Archive for October, 2009

The elephant in the room

October 31, 2009

(Or, Halloween costumes for moms of college-aged kids).

I’ve been doing a pretty good job of concealing my ill state of health from the people who run my dorm.  My mom snuck in yesterday — not to avoid paying, but to avoid having to answer any inconvenient questions.  She’ll be staying with me for awhile, so we’ve got to figure out how to announce her presence without worrying anyone (the last time she was here, they tried to make me go back to the States with her after I got out of the hospital).
Anyway, my idea is that since it’s Halloween, she should dress up as the elephant in my room. 😉

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October 27, 2009

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Standard time

October 24, 2009

As a general rule, the day the clocks switch back to standard time is my least favorite day of the year.  This year, though, I found myself looking forward to it (if only over the past week or so).  It is hard to convince your body to get out of bed when it’s dark at 7am.  And 7:30.  And 7:45.

And let’s face it — I could really use that extra hour of sleep tonight.  Never before in my life have I needed sleep the way I need it now.  Not during all the “hell weeks” at the community theatre, when we would rehearse late into the night.  Not when I pulled all-nighters during my freshman year at college.  Not even on the day when my roommate and I were so tired that the only thing it seemed reasonable to do was to translate VeggieTales’ “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything” into French… backwards.  I’m tired.

The dorm director came in during breakfast this morning and made a Formal Announcement about setting the clock back at midnight.  I’m not planning on being awake at midnight to do that, so I’ve already set my watch back, and I’ll take care of the rest of the clocks in the morning, whenever it is I happen to wake up.  I’m not setting an alarm.  And that feels good. 🙂

You know me too well

October 22, 2009

your crystalball

Guilty as charged… 😉

I didn’t change phone service providers…

October 21, 2009

…but I did take my last chemo treatment of this cycle this morning.  Which is enough to make me feel like the dancing husband in the background. 🙂

Vowel soup

October 19, 2009

Okay, y’all, I am lost in a Hebrew vowel haze here.  We spent two hours today going over variable and invariable vowels and what to do when a vowel is in an open or closed and stressed or unstressed or pre-tonal syllable (and I don’t even know if those are the right terms in English because we did it all in French).

I’ll get it.  I will.  I’m just going to have to sit down and study it for awhile so that it sinks in.

Who knew that vowels could be so complicated???

Alphabetical order

October 17, 2009

The study bug bit me today, and I decided that it would be a great idea to compile a vocabulary list of all the words we’ve come across in Hebrew class so far.  The problem is that during the first week or two of class, I was so busy trying to decipher the professor’s handwriting (because he writes in cursive instead of square script) that I didn’t have time to write down the meanings of all the words.

Enter the handy dictionary in the back of my textbook.  This dictionary lets you look up a word spelled out with all the consonants instead of looking up a word based on its roots (which is a good thing, since I don’t know how to figure out the roots of a given word yet).

The only problem is that the dictionary is in alphabetical order.  In Hebrew.  And while I know how to write down all the letters in order, if you say “yod” and “ayin” to me, I have to think for awhile before I can tell you which comes first in the alphabet.

I have gotten a lot of practice singing the alphabet song today…

Shabbat candles

October 16, 2009

I don’t have any, and it’s driving me nuts.  It’s written in my lease that anyone found with candles will get kicked out, and I rather like having a roof over my head.  Still, I can’t help but get a bit sniffly on Friday nights when I don’t get to light the candles I don’t have.

[I know.  Those of you who know me well are flabbergasted that she-who-is-afraid-of-fire is upset over not getting to hold a flaming match to a wick (or two).  I’m rather astonished by that, myself.  Funny how your priorities in life can change.]

A walking pharmacy

October 14, 2009

I went to the doctor’s office today expecting to get one prescription refilled.  Instead, I got two prescriptions refilled, plus three new prescriptions.  Thankfully, two of the new prescriptions are for this week only.  Chugging all these pills gets old after awhile, y’all!

Speaking of which, I’ve been trying to get a good picture of a green pharmacy cross for the color photo project I’m working on.  Easier said than done, which is surprising given that there’s a pharmacy on practically every corner.  Keep your fingers crossed that the next photo is the charm…

A friendly reminder

October 13, 2009

If you are sick, please do not sit down next to someone who you know is on chemo.  We have compromised immune systems.  If we get sick, we cannot get well as quickly and easily as you can.  And for those of us who have tumors in our lungs, it would be a disaster to get a respiratory infection.

Thank you for bearing this in mind.