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Hey everyone! I rather liked staying on top of posting while I was away, so I thought I'd make an attempt at doing so now that I'm home. Every day isn't going to quite happen, but I can manage better than once a month. This past week has included a visit from my grandfather, a trip to the opera, a few hours at New York Comic Con, Sir Patrick Stewart live, and more!

Our trip back went very smoothly, with the exception that I woke up stupid early the day we left (4:30 AM Italy time, or 10:30 PM the night before NYC time), and so was sort of a zombie. Between that and the jet lag, I'm still recovering my sleep schedule, getting tired very early, and spending entire days rather drowsy. Anyway, the flight went excellently. I got to see three movies I had wanted to see, and all three exceeded my expectations. The A-Team and Alice in Wonderland were both awesome and good fun. I really loved Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, though I won't say more in case anyone reading this hasn't seen the movie. I also watched Prince of Persia which, given that I thought it would be awful, was actually watchable. I also had a strange moment just before we landed, when we hit some turbulence. Some of the people on the flight seemed pretty spooked, but I've always liked turbulence. But as my brain kept pondering this, I thought, anyway, even if the plane crashes, I've had a pretty good life. A bit short, but I'm not unhappy with it. In short, I realized that I wouldn't mind if I died. Which I still kinda feel. It's a really, really weird feeling, but I'm actually glad for it: I've worked pretty hard to live my life with the theory of, "If I died tomorrow, I wouldn't have any regrets." I think this thought means that I've pulled that off, and that makes me happy.

Anyway. No more deep shit this post. ;) I ended up managing to stay awake until 9 NYC time that night, which I was pretty proud of. I even drove home, which might have been dangerous. :)

Tues, Weds and Thurs of last week were spent working. I also did some craft-related type stuff, which as always I talk about over on the craft journal. Meanwhile, on Wednesday I had my first drum lesson of the fall semester, and right after that my car broke down, such that I wasn't able to pick my grand father up from the airport, which was a huge pain in the ass. On Friday morning, I took the car in to the shop, did some work in the morning, and then in the evening I met up with the family - my grandfather, his caretaker Antonia and her daughter Jovana (which I might be misspelling) for dinner, and then mom joined us and we went to see Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera. It was pretty wonderful. It's such a novelty to see something unmiked, just hear their real voices. The men in particular had wonderful voices. The main song that people would know from Rigoletto is "La donna e mobile," which is sung by the male love interest (of sorts), who had a lovely tenor. The costumes were really awesome, too, and the sets were some of the best I've seen in any show. I was glad that I got a chance to go, even if I did end up getting home after midnight.

The next morning (Saturday) I woke up stupidly early so that I could pick up the car and then go to New York Comic Con, but then I found out that the Con was sold out for Saturday - but not before I was already too awake to go the heck back to sleep. The result was that I spent Sat in an exhausted stupor, and went to bed at 8:30 PM. I did get a bunch more work done, though. After some pondering, I decided to try to go to Comic Con for a few hours there before meeting up with the family again to go to see "A Life in the Theater," which stars Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight (some guy from Grey's Anatomy). The con ended up being a lot of fun, though incredibly overwhelming - there were a zillion people there and the display rooms were huge. I could barely take in all of the different artists, and so decided not to. I spent most of my time hanging out with Echo Chernik and taking pictures of people in costumes. I'm not sorry I went, but I learned a valuable lesson - next year, pre-register and go for longer.

From there, I headed to the theater and met up with the family. The show was wonderful, funnier than other Mamet's that I've seen, and with some interesting, deep stuff about, well, life in the theater. And it's always awesome to see one of the "greats," especially when they're getting older and, well, you never know. Unfortunately, I had to head home right after that because of the dog...

Then, yesterday, I worked all morning, wrote most of this post, and then before I finished I met up with my brother and we went out to visit my dad and Paula. We hung out a bit, took in some fine fall colors at the highest point in NJ, got a delicious meal at Krave, and drove home through the tail end of a storm, and had trouble with parking.

And that's been the last week. It's been annoyingly busy, but at least I've gotten a lot done!
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