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T. Oso ([personal profile] campkilkare) wrote2012-01-19 08:45 am

The state of play

Still not using this thing very regularly, even on another sight. Time for another update I guess.

Things are coming along! I am still on disability, because bending and twisting are painful, but otherwise I am out of the collar and feeling a lot better. Easing back on the pain pills and so on. I am not sure I am going to go back to HEB long-term--I have a hitch in my left leg that may make a job that depends on my physical mobility a hazy proposition--but I can figure that out over time.

I saw Shawn last night; he is back to work at his old consulting firm, having decided the path of government service was a little too high-stakes, and will be telecommuting for a while, although they may drag him back to Austin yet. He will need to put together a team of operations people soon, and I am considering that, actually. We have never worked together, professionally, before, though.

Finances are still pretty tight, at 80% payroll, and with a little glitch in extending disability because my doctor was on vacation. Never get hit by a car over the holidays! But things are under control. There is an impound lot that has the remains of my scooter and expects me to pay for them to be released, to which I say, hahahahaha no. The form they sent me lists the color as "burnt," so. >:|

Least favorite roommate is gone, replaced by a buddy of the landlord who is already taken up the title of LFR anew. Not as tidy as the old one, has three cats he takes indifferent care, prone to the worst kind of mansplaining at the drop of a hat. Bleh. Aging hippie landlord had a superdramatic breakup in the living room a couple days, which a) was awkward as fuck and b) means I will be hearing about his antiquated attempts to seduce girls younger than me again. Double bleh. Roommate who is never here remains my favorite.

So, I have a girlfriend. It is the same girl I went on the date with, back before Thanksgiving, and the same girl I was on the date with when I got hit on the way home. Her name is Laura and she's very nice--extremely friendly, extremely smiley, intensely loyal to her friends, etc. She's 23, went to Baylor, and tutors math here in Austin now. We both had the crazy religious end-times upbringing, we both are in love with Austin and never going home again, and so far everything is great. She was superfreaked out and blamed herself when I got hit, which I completely understood, since up to that point I had been imagining it was my fault for being happy. I think talking that out made us both feel less guilty.

I met her roommates and friends last weekend, and then last night I had the chance to inflict the same stress on her, with meeting Shawn. This weekend we are going to a concert, I guess, for a band she and her roommate really like that started as a local Austin band and will probably--from the CD I heard--be a name you guys have heard of before long. Except I don't remember what it is.

Things that are weird: at 23, she is my little sister's age, and her brother has my same first and middle name. SO WEIRD. O_O We try not to think about it. Also she lives on the opposite side of town, and with the scooter being no more that is difficult. She works near me, though, which has worked out well so far. So far it is really good and relaxed and easy; I went into the date not trying to impress her or do anything false or "first date"-y, and I have stuck to that position, and so far we are both really comfortable. I am not trying to play a role or do anything except what comes naturally, and so far that is working. It's good.

And that's the news! I am still hoping to get home for a visit while I am off work, but blrgh money. We'll see.

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