Two of my charges. They followed me around all week because, as Emily put it, “you’re like the mom right now.”
I love looking around people’s houses when they’re not around. How creepy is this doll?
In at GW Law. Victory!
I’m staying with one of my mom’s friend’s kids for the week while their parents are out of town. As I was leaving, I realized how homesick I would be. (Although I should admit that I’m home right now, while the kids are at school.) I snapped a quick photo of the azaleas in front of the house, which have suddenly come into such a gorgeous bloom.
By 8:00, all I wanted to do was get back in bed. (I had slept until 4:15.)
I am so sick of Gatorade. Or G, if you will. At least it’s in a festive Corona glass.
So I technically cheated, since this photo was taken at 1 am on the 23rd, but I was asleep the whole day with the flu (aka death) and woke up and realized I had to take a picture. I pointed the camera at the bed, took a hasty picture, and went right back to sleep.
It’s so nice to have someone waiting for me at home.
I went to UF today for their admitted students day, my first such event. I was nervous beforehand, but it was a surprisingly fun day and I liked the school a lot more than I imagined I would. Plus, “liti-gators” is just too cute.
Me then: November 1994
Since moving home, I’ve put most of my journals together. Sometimes reading through them makes me cringe, sometimes it’s amusing, and mostly it’s just strange. 11/17/94 Bitzi Bitzi Bitzi! Bitzi is cool She is no fool She barks She raps She sings this song Hoping you will sing along She is a very nice beagle She barks at everything including an eagle She’s my favorite dog...
joy (isaac bashevis singer)
I sort of make a point to not obsess over death too much. I’m neurotic to a fault and I tend to harp on things; I know that if I think a lot about my eventual death, or that of others, I’ll have awful dreams and morbid thoughts for weeks. Still, I love this passage from the end of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Joy,” and I do hope that your death and mine are...
Tired of the interstate, I took side roads to work today. I got stopped at a light next to this bakery, which has been around as long as I can remember. I’ve never been, but we used to go for Polar Cups at the tienda next door. I really love this part of the mostly-unlikable Tampa. (The big news of the day is actually that I got a hefty merit scholarship to a pretty great law school that I...
Steamed broccoli and baby ‘bellas in a creamy tahini sauce I haven’t made since high school. (Hot tip: We ate them with the tofu they use at Pei Wei. The manager sold us a few blocks when we were there for dinner earlier this week.)
Jimmy Fallon scopes out a Pei dorm
Jimmy Fallon interviewed a student from my alma mater via iChat for his website. It’s really funny to hear someone like him talk about my little school. “School sounds crazy. Do you get stickers? Smiley faces? … I love this!” So cool.
I’m a little embarrassed that I not only watch American Idol, but also vote. I already knew my favorites before this week’s episodes aired, but I had to work Tuesday evening. I asked my parents to write down the phone numbers for the contestants I liked. My dad took notes on the Hello Kitty clipboard I got for him so many years ago.
We went to the official Rays store to ogle the merch. I love this huge banner in the middle of downtown. I am getting so super excited for baseball to start back up.
R and I went out for a bike ride Sunday morning. Just after turning out of the neighborhood, we saw a creature slither out of the lake. It took a moment for us to realize that the animal was a river otter! I live about a mile or two away from the Hillsborough river, so the otter must have made his way from there. He ran off into the bushes, and we heard him rustling around for a while and then...
I took a cute picture of us drinking tea and reading the paper, but my batteries died before it could get saved to my camera. That night, I realized that I had to take a picture or else ruin my project365 mission. R fell asleep about as soon as we started the movie. I’m used to it.
R’s gift arrived at my house via mail Saturday morning, and I got to open it when we got home that evening after a super cute dairy-free ice cream date. (I sadly forgot my camera for that portion of the evening.) R doesn’t like buying cut flowers because of the working conditions in the factories, and I can’t keep anything potted alive, so he bought me a fair-trade flower made...
77,777 miles! Seven is my favorite number. I had actually looked forward to reaching the milestone (heh) for weeks, and then the mile went so quickly. (Though not too, I got caught at a handful of stoplights and in a bit of slow traffic, so I watched the odometer for a good several minutes.)
I don’t super often feel like shopping, but Anthropologie was calling to me this afternoon. I bought this super cute, whimsical skirt, justifying the purchase because I might be able to wear it on a law school visit.
Big envelope from Colorado Law!
It’s strange to think that we might all never really be over our first loves. Erin on the City (sorry) is doing an are-we-or-aren’t-we dance with her ex-boyfriend. Rory will always compare everyone to Dean, even though Jess is hotter and cooler. Hajime never stopped loving Shimamoto. A few months ago, I found a long, heartwrenchingly-honest letter written by my then-boyfriend the...
Sheese, a popular vegan cheese made in Scotland, finally arrived in Florida! Naturally, I took a wheel home and it’s great!
I went to a fairly new donut shop, Buddha Belly Donuts, before leaving Sarasota this morning. Thank goodness they opened after I moved away, because I’d be quite a bit heftier had they been there when I was in school. Their donuts are vegan and they top them with special icing on request. I ordered four and sat outside on Main Street eating this stripey donut in the lovely weather. I went...
At the movies with R. We saw The Wrestler and The Reader. Both were amazing.
Went out for pizza with my parents and the dogs.
Still sick. Tissues, books, People magazine and Vitamin Water on the bedside table.
Sick. I got home at eight o’clock and was in bed by fifteen after.
Chipotle for the first time in too long.
I’ve been on the most amazing journey through the history of India, and the fantastic tale of one fictional man of that country in particular, Saleem Sinai. When I finished Midnight’s Children a few nights ago, I felt like I was coming up for air, and now reading anything else feels a bit clumsy. I want to go back to this marvelous world. Another Rushdie work is certainly on the list....
A girl, her dog & a book.
My coworker is having a baby in about a week. I might have waited too long, but today I went to some vintage shops in Ybor City and picked out this precious dress. I have no clue what size baby it will fit, but one of the shopgirls assured me she could wear it within her first year. I’ve always imagined that if I ever have kids I’d want a son, but buying tiny vintage dresses is so...
I painted my toenails pink for the first time in years. More interesting things happened today, but I really like this picture even though I hate my toes and have a sort of foot phobia.
Dinner-table conversations about politics are so much more pleasant now that my side’s in office. I used to insist that family shouldn’t discuss political issues, but now I’m glad to, and even darn near smug.
Dinner during the half-time show. I wore my Rays shirt since they’re my favorite team. We were all rooting for the Cardinals, but we enjoyed the game anyway.