And only because I somehow got updated to the new block editor and almost LOST MY MIND with how confusing it is. Anyway, I am somehow way way back in the dashboard editor, so I am safe. For now. I didn’t finish the post I was working on (yet), but I wanted to get this posted first, so here we are.
Here. We. Are.
Here’s what’s been happening since my last check-in post:
I think I have too many books to read. No, I know I have too many books to read. And by read, I mean have finished by a deadline because I am in two book clubs and also clearly hate myself. I mean, obviously, I want to be in these book clubs and want to be reading the books but also, like, why do I do these things? I do not know.
I did my speedy quick update two weeks ago and feel like I have been rushing ever since. Blergh. But even though this weekend was book club and I had a work/writing date with a colleague, I finally feel a little more settled and calm.
So, obviously, the big news is that the fall semester started. Things have been going well so far minus the extra exhaustion I felt the past two weeks because, whew, that was a lot. I mean, when I got home this past Thursday at 5 p.m., I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until around 7 a.m. Did I mention I was exhausted? Just exhausted.
Two big adventures happened. The first is that I forgot my flash drive in my office for the first day of my short story class, so only had the poorly formatted Google Drive backup of my first day slides. None of my memes showed up properly and everything was just a mess. But I got through it.
The other is that I forgot to publish my students’ readings and assignments that were due last Tuesday, so they were in a panic and I had to completely readjust what we did in class that day. I also made this meme to apologize for my screw up:
I missed the past three days for many reasons, but now it’s time to jump back in and get caught up. So! Let’s hit it.
Day 26: A song with your favorite lyrics
Literally, all I could think about was Hamilton and my favorite lyrics from that are from “Say No to This”: Uh OH / you found the wrong sucker to CUCKOLD / so time to pay the piper for the pants you UNBUCKLED”
Last time we met, I said that I had reintroduced cauliflower into my diet, and it was something I could have in small amounts if I really wanted it. WRONG. Cauliflower and I are no longer friends. Which means that most mushrooms are out. Oh, and apples and I have grown apart (this also explains so much). It’s just wild that all of these good for me foods have been slowly destroying my insides. Oh well.
In related news, I found out yesterday at CVS that the probiotic I’ve been taking to help with my stomach issues and to restore my gut to good health contains one of my no-no ingredients. I do not think I can tell you how pissed I was about it. This was definitely my mood:
My daughter is nineteen today and because we’re living in the future, and she’s on the other side of the country, I FaceTimed with her to wish her a happy birthday and watch her open her gift. I got us tickets to see Hamilton, and she (a) guessed that’s what the gift was and (b) had a lukewarm reaction.
One of the Month of Faves prompts was “5 Purchases That Were Totally Worth It,” and I didn’t participate because I only had one purchase…or so I thought. Turns out I actually wound up buying some other stuff–some of which I didn’t get around to using or buying until after the prompt date. So, my favorite things I bought last year:
1. My house. I bought a house. It’s great. All the wall colors are colors I want. It’s still not fully unpacked yet, but that’s okay.
2. Hamilton tickets. This was a Christmas gift for my daughter. We’re going to see the show in March (in New York). Obviously, I couldn’t post about this before Christmas, so.
I tried to pretend I was going to write about something else, but…nope. I am thoroughly, 100% on the Hamilton train. So much so that I have tried to figure out HOW exactly I am going to get to Broadway to see it if I can ever manage to get tickets. I may or may not have set up a Google alert to know when tickets are available is what I’m saying.
I will probably not see it until it starts touring, and I’m okay with that. But the point is that I’ve considered going to New York to see it.
True story: When I told my friend about the A to Z Challenge and that I was planning on blogging about fannish pursuits, she immediately said, “You’re blogging about Hamilton, right?” And I, of course, assured her that it was definitely going to be H to which she responded, “…or you could do all 26 days on it. A is for Angelica, etc.”
I also seriously considered THAT. So yeah. I have Hamilton brain.
Here are some things I have done re: Hamilton that show I may or may not be obsessed:
Listen(ed) to the cast album pretty much nonstop
Stopped listening to the cast album long enough to listen to podcasts (that I normally never listen to) about the show
Tried to convince my daughter to rethink her career plans so she can audition for the show
Bought the physical CD* so I can loan it to people (and keep it in rotation in my car)
Attempted to buy tickets to the show in NY
Resigned myself to the fact that I’ll have to see the tour in Atlanta
Set up a Google alert for the Atlanta tour
Joined a Facebook group to talk about the show
Set up an acronym (RHTOD–Random Hamilton Thought of the Day) for all the times my friend and I text each other random Hamilton thoughts
Rejoiced when I heard other people were hooked on it and/or hooked people on it
I speak in Hamilton quotes. I wake up with the songs running through my head. IT HAS EATEN MY BRAIN.
And to my credit, I only posted on FB telling people to check it out once. ONCE.
So, if you haven’t listened to Hamilton yet, it is not too late to see what all the fuss is about. You can listen to the entire album on YouTube or Spotify. I mean, the whole album is there just ready to be listened to. I usually tell people to give it until the fifth song because if they don’t like it by then, they probably won’t. For me, I knew I was going to love it about halfway through the first song.
And now I will go back to texting my friend about it. A RHTOD just occurred to me…
For the A to Z challenge, I’ll be blogging about fannish pursuits (aka things I’m a fan of or have strong feelings about). Tune in Monday to see what I picked for I!
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