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Friday Fun! (What Goes Up Must Come Down or I Order Zen Flesh Zen Bones From My Library)

October 21, 2011 4 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  Those of you who follow me on twitter know that this week turned into a doom week from hell for me after my cheerfulness last weekend.

I really need to learn to stop tempting the fates thusly, DAMMIT.

It’s not that any one horrible thing happened; it was just one of those weeks.  First off, I’ve been seeing a guy for a couple of months who I was really liking, but I wound up having to break up with him on Tuesday.  Let’s just say, he wasn’t treating me the way I deserve to be treated, and I’m older and wiser and don’t put up with that shit anymore.  But still!  It’s sucky.  It’s sucky to be backed into a corner and have to do something that sucks.  It’s sucky to think you’ve met someone who might be right for you, and it turns out they’re not. It’s just sucky.  It’s also sucky to have that happen and currently be working on a paranormal romance novella then discover that you’ve written the last 3,000 words without the male love interest showing up because you’re just not into that right now and have to write just short stories all week.  That sucks too.

Second, I somehow wound up working both of my jobs three days in a row, which means that I’ve been gone from home from 7:30am to 11pm.  Not. Fun.  I need to learn how to say no to the part-time job sometimes.  It is, after all, part-time.  At the very least I need to never do three days in a row again.

Suffice to say all this stress and emotions (damn them) added together to lead to me walking home from work in the rain. Crying.  I was a walking, eye-roll inducing scene from an overly dramatic movie.  Only I ended my walk with whiskey and whining to @bitchylibrarian on gchat.

It’s ok though. Really, it is.  One huge thing I’ve been working on in my 20s is accepting reality for what it is.  Which leads me to why I ordered Zen Flesh Zen Bones from the library this week.

The day that I was preparing myself to accept the fact that, yes, dude I was seeing wasn’t treating me right and I needed to stand up to that shit, I saw this excerpt from the book on tumblr:

Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master.

Eshun was very pretty even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Several monks secretly fell in love with her. One of them wrote her a love letter, insisting upon a private meeting.

Eshun did not reply. The following day the master gave a lecture to the group and when it was over, Eshun arose. Addressing the one who had written her, she said: “If you really love me so much, come and embrace me now.”

That’s all there is to it, isn’t it?  If someone really cares for you, everyone will know.  It won’t be in secret, and it won’t be something hidden.  If you really love me so much, come and embrace me now.  Here.  In front of everyone.  And you know what?  That’s what all my lovely friends do, which is why they stay my friends.  They tweet me encouragement when I have a shitty week.  They tell jokes to try to get me to laugh.  They text me to check in.  They are just generally awesome, and that’s the kind of people we should want to have in our life.  People who ease the stress of living, not people who add to it.  And I’m pleased to say that tomorrow I get to see at least some of them for an awesome fall potluck I’m hosting.  I can’t wait!  Although I will miss those who can’t make it.

As my yoga instructor says:

Shanti Shanti Shanti Namaste

Or as myself and Regretsy like to put it:

Namaste, Bitches.

 

Friday Fun! (Post Grad School)

March 4, 2011 2 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  I hope your weeks have been lovely with lots of time for reading crammed in.  My week has been decidedly uneventful, which I am totally ok with after the insane eventfulness of the last 6 months or so.  I’m settled into a post-grad school routine of work, friends, gym, cooking, professional job hunting, etc…  It’s great to actually have the time to see my friends more often now than when I was in school.  We’re managing to find fun ways to occupy our time in spite of the bitter cold, whether that’s Asian fusion food or hockey games.  (Go BC kick UNH’s ASS).  In fact, I’m so busy doing fun things that by the time I get home at night, I generally grab a quick snack or dinner then climb into bed to read and fall asleep doing so.  I woke up with my glasses still on this morning.  Luckily I was reading on my ipod so it turned itself off at some point in the night so no electricity was wasted.  This does mean that I’m watching far fewer movies, except for when I have friends over to get drunk and watch trashy old horror movies together.  😉  Of course there are the normal post-grad school money worries and the stress of trying to fit everything in to your work week, not to mention actually making the time to wash your laundry so you have clean clothes to wear, but overall, life is good.  *looks around*  *knocks on wood*

Oh!  I also got an xbox 360 and played a Kinect game for the first time and dudes.  It is so fucking cool.  The future of gaming if I do say so myself.  Playing a game with your body and no controls?  It’s like something out of a fucking scifi movie.  The only annoying part is having to move my furniture every time I play.

