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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Great news! I was not called in last night, so I had a full night's sleep, although I did wake briefly at around 3 or 4 a.m. just to double-check that the pager did not go off. I knew that it didn't, because I cannot possibly sleep through alarm sounds. In fact! So yesterday when I was in the Spiritual Care office, working on the bulletin for Sister Janice's memorial service and all of a sudden, that Cingular ringtone went off. I have no idea how to find that ringtone sound, but suffice it to say it is possibly one of the most grating sounds I've ever heard in my life. It doesn't help that it's the standard alarm that I use for my cell phone alarm clock. I don't use the alarm clock all the time, but I do use it when I housesit or whatever and, not being a morning person in the slightest, that sound is officially the last sound I want to hear in the morning, so I usually frantically search for the blaring phone with my eyes closed in order to turn off that ringtone as soon as I can.

SO. Imagine, if you will, me sitting in the Spiritual Care office at the hospital yesterday. I'm typing away on my laptop, designing the bulletin for the Sister's memorial service and, all of a sudden, I hear that sound. I writhed around in my chair like a caged animal acting upon instinct, trying to figure out where my phone was so that I could turn off the alarm and go back to bed. And then I realized - I was neither asleep, nor was the ringtone eminating from my phone. I felt pretty silly after I realized what was happening. Funny how certain sounds get to you.

Anyway, so I slept in this morning until almost 9 and then lounged around for awhile, wheeling and dealing on email, trying to finalize certain projects. Scary side note: I now have 54 emails in my gmail account (54!). That is nowhere near email nirvana, and I have a feeling that email nirvana will never be an accomplishment of mine. Back on track: so Joey and I went over to Insomniac to sign up for softball for the winter league and then ended up going out to the longest lunch ever. After that I was going to photocopy some stuff at church, but was turned away because the photocopier was in use. So, I went to the bookstore and looked at a CSS book and then caught a late-afternoon movie, Lars and the Real Girl, which I really, really liked. It's funny in some parts because of the awkward nature of the situation, but in other parts it is really, really sad. I really liked it and recommend it, even if their show of the Lutheran church is a little hokey.

Jenny & TraceyTomorrow I have to pack for Pittsburgh so that I can hang out with Tracey for the weekend! I'm not excited about packing, as it is one of my least favorite things to do, but I am really, really excited to see Tracey. We talked for over an hour tonight on the phone, and hardly at all about the practicalities about me coming there. We have too much else to talk about than that stuff. We'll likely spend our time talking, drinking wine, and indulging in certain TV shows that are our faves. Tracey put it well to one of her parishioners - we're not the sort of friends where everything has to be all worked out and there has to be an agenda of activities. I like that, and am looking forward to my visit.

Incidentally, that photo was taken on my last full day in Princeton (sitting on the chapel steps with Tracey, as per our usual occurrence). There are things about Princeton that I really do miss with all my heart. Looking at photos from Princeton tonight made me think a lot about that.

- Jenny, 11/06/2007 11:29:00 PM

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