1) Matt's in California for 8 days. This is one of the longest trips of the year for him. Hopefully the longest one this year. The good news is that, being the 3rd year of this whole traveling arrangement, I'm much better at getting through these extended trips. Actually I'm much much better because Monday I used my first day anxiousness to do three loads of laundry, put away the clean laundry Matt did before leaving, clean the bathroom top to bottom, and do a bunch of other random clean up the apartment type things. So not me.
2) One of those random things I did was preparing for our move this spring by going through my bookshelf and putting 9 books up for sale on Amazon. It was so easy. And two of them sold within 24 hours. I couldn't believe it. $11 in my pocket. Not much but better than no money and two books I'll never read again. (Strike that, reverse it...I sold another one. Now I've got $46 in my pocket!)
3) Did you know there's a place called Bonny Doon, California? One of my books is headed there.
4) You know how Amazon recommends books to you based on what you buy? One of my suggestions today was "The 60's Communes: Hippies and Beyond". Thought you'd find that hilarious too.
5) Today was the first day of my classes and I realized that I actually missed it. And getting up at 6:30 wasn't so awful. What is happening to me?
6) I started my inequality class by asking some of the students to describe the show My Super Sweet Sixteen. If you haven't seen it, it's on MTV and it's shocking. So the students described how the rich girls are super spoiled and get whatever they want for this giant party, on top of getting one or even two cars for their birthday. Then I passed out lyrics and had them watch the old school video for The Message by Grand Master Flash, one of the early rap anthems. They listed things the song identified as "constraining" a person living in urban poverty (neighborhood conditions, a "bum education", racial profiling, etc.). Then we talked about how pop culture regularly puts a lens on wealth and poverty and we're fascinated by it, yet inequality is not something most of us are comfortable talking about in everyday conversation. So...that's what I do MWF between 8:00-10:00am until May 9th. And you get a mini-sociology lesson for free.
7) It's finally cold outside here, and I'm actually glad. This lack of winter until late January was freaking me out. And I want to try out the snowshoes I bought with my birthday money, so it better freaking snow soon (but not on a day when Matt's traveling).
8) We often forget we live by the ocean, and then we see a story like this on the news...Eight dolphins beached themselves right here at the beach in Quincy, and six of them died. So sad. They say it's becoming more common on the Cape, but nothing they've seen in Quincy before.
9) On my commute home, I noticed that the salt marshes south of Dorchester were frozen over. I've never noticed that in winters past, but it was quite beautiful.
I was going to write about ten things, but I'm out of ideas...And I think that's enough anyway.