Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hang In There, My Kittens

Updates, photos, holiday gorging, and end of the year AND end of the decade ruminations coming.

I've taken this week off...fully and completely.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Useful, Perhaps

As y'all know...every few weeks I have to buy air tickets for a group of int'l students as part of their grant agreement. I was debating between two different itineraries for this guy from Indonesia....one was $60 cheaper but it had him spending the night in the Bangkok airport. The other was more expensive, and a longer itinerary, but it had him spending the night in the Singapore airport. Luckily, I found this website, that showed me that it was a no-brainer - anyone would be happier staying in the Singapore airport which, I've heard, is almost luxurious by airport standards.

So any of you who are travelers might be entertained or interested to find in which airports around the world are better for sleeping.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Rotten Cherry on Top

As though it isn't bad enough to have to work today and tomorrow when I feel like everyone else is on holiday and getting ready for Christmas and I feel more behind than ever....there is some EXTRA OBNOXIOUS construction happening on the floor below (above? Who can tell with this racket?) me...jackhammering right into my skull and I can feel it in my teeth.

TICK TOCK.....

Four more hours to go today....

Friday, December 18, 2009

Finally!

I thought this day would never get here....it's the final day of our last term of the year. I could cry from relief....if I knew that I didn't have to get up at 3:30am tomorrow morning and make sure that 25 students can all get checked in and on their flights by 6am....that's my final hurdle.

But still! The end! I can see it!
Awake at 3:00am, watching our Netflixed Mad Men. This is the only time of day when I can really talk with D. Our schedules have gotten so intense and out of hand. I can almost relax. If you call trying to cram all my Christmas shopping into three days "relaxing."

But first I've got to make it over the huge hurdle of the next two days. Taking 25 students to the airport at 4:00am on Saturday morning. F me.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I Can Now Do This From My Phone. Yay!

Testing out mobile blogging. Very full day today. I got into a small accident this evening while taking students to our holiday party. No one was hurt and the damage to the other party's car was very minimal. The complication was that the other driver didn't have a license and was probably illegal. She became horribly distraught when she learned that I'd called the police to come make a report. I was following protocol for an accident in a University van. I felt awful as she became more upset. I mean, I definitely did do damage to her vehicle, albeit very small. Luckily I was able to call the police back and explain that there were no injuries or damage. I guess the police were only too happy to not come out in 15 degree rush hour, so we all went separate ways. The other driver hugged me and had tears of relief in her eyes. I still felt guilty for tapping her back bumper. I can't imagine feeling so afraid of authorities all the time. I guess it all worked out, but it was all I could do to go straight home, climb under the covers and eat a bowl of lentil stew with one big ol' glass of tempranill0....

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Periodically

For some reason this morning on my awful, awful drive to work (you people don't get it - FIVE MINUTES rules my life in the mornings. If I'm five minutes late there is NO PARKING anywhere and I have to park at a meter and I always forget to go back to feed the meter or move my car and I've racked up nearly $100 in meter tickets THIS MONTH ALONE...roy g. biv of colorful language, for sure) I started thinking about back when I was in college and I had a few hours blissfully to myself that I'd spend in the Periodicals section of Mullins Library. The Paris Review, Interview, Der Spiegel (back then I was semi-fluent), tons of Literature reviews that only dorks like me read.

If I could say one thing to younger people it would be - take advantage of all that TIME you've got. Jesus. What I wouldn't give for a few hours every day to myself.

I still love magazines.