Apr. 19th, 2009 07:48 pm
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Not much posted here recently - Facebook gets most of my attention these days. But there is a lot going on, I'm doing a lot more living than blogging about living.

Over the last couple of months I've been making a lot of friends in my neighborhood. Being able to hang out in cafes in the afternoons is extremely conducive to meeting people. I've always been a cafe person, and I love that I have four or five different places right on my street that I can just "be" in that aren't bars. So I've befriended nearly everyone who works behind the counter at all these places, and am now a regular everywhere, and get introductions or get involved in interesting conversations everywhere I go and even connect people with other cool people or talk about neat ideas. I love it.

I decided to try and get some of my new friends together for an underground dinner hosted at my place and catered by my friend Sara and her Lightbulb Oven. Sadly, most of them could not make it, but I will be seating 15 folks here for a five course dinner - including a reporter from some magazine, and a photographer. This inspired me to clean out and redecorate my apartment. My office is now located in the back of my apartment, and I've reorganized the kitchen a little bit; my landlord even got me a brand new stove! Ultimately I'd like to take down the afterthought of a closet and storage area here in the new office to make the room bigger, and then paint the walls blue to inspire creativity. I might get around to doing that by late Summer or so, maybe.

I am now "officially" dating someone long distance; those of you following on Facebook have no doubt seen pictures and references to Nari ([livejournal.com profile] narnarthinks). We went out for about a month before she moved back to Austin, Texas to live with her family and return to her company's HQ out there - a few weeks later she flew back to visit for a long weekend. She's coming back to visit me again from 5/10 to 5/17, and to say that I'm looking forward to that would be the understatement of the century. Long distance, as one would expect, is a good and bad thing; but, in this case, since we weren't able to spend much time together when we were short distance, I'd have to say it's much more bad than good.

I'm actually putting a lot of time into iPhone development now, and am learning the ins and outs of Xcode and associated tools. There's a roadblock I've been attempting to overcome, and debugging with the tools is helping me better understand what I'm doing wrong. I feel like I'm making progress though; at this point, since I'm going to WWDC 09 the first week of June, I really need to have some kind of application finished before I get there; I'm hoping to have two ready, but we'll see.


Feb. 20th, 2008 01:54 pm
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A quick summary of me (stealed from [livejournal.com profile] arachne8x):
33 going on 34.

Grew up in North Branford, CT but born in New Haven, CT.

Fluent in English, smattering of French, currently studying Homeric Greek.

Nearly 100% Italian - father is all Italian, mother is 75%, with some German and Irish.

Schooled publicly until college, then started studying Physics at WPI. Eventually switched to Computer Science.

Longest relationship was 4.5 years, ended in a broken engagement in 1999. Have since been alternately single and dating sporadically; current relationship is longest one since then (1 year!). [polyamorous]

Working as a consultant for Robert Half Technology, sourced to Plus One Holdings.

Leo, spiritual, anti-religious.

Very fond of cats.

Rapturous lover of preparing and eating food; most fond of pizza, wine, cheese, and chocolate.

Ambitions to get a tattoo (maybe a depiction of Quetzalcoatl).

LARPer and LARP GM/creator.

Comic book collector (approximately 5,000).

Gamer (board, card, video, miniature, role-playing, ANYTHING).

Writer (mainly poetry and short fiction).

Aspiring artist.
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Samantha Morton
Thora Birch
Ione Skye
Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio
Christina Ricci, pre-eating disorder
Gwyneth Paltrow
Jennifer Connolly
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So, a few days ago I sent out that email to an old flame of mine... and she responded. More than that, she called and emailed and generally tried very hard to get in touch with me. I had really thought that she wouldn't respond; things ended abruptly for various reasons, the least of which being that she wasn't sure exactly how she felt about dating me.

We met for dinner on Sunday, I took her to Armadillo Depot and she bought me a nice supper. We essentially sat and chatted for about two hours, until the time came for her to continue driving on to New Hampshire and for me to get back to work. In short, we were both really happy to see one another again... and she's very eager to spend more time with me. She had no end of nice things to say about me: how she missed me, how sweet and gentle I am, how I'm a great conversationalist... it's so nice to hear things like that.

We parted ways with some pleasant kisses. I must admit, I've thought about her often in the six or so months I haven't seen her, and I'm really looking forward to spending time with her in the very near future...
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Okay, another situation to run by folks; a fun recalling of today's events.

So yesterday and today I spent time at the Centrum at the New England Business Expo. While walking through the exhibit halls, I heard the strains of "The Shoop Shoop Song" wafting through the air. This is the song that I sing as a duet in the upcoming musical, so I was drawn to its source - which turned out to be a karaoke machine in one of the booths.

