I was in the kitchen microwaving some porridge from breakfast because I didn’t feel like cooking anything this morning. While the food was heating I quickly did last night’s dishes. The microwave finished cooking the porridge before I was done with the dishes so it kept beeping at me to let me know it was done. After the second beep I said, “I know! I’m coming. Hold your horses!”
I TALKED to the MICROWAVE. Things are getting weird around here.
I went to my friend’s house last night for an in-house concert to celebrate her grand piano which she bought back in August. She is an amazingly talented pianist and a really beautiful composer. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again….if you love piano music, go to iTunes and download her CD, Wandering Soul. It’s beautiful and inspiring and relaxing. I listen to it quite often when I’m trying to get some writing done.
So socializing at the concert was nice. I had a glass of wine in hand and milled about with a half eaten carrot stick for a bit until I realized I didn’t want the carrot and that it was weird to be walking around with it in my hand. I chit-chatted with a few people before the concert started and it was all very nice and grown up.
And then I had this conversation….
Me: Hello. My name is Leah.
Him: Hi, I’m Ben.
Me: How do you know Rachel?
Him: I’m a piano composer as well.
Me: Awesome! Oh! Are you the David who lives ionCyprus that she’s going to work with in a few months?
Him: No. My name is Ben.
Me: Do you live on Cyprus?
Him: No. That’s David.
Then we slowly moved away from each other and I went to pick up a carrot stick that I didn’t even want to eat in order to give myself something to do.
But overall, the concert was good and my social awkwardness was mostly held at bay. I sat next to a really nice and chatty couple. She’s a Kiwi and he’s from Brazil. And she and I made friends. And she has convinced me to get a cat. Because she said she will watch it for me when I go home to Texas.
But now that I’m thinking about it I don’t know if getting a cat at this moment is a good idea because I want a kitten. And the kitten would only be with me for a little while before I handed it over to another person for a month while I’m away. I don’t want that kitten to get confused about who it’s supposed to love.
But man….I really want something to snuggle with. And talking to a kitten would be a little bit more normal than talking to a microwave, right? At least a kitten has a heartbeat.
Before I go I’ll leave you with this interesting little NZ fact……New Zealand holds the Guiness Book World Record for the longest place name in the world. The name has 85 freaking letters in it!
Imagine what a pain in the ass it would be to send mail there.
Another interesting fact….more people die in a year in New Zealand from playing lawn bowls than from scuba diving. I’ll be staying away from that game.
I found these facts in an article called “69 Facts About New Zealand That Will Blow Your Mind”….and yes I picked that article over the others because it had the number 69 in it which made me giggle because I am SUPER mature.
The #20 fact read “Auckland is one of the most affordable cities to live in in the world.”
This fact is complete bullshit. Auckland is one of THE MOST expensive cities in the world to buy a house in and is ranked the 16th most expensive city to live in in the world.
I’m not sure I believe that lawn bowls fact anymore.
Okay…I just had to add this one last fact because it’s crazy. And I verified it through other interwebs sources so it’s got to be true….
42. Rugby player Wayne Shelford got his scrotum ripped open mid-game in a bad tackle. He was taken off the field with one testicle LITERALLY hanging out, got stitched up on the bench and continued the game.
Reminds me of that dude who got a tooth knocked out during Tom’s basketball game and didn’t even care. Man, Kiwis are tough.
Okay, I’m off to do grocery shopping and look at kittens at the pet shop….