Friday, July 31, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 30


Today was a work from home day and I wasn't feeling using my overhead light. Opening my window and letting some natural light in was soooooo much better....

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 29


I had orientation this morning, so I got to drive in a part of town that I've never seen before (and take this pic on my way back). If that's the school that I end up at, I'll be having some fun taking pics around that area....

WWW Wednesday: July 29


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Each week, Sam over at Taking on a World of Words asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?

So my month before school starts just got insane. I'll get to read pieces that I'm editing, and I'm still reading Marilynne Robinson's Lila as well. I was able to find Love Letters, The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, and The Catcher In The Rye in audiobook form, so I'll (hopefully) get to finish listening to those in these next couple of weeks.

• What did you recently finish reading?


I finished reading a poetry chapbook that I edited, but that's about it. Everything else is still at various stages in-progress, but I don't want to drop anything. I'm hoping that I don't have to.

• What do you think you’ll read next?


I've got several fiction, poetry, and CNF pieces to read through and edit in the next week or so. Going to go ahead and fit in Go Set A Watchman over the next week so I can stop avoiding articles and posts about it (harder than one may imagine). I'll also be reading a couple of books that I will (hopefully) write reviews for as well. Wasn't expecting these next few weeks to have so much going on, but I'll get everything back and balanced soon.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 28


Campus really is beautiful whilst deserted...if only humidity wasn't at (approximately) 1000%....

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.) (inspired by my Top Ten Characters Who Love Words)


1. Scout Finch: I figured with all things Harper Lee being in the news as of late, I'd add Scout to this list since she loved to read (and even got in trouble with her teaching for not reading and writing the way she was being taught)

2. The Jane Austen Book Clubbers: I've seen a lot of book club books lately, but I'm sticking with this one (I know, a lot of differences from the novel to film adaptation, but I caught the movie last weekend, so it's the freshest on my mind out of said book club books) Though my dreams of starting my own Jane Austen book club ended after I read Jane Austen (thank goodness for audiobooks...never would've made it otherwise) I just thought it was cool how bonds between seemingly different people can be made just with one author or one book.

3. Laura Ingalls: Right after my Baby-Sitters Club fascination and right before I started reading The Bell Jar and Mrs. Dalloway for the first time (end of sixth grade and beginning of seventh grade), I fell in absolute love with The Little House on the Prairie. Though the series is labeled as fiction, so much of it comes from Laura's life, like her love of reading. Speaking of, I may need to go back and read these all again. I really did love them when I read them the first time.

4. Some of the Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice: After I found the audiobook for Pride and Prejudice, I noticed how much Elizabeth and Mary loved to read. Granted, in the early 1800s, there wasn't a whole lot to do, but some of their sisters (like Lydia) found other ways to occupy their free time. Also, I love the way that Elizabeth loved to write letters.

5. Matilda Wormwood: When I was a kid, I wanted to be Matilda soooooo badly. She's the first character I truly fell in love with since I read Matilda when I was pretty young (I even tried to read Moby Dick when I was eight...didn't end well, but that's a different story for a different day) And the movie was awesome too. I still love watching it whenever it comes on ABC Family. 

6. The characters from The Hours: Laura Brown became enthralled with Mrs. Dalloway. Richard was a poet, Clarissa was an editor (lucky!) and Virginia (a writer) and Leonard owned a press (lucky!!) 

So...I cheated here...for the life of me, I couldn't remember all the books I've read with characters who like to read, but all these TV characters popped into my head, so I went with it: 

7. Lisa Simpson: Confession: before I wanted to be Matilda, I wanted to be Lisa Simpson. I can even play the saxophone (though she's not why I chose to play it. I'm a big fan of swing jazz, but people did wonder why I chose the sax going into sixth grade) Most of my friends didn't like to read, so I always found myself attached to people (fictional or real) who did, and Lisa was one of them. 

8. Daria Morgendorffer: Some of the books I read in middle school came straight from what I saw Daria reading (loved loved loooovvvvveeeedddd that show growing up) A lot of what I didn't read is still on my to-read list (now in its 11th or 12th version)

9. Rory Gilmore: Without exaggeration, 2/3 of the books I own either came directly from what I saw Rory reading on Gilmore Girls or books from authors that she read. I know that she wanted to be next Christiane Amanpour, but she would have had a killer book column. Maybe she did both: became a foreign correspondent AND runs her own book blog. That would be awesome.

10. Jess Mariano: Not my fave choice for Rory's boyfriends, but he was the only one out of three she had during Gilmore Girls' run that liked to read, so that's always endeared me to him. The fact that he eventually becomes a published writer that works for a publisher: icing on the cake.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 26 & 27


July 26: saw this while dropping off my recycling....



