Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Life Update and Februrary 29th

Hello. This blog post comes to you in 3 parts. (Vlogbrothers reference.) Part 1: My Week so Far (Personal Blog type stuff) Part 2: NaNoWriMo (an Update) and Part 3: a poem. And all these parts are kind of related so sorry if there's overlap.

Part 1: My Week So Far
     I am having a not-so-great week. Not that anything particularly horrible has happened but just a lot of stupid trivial things and a general grumpiness on my part that turns those little things into reasons to whine, complain, and sulk. 
     It's the end of the semester so everything is due and classes are finishing and stuff and everybody's just tired and burnt out and since I'm in school and I work at a place where a lot of students work I just spend all my time around people in school who are grumpy about school and can't think or talk about anything other than assignments and finals and stuff. And it's been blizzarding, windy, and cold this week so people are just in a funk.
     And yesterday I was having a pretty good day - I made a presentation in a class that went well, I got to eat supper with my boyfriend and 2 of my classmates that I'm friends with. and I had my last class of two of my classes for the semester, so that was nice. But then I broke my phone. So I was just grumpy. And I came home wanting to be cheered up but then I found out one of my favourite youtube channels is going to stop making videos after December. So I was just bummed. Then there was this thing about NaNoWriMo which will come in part 2. 
     Anyways, today I went to the phone store and got them to switch my number over to my old phone. I had to pay them $25 and since my phone company is stupid and doesn't use SIM cards, they couldn't recover my contacts because my phone wouldn't turn on. So I have the contacts that were in my phone 3 years ago when I used this phone. My contract expires on July 1st so I can get a new phone then. If I want one before then I will have to spend a lot of money because of the stupid nature of phone companies in general and this one in particular. So...if I find a wad of hundreds on the ground somewhere maybe I will use it to buy a new phone. Until then, I have to readjust to my old phone which means no QWERTY keyboard or any other luxuries. :(

Part 2: NaNoWriMo
     Basically, I resigned myself to the fact that I would not be winning NaNoWriMo this year weeks ago. But after my last blog post I made a deal with my sister. Since neither of us would likely hit 50K, whoever had the lowest word count at the end of the month would have to buy the other sushi next week when we go for sushi to celebrate the end of the semester. (For me. She's not in school anymore...although she is going back. Anyways...)
     So I was ahead of her for a while so I didn't bother to write, I had other stuff to do. Homework and such. But yesterday she wrote like a thousand words and actually passed me. So I wrote about a hundred words to regain my lead but it's the last day and I just bet she's going to write a bunch just to win. And I can't afford to/don't want to buy sushi for 2 next week so I have to write so I can win.

Current word count: I have 19, 873 and she has 19, 731. Wish me luck.

Part 3: A Poem
     This morning I went to a workshop for school. I was pretty grumpy about having to go because I had to go to school about an hour earlier than normal and I just didn't think it'd be very good but it was actually cool. It was a spoken word poet and we got to do some writing exercises and watch some clips on youtube and listen to some of his poetry and it was overall pretty cool. 
     One thing we did was write a love poem to something. We initially had to pick something we couldn't live without and I was going to say books but someone else said it before me and we couldn't say the same thing more than once. So I said writing but I didn't like that topic. Later he asked who didn't like their topic and we were allowed to switch right before writing. I didn't like mine so he assigned me the topic "February 29th."
     So I wrote this poem and I don't think it's all that great or anything but I shared it with the class and people really liked it and were very complimentary, so why not post it here. I mean...there's more anonymity here than there was in my classroom so whatever. Also, I don't want to make this blog post a total life-update-post because I always find those boring and never read them on other blogs. So here it is. While I can't take credit for the idea, which was given to me, the words are mine. I'm not sure how well it works as a written poem versus a spoken poem. Whatever. Here. 

A Love Poem to February 29th

You are special.
You are unique.
You only exist 25% of the time
and even then only for
24 short hours.

In a bleak white season
so sparse
with nothing to look forward to.
In between the blatant commercialism of 
Valentine's Day
and the sacred commercialism of

You are like a special treat.
The thing everybody wishes for.

More time.
Just one more day.
Time to sleep, clean,
read that book I've been meaning to read,
write that book I've been meaning to write,
tell someone I love them.

You are opportunity.
You embody carpe diem.
An unexpected surprise.
We don't deserve you. We don't appreciate you.
You're just another Tuesday.

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