Yes I know this post shows as being January 21, which is a day after inauguration day, but it's also 12:45 in the morning. That means for me, Obama Day just ended.  So deal with it.

Today we took time out of work to watch the history of the inauguration ceremony for the 44th President of the United States.  It was definitely a unique setting with all of us sitting around the TV in my boss' office paying rapt attention.  There were certain aspects of it that were great (the speech, the benediction, the music) and there were things that weren't (the invocation, Aretha Franklin's hat, the poem).  The presidential oath flubs were like watching someone trip while getting their diploma.  It all worked out in the end though, and the sky was a touch more blue, the air a bit more fresh, and the sun a bit more bright afterwards.

It should be noted that on the new's civil rights page, there's a very clear section on LGBT rights.  It's awesome to see that our President has an agenda that doesn't involve ignoring and denying our rights.  I hope his agenda is more than just words.

On an unrelated subject, I received an e-mail recently from a friend from college that I haven't heard from in years.  She was dealing with a situation in which she was confused about her sexuality, and she had questions for me.  She came to me because of how open and willing to answer questions I was for her in college.  It was really touching to me to have her specifically seek me out for answers.  It's nice to know people trust me.

We've had a dialogue, and she seems to be handling the situation much better since we started talking.  It makes me so proud to be able to help someone understand themself better.  Here's a direct quote from her recent correspondence with me:

"you know what?  Honestly, you inspire me, Jess. Even in college, its like you've always had a vision of what you've wanted for yourself and you went after it. You always strike me as someone who is confident in her own skin, proud of who she is, and that is really inspiring. You're hardworking and striving after all your goals with the diligence of a night watchman. Plus you know how to have fun. You know how to be competitive and serious in your field, and you know how to have fun.  Besides all that you make time to reach out to others. To really care for the other.  you are a kindhearted gentle soul and I'm grateful to know you."

I can't tell you how awesome that made me feel.  To my friend, thank you for your kind words.  I hope you don't mind my posting your thoughts.  And as always, I'm happy to be an open ear and help as best I can. That goes for everyone. :)

OK..I told myself I'd get to bed before 1:30, and it's 1:00 now.  I better go. Until next time...

P.S. I may have a date this weekend...sort of. More on that later.

I sold a bunch of DVDs and surprisingly got close to $125 dollars.  It was just the right amount to get me a camera that's about the size of a flip. :) Here's some video from it.  Be warned...there's nerdishness.

Nerdishness in the form of video

Oh espresso machine...

how happy you make me.

Your smells and sounds

fill me with glee.

The tasty beverages that ensue

are full of flavor and delight

from the bellows of  your body

and keep my eyes alight

Of steamed milk and espresso

mixed with a touch of flavor

Vanilla, Almond, Mocha, and Irish Creme

I love you all...

Yes...I am indeed a nerd.  Did you ever have any question of that? What were you expecting? A regular post with paragraphs? And yes, the last stanza doesn't rhyme.  Deal with it.

Hmmm...maybe not so much busy, but interesting for sure.  My week seemed to be incredibly slow up until Wednesday, then suddenly the speed picked up.  I'm so thankful it's Friday though.  This weekend is the first weekend I have nothing incredibly pressing to do in a while.  I have a little freelance, but other than that, I plan on watching movies and doing some personal work.

What did happen for me this week? My body crashed on Tuesday night.  I was so exhausted that I fell asleep on my couch at 8:30 in the evening.  I thought maybe I'd take a short nap and wake up to get some work done.  Yeah right. With me, naps are generally between three and four hours.  Following that pattern to a T, I woke up at midnight.  I was still so exhausted that I basically just washed my face and went to bed.  I slept until 8:00 am.  I felt fantastic the next day.  It was a long day too.  I had an electrolysis appointment Wednesday night.  So it was a good thing I had gotten rest.

I was very excited to get my podcast out there and available to view.  I'm not going to lie, it was a pain in the ass.  Remind me never to shoot my podcast with my webcam set at its native resolution.  Whenever I tried to export it, it had huge problems processing through the video.  To put it in perspective...the podcast video was about 4 mins and 40 seconds.  I've rendered out full high definition, half hour length programs in faster time than my podcast would render out.  (Render being the technical term for essentially letting the computer put together the video in its final form).   Long story's good to have the first one done. I'll be doing the second one this weekend.

My friend Mike was a great help to me this week.  He was excited about me doing a podcast and wanted to see it.  He's addicted to podcasts.  He listens to them constantly.  So he offered me some tips on how to improve and formats to use.  I'm going to essentially approach my podcasts from now on like their a full out program.  I'm going to produce them like any other show.  So watch for an improvement over the last.

I guess the other news in my life this week is that it's effing cold out!!! My apartment is 66.2, which is a lot better than the last cold snap we had.  I've managed to prepare my apartment for the cold this time.  There's no extra wind coming in the windows anymore.  That means I can walk around my apartment without a blanket and feel ok.

OK, only a couple more things.  I wrote an e-mail to Jenn this weekend asking her if she'd like me to mail her books back to her.  It definitely doesn't bother me talking to her anymore.  What does bother me is her...professional tone...I guess.  There is really very little hint of her desire to maintain a friendship in any of her replies to me.  I've made some attempts to strike up an e-mail conversation by mentioning something funny that I know she's interested in, and often times I just get back something like "Yeah that was funny.  Thanks.  You can mail my book back to [address].  Have a good day."  I dunno. A part of me just wants to ask her if she even wants a friendship.  Another part of me just wants to move forward and not look back.  What do you think?

Also, Chris has been incommunicado all week.  I haven't been able to get a hold of him on either his house or his cell.  My thoughts are that he's at a conference this week, but I don't know.  I haven't really been able to talk to him since like...a week and a half ago.  I just hope he's ok.

Anyway, watch for a new podcast soon.  I'm going to attempt to make it weekly.  Happy weekend!

It's finally ready! There's a big story surrounding this inaugural edition of the podcast.  Yes it says podcast, but that's because I own that domain, and I plan on syndicating it.  So enjoy!

[podcast format="video"][/podcast]