her a little bit and she's really great. I've never had someone shadow me on the job before though, and am a little worried about having a good balance of me actually getting my job done and being able to teach her stuff too.

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Friday, September 17th, 2004
10:54 pm - Happy New Store!
Hello hello!
Jill and I have moved to Queen Anne and are loving our FABULOUS apartment with a washer and dryer IN the apartment...yeah that's right! And when all the leaves fall off the trees....we'll be able to see the lake. :-)

The living room and kitchen are fantastic and almost completely done.
Jill has her room almost done...and mine is in shambles :-p

I don't have a dresser I have like...stacks of things.

I was FINALLY able to find decent bedding for my sad little twin bed.

Today we went to Larry's market...and let me tell you.

THEY HAVE MY SOUP!!! My Campbell's Noodle Soup that I usually can't find ANYWHERE!!!!

AND they have plain vanilla pudding.

It was exciting. :-)

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