Thursday, June 18, 2009

flat tire!

Today I had an least, that's one way of putting it. I just got hired at a new job (doing market research over the phone, oh boy...fortunately, I only plan to work there until school starts. I think I can take just about anything for 2 months), and today I was there for training. Halfway through the day, the lady training us got a note that there was a gold Malibu in the parking lot with a flat tire. Uh oh...

I was very surprised by this news, due to the fact that I had driven to work with no problem or sign of having a flat. I also had basically no idea what to do! Normally I would call my dad for a problem like that, but my parents are out of town (for my grandma's 90th birthday, which is this Sunday). Thomas's dad is also out of town, in France, and his mother is out east somewhere. I couldn't get ahold of Thomas because he was subbing at the middle school today as a para, and when I called the school and asked to speak to him, whoever it was that answered said probably not because paras move around the school all day and they weren't sure where he was. It was incredibly frustrating. Fortunately, my little brother Johnny was able to come pick me up. The only other option I had left was walking to my parents' house and comandeering their van. I left the car there because I am absolutely clueless when it comes to cars and wouldn't know the first thing about changing a tire.

When Thomas got off work, we went and got his friend Brian, who actually has changed a tire before, and the two of them put on the spare tire and got the flat one patched. Apparently it had a piece of glass stuck in it. I am so glad that we were able to get it taken care of and didn't have to buy a new tire. And now we actually have experience changing one, so hopefully the next time it happens we'll be able to take care of it.
2 days til Thomas leaves. Sadness!

Friday, June 12, 2009

rilla, fighting irish

Today I finished reading the Anne of Green Gables books for the zillioneth time. They just never get old to me. I read them for the first time in high school and it always makes me a little bit sad that I didn't read them when I was little so I would have had that much longer to enjoy them. The last book in the series, Rilla of Ingleside, is possibly my favorite. It takes place during World War I and it is just such a sad, beautiful book! I cry and cry through the whole thing. Rereading them reminded me of one of my favorite quotes, from Oscar Wilde: "If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."

There is only about a week left until Thomas leaves for Notre Dame. I am going to be so sad to see him go! We have had a beautiful summer together so far, and I am going to miss him terribly. I will fortunately have plenty to keep me busy, between a job, getting as much as possible done on my master's thesis, and working out... Hopefully the time will go by quickly!