Springtime in the City

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A well-read cat, an elevated ankle, and a dinosaur sock.

A very summery springtime kicked off last weekend. It’s been remarkably beautiful outside, aside from some dreary weather in the middle of the week. Don’t get me wrong. I love rain. I just love it less when I’m walking in it.

Last Monday, I started a new job proofreading, copywriting, and editing for a marketing agency called Medallion Retail. In the span of five work days it’s been quite rewarding, what with the feelings of satisfaction when I find a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it typo or get to try my hand at writing an event advertisement for an author’s book tour.

Working in the city (Chelsea specifically) means I get to explore a neighborhood that’s relatively new to me five days a week, and the exploration won’t get old in the foreseeable future. There are a myriad of shops and restaurants and men and women with contented dogs on leashes. Strangers (as is the case in my own neighborhood) say hello on rare occasion, and it’s just a really good place to be.

I’ve been reading almost excessively lately, if such a thing is possible. I just started Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, a much buzzed about novel involving something like reincarnation, but more like infinite chances to start over with the same existence. It’s hard to describe and I’m not sure I get it 67 pages in. But I’m having a fun time figuring it out. Aside from Ms. Atkinson, my affection for John Green and David Levithan is ever-growing, I’m currently waiting on six holds from the library (first up: the John Green-recommended The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon), and I’m rereading A Storm of Swords. You may or may not recall that this is my favorite book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and you almost certainly know that the current season of Game of Thrones covers the first half of this book. I’m reading it as a kind of refresher course, and also because it’s awesome.

As per usual, I’m keeping up on my stories, which is a goofy way to describe NBC Thursday night comedies and maybe an apt way to identify The Vampire Diaries. I’m looking at the archives here and realizing I’ve never really gotten into my affection for this show, and that seems like a story for another time. In short: this is a soapy show, but it’s also genuinely well written, well acted, and a lot of fun to watch. Also, Scott and I watched a few hours of Avatar: The Last Airbender over the weekend with some newcomers and fellow A:TLA fans, and I was reminded that I will never stop loving that show. (Oh, can’t forget this: played Dominion for the first time in ages with friends, and boy, did I miss board game nights.)

And that’s about the gist of it for now. My parents are visiting at the end of the month, and a full report will follow. Stay tuned, or something like that.