who the heck knows anything, anyway

Sunday, July 22, 2012

moving: not easy! ha!

This whole moving thing has been a lot more difficult than expected, in a variety of directions. D and I have been "kept busy" by visa applications, apartment hunting, and strange piles of paperwork, all in addition to our regular work/school stuff. It turns out that grad school + moving is not my favorite thing in the world. I'm glad I started school when I did, but it maaaaaay have been a better idea to try and defer until January. Oh well! Nothing like a little extra pressure around a deadline, eh? Yesterday I had a little weepy moment over a coat. (I think the coat was a metaphor.)

Things we still have not figured out: absentee voting (important); exactly how the British government functions (confusing); how we're actually going to get everything done (mystery).

Welp, I have like +100000 more packing to do, and homework due in about 3 days, and a work assignment due in a week, and a family thing this afternoon, so I guess I should get off my butt. Just wanted to give an update (especially for my dad, who is good about reminding me when I haven't blogged in a while). Before I go, as a reward for reading words, here are some pictures from July-so-far!

pretty city

Obligatory cat picture: Flannery is sitting. Like she thinks she's a human or something.

aw yeah


Tuesday, July 3, 2012


our days look like this

1. Daniel and I are re-reading The Great Gatsby because we are very cultured.* It's pretty good. Some parts are AMAZING! and then other parts are like "Really, F. Scott? Really? You just spent god-knows how many words saying nothing. Homework: go read Dickens and then try again."
I'm allowed to make this statement because I am in grad school.

2. I got assigned to the Celtic Myth team at work! There was much rejoicing. There was also much purchasing-of-books. Through some kind of magic boon of willpower, I refrained from buying the super expensive/hardcover ones.

3. I finished Zadie Smith's White Teeth yesterday. It is one of my new favorites, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Everyone! I'm just gonna go ahead and call Smith brilliant right here, and I mean it. Those of you who regularly hear me yell about books know this is a big deal. I don't often make it to the end of a book and think "I would possibly consider selling my soul to the devil to write like this person," but Smith wooed me good. Now I just have to sit down and write a paper about it. Aww yiss. Paperz.**

4(a). We're going to start packing soon.
4(b). We don't have a flat yet.
I haven't worried about either of these things today, which is a neat by-product of having a job and school to worry about. I also took a nap.

5. Daniel is the best.

6. My cat is also the best, though sometimes she smells bad and refuses to eat her expensive wet food.

7. That's pretty much all the update I've got. Numbers 1-3 were really the salient points here. Maybe 4, since many people are wondering when we're moving, etc. (Answer: August? Probably? Meh.)

*actually: because I never read it in high school. My class just watched the movie--the Robert Redford one--and then read...something else? that was American? It was Junior year. I remember Mark Twain and Zora Neale Hurston aaaaand Stephen Crane? Poe, maybe? Did we really just skip from Twain to Hurston? This may have happend. I have no idea. High school, man. Dark times.
**full disclosure: I am, in fact, looking forward to writing this paper. It's short, and it's about narration, and I loooooove talking about narration.