The weekend was a little busier than most - dog park with Neil and my absolutely adorable puppy (who is not a puppy, but whatever) on Saturday and the Derby Dolls of LA with Maija on Sunday. I think the best part about the dog park is not so much how awesome it is for my dog (because it is, it really is, even when she's not very exciting), but how much fun it is to meet other dogs. If you go to a dog park, you really are there to be social, even if it's simply that you're there so your dog can be social. Fun. Petting. Little bit of drool. And getting to actually hang out with my boyfriend in the process? Kind of a slam dunk.
The Derby Dolls, however, not really as entertaining as you'd think. There were body slams, there were elbow fights, and there were definitely falls of the highest order, but at the end of the day it's watching a bunch of people skate around a rink. Fun for about half an hour. If I ever decide to go again I'll also look up the rules. The amusing part to me were the concessions - vegan tamales and off-brand natural sodas (and horchata, but that's not surprising). I had a sweet potato tamale with red bean filling. Weird, but pretty damn good.
One of the best parts of this week has been corrupting elizabuffy over to the dark side of American Idol! Now I have someone to share the joy with, and she agrees that Adam is a pretty awesome sparkly unicorn prince. I realized I'm definitely a fangirl now because I listened to his album last night and ... deep breath, I can admit this really I can... I liked some of the tracks. Oh sparkly unicorn prince. You glittered your way into my ears.
I can't tell if I'm working on a cold or having a severe allergy attack for a couple of days, but either way since Monday my head has been fuzzy, my eyes a little gravely/burning, my chest half-congested, and I've been moderately tired. It makes gathering the mental energies a very difficult thing. Except, apparently, for my new media class, where even if I'm not all there I will still manage to dominate the conversation like a loon -- I guess I feel that more is at stake there than in my other classes. More fun too though.
On the work front I'm heading into the end, and not really quite finding the sense of urgency I need to take care of everything. So I have this film that I need to watch for my film paper, and some research to do, and an entire new media paper to write, and .... yeah. Japanese continues to be exactly as it has been - little difficult, mostly entertaining, and definitely no cake walk. This week is a little annoying as we're doing 'how to order things in restaurants' and so the entire class we talk about food. It's a good thing I generally have lunch right after.