July 27: free time = chance to play with photo editing....

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 24 & 25

 7/24: taken on the way home from work....

7/25: One good thing about taking a nap that becomes going to bed: waking up in time to see an amazing sunrise this morning....

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 23


Had a rain delay at work today...but got to enjoy watching an unexpected thunderstorm....

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 22


Taken on the way home from work....

WWW Wednesday: July 22


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Each week, Sam over at Taking on a World of Words asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?

I'm still on Marilynne Robinson's Lila and Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I'm also listening Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's The Dirty Girls Social Club (thank goodness for audiobooks)

• What did you recently finish reading?


Haven't finished anything since last week, but by this time next week, I should be done with everything I'm currently reading/listening to. It's been a busy last few weeks, so I haven't had a lot of time to read lately.

• What do you think you’ll read next?


I've got a couple of books to read and write reviews for (I hope), but I'm hoping to listen to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. We also got our first couple of books assigned to us for one of my classes, so I may go ahead and start reading them before classes start.


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 21


Some afternoon fun....

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.)

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.)

(not sure if any of these celebrate diversity, but they have it...if that makes any sense)

1 & 2. Obasan and Itsuka by Joy Kogawa: I placed both of these together since they're a pair (Itsuka is Obasan's sequel) and tells the story of a Japanese-Canadian family who is eventually interned during World War II (Obasan) and the aftermath the survivors faced during the redress movement.  

3. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan: this novel tells the story of four first generation Chinese-American women and their immigrant mothers. Really like how it's split into 16 parts (each woman gets two sections) and its vignette style. It was the first time I'd ever read anything in that form and still the best.

4. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg: Flagg has a nice mixture of minorities (Sipsey and family) and socioeconomic diversity in addition to the main relationship of the story between Idgie and Ruth.

5. A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons: there's socioeconomic diversity and classism in this one which leads to tension and heartache, but it's also the way Jack and Ruby meet (Ruby starts working for the Hoover family, who Jack already works for as a tenant farmer) 

6. A Time to Kill by John Grisham: I don't usually go for suspense thrillers (legal or otherwise) but after I saw the movie, I found out it was a book, so I read it and really enjoyed it. Not sure I can say the novel celebrates diversity, but its small-town setting allows for an interesting glimpse into the world of a diverse group of socioeconomic disadvantaged people as well as the relationship between whites and blacks that may have been missing if the story was set in a big city.  

7. The Watcher by James Howe: actually, I can't explain how this one fits into the topic, but this was the first novel I thought of when I read what this week's topic was. Don't know how to explain it without giving away too much, but it's an amazing YA read.

8. How to Make An American Quilt by Whitney Otto: or as I used to call it The Ya-Yas before I read the Ya-Yas. Anna and Marianna are black women living in a majority white town. I love the quilting aspect of it. Though each woman is different and brings her own, unique square to the table so to speak, their commonalities is what brings the quilt together into one cohesive piece. 

9. Until We Meet Again by Michael Korenblit and Kathleen Janger: a true story that takes place during World War II, it's the story of Meyer and Manya and their families as they try to survive the Holocaust. I'm not exaggerating when I say this is one of the best books I've ever read. 

10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston: I added this one to the list because I think it's interesting (both for when it was written as well as present day) how it deals with the socioeconomic groups within the black community. With Janie first marrying a farmer and then a successful businessman, she enjoys a social mobility that most still won't see since the whole where you're born (socioeconomic wise) is most likely where you'll remain still exists for a large portion of the population.  

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 19



Not sure if it was partly cloudy or partly sunny today, but it was so pretty outside this afternoon....

Friday, July 17, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 15


It's been forever since I just stared up at the sky...not laying on the ground like I did when I was child (when it wasn't too hot at least) Waiting for my car to cool off enough so I could close the door gave me that chance....

WWW Wednesday: July 15


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Each week, Sam over at Taking on a World of Words asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?







Still reading Marilynne Robinson's Lila (and loving it) as well as The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, which a friend let me borrow it after hearing I haven't read it yet. It's the book everyone in my program has been gushing over, so I put it in my to-read list. Just starting it, so verdict's still out.

• What did you recently finish reading?


Haven't finished reading anything new since last week's post other than some short stories and poems that I've been reading for a lit journal and website that I read for.

• What do you think you’ll read next?


