Monday, May 26, 2008

This. Is. My. Life. (Part I)

My name is Amy Jane Gustafson. I was born on December 9th, 1980 in Robbinsdale, MN to parents Patrick and Robin Gustafson. On October 26th, 1983, my brother, Jonathan, was born. The four of us lived in the Camden neighborhood of North Minneapolis until the fall of 1989 when we moved to Brooklyn Park.

I was a scrawny, shy kid. Creative, quiet, thoughtful, introverted...I hated phy ed, I was good at language arts, science bored me, math intrigued me (when I bothered to take the time to figure it out.) I wrote long stories, generally using anthropomorphic animals as my main characters and spending a great deal of time drawing maps and planning my characters' boring lives. I thought I'd be an archaeologist, writer, artist, or zoologist when I grew up.

I spent most of my time playing with Jonathan. We had fantastic imaginations and developed elaborate make-believe scenarios that would go one for days, generally ending in a fight, often physical, taking us back to our usual hatred-based relationship.

We watched the Ghostbusters cartoon series, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, and other 80's style children's' programming. We liked the movie Follow That Bird.

We were the last kids on Earth to get a video game system (a Sega Genesis), but had a computer since I was about 5 (an awesome Commodore 64).

Our parents took us to Florida - Disney World and Daytona Beach - and occasionally more exotic places like Jamaica and Mexico. Mom and Gramma took us on camping-esque trips to places like Aitkin, MN and Michigan. I spent a lot of the summer at my cousin's cabin "Up North" at "The Cabin."

I liked to read books - Baby-Sitters Club, Boxcar Children, and other random, mindless, badly written and predictable pre-teen fiction. The library was one of my favorite places. We'd walk there, in Minneapolis, or bike there, in Brooklyn Park. Sometimes my dad would drive me. I had the library hours memorized and was on a first-name basis with some of the librarians.

My random interests included dinosaurs, collecting shampoo bottles and postcards that my dad brought me back from his frequent business trips, troll dolls, and Legos.

I was a lonely kid. I was a daydreamer. I was an under-achiever. I was insecure. I was paranoid about silly things (like asking to go the bathroom or forgetting to do my pointless "homework" that didn't matter anyway but seemed extremely important.)

[To be continued.]

Sunday, May 18, 2008

You can always use asterisks*

You can always use asterisks
Originally uploaded by Marc Johns
* I've run out of stars.


Catching up...

I'm nearly caught up in Lost - I'm about to watch the episode that originally aired on 3/14/08. The internet rules. has full episodes of most of its shows that stream for free.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

This kinda captures how I feel at the moment...

092: 5.3.07
Originally uploaded by girlhula
Another one of my Flickr Favorites. Have I mentioned that I adore Flickr? I really think I have...You should do some re-reading if you disagree.

Monday nights aren't much for sleeping either, apparently.

Not sure why...

Got to work around 6:15 today (carpooling w/ Joanne = up with the sun!) I found out that I've been assigned to 2 new projects. Both are short and so, I'm assuming, not very complicated.

Nic came for a tour and to give me a ride home around 2:30. It was fun showing him around, letting him see me do my thing. I ended up having some network issues so it was a little boring for him, but he was a good sport.

We came back here, took a nap in my big bed, got up, ordered pizza, watched TV and ate pizza...I fell asleep during "House" - soooooo tired and I don't watch that show so I wasn't following what was going on - so Nic left for Joe's when that was over. I came downstairs planning on falling right back to sleep, but here I am once again...


I've talked to Derek a wee bit lately. I miss hanging out with him. We used to hang out Sunday nights - eat pizza and watch his Superman show...It was fun. We'll never have that again and that's ok, but I miss it anyway.

I have to prepare a bunch of stuff when I get to work tomorrow (crack of dawn again!) for my official "on-boarding" for my new projects. I have to do some reading, figure out what I'm getting into, then do some silly paperwork. Two meetings, not sure how I'll get home, and I'm sure I'll be exhausted.

Yay for May 13th!

Monday, May 12, 2008

I can never sleep on Sunday nights...

I have to be awake in about 3 hours. I should really be asleep right now.


Another weekend has come and was a decent one. Friday night I worked on some projects and then Bill turned up w/ his friend Tanya from WI. We hung out for abit...

