nickelsandcoats: (stack o' books)
Wherein I list the books I've read in the past while and review them in 10 words or less.

Down the rabbit hole )
This is one amazing review of Doctor Who's season 4. The reviewer tells Donna her story, and what she should do to remember it. Gorgeous stuff. Go read it.

And I did get my classes at Sinclair, so yay money!

I'm currently reading Pride and Prejudice. Yes, I managed to get through both an MA and a BA in English Lit and not read P & P. I read Emma instead. I loved the P & P movie with Keira Knightley in it, and I'm loving the book so far. I also picked up a book by one of my favorite authors, Sebastian Faulks, at the library. I grabbed his novel Charlotte Gray, which I am really looking forward to reading.

Still need to finish planning 3 of my four classes. I'm not sure how I'm going to adapt my research writing class down to only 2 and a half hours a week instead of a full three, but I'll manage.
Spoilers behind the cut.

After all this time )

All in all, I liked the book a lot. Was there stuff that was predictable? Yes. Were there a lot of things left out and unexplained? Yes, but I appreciate that because I can invent what I think happened within the context of the situation. I'm still in a little shock that the book is done and over. No more Harry Potter books. Wow.
Papaw's surgery went really well today. He should be home tomorrow afternoon.

To do:

-Schedule appt w/ Jeannette re: cake order
-Start researching Phd programs
-Rewrite "Transient" for the fourth time
-Start rereading LotR
-Start rereading HP
-Email Cory about photography
-Call Lisa
-Look up things to do in Boston
-Make packing list for trip
-Call Dad re: trip
-Call Beth re: trip (ask her if I need to bring towel/pillow etc)
-Finish QVC story or write a new one
-Email future TAs to get WebCT logons
-Rework lesson plans for 102

American Gods was...interesting. I think I may need to read it with Wikipedia open the next time so I can look up obscure references.

I should not be this awake either. I got up at 7 to be at the hospital early, and I didn't sleep very well last night because it got so hot in the bedroom. I hate not having central air. When we got home from the hospital at 2, I came within 100 pages of finishing American Gods and then fell asleep for 2.5 hours. I must have slept really deeply and really hard, because Matt said I looked like shit when I finally woke up. Ugh. And now, it's 1130 and Matt has to be up at 830 so he can be at work in the morning, which means I'll be up then too. And since I'm wide awake, I probably won't fall asleep until 2 or 3. /whine
So far this summer, I've been really lazy and done nothing but sit and play on the internet, or sit and read. It's been really nice to get to relax.

It's also kinda worrying because I am a huge lover of bookstores, and when Matt and I went to Barnes and Noble the other day, I was not even remotely excited about being there. I think I've just burnt myself out. I did, however, grab some books from WSU's library last week, so at least my library love is still present. Maybe I'm just leery of buying books because I'm low on money right now.

Read so far this summer:
Lisey's Story by Stephen King. Excellent book, highly recommended.
His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I was really disappointed in this book. Everyone kept hyping it up, saying it was so good, you'll love it, but I had to force myself to finish it.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Currently reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Still to read:
The Children of Hurin
Saturday Ian McEwan
Quicksilver Neal Stephenson. Not sure if I'll like this one, but I got it from the library, so no biggie if I don't like it
LOTR for my Independent paper

Am heading to Boston on the 12th. I'm visiting Dad and Beth. I still need to figure out what I want to do/see in Boston so that Dad and Beth can have a game plan for my trip.
Got my job at Kohl's back. While I'd rather be at Mead, the money is more than welcome. I start register training on Monday.

Instead of getting a new Honda Fit, we're starting to look at getting a used car instead because the Fits are expensive and since they're so popular, it'll be hard to bargain for a better deal. So I've started looking online for certified used Hondas at the 2 dealers near here. So far, things seem to be looking up, even though I'd rather get a new car.

Instead of jumping right into my summer reading list, I started re-reading His Dark Materials. I love those books so much, and I just know that they're going to ruin the books with the movies. I did, however, start reading King's Lisey's Story, which is indeed on my list. I'm about 60 pages in, and it's proving to be rather interesting. Like several of his books, it's taking a long time to get into it, but the story is finally starting to get some intrigue. I think I'll like it--it's starting to sound a bit like a mystery, which is refreshing after all of the literary fiction I've been reading all year.

