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1/29/03
Oh lord, Wednesdays are going to be LONG days. Today - for example. I had to be at the hospital at 8.15am to get the shuttle to nursing school. School from 9-3, including two very boring hours of Nutrition. At 3pm, Lori and I went to the A&P to get dinner foods, and then to Middlesex. We studied the endocrine system for Anatomy for two hours, ate, and had three hours of lecture. Ouch. And we've decided to study every Wednesday between schools, with laptop, CD-ROM of the book materials, CD-ROM of the lab images, lab photo atlas and textbook. It's going to be a tough class. And that isn't even thinking about Microbiology.

Today was also a good fluid balance day. First off, I had Kool-Aid vs. Backpack. Then, when I went to start my car, I discovered what had happened to the can of Diet Coke that I left in it overnight. Boom. Brown icicles all over everything. I managed to scoop most of them out, the rest are slowly dyeing the backseat brown. But to balance it out, after a week of it being too cold for my windshield wiper fluid to work, today it started up again, so I could actually see out the window.

later on 1/28/03
Great alliances... free people... two towers... great evil... has W. been reading LOTR, too?

1/28/03
Anatomy lab was tough - lots of different kinds of endocrine cells and glands that we'll have to identify by sight. I'm glad I have the CD-ROM with all of the images on it to study from. I burned a few copies for classmates today, too.

Today was the first day of Nursing 2. In good news, I'll be at Old Bridge for my clinical rotation this semester, tho up on the third floor (the dis-organized, not run by Mom floor ;-). We also got our textbooks for this semester - Drug Guide, Med Math, Physical Assessment. That last book is cool, lots of pictures of infected body parts and the like. Definitely not one for reading during dinner.

Our nextdoor neighbors of the past fifteen years are moving to Howell (still in NJ, still near a mall) on Thursday. Rebecca said the new owner is a single dad, one 19 year old son, the other unknown. Should be tons of fun. Perhaps the son will be Hayden-in-Life as a House-esque. Will keep you posted.

1/27/03
Brr, ten degrees and windy out today!

And two labs, both today. Micro was fun, learning how to use the microscope, and we looked at deer ticks, anthrax, TB and pond scum. We got out early from lab, at 2.30pm instead of 3.20pm, so instead of staying at the college and studying, I came home for lunch, which is where I am now. Have to go back at 6pm for the Anatomy lab, which is all about the Endocrine system.

I guess I could elaborate on the weekend. Saturday, I saw the matinee of Floyd Collins, one of my favorite shows, at Playwright's Horizons (note to self: call and get subscription ticket for their next show). I went with Kim, who took my extra ticket, and her mom, who had her own seat. Also ran into Bonnie (Seth's mom, who I see everywhere now), Sueberoo, Jess and her friend Chris. I spent an enjoyable hour lounging in the Marriot's lobby and getting out of the cold, and then I met up with Steve and his friend Charlie for dinner at Dallas BBQ. Their taco salad isn't bad. Steve and I then went to the closing of Dance of the Vampires - and it hadn't gotten any better. Yech.

It was a Saturday of running into people I knew, tho, which is always good. I was supposed to meet up with Scott last week to pick something up from him, but we couldn't get our schedules to match. So while I was at Floyd, he called and left a message. But - since my phone was off, like a good girl - the called ID didn't pick up his number. So as I was walking to the Marriot, there's Scott - on 45th Street - and we were able to make plans to meet at Marie's after the evening shows. And then, after DOTV, I ran into my friend Cindy, who I was also supposed to meet up with at Marie's, right outside the theatre. Small world.

Update on the cable box thing. Time Warner is still trying to charge us for services from July through November - we had the service turned off in July. So I've been on the phone with them trying to get the charges removed. Apparently someone at Time Warner cancelled our "turn off service" request in July. But last week was the first I heard of this. What a pain. I've also had to call our super at 33 Gold St to find out if the converter box is still in the building so I can get it returned to TW. Waiting for him to call back. Erg.

