A numbered list to send you into the weekend:
- So it occurs to me that I technically meet the definition of infertile. I am over 35 and my husband and I have been actively trying for six months without success. I wonder how fair that is, though, given that we started trying as soon as I was off birth control and my body still seems to be shaking itself out. Well, whatever. If we’re diagnosed as such in January, I’ll accept it, but for now: we’ll get it on in November and December and hope for the best.
- My weekend consists of a much-needed pedicure and a city cycling class with WABA. Yay! I also joined WABA this week during their membership drive. I’m looking forward to getting my new tee (which I’ll probably bum around in quite a bit).
- I need to get moving on the short story. Yesterday I wrote about 300 words during downtime at work. It’s a terrible start, but I’ve got to get this damn thing on paper. At least the idea will be fleshed out more than it is now.
- Another weird thing about me is that I don’t own a TV. When I visited my family in early October, I saw a commercial for the Swiffer™ BISSELL® STEAMBOOST™ Steam Mop. And of course I was totally suckered in because it’s not like not owning a TV makes you immune to advertising. I showed it to the husband before ordering it and he was all, “Oooh!” since he’s the one who does most of the cleaning. I look forward to seeing him try it out this weekend.
- I am really enjoying Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer. Alexie is something of a new favorite of mine; I heard him speak at the 2011 National Book Festival and have been hooked since. I read Blasphemy late last year and was blown away. “Whatever Happened to Frank Snake Church” was probably my favorite of the collection. Expect a review of Indian Killer in the near future. And if you’re not following Alexie on Twitter, what the hell are you waiting for?
- Another person to read and follow on Twitter (now that I’m on this tangent) is Luis Alberto Urrea. Good LORD, is that man talented! If you haven’t read him, start with The Hummingbird’s Daughter and read its sequel, Queen of America. Both are lovely, lovely. And then steel yourself to read The Devil’s Highway, which was a 2005 Pulitzer finalist. It is a devastating account of 26 men who attempted to cross into the United States through the desert; it is an enlightening account of the officials on both sides who fall into stereotypes and caricatures, but whose main desire is to keep people safe; it is a story about people. Humanity is too often forgotten when we’re talking borders. I am desperate to meet this man (my husband has and never fails to remind me of this). I still have more Urrea to read; I’m sure I’ll be recommending it sooner or later here.
- Speaking of the border, I’m a naturalized American citizen; I was born in Mexico and brought to the States at the tender age of three months to begin my life as a U.S. citizen. On the plane ride over, a woman sitting next to my mother was apparently enthralled by my cuteness (there is little documentary evidence of said cuteness as my parents didn’t think it was necessary since I was only Baby #2; Babies #1, #3, and #4 are heavily documented, boo!). She begged my mom to hold me. My mom handed me over. I promptly threw up on the woman, who was apparently decked out in nice traveling clothes (as was the style of the times). My mother was mortified, but the woman laughed it off. Ain’t I a stinker?
- If you’ve made it this far, a question for you! If you’re a beer drinker, what’s your favorite beer and why? Feel free to answer in the comments. I myself am a fan of almost all Leinenkugel beer. If you see their Berry Weiss, buy it. And if you happen to see a bottle of Captain Morgan spiced rum, buy it, too. Mix them together and what have you got? One hell of a tasty boilermaker. But if I had to choose one beer to drink forever, I think I might go with Sol beer. (I am not a big fan of the hoppy stuff.)
- Because my running has been so off lately, I’m seriously considering doing the 5K-to-10K running plan. I would very much like to be in good shape going into any training for Cherry Blossom (this assumes I get into Cherry Blossom, of course, but I will do whatever it takes to run that race), and this may be the way to ease back into running without losing momentum. My problem is that I go all out and then spazz out in spectacular fashion. I do enjoy running very much, so I just need to get on the damn ball.
I was going to get to the full 10, but I suddenly felt lazy and couldn’t think of a tenth item for the list. Meh.
Happy Friday, kids!