Holiday Activities on Track

It’s been almost two weeks since my last class of the semester, and I’ve already made a huge dent in my holiday fun plans. I’ve watched Hot in Cleveland, The Walking Dead, The Office (British version), and Avatar: The Last Airbender, and last night, while I was waiting on the lunar eclipse, I started re-watching the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. All of these have been great. Cleveland is hysterical, The Walking Dead is well-crafted and emotionally challenging, The Office is subtly hilarious and surprisingly human (in contrast to the watered-down U.S. version), and Avatar is incredibly and surprisingly funny, grown-up, and emotional. That’s two cartoons/anime shows I’ve seen in their entirety now (Avatar and Code Geass), and one that I’ve seen parts of and will go back to (Sailor Moon), and they are always unexpectedly well done. Anime gets a bad rap for being “emo” and childish, and even if it is emotional, it’s nothing short of adult, in my limited experience. Give these shows a shot, if you ever get a chance – at least a few episodes to get to the meat of the stories.

Out of the movies I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve watched A Christmas Story, 3 Ninjas, Christmas Vacation, Christine, and then several movies not on that list. I still have several to go but plenty of time.

In between watching TV and movies, I’ve been working, but it’s been a shit job. I’m done. Door-to-door sales/marketing, in Baltimore, is not for me. Maybe if I were someplace friendlier, like the Midwest, or just somewhere outside Baltimore, it would have been okay. So, back to the drawing board on the job front.

Although I’ve watched a lot, I haven’t done much reading yet. Yesterday, I started working on Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew collection again. I read “Nona.” Today, I plan to continue working on that collection (and then go back and read the first story in the book, the longest one: “The Mist,” which happens to have a fantastic movie adaptation, by the way, which usually doesn’t happen with Stephen King’s stories, for some reason).

Okay, I guess that’s it for now. Just an update on what I’ve been doing, how I’ve been spending/wasting my time. It feels good to be able to waste time. I’m excited for next semester (Literary Publications, a.k.a. bookmaking, and The Publishing Process), but this is a much-needed break from class.

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