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later on 9/29/02
So I did go out and buy a new Palm Pilot. Apparently they don't make the model that I have anymore, so I bought an m130, it's color, it's sweet. It would be sweeter if I could get it to jive with my USB port - I can't get it to sync because "the port is already in use" - which it's not. I can't figure it out. So I sent a note to Palm's tech support, asking them to help me out. What I really need is a new laptop - this one is old and literally falling apart. Someday...

PBS is airing a made-for-tv version of Copenhagen as I type. It's been edited for time, and the pace is so different than what I'm used to. I'm not thrilled with it.

And I finally bought Bejeweled for the Palm.

9/29/02
Back home! It was pouring rain Friday night when I drove up to Jen's, but it cleared right up by Saturday morning, so I had perfect weather for driving around Vermont. I got lost on the way up there - twice. The first time, I took the wrong direction off 90, and ended up back in Albany, and the second time, I turned right where I should have gone straight in Pittsfield, and ended up in the woods. Whoops.

Yesterday, I drove up to VT to do some Christmas shopping. And I bought three pairs of shoes at the outlets, because I couldn't resist. And a few books. When I got back, Jen and I went to see Sweet Home Alabama - I love me some Josh Lucas, and she loves her some Patrick Dempsey, so it was totally enjoyable. I really liked the movie. Cheesy, yes. Predictable, yes. But we loved it.

And then today - I drove home. Without getting lost.

In the bad news dept, my Palm Pilot is dead. I need to buy a new one. Looks like I'm heading to Best Buy. I should go now, they're open for another hour I think.

And in good news, a guy I went to college with (the first time around) is going to be in Man of La Mancha on Broadway. I was reading the cast list in the Times today and lo and behold - Wilson Mendieta! He and I were in the theatre program at Montclair together.

9/27/02
So Jen and I got our letters from the landlord, with a ridiculous amount of money taken out for cleaning the carpet and fixing the bathroom tiles (which weren't broken to start with), so we're going to draft a letter back to them refuting the charges.

And on that note, I'm off to MA - back Sunday.

later on 9/26/02
Ooh, I do love ER. But the "Romano's distal humerous vs. helicopter tail rotor" thing made me queasy.

On a cheerier note, it's pouring rain out. I love this weather. That is, I love it when I'm indoors, preferably curled up with a book in bed. Not when I'm out driving in it.

9/26/02
The worst thing about Middlesex - not counting the Chemistry teacher - is that the parking lots are always full when I get there, so I have to park on the dark side of the moon. After classes today, I couldn't find the car. I seriously spent about ten minutes looking for it. Whoops.

We studied the axial skeleton (ribs and vertebral/spinal column) in Anatomy lab today. A&P is really my favorite class. We got out early, so I had time to scan the Chem chapter on Acids and Bases during lunch. Chem, as always, was a confusion of ideas. I did learn one thing tho - don't ask the teacher questions during class, as chances are she can't answer them. What a pain.

Tonight starts the new season of ER! Yay!

9/25/02
I learned how to take blood pressures today - on my classmates. It wasn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be - I was actually able to get fairly accurate readings. All those years of heavy metal and rock music haven't damaged my eardrums ;-) I want to go and buy my own sphygmomanometer (say THAT five times fast) so I can take the BP of everyone I know.

We also got our clinical assignments - we start on Tuesday, and then it's once a week. I'll be in Perth Amboy (as I figured) on the Med/Surg-Oncology floor. Can't wait!

9/24/02
Happy Birthday Dad!

I am so tired - after nursing school (vital signs lecture, and we got our caps, don't get me started on how much I do not want to wear it, and how it doesn't like to attach to my short hair), I drove into the city again to see Flower Drum Song with Steve. It was really fun, and we enjoyed it. However, I am so tired. So I'm going to bed. Happily, I have nothing at all to do after school tomorrow.

Jen talked to our (former) landlord today about getting our deposit back - we're supposed to have it this week. Instead of the $2100 we're due, they told her we're only getting $1600. They're supposedly sending an "itemized list" with the checks, of what they're withholding, and we're steeling up to rebut whatever it is. We do not like the landlord. Still.

Oh, and I saw a size-10 rat on the subway tonight, it was the size of a small squirrel.

9/23/02
Just back from the Funny Girl concert, which was a lot of fun. I wore my hat and my new coat, and boy, I have to say, I get so many compliments on the hat when I wear it - love it.

