Darrin gifted me these bright Nike Air Max shoes for my birthday last summer. I had searched for them online one afternoon and was then haunted by their image every time I logged into Facebook (darn you, Ad Targeting). So, after weeks of sidebar ads and frequent hints dropped to Mr. Darebear, wah lah! Birthday shoes! I’d tell you that that these are my workout shoes, but we all know THAT would be a lie.
School has been somewhat of a stressful endeavor these last few weeks. Getting back into “the swing of things” (a phrase I’m convinced originated in the jungle) after a month-long break can be a real doozy. Yesterday after work, I decided to get a jumpstart on this week’s to-dos by spending my afternoon on the semi-musty fourth floor of the university library. I unloaded my hefty book bag and computer bag onto a table adjacent from two undergraduate students hunched over their computers, silently reading and typing and reading and typing and so on. My “work space” (after pushing aside a few tattered library books and somebody’s plastic fork) was set: books, notebooks, computer, pencil, Diet Coke. My academic adrenaline was pumping. Everything was going smoothly until I took one sip (ONE SIP) of my very carbonated Diet Coke and my chest and stomach started growling. LOUDLY. Uncontrollably. And then I started silently burping. And when I started trying to control those burps, the growling grew louder and the air bubbles I felt in my chest moved from my chest to my stomach and back to my chest. And, of course, the fourth floor of the library is the quietest floor of the library. SO quiet, in fact, that a girl can’t even drink a carbonated beverage without feeling like her digestive system is disturbing the entire floor. One girl even gave me a “what’s the deal with your obnoxiously loud stomach?” look. Raised eyebrows and ALL.
I guess the moral of the story is not to drink Diet Coke at the library? But if that’s the case, then forget the library. I’ll take my Diet Coke and my boisterous digestive system elsewhere, thank you very much.