The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Okay, so Ash Wednesday came and went. Not only did I not get my ashes, I didn't even really come up with something to give up. Now I could try last year's goal, but it seems so... last year. (To be honest, this is still something I struggle with; having free Cinemax doesn't help things.)

But I'd like to use this time to improve my overall Catholic-ness. (Hey, I made a new word!) Now I have some role models to follow (Teri and Rae from the sidebar), but I want to get my hands dirty with religion this time. (Freudian slip? You decide...)

Of course, after my celebrations on Mardi Gras, I figure I could use some catching up. I won't go into too much detail, but let's just say a few hurricanes, three gay bars and some discrimination was involved. And all this on a school night...

To update the previous post from Friday, the first meeting with the young adult group went somewhat well. I joined four other "young adults" (I was the oldest one, I believe) in a trip to the local shelter to volunteer for a night. I helped out with a movie watching party for the kids. Not a whole lot of sociability opportunities, but at least they know who I am.

As for Match... well, slow going there, mostly my fault. No messages sent, only a couple of online chats. Hopefully that will change soon.

In other news, I read a book! A whole book, from front to back! While cruising through Barnes and Noble a couple of weeks ago, I happened upon a book written by comedian Aisha Tyler titled, "Swerve." It's a pretty light read; I finished it in two days. But it touches on a lot of truths, I'd recommend it to almost every female I know. (Carla Jean, this means you...) One thing, though: the gal did go to Dartmouth, and boy, does she let you know it. While reading, I started underlining words and phrases that I didn't quite get so I could look them up at a later date. After finishing the book, I counted all the lines.

And I counted.

And I counted some more.

I ended up with 66. 66 terms, phrases and references to check on. Now, I've gotten through about 15 of them (everything from "Maori" to "schadenfreude"). But I still have a bunch left. Maybe in a future post, I'll put them up, so we can all learn something. (Or someone out there can help me wrap my head around what the Hegelian dialectic involves...)

Alright, that's enough for now. I have to drive to New Braunfels tomorrow to have lunch with my dad and a woman from the office he manages. Something about a set-up... this has comedy written all over it, I can just tell.


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