My month-long bout with PMS seems to be subsiding. My mood is improving by leaps and bounds. I think part of it is because I am getting things done and it feels good. My brother suggested that what I needed was a weekend at a resort. I told him I just couldn't feel right spending the money right now since I still need furniture for my apartment and a new car. So, this weekend, I went and bought a new bed. It's being delivered on the 17th. Woohoo! No, I'm not sleeping on the floor. I have a twin bed that was given to me when I moved to California. It was in storage for a while, as my last roommate situation came with a bed. I'm still thinking about doing a day at a spa though. After reading Stephweiss's entry last night about her Spa Day, I'm pretty much sold.
Speaking of Journals, I am behind once again on reading. So, if I haven't been by your place in a while. Please forgive me. I'll be there soon. I am constantly trying to figure out how to hit all the journals that I enjoy. I think I've finally come up with a manageable system so I will be able to hit everyone at least once a week and still have a life outside of J-Land.
After the pushing and prodding in the comments section of my last entry about finishing my last class that I need to take in order to receive my diploma, I decided to break down and register. Too little too late, I hate to say. The only available Finance class this summer that I haven't already taken starts next week. It doesn't list the days or times that the class will be and it's on Real Estate Valuation. Yawnsville! So... I decided to go for the Independent Study with my Creepy Professor. I shot him an email, my heart was pounding, nervous about what it might entail both scholastically and personally. But, he's still open and willing. So...wish me well and send Maceplease.
I've actually been seeking pleasurable pursuits also. Last Sunday, I had brunch with Kevin and a bunch of his friends. Tonight, I'm going to dinner with my school chums. It's hard to believe it has been a month since I last saw them. I really miss them. I'm hooked on Big Brother 5. As Kevin learned last night, don't call me when it's on. I think this is going to be a great season. I've watched every season except the first one. I think the 2nd season is my favorite though. I'm also reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I love this book. I'm actually torn between reading it and journals. How could I not love it though with lines like this: "And, now," said the man on the yacht, "farewell to kindness, humanity and gratitude. Farewell to all sentiments that gladden the heart. I have substituted myself for Providence in rewarding the good; may the God of vengeance now yield me His place to punish the wicked!"
Fear not! I am not some kind of vengeful psycho. I just love the intense passion expressed in so few words. One thing I've learned is that vengeance is useless. It does more damage to you than it does to the person on whom you seek revenge. Plus, I have this noble, idealistic belief that a person should never stoop to the level of their opponent/enemy. It only weakens your position and corrupts your soul. A line in the book says it well: "Hatred is blind, anger is foolhardy, and he who pours out vengeance risks having to drink a bitter draft." One last line, for now, that I like. It's from the scene where the Count is witnessing a public execution: "Oh, mankind, race of crocodiles! How well I recognize you down there, and how worthy you are of yourselves!" Dumas is an amazing writer. I will definitely have to read some of his other books. But for now.....I must get ready for work.
Note: The picture is another one from my day at the Getty. I have a few more that I'll try to share.