Nice weekend. Crazy week.
Last week at work was completely crazy and exciting and fun, and is the reason I’m happy to be working in the news biz. My town gets a big story, one that went national, and my newsroom just mobilizes and gets good quality coverage. Even I got to be a part of it, working with the desks to get information out to the people using Twitter and liveblogging, and well, the regulaar website 🙂
It was immensely satisfying.
Of course, I was also told during a meeting last week that I haven’t been in the biz long enough to become cynical and jaded. I hope that never happens.
(And not to stray way off topic but I’m going to answer my Aunty’s comment from the last post and say that Tom’s fix didn’t last and the old pair were held together with duct tape and happy thoughts.)
What else… Ah yes the college fair. I had to miss going to the free showing of Walk the Line (the paper sponsored it as a fitting end to our Music Madness tournament) in order to go to a college fair, and I’m glad I did. Discovered that everyone was right. Shannon’s awesome score on ACT test will be very beneficial for getting much financial aid so she can go to Uni after high school instead of having to do the cheaper route of 2 years at a junior college first. Not that there’s anything wrong with that 🙂 But if she can swing it, and we can work the scholarship mojo, she can go where she wants now.
In other news, we’re still going to the Y 🙂 Trying to find a routine time for us to go is a bit of a challenge. So far it’s pretty much just been going when we can fit it in. So far we’ve played racquetball (Shannon would rather duck and cover when the ball comes her way, and I’m actually not too bad at it. It’s rather like Calvinball if you don’t bother with the rules. Who knew that it would be so much fun to hit the ball off of every available surface?), done the treadmills, and we’ve been in the pool just once. Need to rectify that because I have dreams of a brisk uphill walk on the treads, working up a good sweat, followed by a delicious dunk in the pool to cool off.
I’m discovering that I’m still a bit shy about exercising in front of people. I couldn’t bring myself to walk into the weight room area when it was full of young studly types, and the reason we played racquetball the other day was because the cardio room (with the treads/ellipticals/etc.) was busy with people who can use those suckers for hours on end. I’m slowly trying to get into shape, and while I know we’re all there to do the same thing, it’s hard to go at my own pace in a room full of exercise nuts. Gotta work on this issue of mine. But I am enjoying the Y membership.
In less than two weeks I will be jetting off to foggy Monterey, Cali to see my baby sister get hitched. I can’t believe it’s almost time to go. I’m so looking forward to this. I know Kelly is too. She’s not a nervous bride at all either, which is cool. I think all the details are sussed out and now it’s just a matter of getting there and doing it. I’m looking forward to that, and to maximum beach time.
Still debating on whether to bring my laptop. I have not traveled by plane since before 9/11. I have yet to experience the security changes, and I’m worried about my laptop getting banged up and plundered. Will talk to the cousin about that. I’m just going to need it to download video and piccies I’m planning to shoot while I’m there. I only have 2 2-gig mem cards and that’s not enough, but if I can empty them periodically it would be fine. We’ll see. Anyway, beach + me + hopefully some fog = happy girl. And it will be so damn nice to get out of Nebby for a while.
I know I said that the stuff that went down last week was fun and exciting, and it was, but it also highlighted some of the very worst traits of this town – the stuff I’ve always hated about living here. The ignorance and intolerance is staggering. Usually those two things stay bubbling under the surface and I don’t see evidence of them much. But occasionally it blows up bigtime and makes me long to be anywhere but here.
Anyway, I need to go. Very late for a school night. Gnight internets.