another nonlinear post, because that is the way I rollFebruary 18, 2009
Recently I have been rather concerned about money. I try to be careful with my money and prefer not to be too concerned about when pay day comes (i.e. have a healthy balance in the ole’ checking account). However these past two paychecks have been just a little too welcome for me and I was beginning to get a little concerned. Was I overspending? Still recovering from the holidays? Living beyond my means? Until I remembered that in the month of January I paid an almost 1,000 dollar tuition bill (a small fraction of the total due, thank you student loans!), bought a car for $425 and paid over $200 bucks in registration fees. So maybe that was why my budget was feeling just a little bit tight!
Yesterday I wore my pin stripe light grey trousers, old favorites, only to discover that the lining of my right front pocket had actually developed a hole. Not a ripped on a desk type, but more a gradual disintegration caused by long use and the wearing of my keys over many days of work. The repair shouldn’t be too much trouble, just replacing that part of the lining, or even patching it, but the annoying factor was I had to spend the entire day with my keys in my left pocket. Not a huge issue, except apparently I am a person of routine and the incomprehensible idea that my keys wouldn’t be in my right pocket continued to cause me puzzlement for most of the day. Alternately when returning them to my pocket I would often be jolted from my automatic behavior with the odd sensation of keys falling down inside my pants to the floor. All of this lead into attempts to determine how long I have owned these trousers and my best estimate is since early college, back when I decided that I might one day actually need to look semi-professional.
This past weekend my parents and younger brother Jonathan came up to Chicago for a visit. I took Friday off so we could hang out, which inadvertently gave me a 4 day weekend,unfortunately Charletta couldn’t be with us because she was in Florida with her parents. But we did our best to not begrudge her the sun and beach she was undoubtedly enjoying 🙂
Highlights of the weekend include a tour of my school. I showed my parents and brother all the various parts of the large and rambling school I work in. I have to admit it was a bit odd to have my family in a place that feels so entirely separate from that world. But I guess whenever some of the spheres of ones’ life overlap it can easily feel a bit surreal. We also played a game of Tichu, visited the L.L Bean store, went ice skating at Millennium Park (or in reality Jonathan and Dad went skiing (um I think I meant skating) while Mom and I watched and Tim took a bazillion pictures (which he needs to put on flickr!)), made and ate together cheese and chocolate fondue, learned a new board game called Evo which was actually pretty fun (but in typical fashion I had my first time playing frustrations), and visited the Museum of Science and Industry.
There my Mom and I went to see an IMAX called Wild Oceans, which was pretty spectacular. I think it had been a while since I had seen an IMAX because I was amazed to realize that the picture actually took up the entire oversize screen, making the many scenes of flying over ocean cliffs and swimming with dolphins all the more incredible. All in all it was a total blast and a lovely way to celebrate a weekend that often gets focused only on couples.