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So... so many things.

1. Saw War Horse last night. Mostly it was awesome. Mostly I cried a lot. The begining was a little hokey and the end was a little Gone with the Wind, but the middle was, I thought, a really neat (if a bit heavyhanded) look at the transition from cavalry-war to artilery war. WWI was absolutely horrifying. Brought back all my nightmares from All Quiet on the Western Front.

2. Read The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. I loved the moodiness. It did come off more as a... I dunno... like it was more about the atmosphere than the individuals. Put it this way, I was bemused at the end, but if there was a major character death, I wasn't crying. The imagery was lovely. The Circus was a little cliche, but also lovely. Overall, a good genre read.

3. I knew, when I was saying all last week that 44 degrees and muddy was creepy for January, I would regret it. Today is bloody cold. And the new, energy star windows in the house are surprisingly drafty--I mean, like there's a cutting wind blowing through my room kind of draft.

4. I took off work early, because no more appointments were scheduled and since I just agreed to add a shitload more on-call in the spring (covering a colleague having a baby) I figured, what the hell. The extra emergency work means I'm going to be stressed out and kind of a beast for a few months but I'll be making more money and, if by some miracle, I get a residency spot, it'll be nice to save up some extra now.

5. So all I really want to do this afternoon is ski a little and curl up under the covers with some hot chocolate, a good book, and my dog. However, what I'm supposed to do this afternoon is drive to Ithaca for another interview tomorrow. If this one goes badly, I may just bag the third one next weekend, and look for another new job for the summer. These residency interviews are a lot of time and a whole lot of driving, and not worth it if I don't have a chance to begin with.

I'm being cynical. But also realistic, given the current market.

Date: 2012-01-03 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck with your interview! I hope it goes well, even though you have to do all that driving to get there.

And the new, energy star windows in the house are surprisingly drafty--I mean, like there's a cutting wind blowing through my room kind of draft.

Er, that sounds like they weren't installed right?

Date: 2012-01-03 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I dunno. It's definitely a breeze, enough to blow the cat hair around, but not enough to shake the curtains much. I'm wondering if just the cold air gradient between the window and the house is enough to do it, and i'm just so aware of it because my bed is pushed up against the window? (originally, I thought it was all from the cat door, so I closed that window, blocking the door, but it's still coming through the window opposite...)

Date: 2012-01-03 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ugh! That sounds really unpleasant for cold days. :(

Date: 2012-01-04 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Luckily, haven't had many of those this winter so far.

Date: 2012-01-03 08:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Hope things go well with the interview!

Interesting to hear your take on War Horse. I really want to see it because a) horsey story and b) war story and c) Steven Spielberg and that's a hard combination for me to resist. Sounds about like what I expect it to be.

Date: 2012-01-03 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks! I'm not holding my breath--these interviews are particularly awkward because a) the school doesn't select you to com visit, you have to arrange it yourself yet b) if you don't visit, they basically tell you that your chance of getting the position goes down to zero.

Yeah, I loved it (even though the review seems a little critical) it's... not realistic, but I don't think it's supposed to be. It's great storytelling, but definitely storytelling. Definitely recommend it.

Date: 2012-01-03 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck with the interview!

My house's windows suck. They also are drafty in the winter, and don't keep out the hot air in the summer. They are old, but still. It messes with my power bill.

Date: 2012-01-03 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Guh. Bad windows are so frustrating. Especially because there's no way to test them until you actually go through a season with them. At least I don't own this place.

When (if) I ever get a house, good windows are a high priority.

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