I haven't blogged in forever. Sorry about that.
I would say I've been busy, but I'm sure you already know that. Busyness is my natural state of being.
What have I done? So many things! Joe and I went to see Lorde again. We wanted a Lorde do-over, since her show at the Cosmopolitan last spring was amazing, but the crowd was terrible. This time it was at the Hard Rock, and it was much better. We were fairly close to the front (good gracious pre-teen music fans need to calm down), and the staging was far more elaborate this time, which I enjoyed. I wish I were as cool as Lorde. I will never be as cool as Lorde.
I have been making some rock climbing progress! A bit. I've climbed a few 5.9- routes, and I've fallen off a few 5.9s, which is better than nothing. I need to make my core muscles stronger if I'm going to progress. I know this, and yet it is extremely difficult for me to make myself exercise when I'm aware that I'm doing exercise. Does anyone know how to trick oneself into a strong core workout? Zumba/dance isn't cutting it.
I organized another trip to the Pioneer Saloon (everyone's favorite 100-year-old-middle-of-the-desert-cowboy/biker-bar) for karaoke. It was a grand success. Many of the first year MFAs joined us, which was delightful. Still trying to get to know them better. I sang some of my standards, but I pulled out "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as well, which I forgot I could sing. Hadn't done that one since Chicago.
The other day Lulu, Joe, Shaun, Shaun's friend Katie, and I all went to the Las Vegas Renaissance Faire. Yes, Las Vegas does have a Renaissance Faire--but it's only for one weekend a year. I don't understand why The Excalibur is not a year-round Renaissance Faire casino, but what can you do? Lulu used to do Madrigals in high school, so she had two period dresses that we wore. I've always wanted to do that. We saw a joust. We paid a dollar to have Shaun flogged. A good time was had by all.
We've had some terribly exciting D&D games lately. Too much has happened to summarize here, but there's been a great balance of battles and role-playing. Often it's too much of one or the other. Austin and Shaun's characters had a big fight. We battled a level-9 Charnel Cinderhouse and won, which was impressive considering that our party consists of one level-7 character, two level-6 characters, and two level-5 characters. We should have died. Actually, Austin's character did die, but we convinced a priest of Bahamut to bring him back to life, so it all worked out. Sort of.
I've been doing lots of school work and teaching and part-time work, too, if you can believe it. Students just turned in their second writing project, so that means I'm stuck grading this weekend. Ugh. But the Vegas Valley Book Festival is also this weekend, which should be fun. Aimee Bender is coming.
One thing I most certainly haven't been doing enough of? Writing. Going to attempt to remedy that this week. I must, not only because it's what I want to be doing, but also because I have to submit to workshop again at the end of October and right now I can't think of a single piece that's submission-worthy. Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the reason I moved here in the first place.
Just so you know, I am feeling a little better than I was the last time I wrote. My friends have had my back--Vegas friends and Chicago friends alike--and that has made all the difference. Not that all my problems are solved, but I feel somewhat more hopeful. I truly do not know how I would survive without all of you.
Alright, enough with the sappy stuff. I have to read a 300-page novel by Wednesday! I have read...16 pages. This isn't looking good. Wish me luck.