Last week was NOT good for me- had A LOT of ups and downs in mood! Of course, I’m still feeling bad re: not having a job. (But there are many ppl in this position, incl those who went to Ivies!) I’m applying for various F/T jobs and signing up w/ online tutoring agencies (for this summer).
My 1st priority is to complete my TESOL training assignments b/c I may go to China in September. (I didn’t want to go in August- what if I end up getting a English teaching job here? Hey, ya never know!) Yesterday, at the Starbucks in Old Town Alexandria, I saw a guy around my age studying books on Chinese verbs and grammar. Maybe he needs it for business or wants to teach abroad, too?
On the positive side… I can’t believe that I bought a swimsuit after MANY years! (The apt community where Dad and I live, there are several nice/newish pools. We had our own pool in our Tucson house, and I’ve missed swimming these past 10 yrs.) I got the Women’s Original Sport Tankini in black from Land’s End; this company sells conservative swimsuits. (It looks like a jogging outfit of tank top and shorts basically.) Land’s End has swim skirts and different colorful items, too. An Iranian-American lady I know has a “burkini” swimsuit w/o the head covering; it looks like a wetsuit, I believe. I think it’s GREAT to have more choices in swimwear these days!
It’s summer- the season for LOTS of weddings! A terrific Broadway, film, and TV actor (Harry Lennix) got married last week. Though he’s not a well-known actor, he does a GREAT job w/ his roles.
You can see his Shakesperean talent in Titus and his stereotype-busting gay intellectual in Spike Lee’s Get on the Bus. Plus he used to be a teacher in Chicago, his hometown. That’s cool!
Here is the announcement in the NYT weddings section:
Here are some of my recent iTunes downloads:
Already Gone – Sugarland
This duo just keeps getting better and better; they recently appeared on Oprah!
Anything Goes; How Many Times – Randy Houser
This singer began his career as a songwriter; recently he co-wrote Trace Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” w/ Jamey Johnson (see below). Letterman had Randy on his show to sing Anything Goes after being impressed w/ it from radio! His voice is PURE country- not like the pop type of country we’ve grown so used to hearning since the ’90s. His voice is a beautiful standout amidst the crowd of new country acts!
Give It Away – George Strait
George is STILL ruggedly handsome and putting out hit after hit!
I Run To You; Lookin’ for a Good Time – Lady Antebellum
A young/new/cute trio has GORGEOUS voices you must-hear!
The music video for Lookin’ for a Good Time:
Official web site:
Redneck Side of Me; That Lonesome Song – Jamey Johnson
The big/burly singer is a former Marine; he has written songs for George Strait, Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins, etc. His voice is VERY masculine and old-school country!
Whatever It Is – Zac Brown Band
I just heard about this grp a few weeks ago- boy, am I behind the times! They have an original sound. So glad that I have CMT (after a LONG time).