This week has been so long, full of good and bad in almost equal measure. I think in the final reckoning, there's more good than bad though. I'm going to try and review it but I have a feeling that I'm going to be going off on tangents a lot since I feel rather sore and scattered.
To begin with, really last weekend is the place to start, on Saturday, I went all over Ann Arbor with the_croupier
, we saw Inception
and searched for food. The fact that the power was out on Rick's side of town made this rather more exciting. I really enjoyed Inception
and my biggest complaint is that Nolan didn't push things as far as he could have. He seems to have a very logical mind, but he's not willing to go into the surreal territory that someone like Terry Gilliam or Tim Burton is used to. The Prestige
is still my favorite of his movies, because it walks that wonderful edge between fantasy and reality. I feel like Inception
flirted with that edge but didn't dare to go deep enough into it. Part of this might be my own bias, because I love the world of Changeling the Dreaming and urban fantasy, my idea of dreams is strange and wild. Perhaps when I'm home for vacation, I'll take my parents to see it and watch it another time. According to everyone on my flist, it seems to improve on the second watching. I do love the characters and the set up, really I just wanted more.
After that, Sunday and Monday were work and nothing too special, trying to figure out my bills with my parents. I'm currently online talking to Comcast to sort out the jump in my bill. Tuesday I went to work and in the evening moofoot
arrived. I made them a delicious stir fry with tofu and other goodies from my fridge and pantry. Also I got to meet the new puppy, who is a mini sheep and so sweet. I'll be eating that with Zingerman's bread for dinner tonight.
Wednesday ended up being all over the place and I think I'm still recovering from it. It began with all of us getting told to move the van by the people in the office building next to my apartment. There is a space of parking spaces that aren't marked as reserved so that's where I tell visitors to park. It turns out they threatened to tow the van. In the end, they parked the van in residents' parking and that worked. So one thing that began sort of, then I had a nice lunch with my mentor. We were both feeling kind of harried since my internship is stretching into the Fall and I need to sort it out. Then at work, I finished the inventory, which was an amazing feeling. I realized that I still had a lot more books to sort and things to do, but I had guests and Punch Brothers that night. So I went to say that I was leaving early. I discovered that they were also figuring out the Fall and I would get work study money, and they were wondering about my hours. Of course this brought up the fact that so far my hours have been less than I expected. I explained that I plan to pack in a lot more hours in August but it left me feeling worried that I was letting them down. Also at this point in time, this huge storm was battering Ann Arbor. While talking, it blew hugely and finally blew over. So I walked to the cafe where Ali and Crys were and then we headed back to my place. We were in line for a while and then changed for the show and waited outside for the Ark to open. Our seats were amazing and I was in photographer mood during it. I'm not sure why, but I kept wanting to capture the energy of the Punch Brothers. It was one of the best concerts I've ever seen and will upload tons of pictures later. What sucked was as we were leaving our seats, a guy came up to me and said I know you like taking pictures but it ruins it for other people. So I wanted to shrink down and die, I had tried to not be distracting and was on this wonderful high and felt not good enough again. I know I shouldn't have let him bother me, but it had been a day full of people criticizing me or at least I felt like it. Next good part was that I got my ticket stub from the last show of theirs I saw, signed. I'll take a picture of it and include it in my next picture post. They're just incredibly nice guys to actually be there for people after what must have been an almost two hour show. Then we went off to one of my favorite pubs in town, Arbor Brewery where we all had fish and chips and some of the Punch Brothers ended up there too. We didn't talk to them, but they were in the booth behind us and that was enough.
Thursday was better, Crys drove me to work in the morning and I finished the sorting and cataloged all of A. Also I discovered a nice little cafe near the center to have lunch at. Then I was picked up from work and we had a completely lazy evening. the_croupier
showed up and we ate pizza from Pizza House and watched a Punch Brothers' performance on DVD, which was so good. Then we watched Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
, one of my utterly favorite movies, that moofoot
had never seen before. Oh and as a bonus, due to a little storm of Apollo chewing paper, my apartment is hugely neater, that was a great surprise.
This morning, they both disappeared far too early in the morning. I then slept late before heading off to a meeting with my boss for my reference librarian job. First I went to the wrong library, because I thought her office had changed. Finally I found her and we talked for over two hours. She was so helpful and wanted to know how I was. She commented that I didn't seem to smile a lot at work. This was good to know, I think my neutral expression at the moment is just tired, but I love my work. I told her about my internship and my crazy plans for next semester, but that I love my job. Also I think I have Comcast sorted, I've been doing an online chat and it sounds like I can get it all sorted so my bill is less and that I need a new remote. I'll pick it up tomorrow and then call the bill place on Monday.
In other news, I went into Borders on my way home and splurged on two things. I had a coupon and I find myself buying music when I'm there since I tend to take more chances on music. If I want to get books to try out, I have libraries and used bookstores. So I picked up a CD by Joshua Bell called At Home with Friends
that seems to be made up of great duets. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
reminded me just how much I love his playing. Then in line, I picked up the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth
, which should be a wonderful book to bury myself in. Four days until I get to see the ocean, my family and eat soft shell crabs.ETA Inception
spoilers and discussion in the comments, be warned.