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This Weekend Open Thread Is Going Back to School

It’s that time again.

My classes start on Tuesday, so this is my last week of freedom before I’m inundated with weekly readings, long papers, intellectual discussions, and endless self-doubt. So what am I doing? Dog-sitting for two adorable little knuckleheads and attempting to get ahead on my reading. I know, it might be too much to handle.

Animated gif from Harry Potter outtakes of Dumbledore dancing while Snape laughs. Gif flashes in red and blue and is captioned "Party Hard."

What are you up to, my dears?

By [E] Liza

PhD student. Knitter. Brooklynite. Long-distance dog mom. Reluctant cat lady. Majestic unicorn whose hair changes color with the wind.

72 replies on “This Weekend Open Thread Is Going Back to School”


Air NZ’s website is fucking amazing, ladies. Huge searchable activity directory has allowed me to pick and choose different day trip packages rather than just searching aimlessly for “Wtf do I want to do in Middle-Earth?”

So now I have an actual demo itinerary for Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch all based around day trips that hit all my must-haves: LOTR stuff, Maori stuff, and ecotourism. Nothing ‘real’ since our honeymoon isn’t til late 2014 but damn it feels good to have a plan.

Yes! Wait, aren’t you somewhere totally cool in Europe? We should set up an apartment swap. It could be winter there, I’m Canadian, European winter doesn’t bug me. I would PM you, but for some reason I don’t get notifications for PM’s or when someone responds to my comments even when I check the box. I should figure out why.

I don’t think we need anything done! We’re looking at like Dec 2014 over our Christmas break. I’mma list the day trips:

– Wellington LOTR location tour by bus
– Christchurch 2 day whale-watching and DOLPHIN SWIMMING (!!!!!) by boat
– Christchurch Mt. Sunday trip by bus
– Rotorua hangi show
– Rotorua zip lining
– Hobbiton set tour

We don’t need any ‘stuff’ since we’re not looking at buying a house btw now and wedding time, and we have everything we need in our apartment, so we’re thinking of doing a honeymoon registry. If that gets off the ground successfully, I really also want to go here: Awaroa lodge


Awww NZ is awesome:) If you’re into hiking I utterly recommend the Tongariro Crossing, it’s just one day but you’re walking across the volcanoes and the views are absolutely incredible. When I was there my hostel ran a bus to it from Lake Taupo.

oh man, I lived in NZ for a few years… Personally, I would say stuff the big-city (relatively speaking, for NZ) tourism. South Island is amazing (okay, both islands are amazing, but for real. South Island). Oooh, I miss it so much! @Frigg, if I had the funds I would take your apt in a hot minute.

Arrghh I know! Looking over the ‘stuff to do’, so many cool things are waaay in the South Island (Franz Josef, Queenstown things) but they’re not sufficiently high priorities for my LOTR-loving fiance.

Maybe we’ll rent a car and just bomb around bothering sheep for a couple of days out of Christchurch.

Wait! Don’t rent a car, do this instead:

it is totally legit. They did a big news story on it. The popular way to see NZ is to rent a self contained camper van and ‘freedom camp’ your way through the two islands. This inevitably means companies need camper vans driven back places. You rent the campervan for either $1 or $5 a day and drive it where they need it to go within a specified time frame. Most times ferry crossings and gas are included.

You can get one way flights within in NZ super cheap so you just hop a flight back. You can do Christchurch / Auckland, Christchurch – Nelson, etc. Lots of choice.

How long are you coming for?

Right now we’re budgeting for 10 days, hopefully all at hostels to keep costs down. The max we would come would be two weeks since it’s over our Christmas break from work.

So something like that.

This idea sounds FAB. PMaggers are the most helpful people on the internet.

Ugh.. I know that feeling oh too well. Write at least one page (then you’re 1/2 – 1/4 way done!) then do something really fun/worthwhile instead of just the mindless procrastination.

(said she who stayed up past 12 last night looking at craft projects instead of writing my own paper)

Mr. Nonsense shaved his hair off today. :( Yesterday it was in a pony tail and I already miss it. Every time I see him, I do a double take and remind myself it will grow back.

Damn, I think I’m more attached to his hair than mine. Lol.

In other news, we’re moving in a couple of weeks and it’s amazing how much shit I’ve accumulated over the years. De-cluttering has been amazing.

Is it wrong to be annoyed at a person (boyfriend, in this case) who has the flu? Here is my reasoning:

1) His “I don’t need to get the flu shot, I never get the flu” attitude. Which he STILL doesn’t agree is flawed even as he sits there miserable.
2) His claiming of the LIVING ROOM as his quarantine zone. He did it with good intentions so I could continue sleeping in the real bed, but now I have to walk through his germ air to get anywhere in the apartment. Not to mention there goes any chance I have of watching tv.

