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It's been an interesting week and weekend.

As you know, I rolled my ankle last Monday and have been wearing a splint since Tuesday. I've gotten to the point where I can put weight on it and take off the splint for short periods, but pivoting it still hurts like a mofo, so I'm gonna be on the meds for another couple of days. I REALLY hope this is over and done with by Wednesday.

This weekend I went to the local farmers' market with some of my friends from work* and we had a good time, despite the looming weather. We had a nice breakfast at the little restaurant, though the waitress was a real jackass who screwed up 2 of our 5 orders and took forever to get us refills. Let's just say she earned the no tip she got.

The market itself was fun; there was a lot of produce and the weather/season is such that the vendors were just starting to start selling some plants. There was also a woman there who was selling some absolutely beautiful homemade cedar furniture. The prices were pretty good, though I don't have enough money available at the moment (damn saving up for the new job!). I got her card, though, and if any of y'all are interested, you can see the stuff here: Cedarwood Furniture by Franklin.

I had originally been planning on going to the North Carolina Ren Faire as well, but my ankle was starting to bother me towards the end of our tromp through the market & the docs at the clinic, as well as the physical therapist there, recommended that I try to walk on it for no more than 30 minutes at a time and then rest it, elevated, for at least 10-15 minutes. That, combined with the rain sweeping through the area, convinced me that it would probably be a Bad Idea to go yesterday. I feel bad, though, because I wanted to see my friend Alex all in his piratical gear. I'll just have to see him next weekend. ;-)

In sadder news, I went by my local (& favorite) comic shop after leaving the market and it's closed for business. I knew that it was going to close at the end of this month (the property management raised the owner's rent/"maintanence fees" by $1k/month without any warning), but I thought the last day was going to be either today or tomorrow. I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to the owner (a really nice guy). I do know that he was looking into possibly re-opening in down in the Garner area at some later date, which I fully support. Not only does Garner need something along those lines, but it would be cheaper rent, which is always nice.

Today I plan on downloading/printing all the forms I'm gonna need for my first day at work (tax stuff, health plan enrollment, etc.), writing my "this is why I'm REALLY leaving" letter for work (haven't decided if I'm going to hand it over or not, but it sure is cathartic), going to my gaming group for the first time in lord-knows-how-long and then picking up some furniture from the house of some friends. And yes, I'll be careful when moving the furniture :-P

*I've always maintained that I like the people I work(ed) with, but increasingly hated the people I worked for. My coworkers and I plan on keeping in touch as much as possible.
drewbear: (Nice Day)
So literally as soon as I walked into the clinic & clocked in, I got a call on my cell telling me that we're going to be closed for the entire day. I went ahead and stayed long enough to put up "we're closed until further notice" signs and make sure the thermostats were set on "don't let the pipes freeze", then came home. About 30 minutes on the clock and about an hour round-trip on the road.

::sigh::

At least I can watch the Inauguration now.

In other news, I strongly dislike driving in the snow, especially when the wind is strong enough to be blowing the snow at a 75 degree angle.
drewbear: (Drew sleepy)
So despite the fact that Raleigh is currently blanketed under a layer of snow with more coming down, my clinic manager has called and said that yes, we're opening. A whole hour late (YIPPEE!!! [/sarcasm]), but still opening. Let's put it like this... I'm leaving at my regular time so I can make sure that I make it there in time for our late opening because I have no idea which roads have already been salted, if any.

I am so very, very glad that I'm "going on vacation" in less than a month.

You know what really sucks, though? The satellite pickup at work is down (has been for about 2 weeks now because the manager is unwilling to pay to have it fixed), so unless I get another call telling us that we're completely closed, I'm going to miss watching the Inauguration. Fuck.

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In related, "Bye Bye Shrub" news, have some linkage: A Conservative Take on Bush's Mitigated Disaster of a Presidency & Harper's Index: A Retrospective of the Bush Era.

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