Life has been busy for me and I’m still trying to recover completely from the flu, so I haven’t had much enthusiasm for blogging lately. Here are some updates though:
-A friend from junior high school came over for drinks and dessert. She lives in England with her husband so I rarely see her anymore. While I was getting dessert ready, she told me that pursuing a PhD is “fun”. Fun? Really? Seems to me like it would be more insanely stressful than anything else, but I’m happy she’s enjoying higher education. Her and her husband discussed all their intellectual pursuits and asked Hubby about law school. I only have a B.A. so I felt a bit insecure. But practical education outside the classroom is just as important. (Plus, it’s nice not having to live on macaroni while paying zillions for tuition)
-I sent an email to an entomologist coworker asking about the spider in my backyard. Turns out it is an orb weaver, which are one of the most common garden species in Ontario. He mentioned that the spider was female, lays eggs now and covers them with a protective film. In May, the eggs will hatch, releasing tons of creepies all over the place. I sent this email to my husband, his response : “Should make for a fun May.” LOL. Must remember-Spiders are good, spiders are good. The entomologist also mentioned that there are no spiders in my area that are dangerous to humans and more people are injured by automobile accidents than by spider bites. That’s a relief at least!
-Last night I met up with some people and I think I met the biggest “Xena: Warrior Princess” fan. She had hundreds of Xena pictures on her phone and even had Xena’s chakram tattooed on her arm. Her main interest in the show was the love relationship between Xena and Gabrielle. This woman I met was a lesbian and thinks that there aren’t enough gays on television and I have to say that I agree with her. There really are next to none and the ones that do show homosexuality are only on HBO. It would be nice to see more orientation diversity on shows that aren’t quite so cheesy and ridiculous as Xena and better written (and more plausible) than the L Word.
-I’ve started reading Stephen King’s “Duma Key” and it’s pretty good so far. I’m not a hardcore King fan and actually prefer other horror writers, but he’s written some great stories. My only complaint with this one is that it’s really big and literally like the size of an encyclopedia. This can make reading while standing on a packed bus pretty frickin’ awkward!
-It will be up to me to make the Thanksgiving Tofurkey this year. Wish me luck! (It’s gotta be easier than the actual bird, right?)