Sunday, July 17, 2005

A Truly Packed Existence

i have realized lately that i actually have a social life now! i will be taking french classes a l'alliance francaise starting on september 19, and i'm very excited about that. my written is terrible, but i oral was good enough for me to get bumped up a couple of levels. what it looks like i'll most likely be doing is having basic written again just because i haven't had a course for NINE YEARS, and then intersperse advanced french immersion weekends to keep up my oral.

i am also excited because i think i see another possible career path opening up before me, which is urban planning! it doesn't have to be URBAN urban -- it just means looking at zoning laws, figuring out what kind of businesses it would be good to open up that would benefit the community. i have always been passionate about using things that are already there (like stuff that's gone out of business, but the building is still there) and preventing Maine from turning into a gigantic parking lot. so i am seriously thinking about this. i would be able to apply my cultural studies background -- i might have to get an urban planning degree? i'm not sure. i'm still looking into it, but i'm really excited! it's something i could actually be passionate about! the next thing i have to do is talk to some people who actually do it to find out what aspects of the job they like/dislike, what the actual job is like, etc. this could be cool.

the thing that's really nice is that oddly, now that i didn't get into grad school, i feel like i can allow myself to look into my other passions. for so long i had my horseblinds on so i could bring myself down that path, and at the same time, i wasn't really letting myself be interested in anything else.

well, i had better go because daN and i are reading harry potter to each other, and that takes a lot longer than reading a book yourself, and i want to know what happens next! i had a hard time falling asleep last night after i finished reading chapter 2 to him because i was so curious. "Only on chapter 2?" you ask! yes, and that's because matt and kathy were here from around 4am on saturday morning until just about 5pm yesterday, and we thought it was more important to hang out with them, chitchat, and eat brunch than it was too ignore them and read to each other. But now that they're not here anymore, what am i doing updating my blog when there is harry potter for read???

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Belated Fourth Update

We had a fantastic fourth of july. I’m glad we stayed here in boston to see the festivities, because they were phenomenal! daN and I met with Kal-el and Gilly on the Esplanade at noon (they had been there since 10) and we sat around, played games, met tons of their extended friends from Emerson, read, slept, took walks, people-watched, and eventually saw the most incredible fireworks I’d ever seen in my life. It was an amazing time. It was well worth the exhaustion the next day (we didn’t get home until around 12:45). The nice thing is that that is what people used to do with their time before TV and movies on nice days. The whole affair felt so relaxed and human.

Otherwise, things are great. Our apartment is really shaping up, and we just have to find our hammer so we can put up our framed pictures.

Saturday, July 02, 2005


Here's the deaL: we moved on Wednesday! We now live in a gorgeous Victorian era apartment with real wood and a built-in china cabinet! Lovely floors, etc. IT's great.

The move went as smoothly as one could possibly hope, but it still takes as long as it takes, and i still didn't get to bed until well after 1:00am, and i had to work the next day. Needless to say, i was dead weight. I wasn't even a warm body because i wasn't all that warm. Ah well. I am so grateful that we have a long weekend. I am even more grateful for all the help we had. We almost had more help than we could use, and that means so much. For those of you out there, i want to give a big shout-out to Kal-El, Razz, Laura and Dave, Q and Alex, without whom this move would not have been possible. Everyone did their part, right down to offering at all even if we didn't need the help at the moment. The moral support was great, and taking apart and putting the futon together with assistance was great. Borrowing hands and vehicles is key.

Otherwise, i'm going to get back to unpacking. There is a lot to do, and i'm about ready for this place to start looking like a home and not a gigantic storage closet.