This morning I had a meeting at school, so even though I don't work on Fridays, I had to be at school at 8:15. Although it would be nice to sleep in, I actually like having to get up because it just helps get the day started in a productive way. You know me and Fridays...the list comes out and I force myself to be productive because a day off should not be a wasted day! My meeting lasted until about 10 and after sending a few emails, I headed home.
I picked up my husband's jacket which I had to take to the dry cleaners because it needs to be refreshed a bit after experiencing carnival in Cologne where evidently a lot of people were smoking. We are not smokers and I cannot stand the smell, so the jacket has been hanging outside since he came back. I was surprised to find that it will only cost 3.90 to have it cleaned. I was expecting it to be a lot more spendy than that.
After dropping the jacket off, I ran (literally) downtown to the doctor's office that I visited yesterday because I needed to show them my health insurance card. When I got there yesterday for the appointment, I realized the card was not in my wallet, so I had to bring it today to show them so I would not be billed for the appointment as if it was not covered. I worked up a good sweat on the way there and felt a little embarrassed to be red in the face and sweaty when I entered the office. It seems that doing errands in workout clothes is not really accepted around here, but I like to use my time efficiently. The office is about 2 km away, so it made more sense to combine getting there and my exercise for the day. I ran home as well and enjoyed a little bit of rain during the last part of the run. There is something really exhilarating about running in the rain.
When I got home, I threw in some laundry, tidied up the apartment, made the bed, and cleaned up the kitchen. Then I made some lunch and watched Project Runway and Real Housewives of the OC. That show drives me nuts. All the women are so catty and I seriously think Lynn is on something. The way she speaks does not sound normal and she sounds like she is under the influence of something.... I guess, though, if someone were video taping my friends and me, we wouldn't always come off as sweet angels. Not to mention the show is most likely scripted anyway. Like the Bachelor...don't even get me started on how they have introduced practically the identical plot with Ali that occurred last season with Ed....the least they could do is try something new! For anyone who watches, my prediction is that at the final rose ceremony, Jake is going to reject both Vienna and Tenley and go get Ali. At least that would be an ending they have never done before. But I would be cool with him choosing Tenley as well. What do you think? Who do you think Jake should pick? Did he make a mistake not letting Ali come back?
Now that I have relaxed a bit, I am ready to get some pages written for my paper. My goal is to write 4 pages each week, so that by mid-March I have about 24 pages completed. Sometimes I get a really good flow and I can write for hours and other times I feel completely stuck. I much prefer writing when I can just reflect on my own thoughts (why I love blogging!) rather than having to find sources to report from. I am good with getting info from scholarly articles, but since my paper is on education in Germany, I am using the internet more and internet sources can be somewhat iffy. I already wrote about a page and a third this week, so I have 2 and two-thirds pages left to write between today and this weekend. I would prefer to get it all done today though. I am going to put on some nice classical music and my writing groove on. Do you listen to music when you are trying to concentrate and if so what kind? Or do you need it to be really quiet? Sometimes I like quiet music, but sometimes I can also get really motivated by something loud and fast.
Tonight I am hitting up the middle school Valentine's Dance to help out and ensure the hormonal kiddos behave appropriately. The last dance I went to was pretty fun, but the music is super loud. Maybe I should be really dorky and wear earplugs!
This post was just full of randomness, but according to my little poll that I have going on, posts about everyday life are appreciated! :0)