My workbench

My workbench

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sitting in the office...

First, a short excerpt from a conversation with the awesome Smidget:
me: I've been doing some thinking...
(One is more short-term, while the other is significantly longer-term thinking)
Val: with you i can't tel which is which
Val: well, that's why with you i can't tell
most people i'd expect girl long term

I'd write more, but I'm pretty lazy. I have been thinking a LOT about the PCT, and reading TONS. There's so much to learn, so much to do, so much planning...I don't think this is something I can go out and run half-cocked. We'll see.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Getting bogged down

Learning. It's a necessary part of life (Personally, I believe it is the reason FOR life), and it is not without risks. Like landing in two feet of fresh powder, still clipped in to a snowboard, on a flat. Yeah, I ate. Part of the backside opened up today, and I was able to sink my board into some seriously smooth fresh powder waiting for openings. While I was unable to get a good rhythm going, I managed to carve out some nice turns before finding small rocks and plenty of low-growth trees. Still needs a bit of cover in spots.

Other than that, last night was a night of firsts, and consequently lasts. I won't elaborate, save to say that I had a good time, and someone intentionally (drunkenly) tore one of my favorite Dead shirts in half, while I was wearing it. I am proud of how restrained I was, taking no action at all. That being said, a few people have asked where I hid the body. Such a silly question. I am now down to three, all hole-y. That's about all for now...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Aniversary

December 15, 2007, 09:00:15

Now one year later.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New phone number


That's my montana cell phone. It should work prettmuch everywhere, the service is Alltel, and I've got a few hundred texts free, so that would be my preferred mode of short communication. I will try to send out email to people whom do NOT read this, but if someone asks for my number (for the next few months), that's it.

Oh, and when I woke up this morning, it was -20. Before wind-chill. Yeah, I stayed in, cooked pancakes (saved for dinner), attempted to do laundry (machine was busted), and cleaned up a bit. I now have bedding, pillows, a privacy shield, a fridge, and some idea of what I'm doing. Oh, and a snowboard and skis, cold-weather gear, snowshoes, crampons, an ice axe, and four months of freedom. Yeah, life is good.

Monday, December 8, 2008


So today was my second day of skiing here at Big Sky, and MAN was it a good one. Roughly a foot of fresh powder got dumped last night and this morning, and despite waking up a lil on the late side, I took full advantage of it! My $200 skis are great, and I should be able to get hooked in to a board package for about the same price (or a lil less). I'm definitely feeling hella out of shape, but that will fade as I keep on it.

I can't wait to give snowboarding a run tomorrow. Or the next day. Or sometime.

Work is going well, most of the duties are fairly basic (ok, a braindead chimp could probably do them). I am itching to automate some of the more menial tasks, though I want to make sure that I have a real handle on them before I start doing any of that. Of course, once i do, it should be fairly trivial to write a conversion program in AutoIt to chow through the translations.

Otherwise...I still have an anomoly with the roommate situation, though I finally met John. He seems to think that he's signed up here, even though it wasn't registered on the computers...I really need to find that housing manager.

Well that's bout all. Got the chance to talk to a friend whom I haven't chatted with earlier, that made my night. I hope she can avoid making the same mistake I did.

Friday, December 5, 2008

made it

I am sitting in my bed in the Mountain Lodge at Big Sky. Had my first night of work last night, my boss and co-workers seem pretty cool. Met my roommate (Can't remember his name already), he's from Louisiana. Seems like a pretty cool guy. It gets COLD here at night, around 0 or so. Jacket is holding up well as long as I'm not standing still in the dead of the night. My room is great, need to wait for someone else to pick up some of their stuff so I can unpack a bit. The mountain is hurting for cover on some of the rockier parts, but looks AMAZING. I am going to forgoe skiing for a day or two as I get set with a cheap pair of skis and hunt for a board/bindings. I'm in no hurry, I've got the entire season.