Yay! It’s summer break! WOOO! It’s so nice to sleep late (6:00 AM), goof off (wash dishes), and dress however I want (I’ve been wearing the same shirt since Saturday evening).

But I’ve also been super-productive! In the last 24 hours, I’ve done the following:

  • Cleaned all the crap off my desk and stash school stuff down in the basement
  • Cleaned out my email inbox (150+ messages, about 2/3 spam)
  • Read all the most interesting things on my GoogleReader (esp. The Oatmeal’s Justin Bieber Quiz)
  • Updated AidEastTimor with info about the medical ship that will be in East Timor. (Contact your Congressional representatives so doctors can do heart surgery on it and save lives!)
  • Badgered people at Feingold’s and Baldwin’s offices about the above East Timor issue, not to mention Dr. Dan’s visit
  • Washed the dishes

Woo! First real day of summer! Let the good times roll! But — lest you think my summer will just be cleaning and web work — I also plan to do the following things in the next 2.5 months:

  1. Nothing. I will spend one week moving as little as possible, not reading emails or helping anyone with anything.
  2. Mass Effect 2. I’ve been waiting to have a big block of time to tackle BioWare’s latest. I’ve finally recovered from DragonAge‘s excruciating final battles, and I’m ready to bring Commander Shepard out of retirement.
  3. Transmutation: Second Draft. I spent five years doing the first draft of my fourth novel; now I need to spend five weeks doing the second draft. I’m blocking off July for this.
  4. Visiting My Father-In-Law. My wife and I will be driving out to New Jersey to see her dad. Also we’ll be transporting some stuff back here to Madison.
  5. More Nothing. I’m always teetering on the edge of cataclysmic insanity by the end of the school year. I need to spend plenty of time resting and being inactive in order to regain my sanity.
  6. Exercising? Maybe? I’m always so tired by the end of the school day, so exercise always seems like a really bad idea. But I clearly need to get more exercise, so the hope is that I’ll be more willing now that school is out.
  7. Finish Reading — And Then Play — Metro 2033. I’ve been reading this Russian post-apocalyptic novel, on which the video game is based. Once I finish the book (only 150 pages left), I can get the game and play it.
  8. Get Pei to FA. For months I’ve been working bit by bit to improve the Wikipedia article on Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei. It’s been reviewed and re-reviewed, and I think we’re nearly ready to nominate it as a Featured Article.
  9. Sleep. I’m going to sleep the sleep out of some sleep, as my buddy Paul used to say. No classes, no stress, no waking up at 4:00 AM every day. Hurray!
  10. Watch the World Cup. The US is going down. We’re going to lose to Slovenia or Algeria, or both. We drew with England, which I still can’t believe. Goooo Cameroon!

Okay, enough of this activity and work. Time to play some video games! (Oh yeah — awesome sunflower pic from SocksOff.)


Stadium Status from Internets Celebrities on Vimeo. Good stuff!

Today I’m listening to: A compilation of Fugazi conversing with audiences. Logic + Angry punks = WIN!