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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2009|07:33 pm]
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I started my masters program this past weekend. We had a residency, which is basically an orientation that lasted all day Friday and Saturday. We got to meet the professor for our first two classes and everyone else who will be in the cohort program. I am doing an online program, so I feel like putting a face/personality with a name is going to make this experience a little more personal than it would have been, so I am glad that they have that set up in the beginning of the program.

Our first class chat is next Thursday night and I have homework for the first time in 5 years! Crazy feeling, but I know I am doing something that is going to be very rewarding and help me out down the road.

On to the procrastinating...
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(no subject) [Jul. 24th, 2009|08:53 pm]
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My sister in law was at a wedding recently and this is how they came down the aisle


She is the brunette on the left side of the aisle taking all the pictures, her best friend is the redhead bridesmaid, and her brother is the groom.

Really cool story to go along with this video: A couple years ago, the bridesmaid/groom's brother died through complications by taking prescription drugs and combining them with over the counter drugs while he was fighting the flu. They are a very tight knit family and suffice to say, it hit them all very hard. It has been a tough couple years for them, and this was the first big family get together since their brothers funeral and they wanted to do something different and happy to try and make the occasion a little more special. I think they did a great job of it. They are one of those crazy/funny families so it is great to see them getting back to that after such a tragedy.

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(no subject) [Jul. 21st, 2009|06:03 pm]
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Just got a notice from the place that I rented my car in D.C. last month that I got a speeding ticket from some camera. Apparently I was going 52 in a 40. I looked at the picture online and I am on in interstate, in the middle lane with a decent number of cars around me. WTF? What interstate had a 40 MPH speed limit?! And I was just following the car in front of me and staying in the middle lane since I wasn't familiar with those roads!

It's not like I can go and contest it either and plead ignorance being 1,000 miles away and all.

What a waste of $50 (plus potentially $10 from alamo car rental for a processing fee)

I hated driving in D.C. enough already for the traffic, add this and I will be taking the train from D.C. to Baltimore if I ever decide to do that trip again.

Gahh!!!!!
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(no subject) [Jul. 2nd, 2009|03:32 pm]
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My sister's water just broke!! Going to be an uncle within the next 24 hours!! (Or so I'm told with how long these things work)

Craziness!!!!
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(no subject) [Jun. 21st, 2009|03:28 pm]
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Boston is great, but the weather could be cooperating a little better. Windy and rainy makes walking around the city a little more challenging.

This free wireless in the hotel is helping save a little time wandering around in the rain and mapping out our next move.

Going out to dinner with a friend tonight and probably walking around Harvard tonight or tomorrow morning.

I love vacation!!

 

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(no subject) [May. 14th, 2009|08:47 am]
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So I obviously haven't really updated in a while, I have slowly drifted away from posting my own updates here and pretty much use facebook to update what's been going on in my oh so exciting life.

I figured a little rundown of the past year would be in order in case anyone still checks in on this and doesn't have me as a friend on facebook.

- Europe was amazing. Everything I hoped it would be. Saw pretty much everything we hoped to see, the weather in Paris was pretty bad while we were there, so we didn't get to stay out and see some things as late as we would have hoped to. It was rainy, windy and cold (in the low 40's), so after long days of being outside checking things out, and being on our feet for 12 hours a warm hotel room, a crepe from the place by our hotel and french tv before bed was usually the best option.

- Went on our annual family trip to Disney World in December where my sister told us all she was pregnant. So happy for her, she and her husband have been trying for a long time and she has wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember (She gave me homework and reading assignments when I was 3). She knows it will be a girl and her name will be Juliette Grace. I'm pretty excited to be an uncle and my wife is pretty excited to be an aunt. Due date is July 17th, so it should be an exciting summer.

- Going out east this summer. Another trip I have always wanted to take. We are flying into Boston, staying 3 nights there, renting a car and driving down the coast to Washington, D.C., staying there for 3 more nights and then driving to Baltimore for one night before flying home from there. So much fun stuff I am looking forward to seeing.

- Married life is going great. Maybe it is just because I am getting older and the whole bar scene just doesn't appeal to me as much as it used to, but I am growing to appreciate the night in more. A night in with my wife or friends watching movies, having some drinks, playing games, rock band, american idol karaoke (i apologize neighborhood dogs), or just talking is more entertaining to me than trying to shout in a bar just to converse.

- My best guy friend (best man in my wedding) has a girlfriend who lives in L.A. (Mission Viejo to be exact) and has been spending a lot of time out there since being laid off. Since he is splitting his job search efforts between here and there, it makes more sense for him to stay out there since they have done the long distance thing for over a year. So I am balancing feelings of missing my friend with happiness that he gets to be with her more than he normally would, also with feelings that I've probably lost him to staying out there for good. He also has a brother, sister in law and new niece who live in Valencia, so things are adding up to look like he, pending finding a job, will be out there for the foreseeable future. He has said that he always wanted to end up back here, so we will see. If not, he said I will always have a guest room where he stays, I might be making some frequent trips to L.A.

- The job is going fine. I can't complain in this market right now, right? I am going to be starting a masters program in organizational management in the fall, so I am excited about what lies ahead with that. I like my job, but I am ready to move up.

This had ended up being longer than I had anticipated writing, so who knows, maybe I will get the lj bug back and update a little more frequently.

Until next time...
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(no subject) [May. 22nd, 2008|05:21 pm]
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Booked our tickets to Europe last week! Flying into London on October 17th and back home from Paris on the 31st.

The main focus will be London, then Rome, then Paris, but we are looking at some other fun places along the way. Suggestions welcome!

I have waited so long to finally go, I'm soooooooo excited!!

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(no subject) [Dec. 19th, 2007|10:36 pm]
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Another year, another update...

I'm still around every so often checking in on what my huge friends list is up to.

What have I been up to? Married (I'll throw up some pictures if anyone is interested), homeowner (well a townhouse, but it's still better than renting). I am feeling really old. Just had my 25th birthday a few weeks ago and decided that this is the point when most people start dreading their birthdays instead of embracing them. It's amazing to think how much has changed from year to year, and that even though it's just over good old 'el jay' how I've been reading some people for so many years now, and see how much everyone else changes too and it's comforting to see those little familiarities with the handful of people I've had on my friends list. I truly wish you all well.

Hope everyone is doing great, Happy Holidays!

Take care,

Brent
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(no subject) [Dec. 19th, 2006|11:25 pm]
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I got engaged this weekend! :)
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(no subject) [Oct. 16th, 2006|11:31 am]
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Wow, has it really been a year since I've updated? Crazy.

Well, where should I start. The rest of that trip to California was fun. Went to Florida in December, my sister got engaged while we were there. She's getting married on Nov. 17th, so that's right around the corner.

I started a job at my mom's office in January, I took over the office assistant job that my sister had, and she got promoted to director of training. That was alright until August when my sister didn't like that job anymore and wanted to come back to her old one, which pretty much left me out of a job. So I spent September and up til now being unemployed, but I just got a new job last week at a bank working in operations and I start that on Monday the 23rd, so I'm pretty happy about that.

Moved into an apartment with two friends in the middle of April and have been here since. It's been a lot of fun. Very nice place, right off the Mississippi River. A couple of our friends have even moved in here, so my girlfriend like to call it the dorm since there's a bunch of us in the same building.

Went to Vegas the first weekend of September. My cousin from Santa Clara turned 21 and she came with some of her friends and my sister and I came out with some other family people to celebrate.

Some potentially big things coming up in the future. Europe next spring, and I've also been engagement ring shopping.

Where does the time go...

Anybody even reading this?
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