Sunday, April 10, 2011


Don't know why, but lately I've had the urge to get on here  when I should be going to bed. I have nothing particularly meaningful to share... just to-do's for myself for the coming day. Writing them down seems to help me hold myself accountable; writing them here, all the more so... something about declaring my intentions "publicly" makes me stick to them a little better. (I use quotations because "publicly" probably only means a few other eyes will ever read them) :)

Anyway, on tomorrow's agenda:
- lunch with a new friend
- starting a new book
- watering my freshly planted herbs (yay!)
and, since I have the day off from work, because it is long overdue, and for numerous other more obvious reasons,
- figuring out my life... or the next 5 years of it anyway.

This should be exciting... I hope.

If you pray, please ask God to send me some help in accomplishing that last one. Lord knows I need it, but still, ask him just the same.

Buenas noches a todos :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

I should have been reading...

but instead, I wasted an hour or two messing around with html code to perfect this here blog. I say 'waste' because I was changing things that probably no one else would even notice. Need to stop getting sucked in this way...

To Do's for tomorrow (because perhaps listing them for the world to see will spur me on to accomplish them):

  • fold laundry (exciting)
  • plant herbs (actually exciting)
  • finish The Hobbit (which I should have done tonight)
  • start the second job search (living in Spain will be easier with $$, or should I say €)
  • read Chapter 2 of my GRE prep book
and then, go to work. 

Until tomorrow, good night.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

10 More Random Ramblings...

... to revive a blog that's been neglected for over half a year.

1. I opened my KINDLE today!!! I haven't yet explored or taken advantage of all its capabilities, but saying that I'm excited would be quite an understatement. Two of my favorite words when next to each other: Public domain. Looks like I will be catching up on the classics as I travel across Europe... which leads me to...

2. I AM GOING TO SPAIN! This September, I will be leaving for an as-of-now-unknown city in the La Rioja autonomous region of Spain. I will be helping teach Spanish kids of some age how to speak English 12-16 hours a week. The rest of the time is mine. My plan for this extravagant free time: 1) become a highly successful private English tutor; 2) experience as much of Europe as possible; 3) learn a third language (français? deutsch?); and 4) apparently catch up on the classics.

3. Speaking of classic literature, I am rereading The Hobbit. I was going to simply move on to The Lord of the Rings, but since it's been... around 9 years (wow) since I've read the prequel, I figured it best to start from the very beginning. J.R.R. Tolkien, I appreciate you much more now than I did in the 8th grade.

4. The fact that I can easily remember things from a decade ago makes me feel old. Another realization: I am almost halfway toward my 10 year high school reunion. Wow.

5. Have you ever had a song that you've listened to for years and then all of a sudden, you listen to it for the ump-teenth time and you finally hear it? That happened to me today. Regina Spektor's "Ghost of Corporate Future." I suppose I owe the revelation to my current status as a recent graduate averse to getting sucked into the cubicle starting block of the 'real world' rat race. Perhaps that's a cynical way to put it... I could be excited about a cubicle if I was excited about the work I was doing in the cubicle... what that might be, I still don't know.

6. My cubicle would be the coolest cubicle on the block. :P

7. I'd really rather not have a cubicle, awesome as mine would be. A non-traditional work-place would suit me much better, I think... again, if only I knew what that meant.

8. I need to write more. Here, in my journal, and just in general. Letters. Yes, I need to write more of those as well.

9. I remember a William Blake quote that I actually first heard in a movie ("P.S. I Love You"): "I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create." I've always wanted to identify with that...

10. I will write again tomorrow.

Good night, blog.

Bonus rambling:
11. Perhaps my blog should have a name. I just named my Kindle 'Lewis' after a favorite author (C.S., not Carroll). Perhaps tomorrow.