Thursday, November 30, 2006

Warning

Well, you have probably noticed, I haven't been blogging much. This is not such a bad thing, since nobody ever reads this nonsense anyway, but well, I like to blog.

However.

I leave at six am and get home at six pm and last weekend we drove 1800 miles and this Friday my dad is coming over and then there is the wedding and Christmas shopping and learning to drive and frankly I don't know when I will resurface. So this is to let you know that I won't be blogging as much, since by the time I get round to it my sense of humour is generally exhausted. So I'll try to do this every other day or soish, rather than every dayish.

God, when did I ever get to have so much more life than time?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Thanks, and cops

So last Thursday was Thanksgiving. The Spouse and I went to see his family, and had the Proper Thanksgiving Dinner, which was lovely. We drove there and back, and in the process acquianted ourselves with Thanksgiving traffic and the fact that local cops in South Carolina are very, very bored.

Certainly there is much to be thankful for this year - the Spouse, relative good health and spirits, plenty of good luck, plenty of loved ones to love one.

But at the moment I am most thankful for my bed at the end of a long, weary day.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

He's eeeevil


The head of my new workplace is not, in fact, evil. He is intelligent, very well-respected as well as generally admired. For his positive impact, that is, not his evil genius.

Why do I keep seeing pictures in my head of him stroking a cat?

Personally, I think it is a combination of a certain type of smugness, and a certain type of son. I keep having to stop myself from calling him Scott. You know, strict besuited father, somewhat dishevelled, somewhat rebellious son.

Must not address anyone as Dr. Evil.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

There is no joy...

Quite like watching a 800 pound Hawaiian play the ukelele.

That said, it'll be Thanksgiving soon, and I am almost ready for the all-American experience. I hope it will be fun. Warm. Fuzzy. Whatever.

I'll be singing All you need is love all the way to the ATM tomorrow. Because when you have some money, all you need is love. When you have love, and no money, love is nice, but money wouldn't hurt either.

I ramble.

What I mean is that I do indeed have love, and now some financial stability. Not bad, even if I have to get up early for it.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Cauliflower, or the beauty of the universe


This is the most impressive feat of horticulture I have seen in quite a while. I wanted to share the fractal beauty of the cauliflower, in case you were starting to doubt the universe.

Yes, work is good, yada yada as my boss would say. I'll blog about it sometime. Oh, and I have a green card, Which is amazing, and about a year ahead of schedule. And we just saw Happy Feet, which is odd, and funny. It has one joke in it which, all by itself makes the movie worth seeing.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Closing time

Today was my first day at my new work. It turned out unexpectedly well. Maybe this means that I am a cynic. Anyway, it went well, and I am pleased about that.

I am also extraordinarily tired; tired from getting up too early, tired from sleeping too little, tired from all the stress and tired from walking a long way in heels.

Today is also a good news day, a very good news day, but since the good news is not absolutely and utterly certain yet I will not jinx it by mentioning it here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Something

Today I got my learner's permit and a haircut. My last day of freedom was spent mostly at the DMV. Tonight the Spouse is coming home from his trip.

Tomorrow I start work.

I talked to a friend today as well, who is thinking of going back to school. I am not. Right now I have no ambition. I suppose it'll come back someday. Just being here now gives me so many options I didn't have before. Hmmmm. And that's pretty nice.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

A book tip

I just finished reading How would a patriot act? by Glenn Greenwald. It is the first thing I have read in a while that is truly bipartisan and truly intelligent and well-informed.

The man also has a very well-known blog which I have added to my list. His post about Feingold is especially interesting.

It is a very small and inexpensive book, and with Lakoff's Don't think of an elephant it is my bookrecommendation for anyone with any interest at all in current US politics.

Lately, I have been reading a lot of non-fiction, particularly on politics. Time for the TDEC to read some Austen.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Help

For some people life is simple. For Gary Chapman, author of the New York Times bestseller The Five Languages, 3 million copies sold, life is simple. He is a successful marriage counsellor, himself happily married, and like a cookbook, his book gives the impression that his is the best way to make pumpkin pie.

Speaking of pumpkin pie, I need to learn to make it. That most American of holidays, Thankgiving, is coming up, and I am going to have to at least attempt to make the Spouse not miss his out-of-state family too much.

Anyway, as part of our not-so-premarital sort-of-counselling, as suggested by the church where we will get married, I am reading the above book. For a person not prone to self-help* books, reading this book is a strange experience. Chapman uses some pretty awful gender stereotypes, and makes some seriously annoying absolutist statements**; all the same I am mesmerised.

Self-help books always have a somewhat biblical air, not in their style, but in their self-confidence that theirs is the truth. Perhaps that is why I am so fascinated - since I am uncoverted on both counts, I don't quite enter into the spirit of things, but nonetheless sometimes wonder if perhaps they do have the right end of the proverbial stick.

Chapman has a point, I concede, and I am reading his writings in a spirit of openness and, er, dialogue. You know, we take the little tests at the end of the book; we talk about it. I don't know if any of it helps with the problems we don't (yet) have, but it certainly is fun doing quizzes together. Quality time, as the man himself would say.

*As Aretha Franklin would say - thank you, I'll get it myself
**Like "being in love is not love". As if the experience of being in love brings nothing to the relationship in the long term. Sigh.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

I guess

I have a job. It pretty well paid. It seems pretty interesting. I start next Wednesday.

I am not sure how I feel about it. I guess it is a good thing; but I will miss my free time. I will enjoy earning a living. It will be quite the adjustment.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Yet another


I have yet another interview with the same people who interviewed me before. Wonder what will happen. Normally I would care more, but I am a wreck, too much election enthusiasm and too little sleep. Still, a good election to watch. Especially with a few friends around, and some booze.

Life is good. But sleepy. And confusing.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Also

Tomorrow is the mid term election here. I hope the Democrats do well, but mostly I am looking forward to the late-night tv coverage. It is as times like these that one misses the BBC.

Fit for service

Recently, I have started exercising a bit more. For those of you who are visualising me running 10 miles in the freezing cold, well, you obviously don't know me well. No, I only mean that I have been ignoring the elevator, doing sit-ups and weights. Weights are fun. I am a wimp, but I promise that by the end of February I will be a slightly, mildly fitter wimp. It is good to have goals.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Questpost

I seem to be doing well with the Quest these days - work permit in pocket, money freed, gainful employment in the works, not to mention spending more than two weeks at a time with the Spouse, formerly the Fiancé.

Actually, most of this afternoon was spent listening to two people dealing with health issues* I can't even begin to contemplate. It was interesting to see how people deal with such complex issues. It made me think about all the stuff that's been going on lately in my life and how I have come across so many people who have suffered tremendously or who face major obstacles. I'll not offer any uplifting stories of redemption; mostly I am astonished by how many tactics people devise to make their daily lives liveable. I don't know if there is redemption in that, but it is something.

Not because of victories
I sing,
having none,
but for the common sunshine,
the breeze,
the largess of the spring.

*I'd share, but it's not really for me to do so

Pass Go, collect $200


This morning I had an almost transcendent experience. I went to the post office, picked up a letter, called a number in Hungary, spent about ten minutes on the phone and finally, finally, finally set free my (albeit minimal) savings. All being well - and with Hungarian banks one should never assume that all is well - I will now be able to spend actual money which I earned, rather than trying to somehow not spend money at all. Moreover I just activated my internet banking, which is brightly showing me my new, non-blocked balance.

Trust me, you have no idea how happy this makes me.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Employment


As of today, I am officially authorised to work in the US. A small applause, a beer and a piece of chocolate, both Belgian, are in order.