Wow. I didn’t think it had been that long since my last entry, but time seems to really fly by when things are pretty busy. If I understood much about physics, Einstein’s theory of relativity would probably be a good reference to make here. But I majored in English, so I don’t think that’s going to work for me. So instead I’ll just work on giving an update on how things are going here.
I’m still waiting to hear back from the University of Houston on my application; I don’t know if they only start looking at applications after the deadline is up, or if they just take several weeks, but the waiting is really nerve-wracking. I think I have a pretty good chance of getting in, but the waiting is still really hard. I haven’t heard back from any of the peer specialist jobs I’ve applied to, either, which is also frustrating, but at least I haven’t gotten any outright rejections, so that’s something.
Work has been a little weird lately; we just finished up our yearly inventory, and this is a slow part of the year for our store, so hours have been a little more sporadic than normal. Sometimes this is nice, especially on days when my back is already sore, and the extra time gives me a chance to get through more reading, but it also cuts my funds a little short. Of course, if I get into UH, I’ll probably be hoping for shorter hours, so we’ll see how things work out there.
I haven’t had a chance to get together again with my Dungeon World group – since they work for the same company, just a different store, they’ve also been caught up in inventory, so scheduling has been rough. I’m hopeful for this coming week, though. And a D&D group composed mostly of employees from my store has gotten together, and we’ll be meeting for our second time on Monday. I haven’t given up on the idea of running another game at a game store – I have some ideas for a Monster of the Week game or FATE Atomic Robo running through my head – but right now I’m getting a pretty good level of social interaction, and both groups are made up of pretty awesome people. I get a few hours every now and then to pop into Final Fantasy XIV, too, to play with another friend, so things on that front are going well.
I had started Gretchen Rubin’s book last time I wrote, but I found myself just not able to really get into it; I’m not sure why, but I think maybe her experiences were just not fitting with me. I did, however, start The Science of Happiness, by Stefan Klein; I’m only a couple chapters in, but it’s more interesting to me already. He spends a whole chapter talking about smiles, and how all people – even people who had never interacted with the greater world – smiled the same ways, and how there are many ways to smile – but only one shows genuine happiness. I think his being an academic, but with a relatively conversational writing style, is helping to get through the book. I also picked up the Codependency Guide for Dummies, though I haven’t cracked it open yet, and when not reading the Klein book I’ve been going through Atomic Robo comics – a great, weird, upbeat comic – along with a book called Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, the first in a series about a kind of steampunk Civil War-era US; it was good, but a little slow, and I hope the next picks up speed. I’ve also been browsing through cookbooks I got for Christmas, and while I keep finding some great-looking recipes, I am put off by the fact that most seem to be designed for 2 or more people, and I don’t want to have a ton of leftovers sitting around.
Mental health-wise, I think I’ve been doing pretty well, aside from maybe yesterday – the loss of Leonard Nimoy was kind of a hit, because I grew up with Star Trek. While I’m still mostly a Next Generation kid, Nimoy and Spock were a big inspiration to me; I identified a lot with his (and Data’s on TNG) struggles with emotion, because those are issues I still have problems with. It was a joy seeing him in the new Star Trek movies, as well as the recent TV show Fringe, and I’ll miss knowing he’s around – but I imagine he’s off somewhere with James Doohan and DeForest Kelley having some pretty cool afterlife adventures. There’s some other big stuff going on – a good friend of mine is just a few weeks away from leaving Texas for good, as one big example – but I’m taking things as they come, trying to be optimistic and hopeful. I have been thinking, though, about another round of the Gratitude Challenge that I did much earlier in my blog’s lifespan; I think it may be about time to do that, if only to remind myself of all the things I have to be grateful for.
So, that’s what’s going on. My lack of posting hasn’t been a result of too little going on, but rather quite a lot, without a lot of time to try and articulate it here. So, what’s going on with you?