+ (5)Cinq Choses + Vendredi/Samedi + 30/01 Septembre/Octobre + 2011 +
- I dropped out of school. Such a sad, and disheartening blow of a thing to do. After much deliberation and the buying of textbooks I am currently not a student. I called Financial Aid and the helpful person on the other end (this is not sarcastic, they seemed genuinely sad and tried to be supportive of my decision) told me I could use the dispersement meant for this term and split it up between Winter and Spring terms, but there is an air of defeat around me now. And I will probably just wait the year and go in the fall when I am an official resident, but it’s nice to know I have the option of Winter/Spring, as it might give me the semblance that my whole plan of moving up here to be a student is not completely in vain.
- I met up with Katie Z. for coffee, who has a great androgynous style about her that she pulls off nicely and that I appreciate and admire. Katie is funny, and so, so awkward, but she is kind and warm and gracious. While we were sitting in the sun, a bee flew into her coffee. It was kind of sad.
- I met Elizabeth at the North Portland Library after she got out of her yoga class, where I returned some books and printed out a copy of resume draft #324. We walked around for a while, sitting by the fountain at Peninsula Park and lamenting about the changes of plans that we weren’t counting on. My failure to be back in school, her failure to be back in Nicaragua, we are both running out of money. Our failures and then our blessings, where we both admit to good fortune, and know that things will always work out in the end. We walked some more, and then ended up at a little utilitarian playing field on the corner of Kerby and Alberta. We sat on her yoga mat that she had been carrying around because the grass was a little wet. Lucifer rolled in the grass, rolled and rolled, snorting and scratching and blissing out so hard. He is captivating when he does this. It really might be my favorite thing that he does right now (other examples are when he “makes his bed” by scratching at rugs or carpets, and what I call his “dinosaur noises” that he only started doing in the last couple of years). Elizabeth started going though her phone and suggesting networks of people she knows about for potential jobs. It was very encouraging, as she seems in the know about a lot, and has a lot of hustle with a lot of people. I’m moving the rest of my stuff this weekend, and Elizabeth offered to help me with the big stuff, so we will do that tomorrow and then go to Portland’s Greek Festival, drink beer, and eat spanakopita and those little deep fried bread balls drenched in honey, and it will be good and rewarding. It’s the little things.
- Seeing as how it was Meredith’s birthday, I was happy to see her feeling so much better then she has been all week with her bunk back. Earlier in the day they drove out to Lake Oswego to buy some gluten-free cupcakes for the birthday times. She split up the four that they had bought and we all shared, my favorite being one called “Hot Chocolate”, followed by the lemon-raspberry. Jeremy and Sam both were eating the Mexican chocolate one, and Jeremy kept making an amazing/confusing face. “What’s wrong?” I asked, “is it gross?” “Oh, that is his face of approval,” Meredith informed me, and Jeremy nodded emphatically with crumbs falling out of his mouth. Then they were off to a different birthday party, just like that. Sam was going to a party also, and he wore a suit. He looked amazing. Damn, that man is handsome.
- I went to Katie Z’s house for Evan’s birthday party. I didn’t really know anyone there except for Katie, but it was okay and I do alright mingling. I was planning on not staying too late, but after a couple of hours I had met some really nice folks, and two other ladies named Mary which doesn’t happen too often, though Mary and I discussed that old lady names are making a comeback. Mary is also a twin, and we ended up discussing twin experiences with another lady (whose name has left me) who is the older sister of twins. Me personally, I am not a twin, so I can’t even pretend to know anything really. Katie, Evan and I all danced to John Maus and the Rolling Stones “Emotional Rescue” which was great fun. THEN! In true form, I decided then and there that that was the crux of the night and therefore it was time to leave. So I did, just like that.
-posted by Mary