I discovered that the parking garage down by my old apartment is only $9 on weeknights. I drove in today because I didn't think I'd catch a train in time for the early curtain. I was lucky, and had no traffic at all. So I went and got my hair cut at my old barbershop. I love my hairdresser, he always flirts heavily with me, and I never know how much to take seriously. But he's gorgeous, and, as I told him, he gives a good head massage.

Tomorrow night I'm back in the city for Flower Drum Song. I have this stack of books on my bed that I haven't had time to crack open! (No, the textbooks are not on that pile, I'm miraculously caught up with my schoolwork).

9/22/02
Damn, I thought the Emmy Awards would never end!

I had a good weekend in the city - tho there really are too many people. Friday night, Steve and I were supposed to see Amour, but the preview was cancelled, so I didn't have anything to do. I ended up going to Marie's for a drink, and then down to Dad's, where I did a little studying for Anatomy before falling asleep.

Saturday, Mom and I had a day of "new Terrence McNally works" - we saw Dead Man Walking at City Opera in the afternoon (I was bawling at the end, and it was a wonderful opera), and A Man of No Importance at night - also a terrific show. In between, we passed the time by shopping and browsing on Columbus Ave. I said we had to look at the Betsey Johnson store, because her clothes are just so weird, but when we were inside, I found a coat that I love - ankle length, black velvet-y material, very swirly, with a faux-fur collar and cuffs. Very similar to the one the heroine wore in GoldenEye - the James Bond movie. Ever since I saw that movie I've wanted a coat like hers, and now I have it. I also picked up some books about math (I know, I'm a geek) at Barnes and Noble, and a gift certificate for Dad's birthday. Since I was leaving the apartment without seeing him, I left a "happy birthday" note on the table - which read, in part "I bought you a card, but left it in NJ. So yesterday, I bought another card, but I accidently stuck it in the bag of stuff that Mom took back to NJ for me. So, no card for you." Hee.

Today was the BC/EFA flea market. Very crowded. I was good, and didn't buy anything. It was good to see Jen and the girls, too. I think since I have off next weekend I'm going to drive up to Vermont, and stay with Jen Friday night. I just want to get out of the area for a weekend and get some real fresh air.

9/20/02
TGIF alright - lots of reading to take with me this weekend, and lots of studying bones of the skull for next week's lab quiz. Whew.

Girly moment: I'm loving my short hair. It's so pixie-ish and sassy.

Anyway, I'm off to the city to see a new opera, a new musical, and my old friends.

9/19/02
I got a 100 on my first Anatomy quiz. We took the second one today - on the appendicular skeleton (arms and legs), and I think I did alright on that one, too. Lori, Analis, Danielle and I got together before class to review everything, and that helped. Today in Anatomy lab, we went over the bones of the skull - god damn, there are a lot of them! But our teacher is wonderful, she tells us what we'll need to know for the test, and what we don't have to worry about memorizing.

Chemistry - today we did the chapter on Nuclear Radiation. We have an hour and forty minutes between classes, so we sat in the cafeteria and read the chapter and did the homework questions. I have to read the next chapter ("Solutions") for tomorrow's lecture. One of the things that drives me nuts about the teacher is that she doesn't have answers to the questions we ask. It's a lot of "Oh, I'll have to go look that up, remind me about it tomorrow" - and it's on really easy stuff. She's not a very good teacher.

On an unrelated note, I love the "Bono-Cam" on the U2 Elevation tour DVD.

9/18/02
None of us "older students" understand how the large, loud, negative girl in our class won the presidency. I think it's going to be a year of not-getting much done for our class, as far as she's concerned. Anyhoo, I think that if we'd been able to get up and say a few words before the election, it would be a fairer election - not so much a popularity contest. Tho admittedly, she didn't win a lot of friends with her "I hate my job" remark on the first day.

We finished up the nursing process today, and next week we're starting with vital signs. I have a lot of reading to do in the nursing book, some workbook exercises, and I've got some Chemistry reading to do tonight, too. Tomorrow morning, some of the Anatomy class is going to get together to study for our lab quiz on the appendicular skeleton. I love Anatomy.

The show that Steve and I were going to see on Friday was cancelled. Whoops.

9/17/02
Bill nominated me for class president today - the elections are tomorrow. Fingers crossed! I also volunteered to serve on the Grievance Committee as well as the Recruitment Committee.

