Friday, July 11, 2008

Oh, beautiful Summer...

One of the reasons why I was so desperate to go back to a school calendar was the chance to have time (one the new luxuries of the 21th century) to fool around and do "nothing". Spending time on my personal projects has always represented the topmost pleasure a person as crazy as me may experience.

This week I decided to take for free. So far, I have been able to:

1. Read 5 books in a row: Mirrormask by Neil Gaiman, Shogun by James Clavell, Lena's Secret by Michael Ende, Crocodile-skin Shoes by Alfonso Suarez Romero, The Name of Cuautla by Antonio Malpica and The Man Who Was Thursday, by Gilbert Keith Chesterton, which I found even stranger than Mirrormask, but pretty fun as well.

2. Improve my Japanese Anime singing by repeating ad infinitum the fonetic lyrics to "Kon'ya Wa Hurricane" from Bubblegum Crisis, "Zankoku na Tenshi no TE-ZE", from Neon Genesis Evangelion, "Tenshi no Yubikiri" from Karekano, "Coppelia's Casket" from Noir, "Voices" from Macross Plus, and the intro and ending songs from Totoro. My neighbors have already placed a complaint to the building manager.

3. Clean and organize my tool box, collecting and placing every single nail and screw in neat plastic bags clasified by size. Locking the box became a must after my husband took a 5 minute look afterwards.

4. Catch up with my blogging, which was abandoned for more than a month. Thank God you people out there are still alive.

5. Devote a daily half-hour to breaking a sweat trying to beat my husband's records at Wii-Fit. So far, the monster is still winning in 50% of the exercises. Grrr!!

6. Sleep 8 hours in a row, having the craziest nightmares everynight and realising how stressed out I've been for the last 6 months. I even dreamed I was married to one of my students! Yuck!

7. Eat every single yummy treat I have been able to think about, from a breaded chicken breast torta with Oaxacan cheese to whole wheat cupcakes. Obviously, my nutritionist has filed an official objection.

9. Nail 5 more sun sculptures to my collection on my living room's wall, just to discover I did it in an unartistical disposition. I left them that way, though, to cover previous nail holes.

Next week will be devoted to pending paperwork (sigh) and a couple of personal projects, like clearing up the storeroom, but I definitely needed some time on my own to rememeber the joy of being out of an office during daylight.

By the way, do you remember my whinning due to the lack of summer cherries last season? I've been able to munch over a kilo this season!! Not all at once, of course, but they are going to be the death of me! ja,ja.


YosoyineS said...

I've improved my japanese singing by putting the ringtone of Nabari no ou, "Shalaaaaaa I sing for you noasitonoueeeeeeeee omashitenouiooooo" etc etc (I didn't knew you watched anime, welcome dear otaku).

The only thingI do now it's sleeping 8 hours in a row, 'cause I need it to.

(PS: I already have a study plan, but for me it's like ad infinitum -seems that I won't finish till next year :'( -)



Miao said...

Oh yes, I am now blessed with a sudden wealth of time too! Yesterday was my last day at work. :D Now I'm just going to enjoy the rest of my vacation before school starts again!

The Usual Stuff said...

inés: glad to hear I'm not the only crazy chick who carries anime tones in her cellphone, and dannyphantom too. Sorry to hear about your exhausting studies.
Isn't sleeping like a regular human the best blessing ever?

Miao: welcome to summer-joy camp, babe! Glad to hear everything went smoothly and hope that school is two months ago for you.

YosoyineS said...

I totally agree, sleeping like a regular human being it's a luxury not everyone can afford.

Anyway, I'll keep studying and drinking mate, for my study's sake :P


The Usual Stuff said...

I certainly wish you the best, inés. Hit those books hard! xoxoxox