Today is errands and the start of cooking. I'm making about a third of the party food, or maybe half, so today I start cooking the stuff that keeps well. Double batches of coconut sambol and potato curry should be fine if I make them now and leave them until Saturday; they may actually get a bit better. So that's the plan. I also need to conference with a student at 11, and record myself reading a story for the promotional event we're doing through Breakthrough in NY (tentatively on 9/9) -- me reading with some other artists performing alongside, and they want a tape of me reading to rehearse with. Should be cool.
In theory, I should write today -- Ben and Duncan have given me detailed revision notes on the short story I'm writing for AE2, and they're totally right. Maybe working on that will pull me back into a mental space to work on the novel. I just don't know. Argh. I'm getting severely frustrated with my writing avoidance behavior, but can't seem to break the pattern. Yesterday I actually got as far as opening the file and putting on writing music, but then I didn't even read a word -- just kept getting up and doing other stuff. [bangs head against wall]
For errands, I need to check on flowers for the party, and mail three copies of my book to the thesis office, along with a money order for the microfilm fee, and go pick up my dress, which hopefully will fit perfectly. I also would like to buy Xmas lights to trail along the gazebo; I had some, but not enough, and Walgreens is completely out of them. Anyone have any ideas on where you buy Xmas lights in July?