You know what miffs me? People on Goodreads or Facebook or whatever who send out event invitations and DON'T ACTUALLY SAY IN WHICH CITY THE EVENT WILL OCCUR. How lazy is that? Many times, they will send street addresses, even directons without actually mentioning what city the thing is in. This implies one of two things: 1. The event organizer thinks the only people who will attend already know about the event (so why spam ME? And way to think big, folks.) 2. The event is happening in New York, as all civilized events do, and everyone in New York already knows about it, because they're New Yorkers. I mean, come on. What are you, from Jersey?
So no, I'm not coming to your reading, and neither is anyone else. Maybe you should try a little harder next time.
Speaking of New York, Jillian and I have tickets to see Eddie Izzard at Madison Square Garden in January. You're jealous, I know. We fully expect to be eaten by bears. Bears with incredibly annoying accents. But with no bees in their mouths since bees are going extinct. Which is sad, because wouldn't you rather have bees than the accents? I must be jealous.
This is part of our new "we teach/babysit kids for 11/15 hours a day (depending on if we're on duty), five days a week plus weekend duties so wouldn't it be nice to cultivate a life during our scant free time" project (or AAAAAARHGHBWAAABWAAABWAAA!!!!! for short). We also have tickets to see Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull in October. What can I say, I was raised by a child of the 60s. The tentative plan is to have one "thing" per month. You know, like real people. A couple of those months might devolve into dinner and a movie. But even that is more than we did this past year. We hope to see a couple plays as well. We've seen a couple of the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival's performances this year. Great stuff, really funny. They're an up and coming troop (not actually a festival. Tricky, I know.) We're putting together a nice road trip for next summer with Chris and Elise, also. This summer, we've done some short trips to the beach, but haven't been able to really afford any long trips, which is okay, really. I'm applying for a residency for next summer as well. Wish me luck.