There’s really not too much else to say right now.  I’m striving for various goals, but I plan on only updating ya’ll on them once I’ve achieved them.  I prefer not to jinx myself.  😉  In the meantime, I hope to keep encouraging everyone’s love of reading and story-telling.  Happy weekends!

Friday Fun! (Inception and General Busyness)

August 27, 2010 4 comments

Just a quick check-in today my lovely readers.  It’s a busy Friday!

I had a lovely week in spite of the rain at the beginning.  I actually found the cooler weather to be a nice relief, both to me and to my electric bill!  I went to see Inception this week, and while my friend and I would have had fun watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt in pretty much anything, the movie itself is truly great!  I loved following the plot during it, then thinking out all the possibilities after.  (I might possibly have lost some sleep doing just that).  I also really enjoyed the soundtrack.  I believe it’s by the same composer who did The Dark Knight.  In any case, it’s just as powerful.

I finished my final project for my summer session online class, although I still have a bit of forum discussion left to do before it’s officially over at the end of this week.  Naturally, my fall online class starts earlier than Simmons–this week to be exact, so I’m getting a bit of an overlap.  I have a scheduling strategy though, so thus far I’m not too stressed about it.  This semester is my final semester of my MLIS program, and I’m going to be so incredibly happy to be done.  I’m not looking forward to my face-to-face class at all.  It’s cataloging, which I’ve put off for last for a reason.  (I really hate the technical services aspect of librarianship), but it needs to be done, so I’m planning on grinning and bearing it, haha.

Two of my friends are also moving this week, so I’ve been helping them when I can.  Last night they crashed at my place as they had a one night apartment gap.  This weekend I’ll be cooking a special dinner to help ease the stress for them and also helping clean their previous apartment in preparation for the security deposit check by the landlord.  It’s busy, but it’s always nice hanging out with them, even if it is working on something or just them sleeping on my couch.  (I have a couch that’s very disproportionately large for my apartment.  It’s amazing).

How about you guys?  Has the busyness of fall started to catch up with you or are you still in summer relaxation mode?  What are your stress management strategies?

Friday Fun! (Being in Your 20s)

August 6, 2010 4 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  Sorry for the relatively small number of posts this week, but I do hope you enjoyed them!  Things will be back up to snuff next week.  I’ll have at least two book reviews plus my very first product review for you all in spite of the fact that I have a rather large homework assignment due next week.  Yay!

Last weekend was pleasantly relaxing.  I went shopping with one of my friends, primarily for shoes, as I tend to wear through mine like nobody’s business.  I blame the large amount of walking that’s necessary when you live in city.  I also saw Dinner for Schmucks (definitely worth the ticket price) and had Thai food.  Yum, Thai food!

Last night I was hanging out with two of my friends and we got to talking about our experience with being in our 20s so far.  We all started our 20s highly idealistic and determined to change the world (samples: hippie tendencies, tv is evil mentality, save the planet, etc…) only to now have fizzled a bit on that.  We got out of university and encountered the real world and the real world kind of beat down on our aspirations.  Now we don’t want to save the world; we just want to be happy.  I’m wondering if the next phase of our 20s will be some sort of moderation between the two: helping the world but striving for personal happiness and improvement simultaneously.  That sounds like a happy medium to me, but I guess we’ll see.  Anyone currently in their 20s or someone older who wants to reminisce on the experience? I think it’d be interesting to hear.

I hope you all have lovely weekends! Anyone have any special plans?

Friday Fun! (Camping and Biking)

July 16, 2010 4 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  Thank you for being patient with my hiatus last week, and I hope you enjoyed the posts this week.

Last weekend I went camping in Vermont with my friends Nina and E.  I love so many things about camping–the fires, the food, the technology free time to talk, sleeping outside, the justification for using a hatchet.  We rocked out in the car on the way up, and they also got a chance to meet my family.  My brother taught them how to shoot rifles and pistols, and my dad made us dinner one night.  They continued on to Canada, and I took a bus back to Boston after visiting a bit more.  Unfortunately, the bus was around an hour late, so I wound up arriving at work exhausted the next day.