1/26/03
And home again. I feel like I've been in this tired haze all day. Not surprising, since I was at Marie's both Fri and Sat nights until fairly late. You know, they DID tell me at the blood drive to increase my fluid intake.

Anyway, went to the city Friday night, saw two shows yesterday, and came home today. That's my weekend in a nutshell.

Time Warner Cable is pissing me off. When we moved out, they never came to pick up the cable box. They told us to leave the box with the doorman, which we did, but apparently they never came to get it. So they're trying to charge me $150 for the box, which is ridiculous. And this was back in July! And I'm just getting a notice about it now! I talked to them and they said they would straighten it out, but that hasn't happened. Their suggestion is to find the converter box - which for all I know was tossed out by the doorman six months ago! So tomorrow I have to call the landlord and get the super's number and see if he can track the box down. I'm really annoyed - should not have to do this.

1/24/03
So I couldn't get the key to turn in the ignition of Mom's car when I was leaving school. It's happened to me before (and of course, always starts when she tries it). I called the campus police/grounds folk, and he said to try wiggling the steering wheel with the key in the ignition. Lo and behold - that worked. After twenty minutes of me sitting there thinking I had cursed the car.

I gave blood today, too. Free snacks and some good in the world.

later on 1/23/03
Frodo lives!

1/23/03
Earthlink is really getting on my nerves - today I can't get to my email for some reason.

I think I may enjoy Micro - our professor is really cool, I like her. And most of our class is students from nursing school so that's nice that we're all together. I have all of these study questions to get cracking on and take notes. I also have to install a CD of software which we need for Anatomy. I'm copying the CD now - the textbook I'm using is a borrowed one, and didn't have the disc, so I borrowed it from Stacy and am putting my new CD burner to use!

It's about five degrees out. Luckily, I remembered my hat today. And happily, whenever I lie down in bed - and especially when I have a book or magazine with me - Mimi comes right over and lays on my stomach. It's like having a purring blanket.

And here's some New York-style humor for you all.

Wow, and Nell Carter died. That's sad news.

later on 1/22/03
It's a good thing I like Anatomy, because this class is going to be rough. Lots of material to cover, plus we have all of these additional lab exercises and homework questions and notes to take etc. It's a LOT of work. Lori and I were just sitting there with our jaws on the floor, pondering the amount of work. She's very excited to be putting off Microbiology until the summer, but I just want to get it over with. I'm going to drop the pre-Calc 2 class tho, I think between Anatomy and Micro I'll just be too swamped to worry about math. I'll also save a few hundred bucks this way. So that's tomorrow's play - go to Micro and drop Calc.

1/22/03
Back to school tonight! I'm so happy to be taking Anatomy at night. The only other viable option was to take it at 8am, and you know, that's just not going to happen. Lori and I discovered that we're in the same lecture class, just different labs, so I'll see her tonight. That gives us time to study between Nursing and Anatomy on Wednesdays, which'll be nice.

Jen said it's so cold up in the Berkshires that she got a nosebleed when starting her car this morning. Ouch. If I could send her a hobbit to warm her up, I would. Speaking of people that are cute and remind me of hobbits (and not just because his cat is named Smeagol), Josh said that he spent the past few weeks in Joshua Tree collecting salamanders for a research/field work thing. That is too cool.

I can tell that Microbiology is not going to be one of my favorite classes, because I am absolutely disgusted by pictures of little hairy things. Even the enlarged pictures of bugs in National Geographic, with their little hairy legs, really make me ill. I don't even want to touch the pages. And my textbook is full of pictures of bacteria and algae and fungi and viruses and all sorts of gross things. Ick. I started to read the textbook today to get a headstart on what we'll be learning. Everyone who's taken the class said it's challenging.

1/21/03
Yay, got a call from Josh today. Or rather, a voicemail, as I do not answer my phone before noon when I have no reason to be awake. I called back and left another voicemail, so we're playing tag today.

Mom and I saw Les Mis tonight - I have to say, I don't like the cuts they made to the show to make it shorter. The show felt very choppy to me - definitely time to close it. I'm going again right before it closes with my friend Kim, to see it with Terrence Mann as Javert. That should be a blast.

