my parents were here this weekend. it was awesome. i picked them up at the airport friday morning and we came back to my place and spent the afternoon just hanging around talking. they really liked my place and weren't too skeeved by the neighborhood, which was good. friday night we went to mr. crepe for dinner, and they loved that too--i wasn't sure at first if they were just saying they liked it when they didn't, but my mom said that right after she finished her apples & cinnamon crepe she was already thinking about what she'll get next time (something with turkey and monterey jack cheese) so i was all excited. that night we played yahtzee and tiles and it was fun.
saturday we got up reasonably early (or, my mom got up really early and i got up at 8:00, followed by my dad, then jorn, and then finally dann) and went to the aquarium. it was awesome too. i wasn't all excited at first (even though i got in for free), but after a while my feet were doing the happy excited dance. we saw puffer fish and an octopus and lots of rays and a few big turtles and sea lions and otters and seals, and they're getting the sea dragons exhibit in a few weeks so i'm going to go back with jorn for that. and we'll spend all the time we want watching the penguins, too. yay for rockhopping.
after the aquarium, mom and dad took jorn and i out to legal seafoods for lunch, and it was super ymmuy. we got two bowls of the lobster bisque soup to split, and a serving of the crab dip (which was fabulous, and i'm not the biggest crap dip fan), and i got coconut shrimp that were magnificent. then we booked it to get to the Otis House
before they closed, but we still had to rush a bit to see the whole house, and i couldn't show my mom the slide show like i had wanted to. but they'll be back in the spring sometime, and then i'll be able to give them the beacon hill walking tour too, and that'll be fun. saturday night we rented A Mighty Wind and they liked it, but not as much as Best in Show.
sunday we all slept in, and then i made scrambled eggs for breakfast and we sat around until the Eagles game came on at 1:00, then ordered pizza and watched the game till 3:30, when we left for the airport. i hugged them goodbye and went home and baked sugar cookies with dannbrown because i felt like it. and later last night i actually started working on poemy things. i read through my whole thesis, and really, there are chunks of it that are quite good (i have a bit of objectivity with it now, since i haven't even looked at the thing since may--six whole months). and i decided that i'm going to start sending out poems to magazines. it would be a disservice to myself if i didn't, i think. so i started looking at journals online last night and deciding where to submit. i was even starting to get excited.
in other news, my mom is now officially Highly Qualified to teach middle school language arts (she got her scores back from that test she had to take, because it's how she performs on a TEST that shows what kind of teacher she is, not her degree in teaching or years of experience or anything). but yeah, Highly Qualified. i, on the other hand, am not Highly Qualified to do anything. i'm not even Sort Of Qualified for much. this point was driven home to me once again this morning as i looked through the job ads on monster
. i wonder how the hell anyone gets a job doing anything. i used to think i was pretty highly qualified to do administrative work, but apparently not even for that, judging from the flurry of calls i get. there has to be something wrong with me. i mean, we're starting to get into the hundreds of resumes, here, with hardly any response. and i never heard back from Cell Press
. i guess they didn't like me that much after all. stupid cartoons.