Who has one-third of a master's degree?

That's right, I do!!

Whew! I just finished my last two projects today. (I couldn't finish one of them until the computer labs opened back up yesterday). And now I am free, free, free! Also it means I can actually get on the plane in the morning and fly meself back across the pond to see darling baby Savannah and my NEW darling nephew Ethan who arrived yesterday and is just beautiful beautiful beautiful.

It feels really weird to be coming back though when I've only been gone a few months. I keep thinking, "Wait, this isn't right! I haven't transformed myself into a creature of intrigue and sophistication and a Madonna-ish accent yet! I don't even have a new wardrobe!" But the sad fact is that my meagre funds will buy me more clothes in Provo than they will in England, so I'll be doing some shopping next week. In fact, there is a whole list of things I will be doing in Provo next week, on account of how much cheaper it will be:

  1. Developing all my pictures (Bless the good people at Costco!)
  2. Buying a white dress shirt to replace the one that I turned grey in the washing machine (along with all my underwear) when I accidentally put a black sock in with my whites. This was when I was first dating WR, so I was trying to do the laundry really fast so I could get back to, um, stuff . . .
  3. Buying books to read on the plane ride, airport wait, plane ride, passport check, airport wait, train ride, train station wait, and train ride back to my England house. Airplane books are such tricky things, anyway. It has to be the right kind of book--just page-turny enough to be interesting but not enough to make you think too hard. And I don't like just buying the first piece of chick-lit cotton candy I come across, because what if it's rubbish and then I have a $10 book I'm never going to read again?
  4. Buying t-shirts for WR, because he says he wants some, and he will deserve them on account of he's driving me 3 hours to the airport tomorrow. I asked him what size he wears and he doesn't know. What size of Old Navy shirt do 6-foot-tall skinny men wear, usually? Anyone know?
  5. Looking for black heels. Right now I only have flats, which are comfortable but don't actually show my sexy calf muscles to their full advantage. And since those are the only sexy muscles I have, I should really be making use of that. Unfortunately, English shoes hate me and my feet and absolutely none of them fit. Or at least they don't fit my right food. And no, I don't want to talk about it. If I were smarter I would just chuck the high-heel idea because I still have scars on my feet from the last time I tried to wear high-heeled black dress shoes (September 25th). But maybe the scarring part was because they were crap from Payless Shoe Source.

Also there's a list of things I will be buying when I'm in UT because I can't buy them here

  1. The entire stock of Bath & Body Works who will be having their huge January sale
  2. Cajun seasonings for the cooking of Cajun Chicken Linguine
  3. Tomatilla for my Canadian classmate who is having Mexican food withdrawals
  4. Black beans, possibly, unless anyone in the UK knows where I might find some
  5. Reeses peanut butter cups
  6. More peanut butter
  7. More chocolate chips
  8. More cowbell
  9. Bisquick, for the cooking of Southern necessities
  10. Smucker's boysenberry syrup for Landlady J, because it turns out she really likes that stuff and she gave back half my rent for next week since I won't be here. So she can have whatever kind of syrup she wants.
  11. A duffel bag for the carrying of said items
Can anyone think of anything I'm leaving out? Anyway, must get to packing. Please cross your fingers that I survive the 10 hour 45 minute plane ride to Vegas without causing harm to myself or others. And I hope I will get to see some of you while I'm there!


FoxyJ said... [reply]

Woo hoo! I'm the first to comment today :) First of all, the 6 foot tall skinny guy that I know wears large t-shirts from Old Navy. He likes them a little more fitted (not baggy). And, I hope you have a fun long trip over here (if you haven't yet read Memoirs of a Geisha it's a good travelling sort of book).

Stupidramblings said... [reply]

Large or Extra large. Shirts I mean. From Old Navy.

I wear XL and I am 6' tall. I am probably a bit bigger than WR--if that gives you any reference--so I'm guessing L would be your best bet.

Although some women by their men M shirts because they want to see the muscles...

kristen said... [reply]

Yay for coming to Utah!! Best of luck on that long, long flight.

My brother is 6'5" and slender, and he usually wears an XL. But amen on the medium--muscles are good (if in fact the man has them)!

Sounds like you have a lot to do while you are here. I am so excited to see you. See ya soon :)

The Walrus said... [reply]

More cowbell? LOL Is this to do with Saturday Night Live?

