Monday, July 31, 2006
Someone told me about something that I wanted to add to my summer reading list. I don't remember what it was. hmmm...
Thursday, July 27, 2006
I haven't had time to read a book for fun since Christmas. Here is what I'm planning to read, in no particular order, in the next 5 weeks before school starts.
- Faking It by Jennifer Crusie
- All U Can Eat by Emma Holly
- Lady Anne's Dangerous Man by Jeanne Westin
- Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
- Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 by Garrison Keillor
- Mohawk by Richard Russo
Clearly, my class on romance novels has inspired me. I loved Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie so much, I bought a bunch of her other books (including one that I've already read, though I didn't know that at the time). I want to read The 7 Habits because I think I could be more effective in my life, and I use the Franklin-Covey system so... It seems to make sense. My boss also lent me that one on CD, so I can listen to it in the car and read it - sort of a double whammy to hope it sinks in a little.
It's kind of a lot, but I think I can manage. I started Mohawk just after Christmas and didn't get very far before school started. The romances generally read pretty quickly. I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
So now I have no paper, am ridiculously late, actually, with that paper, and I'm tired.
Apparently, when I'm tired, I crave cookies.
Which made me think of this:
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
I have no excuses. I loved this class - summer class in Romance Fiction? Come on. It doesn't get much better than that. I like the book I'm writing on - Julia Quinn's "The Viscount Who Loved Me," but I am just not that inspired to write. I feel like everything I'm saying right now (in my paper) is trite and basically at a sub-par undergraduate level. I'm supposed to know stuff now. I'm supposed to be able to come up with a theory and find evidence in the text and it just isn't happening.
But I'm running out of time and I have to get it done. I was doing so well and then, I made the mistake of reformatting.
See, I write my papers single-spaced and in the default font. Then, when I'm done (or stuck and think I have enough for the minimum page requirement) I reformat, slap on a concluding paragraph to tie everything up in a nice bow and call it a day. I didn't think this paper was "done" but I did think it was long enough. Um... No. I'm barely halfway to the minimum length and I ALREADY feel like I'm repeating myself.
So, it's back to my secondary sources to see if there is some more stuff I can throw in this paper.
I'm so disappointed in myself.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Except that we have tickets to the Sox game on the 11th.
And it's Elvis night.
And the first meeting of my new book club is Saturday afternoon.
And Super Diamond is playing the House of Blues on the 12th.
Dammitt! I love the Sox, and we only had tickets to four games this season (one of which is tonight, yay!). So, that's a bummer because I love baseball games, and I hate to miss out. I have loved Elvis since... I can't actually remember when my love began, but I love him. I went to Graceland a few years ago, and the best Valentine's Day gift I ever got was a Vermont Teddy Bear dressed like Elvis. Super Diamond, if you don't know, is a Neil Diamond cover band. Don't laugh. They're AWESOME. It was one of the first concerts that Boyfriend and I went to together, and it has sort of become an annual event - we even went to see them when our Vegas vacation coincided with Super Diamond's schedule. I swear, that one wasn't intentional. I was really excited about my new book club, which was inspired by the recent class I took in popular romance fiction. It has been a long time since I was in a book club and, being in school, I rarely get to read for fun. I'll still read the book, of course, but I was really looking forward to talking about it.
Meeting my nephew is worth missing these things but... I really wish I do all of these things.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I'm sorry that I pointed this trash out. Luckily, I only have one regular reader (Hi Mavis!), so I didn't help too much in the spreading of the crap.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
In case the picture is too small, it reads:
Do I have your attention now?
I know all about her, you dirty, sneaky, immoral, unfaithful, poorly-endowed slimeball.
Everything's caught on tape.
Your (soon-to-be-ex) Wife,
p.s. I paid for this billboard from OUR join bank account
Now, I don't know if this is real or not. If so, I'm hoping Oprah calls this woman and puts her on her show, because I think this is awesome. There is no logo or anything to identify it as being an ad - though ads have been sneaky before. I can't possibly imagine what this would be an ad for, though, so I think it's for real.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
There are some downsides. I now have to consider if stuff is available for Mac. Boo. I was going to get a new computer game - some fun little treat for my birthday- and went to Best Buy. They don't carry games for Mac. Boo.
But, I was able to use iPhoto to put together a truly awesome slide show comparing my uncle to Tom Selleck, and then I used iTunes so that the whole thing could be set to the theme song from Magnum P.I.
That alone was worth it, I think.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
I have a bunch of things I want to say, but I'm thinking I might separate them into different posts, because they're all on different topics. Since work is like a ghost town today, and I plan on not doing any actual work, I should have something more to post by the end of the day.
Note to my readers... um... should they ever appear.
Please send me some questions for my Girls Guide series. You must have other sporting questions. Otherwise, prepare yourself for an essay on the wonderfulness that is AJ Pierzynski, Jim Thome, Joe Crede, and the rest of your 2006 Chicago White Sox. God! How great was the game on Saturday! Did you see the comeback? How awesome is it that it was AJ who hit the three-run homer to win the game when they were down by two in the ninth with two outs? THAT is why I love baseball.