Something I’ve noticed in the recent months is that I’m sadly slipping away from LJ. My coms seem to have slackened off and my time to devote to keeping up with all of it has dwindled to something nearly nonexistent. It makes me profoundly sad to admit to myself that soon I may have no more use for it all. Even my Myspace has suffered. Anyhow, that’ll figure itself out one way or the other.
So an update on the past few days. Got notice on Monday that my term is extended through December. Went on a celebratory shopping spree at Woodfield with Christie. Enjoyed it, but was still finding it difficult to pull myself out of the funk I've been in over this job for almost a month. Enjoyed Cheesecake Factory scrumptiousness in celebration. Planted flower bulbs yesterday morning, returned home yesterday afternoon to see the squirrel munching on my bulbs. He had dug up half the pretty black irises I planted. DRAT! I retrieved the anti-squirrel device (an old aluminum bat) while Dad laid out mousetraps to catch the bushy tailed rat. Mom and I checked them this morning, they were thankfully empty. Would’ve served him right to catch a skunk or something. There’s a fleet of 7 sleek grey tour buses in our lot this morning for tonight’s Stones concert. It’s gonna be heck getting off campus this afternoon to get home. I smell a fist shaking at the CTA coming on. Skipped down to the President’s address which was surprisingly informative and non-dull.
Dad left the coffee on the burner this morning so by the time I got to my second cup it was bitter sludge, ick. Couldn’t figure out what to wear cuz I wanted to dress nicely today (not jeans) and all the pants that were clean are black. All the shirts that are clean are either black or the fall/winter stuff I had two years ago before I left for Memphis which are now out dated and too big. Nothing fits and even some of my belts are no longer doing the trick. I keep forgetting to weigh myself, it’ll be very gratifying to finally see how much I’ve lost. Although there’s something to be said for maintaining a steady weight-you actually have something to wear when you look in your closet. Vive le stairs and their slimming properties!
Passed the staging area for the Columbus Day parade this morning. Festive crepe paper draped Nina, Pinta and Santa Marias lined the LSD this morning. It was an odd sight.
And While I was writing this, the most wonderful news of all: I can STAY!!!!!!
Went apple picking yesterday. Took forever, stupid mapquest gave us bogus directions so we drove around on 64 forever. Gave up and went to the Plank Road orchard. It was fun, less than as cool as the other place was supposed to be but still nifty. We picked tons of apples-a 5lb bag of tasty crisp looking apples. I brought one for a snack today so we'll see how it actually tastes. Got some gross apple cider there too. It tasted like apple cider vinegar, wretched. Ewa popped into the library yesterday to visit, yay! I haven't seen her in ages. She brought pictures from the wedding and a book about Marie Antoinette I'm borrowing. Looks pretty good. Fighting with the external hard drive now so I must dash.
Ever had a moment in a meeting when your brain glitches and you hope to holy heck that no one noticed? I ask because it happened to me earlier this week. I’m sitting in a meeting, discussing our communication initiatives when a coworker’s shirt sleeve rode up, revealing a previously unseen tattoo circling his right bicep. Upon noting said anomaly my brain kicked into foolish unadulterated lust mode (I’m such a sucker for a tasteful tattoo) and I had a ga-ga moment that made me feel like a pubescent teenager. I have to giggle about it cuz that is so outside the realm of possibility.
Spent yesterday running around Stratford looking for a dress to wear to Jess’s wedding. Upon shopping with Shivangi for something for her I came to a sad conclusion that the one I was planning to wear was way too fancy, so I launched into a search. Ended up spending almost an hour at Forever 21 while we tried on practically every appropriate dress they had, and some inappropriate ones. The fitting room lady was super nice and helpful, finding us all kinds of stuff we hadn’t seen or hadn’t thought of, even to the point of pulling stuff out of a shipment waiting to go on the racks. I ended up with this fabulous black and white and grey floral print dress with a floofy skirt and tulle peeking from its hem. Bought the new Evanescence, it rocks. Also got two kinds of black dye. Will see how this bridesmaid's dress I've got takes color...I have a costume idea.
Am trying my damnedest to work around not knowing my future here. I’m supposed to be up on Oct 20 but there’s been talk of me staying through December. I want to so badly and this uncertainty is killing me. I was up half the night listening to my heart hammer with nerves. I’m certainly gonna give myself an ulcer over this.
Made a lunch and forgot it, drat! Shall now scamper down to CB for a long line resulting in a tasty expensive and bad for me lunch. Yum!
Meg and I decided it was too nice of a day to go home after the retreat. So, after we left the windowless conference room we snagged a Herald, traded it for a Sun Times at Union and found a show of Jackass. OMG-that was the funniest movie ever. I haven't laughed that hard in I can't remember when. Got home, watched half the premiere of Heroes and chatted with Christie.
Finished watching it this morning. Drank many cups of sister made coffee-good! Popped over to Tower to pick up a couple magazines and score, they had Escape from Earth (the opening band I liked this weekend). Snagged that then off to the mall to find a thingy to go over my dress to make it fall wedding appropriate. Got a black shawl, not sure if I like it but we'll see. Some lipgloss and a coldstone splurge. Finally figured out why my eye was spazzing-contact in backwards, duh. Now I'm off to eat leftovers and then dash on up to work. Whee. or not.
Went to the Rasmus show last night. They were great! All in all it was a pretty tame show- small crowd and no pit. Shivu and I got there late cuz we’re us annnndd cause the red line got stuck for a while. The tornado sirens went off while we were walking over there and it began to pour. We got fully and completely soaked – so wet that the heavy bottoms of our jeans were dragging them down and off all night. The first couple bands were good – I’d never heard of them, even now I don’t remember their names but they were pretty ok. The last opening act – Escape from Earth rocked hard. They were fun. After them, Shivu and I left Nikki to ru n downstairs and call Josh to find out what times the trains left. Milling about downstairs was Dan from Kill Hannah. I managed to not run shrieking up to him like a fangirl thank goodness for that –but mostly I’m too shy to. So I bought a tshirt, we got hold of Joshy and went back up. Sat down for a few seconds then the Rasmus came on. They were incredible! I tried so hard to take pictures that I wasn’t really seeing the show – I thought about all the stuff we discussed in visual class and tried to tuck the camera away. I got some good shots and some really terrible ones – I have got to learn how to use my camera. Towards the end of the set the security guard handed me a pick that hadn’t gotten thrown far enough – it ended up being Escape from Earth’s – mad cool! So, they played Shot, Immortal, First Day of My life, No fear, some others then Johnny Radtke came on and sang In the Shadows with them. It was AmaZING! I screamed then and rocked out like a crazy. I had no idea that Lauri played the guitar part for Immortal it was indescribably sexy – dark and riveting. As if you should be quiet and just listen. They even played a Finnish song, no idea what it meant or anything but it was fun. Lauri is just so cute – bouncy. He seems sweet and maybe a little high maintenance. He never held still long enough to get a picture except when he posed. It was kinda thoughtful, like he knew we wanted pictures and he knew we couldn’t get them. He did indeed have the crow feathers in his hair – all done up and into his persona. I will never understand how he makes that look sooo sexy – feathers in his hair, how does it work? I dunno but it really really does. And on the topic of hair, the poor guitarist kept flipping his poof of curls out of his eyes. I know exactly how he feels and I just wanted to go up there and pull it out of his face. I got a kick out of how little Lauri actually said – I think his English is very thin, it’s somehow endearing. The show ended promptly at 10, we said bye to Nikki then hustled out, caught a cab and managed to catch our respective early trains. So verdict is: It was an awesome show and I’m thrilled beyond measure I got to go!