Tuesday, July 25, 2006

While experiencing downtime at work ...

"You can't be a watchdog if you're constantly wetting yourself in fright over making too much noise when you bark."
- Comment by Alex Dering in response to the July 18 edition of Poynter.org's "Everyday Ethics," titled "A Presidential Word of Four Letters"
Thank you so much, Alex. I think we all needed that.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Viva Italia

Who knew the second-largest Italian heritage festival in the country (New York City's is No. 1) would be full of Christians following you around asking, "Have you found Jesus?" That kind of put a small damper on the day. Well, the rest of it was awesome. I hadn't eaten cannoli in years; I'd almost forgotten how amazingly sinful they are. So today I indulged, also in eggplant parmesan and braised artichoke hearts. The company was excellent as well. I'm experiencing a newfound surge in my appreciation and love for my heritage. If you don't behave, you know, I could have you "whacked" ... ;)

All this being outside under the hot Buffalo sun has left me with a nice tan. I swear I'm darker this summer than I've been in about eight years. It feels pretty good to be dark again.

Friday, July 07, 2006

But you've already lost

It's hard to feel old when there are 30-year-olds running around living vicariously through people my age in order to somehow preserve what's left of their youth.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

In the farmhouse things will be all right

I've been told I should update more often.

Truthfully I haven't really been in the spirits to write more ... women's issues mostly. I think I have a hormonal imbalance. Seriously. These things have been getting worse and worse each time, and always so irregularly. It's totally frustrating and makes me feel like complete crap for weeks. Well, I'm sure you'd rather not hear about it. ... To anyone I may have offended or snapped at, I apologize.

... Amtrak canceled my train home because of the flooding. I was supposed to go on July 2 and come back tonight, but the water damage to the track shut down all the trains from Albany to Buffalo until tomorrow. I really wanted to go home and relax a little, celebrate my brother's graduation, spend time with my family. To pass the time here in Buffalo, I spent a sunny Sunday in Delaware Park next to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, sitting on a bench by this river reading, then walking a little through the brush on the trails, then sitting under these crab-apple trees by the river and enjoying the sun. It felt really liberating. On Monday, I visited Nana for awhile. No bus troubles this time, only I did realize I can't use my Metro pass on the way back. I had to pay the $1.50 fare, but I only had $1.15 on me at the time. Luckily, the bus driver let me pay that and be done with it. Today I didn't leave my apartment; I haven't even changed from my PJs. It made me feel lazy, but there really wasn't anything else for me to do. I didn't really feel like doing anything else, either. Sometimes you just need those kinds of days.

Tomorrow I don't have to be at work until 8 a.m. instead of the usual 7, because of the first intern meeting, which would otherwise have run through company time, and since I don't get paid overtime ... good deal. In two weeks I switch back to nights. More pay for me. I still have to ask for July 22 off because of the Goo Goo Dolls/Counting Crows concert. I'm 100 percent sure they'll give it to me.

I've never seen fireworks being set off at tens of spots all over a city. It's really pretty, and the view from my apartment makes it even better.