Saturday, March 12, 2011

saturday is a special (non-committal) day

This is my fifth 55-hour work week in a row. Two more to go and then I think things will calm down. I recognize 55 isn't going to win me head-to-head battles with those true work warriors (I'm looking at you Finance) but still, I'm averaging two extra days of work per week. And agency life is stressful. It's Go! Go! Go! But I'm fairly well suited for it. Minimal breakdowns this week.

So it's been a bit overwhelming of late but I just have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. Colleen and I gorged ourselves on salty chips, guac, and salsa at lunch today in Harvard Square and the sun was shining, and people were smiling, and there wasn't anything I had to do today. It's been awhile. Now I'm sitting on my bed, no plans for the evening, and giddy at the thought I can choose a book to read or a movie to watch and I don't have to put pants back on.

Before I get to that though, let's do a little bit of brain dumping to get you back up to speed in my life. I'mma going to (try to) keep it short so the inanity importance of the following items aren't lost. Listo? Vamos!
  • I'm going to the Middle East in less than 3 months. (I know, right?) Five days in Jordan, 10 days in Israel, and 3 days in Egypt. I'm going with a Mormon tour group of other young single adults which is awesome for at least two reasons: 1. The sure to be ratio of 9 women to every 1 man ensures the sweat stains I'll be rocking for 2.5 weeks won't keep me from ruining my chance at meeting the love of my life. 2. Young people = good knees, so everything will be a little quicker ifyouknowwhatImean.
  • So now my life is filled with checking every available flight option between Boston, Amman, and Cairo. Should we route through Copenhagen to save a few dollars but spend even longer in the airports? What happens when we get into Jordan at 1:55am and don't meet our group until 3pm? You know, normal stuff.
  • I'm also on the hunt for what I'm incorrectly calling "Safari clothes." I hit up a few sports stores today to check out their goods (in an attempt to avoid the sweat lines above) and try my hardest to avoid looking really rough on the trip. Need clothes that are wrinkle proof, quick dry, can be washed in the sink, etc. And you know, DON'T MAKE ME LOOK LIKE A GOMER. So, I'm working on it.
  • I wore my bangs in a pompadour yesterday and I forgot how much I love it. Welcome back to my life cute bangs-are-growing-out alternative.
  • Wrote an article about the BYU Honor Code, the basketball team, and my opinion on the matter. It got some pretty major play (thanks 400+ readers!) and I think it's worth a look if you're interested in any of the descriptions above -- or want to see what I write with when it's more grammatically correct and less what my friend Sylvia calls, 'gymnastic semantics'.
  • Sitting here on my bed, I face a wall that has artwork of some of my favorite buildings and places I've traveled to (Big Ben, the Salt Lake Temple, the Garden, the Empire State, the Eiffel tower, the skyline in Lisbon and the skyline of Prague). It's one of many many pockets of personality organized in my room.
  • I do wish you all could see my room--it's me to a tee. Perhaps this blog needs a series of photos and explanations. Self indulgent?
Okay! I have more bullet points but I'll save them for a rainy day. Whichhhhh looks like Wednesday. Now it's time to choose a book or movie. The tossup is between reading Jane Eyre or watching Last of the Mohicans on VHS.

Perhaps someone should introduce me to 2011?


Rachel Eve said...

Yeah for not having to wear pants! Sounds like a little slice of heaven.

Erica said...

I never wear pants. haha

Wow, that's awesome about your Middle East trip. And yes, please, please give us a photo tour of your room! Mine is lacking in personality, and I could use some inspiration! Plus, I just really want to see it!

Charone said...

I haven't heard anyone use the word gomer in at least five years. That was five years too long.

Kendall said...

Remember to wear modest clothes when you're in the middle east. I don't want you getting stoned (real stones, not drug stones) to death or anything. Too serious?

Anyway, I can't wait to see your Safari clothes. Save them so we can go to the Animal Kingdom in Disney World someday and do that safari trip.

Nat Attack said...

Do you think we'll have to wear pants in Heaven? If so, I'm going to be righteous enough to make it to the Stretchy Pants Kingdom.

Also, everytime I say I'm going to THE HOLY LAND I write it and think it in all caps. From here on out, that's how it shall be referred.

And I'll start thinking about a room series Eck -- I'm glad someone (besides me!) would be interested. Wink.

Also (part deux), you ladies are hilarious. The end.

B said...

So jealous! I want to go to the middle east so badly. Sounds like fun!

Cheri said...

I'm amazed at all you do. Good luck with the plans!!! XOX

Definitely, maybe, probaby related posts:

If NatA! posted a photo with this blog, here it is!