And our uniforms arrived today. I look so... white! The nametag is a nice touch - now I'm technically a student nurse. We have to wear the uniforms for clinical and for recruiting events. I do like them, tho the skirt is really about 12 inches too long for what I like. Alas. I'll survive. We get "capped" next Tuesday.

9/16/02
I had the weirdest dream last night, all about planes crashing into buildings, and trying to evacuate the city. I wonder where that came from.

I woke up, made my lunch, showed Erin to the Parkway, and went to classes. Lori and I studied our Chem homework before class. Anatomy was fun, as always - and Chem was a little tough, as always. I did get a 95 on the first test tho, which made me happy.

I sent a note to Barnes and Noble customer service yesterday about the lack of lab manual in my hands. No reply. This is why I don't shop at their site. Amazon still says a week or so for delivery time, but ecampus.com has the manual in stock - so I'm ordering it there.

I've flipped through most of the Anatomy textbook - that really is my favorite class so far. I love learning how things work - whether it's backstage tech work, or programming or carpentry. And the human body is such a wonderful thing, I'm loving finding out how all the parts work and what can go wrong and why. I can't wait to get more into it. I've also finished reading the nursing book about communication, and most of the Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends and Management one, too. That's the text we use for our Professional Relations course. We also have a book on Nutrition for the Nutrition part of our Nursing class, but I haven't really gotten into that one yet. I'm about to dig into more of the Foundations of Nursing Practice book, and when I get through some of that, I want to read ahead in the clinical book. We start learning clinical (vitals and bedbaths) next week, and then we start in the hospital on the 1st or 2nd, whatever that Tuesday is.

9/15/02
To my dismay, I have gained six pounds since moving home.

Also to my dismay, I ordered my Anatomy lab manual on Thursday from Barnes and Noble.com. With overnight shipping. It's Sunday, and the book still isn't here.

Erin and I went to the city yesterday. We went up to the Cloisters, and couldn't find it at first, so we spent a while walking around Fort Tryon Park. It was beautiful out, so I didn't mind. When we finally found the museum, we did the standard breeze-through and spent an hour walking around the rooms.

After our trip back to midtown, we went to TKTS to see what was available. We really wanted to see Urinetown, but it wasn't up. So we decided to get dinner, and then check the TKTS board closer to 8pm. We ate at the HoEd, where we ran into Kristoffer and Michelle (and quite funnily, I had only seen the back of Kristoffer's head as he walked past, and I said to Erin, "Ooh, cute, probably gay, male approaching" - and it was Kris). So after dinner, Erin and I walked back to TKTS, and happily, Urinetown was up - so we bought tickets and saw the show. I hadn't seen it in about a year, and it was great to see how many of the original cast is still there (Spencer's the only one who left). In a small world moment, when the conductor enters at the start of the show, I noted that it was a sub for the regular conductor, and Erin looked up and said, "That's my friend!" It turned out to be Gary Adler, who she worked with on the Radio City show in Branson. We stayed after to say hi and talk to him for about twenty minutes.

And then it was off to Marie's, where we stayed until some ungodly hour.

Today, it is pouring rain and I love it.

9/13/02
Erin made it to NJ earlier than expected, so I met her after my Chemistry class and she followed me back to Matawan to get settled. When I went to Calc, I dropped her off at the mall, where her friend Joe picked her up and then we all met up at this super Mexican place after my class. We had a super time. She's in the city today, which is cool as I had classes all day.

This morning, Lori, Prisco and I met up to review the bones from Anatomy and go over a bit of the Chemistry stuff that we didn't get. That's the tougher class for me. Lori and I are going to get together just about every morning that we're at Middlesex to study the Anatomy and Chem lecture notes, so we can get a grasp on the basics. They have study rooms with tables and chairs that you can use, so that's what we did this week.

Today we had Chem lab, so we didn't actually go over anything that we'd done in lecture, but Lori, Tierney and I asked the professor to go over a few problems that we found confusing, and as she was doing that, I saw the connection between the Chem formulas and the Algebra ratio formula, so I rewote the problem that way, to solve for X, and that made it so much more comprehensible.

My copy of the A.D.A.M. software that we use in Anatomy lab came today, so I installed it and played around with identifying bones on it. It's so cool. A lot of memorization, but it's easier than the Chem stuff to me - at least we can hold up the bones or identify most of them on ourselves.

