Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Listening to… the Thomas Newman station on Pandora. Lots of beautiful and quiet movie scores so I can concentrate, grade, write, watch kids take tests... Lately it's a favorite.

Obsessing over… Cake Mix Cookies. Basically, they're Rolo cookies without the Rolo, because I'm lazy and I don't want to unwrap candy when I'm baking. Still good, even without the candy. I might have eaten two already today. Okay, five.

Working on… an idea for a novel. Time to stop daydreaming and actually sit down to write it.

Thinking about… September 11, and the heaviness I felt when I was at the memorial. I've never experienced anything quite like that place. I recommend you visit it, if you ever have the chance. It can't be accurately put into words.

Anticipating… the season premier of Boardwalk Empire this weekend, and the premier of Homeland in a few weeks. Now that True Blood and Breaking Bad have wrapped up, I'm not quite sure what to do with my Sunday night. That's usually prime TV time for me and E. I'm also looking forward to my boyfriend's new movie, Skyfall. Le sigh.

Cukes in my water.

Enjoying… cold water with cucumbers and mint. Healthy things shouldn't taste this good.

Loving... the benefits of my day spent with Addie. Last night she had a meltdown about school (which is normal) but it was much easier to get her to talk since we had our day together. It certainly tugs at my heart when my kids are crying, but I'm glad they still want me to hold them when they're upset.

Reading... Middlesex. Still. I feel like I've been reading it for a hundred years. I know everyone and their Oprah love this book, but it feels like homework to me. I'm not super jazz-handy about it. I don't know what my problem is (and I am fairly confident that my not liking it has more to do with me than the book), but I'm just not that into it. I blasted through about nine books this summer and now I've stalled. Big time. Tomorrow I get a new audio book, though, so I'm kind of looking forward to that. Thinking about Gone Girl or The Fault In Our Stars.

Surprised by... how fast the days are passing. There's so much work in my work that every hour is flying. Good work, but it's work. I feel like every day is go-go-go right now, and I'm not even in school at the moment. Just teaching. I'm a little bit worried about what it's going to feel like once the MFA program starts up again October 1.

Frustrated... about the "grading knots" in my shoulders. I know the left one is from grading timed writes all day Saturday, and the right one is from grading notebooks all day today. I tried to lean my head to the other side to balance out the soreness, but now I've got two sore shoulders.

Wishing… I didn't have to choose between exercise and rest at night. I'm trying hard to keep myself moving, but right now it's happening at the expense of some down time.

Happy... about the warm fall nights, even though there's not much daylight left after dinner. I know that soon it will be dark when I get home from work, so I'm trying to enjoy this while it lasts. As soon as it gets dark I feel like I'm on lock down after about 5:30.

Looking forward to... heading back down to hang out with my nerd friends in Palm Springs in December.

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