One perk of being paid so poorly is that I haven't really lost money in our dying economy. One advantage of having a job that comes with so little status is that I get to keep it, since no one else wants it. And one benefit of working my tail off for eleven months out of the year is that I get one full month in which I don't have to work.
[What's that? Summer vacation, you say? Let's talk when I'm not attending workshops or planning sessions, taking graduate classes to maintain my certification, or paying through the nose to take tests that tell me whether or not I'm highly qualified, mmmkay?]
Anyway, on account of I am so very deserving, I am giving myself the gift of Italy.
I'm going to be living it up for two weeks in the land of the Caesars, the popes, and a whole mess of pasta. While I'm there, I am going to gesture with my hands a lot, drink a bunch of wine,
And when I come back, I'm going to start all my stories with "Picture it, Venice/Sorrento/Orvieto, 2009 ..."
I will list some highlights of my itinerary here, with the sole purpose of making you jealous:
Venice - I'm sort of "eh" about Venice. I'm sure it will be beautiful, but I've heard the huge amount of water makes it very mosquito-friendly. Also mosquito-friendly? MY BLOOD. I swear they search me out on purpose. Still, I saw this episode of The Amazing Race one time where the Fast Forward was to perform with a commedia dell'arte troupe. I could do that and, in fact, I hope I DO. This is the first of many NERD ALERTs.
Padua - Why am I excited about going to Padua? Der, it's the setting for The Taming of the Shrew, a play that my boyfriend William Shakespeare managed to make both feminist and sexist. NERD ALERT.
Bologna - According to my guidebook, Bologna--in addition to being known for amazing spaghetti sauce--is also the home of Europe's oldest university. It's like a beacon calling out to me. Also, NERD ALERT.
Rome - I will obviously see all the tourist-y stuff. I hope the Illuminati don't try to kill me, though, or if they must, I hope they leave my head on my body, facing the right way. What? I just started reading Angels and Demons, leave me alone.
I'm not really looking to create a new wardrobe, so (unfortunately?) this won't be happening:
to be continued ...