June 29, 2002
contact to perm in just 3 months
drumming was fun. it really was. still have NO idea how the hell to get a sound outta the damned thing, but I know I'll have fun figuring it out, eh?
not quite at the obsession stage, but I'm certainly liking things so far.
hm. nothing else going on, to speak of...one of my coworkers finally went from contact to perm, and I'm happy for him, but for the fact that the job he's in is the other one I was up for when I applied to this gig. If only I had said I was an early bird, maybe I'd be the one with the full-time job. ah well, as I've said, I'm happy for him, anyway.
June 26, 2002
so, today's the day. first day of drum class. woo hoo!
I'm obsessed. makes me wonder why I wasn't obsessed over more things over the last two years...other than chipotle burritos with extra hot sauce, I've been obsession-free. (and yes, I know that chipotle is, like, 1/3 owned by the devil. it's not like there are other burrito places in evanston, are there?)
well, no time like the present to get up on that obsession horse, I say!
June 24, 2002
okay, finally, another new vocabulary word from my 'forgotten english' calendar:
munz-watcher One of those sneaks that makes a practice of watching the movements, & etc. of sweethearts on their nightly walks, and if any impropriety is witnessed, demanding hush-money to keep the matter secret.
what do you think the going rate would be for a quick kiss on the nape?
June 23, 2002
I went to drum class and it was okay.
I picked up a djembe today. Not just to put it down somewhere else - I picked one up to take home and to somehow learn to play. it makes little 'plink' noises when I tap at it, now, but I'm sure I'll get up to speed eventually.
it's heavy. as is the book it came with. different reasons for both weights.
The addition of those items (the drum, the book, the lessons), a few baths, a couple of hugs, and a moment of just sitting and breathing and breathing and sitting, I'm feeling calmer than yesterday, thanks for asking. If you really care to know what's going on, you can always e-mail.
added a photo or two to the ID bar over there - 'sketch heather' looked like she needed a ' photo heather' posse.
June 22, 2002
not a good day.
crap, suck, dag. suck suck suck, crap, frickin' ....
not a good day. it just isn't.
June 20, 2002
broken blog and drunken bloggers
yes, yes, I know the fonts are awry on this site, I'm just too too busy to fix them right now. or too distracted, at least. my apologies for the ugliness, for now.
went to the chicagobloggers meeting last night at the hopleaf. I knew something web-worthy would happen, but I didn't expect so many cameras. the nametags were a nice touch, too...
and yes, I told them I had a story that I wrote on the train on the way there...something I'd post today. and damned if I didn't leave my handspring at home? well, I'll find it tomorrow...
June 19, 2002
Drumming as cure for a broken heart
still not better, really. but thanks for your cards and letters. finally getting off my ass and doing something other than get up, go to work, eat food, read book, go to sleep....taking a djembe class at the Old Town School of Folk Music, starting next week.
it'll be a royal pain in the ass to get there once I move to evanston (estimated time of move, between today and July 30ish, offers to help schlep stuff are much appreciated). but I think that it will be time well spent.
good people, good tunes, good times ahead, I'm hoping.
June 12, 2002
Previewing Donna Tartt
" I know there are other Donna Tartt fans out there, who every so often let themselves sink back into the wonderfully detailed, sharply created world of her wonderful first novel, "The Secret History." After a decade of drought, fans can now enjoy two upcoming works by Tartt. She has a piece in "The Best of the Oxford American: Ten Years of Contemporary Southern Writing," and at long last, her new novel, "The Little Friend," is due out in the fall. I know, I know -- we've all heard for years that her new book was just around the corner, but this one seems for real -- I already pre-ordered mine from Amazon. Says another Tartt fan site: "'It's a book about children - but not for children - it's a frightening, scary book about children coming into contact with the world of adults in a very frightening way'."
something to look forward to, when I get better.