So I have emerged from the craziness that was my month of October. It began fantastically- an amazing weekend at the beach with my mom, aunt, cousin and sister. I went back to work on Monday and then on Wednesday, I ran back to New Jersey to pick up my birthday present (the fancy-ass camera that took all of these pictures!) and then I had to go to the courthouse downtown, because I was called for Jury Duty on the 6th. I sat there, confident, when the judge said that it was a three week case, because I knew I wouldn't be called. It would have been a financial hardship! My job doesn't pay for jury duty! I was called up to the judge and told him that, and sat back down. And then, at the end of the day, I was called up. Instead of being dismissed, I was put onto the jury. For three weeks. And because I don't get paid for jury duty, I had to use my vacation time at work, and work on the days that I wasn't on jury duty. Which meant that yesterday was my last day off since October 6th. It was glorious.
So that debacle is over, thank goodness, and I can focus on the good things that are happening.
For one, I got the TV that has been traveling around in my backseat for... a long time into my apartment! Check it out- it's so huge!
Also on my day off, I put together these shelves, which house my kitchenaid, my "bar area" with my new bar stuff from my aunt, and other various and sundry kitchen things.
Also: I've been dating a totally cute girl who is, to use my favorite adjective, quite awesome.
And aside from the fact that I haven't been there that much, work has been great.
Plus! I have had some time in the kitchen- I made a roast chicken, and my own stock, and chicken and dumplings... all fall flavors and deliciousness. Now that I have some more time, I'm looking forward to having more time to play around.
If I compare where I'm at this year to the same time last year, I think last year Val would be super impressed. It's been a long hard road, but I am finally happy.
To end, some gratuitous Earl pictures:
For real, he's super cute, right?