Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ten million little things...

on my mind right now.
  • I wouldn't mind fall if people would stop having such a geek-fest over it.  It's not hot anymore, I get it.  You must not feel comfortable wearing shorts and being barefoot.  Some of us liked summer though. You love pumpkin and oatmeal and football and your GD apples.  Don't come crying at me when it starts to rain and doesn't stop for like six months and you have the snots from November to March.
  • Winco is pretty cool.  Where else can you test the limits of your own patience, people watch in relative discomfort and get a boatload of snack food?
  • It's finally starting to feel great to get carded rather than insulting.  Today the cashier carded me when I bought a six pack of Pacifico with my Mom Cart full of groceries and I almost laughed at him.  Oh, you're serious.
  • I opened my first syllabus (of three) today and it said I'd be reading 16-20 books in the next six months for that class alone.  (I have three.)  This is in addition to the 10-20 pages and the 2-4 book critiques I have to turn in per class per month.  I had my first oh dear sweet Baby Jesus, what did I do? moment this morning.
  • In a related note, I've been reading up on mindfulness and meditation. So I'm trying to go with the flow.  T-R-Y-I-N-G.
  • I realized this morning that in order to make my reading goals for the MFA (i.e. read all the required material so I don't flunk out) I'm going to have to give up some TV.  This realization made me very, very sad.
  • I spent a significant amount of time and a similarly significant amount of money last night at The Limited, buying dress pants, pencil skirts and fall tops.  This seems to have predicated an intense desire to buy some new boots to go with my new fall-nice work outfits.  I'm going to resist the urge, though, because I'm pretty sure I spent enough for a while on me.
  • There's about one month left until I go to New York with our school's Mock Trial team.  I. Can't. Freaking. Wait.
  • I am really enjoying Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  Like, a whole lot.  It's really causing me to hope that I can write with a powerful sense of voice and character in the near future.
  • I have to develop a reading list for both my fiction and non-fiction classes.  (We mostly come up with our own.)  No pressure there...
  • Last week (following the marathon) was one of the hardest weeks I've had teaching in the last few years.  I had literally no energy left.  Since I'm trying to save sub days for my December residency in Palm Springs for school, I toughed it out.  For that, I'm feeling pretty good; I did need a four-hour nap yesterday to reboot, though.  I didn't have time to get to the science experiment that was my kitchen until today.
  • Training for races aside, I really like to get out and walk.  I want to enjoy that as much as possible before Mother Nature decides to be a total butt-head and rain all the time.
  • I need to go back and see when I got my running shoes.  I'm beginning to wonder how many miles are on them.  I thought I was tracking that in dailymile, but I screwed it up.  Surprise, surprise.
  • I learned how to make potato salad this week.  Booyah.
  • Hugh Laurie can actually sing pretty well.  Starbucks had one of his new songs as a free download the other day.  You go, House.
  • I am on the "I heart Adele" bandwagon. You know, my daughter Adele and the singer Adele.


  1. I know - I get tired of hearing complaints about the weather too. Just wait until next week - it gets hot again! Oh, and I love the creamy dijon potato salad on the food network. That is pretty easy to make and people really like that. You might like it too!

  2. I was very happy to have cooler weather for a weekend, but I'm glad it's warming back up (although I'd prefer 80s to the 90s that are coming). I'm most definitely not ready for the rain and gloom!