Wednesday, May 10th, 2006 • 4 Comments on Here I Am
I’m alive and I survived my birthday. There was a bit of drama at the end of the night, mostly involving my poor dog, but things are improving by the day. A warning to pet owners: onions, raw or cooked, are toxic to dogs. I’m not sure how or why he ate onions, but it made for a scary few hours that night and an expensive trip to the vet yesterday morning. Poor Henry. Of course, he’s on a chicken and rice diet for a few days, so he’s not complaining.
My birthday cookout was more of a cookout/eat-in because of the lousy weather. Some of us made a valiant effort to withstand the drizzling rain and barely 60 degree temperature, but in the end it was just too nasty to stay outside. The extreme badminton tournament will have to wait for another weekend, I suppose. There are pictures forthcoming, as soon as I get them uploaded to my computer. I’ve been a bit preoccupied with the sick dog, the Asian American Lit class that started Monday night, the American Lit class which doesn’t start until next Tuesday but which is already generating e-mails and reading assignments, and trying to catch up on some much needed sleep.
The two literature classes I’m taking over the next six weeks will no doubt drive me to drink—or at least question why I’m taking classes over the summer. I’m already stressing because I have two oral presentations to do before the end of May. Despite my outspoken self-confidence on this blog (ha!), I hate, hate, hate speaking in front of people. I would rather do just about anything else than public speaking. I’m not horrible at it—in fact, I guess I do an okay job because people are always surprised when I say it makes me nervous to the point of nausea.
I wanted to take two classes this summer and by the end of June I’ll have six more credits on my transcript. I need to remind myself of that. Often. And, if that’s not enough to get me through, I’ll just start drinking before class.