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Posted on Thursday 27 August 2009 at 6:20 pm

Upbeat Post

I was kind of upset in both my last posts and nobody commented on either so I guess y'all don't like mopey Rachael. I'll try to keep this one more positive. Here's the random happier stuff that's been going on lately.

- I have two roommates all settled in. They've begun paying rent and bills (yay money coming in for once!) and we've signed the lease and everything is good. They are both first year MBA students and are completely swamped with school work. They are in classes all morning, have team projects that they work on most afternoons, and then have homework all night. Kim does her homework at home and comes home for lunch so I see her sometimes in passing, but Rajiv works at the library and at coffee shops so I never see him.

- Tomorrow is the Welcome Picnic for the history department. we do it every year and all the grad students and faculty are invited. We're having it at my house. The roommates are fine with it so I just have to hope the neighbors don't throw a hissy fit. Parking is going to be the only issue. Unless it rains, which it might, in which case there won't be any cars because no one will come. :(

- I finally got the lawn mowed today. It has been probably 8 to 10 weeks since it was done so it desperately needed it. I had a guy come out last week to give me an estimate. He was supposed to do it Monday and never showed. Then he called Tuesday and said he'd sent an employee to do it and the employee (1) never bothered to show and (2) didn't bother to tell the owner that he hadn't done it until Tuesday afternoon. So the guy said he'd come do it himself Wednesday. He didn't show so I called him at 4:45 and he said he was finishing another yard and then would be right over and still planned to do it. He still never showed so this morning I called someone else who said he'd do it this afternoon then I called the first guy and told him not to come. The second guy came when he said he would and did a lovely job so it is all lovely for the picnic.

- Libby is in town! Libby is a good friend of mine. She is from London and was an MA student my first year here and was in the program for a few years then quit because she decided academe wasn't what she wanted to do with her life. She is now teaching at the secondary level back in England so it is pretty rare that I get to see her but she is in the states for a bit this summer and I've seen her a few times in the past couple of weeks. It has been fantastic.

- There are deer that live in my neighborhood. Some of them are in my backyard almost every night. I got some chairs and little tables for the patio and I'll set out back and read and watch the deer. I'm really loving it. I've identified at least six different deer, including two little ones, but there might be more. The one downside to the deer in the backyard is that I've taken to keeping my motorcycle in a shed in the back and I have to be very careful coming around the side of the house. I'm pretty sure the deer, the motorcycle and I would none of us be happy if we were to collide and that almost happened once before I realized they were here.

- I gave in and got a twitter account. I post little bits every now and then but mostly I got it because I wanted to follow Neil Gaiman's tweets more easily. I've been on a Gaiman kick, reading / rereading a lot of his stuff (including finally reading the entire Sandman collection which was AMAZING!!), and he posts some excellent stuff on twitter and I was tired of just checking it every few days and figured an account of my own would make it all easier. So of course a few days after I sign up for an account he announces that he is going completely offline for a week. Don't I have fantastic timing? Oh well, he'll be back with his awesome tweets eventually.

- Three weeks from tomorrow I leave for two weeks in Germany with the family and I'm starting to get excited. I've got to get some dissertation work done before I leave so I'm trying not to think about it and get too excited since then I won't be able to concentrate, but I am getting kind of excited anyway. The reason for the trip is a friend's wedding but obviously we're staying for longer than just the wedding and turning it into a real vacation.

Uh... that's all I can think of for now. I've been really busy lately, though looking back it doesn't feel like I've accomplished all that much for how busy I've been. I guess moving, getting a new school year going as president of the student organization, and all that kind of stuff take up more time than I realized.


lady_bracknell at 11:27 pm on 27 August 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I missed your other posts - it does sounds like you could do with a holiday. Hopefully Germany will be fun - whereabouts are you heading?

bratty_jedi at 12:15 am on 28 August 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry about it. I've just been stressed out lately and feeling a little sorry for myself. I'll get over it.

We're in northern Germany for the first week. The wedding is the middle weekend and it is in Dusseldorf (I think) and we're staying near the bride's family in Dortmund. After the wedding we're going down to Bavaria for a week so Munich and that region.
littlepixiechic at 12:38 pm on 28 August 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Germany sounds like fun! Sorry I didn't comment on your other posts, I've been failing at checking the Internets lately. Did you at least get the insurance thing figured out? Does your dishwasher work properly now? I'm glad you've got the roommates all figures out and it sounds like the new place is awesome :)
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mrstater at 1:48 pm on 28 August 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry I've been a bad LJ friend lately, too. Pregnancy brain has turned me into a slacker commenter. I did read your other posts, and I'm glad the roommate situation is sorted out! I think sometimes the very best roommates are the ones who are never around/are studying all the time.

Wow, Germany! That's really cool. I hope you have an amazing time! And that the deer watching continues to be fun.

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