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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Is It Vacation Yet?

Thirteen Things about npw's week

1. I was feeling rather uninspired yesterday afternoon, hence the youtube clip. Yes, it was the lazy girl's answer to a quick post, but cut me some slack. I can't be brilliant every moment of every day. Or can I?

2. I just paid my student loans, car payment, insurance, heat, electricity, and cell phone bill all at once. I felt a bit like crying. But then I found a dollar on the floor of the library. Who says education isn't a lucrative profession?

3. There have been some school-related frustrations on this end and they all sort of came to a head this week. I don't know who out there still believes that the education world is simple, but I do know that anyone who does think that is probably simple in the head. It's been like playing a giant political game of Risk over here for the past few months. I will tentatively state that I have secured some additional funding for next year's budget, but I'm preparing to have to fight to the death to spend it how I want.

4. As I believe I've mentioned, I have next week off for my Spring Break. To kick off the spring-like celebrations, the Boston weatherpeople have been predicting 4 inches of s
now today and another 4 or 5 inches on Sunday. Add to that the fact that absolutely every friend I have from school is going away, and you have one cranky NPW. Yeah, because I love going to lunch and hearing about trips to Aruba, Chicago, Turks and Caicos, Cincinatti, Costa Rica, Denver, and Florida.

I try to play it all cool, like I'm choosing to spend the week sitting on my couch watching movies, but damn if I couldn't use some fun in the sun right now. I suppose I could've planned in advance for this (seeing as how I've known about it since September) but now I am a.) missing a travel partner, and b.) broke as a joke.

5. This brings me to another complaint: Chris needs a new job. Stat. I have never heard of a job where you are required to stay at work until 8 p.m. every night and are not allowed to take your vacation time or personal days without being harrassed, and yet here he is, smack in the middle of that very special position. So: no hope of him get
ting to take a day or two to go somewhere fun.

6. I discovered yesterday that there is a contingent of 8th grade boys who have been falling asleep in class every afternoon. No one could figure out why until I overheard a conversation this morning in which said students were discussin
g how they go to bed at 10, set their alarms for 1 a.m., and get up to play xBox until it's time to head to school at 7. I do believe that none of them even bother undressing or showering, simply going to bed in their clothes and rolling into school in the same unwashed state in the mornings. You know I dig the gaming, but seriously with the smell? Not cool, kiddos. Not cool.

7. Oh, good. The snow just started.

8. My new membership at the Cheapest Gym in America has been going well so far. Three afternoons this week I've enjoyed watching Red Sox games while listening to music and running. Of course, I can't help but make some comparisons to the Gym of Dreams, the biggest one being that I forgot what it's like to work out alon
gside men. Men whose eyes never quite make it to your face, as they seem to get stuck just a foot or so lower. I wouldn't say it has reached the "leering" stage yet, but it's close. Ah well. What can you do? Ten bucks is ten bucks.

9. Yesterday a co-worker and I decided to sneak over to Starbucks for a pick-me-up chai. On the short walk I managed to twist my ankle, fall to the ground, scrape up my hands and legs, and bruise my wrist. Then someone left their bag out in the gym locker room and I slammed my toe into it, causing me to curse and jump, then smash my shin into the open locker door. I put the word of the day ("shinjury") to good use, I can tell you.

10. The last few months have been a movie-going drought for me, partly because Chris is so tired when he gets home after 8 every night that all he wants to do is sit in front of the tv or computer and appear brain dead, and partly because I haven't felt a strong urge to see anything. But now there are at least three movies that I must see in the upcoming weeks: Grindhouse, Aqua Teen, and Hot Fuzz. Anyone feel like an afternoon matinee next week, shoot me an email.

11. A co-worker came running in the other day to tell me she had a great book recommendation for me. Then she whips out this beat up paperback that was based on some shitty-ass show that got cancelled from the Hallmark channel. Is the proper response to this:
a.) smile politely and accept the book, exclaiming that you can't wait to read it over break while actually crying on the inside,
b.) look at the book in a vaguely disgusted way and say, "Uhh, no thanks. Loser",
or c.) smack the book out of her hands and warn
her that if she ever tries to pull something like that again it'll be her head getting the smack down.

