Month: July 2011

28 Jul 2011

the end of the tunnel

Greetings from July 28th.

I am in the Tech Lab.

I am writing a paper.

I have a class in an hour, then a barbecue, then I have to give a (very) brief public address to 100ish conference-goers.

Come back to school tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday for other conference-related-doings.

Somehow finish this paper (when?) to turn in on Monday (how?).

Then I’m done.

I am here with my Number One Roommate.

She will be doing the same, except when she turns in her paper, she will be done with school forever.

So today is her last class! Of life!

Here is her commemorative photograph.

We are almost done!


16 Jul 2011

so about that movie…


I didn’t see it yet.


Okay. Well. I WANTED to see it. Some of my more-credentialed-children’s-lit friends went to a midnight showing… but it was like 7 hours away and it was confusing and I didn’t know when Lance was getting back from New York and… bah. Some of my slightly-less-credentialed-children’s-lit friends went to the first show on Friday afternoon…

but by that point, I was sucked back into reading The Goblet of Fire and looking forward to re-watching the movie…

so I made this extremely-important, completey-life-altering decision to keep reading and keep watching the movies.

And once I finish the 7th book (ETA, end of August) then I’ll watch HP7.1 and then see HP7.2.

Glad I could share that with all of you.

12 Jul 2011

ten things to know about my life right now

1. My iTunes requires two playlists, entitled “A cappella Favorites” and “A cappella Second Favorites.”

2. I am eating a farmshare by myself this week, so I have to eat entire vegetables in one sitting to make any sort of progress. “What should I bring for lunch? Well, I ate the last cucumber yesterday. How about a squash? A squash it is.”

3. Lance’s newest nephew was born a few hours ago. Now nephew Dylan has a baby brother Peyton… and his brother’s baby Emma has a new cousin. This makes me feel quite old for some reason, even though I have pseudo-nieces/nephews Cadance, Alexa, Matthew, Brianna, and Willem already! Ack! Baby presents galore!

4. My next writing assignment for my Children’s Lit class: write a 4 to 5 page recount of my personal Reading History. This should be fun, but maybe painful. We Reading People (and especially Children’s Lit People) tend to mythologize our reading history to a certain extent: we hold onto weird books we loved as small ones with too much affection than is healthy, get defensive about our reading tastes, and generally get a little tied up in that kind of mushy nostalgic stuff. I’m not exempt. I hope I will be able to come up with more than a 5 page dissertation on Karen’s two pairs of glasses in Babysitter’s Little Sister.

5. We said goodbye to extended cable, HBO & Showtime, and OnDemand movies for the summer. Good thing we are all addicted to Netflix documentaries around my apartment. And I think I have 3 or 4 straight weeks worth of True Life episodes banked on the old DVR. No worries!

6. July is flying by. Only one more cataloging assignment (once I get around to turning in the one due today) and then a 10-12 page paper (????) and then the last weekend of the month I will be attending the Children’s Literature Symposium. Which will be 4-5 days of complete madness. You can see the brochure here. If you don’t feel like downloading foreign pdfs I will leave you with this:

7. I am not a good schmoozer. In fact, I don’t really understand how people “do lunch.” I don’t have any hangups about eating in front of people, but I sometimes feel weird eating at a restaurant with friends much less someone I’m trying to impress. I am sitting in the school eating place and watching professional people lunch with one another and I am wondering why they just don’t eat ALONE. Like me. With headphones.

Then again, I do eat things like entire squashes for lunch, so anyone would probably judge me.

8. This morning I woke up when my alarm dictated, got up and tried to be awake, but then had to put myself back to sleep for a half hour. It did the trick.

Also, the cat bit me last night when I was barely awake. Jerk!

9. I am starting to enjoy unsweetened iced tea, which is Step #24 on The Road To Becoming My Mother. I’m making good progress!

However, this also marks an entrance back onto the Caffeination Super Highway. It starts out with an innocent iced tea. By the end of the week, I’m back to afternoon Diet Cokes, even though I know full well they give me a headache.

This morning I caught myself contemplating a completely gratuitous triple-shot latte!



02 Jul 2011


Things I Like

1. Comic adaptations of novels I still (despite grad school) love.

2. Re-reading the Harry Potter books and then watching each movie as I finish a book. I’m on number three!

That is quite a movie poster…

nice face/nice hair/nice creepy stair, Rupert Grint/Emma Watson/Daniel Radcliffe

3. Fancy drinks. I made this one – the Redhead in Bed – but mine didn’t look so pretty. But I wanted to do something special with the last farmshare strawberries of the season!

I didn’t follow the recipe exactly and may have gotten myself and my roommates drunk. While we watch Harry Potter.


Things I Hate

1. Feeling swamped with homework already, before my second class has even started. I had to read this book in 24 hours.

And it took me about 100 pages to notice the book’s cover and therefore feel self-conscious about reading it on the bus. Nice.

2. Being underemployed. I put out a major fire at work on Friday involving this book:

It involved two hours of near-constant attention at work, doing things beyond my job description perhaps, and was followed by three or four hours of decompressing from the experience afterwards.

All because the people who actually earn salaries and should have been carrying the fire hose were on vacation for the 4th of July.


3. Not being able to eat a breakfast sandwich at Sorella’s every morning.

I didn’t take a picture but can you picture….

– fried eggs

– American cheese

– avocado

– sprouts

– lox

all on an English muffin?

I hate that I have to make my own breakfast tomorrow.