And a gift in the mail! Gregor bought me two pictures from the Scotsman newspaper of Billy Boyd, and they came today - yummy.

Speaking of hobbits, back to my reading.

later on 1/20/03
It must be all the turkey - the "Thanksgiving on a Roll" sandwich I had at Chat-n-Chew yesterday, and the turkey breasts and stuffing Mom made for dinner tonight - but I passed out asleep right after dinner, and just woke up - it's 1am. And I'm on a sugar craving or something, I just downed a handful of chocolate balls leftover from my Christmas stocking and a dozen pretzel rods. I'd think it was PMS if I didn't know better.

I'm going to start reading The Return of the King so I can know how the Lord of the Rings saga ends! Plus I have a stack of books about Tolkein and myth and how LOTR was created etc, and I don't want to read them until I finish the books, so as not to be surprised by plot twists that I haven't gotten to yet.

1/20/03
Happy birthday Michelle! Welcome to 28!

It's sad to hear that Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist (I know I spelled that wrong), died today. His theatre portraits were always a high point.

1/19/03
And home again, bearing gifts from Dad - a pack of smokes and a bag of pretzel sticks. Mmm.

Violet yesterday was amazing, and even more so because Norbert was in it. Ran into my friend Greg there, and Tesse, and Jess. I waited for Norbert to say hi and to tell him how much I enjoyed it, and all he could do was compliment my haircut. Love him. Jess and I went to Marie's - although I made her buy me a drink because I had a whopping ZERO dollars in my wallet. While we were there I ran into my friend Paul and his boyfriend whose name I can't remember and some friends of theirs, and Paul lent me a twenty so I could stay longer. Jess and I had a blast with our short hat hair (and she called her friend who was coming to meet us and told him to bring "product" so we could tousle up our hair without it flying all over the place, too funny we are). Ran into the two straight boys - Bill and Newton - who are always there trying to pick up chicks. Not so much. Got back to Dad's around, oh, 3am, and then I slept until 1pm today. I played phone tag with Dave Gochfeld all afternoon, and we finally met up around 4.30pm for a cup of tea at Barnes and Noble before I had to go meet the Scooby Gang for dinner at Chat-n-Chew. We celebrated Michelle's 28th birthday, and got to see pictures of Lydia and Fred's baby boy - so adorable.

After dinner, I went back downtown to watch the Golden Globes (what the heck was Lara Flynn Boyle wearing??), and then caught the 11.51pm train back to Matawan.

And here I am.

1/18/03
Well, things never work out how I want them to. I went to the train station to catch the 5.53pm train, which would be me in at 7, enough time to get up to Carnegie Hall etc. So I'm waiting in the freezing cold on the platform and they announce that the train is running 20 minutes late. And so is the southbound train, so who knows what's up. I decide that rather than cutting it that close, I'd just drive. So I drove. Parked a block from Carnegie Hall (did you know that they charge $30 to park for three hours on a Friday night? I'm so glad I had the discount coupon!) and went to the concert. It was alright, a little disappointing vocally tho. Afterwards, Michael and I went down to Marie's for a while, and then I drove back. And I don't know what was going on in the city, but the tie-up for the Holland Tunnel was horrendous. I must've sat in outbound traffic for 40 minutes. I was exhausted by the time I got home.

So I'm taking the train in today so I can go my show tonight. Staying at Dad's and then tomorrow is Michelle's birthday dinner - yay!

And I had a very strange dream about James yesterday. Very strange.

1/17/03
Yay, I'm back up and online.

I'm not going to Phoenix, but that's cool - the girl I'd tied with is a senior and the VP of the SNO, so she'll do a great job. I'm happy that I get to go to AC tho, that'll be a lot of fun.

Today was the last day of Growth and Development. Our group got a 100 on the presentation that we did on the elderly.

It's freezing out - it started snowing last night around 9pm, and didn't stop until around 5am. At least, when I woke up at 5.30am (before rolling over and going back to sleep) it had stopped. Thought class might start late, but the roads were good enough that we started on time. And of course, a lot of the snow is melted away already.

