I was sad to learn on Friday about Madeline L'Engle's death. She is one of my favorite authors of all time, and her books were singularly responsible for getting me through the 8th grade without sinking into a deep, dark depression. I escaped daily into her worlds for the entire year, and somehow emerged into 9th grade still whole. I will need to re-read all her books now in tribute. Keep an eye on the Library Thing widget to keep up.
This weekend, Chris handed down to me his iPod, since it's now been replaced in his heart by his iPhone. I've been using his old Creative Zen (which he handed down to me when he got the iPod), and I've never liked it much. So, Saturday I spent a good 5 hours at the computer, formatting my music library into iTunes and syncing up the iPod to make it my own. While I was at it, I made a playlist called "Highschool Faves," which is comprised of a huge mix of songs, some of which I've had on the cZen for a long time, but never listened to because I was too lazy to ever make a playlist and they were random singles. I must say, I know iTunes has its flaws, but it is a lot better than the cZen library. And I've never been a big Apple fan, but I like how the iPod actually turns on right away instead of taking a minute to boot up, and I like how it's thin and fits in my pocket.
This morning I put it to the test as I went to the gym. I love going to the gym. I was running on the treadmill when the theme from "Mission Impossible" came on (from the first movie, the remixed version). I was in a good stride, and I really got in the groove, and imagined myself on a secret mission, running, with my own soundtrack. It was shortly followed by Green Jelly's "Three Little Pigs," which was just as much fun. I had such a blast working out this morning, and I feel awesome today. Maybe I should start going to the gym more than twice a week.