Month: August 2011

Lazy Saturday

This was a seriously lazy day for me. Highlighted by the fact that I didn’t get out of bed until 1:05. There was some kind of magic that woke me up just in time for the Phillies game. But, wait, that got rained out. (Boo!) Imagine my disappointment at getting out of bed specifically to watch the Phils only to have MLB TV tell me that the game was postponed. I was able to resist the urge to go back to bed by checking Twitter and being confronted with hundreds of tweets about Hurricane Irene. How could I possibly sleep with everything that was going on at home?

When the forecasts started indicating that Irene might be a threat to the Northeast, I thought it was terribly ironic. After all, I’m in Florida, I should be the one worrying about hurricanes and flooding, not all of my family and friends in the land of Wawa and TastyKakes. As the week went on, and John Bolaris’s tweets got more and more ALL CAPS SERIOUS, I started to see how big of an issue Irene could be. After the things I saw reported on Twitter today (tornadoes! water UNDER the Wildwood Boardwalk!!), I’m just praying that everyone stays safe.

Lost in all the crazy weather was the fact that the Phillies’ It Gets Better video was finally released. (Seriously, I saw no mention of it on either of the official Twitter accounts or the homepage. So thanks to the half-dozen or so fans that I saw tweet the link.) It’s a phenomenal video and I’m so glad the organization decided to take part in the It Gets Better project. It makes me proud to be a fan of this team. Special shout out to the players featured: Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, Hunter Pence, John Mayberry, Jr., and Mike Stutes.

By 7:00 I was getting antsy for some baseball, so I decided to put the Royals/Indians game on. I chose that game because I was interested in seeing Jim Thome back in an Indians uniform (though I would’ve much preferred to see him back in red pinstripes, but that’s another post). There was something really relaxing about watching a baseball game that I had no vested interest in. I may have to do that more often. Like tomorrow, since there won’t be a Phils game. (Boo!) Although I may have to watch a non-Indians game since I am currently feeling very bitter and conflicted towards the Indians (see above re: Thome not being in red pinstripes).

I Blame Mother Nature

For the fact that I accomplished next to nothing today. I was checking Twitter on my iPad before buckling down and getting some work done. I was literally seconds away from closing the app (and I know everyone misuses the word literally now, but I promise you I am using it correctly) when my timeline exploded with tweets and they all seemed to include the same word. Earthquake. How could I possibly leave Twitter at that point? I spent the next several hours pretty much glued to my timeline, only leaving to check Facebook. By the time the earthquake tweets died down my resolve was totally shattered, so I killed time on the Internet until the Phillies game started.

Okay, so I can’t completely blame my lack of productivity on the earthquake. After all, the quake didn’t strike until 1:51 PM. I had the entire morning to accomplish something. And I did, it just wasn’t school-related. I had a (characteristically) slow start this morning and didn’t get out of bed until 9:00. Then I ran a couple of errands (including grocery shopping – yuck) from 10:30-12:00. After that it was time for lunch and a quick social media break. Then, bam, (resolve-shattering) earthquake.

I’m bummed that I didn’t get to feel the earthquake. Is that weird? But, seriously, I lived in the Delaware Valley for 28 years and never felt an earthquake. All the cool shit happened after I left (earthquakes, blizzards, a parade down Broad Street). The only downside of Twitter in the quake aftermath was the snarky West Coast reaction. Pardon us, earthquake experts, for being shocked by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia! It was the first earthquake for pretty much everyone I know and I think most people handled it well. Which is more than can be said for people in Southern California when it rains. And I won’t even mention “Carmageddon,” the catchy name for a freeway closure.

Even if I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to today, I’m glad I got the errands in. As much as I detest grocery shopping (and I really, really do), today’s trip was highly successful. Mostly because I found an entire endcap shelf of TastyKakes!! Including the ones that really matter, Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes and Butterscotch Krimpets. Do I need TastyKakes? Of course not, but that didn’t stop me from buying them. Seriously, if the long-rumored Tampa Wawa is ever built, I won’t be able to call home “the land of Wawa and TastyKakes” anymore. Maybe I could start using TastyKakes to celebrate Phils victories. Maybe not. If they keep winning the way we all expect them to, I’d probably put on some weight. And, frankly, that would be an overly expensive way to celebrate. That’s money that would be better served in a savings account for plane tickets for the next time there’s a parade down Broad Street.

Back to School

Today was the first day of Fall classes. Which, of course, means I went to campus spent hours printing syllabi and staring at my monitor. Actually, I’m pretty proud of myself. I spent approximately two hours doing something for each of my three classes. And that was my goal for the day. It didn’t matter what I did (assigned readings, postings on discussion boards, or simply checking out the Blackboard site for the class), I just wanted to spend two hours on each class. Go me.

I also learned a valuable lesson: 2:00 is not the best time to try to read a textbook on something as dry as cataloging. Not that the information wasn’t interesting, it just wasn’t what I’d call a page-turner (unless “page-turner” refers to the completely messed up state of the cover after getting caught between my knee and the back of the couch.) The fact that I was lying on the couch probably didn’t help either. Lesson learned (hopefully). Go me again.

In other news, the Phillies rebounded from a rather depressing weekend by beating up on the Mets (as they should). Seriously, you know the Phils have a good lead when Charlie Manuel actually pulls Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Cliff Lee to get them some rest. Go Phils.

In closing, I offer this Deftones video. I randomly listened to this song earlier today for the first time in years, but it wasn’t until I started writing this post that I realized how fitting it was.

Checking In

Wow, it’s been almost a month since I last posted. I have been remiss. I fully intended to blog while I was home on vacation (hello, WordPress iPad app) but, then, I didn’t. Then I came back to Tampa and I was still in vacation-mode. (An unexpected perk AND consequence of being unemployed.)

So here’s a quick recap. First and foremost, I went home on vacation! Woohoo! (I realize that the concept of going home on vacation doesn’t necessarily make sense, so let me explain. I’ve lived in Tampa for over three years, but I refuse to call Tampa “home.” “Home,” for me, means Philly, and that’s where I was in late July and early August.) While home I saw NKOTBSB in AC with Amy (such a fun show – I loved it!), spent a day down the shore in North Wildwood with Amy, Aunt Debbie & Uncle Kent, and saw Bobby & Clair’s new place that features retro kitchen appliances that reminded me of Mum & Poppop’s house and a retro bathroom that reminded me of Grandma & Grandpa’s house. (Features may not be the right word, but the nostalgia was very real.)

Since I got back to Tampa I’ve been doing a whole lot of nothing. I am still amazed by just how much time I can waste in the wilds of the Internet (while listening to Spotify, natch). I recently started taking baby steps towards actually doing stuff by registering for classes, paying my bill for the semester, and ordering my textbooks online. Semester #2 starts on Monday. So I think I will make the most of the time until then by doing absolutely nothing. Laziness isn’t so much a habit as a way of life with me.