Saturday I slept in and Bill brought me White Castle (yummmm...). He and Tanya went to Nic's brother's wedding - I stayed home and watched Lost (finished season III! If I can get caught up on the current season, I'll actually be able to follow along with everybody else instead of covering my ears and saying "I'm not listening!" every time the topic comes up.) By the way, you can see full episodes of all your favorite ABC programs at Pretty rad.

Today I ran some errands quick so Bill could run off w/ my car for a few days (off to visit his parents). In the afternoon, John came over and we went to the MOA and IKEA and some other misc. shopping. Tried to clean/organize my mess of a house, but I have so many projects in process that it's quite difficult. (I'm pleased and excited with the things I'm working on, though.)

It's Mother's Day...I made my mom a present and got her a card in NZ (cause it says "mum" and I thought that was rad) and a picture of me....I invited her over, but she didn't really respond and I haven't heard from her since. Sigh.

Have I ever mentioned how much I'd like a new family?

I gotta try to get some rest...

Sunday, May 4, 2008

I can't help it...

Are we cute...
Originally uploaded by {Amy_Jane}
I MISS New Zealand!!!

Look at this picture - how could I not??!!

We were at a beach called Taylor's Mistake. It was rad. We talked about houses we'd want and how we'd use vines as curtains. I took off my shoes and socks and rolled up my jeans and ran in the water. Stu took pictures.

I remember breathing the fresh, fresh air, feeling the warm sunshine, smiling at Stu, and saying, "I LOVE New Zealand!!!"

In the sea there is a fish...


Uneventful week. Hung out with Other Amy which was nice and refreshing - it'd been a while!!

Today I went to lunch with my parents at a place called Moe's. I said I'd be there at 12. My mom called me at quarter to 11 and said I should be there at 11:30. I said I'd be there closer to 12. She said ok, between 11:30 and 12. Sure enough, my dad called me at 11:32 wondering where I was. I told him I'd be there at 12. I got there at 12. The entire restaurant staff commented on how I "finally" showed up.

My dad drives me nuts, but at least he's consistent.

Lunch went fine. Had a couple drinks, a couple mini-burgers off the kids menu, showed my parents all my NZ pictures and told them lots of my stories. Had to gloss over a few things, distract them from a few pictures...Not that I can't do whatever I want, obviously, but there are certain things I don't need to discuss with them.

After that, I went to Wal Mart and then Jo-Ann Etc, Archiver's, and the liquor store. Jim came over for a bit. We talked and drank some wine and listened to music. He had to go to dinner with HIS parents so he left. I half-heartedly tried to find something social to do, but really just wanted to finish putting my pictures in my albums so I did. Bill called. Talked to him for abit. He and Nic are heading up here in a few days, should be here next weekend. I'm happy to have them - my house is their house and they know that.

Still missing NZ...I wish I'd been able to get to know Nick-the-Brit better, hang out some more. I'd guess we have a lot in common. He has good taste in music and TV and stuff. Super cute accent...I had fun hanging out with him.

Stu as well, of course...

I love This American Life. If you don't listen to it, you totally should. Good stuff. I love Ira Glass. I love the way he says, "You're listening to This American Life, I'm Ira Glass..." You have to hear him say it...It's impossible to capture in writing.

To backtrack abit, Jim reminds me of my dad. I can't decide what else to say about that so I'm not going to at the moment.

No big plans for the upcoming week. Not sure what's going on at work. No assignment at the moment which would be ok, in theory, but is actually a weird, lost, disconnected sort of situation. I don't especially like it. They call it "being on the bench."

I have lots of stuff at home to get caught up on. I want to get rid of lots of stuff - books and clothes and other stuff I don't use or need. I also need to vacuum and do laundry. I need to return the stuff I bought for NZ but ended up not needing. I'd like to hang out with Amber - it's been a very long while since I've done that. I'm kinda making my mom a Mother's Day present, but I haven't gotten very far. I should get on that...

Bailey is in his kennel tonight. He almost always sleeps with me and I like that. Not really sure why I decided to put him in there tonight. He doesn't mind. He's really good about going in there when I say, "Go to your room!" Jack is lying at the end of my bed. I'm in my little bed, as usual. I don't know the last time I slept in my big bed. I told Bill he can have it when he's here.