GUYS, SERIOUSLY. HOW IS IT NEARLY JUNE?
I know it’s been awhile.
I had honestly been dreading May a little, which is why I didn’t even make a progress post on resolutions because I felt like it’d be pointless. And now the month is nearly done. It’s been busy. I had my first conference downtown, which went well. Then my friend graduated, which we attended…then we had to housesit for my coworkers…then Memorial Day weekend traveling.
June will be busy, too. I have field work the second week of June. DUN DUN DUN. I have been dreading it for over a month now, which is ridiculous. As many times as I have done it, I should be much more chill than I am about it. I just don’t want to get stuck in mud again, or drive on the stupid hill that I should not even be worrying about because I’ve driven on much bigger hills than that (seriously, Jenny?), or have the pumps stop working, or whatever inevitable problem you face with field work. I’m trying to be like, “Yeah! My life is so interesting! I get to sample wells in South Texas for a week and it’s gonna be a blast!” but my brain is just not having it. I was more okay with field work when I wasn’t in charge of the event. There’s more pressure being in charge and staying schedule with the inevitable delays and problems. Sigh. I’m so done with field work. But I have been out in the field exactly one week this entire year so far, so I really have no room to complain.
I’m simultaneously dreading it and just wanting to get it over with. This is what I worry about. There are people whose jobs involve, like, rushing into burning buildings or chasing after crazy criminals with weapons or flying over to Afghanistan for a year to fight a war, and here I am being a whiny person about groundwater sampling at a site I’ve been to at least twenty times already, literally.
What else is going on?
I didn’t get into the Poetry Calendar after all. I found out on Friday, after weeks of refreshing Submittable and stalking the publishing company’s Facebook page for updates. I’m proud of the poems I submitted but I knew that they just weren’t up to the quality of the poems that had been published in the past, especially since some of the published poets have degrees in creative writing, are established poets already, etc. I was a little disappointed when I finally got the rejection email, but I was at peace with it. It would have been too easy to get in the first time. I’m just happy that I put myself out there and I still want to get these poems published somewhere else. I have a workbook from the publishing company about writing poetry so I’m going to work through that and just try again next year. Rejection is just a standard thing in this industry so I’m not going to give up. SMILEY FACE.
I’m pretty much in an all-the-things mode. It happens every summer. Like I want to play guitar again? Watching St. Vincent on SNL made me wish I could play more than five chords. I gave it up two years ago when I realized I was never going to be that good, and to focus on drums. But I want to play again.
I also kind of want to run another marathon. Even if I burned out hardcore after my first one in 2011, it was still one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. And my half in February was really great. I’ve been considering training for a half in December and then running a full marathon in February. Training starts in July so I have a little while to talk myself out of this idea.
Speaking of which, Boyfriend was able to get us tickets to see St. Vincent and the Black Keys in December, I’m sooooo excited. Mainly for St. Vincent. I mean, I like Black Keys and am pretty much obsessed with “Turn Blue” but I’ve been wanting to see St. Vincent more.
So we were watching Robot Chicken last weekend and there was a skit on George RR Martin. I told Boyfriend, “We should probably change. I bet they’re going to throw out spoilers.” Boyfriend, in charge of the remote, said, “Nah, I don’t think so.” Ten seconds later, we find out who Jon Snow’s mother is.
THANKS SETH GREEN. THANKS BOYFRIEND.
I finished this project for Boyfriend’s aunt.
It was my first time stitching with evenweave, and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I actually like evenweave a lot more than the traditional Aida cloth. It just feels more natural to stitch on and I think the stitches look better.
My next project is a sampler for my college roommate’s sister who just got married. It is my most ambitious project yet but it’s a fairly easy sampler to stitch. It is also on evenweave and I have really been enjoying that project, even if I still have awhile to go to finish it.
I should probably go to sleep since I have to drive back to CS tomorrow, but here’s a song I’ve been obsessed with as a parting gift: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZvFGEE26vE&feature=kp
I’ll be better about updating this within the coming weeks. Especially as I’m out in the field…be prepared for “GOD, THIS SUCKS” posts.