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Sick but Happy

2 Aug 2014

I’m horribly sick today. It started with a scratchy throat four days ago and morphed into a full-blown cold yesterday. When I cough, I fear a lung might come up. (Or it might be the flu.) I almost wish it would because it might be less painful. It’s a long weekend in Canada and this cold has derailed all my plans. But…I’m happy!

I officially started a new job on July 1. Same pay, less work (although the new manager doesn’t believe that because my predecessor made the role seem otherwise). And once I revamp the desk to make it more efficient because that’s what I do, it’s going to be even less work. That’s a win. And my previous managers love me, so I expect a nice raise in the coming year. Even better!

I started martial arts training again. I have a ways to go before my six-pack makes a return and I may never be able to jump as high or be as flexible as my twenty-something self, but I’m seeing and feeling a difference already. There’s something very energizing and satisfying about learning I still can take down a guy twice my size. I’m trying a new studio, so I started over with a white belt…but a month-and-a-half in and I already skipped the first belt test. Not too shabby.

I finally took swimming lessons this summer. It’s nice to know I can do more than not drown in a swimming pool.

I’m starting to write again because I now have this elusive thing called time with the new role. Hurrah!

And, yeah, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy on Thursday night. I thought the comics were idiotic and a poor knock-off of DC’s Green Lantern Corps (and seriously, Thanos is a purple Darkseid) and I had no intention of seeing the movie when it was first announced, but the damned trailer is witty and irreverent and has a song that is super-catchy and plays the nostalgia card. I caved. And the outrageous price I paid to see the movie in IMAX 3D was worth every penny.

And because that song’s been stuck in my head for almost three weeks, I’m going to inflict it on you. But that’s okay, because it’s a very happy song.

Yes, It’s Better than “Let It Go”

15 Jun 2014

Most of the world was introduced to Adele Nazeem Idina Menzel with Frozen, but Broadway fans have loved her for years because she can infuse many different emotions in her powerful voice. Tell me this song from If/Then doesn’t break your heart.

May the Fourth Be With You

4 May 2014

Happy Star Wars Day!

The Most Epic of Lip Sync Battles

17 Feb 2014

Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns 33 today and he’s come a long, long way since 3rd Rock from the Sun.

Because I Have the Flu…

10 Jan 2014

…and need a pick-me-up. (There’s something incredibly naughty about Tom Hiddleston talking about delayed gratification.)

Sherlock: Many Happy Returns

26 Dec 2013

The BBC has a special place in my heart because it produced (and produces) some of my favorite television series of all time, like Blackadder and Luther, and introduced me to Hugh Laurie before he was Gregory House and Jeremy Brett, whose portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is iconic.

Because of Brett, I was very reluctant to watch Sherlock, which is a modern retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories. However, weak-willed being that I am, I can’t resist at least trying any crime drama…and I became hooked after thirty minutes.

Season two of Sherlock ended with a modern take on The Final Problem…and here’s a teaser for season three that is making my stomach flutter with anticipation for January 1, 2014.

Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2013

I’ll be celebrating with lots of food, lots of family, lots of dancing with my new nephew (I–and you can, too–blame him and his cuteness for my distraction from writing), and that Christmas classic, Die Hard.

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