Thursday, January 31, 2008

please, please, please...

So I'm home sick today. Yesterday I felt like crap because I didn't really sleep Tuesday night, and today I feel just as badly, and I did sleep. So I called in. It's the third day of the new semester, so I do feel a little guilty (but not a lot!).

I'm sitting here on the couch watching the Weather Channel. We have a heavy snow warning starting at midnight and running until 7pm tomorrow. Detroit will get between 3 and 5 inches of snow overnight tonight and another 4 to 6 inches tomorrow. The warning also includes a statement that those of us south of M59 may get sleet occasionally, which could reduce the amount of snow. So if there isn't a lot of snow, there may be a lot of ice.

I might get a five day weekend!!!! I'm entirely cool with this. :)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Entering the 21st century...

It's true. This afternoon, I bit the bullet and bought a wireless router. So I am now blogging from my couch. Very exciting. I have envied my wireless friends for years, and now I, too, am wireless. I'm so cool. Whoooohoooo!!!

Yeah, I know. I'm a goof. It's so not supposed to be this exciting. It's ok. I'm good with it.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

lazy day...

Is it bad that I love to spend my Saturdays sitting on my couch doing nothing?

Actually, I suppose that I didn't really do nothing yesterday. I got up, I went to Target (love love love Target), I took my Christmas stuff down, and I strolled around Somerset for a while. But if that sounds like a couple hours worth of stuff, you're right. I just couldn't muster up the desire to grade papers. I meant to go to the gym, but it just never happened.

So should I feel guilty that watching Ghostbusters on VH1 (and who hasn't seen that seventeen bazillion times?) was one of the high points of my day? All the books I've read about living life to its fullest say that such days are time-wasters...and I don't think I can manage to care! :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Heroic Cycle

It's nearing the end of the semester. It is time for all HFA ninth grade language arts students to learn about...Odysseus. That's right, ladies and gentlemen. Today, I introduced to my students THE HEROIC CYCLE!!!

I know. It's not majorly vital information in a young person's life. But it was cool. We were talking about how the heroic cycle shows up in a lot of stories they read and movies they see, like Harry Potter and the Wizard of Oz. They're all listening and contributing. Only one kid's asleep. They had the look in their eyes.

It rocked. A lot. Yay!

dumb car

I got a new car on a lease so I wouldn't have to worry about fixing it. Nonetheless, my lovely car visited the shop today! Now, I love my car. Truly. It's cute, it's sporty, and it's got serious cajones. And until three hours ago, it sounded like a train pulling into a freight yard. The good news? The service guy thinks he can get the makers of my loverly car to pay for the work...since there isn't anything really wrong with my brakes that sounded like a crazy train. They have plenty of life in them; they just make horrendous noises, and I'm concerned that my neighbors might stop loving me if I keep making those noises at really early hours of the morning. So I bit the bullet and paid for the brake job.

Dumb car. *sigh*

January 31, 2008
An update. Ford Motor Company says that they only cover brakes to 12,000 miles; any car driven 20,000 miles in the first year is not covered in anyway. There was nothing physically wrong with my brakes and that the first set of new brake pads they put on my car made the same noise fresh out of the package but the second set of new pads did not. The fact that I drive my car a lot means that they have no liablity for shoddy products????? I certainly plan to pursue this further!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

the end of the world

Ok, this is what's Bird's husband would consider a sign that the world as we know it is ending.

I went to the gym yesterday (no, that's not the sign of the apocalypse of which I speak), and there's a sign on the counter where people check in: complimentary valet service available effective...

I do understand, in theory, the point of this. It is resolution season, and this tends to make the gym insanely busy (happens in May, too, just before swimsuit season). The parking lot is limited, and I have been there on a couple of occasions when there were just no parking spots available, even around the back of the building (where I don't like to park anyway because it's all dark and hidden from the road). I know they have to get complaints about it; I know someone who actually stopped going to the gym ostensibly because she could never find a parking spot.

But really??? A valet?

It's a GYM, people!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Happy New Year!!

So, here it is. 2008. Wow.

I went dancing with a friend on New Year's Eve, and the bar played "1999" by Prince. I remember how that seemed SO far away when the song came out...and now it seems SO long ago! Hey, random fact: that song is about nuclear war. Again, remember when?

Resolutions...I freakin' hate resolutions. But of course I made a couple. This year, I want to ride in the Ore to Shore race and catch up on my bills. Ambitious. Let's see how that goes...

Today is the last official day of Christmas break, so Bird and I hit Partridge Creek to check the new mall. Decent stores, but very few I can't find up the road at Somerset...except Sur La Table!!! Big excitement here! It's like Williams-Sonoma, but for real people. I liked very much. We also discovered For Love 21 (which, honestly, is kind of a crappy name for a store), which has lots of fun CHEAP jewelry...but they've got one at Somerset, so all is well.

Mom took possession of her new house yesterday and spent today getting the cable hooked up and painting ceilings. Better her than me...

Candle training all day tomorrow. Sunday, I have rejoin the real world and go into work to prep for the last couple weeks of the semester. Onward and upward!! :)