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10 February 2010 @ 11:23 pm
the inevitable numbered entry.  
1. I shall be brutally honest: I LOVE being unemployed. I love it. I am planning to stay unemployed until at least May. I am not kidding. I will start to look for a job when I get back from Hilton Head on 2/20, but I won't pursue it very vigorously. I just have a lot to do, a lot I want to get done. I also want to take some time to think seriously about the direction I want to take my life.

2. Um, you might have heard that we've had some snow here in the past few days. It is seriously more snow than I have ever seen in one place that wasn't a ski resort. It's totally ridiculous. Of course, being unemployed and having my power stay on meant I was able to enjoy it much more than a lot of people. There's no way I would have been able to get to work at all this week anyway, but staying home without having to log in to anything was brilliant. I knit, I cooked, I cleaned, I watched TV, I napped. Michelle and I walked to a small neighborhood shopping area on Monday and Tuesday, just to get out. I shoveled around my car for about five minutes before declaring the situation hopeless and deciding that I would be fine not driving until I got back from HH.

3. I am knitting, knitting, knitting. I have finally finished two new sweaters for Cathy's kids, that I will put in the mail once the post office opens again (I swear, it's like Little House on the Prairie around here). I am working on a top-down cardigan sweater for myself, which will be my Olympic knitting project. I have put myself on a bit of a yarn diet while unemployed, so I'm trying to find projects to use up my fairly meager stash.

4. The snow meant that our final two performances were cancelled. I always get very attached to the cast of the shows I do, but there was something particularly special about this group (I probably say that all the time, too, but it's true). It's very rare for a cast of 15 to all get along, not one diva or any kind of troublemaker in the bunch. The women were all friendly and supportive of each other, the men were all terrific flirts with fantastic senses of humor. My stage manager gave hand massages that could make anyone purr and let me rub his head (he shaved his head for good luck before the show opened) any time I wanted. (I'm very tactile, and I love the feel of super-short hair on men. It made me develop a bit of a crush on my stage manager, dampered somewhat by the fact that he had a husband.) The crew people are always dedicated and professional, despite not getting paid a nickel. I love working at that theater.

5. I am working my way through Season 7 of Buffy. I have never watched it after watching it when it actually aired. I hated the Slayerettes so much, but I am powering through. I also watched the first disc of "Gavin and Stacey" on Eliza's recommendation, and found it as funny and charming as she did. I long for the second disc, but having gotten mail once in the past six days, it'll have to wait until I'm back from visiting my parents. I've also been in the mood for Alias for ages, but regrettably sold my DVDs a couple of years ago, so Melissa is hooking me up.

Also on the DVD watch list, should my unemployment last long enough: The Wire, Arrested Development, True Blood, Dexter, Shameless, and Flight of the Conchords.

6. I am feeling much, much better, pneumonia-wise. Also got my bloodwork back, and everything is well within range except for my good cholesterol, which is a little low. Total is 138, which is great, but my doctor would like to see an increase in the good/bad cholesterol ratio. The solution? A glass of red wine a night! Also exercise, but hey, one step at a time. :)

C'est tout, pour maintenant!
piefessorpiefessor on February 11th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I think you have 100% the right attitude towards unemployment, and am enjoying living vicariously through you, because all of that sounds fantastic.
Elizabethelizabeyth on February 12th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am reading your A-demanding student entries with horror, especially as teaching is a recurring theme in the "What Should Elizabeth Do with her Life?" extravaganza. Holy cats.
piefessorpiefessor on February 12th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Well, teaching is mostly really fun! I have three great classes this semester and it's very rewarding. But yeah, there's a Dark Side to the profession, for sure!
eelizaloula on February 12th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
There is no second disc for G&S (at least not yet). Season 1 is all on 1 disc. The way I watched season 2 was to buy it on iTunes, and it came as a package deal with season 1! So ... that's annoying. But, it's a great season. Season 3 I had to watch on Surf the Channel, and the Xmas special is on YouTube. And that's all she wrote. So glad you liked it! So glad you are enjoying life!
Elizabethelizabeyth on February 12th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Why must the British torture us with their lack of releasing things? Thank you for the info and guidance!
tracing00tracing00 on February 15th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
You should totally enjoy your unemployment and stretch it out as long as possible. Good for you!!!