I wish I was at the beach right now. My parents are there with friends of theirs. The past few years we’ve gone the week after summer school, which is the same rate as this week, but this year they decided to go this week. 😦 I will miss being able to go a lot.
The beaches up here – at least the ones I can get to on my metrocard (and the ones on Long Island that get shown on the news aren’t much better – are gross. There are jut-outs of rocks that you can get slammed against, the water is cold and the sand is nasty. Seriously…it’s way too hot to walk on, even with flip flops…you have to watch out for broken bottles… And even in the water if you can stand to go in it it’s so cold, it’s all gross with shell pieces and god only knows what else. Even Lake Michigan was better.
Hopefully next year we can go back to the August week. Hell, I’ll even offer to pay what difference there is in price if any (which, like I said, not an issue this time – it’s the same price the week after summer school as this week). Sure I may get restless down there sometimes, but that’s usually solved by just being able to go out and walk around or chill out with a book. Just being there and being able to SEE the ocean is nice and calming.
In other news… My bird? Still being a twat. He thinks the shelves by my futon are his personal playground and that he has the right to move everything around he wants to. And worse if I try to reach in to rescue something or (horrors) to move him to his cage, he squawks like a madman and tries to bite me. Gah. I think I liked him better when he was rubbing against my sweatshirt being a horny little bird.
Church was good. I was the crucifer today, so I got plenty of incense. Given that my mood is not improved, I’m now disbelieving that article about how the incense used in churches has mood enhancing properties and that’s why people feel so good after a service in a church with incense. Neither myself nor the two girls who were torches really knew what we were doing, but we muddled through. The funniest part was when Father Glen was getting ready to celebrate, he was taking his cope off to put on the chasuble and no one was there to take the cope. We happened to meet eyes, and he motioned for me to help. I stood up to take it and whispered “Where do I put it?” He shrugged and whispered “I don’t know.” So I improvised and folded it neatly and put it in the chair next to me. I think we technically should have removed one of the extra torch chairs and I should have been over one seat, but it all worked out in the end. And I think that the girls were probably happier sitting next to each other as opposed to sitting cornered from each other.
I’ve finished my reading for the first discussion in the B&N First Look “Book Club”. It’s this thing where a group of people get to read advanced copies of a book, discuss it usually with the author participating, and then we have to write reviews on our blogs and/or the B&N site. This one we’re getting electronically, so I’m reading it on my nook. It’s called The Writing Circle. So far it’s not blowing me away. And judging from the early response people are having (stuff like “It’s so engaging! I don’t want to stop where we’re supposed to for this week’s discussion!” and the like), either I’m way off in my reading of it and will be like the only person in the world who doesn’t like it (based on the first 88 pages…I suppose there is still hope) or a lot of people are not going to be honest because the author is participating in the discussion. Of course, I’m guessing that the fact I just finished Rebecca Wells’ The Crowning Glory of Calla Lilly Ponder isn’t going to help. Reading that I remembered how much I love her writing. It’s just so beautiful and poetic. And even if I am not a big fan of New Orleans (Don’t hate me…I just don’t like it. I’ve been and I wasn’t impressed.), I love the way she writes about it. I have to remember to not compare author styles and try to look at this book in only its light. Also making it challenging will be that I refuse to read 88 pages a week. Ergo, I’ll be reading other books as well. I don’t think I’m going to be signing up for one of these first look thingies again. Even if we do get a free book out of it.
No plans for tomorrow except for just relaxing. Watching what tennis I can get on ESPN/ESPN2 (since Cablevision is being a butt and not letting me order the Tennis Channel), doing the Shred, and reading something that’s not the First Look book. And generally being bored.
Oh yeah. And wishing I could be at the beach. 😦