After being threatened by Shelby, I decided it was time to actually finish this blog that I've had sitting in my drafts for the past few weeks. I meant to write it during my three weeks off before summer classes started, but I was busy reading (for fun! Oh, what a wonderful thing) into the wee hours of the morning and sleeping until noon.
One of the very best things about being out of school* is having time to read. Right now, I'm reading This Is How by Augusten Burroughs and The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot. I (finally) finished Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer a week or two ago, and it was really wonderful. I rented the movie a couple of days ago, and for the first time ever, I liked the movie more than the book. But I think I liked the movie more because I read the book, if that makes any sense. It's a complicated thing, but both the book and the movie are beautiful, so just go buy them.
When I'm not reading, I'm rewatching the Sex and the City series (which only gets more fabulous as time goes on) or listening to one of the fifty new albums I've downloaded recently.
The great thing about pre-ordering something on iTunes is that you often forget you've done so, and then it's a nice surprise when you receive an email (or three) stating that your songs are ready for download. This was the case for John Mayer's Born & Raised, the deluxe edition of Regina Spektor's What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, and Sara Bareilles's EP Once Upon Another Time. All three are fantastic (as I knew they would be, which is why I pre-ordered them).
Other things I will be listening to nonstop this summer include Charlene Kaye's Animal Love (which is so deeply fabulous that it's difficult to understand why she isn't famous yet), Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' Here, and TalkFine's Lesser Known Hits (also known as the band that includes the incredibly attractive Clark Baxtresser).
Speaking of Clark and Charlene, Apocalyptour was superb. It is remarkable how much better it was than the SPACE Tour, and the SPACE Tour was amazing. The arrangements were fantastic (good on you, Clark), their voices improved so much, and it was hilarious. Team StarKid keeps saying they're not sure whether or not they're going to release a DVD of this one, but they better be bluffing because I need to watch that every day of my life. Also, I managed to meet and get pictures with Charlene, Clark, Lauren Lopez, Brian Rosenthal, Julia Albain, and Jim Povolo, as well as everyone I got pictures with last time. It was a good night.
In other news, Melany and I have decided to kick it early-2000s style and actually use our email accounts. We are having way too much fun with it, but are also really impatient and keep texting each other to see if the other has gotten the email yet. Our plan is to eventually compile all of these e-mails into what will surely be a bestselling book. So just keep your eye out for that in the near future.
* I am taking summer classes, but it doesn't really feel like I'm in school. Probably because I'm only taking three classes, and one of them is yoga** and one is a freshman level sociology. I'm also taking Spanish (MY LAST SPANISH EVER, PRAISE), but even that hasn't gotten too difficult yet!
** This is kind of off-topic, but I just have to tell you this because it is literally the stupidest thing that has ever happened to me: My yoga instructor has NEVER TAKEN A YOGA CLASS BEFORE. I shit you not.