And meanwhile, the "Phantom of the Opera" and "Gerard Butler" threads remained oases of snarky love and light until the end. Bless.
Back in the real world... I feel floppy. I think it's a physical reaction to yesterday's stress--I slept in this morning and when I woke up, was too limp to go to class. Seriously. I couldn't interact with people, I hadn't been able to do more than stare at the class reading, and I was having a little trouble typing earlier today. And I'm telling you, there were no pills or drugs or booze involved or anything. I think that I literally got so mad that it eventually turned into some kind of adrenaline high. Hell, maybe I needed it, because I haven't felt this calm in months. I feel absolutely centered. Case in point: [Hometown] had a massive power outage yesterday morning. It didn't last long, but something like 10,000 people were without power for a couple of hours. I didn't think anything of it at the time, but when I put a DVD into my player today, it wouldn't load. I turned it on and off, tried again... "Disc loading... loading... loading... No disc." I have a bad habit of leaving the player turned on, and since I can't get any DVDs to work, I'm thinking the outage fried my player.
Am I upset? Well, why would I be upset? There are a couple of other players in the house I can use, even if it's not in the convenience of my own room. Yeah, I'm on a tight deadline. So? Might do me some good to see the movie once and not have it three feet away to constantly replay and pick at. Yeah, I'm gonna have to replace the machine, and that's gonna cost money. But I had been wanting a new player, maybe universal, with room for multiple discs. It's a business expense; maybe I'll splurge. Mmm, pizza for dinner tonight. Seriously, that's the level of my brain right now. It's like I got all my mad for the next six months out. I feel stoned, and it feels good.
(Hey! I can play DVDs on my nice new[er] Betsy 2 computer. That'll work.)