le sigh

le sigh

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.

Anyway…

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. 😦

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Wow it was a gorgeous day!

Wow it was a gorgeous day!

It was cool, true. But it was beautiful outside!!

Church was good. I had to usher, but that was ok. Big crowd today – we ran out of bulletins! Crazy!! After the service, I got double teamed about serving on an acolyte team. Um… And of course I agreed. I am a whimp! And then during coffee hour, someone else stopped me and said she’d meant to say how much she liked the chorale we did last week and ask if I’d considered singing in the choir. Um…what? They seem pretty well set on sopranos right now, but. LOL. Insanity! I got a hug from M., so that was cool. When she gets over this shy stage she’ll be fine. /sarcasm She is adjusting beautifully – at least from what we can see.

Also? I forgot that Stephen Daldry is associated with my parish! His wife is on the vestry! He came in at the start of communion and went up to sit with his wife and daughter. At coffee hour I screwed up my courage and went over to talk to him briefly. I congratulated him on the great reviews for Billy in Chicago and told him – honestly – that it was my favorite of the three productions (London, NYC and Chicago) I’ve seen. He was so nice and thanked me for telling him. He said the Chicago production is his favorite too. 🙂 Very cool!

I’ve basically chilled this afternoon. It’s been nice to do that. Just relax.

Well, not 100% – I did do Day 13 of the 30 Day Shred. Still DYING at level 2, but I’m sticking it out. I can tell little things – jeans that have been washed and dried aren’t as tight as they used to be for one. I think my shoulders are getting more defined. And – hopefully this makes sense – most things on my body just have that weird look like there is musculature developing but there’s still fat there? I know that with continuing to work out and watch what I eat, the combination of the diet and building muscle will help to burn that fat away. But it’s sort of that awkward stage right now. Still, I’m calling it progress!

I’ve been doing more thinking about what to do after Summer School. I do think the beach would be fun – I’m used to going there! But the ‘rents are going Memorial Day week. 😦 I wish I had the money right now to rent a house there so I could treat them to a stay – they’d just have to drive and pick me up in Charlotte. But I won’t have the money until it’s almost that time. So… I don’t know. Someone on FaceBook suggested some places out on Eastern Long Island for a day or weekend. *sigh* I’ll probably just for everything I’m considering end up going to Nashville for a week. Can’t do much longer than that because of the bird. It’ll most likely ultimately be cheaper to do one of the Europe trips for Winter Break next year – plus it’ll give this volcano more time to settle down!

Um… Not much else. Tomorrow night’s gonna be weird not having a writing class to go to! But I need the break to really let myself be creative rather than under pressure to produce something to turn in on a schedule.

Ok…probably should go brush my hair before it dries in all kinds of weird bends from being wrapped up in the towel. 😛 Night!

raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

It’s been another glorious day! I wore a jacket when I left this morning, but as it turns out I could have just as easily left it at home. Oh well. I had my backpack with me that contained a) my Trader Joe’s bag and b) the Mickey ears I got for L’s daughter M. Also, obviously the nook and an umbrella just in case.

Church was good. We had an ad hoc chorale this morning – just 5 of us. It was so much fun singing like that again!! I’ve missed it!! I gave M her ears after church. She doesn’t really get what they signify, but she was VERY excited and put them on immediately and ran back to show her mom.

After church, headed to the F and went to Trader Joe’s. I wanted to get some eggs – organic!! – and some cheese. On my way there, I noticed that Nature’s Grill is finally open – it was initially supposed to be at the first of the year. Ok, it may have been open for a while and I just didn’t notice since I usually approach TJ’s from the other side and on my way out I’m just focused on getting to the train. It’s a health conscious restaurant where most of the stuff is organic. And it’s actually pretty reasonable! I’m not going to make this my new take-out place all the time, but I definitely see me eating there or from there on occasion. There are some combos of things that I think could make transitioning to eating more veggies and stuff pretty doable. You know, just mix things I’m not sure of with things I already like and trick my taste buds that way!

Came home and ate a cereal bar and watched Deadliest Catch. Then I did the Shred for Day 6! Yay!! OH! This morning I put on jeans that hadn’t been worn since I washed them? You know…how if they’re the slightest bit tight that’s when it’ll show? Yeah…not tight! Well, not in the hops or waist. The thighs are still a little tight, but not as bad!! Woohoo!! Dinner was scrambled eggs with cheese and a spoonful of peanut butter. YUM! Obviously not TOGETHER! I’m not silly enough to put peanut butter in scrambled eggs with cheese. Sillies!

And now I’m just chilling and trying to get mentally ready for tomorrow. Back to school. Oh joy.

But all in all it’s been a great day! 😀