31 July 2009

25 July 2009

8 Jobs at Once

  • Who knows the 8 official U.S. Presidential titles?
  • ... I could name 4.
  • Chief executive
  • Chief diplomat
  • Chief legislator
  • Chief jurist
  • Chief of party
  • Commander in chief
  • World leader
  • Voice of the people

23 July 2009

I Like Your Cover ...

  • The 13 July 2009 issue of Newsweek was all about books!
  • one of my favorite features was the piece they ran on favorite book covers ...
  • in no particular order they chose the following books (& editions):
  • A Million Little Pieces - James Frey (2003)
  • The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion (2005)
  • Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth - Chris Ware (2000)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon (2003)
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers (2000)
  • Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer (2002)
  • Twilight - Stephanie Meyer (2005) ... bleh, well, no list is perfect

22 July 2009

On the Horizon

  • Since camp, I have been settling back into my normal ... lame existence.
  • It's a weird transition not having my days planned out for me, and not having to be certain places at certain times.
  • Nonetheless, tomorrow I am heading down to Myrtle Beach for the weekend,
  • and then the weekend after that I am headed to the Eastern Shore for a family reunion
  • ... followed by hanging out with Lindsay in the Outer Banks
  • ... and returning in time for the Dave Matthews Band concert.
  • other than that, I hope to make it up to DC soon ... oh, how I miss it.
  • I wish the summer lasted longer.

21 July 2009

Welcome Back

  • Whoop, whoop ... I am back.
  • However, karma is a bitch.
  • Remember when I was really bummed about having to go to summer camp?
  • Well, fast forward 2 weeks, and I am completely bummed that camp is over.
  • I have been in such a slump it isn't even funny.
  • How did I spend my first night back from camp?
  • ... well, while my friends were drinking and having fun ... I sat in a corner eating macaroni & cheese, drinking beer, and sulking about not having any campers to boss around.
  • ... and by 'boss around' I mean, 'have lots of fun with and genuinely enjoy their company'
  • this was the third time I have done camp ... and without a doubt, this was the best group of kids that I have had.
  • They were really too good to be true; throughout the duration of camp, I kept waiting for everything to come crashing down and for them to reveal their true demon-esque selves, but that never happened.
  • While I know there is a market for drug trafficking, maybe I can tap into a market for smuggling my campers that I liked back into the U.S.

04 July 2009

Happy Birthday, America

Seriously, go out and celebrate with your friends.

03 July 2009

No List Friday

This is the Yorktown Victory Monument ... Liberty stands atop it ... I hear Liberty may be replaced with the bust of Obama.

02 July 2009

A Farwell to Freedom

  • So this weekend I am heading to summer camp
  • ... to work.
  • back when I was in college I worked summer camp ... and now that I am happily unemployed/ retired I have no real excuse not to go
  • but my attitude right now?
  • ugh
  • I am like a pouty kid being shipped away for the summer
  • there are pros such as:
  • a paycheck
  • being out of my parents house for 2 weeks
  • a paycheck
  • being away from t.v. and computer
  • as well as negatives:
  • being surrounded by teenagers with raging hormones
  • having to deal with campers' shenanigans
  • having to work
  • not getting as much sleep as I'm used to
  • basically being held captive for the better part of July
  • actually having to camp
  • not being able to consume alcohol for the duration of camp
  • ... and, of course I am completely unprepared ... I have not even thought about packing and I have to go shopping tomorrow for: bandaids, hair bands, batteries, sunscreen, bug spray, flying insect spray, and anti-itch spray in case the biting critters make it to my flesh