drawn and quartered
during finals week i graded over 200 essays, and calculated and submitted three sets of grades, all the while did my best to stay afloat and be a good co-editor at LAist, met Diane Keaton (YES, I JUST SAID THAT), and make it on an early flight to seattle for spring break in the pacNW.
during break i got to spend a day with my beloved twinster ashley and see her neck of the woods (literally) north of sea-tac and on the way up to beautiful british columbia. i saw my parents and their ever-improving home for the first time since they left last year. i hung out at the ubc dorms and in some of the more "developing" areas of downtown vancouver with my munchkin. i dragged my parents and nana out to be anthony bourdain for the day and eat a JAPA DOG on the streets of vancouver. i got to see one of the librairies where my brilliant cousin works (and see that some relatives on the other side of my family have a reading room named for them--my goodness!) and have some all-you-can-eat sushi. i had a phenomenal french bistro table d'hote ladies' lunch with my mom, aunt, & nana. i picked up seashells on the beach at point bob and canadian cookies, relish, & chips in the aisles of the safeway to lug back with me. i had a bizarre and fun pizza party with the fam that involved a lot of beer, and absolutely no table setting. i got absolutely no work done.
i came home to record heat, the earliest easter weekend i've ever experienced, a sunflower-bearing darling boy, a third course assignment for the upcoming quarter, a class to re-design, some killer posts on LAist that are helping us to hit TWO MILLION PAGE VIEWS THIS MONTH, the realization that while i was gone neither of the lovely housemates bought dishwasher detergent, and the strange feeling like i'd just taken a trip to the moon and had re-entry sickness or something.
but now the new quarter and i are in full swing--i'm learing the students' names and faces, i'm getting things done and sorted out, and i'm trying really hard to get used to having to get up a) at the unholy hour of 5:30 on mondays and wednesdays and b) four days in a row to go to campus four days in a row. i'm still in shock that i met Diane Keaton ("It's an honor to meet you," I told her. "It's an honor to meet you," she replied). i've got brunches and parties and concerts and lunches and cupcake contests and who knows what else to look forward to. i am remembering how much i love sarah silverman's "Jesus is Magic" thanks to catching it last night on teevee with the darling boy, and i am trying to figure out why i'm getting headaches every day. i also have a brand new pink blackberry pearl that i am loving and learning (the razr sang its swan song and i gave it up with no qualms save for sadly losing all my beloved saved text messages...).
whew. no wonder i get headaches!!! time to get some work done. or play some scrabulous.