I'm off to the city tonight, seeing shows tonight and tomorrow, and then I'm having dinner with Michelle and the gang for her birthday.

1/16/03
I was elected to go to the state convention in Atlantic City! And I'm tied with another student to go as a delegate to nationals in Phoenix! We're having a tiebreaker vote and I'll know tomorrow if I'm going there. Whee!

And I talked to the registrar at the school because I have enough money for the school fees, but not for the Middlesex tuition yet (must. make. money.), so she said I could wait a week or two on that. Whew.

1/15/03
I have to remember to watch the tape of last week's ER before tomorrow night's episode - I keep forgetting!

We had the elections to see who will represent the school at the state and national conventions. I ran for both, can't wait to get the results. If I don't get elected as a delegate for states, I'm going to volunteer to be a monitor (you work instead of argue) - Lori's going as a monitor already, so we'll drive down together and see if we can be put in the same room.

Earthlink is pissing me off again - they took down my site for some reason. Bastards.

1/14/03
Sleepy.

1/13/03
Ah, Monday the 13th. Back in school. I went into the city again yesterday to see Falsettos again, it was so good. And I must've run into six people that I knew there. I was coming in to get on my waitlist, and there was my friend Mike from college (Mike the Cop, as Jen and I call him). I didn't recognize him at first, and he didn't recognize me either, but then we - at the same time - realized that we were both there and did one of those cinematic run-towards-each-other-and-hug moments. We both got cancellation tickets and got into the show. And my friend Corinna was ushering. So was Brian from rec.arts.theatre.musicals, who I didn't recognize as he has dropped 40 pounds and gotten rid of his glasses, he looks super. And then I ran into David Low, Wayman Wong and Michael Colby, all there as well. Mike the Cop and I waited around after the show, as he has known Michael Rupert for years, and he introduced us. I also wanted to say hi to Jonathan Dokuchitz, who I knew vaguely from some Sh-K-Boom concerts. And I spoke to Lonny Price again, I had something to tell him.

Steve broke his coccyx yesterday. I know that pain all too well. I offered him my donut-shaped butt-pillow, but he's already got one.

I'm headed back to the city tonight to see Lauren Kennedy in concert - Gregor is thrilled, as he is a huge fan. I said that I would send her over to Scotland if he would track down Billy Boyd for me and send him to NJ. I think we can work out a deal. I'm also going in on Friday to see a concert, and Saturday to see the concert of Violet at Playwright's Horizons. I should probably just stay over Friday night.

Got a 96 on my last Growth and Development test. Whee. Today we lectured on the elderly - which is good, because for our group presentation, I'm in the "elderly" group. Have to talk about nutrition. For the project, we also have to do a collage, so our group did that today - with the exception of one rather annoying person in my group, we did a wonderful job of putting it together.

In the "financial woes" column - my Visa was up to the limit (no surprise) and Earthlink suspended my account today. I spent a half hour on the phone with them to give them my debit card info so they can use that instead (probably a bad move). It seems to be back up and running now.

And good lord, there is nearly naked hobbit here. Mrowr.

1/11/03
So we saw the movie of Chicago last night - finally playing in NJ. I thought it was alright, not spectacular as everyone was raving about. It was a very good adaptation of the play, but I didn't think it captured the energy.

Today was the Falsettos concert at Playwright's Horizons - loved it. One of my favorite shows, I must've seen it ten times when it ran on Broadway. And Lonny Price did a super job staging it - more like a full production than a concert. I wish they'd revive it. I also picked up a ticket to Violet - the one concert I didn't have tix to - because Norbert's going to be in it now. So that's next weekend and then Floyd is the one after that.

It's freezing out. I want snow. And a hobbit. Have you read the secret diaries of the characters? Jen and I realized that we are three degrees away from Billy Boyd, as he is in the new Russell Crowe movie, Master and Commander and Russell Crowe did A Beautiful Mind with Anthony.

1/10/03
Whoops, overslept this morning. I didn't have time to take a shower, so I just threw on my Yankees cap and hoped no one noticed.

