It's two weeks since I've posted last, a sure sign of Great and Significant Things going on in my life. (It's ok that you didn't notice). When there's big stuff, it seems very trivial to post about the small funny stuff, even when it's very funny indeed. Like Matt's classic "I am the GOD of PENSIONS, AND I BRING financial stability later in life", which had me still laughing the following day, and a headline in the Meath Chronicle that read "Meath Members Prominent". That's just filthy.
Anyway. Great and significant things. If you've seen me lately you'll have some idea of the nice, yet complicated goings on. On Sunday I'm off on holidays for three weeks, to Korea and Japan. I'm looking forward to the travelling and so much more so to the not working. I'm super tired recently; it'll be great to recharge. I'm going to take it fairly easy and although I'll be indulging my recovering Type A Personality
, and seeing a fair bit, I'm also going to spend a lot of time reading and resting. Books for the journey: Midnight's Children, Restoration, the Accidental, the Great Gatsby, a Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, whatever I randomly buy at the airport. If there's something worthwhile but not difficult you'd like to recommend, please do.
I still haven't packed, bought presents for friends of friends, located an appropriately sized towel, wrapped up a stash of emergency snickers bars, started a new moleskine notebook, acquired a spork, or any of my other pre-holiday traditions. Saturday's going to be busy. Oh, and I haven't asked for postcard addresses. I should do that:Usual postcard disclaimer: unless you're mr_wombat, I don't know your address, even if you gave it to me before. I do not have basic human competencies. If you like postcards, please give me your address. I like sending postcards, so really, do. Shane, Tim, and some other people: I still have your Morocco postcards on my bookshelf at home. This time it'll be different, really. No, really.
Less than a week after I get back, I'm off for two weeks to the Hyderabad office, then to Kerry for Bernard's ordination, then to New York for a couple of weeks. The NY visit is recreational, though I'll be working normal working hours from the office there. I haven't booked the flights yet, and it's exhausting to think about, but I'm looking forward to that most of all.
I'm also looking forward to our summer party, which I'll mention again is on Saturday July 28th
. We should send a mail about that. Immediately afterwards, we're moving out of our excellent house. That's a bit sad, but interesting too. Not having any plans makes the future seem full of potential.
I thought I'd buy somewhere, so over the last month I've looked at various apartments and imagined living in them for five years. I haven't really been inspired so far. I think that if I keep looking, I'll find somewhere I want to buy, but I've got a couple of new reasons now for not wanting to as much. I'm nervous about committing all my disposable income and I'm antsy about being tied to this (admittedly very fine) city. It's a long story. If you know me in real life, you're probably already hearing about this plenty. With this in mind, I'm looking to rent for a bit after our lease is up in August. A dude at work posted about a one bedroom place he has that's available until November, and that seems like the right length of time to have things figured out. Hoping that works out. I've never lived on my own; the idea is exhilarating.
I voted, of course. Voting makes one feel civic-minded and responsible. Everyone seems to come out of the booth looking quietly proud. I love that.
Oh yeah, and I started using a Kinesis keyboard. I can't recommend it.
None of these are the most exciting thing going on at this time. More later on what is, but now I need to sleep or I will probably die. I haven't really been reading LJ (or anything much) recently, so if there's something important I missed, please do yell at me.