I'm leaving tomorrow! I'm going to New York, Internet! After a brief eight hour layover in Baltimore for a conference. Naturally, I've not yet begun to pack.
Thus, quick takes:
1. Raj came in to school to speak to our middle schoolers last week. They wrote him thank you notes, one of which includes pretty much a marriage proposal. BACK OFF PRE-TEEN, HE'S TAKEN. My favorite though comes from the most adorable middle schooler ever, who has a touch of the autism. He always puts an s on the end of my name and it's too adorable to correct. His note includes the line, "You are a wonderful boyfriend for Ms. Grahams." What makes it even better is how every single other sentence before and after that one have to do with the Navy, giving the wonderful boyfriend bit the added benefit of surprise.
2. The same student who wants to marrey an osome boy like Raj wrote about me in an assigment about not judging or assuming things before you know someone. She hadn't thought I'd be much fun at first, in part because "your facial exprestion* did not look real joyful." Busted. It's not always easy, living with chronic bitchface.
3. *From a girl who last year was spelling the word question "qweshun", getting that close to spelling expression correctly is pretty amazing.
4. There is still Halloween candy left! Only because I didn't buy anything chocolate. That way it would last until the hypothetical trick or treaters arrived. We didn't get any trick or treaters, so we're forced to eat the candy ourselves, but you just can't possibly binge on SweeTarts if you have any desire to retain the top layer of your tongue.
5. This weekend, Holly and I will be heading over to Broadway to see How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring one Harry Potter! Raj keeps reminding me that his name isn't actually Harry Potter, because apparently Raj hates fun.
6. Not that he objected to calling Patrick Stewart "Captain Jean-Luc Picard" when we went to see him speak at the Shakespeare Theater Company. I tell you what, that was some excellent people watching. Both Star Trek nerds and Shakepeare nerds are deeply, deeply nerdy, but in different ways. So many over- or under-dressed people! Cocktail dresses! Hoodies! Nobody having absorbed a ray of sunshine since God knows when! In that crowd, I didn't even qualify as a low-level nerd, which let me tell you, was a little bit unsettling. Nobody came in an actual Star Trek uniform, to my simultaneous relief and disappointment.
7. Things have gotten real sneezy up in here, just in time to spend lots of hours on a train to and bus back from New York. I apologize, fellow travelers! It's probably just allergies, though I never can rule out germs from the kiddos. Or the sick people at the hospital. Raj and I are kind of a supercouple, where exposure to germs is concerned.
8. It seems to me that if people were serious about protecting the sanctity of marriage, they'd start a movement to make it illegal for people to profit from their reality TV weddings. I've had head colds that have lasted longer than Kim Kardishian's "marriage".
Ok, I've seriously got to start packing now. I need to look nice for Harry Potter! Do you think Fred and/or George might be there? ROWR.