Odds and ends

1. Richard Bach says: “There are grand rewards for those who pick the high, hard roads, but those rewards are hidden by years.” Today, I understand this at a tangible level. It seems that I have lost four pounds — not to mention roughly three inches off my waist — since I started teaching full-time. Funny thing about that: Last time I taught, I started the year at something like 125 pounds and ended at 112, which scared me so much that I actually went to a doctor to find out what was going on. Evidently it hadn’t occurred to me that it is perfectly normal to lose weight when you skip breakfast, work through lunch, and spend seven hours a day in almost constant motion. (Obviously this is why I teach English and not biology.)

2. Just for giggles, I clicked a Google ad that went to the infamous “mosquito ringtone.” Apparently I am Wonder Woman, because I can hear it loud and clear. I can’t decide whether to be annoyed (that is one unbelievably obnoxious noise); grateful (my hearing is better than the average 21-year-old’s); or relieved (after hearing that mysterious 1970s-TV-warming-up sound in public places a few times, I was starting to worry that I might be picking up Daniel Manus Pinkwater-style signals from the mother ship).

I think I’m going to take myself to the mall to buy new jeans (thanks to the aforementioned weight loss, the ones I bought a month ago no longer fit) and get my nails done. Unless, y’know, I get sidetracked on the way and end up at the hardware store instead….

Emily

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