Today I did two things I’ve never done before.
1. I deliberately chose not to finish a book. It was a book that many people had recommended to me. A book that had been on my list to read for quite a while. A book I bought with money and didn’t borrow from a library. I got about halfway through it and just had no desire to read any further. The plot was lame and there was a ton of pretty explicitly described sex. So — I just chose not to finish it.
2. I opened a used book return account at our local Hastings. I took the above-mentioned book and several others — which were perfectly fine books, I just doubted I’d ever read them again — and returned them to Hastings for credit. Now I have $23.94 on a Hastings gift card. WOO-HOO!
We have twelve more days before Rebecca moves into the dorm. She will be living in the same freshman dorm that all the other Harding-attending women in my family have lived in. That means that my mom, my aunt, my sister, me, my two cousins, a cousin-in-law, and two sisters-in-law all started our Harding careers in Cathcart. My mom, sister, and I all lived in Cathcart 2 short. Guess where Rebecca will be! Yep! She’s in the room right next to mine.
I’m spending some of my at-home time cleaning out my closet and other areas of my bedroom. I may get rid of some shoes. What size do you wear? Let me know — I can send pictures of what I’m tossing and you can tell me if you want them for the price of postage. Most are size 8 to 9, depending on the style.
My ongoing desire to add exercise to my life has been fruitless. I don’t know how to balance all the factors — time, location, lack of natural desire. Sigh. This is frustrating to me.
I had to write a defense for including the book The Lovely Bones in a high school collection. It was a class assignment. My teacher returned it via email today and said it was “Outstanding.” That made me happy.
On August 20th I will don collegiate gear for the third time in the last 3 months in order to participate in convocation during chapel on the first day of school. This particular exercise — the pageantry of the faculty in their robes and the parade of state and national flags by students — always makes me feel like I’m at Hogwarts. Hmm — I wonder if we could get a sorting hat for dorm assignments? If we’d been sorted by a mind reading hat, would all the women in my family have wound up in the same dorm?
After convocation I will only have 2 (maybe 3) occasions of marching as a faculty member *without* a master’s stole. I will finish my degree at UT either next summer or fall. WOOT-WOOT! I haven’t ruled out getting a PhD, but that whole time and money thing is a pretty big deal these days.
The other day I heard Dan Man walking through the house singing. I listened closely. It seemed to be one of his own compositions.
Oh yeah, I walk through the house and I shake my little tushy. I shake my little tushy while I walk through the house.
Two words: Oy vey.