Three women were on the stage, one singing and two dancing. They finished, and I walked up to the pair of dancers and remarked that I was singing that song in an upcoming musical - and I had piqued the interest of this blond girl who was about my height with that statement. She and I got to chatting, and I learned that she was there at the expo to see about getting her name out for doing freelance graphic design work (actually tagging along with her mom, the second dancer, who works for the radio station sponsoring the booth). She went on to talk about how she studied graphic design at Assumption but didn't come out with a portfolio or anything like she would have gotten from an art school, so it was tough to find places that would be willing to hire her without such.

She actively kept the conversation going talking about things she did at school, software she worked with and so on - and I have some expertise with graphics software too, so I got to share some knowledge with her and such, all of which she was really interested in. At one point, her mom came by and said: "hey, I'm going to the radio station to do such-and-such, do you want to come?"

Now - you know what this is... it's actually code for: "do you want me to rescue you from this random guy?" And she replied: "no, that's okay, I'm just going to hang out here for a while."

So, I tell the girl that I can work some of my contacts and see about getting her some info and leads; so I say: "why don't you give me your contact info?" And she grabs a card, and writes her name, email, and a phone number on the back. She hands it to me and says: "that's my phone number."

Okay, so again, now - she didn't have to give me her phone number. She wrote the email, that would have been fine for contact info... but she wrote her number, and said to me "this is my number"... I mean, obviously it's a phone number!

Am I reading too much into this, or are these subtle clues that she's kind of interested? I mean honestly, would a woman give out her phone number to a random guy when it wasn't necessary...? Am I on crack for thinking that the mom thing was code?

Of course, the best thing is to just play it cool - and I do indeed have a subtle plan. I will relate details as things continue to unfold... (or not, if the case be that I truly am on cracky-smacks)
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Losing 8.5% of my weight has boosted my self-image a bit. Someone I hadn't seen in a while noticed that I was looking good today. Feeling stronger and healthier has given me more energy and verve, and as such has made me feel a bit more confident in myself. I think people are noticing that in me a little now. It seems like I've been getting more positive reactions from people lately, in general.

I'm still a little gun shy about trying to ask someone out though, especially people I don't know too too well.

Someone said to me tonight that the best thing to do is to think that everyone is interested in me, and to act accordingly. The worst that could happen is that I would seem a little foolish and maybe make the person(s) I ask out uncomfortable. Does this course of action seem rash, gentle readers? Or should I just be going for the gusto?

I did get that call from that old flame... hard to say if anything will come of that, though she did say she might want to get together this coming Sunday.

Consumer note of the moment - NEVER EVER use Yahoo! Personals. They don't cancel your subscription when your ad runs out. WTF?? I haven't had an active ad on their site in months, yet I've been paying a monthly fee to them because I didn't actually cancel the subscription; even though it said the ad was expired!! So what the hell am I paying them for??
Bastards. I hate crap like that.
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I'm sitting at my desk at the home office, listening to Vince Guaraldi and watching the rain fall onto the trees and onto the deck. I think the music and the rain go nicely together; it's been a very chill Monday so far.

I got a call last night from a woman I was dating earlier this year. I'd sent her an email a few days ago to say hi, not really expecting any kind of response... she'd broken it off a little abruptly for her own reasons, so I wasn't sure if she'd be interested in hearing from me. She mailed me back though, and I made a suggestion of maybe taking things a little slower and getting together again to see what happens. She seemed pretty receptive to it. She lives in NH, but she just happened to be coming up from the Cape last night - but I hadn't given her my new cell phone number, so she just left a message on the home machine.

She might be coming down to see the play when it goes up. It would be really nice to see her again, even just to catch up and hang out.

The rain's stopped. That's a good thing.
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Guess I've been a bit lax with my journal keeping, hm?

I'm so awful at everyday writing. I keep thinking that there aren't enough mundane things happening to me to keep up anyone's interest level.

Recent goods:
Massage. I heart julz. Sushi! Housemates on vacation - late night company and getting to do some cooking of my own. Made some very yummy pizza. Making strides with my writing; I actually have a paying gig! And of course I sent in my one page entry to the WotC fantasy setting proposal contest... cross your fingers for me.

Recent bads:
Work related stress, not much new there. General malaise, punctuated by shouting. I'm not a shouter, but I shout back when shouted at, damn it! And at what point did I end up becoming my mom's only friend and confidante? It's amazing how roles reverse as you get older... I'm not sure I want to be the parent though. They aren't children for crying out loud, they just like to act like it sometimes. :-P
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Got a massage today at a spa one town over. It was soooo good. I haven't gotten one in quite a long time, and I've been so stressed out recently that I really, really needed it. The therapist was excellent, it was one of the best massages I've ever had. I came out of the spa so relaxed I was in an almost dreamlike state. You get this great out-of-body type feeling when all your muscles have been rubbed and you've oxygenated yourself like crazy.

And of course, for karmic balance purposes, I had to have a downer to complement the highlight of the day. Had a brief phone conversation with my mom, and she got on the topic of dating (as is wont to happen) and I really wanted to not talk about it, but my parents insist on trying really hard to "help me out" in this area. Which only manages to depress me more, of course. Feh.


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