Its hard to believe it has been almost a week! Last weekend we spent celebrating and now that things have calmed down a bit – its time to share the news! Katty has been offered a full-time position at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights!! They are a non-profit organization where she will be working in outreach and PR. The icing on the cake is that they want to sponsor her H1 Visa! This is fantastic news as the temporary OPT work permit that the US government grants international students was going to expire in October 2006! Tomorrow is her first official day on the job – and I can’t wait to hear all about it! I’m very proud of her for sticking it out all this time – temping wasn’t fun, but it paid off in the end! I’m envious that she found a job that fit all of her criteria! Mabye this will motivate me to find something better! 🙂
That being said – there was something for me to celebrate as well! As I alluded to it in a recent post – I have been granted my Spanish citizenship! I recieved my passport on Thursday! Its hard to believe that it has actually happened after all of these years wondering – but I have it, in my hands!
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I’ve decided that its best that I leave the office, even if I have brought lunch with me, to get away for a bit and stretch my legs and give my eyes a break. My walk to the student center took me past Northwestern’s lakefill pond where a huge group of Canada Geese were congregating just under a Willow tree. I guess it isn’t too hard to find a little life in the winter! As I approached them slowly to take the picture, they started to swim away. I have a feeling that they found a spot where the university recirculates some of the pond water making it a bit warmer for them. Its so much nicer to have a change of pace from the office – another spot of life in my usually dreary day. Its also much easier to post to the blog as I don’t feel guilty not doing work! I’m getting a few odd looks as I’m drinking one of my new favs Goose Island root beer, which very much looks like a normal bottle of beer! Didn’t realize the thematic link until just now!
This post also marks the last picture to be taken with my current digital camera as I’m sending my Canon SD200 to Spain! Time to upgrade!
On an unrelated note, I got a bit nostalgic last night while looking at old e-mails and decided to see if I could find out what some of my old friends are up to! It has been a blast hearing back from them! If any of you find your way to my blog (if I haven’t already insisted via e-mail that you should visit) welcome! 🙂 Always good to connect with old friends!
Steve’s New Year’s Party on Saturday was by far the best organized, best laid out, and best stocked party I have been to in quite some time! We made good use of all of the liquor that was purchased and had a blast! The place looked incredible! The heaters outside were the icing on the cake! I only wish Steve would have gotten as tanked as the rest of us! Great party! Click the above picture for the full album!
As I was organizing my “new pictures” directory so that I could actually figure out what pictures I have and don’t have, I stumbled upon this classic. Camp Utopia is a movie that we purchased on eBay because we found out that an ex-girlfriend of Mark’s was in it. Lets just say this ahem film deserves a category of its own – B movie just doesn’t quite cut it. Sorry Sarah – you got the short end of the “ramp up the brightness for the dark shots” stick!
Though going through my pictures has given me an idea for a new-years post! On that note – Happy New Year!
Not only was yesterday Emily and Dan’s wedding, it was Katty and my three year anniversary – so there was a lot to celebrate! We had an absolute blast all day long and the wedding and reception were icing on the cake (and what a delicious cake it was!). We danced and drank lots! (BJ & JK – we did our best to drink your share, especially Keri) We then took the party back to the hotel bar and continued the revelry there! MANY of us are paying for it today – but it was an incredible time!
Feel free to check out the album that I put up in the gallery (click on the link or the picture above to get to the album). I encourage all of you to rate the pictures and leave comments!
Feliz aniversario mi vidita!
I had both my office holiday party on Friday night as well as a party thrown by some close friends. There was marked contrast between the two. Not only because of the time they were thrown, or the people who were there, but more so how I enjoyed them. The office party consisted of sitting by the server and getting a few free beers and filling up with the finger food that they were serving. The party was in the afternoon (a 3-5pm affair) which didn’t make for many entertaining stories. One of the managers came up to us and told us that we were allowed to “mingle” with the rest of the crowd and that us co-workers didn’t have to stick together all the time. I didn’t really feel in the mood to mingle – in addition to the fact that my time working there is limited (I finish in March) so I guess I felt that it wasn’t worth the effort – or at least that was the excuse I was using.