And big article in the Times the other day - which I spotted while clipping pictures of the elderly for a class project - all about Liev Schreiber reminded me that I haven't seen the play he's in now, and it's closing next Wednesday, so I'd better hurry. Love him. Will pay full price to see Liev.

1/9/03
I feel better today, but not by much. I was just going to go school and tell them I wasn't feeling well, but when I checked my email this morning, Lori had written that we were getting out at noon today and tomorrow. So I figured I could stick that out and went anyway. Today was just nutrition, which is never exciting. Tomorrow we have a test and then lecture on the young and middle adult stages. I am a young adult (ages 20-40).

I have to do a few errands in the city, so I'm driving in a bit - must go to Kinko's, hat store, get brows done, get tickets to Les Mis and Take Me Out and maybe go to Eddie Bauer's to spend some of the gift certificate Dad got me for Christmas. Love their clothes.

Time Warner Cable seems to think we owe them $300 from the Gold St. apartment. I guess they don't remember our little "we're cancelling service now" conversation back in July.

If you're bored, go read other people's stories.

1/8/03
Happy Birthday Mom. I spent the day in bed - woke up and couldn't talk and was wheezing all over and congested, so I called school and told them I couldn't make it. Went back to bed until 4pm. I still don't feel any better.

1/7/03
I went to meet the usual gang at the usual place for the usual drinks last night. I was getting ready to leave, and then my friend Jay - former roommate Jay - stopped by! Hadn't seen him in forever, so what else could I do but stick around for another drink? Jay wondered when all of the goodlooking gay men started hanging out at Marie's. Heh. They're always there, and he and I ogled the same men.

Got home later than I'd have liked (slow driving because of the snow) and fell right asleep. I got up in time to shower and to drive to school. Everyone was late today because the roads are pretty icy. Growth and Development is not my favorite class, but at least we have a great teacher for it.

Talked more with Dr. Feldman about the Heather/Coma Baby thing. He mentioned the idea of writing a book just based on her case, and I mentioned novelizing it. So I sent a copy of the doc I wrote up about it (from my other book proposal) over to my agent to ask her advice about it and think about next steps. Marc (that's Dr. Feldman to laypeople) said he may be able to get a scaled down version of it published in a medical journal, too, should the book idea pan out. Now it's time to think of outlining a book. Hrm.

Since we're studying child development, I dug out my baby book. In addition to keeping Mom up til 2.06am at my birth, I was 21 inches and 6lbs 14oz. I taught myself to read at age 3 and was reading on a second grade level at that age. I learned basic math as age 5. A geek from the start. And I had a heel problem on my right foot in 1980 (followed by surgery on that heel in 1992, and on the left heel in 1999 and 2000). Heel problems since birth, too, then. Like the average baby, I doubled my weight by 4 months old and tripled it in a year.

later on 1/6/03
Damn, it's weird to type on a new computer. The keys are all over the place. Speaking of all over the place, I looked everywhere for the printer software, and guess where it was? In a box under my bed, with absolutely no other computer stuff. Figures. If only I had the room to be organized... And of course, once I had located the printer driver disk, I plugged in the printer's USB cable and the computer already had the driver ready, so I didn't need the disk at all. Urg. Now, what to do with the old, somewhat-functioning, top-falling-off, non-power-corded computer...

I've made a deal with Gregor in Scotland - I shall send him the chanteuse from NY whom he admires, and he will send my my hobbit. My precious. I'm partway through the second LOTR book now. I so love the movies more - Tolkein is just not my kind of writer - too much "and then they walked through the woods for ten days, and came to the top of a hill, where the elf used his elf vision to see that they were approaching yet another hill" for me. I just don't find any emotion in it.

So I've got the printer done, the Palm Pilot synched (another drama with drivers and cables), the digital camera hooked back up and all of my files from the old laptop put on the new laptop thanks to this swanky connection cable and software. Very cool. Now the only thing left that I want to do is find the software for my PCMCIA-to-USB card, so I can use all of the devices at once. And of course, I have NO idea where that is - it wasn't under the bed, wasn't in the closet, wasn't behind the door with my last computer's parts, wasn't on any of the bookshelves. I know it's here somewhere - I just have no idea where. Eh, that isn't too high on the priority list. I also want to figure out how to get the CD-burner working so I can make Erin a CD of "The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati" for her Ohio song collection (I heard the song on a Dr. Demento CD that I was playing on the drive to Nashville, and immediately called her to ask if she had it).

