Our computer went toes up a month ago, and what with all the other pressing household expenses we were facing at the time (new front and back doors, exterior paint job, new bed and couch, vacation in Vermont) we decided to bite the bullet and wait it out until we had some more dough.
It was less tough on me because I have a fancy big city job where I sit at a computer all day, but that doesn’t mean I can read or write blogs while at work, because I have no desire whatsoever to get dooced.
So I have no idea what anyone else has been up to all month. And you, in turn, have an unaccountably low level of transparency into my life of the past four weeks. Mainly, I have to load my Vermont pictures and regale you with ribald tales of studying for the GMAT in between writing admissions essays that use words like “synergy.”
Also, I have been sticking faithfully to my plan for training for my first 5K. Yes, as a runner. This is all and only so I can hum Wolf Parade’s I am a Runner over and over as I pulverize my already weak and long-suffering knees. Last weekend I made it 3 miles, which, if you didn’t know, is pretty much 5K. The race is a turkey trot, held right after Thanksgiving. I am so ready.
I figure once I get over that hurdle I can go back to swimming laps for the winter. I’ve always wanted to be a runner, and it’s kind of like when I was 30 and realized I was gaining weight and was unlikely to ever look awesome in a two piece swimsuit again. I was already too chunky to feel totally at ease baring my midriff, but I said fuck it, it’s not going to get any better than this and bought a black and white two piece and swam all summer in lakes across the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, luxuriating in the feel of cool lake water across my bare, bulbous belly.
I’m glad I did it then, because even with the jogging and the swimming and the whatnot, I am unlikely to do it again. Until I am well and truly old, and say fuck it all over again. And I won’t need no stinking red hat to say fuck it either.
So it’s kind of like that. I am unlikely to ever be in any better a position to rationally take up running, so I might as well do it now.
I am not being nearly as disciplined about studying for the GMAT. I am scheduled to take it on December 3, and I am still slightly unclear on what an integer is. Obviously, I am not breaking too much of a sweat about the written and language portions of the test. It’s that whole if the train from Albany leaves two hours after the train from Buffalo, then calculate the square of the hypotenuse expressed in rational numbers part.
But my whole attitude about my proposed second flier through grad school (I once got an almost master’s degree in geology) is kind meh…take me or leave me.
I’m smart, I kick ass, and I’ll pay. Now hand me the goddamn calculator.