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Oct. 9th, 2008 | 06:32 pm
mood: mellowsteak fajitas
music: Janet Jackson "Go Deep" (did she recover from whatever illness yet?)

In life, that is. Put me in a pool and I sink like a freaking rock.

Long ago I only used to update this blog when I was angry or disappointed. I also went through phases where I'd only blog when I was really happy. And recently I've taken to not blogging at all, so I figured I'd turn that ship around and post some life updates. I am actually quite happy today, and I will tell you why as I cook dinner. Don't worry about the danger of multi-tasking; I have renters' insurance now in case I burn down the house. :)

Today at work I finally secured a venue for our spring event in Chicago (I know, I see your eyes glazing over; this work wank will be short, I promise). I've spent the last couple of weeks waiting for one or another person to give their opinions on my proposed options or check on their own favorite event space, but I finally closed on a hotel to host (almost) everything at 5:45 this afternoon. I plan to celebrate by getting 20 bajillion points from their frequent stay program into my personal account, 1 for each dollar we spend with them. This is allowed, I promise. :)

Other happy stuff: I am heavy into getting my grad school applications together, weee (I'm applying for Master of Urban Planning programs for entry in Fall 2009, if I haven't mentioned that already). And let me begin with the caveat that I'm viewing this as the first time I apply to graduate school, possibly not the last; I well know that my lack of experience in the field and general serendipity could mean I don't get into any schools the first time around. But I'm still excited about the process and the prospect of returning to the student life in less than a year if it happens. So I'm spending great chunks of my time writing personal statements in my head and envisioning a life where I don't have to sit in the same office 40 hours per week! Woo. More to come on this, inevitably.

My house is still a mega-mess because I've had so little time to fix up everything, but I'll pay more attention to this soon. I bought some shelves, and still have shelves, pictures, and mirrors boxed away, and I need to get them on the walls. I'm considering going to DC next weekend to get a desk, dresser, and maybe a coffee table from Ikea, as well as see Stephen and possibly the University of Maryland. Hopefully I can get my shit together enough to actually go. In disappointing news, I bought a cute kitchen light fixture from Homo Depot and installed it, and it was cute and perfect for a week, then I arrived home on Sunday afternoon to find it in pieces on the floor. :( I also bought a bedroom light fixture at the same time, and have to make sure it doesn't meet the same fate when I install it.

And finally, the gym. I'm working out about 6 days a week and am pleased with the results. The gym continues to be weird: Project Theft Prevention/Minimizing their Liability 2008 is in full swing, so I don't even take my wallet in there anymore. But it's still a nice gym and I am motivated by the presence of others working out, as long as they don't bogart all the equipment (susandennis, we have a few of what you might call Gym Queens among the regulars). Yesterday I was able to run outside on the track, because it's lit after sunset, and that was a good change of pace too. Why am I doing all of this, you ask? Well, I generally work out a lot anyway because it's a good stress reliever, but my Halloween costume also requires a certain level of fitness. :) I'll eventually announce what it is, then I have to actually make Halloween plans. Any ideas, locals? Franklin Street worth the trouble of pretending I actually live in Chapel Hill?

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Susan Dennis

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from: susandennis
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
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I think I'm lucky we don't have more gym queens. But I'm glad we have the ones we do so I don't turn into one myself!

But your mention of Franklin Street is what made me comment. I remember it in the 60's. It was about 5 blocks of shops and restaurants and then at the far end there was a beer joint called The Shack that was so bad (run down, ugly, dirty, ramshackled), it was good.

I'll betcha it's all a bit different these days!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
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It's different in that I'm not really sure where the "end" is! Franklin St. just turns into Carrboro's Main St. and keeps on going, still lined with more bars than I can count.

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mark

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from: kishenehn
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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So what grad schools are on your short list?

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Currently: Michigan, UCLA, Minnesota, MIT, Rutgers, Maryland, Berkeley, Penn, USC, Texas. It'll probably change some (and definitely needs to get a little smaller) as I do more research and talk to my letter writers about it. Weeee!

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