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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Summer Vacation

Hello all. June is almost over, it's almost time to start being brave again, and I figured you might all be wondering what I'm doing this summer. Clearly, I'm not blogging.... So anyway, since I'm a busy bee, I thought I'd let everyone know what I'm doing.

I spend most of time working. I'm technically supposed to work 8-4:45, but I usually don't leave work until around 6:30pm or later. One night, I was even there till 9:30! While you may think that leaves me lots of free time, I live about 1.5 hours from work, so I usually don't get home until around 8ish, and then go to bed around 10:30... So that only leaves a few hours between work and bedtime.

I work at a super famoso publishing company. My job title is Workshop Coordinator (or Workshop Manager if I want to sound fancy). I'm in charge of sending complimentary textbooks to Advanced Placement* summer workshops that happen all over the country. This summer, I'm sending to almost 2,000 workshops, which is a much greater number than last year. I was told the job would be super stressful when I got hired, and it can be tedious. But I'm a pretty relaxed person and I haven't felt too overwhelmed yet. I like the job a lot, love my co-workers, and have gotten a lot of compliments on my job performance, which makes me happy. So I spend A LOT of time at work, but at least I like it!

I guess reading is how I spent most of my spare time. Since I'm an English major who needs to read every book ever, summer is my ideal time to read. But since I work during the week, I try to make time for reading on the weekends. So far, I've sucked at reading and have only read Official Book Club Selection, by Kathy Griffin, Sula by Toni Morrison, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez, The Collector by John Fowles, and my I'm halfway through my current book, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.

Luckily, I'm allowed to listen to music at work, so I haven't abandoned the music scene. This summer, I've discovered a new band I love and got new music from some of my long-time favorites.

Based on the suggestion of my friend Todd, I got the debut album from a band called The xx. According to allmusic, some of the album's moods include: Melancholy, Cathartic, Brooding, Wistful, Gloomy, Autumnal, Stylish, Elegant, Nocturnal, Sexy, Different, Reflective, and Bittersweet, so clearly, this is an album I love. If you like laid-back music, you should definitely check them out.

And of course, I got the new album from the MileyBird!!! Destiny Hope has unleashed her latest collection of pop songs on the world, and just like Waynes Burger, McDonald's, I'm lovin' it. My favorite tracks include "Robot," the sequel to Bieber's "One Less Lonely Girl," called "Two More Lonely People," and the rumored next single, "Liberty Walk."

And thanks to the United Confederacy of Bloggers CD Exchange Extravaganza, my buddy John sent me a song with which I am obsessed! It's a song from Swedish pop star Robyn called "Dancing on my Own" and it's amazing. Listen to it and dance please.

Speaking of dancing, I guess I kind of have somewhat of a social life... if you consider a social life hanging out con mi mejor amigo y dancing con tears in my eyes!!!

This summer, for the first time ever, I went to a bar to watch people drink and make fun of their dancing. Since I don't drink, I buy Josh buys me a pineapple juice so that I don't feel left out. I didn't dance the first time we went out, but now I do sometimes and it's fun. But they better play "Girl From The Gutter" next time I go and not just stupid GaGa songs!

How is your summer vacation?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

All Good Dreamers Pass This Way Some Day

I know the timing of this entry sucks.

After not having blogged in almost a month, I'm back with probably the only sad entry on Hotel Tuesday. I didn't think it would make much sense to wait a bit, put up a normal, happy entry, then post this later.

Anyway, I got home from work today and after a brief phone call, I went to say hello to Richard Parker, who I hadn't seen in almost two days since I stayed at a friend's house the past two nights. I lifted his house and found him curled in a ball, like he always is when he sleeps. But he didn't stir when I lifted the house and I realized that he had passed away.

Since I've had Richard Parker since freshman year, I knew my time with him was nearing an end (Wikipedia says his type of hamster lives no more than two to three years). And, very strangely, I had a dream just last night that he died. He was very much on my mind today and I do feel like I was somewhat prepared. Still, I am obviously very upset about it.

The reason I wanted to post about it now was because I felt like Richard Parker was a part of not only my life, but the lives of my blog readers. Through Hotel Tuesday, Richard Parker achieved a level of fame his owner envied, and was able to show off his natural good looks, his skills with the ladies, and his amazing talent as a designer.

I hope that my longtime followers will take a minute to remember Richard Parker and his adventures on my blog. In lieu of flowers, go spend some time with your pets if you have any.