A week of chaos in the midst of peace

This week was probably one of the craziest work weeks I have had in a long time, but for some reason it wasn’t bad. I made a pretty big mistake at work which resulted in one of our guys having to work extra. I felt really bad about it. It was an oversight on my part that could have been prevented. If I only read things over more carefully a lot of extra work could have been prevented.

Speaking of reading, I am part of this book club my friend started, where we all read (at least) 13 books for 2013. I am on book #4, which is The Saint in New York but Leslie Charteris. I ever heard of the series before but noticed Shosanna Dreyfus reading it in the cafe in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” I was curious why Tarantino chose that book for that particular scene. The book is out of print but I was able to find it at a used book store here. The book is amazing so far. Apparently it was a series. The main character, Simon Templar, might remind people of Thomas Crown or James Bond. To me, he’s a bad ass Scarlet Pimpernel. I believe the film “The Saint” with Val Kilmer is loosely based on it. I just started it but can hardly wait to finish reading it.

This month is going to be a lot of fun because three of my friends (Joey, Jess, and Alix) will be visiting from Seattle. I do miss my friends back home a lot, but don’t really miss the city itself. I love it here in Brooklyn. Some of my friends have asked me if I thought about moving back to Seattle, but I’m not sure. Maybe if I settled down there, but that’s not on my mind right now. I really could see myself living in New York for a while, if not forever. New York is a city, but it is also its own world.

We got Coachella tickets! I can’t decide if I’m super excited about the lineup or disappoint. Honestly, I don’t really care. I went for the first time last year and really had a blast, so I imagine this year will be the same. Really looking forward to seeing Jurassic 5 live for the first time though. The only thing that would make Coachella better is if my friends would go. It’s expensive so I can’t really fault them for NOT going—totally understandable. I guess I’ll take the opportunity to try to make new friends out there.

The coolest gift I received recently was a second generation iPod from my friend Otis. It was so generous of him. I scoped out the playlist and there was a ton of late-90s R&B and slow jams. It makes me laugh because I probably had those on my old iPods as well. I think I’ll keep the music as it is instead of syncing it.

For most people, this week would have been stressful. I didn’t feel stressed though. For me, getting stressed about a situation doesn’t help it, so I tried to not to let it get to me. There is a military term called situational awareness, which I love so much. It reminds me to assess what is actually happening as opposed to how I feel how something is happening.