I chose A. How 'bout you?

12. Wait, snow and hail? Oh, New England. You're so funny.

13. I haven't decided yet if I want to post over break. I mean, seeing as how I'll be really, really busy. I'm sure I can probably pencil in some posts. Especially since the weather forecast looks like this every day for the next 10 days:

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Blogger Beej rocks hardcore!

Re: Hallmark book? Plant some thoroughly disgusting porn in the book and then complain to school administrators that it was given to you that way. Threaten a lawsuit unless the offending teacher and her terrible taste are fired posthaste.

11:39 AM

Blogger Noelle rocks hardcore!

I wish that "Shinjury" wasn't a word that I have use for at least twice a week. Alas. And if it wasn't for finding random money on the ground, I don't think I'd be in such great finances today. Sigh.

12:42 PM

Anonymous megan rocks hardcore!

At least you can be happy that you didn't dish out the money for a plane ticket to Denver...we're going to get 18" today and tomorrow, then another storm on Monday. What happened to my tropical oasis a couple weeks ago?

12:50 PM

Blogger Ween rocks hardcore!

After Megan's comment, I have to say that I knew I was right about LA in April. But I know what it's like to be sans travel companion - my other half has one of those crap-ass jobs where he works six days a week including weekends. And it's been that way for five years.

We don't really travel together much. Someday that will change. Until then, I have a stand in travel companion.

2:32 PM

Blogger 3carnations rocks hardcore!

Our spring break was last week. We worked. Not everyone gets spring break off. :)

A girl in my son's daycare went to Disneyland. She came back the tannest little two year old I ever care to see. Sunscreen, anyone?

2:59 PM

Blogger Kelli rocks hardcore!

New England weather is sucking big time right now. And suddenly my tickets to the Sox game and Marathon Monday in general don't seem as fun since I will probably be cold and soaked the whole day.

Regarding the book rec, I totally would've (and have done) choice A myself. In fact, just last night, I was recommended a book that "you just must simply take right now and read b/c you will LUUUUVVVVEEEE it" when I mentioned in passing that yes, I'd seen it in Barnes and Noble. And I did the A option then too - WORSE, I feel obligated to read it before I tackle something else that I DO really want to read. Grr. I wish I could learn to say no thanks politely.

3:02 PM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

B- Hmm. But then I'd have to find some disgusting porn, and I only have tasteful porn.

N- I know. Considering where I work, I'd think I'd find twenties on the ground instead of dollar bills. Whatevs.

Meg- Boo. I still wish I was going to Denver.

W- Yeah. I always identify myself as a New Englander for life, but lately I've been having daydreams of desert life.

3c- I know, I know. I should be grateful I have a week off at all. :(

Kell- I took it, but it's in my bag. I have like 9 other books I want to read before I have to start reading that drivel.

7:10 PM

Blogger Molly rocks hardcore!

So sad for all you New Englanders, with that nasty lingering, wintry weather. Hard to imagine when it's 80 degrees and I'm sweating in my shorts and T-shirt down here! A couch to burrow into and a pile of books to read, uninterrupted, doesn't sound like such a terrible way to spend some time off. If you can't read on the beach that is!

10:17 PM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

Hey! Where's my credit for inventing "shinjury", huh?

8:26 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Hear ye, hear ye!

The new word "shinjury" was invented just the other day by none other than Mr. Acerock "Funky" Carter!

So said the NPW.

9:17 AM

Blogger stefanie rocks hardcore!

Hee. #7 and #12 made me laugh. Not because I wish the snow upon you, but because I love the sarcasm and snark. Also, it snowed three inches here two days ago. So I feel your pain.

Per #4, I can't help with the "broke as a joke" part, but I have been talking to more and more people about solo travel lately, and I think it could actually be a good experience. I might try it out myself with a solo trip this summer. Nowhere exotic... I don't think I could do a beach vacation on my own, but I could do Seattle and Vancouver, I think!

10:56 AM


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