The second party was quite different. Katty and I suffered through the bitter cold to arrive a bit late – but there was plenty of warmth (and booze) inside! After getting the full tour (as well as trying to wrap our heads around how much food they had!) we ended up in the kitchen. I immediately felt a bit of discomfort as it seemed that one of the women in the kitchen was staring at me! I tried to ignore it, but it was tugging at the back of my mind for quite some time… until she came up and said “Pablo?”. I felt a twinge of recognition – did I know this girl? Then she said the magic word which immediately transported me to over 18 years ago, opening the floodgates to memories that had been stowed away deep in the recesses of my mind. “Did you go to grade school at Marie Murphy!?” I had, in fact, gone to Marie Murphy for grade school, but only for 5th grade – just one year. It is the school that TK and I would refer to as Asrock 2000, the school where we would lead people to Markfest 4 with chalk outlines of naked party goers, a school where I held the long jump record at 13’7″ and the school where I learned to play Brandenburg’s concerto number 3. I couldn’t believe that she recognized me after 18 years! After catching up to what we had both been up to lately, we delved into the lives of classmates of mine from ages past. My best friend at the time, Josh is now a chef at a vegetarian restaurant, others are married, others have lost weight – I couldn’t believe the things that I was remembering, it all came back so effortlessly! So much happened in that one year… makes me look back at other years of my life and wonder if they were as eventful… but I digress. The rest of the night was a blast as well, spending time with those that I don’t get to see very often, meeting new people, and having more than a few drinks! I think we ended up getting back at around 4am. Unfortunately my pictures were unusually scarce – although Dave took it upon himself to take a photo-journal of the entire night with Amy’s camera – including a fantastic shot of him looking down at the toilet! I would love to get my hands on those pictures! (Amy, just say the word!)
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I wanted to post these pictures last Friday as that is when I took these pictures. Chicago received between 6-10 inches of snow on Thursday last week, it was quite the event! I absolutely loved it! I could not wait to get out into the snow and tackle the roads! Of course, my commute is only 10 minutes on a normal day, so I wasn’t going to have to suffer like some people did!. (Some much more than others) We ended up heading to the Brew & View anyway and had a blast! The snow didn’t seem to deter many Brew & Viewers either as the Vic was packed!
Taking the train home was a welcome break from having to deal with the snow..
Even if I did make Katty run up to the platform to JUST catch what I thought was the Red Line but was really the Brown. She wasn’t very happy that we had to wait at Southport and then again at Belmont for the next Red! D’OH!
Waking up the next morning and having to dig out the car with only my ice-scraper was quite a chore. I thought for sure I was going to get stuck and either need to borrow a shovel or get some help pushing! As luck would have it, I was able to get the car out on my own! Credit goes to the new tires that I put on just over a month ago – because we all know that my driving “skill” has nothing to do with it! After a few snow drifting maneuvers that put my car a bit closer to the curb that I would like – I finally calmed down and just enjoyed the drive.
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Today started out like any other day. Get up. Go to work. Sneak away to take 15 min nap at work because I was literally falling asleep WHILE working with my new co-worker. Not sure what that is all about. I’ve been exhausted as of late. Maybe it has something to do with Dave and TK’s party on Saturday. Who knows… but either way, I felt totally beat. But we did get another program to work on the wall – a window to the milky way!
After work I picked up Katty to go to Centro Romero where I have been volunteering the past few weeks teaching an after school class to help kids learn how to use computers. Katty was gracious enough to come help me out as Ben, the regular instructor, was not able to go today. The kids didn’t seem to enjoy my “lesson plan” all that much. Perhaps they could tell how exhausted I was.
And that was just the beginning!
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Friday night was a journey of a different sort. With the city of Chicago as our backdrop and Millennium Park as our stage, the Grant Park Orchestra performed one of my favorite pieces of music; Gustav Holst’s The Planets.
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