Where to begin?
~ Alright, I’m done with school. I have to apply to the graduate program, but in my own good time. Which is not right now.
~ I’m in love with the Mortal Instruments series. The fourth book, City of Fallen Angels, isn’t due out until April, leaving me to drum my fingers impatiently. The other night, as I drove through the snow without my snow tires on yet, I began to ponder my death should I get into an accident (not that this was likely to happen) (and yes, there was a reason for that strange segue… keep reading); I thought about the people I’d leave behind, the things I would have left undone. Then it hit me: I would never know how the series ends! I realized then and there that I have to stay alive, because I refuse to spend eternity wondering “What happened?”
In the meantime, I’ll start reading Catching Fire, book two of The Hunger Games series. These books also have me wondering what’s next.
It’s good to have so much to live for.
~I’m a little irritated. I got so little sleep this past semester that I find myself automatically waking up after about 4-5 hours of sleep; that’s about how much I tended to get. Today was the first day in a long time that I could have slept in, but my body refused. My body and I are going to have to have a little chat about this.
~ Is anyone else a bit peeved with Survivor this season? I think even Probst is aggravated. The only likable person left is Fabio, who is likely to go home in the next week or two. And what the hell is Dan still doing there??? The sight of him annoys me, and when he opens his mouth to complain about something, I just want to smack him.
~ I think I’ll change the blog’s look soon. Now that I’ll have some free time, expect to see more regular posting here. Stranger things have happened.
Sorry, I’ve been balls-to-the-wall at school lately. Given that I am, in fact, female, you will realize just how difficult that’s been. I actually have some free time now though, so here are some things I’ve noticed:
- The Stall Street Journal (located inside the doors of bathroom stalls, get it?) this week gives the possible history of Samhain/Halloween. It really was fascinating. What I found confusing, though, was the mention of free mammograms tacked onto the very end. I’m not sure I get the connection. Moreover, I’m not sure I want to.
- Putting on my make-up recently I realized I do something rather silly: I apply foundation in order to even out my complexion and get rid of the redness found particularly on my cheeks. Then I apply blush to the same area. I’m covering the pink only to brush it back on again. Knowing this, I continue to do it anyway. Yes, I am a robot.
- I don’t like group projects. This is actually not a new observation, however I felt strongly enough about it that I felt the need to share.
- Friday is National (International?) Sewing Day. I know that this will be of particular interest to some of you.
- I really like the new show The Whole Truth, starring Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney. It gives both the prosecutor’s and defense’s side of the story, and concludes with the truth about what actually happened when the crime was committed and whether or not the person on trial was guilty. Because I like this show, it is in jeopardy and might not be on the air much longer. Since everything is about me, obviously the fault is mine.
- Naonka must go. If you watch Survivor, you know what I mean.
Alright, that’s enough for you to get on with. Go on about your day now.
A lot of fun things have been going on lately:
~ I’ve downloaded Boggle and have been playing against the computer. I used to love this game, but sadly Randy isn’t very good at it so I haven’t played in a very long time. That isn’t the only game I’ve been playing, though. When the power went out the other night due to storms, he and I played Yahtzee. I won 2 out of 3 games, but that was just blind luck. Naturally I called an end to the games before he had a chance to catch up and beat me…
~ I had a transcontinental movie date last night with Leah. “What is a transcontinental movie date?” you may be asking yourself. She and I watched the same movie (“Eclipse”) at the same time. I went to a late show, while she went to an evening show; we were watching simultaneously. I know it sounds silly, but it was fun. How else are you going to watch a movie with a friend who lives on the opposite coast? We talked on the phone for about an hour and a half afterward, about the movie, and life in general. It was the first time we’d spoken anywhere other than online. It was pretty awesome!
~ I’m going to Atlantic City next week with another friend I met through the internet, Emily. We’ll be gone for a couple of days, and I can’t wait! We may be spending a day in Cape May with Dustin, which is pretty cool. I hung out with both of them in Manhattan for a day last year, along with our friend Becky who happened to be visiting Emily at the time. I’m so excited! I just wish Becky could be with us again. Maybe next year, eh Becky?
