This has been a week of doing just enough to keep up rather than diligently working ahead. After the frenetic pace of last week, including the weekend, I really needed what R&R time I could carve out of my schedule. I've lucked into a lot of cheap fun so I've been able to avoid dipping into my entertainment budget.
I gave my dad a four month subscription to Netflix for his birthday in January, and he's getting a lot of use out of it. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the watching movies online thing may be done on multiple computers (up to four in a year, though not more than two at a time on the plan I gave him), and my brother and I have been making our way through the first season of Heroes together. It's a good show for sibling bonding time, and it's gotten us through the writers' strike.
As I was chatting with one of the grad students while we both procrastinated on Tuesday, he brought up a series of books he's hooked on. I was intrigued, and he offered to lend me the first one. I devoured it Wednesday, and I finished the second book this evening. They are absolute junk, all about vampires and werewolves and not exactly spectacularly written, but they are mildly addictive. I thought I got the whole bad fantasy thing out of my system years ago, but it seems not. If he'll keep lending them to me, I'll keep reading them. Everyone needs a little fluff once in a while, right?
This weekend I'll probably take advantage of one of the perks of being on a college campus: free tickets to student performances. They'll be doing Plan Nine from Outer Space: The Musical, which should round out a somewhat geeky week of entertainment perfectly. I haven't seen the movie, but my dad and I have started making Ed Wood a Halloween tradition so I'm eager to find out what I've been missing.
So, you are welcome to mock me mercilessly for my entertainment choices this week, but not for overspending.