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Monday, June 22

Life update

Where to start? Things have been busy busy busy lately, and look to continue getting busier (read: more driving) next month, but there aren't any themes to the busyness. This makes for some really boring conversations about what's going on in my life. "What? Me? Oh, still working. Going out with friends, watching movies, ... um, that's about it."

Actually, I guess there are a couple of things significant enough (how sad is that?) to talk up:

1) Cheesy Movie Night

After being thwarted by Netflix on the straight-to-video release of Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus with an immediate "very long wait" status, I had to wait another week until it was released to Ballbuster in order to finally have my Cheesy Movie Night. This review says everything we thought of the movie, perfectly summed up with "It’s the dumbest movie you’ll see this year, and I can’t recommend it highly enough." Right on.

2) Tai Chi

Piedmont Adult School offers some convenient and not-badly-priced evening classes. I took the first of seven tai chi classes last week. I managed to get lost on the way to the first class and showed up late, stressed out, and sweating heavily after walking an extra half mile in an already all-uphill walk, but held it together enough to finally relax and get something out of the class. I'm trying very hard not to get tense and succumb to feelings of inadequacy about not being able to pick it up quickly, as that seems to be counter-productive. I think I'm going to have to rent a video and/or possibly get some literature from the library on this activity, to reinforce the lessons between classes.

3) Volunteering

So I cleaned up/out my living space earlier this year, I'm sort of on track in the diet department and I have made some progress in the exercise area. Now I'm revisiting volunteering so that my life isn't all about me (it really is all about me, but I have to pretend otherwise sometimes, just so I don't seem pretentious and self-centered). is my volunteer organization of choice, and they offer quite a few opportunities, varied both by type and times to accommodate most peoples' schedules. Most recently, I volunteered at MedShare, an amazing organization that takes perfectly good medical supplies that would normally end up in a landfill in our first world country and ships them to care facilities in third world countries that can't otherwise afford them. I obviously need to strengthen my 'meeting people' and 'being nice/interesting/interested' muscles, but it's a start. On Wednesday, I'm signed up to help out at the SF Food Bank.

4) Spamalot

Jessa and I went to see Spamalot last month. If you're a fan of Monty Python, get tickets. It's so much fun! The second act alone is worth the price of admission. And Eric Idle was in the audience and led us in a rousing round of Always Look On The Bright Side of Life. It was a good night.

5) Opera

The end of the 2008/2009 season has arrived with some excellent shows. Teresa went with me to see Tosca a few weeks ago, and I'm heading to La Traviata in a few weeks. The 2009/2010 season starts in September and I bought a full season subscription. It looks like a good one!

6) Knocked over by a dog

My brother's dog, Yogi is the sweetest, the most well-intentioned, and the clumsiest dog I have ever met. Truth be told, I should know better than to run with dogs, as it never really works out well for me. Anyway, we were running from one house to the other, he was on my right, and he thought we were heading for the lawn on my left. So that's where he went, crossing in front of me, tripping me into the wood chips under a rose bush. I'm still sporting a bruised knee, sore shoulder and scratches from the rose thorns on my arm and back. Not bad, given how fast I was going and my size, I guess. My other brother tells me guys dig scars as well.

7) Wicked!

Wicked is in SF, did you know? How could you not? I have 1 ticket available if you want to go with me, July 15, $92.00, section LOGE, row A.

I'm fairly sure it'll be worth the cost. Come on, you know you want to! Please don't make me sell this to a stranger on CL.


Blogger Leila said...

hey Kristin if you don't find anyone less lame to go see Wicked with let me know (reason I am lame: pregnant with third child, can't drink, can't last too late at night, no stories except about kids.. need I go on?). but one thing not lame about me is that I really liked reading Wiked! let me know,

June 23, 2009 2:57 PM  

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