Well, I haven’t written on here in a shockingly long time! But I have an excuse. <whiny voice>I’ve been siiick!</whiny voice> This really has been the most virulent cold I’ve had in years and I just haven’t felt much like writing… I guess I’ve been concentrating too much on just trying to breathe through my nose. 🙂
And really, I haven’t had all that much to talk about lately. I really only came on today because it’s been so long since my last post and I felt vaguely guilty (don’t ask me why, I know it’s silly). Oh, and also because it’s Friday and I don’t feel like working.
And just as a reminder to myself, I am going to Sing tonight. I will not go home after work, read for a while, watch a little tv and then go to bed, like the last time I had tickets to Sing. I will go, and I will enjoy myself. And as an added reminder to myself, I’ve set my alarm for 7pm, so if I do forget it’ll go off and I’ll say, “Why on earth did I set my alarm for 7pm?? Oh, right! I’m going to Sing!”
I love wellies! Erm… for you non-brits, wellies, short for wellington boots, are rain boots or gum boots. Lots of fun for going out when it’s raining and splashing in puddles. 🙂 Fun with wellies is one of the pros on my list of reasons to move to the north Pacific coast (Oregon, Washington or British Columbia) when I finish my degree.
I’ve always been fond of wellies. I think the main reason is because, when I was six I was given a huge Paddington Bear (by huge, I mean about half my size at the time). Most Paddingtons just come with the hat and coat (and the “please look after this bear” label), but this one also had on little tiny wellies and I wanted a pair just like his. I never did get a pair just like his (they were red), but I did eventually get a pair and to this day relish rainy days so I can put them on and go out and play in the puddles.
So I was going to go bowling on Sunday with some friends, but we’re all so laid back that we didn’t actually manage to get our plans together in time, so we didn’t. <paranoid>Or maybe they did and they didn’t invite me!</paranoid>
You know, just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not out to get you.
I’m thinking of starting to re-read the Harry Potter books because the sixth one’s coming out in July. I figure, taking it leisurely, and taking time off for stuff I’m actually supposed to read, like textbooks, I’ll be done just before the new one’s released.
First week of the new semester is now over, and already we have a break, with MLK Jr day coming up on Monday. Not that I’m complaining about having a day off, but it does seem a bit silly to have it so soon after the start of the term. I guess it’s just going to be a silly term as far as breaks go anyway, what with Easter being the weekend after Spring Break.
It’s days like today that I really miss teaching. Not because I don’t like this job, not even because I miss the kids (though I sometimes do), but because teachers are still on break, and I had to come back to work today. *sigh* Not really the best reason to go back into teaching, but on days when I consider it, vacation time is definitely number one on my list of pros.
It’s really quiet here today, as classes don’t begin till next week, and I haven’t any projects left that I can work on at the moment. I’m glad I brought my knitting to work on during my desk time. I’m not sure what else I’ll have to do today, and I hate being bored. At least if I’m sitting at the desk knitting, it looks like I’m being halfway productive, waiting for patrons to come by and ask questions, as opposed to just sitting at my computer playing.
So I went bowling the other night with my new bowling ball, and I scored a 160 on the first game!! That’s my highest score to date. Of course, on the second game I didn’t even break 100, but I rallied on the third and managed a 122, which is closer to my normal.
As usual, I had a pretty good time with my mother, but by the end of the first week, I was ready for her to be out of my apartment. I love both my parents, but a week is as long as I can handle with either of them, if we’re staying in the same house.
It’s back to work tomorrow, so I’m making the most of my last day off. At the moment it’s nearly 2:30pm, and I’m still in my pjs. I’ve been doing some reading and watching some shows that got recorded while my mother was here. I have to go to the post office at some point today, but other than that, I’m free to be a slob and a vegetable, and I’m enjoying it a great deal. If you’ll excuse me, I have to go back to doing nothing.
One thing about having a parent come to visit, is that I feel the need to make sure everything in the apartment is really clean and tidy. Ok, let me make that a bit more specific. One thing about having my mother come to visit, because when my dad came, I just vaccumed and called it a day. So… spring cleaning in December. It’s been an interesting (and busy) weekend. And I haven’t quite finished yet.
I’ve also spent a little time finishing a couple of books that I wasn’t sure she’d approve of, so I could get them out of sight. No, no, get your mind out of the gutter! It’s just that my parents are both pretty conservative, and I think they’d have kittens if they saw that I was reading a series of mysteries featuring Chicago’s only wizard that advertises in the phone book (the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher). Vampires, fey folk, demons… yeah, they’d think I’d gone over to the dark side. But if they don’t know, they can’t fuss me about it.
So bored! I’m running out of things to do and a university library during the holidays is just not a really exciting place in and of itself if you don’t have any work to do. I’m vaguely considering heading down to the coffeeshop, just to see if it’s open. Anything to get me moving at least for a short time.
Well, one good thing about it only being the first week of the holidays, is that there are still student workers around, so at least I have someone to chat with today. Next week? No such luck. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself next week. Well, at least it’ll be a short week. Yay! And my mother will be coming in Wednesday or Thursday evening. Double yay!
Victory dance. Got my grades back for my classes and not only did I pass them both, I got an A on my IS paper. Dances a little more. Ok, I’ll stop now. I’m just excited because that’s the first paper I’ve ever had to write for a graduate level class, and I got an A on it!
So on Sunday I drove down to Austin and got my very own bowling ball! It’s neato; it’s green, white and black marbled and they did the drilling for free when I bought it. I can’t wait till my next bowling outing. Though, since it’s supposed to be a Christmas present from my mother, I wonder if I should wait till after Christmas to try it out. Decisions, decisions.
I can’t believe it’s only ten days till Christmas! (I’m on the mexican calendar where Christmas starts on the 24th) It seemed to come really, really quickly this year. I’m definitely ready for it. More for the time off work than anything else. I’ve been needing a break for months and Thanksgiving just wasn’t long enough.
Well, ok, I didn’t really expect it to be true anyway, and he didn’t actually say it would be as he said, just that this was what he’d heard. But still, I’d hoped, because it would have been so fun. Ah well.
Ok, ok, I’ll tell you what I’m talking about. They’re starting a tour of Wicked in Toronto, March of next year. A guy in one of my classes had heard that Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth were going to reprise their Broadway roles with the tour company for the first few months. It didn’t sound terribly probable, but it would have been really cool if they did.
But, it’s now official, they’ve listed the cast for the tour on Stephen Schwartz’s website (he’s the composer and lyricist, so he should know), and Mizzes Menzel and Chenoweth are not on the list. Very sad, but I’m sure the new cast members will be just as good as the originals. They don’t have Dallas listed as one of the places they’re going to visit, yet; I’ll have to see if I can make it to my mother’s next summer when they get to Los Angeles, which doesn’t have dates yet, but is listed after Chicago, which goes through mid-June. Either that, or I’ll have to see if I can get to New York sometime soon and see it on Broadway. Thing about going to LA is that I don’t have to pay for a hotel. 🙂