Monthly Archives: December 2010

Almost off

I’m all packed and ready to go. Well. Almost. But close enough, especially when you consider that I actually packed yesterday. Forethought! Impressive. I’m excited. I’ve been slightly less excited since I found out it’s basically going to rain the whole time I’m there, but whatever. I think Pidgeon has caught on to the fact that I’m leaving, and is being clingy. At the moment, she’s on my lap making me hold my elbow at an odd angle.

Friday I didn’t have work, and John and I were going to have a Big City Adventure Day. Ha. I have been really wanting to go ice skating. I suck at it, but I have my own skates, and somehow I really like skating. We were hoping that in the morning, Bryant Park wouldn’t be too crowded. Ha! A group of school kids went in a little before me and proceeded to wreak havoc on the already fairly crowded ice. I gave it a go for probably 20 minutes, managed not to get smashed into, and gave up. An ambulance was showing up as we left. Not kidding. We weren’t really that attached to doing anything else in the city that day, so instead we went out to Long Island, I got to skate for an hour and half, and then we went out to sushi at one of my two favorite places. The other being in Oakland. All in all, still a really good day. I worked on skating backwards and sort of kind of had it by the end. John hung out and watched and considered trying and enjoyed the nice cold moist air. Which is appreciably better than the windy cold dry air outside.

I should make sure I’m not forgetting anything. Like my phone charger. That would be fun.



I have been doing a lot of nothing, and some ladder moving. Which has been good, I like sleeping in, hanging out with John, and doing enough work to say that I’m working, while not actually doing much. It’s nice for this time of year.

It’s finally turned really cold. I’m not a huge fan of cold, but I do like that my coat isn’t excessive, and I like when it snows. Though it’s only done that twice this year. My roommates do not seem to share this appreciation, and keep turning the damn heat up. I programed the thing to be around 65 all the time. 65 is good. Not quite t shirt weather, but comfortable, and distinctly warm when you come in from it being 20 and windy outside. They keep reprogramming it to be 70 all the time. I don’t understand this. I get that they might not yet understand the bill-size difference for a 5 degree increase (which is fucking huge, the main reason I keep turning it down), but I don’t get why they want it that warm. When it’s 45-55 out, 65 is not that warm. But when it’s 20? 65 is delightful. So why now that it’s colder are they freaking out? Is is a mental thing? Higher number makes them feel better? Whatever. My other main objection is that I have blankets. Maybe they don’t. Maybe they are huddling under a sheet and a sweatshirt, but when you have a comforter and a blanket like me, at 70 you wake up sweating. And that sucks. And it’s winter! I’m supposed to be able to huddle in my blankets and be grateful for my pocket of warmth there. They are stealing my winter experience. Upshot- the thermostat wars continue. I’ll ask them for bill money and add a note about the expense of the heat soon.

I had a few other things that I wanted to mention, but I forget. Maybe tomorrow I’ll put in an addendum. It’s been a relaxing couple weeks. I’m excited about California. I have to do laundry before I go. My mom’s yoga class is doing a solstice thing where they do 108 sun salutations. I’m debating going. I really don’t like the sun salute sequence, but doing it that much might be meditative and zen-like and all. Those are always good.

It’s snowing!

Not much, and it’s definitely not really sticking, but I’ll take what I can get.

I haven’t been doing much. I had a little more work, some of it for a theater, like, a real one, and it sucked. Partially because I’m feeling done with theater, and partially because they just COULD NOT let us leave early. We finished half an hour early on the last day, and were sent to bundle up the loose tie line. We finished 15 minutes early another day, and instead of going upstairs and washing up, we sat there, literally sat on our asses and watched the carpentry crew work until we had run down the block. What a stupid way to run things. I’d rather work harder for shorter periods of time. Whatever. It is admittedly nice to know that when you get called for 8 hours there, you will absolutely get all of those.

In happier news, tickets to the Bay are pretty cheap right now, and I mentioned to John that I kind of wanted to go home for christmas, but I can’t really afford it, and while I could make it work money-wise, my parents, while happy to see me, would scold me for not paying student loans instead. And that’s when he bought me a ticket. So I’m going back to California! In a couple weeks! For over a week! I’m excited. I’ll get to see my parents and their new house, and my cat, and Tenaya. Seeing Tenaya will be good, and I’m baking something for my mom for christmas, so we can briefly resume our Tuesday Baking Club.

Today is John’s birthday, which is exciting. Rather, he could sort of care less, but I’m excited, and I made him something really great. When we talk about the Namibia trip, he mostly-jokingly talks about how he wants to tackle a leopard and bite it, to, you know, show that he’s working on it’s level. Then they’ll understand each other. So, I spent about 5 hours last night making this, of which I am super proud-

Look at the pretty lettering! Look at all those goddamn spots! Anatomically, it’s not perfect, the second section of the hind legs should be shorter, the ear is not quite right, but whatever. He’ll like it. I’m still debating coloring in the leopard. And I have to figure out what to put on the back. But I have this afternoon to do that. And then I’m going to staples to laminate it. It was a lot of fun to make, though, and I got to break out my hand drafting tools, which is always exciting.

I think I will color in the leopard.