Sunday, February 27, 2011

I feel like if it doesn't beep, it's really anticlimactic

You may not know this about me, but I drink tea like it's my job.

My electric kettle has been on the fritz... well, since I got it. Since I never got around to replacing it, I tend to use the microwave to heat up my water (but I make it boil, baby. I make it boil!). We have a communal microwave in this thing called a tea pantry. It's like a kitchen, but without a stove or oven or dishwasher, and every floor has one.

Now to the pointy bit: the microwave does not ding. Nor does it buzz or blip or beep to alert you that your food (or boiling water) is done. Now, since it is in a communal space and close to people's rooms I understand the lack of alerting noise. Whoever lives next door to the ta pantry probably doesn't care that your 3 a.m. cup of tea is ready. I get that. BUT, I also do a microwave dance while I wait for my things to heat up (don't make that face. you know you do it too) and it is so very anticlimactic when the microwave doesn't beep to tell me that it is tea time.

This oh-dear-lord-I'm-reading-the-blog-of-a-crazy-person moment brought to you by: Bigelow Tea!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A long time coming

I finished Slaughterhouse-Five not so long ago. It's one of those books that I used to be embarrassed that I hadn't read and now that I have, I'm dumbfounded. What took me so long!?

Vonnegut is an amazing author. I hope to eventually read all (or at least most) of his work, but of course it's hard with my ever-growing list of books to read.

In any case, Slaughterhouse-Five is great. I love how time is portrayed. Even if we, as humans, can't see beyond into this dimension, the Tralfamadorians give us some sort of idea, as well as plenty of visuals to work out on our own.

Vonnegut plays with ideas of space and time and still manages to create a clear and enthralling narrative. I don't generally rate books here, but if I did: 10 points. Definitely 10.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

If I had the time, I'd probably do this

courtesy of Bookshelf Porn
I had my first thesis presentation today. I didn't die or start crying in the middle, so I'm counting it as a success. Of course now I have to continue working on it. That is a whimper-inducing thought of another kind.

I made myself tea. It's Vanilla Chai black tea and it makes my room smell delicious. It is my victory tea.

That being said, I have more reading to do than I care to acknowledge. Anyway, I will slog through and maybe get some sleep before classes tomorrow. It was snowing again tonight. I have no idea if it still is. Either way, I'm not getting my hopes up for a snow day or anything. I actually need the college to be open so I can get some stuff done. It would be nice to have time to catch up on reading and maybe attempt to clean my room.

I will blog about books in the near future. I promise. But for now, it's back to tea and sociolinguistic reading.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Blog = Windex

Things that suck:

trying desperately to fall asleep (so I can get a good night's sleep for once in my life) and havig hiccups at 3:30 in the morning.

Yep.... my life is rockin'

It was snowing went I went to bed. I think it has stopped by now, but I'm too afraid to check. The snow was almost entirely gone today. I can't deal with yet another snowpocalypse. I will crack...

I think I've stopped hiccuping.... clearly blogging is the answer. It fixes everything. Just like Windex.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Times like these, certain insecurities pop up.

I guess there are people who don't realize that I actually do read their blog, and don't just ask for the url to be polite...

Oh well, at certain points, it is really out of my control. Also, things go both ways, I just don't really bitch about it.

Anyway, I finished Bed of Sphinxes today. It was actually one day overdue, so I had a marathon reading session and got through the rest of it pretty quickly. I enjoyed it. I can't give much more of a review than that because I'm pretty sure it was just way over my head.

Anyway, sorry for my bitchfest. I'm continuing to slowly get through Infinite Jest and I think I'm going to start Love in the Time of Cholera soon. Franny and Zooey and Catching Fire are also just sitting there, begging to be read... There are many other things I'm supposed to be reading though, so we'll see. I also have The Eyre Affair out from the library and halfway done, and someone lent me The Dante Club, so I'd like to read it and get it back to them in a timely fashion. So many books, so little time... That's also the title of another book I've been meaning to read for a while. I'm pretty sure I left that one at home though...

OK, back to required reading. I'll try to get in a bit of something before I actually sleep, but it kind of depends on how much later I'm awake. Ah, college.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I am what a plant fears most

I have moved my plants so that they are now precariously situated by my window. I've been watering them, yet they still seem on the verge of death, so it was clearly the lack of sun. Why can't I keep things alive?

I think I can only have dogs or cats. They don't require sunlight and they tell me if I forget to give them food or water. Fish, plants, other small creatures that live in cages and can't remind me to feed them — I probably shouldn't be allowed to interact with them at all.

There is a great deal of stuff I should be doing, but not very many things that I actually feel like doing. Welcome to senior year.

Maybe I'll watch my plants and see if they start to look less dead. That's a good use of time, right?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I've received quite a few books from Bostick authors to review on here. I feel bad because I'm so incredibly behind. Agreeing to read and review these books while being a senior comparative literature major may not have been my most brilliant idea ever.

I will get to them though. It might just take a while. And now, I'm trying to work on my two challenges on goodreads. Life is difficult, but I suppose I make it that way.

I've been feeling kind of sick again, so I'm also behind on my reading for class. Such is life. Ugh. Back to reading and all that, I just thought I'd give a little update.

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