1/6/03
Whee - new computer. I've transferred over all of my files, and have the internet connection working on the new one. Very cool. Now I'm just re-installing Netscape (I hate IE) and then I need to install my Palm, camera and printer software. Well, first I get to play the fun game of "If you were me, where would you have put the printer software install disk for safekeeping?"

The new laptop has a different keyboard layout that I have to get used to, too. Some of the keys - like Delete and Page Up and Alt - are in different places and my hands aren't used to it yet. Alas, small problems, nothing major.

1/5/03
Well, I was back in bed at 8pm last night, and today I'm still congested and achy. Good thing it's Sunday - no plans. Well, I had plans to go to the city today, but I cancelled, I'm just not feeling up to it.

I'm going to be an aunt (again) - Eve emailed me this morning that she's pregnant. Good for her, she's been wanting a large brood all her life :-) Not for me. But I'll enjoy being Aunt Catherine.

It's snowing out.

1/4/03
It's 3.30pm and I just got out of bed. That'll teach me to say, "sure, let's go to the 10.15pm movie!" I'm feeling congested and achy, too - not good. To make myself feel better, I'm eating these delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cookies that Aunt Paula brought me. Delicious.

later on 1/3/03
Ooh, no such luck. The package was still "on the truck" so I have to go pick it up on Monday. Drat, I wanted all weekend to play with the new computer.

I did another preliminary interview about Heather Decker and the Munchausen-by-Internet thing. Dr. Feldman got a call from Fox News about doing a piece, so he emailed me to participate. I may get interviewed on camera sometime next week or the week after.

We had dinner with Aunt Paula (not really my aunt, Mom's best friend from high school) and her husband and some of their friends. And then went to see Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers for a third time. Mmm, hobbitses. I started reading the books, since I've never read them - in the middle of the first one now. As I told Jen, my Tolkein reading experience is limited to reading The Hobbit in a high school sci-fi/fantasy class. Once my friend Michelle and I discovered that all Hobbits do is smoke "pipe-weed" (suuuure) and eat, we wrote a version of the story entitled "The Habit" and turned it in to our teacher, who refused to grade it.

1/3/02
UPS tried to deliver my laptop today, but no one was home - I'm going to check with them now to see if I can pick it up!

later on 1/2/03
Oh, and in other news, I re-started Nursing school today. We have a 2 and a half week long intersession in Growth and Development - not the most exciting stuff. It was good to see everyone again. And we're down by five students so far, bringing the class size to 41.

And I was way too polite on Monday night. It must be the Paxil.

1/2/03

A long December, and there's reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last

-Counting Crows

Well, that about sums it up.

To get the good news out of the way - I figured a way to hold the power cord together on the laptop, so I can finally get back online. It's gaff-taped to my dresser so it stays in place.

I think that's it for the good news.

After a long weekend and a break from school, I decided to roadtrip for New Year's, because I do love to drive. Gives me time to think. So I emailled Jonathan and told him I was heading for Nashville, so don't be surprised when I knock on the door. I called, too, but his phone wasn't working all weekend. Anyhoo, I guess he was surprised, because after my sixteen hour drive (with a break for sleep in Where-The-Fuck-Am-I, WV), I knocked on the door and found him in a state of deshabaille, or in flagrante delicto, or some other state that requires italics. Needless to say, I spent about five minutes in Nashville, and turned right around and drove fifteen hours back home (stopping for sleep in Where-The-Fuck-Am-I, VA, which is right outside Roanoke).

I got home around 8pm on New Year's Eve, got dressed up in my sassy red dress, lathered myself with glitter, and went to Marie's to drink in the New Year.

So my New Year's Resolution is to get this large "kick me" sign off my back.

-catherine

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