Never underestimate how spirit-crushing it can be to work in a place that, among its other various bizarre rules and regulations, won’t let you paint your nails red (or any colour for that matter). It sounds like a pretty vain trifle upon first encounter, but seriously, think about what it’d be like to have such extreme limitations placed upon your appearance that, among other things, you can only wear “shades of beige” for just under a year. I, for one, found it disgusting. It’s not my style to trash-talk (well actually, it entirely is, but I’m in a “take the moral high ground” mode today and have already subversively trash-talked enough), so let’s just say that it is with a huge sense of relief and joy that I wrapped up my last day at this job yesterday and I am so ready to leave it behind, fading as a distant memory in the dust of my past.
With school creeping just around the corner (September 6th!!!!) and the fifty-plus hours of class and studying per week that will accompany it, I’ve decided that I’m going to take the rest of the summer to just study for my university correspondence course that will also be done very soon (August 15th!!!!), work part-time in a new position that I’m really excited about, train for my first triathlon, and relax. So here’s a little taste of what my new life looks like…a day in the life of a freshly-released woman, as it is:
7:30: Wake up to my beautiful doggy Bailey lying by my bed and take him outside. A bowl of oatmeal with raspberries and blueberries, a cup of tea, and it’s down to studying.
8:30-3:30: Finish Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, a book I’m reading for my course but actually really enjoyed. Read some relative fluff (but good fluff) to offset the somewhat upsetting and disturbing material in the Smith’s: Ines de la Fressange’s Parisian Chic and the first chapter of my very read and abused copy of Hotel Pastis, by Peter Mayle (can you tell I’m dying to go back to France?).
3:30: The moment of true symbolic freedom: painting my nails bright, fire-engine red. OPI’s “Big Apple Red” is the perfect shade to commemorate this moment. Catch up on my favourite blogs while I let the polish dry.
4:00: Had a moment when “Monster” by Kanye came on while my iPod was set to shuffle…I’m actually a really good rapper, no one believes me. You should hear me do the Niki Minaj part.
4:30: Run with my boyfriend and then we duked it out in a really, really intense and bloody game of….BADMINTON!!! When you spike the birdie over the net like I do, it can be a pretty aggressive game.
6:30: Pizzaaaa time! Five slices…thank God I work out.
Mmm yeah so that pretty much brings me to now. In retrospect, I guess I really haven’t done all that much with my day, but I think that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it? I plan to take full advantage of this rare little pocket of time, this month and a week in which I can actually allow myself to relax a bit. Yes, I still have lots of studying to do, but with work cut down on I can start posting again with a vengeance!
Okay, I think after a bit more hard-core Kaaaaan rapping I’m off to go see “Horrible Bosses”. It looks really funny, but the main reason I’m going is because I’m seriously in love with Jason Bateman…he’s part of my weird crush-posse, which also includes Jason Segel, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, Julian Casablancas, Dave Grohl…basically just comedians and musicians. No “hot” guys like Ryan Reynolds for me, yuuuuck. Anyone else attracted to the celebrities “off the beaten path”?