With yesterday’s partially unmitigated disasters still around to deal with this morning, I was thankful I didn’t find anything new to wreck the day. At least nothing major.

The tire with the flat was nearly empty in the morning, but it was enough air to delicately get me to the nearest gas station with an air machine. Filling the tire back up, I made it back over to Dunn where they conveniently had an opening to deal with the tire. I asked them to re-examine one of my tires that they missed a bulge on during my last rotation, and just even with a cursory inspection they determined that it would need to be replaced. Additionally, they discovered the leak in the flat tire was a sidewall puncture, so that one had to be replaced as well. I’m now sitting at 25% of my original new tires still on the car in less than a year since purchasing them. Two bulges, one debris-less sidewall puncture. I’m starting to think I’m jinxed! Thank goodness Dunn has been so good about replacing them so far.

Over on the work front, unfortunately I still do not have my appointment established yet. I’m going to be antsy like my pants are on fire until that gets resolved. Having a lapse in my payments is totally going to fuck up my plans to try and get back to North Dakota near the end of this month. I still need to get back there for a vacation of sorts, and moreso to help out my parents with the house. It’s gutted down to the frame, awaiting an electrician’s repairs and inspection, before it can be sealed back up. Once that goes through, then it’s walls, insulation, and new sheetrock up ASAP before the cold weather moves in as long as the HVAC systems pass muster as well.

I was sent confirmation last night that my order from BioRad was supposed to show up today. Unfortunately, even despite my late arrival at work, no delivery showed up from them. Purchasing told me it should be delivered by today but then the forwarded email that said that was ambiguous as all hell. It claims expected delivery to have been today, but since the order was a single item, the whole “following items on back order” blanks being present have me uneasy.
It worries me even moreso that those important remarks are blank.

Ugh. I’m starting to worry that I’m either (a) being a drama queen about all of this, or (b) that I’m freaking out way too much about this. Also, the fact that I’m stuck waiting on this BioRad order even further puts off finishing this paper. I’m rock-solid on finishing this paper and having it submitted to the journal’s editor before leaving for Minot. I can’t put it off any longer, and would leave a convenient period to insert my belated vacation time that never came this summer.

Oye. As if I didn’t have enough on my platter already. Some days, I really do swear I need drugs to keep my brain straight and try to manage all this crap going on at once. May be time to just man up and start taking them out with a bat, one by one. Messy, unnecessarily excessive and exhausting, but damn well effective.

Life has seriously gotten away from me over the past six months. I think it’s about time I put an end to that. A migraine (or something awfully close to it) really put me down for the count on Sunday. Between trying to juggle work stuff and witnessing the flooding of my hometown through online footage, I think my body finally told me I need to chill the fuck out.

July is reconstruction month. Time to get some things back in check, get back to some other pleasures I’ve neglected, and reevaluate some previously set goals (that are far from within reach, unfortunately). But first, the body comes first…and no better way to recover a body than with rest and refreshing exercise…

So my ten year reunion is coming up at the end of this July. I’m really unsure of whether or not I really want to attend this, mostly because of the precarious predicaments currently going on in my life right now. Regardless of if I attend it or not, I will be driving back to Minot to at least see my family, and maybe discretely coax/coerce/beg them for a few choice items to help me out after I get moved into my new place (a toaster oven would be fantastic!.

As with every trip I have taken back to the Midwest, I will be stopping in and seeing my remaining friend in Fargo. Albeit, I had a wonderful weekend in Buffalo, MN, last weekend with Adrienne and company, she’s unfortunately one of my closer friends that I don’t get to see nearly enough. That, and I have some others that I haven’t seen in nearly three years (e.g. Brenda in Valley City), so I have some catching up to do if I can manage it. Between that, and probably taking three to four days of relaxation in Minot to decompress and maybe see the North Dakota State Fair (it’s been years since I’ve been to that), hopefully I can clear my head of some things that have preoccupied my thoughts as of late.

Better yet is coming at the end of September. Over the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Andrew Bird is playing at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis on September 29th. That’s cool and all, I thought. It might be neat to see, but that was looking like a long trip just to hear him live. What I noticed second was the accompanying group below his name on the ad that I saw: St. Vincent. Holy crap! Bird and Vincent, both, live, $28…I think I started to drool at the thought! I have been listening to Andrew Bird ever since Sarah spoiled me into his realm of musical wonder a little over a year ago. Even more so, I’ve been captivated by St. Vincent’s latest album, Actor, since it came out and have been listening to some of her older stuff as well (just Marry Me at the present). I really want to get a listen of Blue Angel, Stairwell and Oh Oh Love as well, but so far I just love her stuff. I really miss finding music with all these unique melodies that my ears just love to eat up! Just look at my Last.fm history for the past three months if you don’t believe me!

Needless to say, I jumped on buying these tickets as soon as possible. I was up at (a woefully late) 8:30am on the day the tickets went on sale (they officially started selling at 7am) and picked up a four-pack of tickets at $28 each. So, if any of friends reading this think they would like to join me in Indianapolis on September 29th to go see these two amazing musicians live, let me know! I offered one to my brother since I will likely crash at his place in Bloomington when I drive down, so I have at least two tickets available (so far). If he declines it, I will have three. Regardless, I’m looking to get someone to take each one, ’cause I know this should be an amazing concert!

On that note of amazing concerts, is anyone interested in coming out to see any off the following at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, ON, Canada?

My heart and concern really goes out to my friends in Fargo who have to deal with the insane flooding that is coming this week. One of them is trying to take some pictures (for my curiosity and likely others) of the natural disaster in process. You can get an idea how quickly the river is rising from some of her Flickr photos below.

backyard March 22

backyard March 22

Backyard March 23 early afternoon

Backyard March 23 early afternoon

Backyard March 22

Backyard March 22

Backyard March 23

Backyard March 23

Here’s a look at the hydrologic data for the Red River in Fargo, ND, as it pertains to this mess as of the date embedded (midnight of March 24th):


I’m missing out on this…and -10˚ to -20˚ temperatures.

And I miss this.

Yes, you can tell me I’m crazy. I’m a freak for crazy weather…Buffalo just doesn’t offer very much of it! Sure, lake effect weather is a nice phenomenon, but I’m living in the wrong part of the metro area to really take advantage of it.