9/12/02
Tesse called me at 5.40pm yesterday and asked if I wanted to go to the memorial concert at St. John the Divine. I had wanted to go to Marie's for their memorial anyway, so I hopped in the car and drove in. The concert was really touching - they said it was to "mourn through music." Jason Robert Brown was there (a row ahead of us, we were in the second row up front) and sang "Coming Together" Joan Osborne, Richie Havens, Bang on a Can, and the woman who recorded the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ with Peter Gabriel. I can't recall her name offhand, but her voice is stunning. There were also readings by the clergy of St. John's and Temple Emanu-El, the St. John's organist, who lost his partner last year, a student from the Cathedral School and a chaplain who worked down at Ground Zero, who gave one of the most touching speeches. She seemed to sum up everything I was thinking.

After the service, we said hi to JRB and then drove down to Marie's. I had two drinks and then switched to Diet Coke. They were doing silent auctions, a 50/50 to benefit Ladder 18, and a series of raffles, in which I won... nothing. That's OK. It was good to see everyone there, and there's nowhere I'd rather have been than with my friends.

later on 9/11/02
OK, I'm ready for the day to be over. When I got to nursing school this morning, it was right around 8.30am. The TV in the lounge was on, and most of our class was watching the memorial service. I sat down to watch, and just started to cry. And didn't stop. I haven't cried about this whole thing at all, but today I just couldn't stop. We had a moment of silence at the start of our class, too, and people shared what their experiences had been.

We were let out early today because there was a massive accident on route 9 that knocked out the power in our building (and the hospital, too). We didn't know if it was something more serious than that, but one of the teachers had a radio and checked the traffic - just an accident. Just.

But yes, I am ready for this day to end.

9/11/02
I can't believe it's been a year.

On Thanksgiving, I never feel as if I should be giving thanks. But today, a year after it all happened, I want to give thanks that my family and friends are safe. That Jen, Missy and I all got out of the apartment in time. That Trisha and Tricia let me stay with them for two weeks until I could move back home. That Dave Gochfeld helped Jen and I get down to our apartment to get clothes and the cats out. That Dad's building and our building weren't severely damaged. That Kati was alright in DC. And that I didn't lose anyone in the attacks. I'm thankful that I've found a new direction in life because of this. And I'm thankful for the constant support and love from my friends.

later on 9/10/02
I do love math.

I also stopped by the Performing Arts center at Middlesex to ask about working on the lighting crew (schedule permitting). I have to go back on Thursday to meet with the stagecraft director. They're doing Broadway Bound and The Laramie Project this fall.

9/10/02
Christopher Reeve is moving his fingers and toes. Gov. Bush's daughter was found with cocaine. And they're bringing Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones out on IMAX. Now that's the kind of news I like to hear.

I am still avoiding the TV.

But my book from Here is New York arrived today and I've been looking at the pictures. It took me a while to realize that one of them was of a severed leg, however. Don't let that stop you from buying it, it's wonderful.

Trisha put up a page with the photos that she took last fall, including the vigil that we attended.

9/9/02
The easy way to avoid the 9/11 hype is not to watch TV. That's easy enough, I have enough reading to keep me busy all year!

Chemistry today was a little easier. Once we started explaining things to each other, it all clicked into place. We should do the class without the teacher. And Anatomy was a lot of fun, too - the teacher there is wonderful, she really outlines what we'll need to know to pass the course.

I went to Yoga tonight - second class! I didn't get as dizzy this time (of course, I haven't smoked since Saturday night), and I was able to do a lot more of the poses better. We had a different instructor tonight, who I liked better than the woman who led the class last week. He wasn't as fast going through the poses, and since he knew I was new at this, he helped me out with some of the more difficult stretches and poses. Loved it.

So I parked the Tank outside with a "for sale" sign on it (wah!). It's perfectly legal to park on the other side of our street, but the folks whose yard I put it in front of called (four times!) to complain about it - the woman is pregnant, they might have company - a whole slew of excuses. I did move it, but was it wrong of me to sit there and gun the engine for a half hour first?

9/8/02
I now have an answer to the age-old question: "Does anyone still wear a hat?"

The answer is: Yes, me. While we were up at Lincoln Center, buying tickets for assorted operas, concerts and musicals, Mom and I browsed the crafts booths that were in Damrosch Park, and I stopped at a hat stall to try on hats. Lo and behold, with the new short hair, I can wear hats! So Mom bought me, as a Christmas present, a sassy black and white, floppy-brimmed hat that I can wear with everything. I think I shall start collecting hats.

