Thursday, March 29, 2007

i feel a little guilty

they give me money to talk about things i love.
they give me money to make friends.
they give me money to eat their food and fresh fruit.
they give me money to sit comfortably and bask in the je ne sais quoi of a home, the one thing my hostel lacks.
they give me money to energize and cheer my day.

i'm starting a garden fund.

for liza

i am happy today because i have a new favorite song.
i am happy today because while i was working i saw my birthday. it was a colloquium for medieval studies.
i am happy today because several books i inventoried were published at duke university, where i was born.
i am happy today because it is thursday and i don't have to teach at the college.
i am happy today because i am happy.

Friday, March 23, 2007

pretty good year

today is a great day.
it's been a great week.
it's been a crazy week.
i'm not at all ready for school to come back and real life to go on as if this week had never happened.
beloved? fences? days of awe? have i read these books? no. (well, i read beloved, but i'm not ready for my presentation on monday, now am i? no.)

so. what started this week of greatness? i think i need to go back to last week, friday, the 16th of march. friday is as friday does and began this friday, as all fridays, at work. then i went to class, but then i went home. my sister picked me up and drove me to provo. we bought too expensive, but delicious, alfredo pizza and met my parents.
then my mom and sister and i went to div com.
then i went with jo and bells and todd and kev to the malt shoppe for shakes.
then i got to talk to carly and to jo and i slept over in the prov. then carly made breakfast and lexie took me to paul mitchell the school and i got my hairs cut and then i took the old familiar walk to the bus and i rode home.
once at home i changed my clothes and took myself to the slac to have another go at being inspired by andy warhol. i confess, i did not succeed. but bill viola (what very little i saw) was strangely too much for me.

sunday julia spoke in church so i got to see her and really everyone, which was so wonderful.
then monday i worked and learned a little about web design. and was offered a garden.

it was an offer i couldn't refuse.
and all this week i have been reveling in my good fortune and the unexpected goodness that comes with it.

tonight my good week continues as i'm heading to the prov once again to see jo and kev and esther dance.
and tomorrow is holi!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

one of those days

today i really did hear the sunshine beating down in time with the rhythm of my shoes.
of course i was walking around when i should've been working, but it couldn't be helped.

my paper is done. i turned it in. it's not great. but it's ok.

i wasn't tired today. it was odd. but it was nice.

for tomorrow i have to read "young goodman brown" and "a rose for emily".
luckily, i already read "young goodman brown" so i can actually eat dinner tonight. i'm so excited. i think i'm going to make alfredo pizza with artichoke hearts. (oh! remember the pizza from jo's birthday? i could really go for some of that right now...) and also i'm going to make regular pizza cause some people don't like alfredo pizza (but i do. i love it.) and also i'm going to make soup cause i bought leeks for st. david's day and i better eat them or won't you feel silly?

also, i'm going to start writing a novel.
i'm not sure about if this is a good plan, but it sounds like fun.
i decided we should drink tea over at the new london market bakery and tea shop, but my inside sources say it won't be open until easter.
do you go on walking tours? i do. i don't mean to, but i seem to do a lot of them. in spain we had all these assignments where we had to walk around madrid and take pictures of places like cafe gijon (that was the most expensive and least worthwhile orange juice of my trip, i tell you what)
and in salamanca we got to walk around in unamuno's house (i have a secret crush on unamuno, who knows why)
and i decided as i talked at scott who wasn't responding that i would like to have a walking tour dedicated to me. even if i was only co-author of our book. we will have to be sure to take lots of pictures of our deep discussions and our familiarity with the tea shop. maybe we'll get a discount. afterall, since we are ensuring a long and prosperous future for their business by writing our book in their shop, they kind of owe us.

there are crocuses blooming in my parents' yard and tulips blooming in their not-dirt on the counter. my sister sent me pictures.

i don't have plants. it makes me cry.

i'm so glad it's thursday. can you tell?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

how i adore life... i cannot ask for more

i always know things aren't good when i haven't posted here in a while. it means i'm being ungrateful. so.
what makes me happy?
today i was happy because of birthdays.
i think birthdays are so much fun. just always. fun for all. at all times.

friday i went to a karaoke birthday party for the awesomest ever becky jean.
i wasn't excited at first because i don't karaoke. but it was tons and gallons of fun as it always is over at the lovely ladies' on the left.

then i spent the saturday at my parents'.
then today was march 4, 2007.

do you know fran in my ward? i do. he's very nice.
fran's birthday was today.
he says it's easy to remember because if you say it out loud ("march fourth") it sounds like "march forth (...and conquer the world)"
i say it's easy to remember because it's my little sister's 4 month birthday. (along with my unusual skill at remembering birthdates.) that means today was my sister's golden month birthday (4 months old on the 4th)
so that's fun.

in honor of fran's birthday i kept myself awake in sacrament by making a fortune teller. then, while filling out my tithing slip, i realized the very best thing EVER about today:

it's a math problem!!!
(03.04.07: 03+04=07)
i think we should all start paying attention to this phenomenon. i'm just glad i haven't missed my chance (like my real golden birthday. i was only 10 so i didn't properly appreciate the coolness of it.) just you wait, kids. 04.10.2014 is going to be one rockin birthday party for me.

so the moon is full and i thought the weather was relatively comfortable today.
also, i had some success in the darkroom tonight, so i feel better about life there too.

i straightened my hair and i may be able to put off my haircut for another week or so, so that's excellent.
my credit card cycled so i can finally put some plans into action and get working on my summer of fun.
anything else?
i got to spend friday afternoon with the lovely and enchanting kathryn. we were stopped by a charming indian woman who asked to use kathryn's phone and then walked off with it. luckily she wasn't going very fast and we were able to keep up.

happy march, children. it's a month of kites. let's work on that too.