Archive | May, 2008

Dare I say, “the New Classics”?

14 May

Right here, right now, I’ve got a Summer 2008 resolution. It’s something I usually do every summer anyway, but this year, I really mean it. I’m going to read the books on my shelves; this is the only rule. I’ve got lots of books on my shelves & many of them have been started & not finished or never started at all.

The list so far: Wuthering Heights, Villette, The Hotel New Hampshire, Peter Pan, Middlesex, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Historian, Catch-22, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Ice Storm, Middlemarch, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, and finally, The Princess Bride.

There are more on the shelves & I haven’t decided the order in which I’ll read these books but this is a good start, I think. I’m excited about the list because it’s a nice mix of modern and classic.



13 May

When I’m working M-F 8-4, I actually do more work.  Shocking, right?  Heh.  Not really but still, it’s something I noticed today.  Today, I worked on my annual evaluation(due tomorrow but my boss won’t be in, so actually due Thursday – Guess what else?  I’ve done lots of stuff this year!), along with my regular tasks.  Plus, one co-worker is on vacation, so I was working on something she does too: checking in the magazines.  I usually like doing this task: I’m nosy and this allows me to see what’s coming in.  And read Poets & Writers, but that’s another story.

But yeah, even getting up at 6am to be to work at 8am isn’t that bad.  I find I like it, even.  I get to have dinner at home, watch evening tv and don’t spend the better part of the night under harsh fluorescent lighting.

Meanwhile, a friend of ours announced yesterday that she & her husband are expecting a baby in November…which means baby knits!  It did come as a shock, since she has said she doesn’t want kids for as long as I’ve known her.  I’m happy for them and they seem excited.  The husband liked one of my baby name ideas – Niamh, which is my absolute favorite.  He said “That’s a great Irish name!”  FYI: He’s from Ireland, raised in County Cork.  I can’t wait until they find out the gender so I can start knitting and know which colors to use.  I must wade through the yarn stash with visions of booties & little sweaters dancing in my head.

6 Random Things

9 May

I was tagged by Jv, so I’m going to try to think of 6 things. Sometimes I wonder if there are that many things.

1. I still have my childhood transitional object. It’s a stuffed bunny named Bunny. Clever, no? Right now, it rests in a basket on a shelf above the bed.

2. I am having a serious sugar craving lately. Specifically, Dunkin’ Donuts. I was at the grocery store yesterday & there’s a little DD in there, right next to baked goods. I really could have gone for a glazed…

3. I am reading Persuasion by Jane Austen right now. I have never read it before(my college professors were more into the Brontes, Mark Twain & African American literature, all of which I like too) and I really like it so far.

4. I think that having tv shows on the network websites is one of the best ideas going. We don’t have cable tv, so I often have to try to record stuff. Some things come in better than others, so being able to watch Grey’s Anatomy & Lost the next day is the perfect solution.

5. Since getting the Keurig, I must have a cup of coffee every morning. Today, I haven’t had any yet and it’s bothering me. I love coffee – blueberry from Green Mountain is my favorite.  It would go nicely with a donut, wouldn’t it?

6. I have worked my last Sunday until September. It was this past week and I’m so happy to be working M-F.

no knitting content, but…

7 May

Mostly just stuff that I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve got job & employment things on my mind.

This might not all make sense but this is what I’m thinking lately. And how things are swirling around my brain.
I’m trying to figure out my life. What I want & what I need to survive. Late in the game, yes. I’ll be 32 in October and I have NO idea what I want to be when I grow up. Most of the time, I don’t want to be anything. I just want to have a decent career, be financially independent(able to pay bills, save for the future & not worry obsessively).
Unfortunately, things are not right with my job. This isn’t news – things have never been perfect with it but lately, things have gotten worse.  I hate working the evening hours during the academic year(ideally, I’d love to work M-F, 8-4 or 9-5), a few of my co-workers make me tired, and I just have a general malaise. One of my co-workers is exhausting – she’s not happy and I swear she brings everyone else down, and her husband works with me too. He works evenings & Sundays with me. It’s awful: they talk about each other to me & I have to constantly say “I work with him/her too, so please don’t tell me” – something I wouldn’t expect to have to tell people in their 40s.
All of this has been the case for awhile now but looking for a new job is hard. It’s essentially like adding a second horrible job to your life. So I’ve just been dealing(albeit badly) with the situation. I’m looking at it as ‘I have a job, health insurance, a retirement savings…’
When someone asks me what I want to do, all I can think is I want to read and knit, read about knitting, and even knit about reading(if that’s possible). Writing about these things might be fun too.
Is it too much to ask to have fun at a job? I’ve never thought about a career as fulfillment but a necessity.
What would I be good at? How do I break into those careers at a time when I’m getting older by the second and will be competing with kids fresh from college?

And in other news, I was so excited about Degrassi last week and I’ve forgotten to watch it every morning this week.