What’s Up? (1/28/15)

So the obvious disclaimer here is that I’m writing this on (1/29/15) but as Thursday is basically my day of rest, I have absolutely nothing to add about it, and since Wednesday is the longest day I’ve ever scheduled in college before, it’s all I can write about these days. 

Morning
Despite not getting a lot of sleep, I found my morning walk to class to be emotionally recharging. Pittsburgh was brighter than usual with two-three inches of snow around. Everything reflected the sunlight of course, and as such there were places that were actually really warm around town – places you could go to soak up the sun beams. There was also the smell of Fuel & Fuddle firing up the brick oven, God knows why they need to around 9AM. Some people must go in their for the brunch menu. I’m jealous of those people.

Afternoon
With my head thinking about bright warm suns, I listened to The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” (1969) and well, if you know me you know I almost never listen to The Beatles. By all accounts, Wednesday was going extraordinarily. I wrote to Marie Claire, I wrote for The Fourth Wave, I had a coffee, made lunch, and made the best out of the time I could take to relax at home.

Late Afternoon
My short-essay was the center of attention in a discussion about race in Intro to Gender and Sexuality, and modest though I am, it sometimes feels really great to know that you’re writing is teaching people something, and being enjoyed by people. At this point in the day I’m going so well that I knew “Wednesday was beat.”

Night
During Senior Seminar I have a huge moment of inspiration. All month long I was in a huge writer’s block about what the hell I wanted to write about as my final piece of Nonfiction Writing as a University of Pittsburgh Student. “Who will it be” I kept asking, having only written extensively about people before. I should have been thinking “What will it be.” Research. I need to be able to hit up books at the Library. Then it hit me: The Gimlet. A standard, classic drink, yet one that younger people don’t really know. As my Professor said: “It’s such a simple, yet odd drink. You order it and people look at you like you’re 82.” I admit it feels a little funny to commit research hours to an alcoholic drink but, there’s a history there, there are people behind the history, and there are bartenders today with Gimlet-input – so there’s a story here. How many people want to hear the story of The Gimlet? Who cares! As I close Moby Dick for the last time this month, if anything I should take away that it’s totally fine to write about what you know, and what you love.

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What’s Up (12/14/13)

I’m home in New York, wrapped up in a blanket, listening to music from Animal Crossing, and ready to start writing. There was not a whole lot of time to write for my own sake these last few days. I know I wrote a Nuzlog post on Wednesday, but that felt more like an obligation to close the book on Pokemon Y, a book-closing twenty days late.

As soon as I was done with any one paper, I had to move onto the next. There was always something to do this finals week, and it marked the height of my productivity this whole semester. Even when I finished my last final on Friday, I basically got home and packed for an hour and a half straight, before rushing out the door to catch a bus to the airport.

I made a few stray observations yesterday. For starters, I was sitting down on a public bench waiting for a bus, and an old man smoking a cigarette sat down next to me. The last time I let somebody smoke next to me on a bench before a flight, I reeked of cigarettes so bad I had to take off my jacket and throw it in my luggage. It was gross and awful. So I got up from the bench and stood far away from the gross cigarette dude, and I don’t think he was happy about it, but whatever. I think it’d be courteous of all smokers to, I don’t know…. not smoke at a bus stop.

On the bus to the airport I realized, in the frenzy to pack, that I forgot to bring a friend-favorite video game, Fortune Street. Is that a little bit of a bummer? Yeah, but honestly, I think it might be nice to just chill sometimes with your friends, make fun conversation instead of relying on video games all of the time. Now that I write this, I also realize I didn’t bring Cards Against Humanity, which is another bummer. Particularly so because, that’s a fun non-video-game thing to do. By spring break though, I’ll have two all-new expansions for that game to play, and the Bigger, Blacker Box to store all of the cards in.

I’m becoming less and less careful about making sure that I pack everything I need, and while that’s having repercussions in the “what will I do with my friends” department, I think the lower levels of packing stress are better for my health. Travel doesn’t need to be stressful. I love airports, and as long as you get there early, you can sit, get food, and relax from Point A to Point B.

One last note: I had a dream last night, a nightmare, a reminder not to wait on things, to let people know how you feel, when you feel it.

What’s Up? (12/9/13)

This blog has 50 followers now, which is a great statistic and all, except I know how willy-nilly I give out “follows” on WordPress, and I imagine that most of these followers are just looking for follow-backs. Except that I know some of you out there must be actual followers because you don’t actually write blogs, and some of you have liked and left comments on posts… so maybe there’s something cool happening here after all.

