I can't cook. I hate to cook. My husband, Matt, is a chef and hates having to cook all day and then come home and cook, and I totally get that. So I tried to make spaghetti and sausage tonight. The spaghetti and sausage part was great, but the olive oil and garlic sauce, not so much. It didn't have a lot of flavor, and didn't really do much for the pasta. I just always feel bad when I cook and it turns out to be not very good (but edible--I can at least say that even if it's not very good, I've never cooked something that was inedible) when I know Matt's hungry and could've made a fantastic dinner in his sleep. But he's tired when he comes home, and since I only teach two days a week, I feel like I should cook at least once in a while for him. At least he always eats what I make and doesn't complain, lol.

The semester's winding down (thank God)--I have four more classes to teach (well, more like supervise since they're doing presentations) and some grading to do and I'm done! The classes I'm taking are almost over too--I only have one more paper (5 pages--easy peasy), a project and its write up (slightly more time consuming), and a final something for my IT class. I'm waiting to hear if I got a loan for the summer so I can take classes, but if not, then I won't worry about it.

I need to apply for some summer jobs since I don't get paid over the summer. As much as I hate retail, it's my only option in this town. Hopefully I can get a job--I know a lot of places are hiring because a lot of people leave for the summer (I live in a college town), but at the same time, a lot of retail places won't hire someone with a Master's. Since I really only want it for the summer (and possibly part time in the fall), maybe I stand a better chance.

I'm thinking of getting another tattoo, and so is Matt. I'm thinking of the design from the Doctor's fob watch on my other thigh. Matt wants to get this Time Lord seal complete with the neon-y effect. I really like that one, too. *ponders*

I cannot WAIT for s6 of Doctor Who! I've kept myself spoiler free for the first time in a looong time, so I'm really super excited. It premieres on Matt's birthday, and I told him that the premiere was the best birthday present ever. He seemed not to see it that way. :) He loves the show, though. His favorite companion is Amy, and he loves 10 and 11 like I do.

Zoe (see avatar) loves her leash and harness. I've been taking her out on it for short walks in the grass in front of our apartment. I'm trying to teach her to walk with me on the leash--she walks, but she won't follow me; instead, she goes where she wants. Typical cat.

I have about 400 words of part vii of Those Left Behind written, and I have the outline for the rest of the story hammered out. I'm thinking there will be about 3, possibly 4, parts left depending on how long each part ends up getting. I should have part vii up by Sunday.
After years and years of reading and loving and studying and writing about Lord of the Rings, I've decided to get a tattoo of the White Tree of Gondor. I've always liked the idea of knowing that something good will come, no matter how bad things get, and that is what that Tree means to me.

I'm also loving library school. It's so interesting and fascinating--I'm so glad I dropped my PhD program. It's so much less stressful, too--I'm a much a nicer person than I was last year.

New resolution: to actually update this thing once a week, at least.

Newest musical obsession: The Doctor Who series 5 soundtrack. 63 glorious tracks! I especially love "I Am the Doctor" and "Amy's Theme."

Why, oh, why isn't there a soundtrack for Sherlock? I wants it, my precious.

I'm chomping at the bit to get my tickets for the NT Live! showing of Frankenstein. I'm kinda glad I live in Oklahoma now--I can't imagine there will be much of a rush to see this here. Although I probably just jinxed myself, dammit.
So...for my anniversary gift, my awesome hubby indulged his nerdy wife and got me a Tenth Doctor action figure. It's the one from s4 with the 5 Adipose. He's also getting me a little TARDIS, but it hasn't been bought yet. Yay! Now the Doctor and Wall-E (and soon the TARDIS and a Dalek--I'm getting the Dalek myself) are all around the computer. Hee! :D

I got him a mandoline for his gift. He's already assembled it, and if it wasn't so late, I'm sure he'd be slicing veggies right now.

We're off to a hotel tomorrow night and then down to Cincinnati all day Monday to celebrate our anniversary. Hooray for mini-vacations!
If not, go vote!

I only had to wait about 10 minutes in line for the polls today, which is awesome.

Still need to make final determinations of where I'm applying and get a list of addresses to my letter writers. Now thinking of applying at Marquette, U of Wisconsin, U of Indiana-Bloomington, and a few others.

Lots of the first year TAs have been coming to my ENG 101 class and observing me teach. I get glowing reviews from them, but it's still nerve-wracking and kinda scary, especially since these reviews go to my boss. What's even scarier is that it was only two! TWO! years ago that I was doing those exact same observations. I feel all grown up now.

Quarter's almost over--hallelujah! I will never teach 5 classes at once again. The sheer amount of grading I've done this quarter is mind-boggling.

And as for the DW news, I'm still a bit in denial. But, I think, everything will be fine in the end.

For a fun question: on Ravelry's Doctor Who group, there's a meme going around:

Things you've learned from Doctor Who.

So, my fellow Whovians, what have you learned from Doctor Who? Pass it on!

I have learned that impossible is just a word, not a finality. I've also learned never to give up hope, even when everything seems impossible.
It's rather funny to see everyone at WSU's English dept. wandering around like zombies, clutching gigantic mugs of coffee and generally grunting instead of speaking. Oh, first week of class, how I love thee. Most of my classes seem pretty cool: 101 is quiet (it's 8:30, so that's fine), UVC is small and also a little quiet, but at least they asked questions, 131 (business writing) is silent, 112 is awesome, and I'm going to end up strangling my developmental class before too long.

I really need to start looking at PhD programs again. So far I know I'm going to apply to U of Glasgow, U of Edinburgh, Oklahoma State, and Marquette, but I don't where else yet. Really don't want to take the Lit GRE again, so I'm trying to avoid schools that require it. That test was made of evil.

In other news, my birthday was Monday, and I got a set of Boye interchangeable knitting needles and Series 1 and Series 3 of Doctor Who!

I also need to preorder Series 4 of Doctor Who. It's available at amazon for $65, so I just might do it. Comes out Nov. 18? 16? Something like that.

Still need to plan class for Monday. Ick.
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.

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