I had a fun weekend in the city. Saturday, I did some errands, met Trisha and the girls for dinner at Chat 'n' Chew (where we tried not to curse at Lydia's stomach - she's eight months pregnant, and we must watch our language ;-), and then went to see The Prince and the Pauper with Tesse. The show was alright, nothing spectacular. Afterwards we went to Marie's (When I stopped in on Friday, Molly Shannon was there, how cool). And today (Sunday), I got up early (for me, around 10am), and met Tesse and Mom for lunch and Chicago (starring Michael Hall of the "dead people show"). After the show we did the Lincoln Center ticket buying/hat purchasing.

There's a really disturbing bit in the Times magazine this week about some architectural visions of what to build at Ground Zero. One of the architects designed this office building that looks like a series of collapsed buildings - "so people won't forget" - as if we could. I felt sick just looking at it.

I have no desire to be watching TV this week. It's all a rehash of what we saw last year, live. Don't need any more anxiety. I have class on Wednesday, and I'm thinking about going into the city after class. What I'd really like to do is spend the entire day in bed, but that's not going to happen.

It just doesn't seem like a year has gone by already.

But on a happy note, Erin is coming to stay over on Thursday and Friday. I haven't seen her since she was in the city this spring. We're going to go to the Cloisters and maybe see a show.

9/6/02
I think most of our Chem class has decided that the teacher isn't going to do a good job of teaching the class, so we're trying to organize some study times between classes to review it all ourselves. Anatomy is still terrific, I'm going to love the class.

Today: classes, haircut, brows.

9/5/02
Of course, having said that I would get a good night's rest last night, I didn't get it. I was up til all hours with insomnia, and I finally fell asleep, only to have these horrible nightmares about being chased (after doing a focus group!), and every time I would try to get my friends together, some unidentified "bad guys" would chase us down. It really scared the crap out of me.

Today was an indicator of what the rest of the semester will be like - A&P, Chem and pre-calc. I think I'm going to like Anatomy, we had a really good time, and the professor seems to really know her stuff, and she wants to make it easy for us to learn. Chemistry - well, I've never been interested in it, and the professor seems kind of... dry. Maybe it'll get better. Today was the first day for both. After lunch, I went to the bookstore to pick up the Anatomy text and lab manual, and they were sold out. The woman there said they had reordered more books yesterday, and they should be in "soon." So I'm going to bring in the older edition of the book, that I had borrowed from one of the juniors, and read along with that until the bookstore has more in stock.

We used this very cool computer program called A.D.A.M. in the A&P lab today, it has all of the systems, bones, muscles, you name it, in one program. Nancy and I are laptop-buddies in the lab, and we just had a hoot learning how to use the program. I'm going to try and buy a copy of it to study from at home. After the class (and after we ate!), she and I and Lori and Tierney went over to the resource center, where they have all of these sets of bones that you can take out and study. So we agreed to find times to get together and use one of their study rooms so we can review our material together.

9/4/02
Man, I am going to sleep well tonight.

We had the class picnic today, at the swim club in Englishtown - I swam, ate, played bingo, and swam more. Our "second career" group hung out a lot, and just had a blast. I got a lot of color on my shoulders from being in the water. I love the tan lines I get from sunscreeening my tattoos.

After that, Mom and I drove over to Wal-Mart so I could get the new lenses made for my glasses. I also picked out a new frame (reddish, plastic, roundish) and am having lenses put in there, too. It's so affordable there!

And after I talked with Eric this weekend, he reminded me of how much I loved yoga in college, so I did some net research on nearby places to take classes. And went to my first Bikram Yoga class tonight. It's done in a room that's 105 degrees and humid (drink lots of water!!), and it's a series of poses, mostly to get your cardio going, balancing and stretching. The first class is the hardest, Michelle (the instructor) said, and boy was she right. My balance on my left leg is still wonky from the surgery/physical therapy, so I need to work on that. And there were a few times that I was breathing so heavily that I had to sit down for a minute, but other than that, I kept up. I'm going to try and go on Monday and Wednesday nights.

But yes, I will sleep well!

Mmm, Sarah Vowell has a new book out. I love her writing - she's like me, but with a publisher. Someone publish me. Make me solvent. I'm also browsing amazon.com for the new spate of 9/11 books - there are actually a few that I want to get, to read and to save for my future grand-nieces and nephews to read. The SoHo gallery that gathered all of the professional and amateur photographs (on Prince Street, I went to see the exhibit, it's still running) put together a book called Here is New York. It's stunning. In the original meaning of the word.