Yesterday it was finally cool enough to start biking again.  My legs only  lost a little bit of their strength, so that’s good.  My bike fell off its chain for the first time yesterday, and of course I had no idea how simple that is to fix.  I spent a few minutes grappling with the chain and getting covered with grease before discovering this lever you can push on to raise and loosen the chain and set it back on.  At least I knew enough to put it on the second circle since it was on the second gear.  So then I got to arrive on my bus connection covered with grease and got weird looks from the bus driver. It was awesome.   I took a risk biking this morning.  It’s cool now but is supposed to get up into the low 90s by this evening.  We shall see.

Happy weekends, all! How were your weekends?  Any good weekend plans?

Friday Fun! (Nina’s Back, Refunds, and Gardening)

March 5, 2010 4 comments

This was a busy, but overall fun week for me.  One of my closest friends, Nina, was on a two month trip to Israel, and this week she returned home!  (She kept a blog of her trip, check it out!)  She and one of my other good friends came over Wednesday night, and we all cooked together.  Well, Nina and I did. E was the cheering squad. Also, she brought the chocolate.  Nina made tehini the way they do in Israel, and we had that with whole wheat bread for an appetizer.  It’s a lot like hummus, only more bitter.  For dinner we had whole wheat crust pizza topped with vodka sauce, marinated tempeh, shredded carrots, avocado, onions, spinach, and cheese.  You guys, vodka sauce lends such a nice sweetness to a pizza.  Swoon.  Also, Nina brought me a lovely tapestry from Israel.   I believe she said it was made by the tent dwelling Arabs, but I was also tipsy when she gave it to me, so I could totally be wrong about that.  Although it is many colors, it is predominantly a vibrant shade of red with hints of black, so it will go really well with my living room.  I’m so happy Nina is back, and she and E are going to be roommates, so I’ll be seeing much more of both of them.

In tidbits of news, my state refund came in, so there’ll be a bit of shopping this weekend.  I was going to get a Wii, but I think I’ll wait for my federal refund for that.  Instead, I’ll probably get a new tv, mostly so I can finally hitch up my mac to it and stream Netflix.  Also, what’s the point of having a Wii if you’re playing on an old tv?  (Don’t worry, budgeting types, some of the money will be going into savings and some into the terrifying undergrad debt).

I’ve decided (partly spurred on by my librarian friend, Kristi, check her blog out), that come hell or high water I will get some gardening done this year in spite of the fact that I have neither yard nor balcony and a kitty who is very determined not to share windowsills.  I found a windowbox that is a bit sturdier and fits on the windowsill better, so hopefully she won’t knock it off.  I’ve also got some other ideas up my sleeve (such as the topsy/turvy planting thing).  I’m planning on growing tomatoes, herbs, peppers, and strawberries.  I’m also considering potatoes via an indoor method Nina learned about in Israel.  I am, however, known to have a brown thumb, so hopefully this pursuit won’t be in vain.

Happy weekend everyone!

Friday Fun! (Merry Christmas!)

December 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Ayla playing in wrapping paper. You can just see her ear sticking out.

I know, I know.  I’m posting on Christmas!  The thing is, I have time, so I may as well, eh?

I really did have a lovely week.  I was home sick Monday, and I spent the day destressing and recentering myself.

Tuesday night I went out for dinner with my friend and her boyfriend.  My friend is moving to California on Sunday, so this was our goodbye dinner.  It was sad, but also lots of fun.  My friend chose the restaurant, so I had Peruvian food for the first time ever.  It wasn’t bad, but it was a bit bland for my taste.

On the 23rd, my sister-in-law went into labor and gave birth to my niece via a C-section.  Welcome to the world, Clara!  She’s just over 5 pounds, and I’m excited to get to meet her next month.

Yesterday I was the only librarian in my library, something I actually enjoy.  This may be a sign that I’m suited to small hospital libraries, hehe.

Today I’m actually just chilling at home.  I’ve already been to see my family, since we knew my sister-in-law was due right around Christmas, and we thought it’d be best to visit prior to the baby being born and after sometime in January.  Since everyone else is obviously with their families, as they should be, I’m enjoying a day of watching Lost, snuggling my kitty, baking cookies to mail to my librarian friends, and reading obviously!  Tomorrow one of my best friends is coming over to hang out for the day, which will be our last chance before she goes to Israel for two months.  I should go get some of that reading and baking done.  Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and happy day off to those who don’t!