Continuing with the whole, life-not-on-fire business (which is a term I’m starting to like), I thought I’d write what my schedule looks like, in part so that I can finally see what’s due when, and in part so that you can see what kind of work load I’m facing.

Monday: Nothing’s due today, but free time should be used to complete things ahead of schedule.

Tuesday: Some meaningless assignment is due at 3PM from a horrible professor I wish I could forget, in a class that added very little to my communication-skills portfolio. (Is currently 60% complete as of this post). Tuesday should be spent completing assignments and studying for the might giant that is Wednesday.

Wednesday: The 3,000-4,000 story about Row House Cinema is due, along with a Podcast about the story, by 12PM. (Is currently at 3,500 words as of this post, but still needs a lot of work). The final story determines most if not all of my grade in that journalism class. Intro to Psychology final exam at 2PM; it can’t hurt my final grade which currently stands at a C, but it could raise it as high as a B. Wednesday should be spent in part on the two things due that day, and then after 3PM focus should shift to Thursday’s workload.

Thursday: A 2,000 word research paper about sonic branding is due by 12AM for my Consumerism course. (It currently stands at 1,000 words). This paper will not determine whether I pass or fail, but it will have a significant impact on the grade, though the professor seems to be an easy grader. Thursday should be spent working on Friday’s workload and airport preparation.

Friday: A 2,000 word revised edit of an existing 600-1,000 word paper is due by 10AM, and then a final exam based on this semester’s literature readings will take up my time until 11:30AM. Flight is at 5PM, so there is some backup time to pack and prepare for flight if I’m too busy to do these things on Thursday.

What’s Up? (10/18/13)

I’m not sure, but I think this might have been the longest I’ve gone without posting a chapter of What’s Up? Not that I’ve lacked for things to say since… 10/8/13… obviously the Nine Inch Nails concert and release of Pokemon X/Y has generated content over the past week.

Maybe I’ve lacked for things to say if all I can talk about is a concert and a video game.

Lets take everything from the weekend then. On Friday the 11th we celebrated my roommates birthday by going to Hoffbrau Haus, which was fun. Met somebody new, which is always nice. There was a particular drinking game played that night, as this roommate of mine turned 21, and it might have had something to do with Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. I didn’t participate, instead partaking in that concoction mentioned in the first part of Liqueur, which I think made a particular impression on that somebody new.

Saturday was incredibly relaxed in comparison to Friday’s craziness, and really the only things of note that happened that day were the release of Pokemon X/Y, and a screening of First Blood (Rambo) at the apartment. I never saw Rambo before, and was surprised that it took place in America… after all I’ve only ever seen clips of Rambo fighting dudes in jungles (Vietnam presumably).

Sunday was…. football? I guess. I really don’t remember much about Sunday I guess, nor Monday. I mean, on Monday I barely/didn’t sleep, since I was working my butt off to write papers. Not sleeping much has been a theme this week, unfortunately. On Wednesday, like a total klutz, I walked straight into a piece of furniture in the dark – which left one leg bleeding in a few places, and one toe badly bruised. Between The Nine Inch Nails’ double dose of leg cramp, and this Wednesday’s injury, I’ve been hesitant to do my normal gym runs, which is unfortunate. I haven’t been eating incredibly well, and I could really use a few solid sessions of rowing.

Today (in… ten hours) I’m going to continue interviewing people for a piece of journalism. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it before, and I’m not going to explain anything now, but I thought I’d leave off on a positive note. By the way, I’m happy about doing the interviews: that’s what makes this a positive note.

 

What’s Up? (8/12/13)

I honestly don’t know what day it is anymore. I’ve got so little time until I go back to Pittsburgh. I’m running out of time to find somebody to see Anamanaguchi with me this Friday.  I’m leaving the 22nd and moving in one the 23rd. My battery is at 42%. I spent today catching up on my Showtime shows, after spending yesterday consumed with Breaking Bad. I’m trying pack my possessions early so that move-in-day isn’t so chaotic. It’s hard to pack your possessions early because putting something away now means not using it or seeing it for x amount of days. Is this as organized as this box could be? Could I fit more into this box? This box is freaking heavy.

No joke though, one box is like 90% books and shouldn’t be carried by a single person.

I either need more time or less time, but I hate this in between phase. There’s not enough time to do everything I wanted this summer, there’s too much time to just pack up and leave just yet. What’s left is this weird feeling that I don’t like. Trying to squeeze the most out of everything; making every day perfect – it just makes every day worse. It’s like squeezing the last drops out of a lemon I’d rather just toss.

Other than that, times are okay. These last days aren’t so bad in reality, just very tiring on the mind. My battery is at 37%.