At least my apartment is benefiting from this situation- my kitchen and bathroom have been cleaned like never before, and all of our lightswitches and doorknobs have gotten lots of bleach-wipe attention.

It snowed pretty much all yesterday but nothing during the night or so far today – but there’s still about 2/3 inches on the ground. Selfishly speaking it hasn’t affected my buses or anything yet:) Venturing out in a bit in search of pubs showing the rugby soon, will be wearing snow boots anyway…

Snow boots are one of the wonders of the world. I have a pair of North Face Nuptse boots that I bought for a fantastic sale price and I’ve barely taken them off this winter. Our snow isn’t even lying on the ground, and fingers crossed it doesn’t get worse, since we’re meant to be travelling (and albeit relatively short distance) on Monday and I have no desire to change plans. Pub and rugby? An excellent way to stay warm!

Some coworkers suggested going to the public ice skating rink after work last night. It was… DISCO DJ NIGHT SKATE! With the exception of the fact that we were the only 6 people there over the age of 15, it was super awesome! The flashy lights, the awkwardness, the shitty music. That is definitely happening again, and maybe over time we can start to get enough people to raise the average age a little more.

Y’all, I have had the month of sorta-okay-but-mostly-failing.

I’m not homeless, at least, but things are half meh and half okay. But I started the month going full speed at the temp job (the first weekend everyone worked two full days, plus last week we had overtime every day). Which helps make up for a week of leaving early every damn day, and being sick early this week, but. Meh.

And, well, Fella apparently hasn’t been feeling that “spark” for a while. And only mentioned it last week. We’re not totally broken up but “taking a break” and, well, I’m not so happy about that.

I also fail at mailing things. Seriously fail. All of the fail.

Also, unrelated, but kind of justicey:

A group of knitting friends and I are reporting a grifter to Social Security. She’s on disability, uses medicaid for all kinds of doctor’s appointments (every week she’s looking for a new diagnosis), and most recently claimed to have set up a charity for which she is asking for cash and gift cards to buy supplies and cover transportation in a shoeboxes-for-poor-babbies collection and delivery effort. Huge amounts (the gift card wish list is $500-$5000 EACH), and delivered to her personally. There’s no accountability for said charity. And several months ago she mentioned convincing her husband to quit working and claim SSI/SSDI (I really don’t know which is which) so he can stay home and “take care of her”.

I kind of feel bad about how this will play out for her, but at the same time…There are SO many people who need SSI and SSDI and don’t/can’t get it (or are waiting forever). Hopefully she’ll at least get a serious “no, you can’t do this, if you keep trying to do this your benefits are gone” conversation. (I don’t *really* want her benefits cut off entirely, but she needs a serious reality check if she’s ignorant and a serious ass-kick if she’s intentionally conning the SSA and hundreds of well-meaning people on the internet.)

Urgh. It’s horrible when it feels like lots of things are going wrong at once. Feel free to vent here, and in the meantime have a fox on a trampoline (and a glass of wine or a hot bath or a good book whatever self-care thing you can do right now).

I just finished exam week at my school after two weeks back and its strange. I love this job though I’m terrified that I’m not doing enough or doing it right, but I do have a chance to do a check in with the head of school soon, so I’m putting together a semester report.

Its being a nice reminder of what I have done and I finally got up the nerve to submit something for the weekly newsletter put together by the school head that supervises me and isn’t good for my confidence. Life is full but I appreciate that I don’t have to go back to work until Thursday though I’m going to a school MLK celebration on Monday.

Oh and finally did some important moving paperwork that I should have done months ago, but this entire new job and move has been chaotic and stressful.

More hiding in the house today after another warmup/flash freeze. This weather is crazypants.

I’m gonna repeat my plea for info from the P-Magger whose Etsy store I bought a couple of things from: I think it was Sheena and haven’t seen any sign of it in the mail – Sheena, are you around? I could really use that knitting bag and necklace!

Anybody else watching the series finale of Fringe??

AHAHA. I figured something had come up, just worried that I’d missed them in the mail. The thing with no home delivery is that the post office here will keep it for a week and then toss it back to sender, and we were away for two weeks over Christmas so I was a little freaky-outy.

Excellent gif is excellent.

I watched the short that inspired that film after Guillermo del Toro was like, “this is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen”. The first minute or so I was all ‘pffff this isn’t scary. nothing is happening. hmm…what…well, this could be good, WHAT IS THAT!??I DON’T LIKE THIS!!!!’.

Basically the moral of the story is if Guillermo tells you it’s scary, it’s scary.
Link if anyone would like to not sleep tonight:

Ima spoiler this:

I was pretty freaked out until Mama actually showed up. Then I was disappointed. It looked so…odd…that I was no longer really all that scared by it.

Although to be fair, I had the sound turned down cause I don’t normally like to be scared by things. And I also prefer psychological horror.

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