I don't get flowers. I mean obviously I don't get flowers since A) I'm not in a relationship and B ) even if I were I don't think guys recieve them that often. However, by "get" I didn't mean "recieve"; I actually meant "understand". I don't understand flowers. Oh, I get that society has attached a special significance to their reception from that special someone, and as such I would be thoroughly delighted to recieve flowers from a boyfriend. Yet, all of the pleasure would be derived from the "thought" and not actually anything intrinsically about the flowers themselves.
I'm hardly a "practical" kind of person, I mean perhaps to some extent, but I definitely don't have a problem with the light and frivolous things in life. In fact quite literally the frosting is my favorite part of a cake. "Austere" is just not an adjective you would apply to me. So you'd think something "pretty" and thoroughly "decorative" would indeed delight me. But no. I like nature; I like to see flowers in their natural environment, but I don't find it that appealing to cut them down, slap them in a vase of water, and leave them out on my table until they've wilted. So Friday when I stumbled upon long stem ARTICHOKES at the produce stand (Wow I really love that place!), I was completely amused. I mean here it is almost Valentine's day and they're selling "long stem artichokes". Now there's a gift that would make my day/week if I recieved them from someone special. 1) They're delicious, and one of my all time favourite foods 2)They're the perfect parody of the "long stem roses" 3) They actually show much more thought and would be much sweeter when given to me than would the roses (considering my great affection for artichokes and my general indifference toward roses). But of course no one's going to be buying them for me this Valentine's day. So I bought a few myself. Oh well maybe next year right?
Anyway onto the whole Valentine's day topic. I'm quite looking forward to it! I'm going to thumb my nose at Valentine's day this year. I'm going to do some of the "traditional" stuff, ALONE, and I'm going to enjoy it! I'm going to come home from work around 5:00pm. Get in a nice, hot, bubble bath (with moiturizing bath beeds ). Sit and soak for awhile, shave, wash my hair, and exfoliate - all the while enjoying a favourite CD. Then I'm going to get out and dry off with my favourite towel (yes I have a favourite towel; leave me alone!), then I'm going to rub lotion all over, then I'm going to fix my hair, then I'm going to get really dressed up. Then I'm headed over to a nearby city, where I plan to eat in a restaurant I've never been, and then shop for awhile in a store I've never been to. Then I think I'm going to hit a gay club or two. I mean there's no point really. I don't want anything "casual", and I'd really be hesistant to get into a relationship with only 3 months until I move, but I think a little flirting will be fun. Anyway that's my plans for this Valentine's day.
As for Latin, well I took the test. I got an 89.5 (highest B possible) which completely pleased and satisfied me, BUT I do think my prof. was disappointed. He put this question mark by my grade, I could just imagine him shaking his head and saying "tsk, tsk" while he did it. But oh well, I mean a B isn't THAT disappointing, heck it was quite a pleasent grade as far as I was concerned.
As far as Spanish, well I'm rather pleased with that. I got off to several "false starts" with it as I struggled to find the right program and regimen but now I really seem be moving along nicely. First I bought this audio course with 12 CDs and an accompanying book, which seemed pretty good but I didn't like the choices of words and phrases they were focusing on first, and it was too difficult to keep rewinding it "just a bit" to rehear something. So I returned that, and started looking for stuff online. I tried several "sample" things but didn't really find anything that promising. I think what I'm looking for is something specifically for the computer that would be an interactive program. Not just something which followed a set script but would adjust itself according to me, and something that would "quiz me". I also DID want something that had a book. So I wanted something that was audio, visual, and interactive. I also wanted something extremely comprehensive. Couldn't find this. So I ended up just checking out a bunch of stuff from the library. I got ALOT of books, some on grammer, some on useful phrases, some that look like actual spanish textbooks, and various "specialty books"; specifically about nouns or verbs or whatever. I also got several short Spanish audio courses. Anyway I definitely feel like I have enough material to keep me busy. I've also been practicing with two of my bilingual co-workers - which realy is helping the most, I mean after all what could be more "interactive" than an actual person. Anyway all in all I'd say it's going pretty well.
Anyway I'm now going to go and have a nice hot bath and dye my hair a rather lively (though still humanly possible) shade of red. I thought it would be fun for Valentine's Day. Besides this is the longest I've had it its natural colour in the last 3 or 4 years, so I was bound to get bored with it eventually. On the other hand it's starting to grow on me, it seems I even have natural highlights......unless that's just still left from before, but I don't think so....but maybe I guess......uhh anyway, won't matter, all gonna be red soon
Take care everyone and have a truly teriffic and awesome day! I hope everyone with a S.O. has a really amazing and romantic V-Day, and bonds even more. Everyone without a S.O. I hope you all have a great V-Day anyway and don't let it bring you down!