February 10th, 2003

birthday

Nice way to start the day

I stayed in bed longer than usual, but I got up in time to catch the right bus. I could have rushed to try to catch the 7:53 bus, but I decided to eat breakfast and check email and make the 8:01 bus. I ran to the bus stop, getting there at 8:02, but the bus showed up around 8:04, which is a helluva lot closer to on-time than it normally is. I get to Malden Center station, and the platform is crowded. Just as the train is approaching, I see theora down on the street. So I wait for the next train so that I can ride in with her, and we have a nice conversation. Just as I'm saying goodbye to her at Park Street, I hear "Good morning, Kevin." I turn, and it's E, magid's friend. I remember that he works just a block from where I work. E and I know each other well enough to have a pleasant conversation until we both get off at Arlington and head our separate ways.

So, it looks like the wesun_puzzle feed updated correctly, so I'm pretty excited about that. I actually did it right the first time! Sure, it's a pretty small thing, but it's a nice confidence builder. Time to start thinking about what project I want to tackle next. And I'm considering writing something to read on Sunday, but we'll see. I may end up reading something I've written in the past, but I don't know if I can face reading something meaningful to me, since I'm afraid of not getting any good response. I fear apathy. So, I may just end up reading some funny stuff I've written, some haiku or something.

I started Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh on Friday. Pretty good so far. And, it was originally a trilogy, but I have it all in one book, so I feel okay in counting that as my one fiction book. I haven't started thinking about which non-fiction book I'm going to read next.

Saw Amelie for the second time yesterday. I enjoyed it again. Then I played two games of Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers (after enabling someone else's purchse of it) (really, I enjoy being a game enabler. First Big Boggle, now Hunters and Gatherers. I think I've gotten two people to buy it, and possibly a third), both of which I lost to theora, one mildly, and one horribly. It was very exciting, though, coming down to exciting conclusions both times. It's pretty cool playing this game a lot, since we get to know the tiles better, we know the tricks we can play on each other, we take risks, and we know that we're taking risks, and it's really cool. I like teaching the game to new people, but I think I really like playing with people who have played a lot.

Popovers were very good on Sunday. The flavor combination of the day (thanks to treacle_well for the suggestion) was Key lime curd and blueberry jam. Yum. magid did a wonderful job with the popovers, and I hope she got to eat enough of them herself. A nice idea for an event, and I think it went off well.

Gaming tonight at my place. I think I'll stop off at the butcher near my house on the way home and get some meat to make London broil. Other people might be getting sick of it, but I really like it, and it's so easy to make. Spekaing of shopping, I've been doing pretty well so far without a car. I have only needed to do shopping once since hrafn moved out, and she was nice enough to pick me up some stuff on her way over to pick up the computer this weekend. I think I'll probably have to make my first Stop & Shop run this week or this weekend. Probably this week, so we'll see how that goes on the bus. Unless I can con . . . vince someone to give me a ride. Really, I can get anywhere I need by bus and T, but I also have enough people willing to offer rides from social events and such that it's been pretty easy so far.

magid and I are going to see Animal Farm at Brandeis tomorrow. I've read the book twice (once when I was forced to, and once more recently), and I've seen the cartoon adaptation. I'm looking forward to seeing it adapted as a play. The rest of my week looks open so far, so let's see how I do with the other stuff I need/want to get done. I didn't do much homework this past weekend. I did research some magazines a bit, but I didn't find any that were a really good fit for my article ideas. And I even went to Barnes & Noble, but I couldn't find any of the magazines that looked most promising. I'm not officially two weeks behind on my homework for that class, and I don't know if I'm going to get to this week's assignment. Since I don't feel very motivated, it's a lot easier to ignore email than it would be to ignore a real class. Still, maybe the teacher is right. If I'm a better editor than writer, then maybe I really should focus on editing and not try to be a freelance writer. I mean, I really don't have the motivation to write things all of the time, and I'd really have to be doing that full-time to be successful. So, I dunno. We'll see if I manage to make it through the class. I would like to at least try to write an article or two about cystic fibrosis, but I don't know if I have the ability to sell it.

Okay, enough yammering. Time to work. Although, I'm very proud of myself that I managed to do some work before I even touched my email or LiveJournal this morning.