I'm at work a little earlier today because I have to do my monthly department inspections which take about an hour to do. And of course, they (meaning the big bosses / schedulers) don't schedule any extra "help" to cover my shifts - so either I will get to leave an hour earlier *crosses fingers* or I will have to stay my ordinary shift and get an hour OT. The OT is not bad; I just prefer to go home earlier.
The affiliate university (not my alma mater) has a Spanish language/culture class that will be spending three weeks in Spain in late July / early August that I am thinking about enrolling into. Naturally, I would have to use my vacation time to take the class, but I will have to see if my bosses will allow it. There is a small possibility that I would be reimbursed (if I pass the class with a 'C', I think) for educational credits, but even if I don't, it might just be worth it. To learn Spanish (God, my Spanish is really rusty - non-existent; I think the last time I took it, they had 'ch' and 'll' as part of the alphabet - but I heard they took those consonants out, and only left 'n' (with the tildy - aka 'enye') in.) and to explore Spain too. That's like having my cake and eating it too!
I guess you can tell that I like to do 'stuff' on my vacation(s). I'm not the type just to go the beach and waste a week sunbathing (besides, I burn easily which is another story). I like to explore and learn the history of a place. I'm not really physically-fit, but I do like to walk and walking is a big part of touring (usually).
On to other stuff, I am cleaning out my email inbox. Mainly sorting/compressing the H_E votes/comments from my app. Nothing major in that respect, but it does seg-way into my next topic...
If you are a new applicant for H_E, I would suggest getting more than one sponsor. I had only one sponsor, and though her comments were useful, later - during the sorting process - it seemed like her view didn't encompass the general population. Of course, that is only natural - she is only one person. That is why I suggest getting maybe two or three sponsors; that way, you can receive more feedback and fine-tune your application accordingly. The main complaint of my own app was that it was too short, but the thing is - my sponsor said it was fine because I said a lot without saying a lot (if that makes sense). But not all readers can pick up on the subtleties of that. Of course, she didn't say it sounded like a dissertation either - but that would be my 'fault' for not putting enough of my 'personality' into it. (As I said before, I took the app like a test. And usually whenever I am first introduced to something, I err on the side of caution and approach it analytically.)
As for the Hufflepuffs, they are a cool bunch. :) If given the choice now (to switch houses), I don't think I would. It's the loyalty in me. They accepted me (even if some think they stole me from the Ravenclaws) but that is enough for me. Until they turn into back-stabbers and liars (which is really really doubtful), I will stay with them.
-of course, I think the other houses can be loyal too, but that's just another rant in another post-
On one app, someone associated "curiosity" as a Ravenclaw trait. I never thought about it like that... and I do agree. Nevermind the fact that the applicant (who is 13, I think) reminds me of a younger me... but I think curiosity is a good description for Ravenclaw. Maybe that's why I associate(d) more with Ravenclaw in the beginning. When I was younger, I was incredibly curious. But with time - I realize(d) that not a lot of people are open, that a lot of people do not like being asked questions, that 'curiosity killed the cat'... so that's why my curiosity is now curbed. So I don't associate being "curious" as one of my positive or negative traits. I think, with time, the applicant might find out the same things as I learned in my past. If she is lucky, her curiosity will not hurt her or anyone she doesn't mean to intentionally hurt.
Onto HH, I am happy that I was introduced to this low-key community. No stress. No pressure (unless it's pressure I put on myself). And it's nice being in the 'intro'/beginning of a 'newer' comm. Helping it get on its feet.
Same goes with CS. That comm looks like it could be fun. :)
As for fic-writing, that is where I put pressure on myself. A couple are due in about two weeks and I haven't even started... I put a couple things on my 'to-do' list, but honestly, I rarely even look at my 'to-do' list. It's like me + a daily planner = no results. Maybe that's because I have an internal daily planner in my brain and I don't rely on a paper one (or even a palm one)...
Which then reminds me that I have to update my Palm. Now that I have DSL, I should be able to download a couple programs that I need (work-related).
I was going to say more... but I think I rambled on long enough. I gotta keep some of the 'good stuff' (er... thoughts) for tomorrow or else I'll have nothing left to say. ;)