~ I’ve been slowly cleaning and organizing my house. While this definitely does not qualify as a fun activity, the results are soothing, so it’s a win.
All in all, life’s not too shabby at the moment.
I went to the movies lately (Eclipse, in case you’re wondering) and the theater was so freezing that, despite the heat wave, Randy and I had to turn the heat on in the truck afterward in order to thaw out! I imagine that’s what it feels like to be surrounded by affectionate vampires who hug you all night. You’ll understand that if you’ve read the Twilight books. If you haven’t, well, the vampires are very cold. My only other complaint is that there were some vocal Team Jacob girls sitting nearby who made loud comments. It is a sign of my growing maturity (and hunger) that I did not throw my bag of popcorn at them.
I mentioned Randy just now. Yesterday was his birthday, and our 17th anniversary as a couple. I love him more now than I did then. You’d think I’d be a little bored, but I’m not. It’s amazing when you finally find that person with whom you can fall more deeply in love as time goes by, rather than out of it. I try never to take him for granted, to let him know how very much he means to me. There are always the daily little irritants that living with someone brings: socks left on the floor, lights or television left on in an uninhabited room, failure to wipe down the counters after making supper. But he helps with the laundry, shuts things off when I remind him, and he cooks that meal, meaning that I don’t have to; I am perfectly capable of wiping down those counters myself. He helps me in a myriad of ways, both large and small, and makes my life fuller and richer by his existence. We are not exactly alike, nor are we polar opposites; we complement one another. I can be as silly or as grouchy as I feel on any given day, and he rolls with it. He brings me flowers and calls during the day for no other reason than to let me know he loves me. He never complains, and lets me have the remote control whenever I want it.
I’m a very lucky woman.
If you’re reading this, I wish that you may have the sort of loving relationship in which you respect and fulfill each other, whose love grows daily and that does not merely stand the test of time, but thrives upon it.
And that you can share the television remote.
~ I finally watched “The Stand” over the past couple of days. The effects were pretty crappy by our standards but most likely state of the art in ’94, so I’ll grant it leeway there. It had an excellent cast, and is one of the better translations of King’s books to movies. My only big problem was that I couldn’t find Randall Flagg at all scary. It’s hard to take a demon from Hell seriously when he’s sporting a big bushy mullet. The fact that he wore one, however, can stand as a testament to his evil nature.
~ I’ve continued to help my mother by driving Randy’s truck to run errands like picking up furniture or loads of mulch or topsoil. She, in her turn, has been a gardening fiend in my flower beds. It’s going to look amazing when she’s done! It already looks 5 katrillion (I just made that up… take that Shakespeare!) times better than before. There will be pictures at some point.
~ I don’t have ascites; the fluid is in my stomach, not my abdomen. What a relief! The gastric emptying study I underwent a couple of weeks ago indicates a problem there, so I have been put on a new medication, Reglan, which will make me sleepy. It has some potentially nasty side effects that I have to watch out for, such as tremors and spasms, but as long as I don’t experience these I should be alright, and it should alleviate some of my symptoms. I want to get something else checked out, but don’t want to discuss it yet. Later, once it’s done.
~ I am so colossally lazy today that, though I’d like a bowl of cereal, I won’t have one because there aren’t any clean bowls and I can’t be bothered to wash one. In my defense, I spent the morning ferrying topsoil to my mother’s and an old sofa of hers to the dump. I feel I’ve expended as much energy as I’m going to today. No, I didn’t hurt my back with either of these things. I am the driver, nothing else. My mother and brother did the heavy work. I can’t emphasize enough how much it goes against the grain to watch my mother, who has her own back and cardiac issues, doing the heavy work. She insists she’s fine, but it’s just wrong. At least my brother was home today to do most of the work. *sigh*
Well now, that’s 4 things, which is twice as many as a “couple.” Having put the lie to the title of this post, I will end right here.
Last night I:
~ Made the vilest brownies known to man. Truly. One bite and I was gagging. So yeah, worst brownies ever. Won’t be following that recipe again.