Speaking of original meanings of words, the word "awesome" really means to be overwhelmed with awe. Not "cool" or "rad" - it's true.

And speaking of 9/11 things, the September 11th Digital Archive has a repository of emails sent on 9/11.

Yes, most of today's links come from Time Out NY.

later on 9/3/02
We all know how much I love bugs. So I glance over at Mimi, who's sitting on my bed, and she's staring up at the ceiling. Where there is this HUGE bug. Seriously, it's like two inches long. So I stare at it, too, for a bit, before thinking that hey, it might be poisonous or it might bite and heck, I just don't like bugs. I wrapped the end of a stick in gaffer's tape, and poked the bug, hoping to ensnare it, but it just flew down and landed on my air conditioner. The freaking bug looks like a green leaf with legs and antennae. Iew. I tried to swipe it with the tape again, but it jumped into a fold in the curtain. So I used the tape and taped the fold shut so it can't get out. I hope! Mimi's sitting on the floor staring at it, now.

I hate hate hate bugs.

Hate.

Anyway, pre-calc went well. Considering that this week and next are just extensions of Algebra - kind of a review (for those people who didn't take it, oh, a week ago, I guess).

9/3/02
Hurray - my first day of school is done! I love it. Today was more orientation, but about the Nursing I class, and the Professional Relations (history of nursing etc) class. We got our reading assignments for those two classes, so I jumped right in. We're going to have to do a presentation to the class about a local health center that we visit - nursing home, clinic, etc, so I've got to think of one to go and observe at. We'll also be doing a group study on a certain culture and it's views on healthcare (I suggested to Tierney, next to me, that we study "white folk," since we're a minority). So the first bit of reading is on the nursing process (assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation), which sounds a lot like project management in the terms that I'm used to. Kickass.

Tomorrow is our first-ever, soon-to-be-annual, picnic in Englishtown, so we're not in the classroom at all.

I have my first pre-calc class tonight at 8 (whee), and the rest of my Middlesex classes start on Thursday (Anatomy and Chem). Should be a blast - as long as I don't confuse my calculus with my nursing process.

9/2/02
This rainy weather is throwing me off. I was asleep by 1am last night. When I woke up today and looked at the clock, it looked like it said 1pm. I wasn't happy, because I'd wanted to tape Contact at 12.30. So I just rolled over and went back to bed. When I woke up 20 minutes later, I looked at the clock and realized that I'd misread the numbers - it was only 7.45am. How on earth did that happen?

Tomorrow is my first real day of nursing school.

later on 9/1/02
Oof, congested. I'm sniffling all over the place.

Watched most of Contact on PBS tonight (I had to watch Sex and the City first). It was great to see it again. I saw the show live a few years ago (it's not a musical, tho), and I'm glad PBS filmed tonight's performance. They're re-airing it tomorrow, so I'll tape it then. The history channel is showing programs about the Trade Center all week at 9pm, and I want to watch those - I'll have to tape them on Tues and Thurs because of my math class.

Anyway, Mimi is beckoning to me. Kind of. Night.

9/1/02
Happy birthday to Mimi and Sheeba - Mimi is six today, and we're assuming that Sheeba is also six - she didn't have a birthday listed with the SPCA, but they knew that she was around five or six, so we're just making things easy here.

I can't believe it's September already. Dad and I had a talk about how 9/11 affected us, and how it hit New Yorkers harder than the rest of the country - not that the rest of the country wasn't affected, but it was worse for those of us who were there, and who have to live with it every day.

It's almost fall, which makes this past week's weather almost feel right. It was cool and gray and not humid, and it rained most of the weekend. Love it.

I spent the weekend in the city. Yesterday, I went out with Eric from the focus group. We spent most of the afternoon walking around the Met and Central Park, and I had a super time. It's nice to hang out with someone as smart as I am ;-) Hopefully we'll get together again soon.

I was so tired from all the walking yesterday (I went to Marie's last night and only stayed for one drink!), and with the rain, I wasn't feeling up to the tugboat festival today. So I woke up at 9am, emailed Michael and Tesse that I wasn't going to go, and went back to bed until 1pm. And then I took the train home.

I've got tomorrow off, too, and then Tuesday I start Nursing I and pre-calc.

-catherine

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