Speaking of movies and books, Beth told me last week that they're making a movie out of Ian McEwan's Atonement! I am so excited for this movie to come out. If you've never read Atonement, you really really really should. It's a great book. I'll have to wait on the movie though since it's coming out in December in limited release. Grrr.

I also got an A in my Beats class. Wahoo!

There is so much I want to get done over break, and nothing is getting done. Must break lazy habit.


Jun. 9th, 2007 11:49 am
Smeagol is free!!

School's done and over. I got all of my students' portfolios graded and turned in my last paper.

So far, I got an A in my teaching seminar class and an A in my Lit. Theory class. Still waiting on my Beats seminar grade. I got a B on the paper :( but I'm hoping that I'll still get an A with the other points I got in the class.

I now need to go find a job. I have a feeling I'll end up at Kohl's again, if only because I know they'll work around my schedule. Since I'm going to be gone for 5 days and have a two week period where I can only work nights and I have to leave on August 23, I think I'll be better off going somewhere where I won't need training and will have people who know me. I just don't want to go back.

I've gotten on another baking kick. I made homemade blueberry muffins (with real blueberries!) earlier this week and I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate glaze last night. Mmmm. We need to eat the cupcakes before I make anything else though.

Need to call Mom. She and Paul have now moved to Florida and she's finally gotten hired on at Bed Bath and Beyond. She starts on Wednesday. I haven't talked to her in several days, which is odd since she normally calls me twice a day since she's bored and lonely.

I'm bored too. I guess I could work on some things for 102 next fall since everything's still fresh from this quarter. Hmm.

Oh! Sarah's reading list for the summer:

Lisey's Story by Stephen King
The Children of Hurin by Tolkien
Brideshead Revisted by Evelyn Waugh
Dark Tower Series by Stephen King (I usually reread this over the summer)
Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Any Neil Gaiman I can get my hands on
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
TIme's Arrow
That book by Connie Wallis Dr. Loranger told me about
Book of Lost Tales 1 & 2 by Tolkien
Lost Road & Other Writings by Tolkien
Read for Independent Paper
Saturday by Ian McEwan
Reread Chronicles of Narnia
Reread The Stand?
Of course, if I was motivated, I'd go buy the books for my Fall quarter classes and read those.

There are some other books that I want to read but I've totally blanked on them now.

PS: I totally hate the new logged-in LJ main page. Ugh. Too cluttered for me. I liked the old, simple one better.
I finally told mom yesterday that Matt and I are going to Scotland. She actually didn't blow up at me, which was totally surprising. I told her that I wasn't 100% sure we were going becaue I wanted to be damn sure I could afford to finish school, wchih is obviously more important. I'll be fine, so we're going. Now for the part that really pisses me off. We are leaving on Thanksgiving Day. We were leaving very late on Thanksgiving to allow both us time to spend the holdiay with our families. We were scheduled to leave DAyton Int'l airport at 4:50 and then leave Newark around 7:50 for Glasgow. Note the use of the past tense. Matt found out yesterday, after I reassured my mother that yes, I would be home for part of the day, that we are now scheduled to leave Dayton at 10:15 AM. I am not a happy camper. Apparently, there were not enough people on the 4:50 flight, so they bumped all of us down to the 10:15, and there's nothing they can do about it. So we now have an 8 hour layover in Newark's airport on Thanksgiving Day. We also have an 8 hour layover in Newark when we come home too. Not. Happy.

To celebrate the upcoming end of the quarter, I bought two books tonight. One is The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett, and the other is Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I must resist the temptation to read both of these now as I'll probably take one of them on the plane with me.

List of things to do for my reference:
1) Email and print poems
2) Buy folder for 392 portfolio
3) Grocery shopping
4) Write up comments for 3 stories
5) Write story
6) Do poetry response thingys for 392
7) Do my last few jounals for 392



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