~ Watched “Persons Unknown” on OnDemand with Randy, who was wearing one of my bras on his head like the nerds in “Weird Science.” Why, you wonder, was he wearing it on his head? Because it wouldn’t fit around his torso silly!
~ Saw a young man fly an indoor kite during “America’s Got Talent,” a show I don’t normally watch but did last night for some reason. This man was born with debilitating epilepsy and, reading between the lines of what he and his mother said, I could tell that he has been teased his whole life because of it. Indoor kite flying, he said, has been his way of escaping and relaxing. It consists of pulling a large kite by 4 strings, which aren’t as long as those used with a regular kite, through the air. Randy and I were a bit worried about him because lights can trigger a seizure, and there were tons of lights above the stage as well as a couple of follow spots, but he made it through just fine. My husband has epilepsy, though his is well controlled by medication, so this young man touched us especially. He flew his kite to Sarah Mclachlan’s “Angel,” making it arc and weave, dip and float; he made it dance. It was stunningly beautiful and I found myself crying. He blew everyone away.
With the exception of the brownies, it was an evening well spent.
My friends Lord Bargain (whose first book- 101 Forgotten Pop Hits of the 1980s – is now on sale) and his lovely wife Suburban Hen (whose beautiful baby quilts, jewelry, prints, and more can be found here) have entered a contest. The object is to create a video ad for Paddy Power. The video that gets the most hits wins £1,000. Like the rest of us, they could really use the money, and the ad is only 32 seconds long. It spoofs a recent event during the British elections when an incumbent candidate who had been soliciting a woman’s vote forgot that his mike was still on when he got in his car to leave. You’ll have to watch the video to find out what the candidate said!
BTW, it’s Lord Bargain himself playing the politician, and SwissToni as the Paddy Power employee.
(and in case any of you are wondering: Yes, I would probably do the same thing for you if you needed/wanted a plug 🙂 )
In the past couple of weeks I’ve been re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the beginning. Since I’ve begun:
- David Boreanaz (“Angel”) has admitted to cheating on his wife.
- Nicholas Brendon (“Xander”) has relapsed and is back in rehab.
- Emma Caulfield (“Anya”) has filed for divorce.
Some good news, though:
- James Marsters (“Spike”) announced that he is getting married.
I think perhaps it’s a good thing I only have 5 episodes left to watch!
~I hope when I go gray, I go the right shade of gray. I’ve always said I wouldn’t dye my hair back; I’m not afraid of aging. But would I dye from one shade of gray to another if I didn’t like the way it was going? Probably not, but I wonder how often it’s been done?
~Hoping to meet up with Becky, Emily, and Dustin in NYC again soon. I also want to swing by John Jay College of CUNY at some point, check out the neighborhood, decide whether or not I could see myself there.
~I haven’t seen them yet (obviously), but I don’t think The Gates or Law & Order: LA will last. You read it here first. Unless you read it somewhere else before now.
~Because of serious health problems my mother has made dietary changes and lost 24 lbs. I have found 15 of them.
~I’m glad Sandra won Survivor. If Parvati won I was going to bash my head into something. Hard. I’m serious. I had Randy on standby to stop me and everything.
Have any of you seen The Men Who Stare at Goats? It’s hilarious! Must See DVD. Ewan McGregor somehow managed to keep a straight face while constantly discussing the Jedi with George Clooney. It’s hysterical almost beginning to end.
We’re waiting for Eureka 3.5, NCIS Season 7, Criminal Minds Season 5, and Big Bang Theory Season 3 to become available, so Randy and I have begun watching Castle through Netflix. So far, so good.
As for me, I’m still working my way through Buffy. I’m into Season 5. I don’t sit glued to the t.v., though I’m sure it sounds like it. I watched the series when it first aired and am often doing other things while Buffy plays in the background. I’ve also got “Angel” in my queue and have considered watching it while watching Buffy, since there’s some crossover. In the end I decided to skip it, mainly because it’s too much effort to try to coordinate it. I’ll watch Angel when I’m done with Buffy.
I got a 4.0 this past semester (I now have a 3.968 overall), and have been sick since school let out, therefore feel I’ve earned a little mindless entertainment. I’ll get back to business soon, just not yet.