Nemesis said... [reply]

Kay, I'm thinking Large then. Also we have no driers over here. I don't know if that matters with t-shirts. Thanks to Foxyj, Stupid, and Kristen.

Also, THANK YOU John for getting the cowbell joke! I was certain that StupidRamblings would have been the first to say something since he showed me the skit on his work computer.

edgy killer bunny said... [reply]

Hmm. I'm confused about all these skinny tall people buying larges. I'm a six foot skinny boy, and I buy mediums. Smalls if I can get away with the torso length. Then again, I don't generally shop Old Navy, so maybe they have a different sizing system.

And if you read Memoirs, as recommended per FoxyJ, you can then watch the movie, which is rather beautiful. (Having not read the book, I can't give it a comparitive value.)

Travel safely.

jaime said... [reply]

Yipee!! I am so glad that you are coming back to Utah. I can't wait to see you. Call me when you get into town. Also, I like your lists of things to do and/or buy while here. Another thing...I think that large is my vote for WR's t-shirt, but it is just a guess. Can't wait to see you!!!!

Stupidramblings said... [reply]

You know, I totally missed the "more cowbell" comment. I apologize. I've been such a fool.

(PS Math ACT Score: 32 Science: 31 English and usage: 29 Reading and Comprehension: 24. And that's how well I usually understand something the first time I read it...

Stupidramblings said... [reply]

And don't forget the other )...

PS word verification: 'cestpebw.' Isn't that French for "It's what's popular?"

Desmama said... [reply]

Don't listen to Edgy's advice on sizing as he can eat whatever he wants and somehow manages to lose weight (as he hovers over the chocolate bowl in our boss's office, snickering). But I'm not bitter. Just don't listen to him. Go with the L. I'm married to a 6'2" big boy and he goes with XL.

So glad you're coming back! I wish I were closer to that neck of the woods (and, incidentally, when did woods have necks anyway?) and we could have a lil' breakfast or something. Per'aps when you return for good later on this year . . . (You are returning, right?)

Lady Steed said... [reply]

my six foot tall skinny man wears medium size shirts, or rather when I buy him shirts I get medium, though he prefers large. He likes the "HELP! I'm drowning in too much clothing look!" However, we have never bought him anything from OLD Navy.

E said... [reply]

A new baby! That's awesome-- congratulations.

As for the shirt thing, large is a safe bet for the tall ones. Trust me, I sold men's clothes for three years.

daltongirl said... [reply]

May I add my advice on the shirt? I just shopped Old Navy for two 6'+ very skinny men, and got L. They're perfect.

Also, if you need to borrow books, you may. I just posted a short list of some I read recently.

And if you need me to drive you around to do all your shopping, just call. Savvymom won't be able to do it, right?

April said... [reply]

As long as you're picking up chocolatey snacks, try the Take 5 candybar. Best candybar ever!

And good luck finding the right chick lit book. Jennifer Crusie books are fast reads--not too much thinking involved.

Nemesis said... [reply]

EKB--I read Memoirs of a Geisha a few years ago, so I'm due for a reread. And I'll probably watch the movie just because it will look so pretty! (Also Yeoh, Gong, and Zhang are hot. You know, I've heard.)

Jaime, I will see you so soon!

Chuh. I guess I can accept your reasonings, Stupidrambling. Just don't miss the next joke that I put in there entirely for your benefit!

Hi Texmom, it's great to hear from you. I hope your cute li'l family is doing well. And since you are about the 12th person to vote Large, I'm going to go w/that!

Lady Steed, I don't think WR is as skinny as Th is, although you totally made me laugh when you described the look he tries to sport. :-)

Thanks E, (for the congratulations and the advice!) I'm hoping to put some pictures up of both baby and shirts in the next week.

Daltongirl, you're right, Savvymom won't be able to drive me around. My parents will, though! Only I do need to see you so you need to come over to "see the baby." Just make sure Savvymom thinks you're only there to see her, 'kay?

April, thanks for the recommendations! I read a Jennifer Cruise last year I think and enjoyed it--and I just bought "A Northern Light" for the plane ride back, which I just saw on your list!

Master Fob said... [reply]

I will withhold my shirt advice as you've already gotten plenty and mine would be exactly what Foxy J told you. I just want to know: When you get your master's, will you change your name to Master Nemesis or Mistress Nemesis?

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