Debbie Macomber's Love Letters is still on deck to be followed by J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye (finally) as well as Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman, which I have placed a hold on. Attempting to avoid others' commentary. Really wanting to get my hands on the book and form my own opinions on it. Hopefully, I'll get to before classes start. I'm taking two lit classes and two history classes, so that plus lit journal/website work plus job-work will equal not a whole lot of time to read for fun unless there's an audiobook for it.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 14


Had some fun editing today with this random shot from (early) this morning....

Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies)

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies)

1. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz: came into my possession after a friend from class let me borrow it. Only at the first chapter (read the prologue) and already seeing why so many of my classmates gush about it.

2. Lila by Marilynne Robinson: came into my possession after I borrowed it from the library. Just starting it, but I'm already loving getting to know more about Lila and her life before she met The Reverend.

3. Love Letters by Debbie Macomber: came into my possession after I borrowed it from the library.Will start it as soon as I finished one of the first two mentioned.

4. The Real-Life MBA by Jack and Suzy Welch: came into my possession after borrowing the e-book from my library (first e-book I'm borrowing in this fashion, but seeing how many books they have in their catalogs to read or listen to, it won't be the last) 

5, 6, & 7. The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen, Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky, and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk: came into my possession at the same time after borrowing them from the library at the end of the spring semester for some professional development. 

8, 9, & 10. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand, The Clue is in the Pudding by Kate Kingsbury, and Leaving Blue Bayou by JoAnn Ross: these and one more book came into my possession after my mother bought them for my birthday with the words "something for you to read for pleasure in your free time" Still haven't figured out if she was being serious or if these are gag gifts...free time...read for pleasure...yeah.... 


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 13



Taken during this morning's walk around the neighborhood...

100 Word Challenge For Grown Ups: …but you need cash…

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This week's prompt from the 100 Word Challenge For Grown Ups posted on Julia's Place is "…but you need cash…"



You promised to never return once you finally escaped. The door is always open, they told you, but you make sure to forget that little fact as you drove away from the little yellow house at the end of the bend. It’s five years before you’re forced to remember their parting words and return.

You don’t want to go inside, but you need the cash. You sit down on the tattered couch and accept the iced tea they offer. As you sip, you count the seconds before the money is in your hand and you can drive away once more.  


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 12


This may be one of my favorite trees here...I've loved getting the chance to see its changes throughout each of the four seasons I've now been here....

Friday, July 10, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 10


So the cool thing this summer is that I'm getting a chance to explore parts of campus that I've never seen before. Of course, exploring in October may be a little more comfortable, but mercifully, it's not as hot here as it is in Texas....

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 9


Would've been perfect if "Long Train Running" was on the radio as I passed, but alas....

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 8


Snapped this pic as I was walking to work...well, walking from my car to work, but still....

WWW Wednesdays: July 8


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Each week, Sam over at Taking on a World of Words asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?


• What are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading Lila by Marilynne Robinson. I read Gilead this past fall in my Forms of Fiction class. I originally wasn't feeling it, but once I got into it, I fell in love. It was actually the only book from that class that I really enjoyed. The class's focus was genre, so we basically read one book in each of the major U.S. genres, including fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror, which aren't my scene.

• What did you recently finish reading?


I've been reading a lot of books/e-books this summer as professional development and Clayton M. Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma is the last one I've finished. For a little bit, I was looking to add a minor in Entrepreneurial Journalism, but have since changed my mind. Instead, I found out the books each class uses and added them to my professional development to-read list so I can still learn what the minor has to offer. This frees my time to add a cross-disciplinary option in History (but that's a different story for a different time)

• What do you think you’ll read next?


I checked out Debbie Macomber's Love Letters (again) with the intentions of reading it while I have some free time (again). Hopefully, I'll follow through this time around.


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Photo Of The Day: July 7


Taken at around 5:15 this morning...not because I stayed awake all night, but because I was getting up for the day. Had to make that quick switch back from night owl to morning bird.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read 

1. The Harry Potter series: yep. The whole series. They got huge where I lived when I was in seventh grade, but my attentions were focused elsewhere: A Farewell To Arms, The Bell Jar, and Mrs. Dalloway to be specific. The joys of having a library card to a library that didn't a YA section back in the day. 

2. The Lord Of The Rings series: yep. The whole series. I'd never heard of them before the movies started coming out in eighth grade...which was dedicated to reading The Hours and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood over and over again.

3. The Twilight series: yep...well, you get it. No idea how I missed the boat on this one, but I did. Seen all the movies though. So I'm not completely lost. 

4. The Divergent series: this wouldn't be a big deal for me, but I read and really enjoyed the Hunger Games series. Because of that, people tell me I'll like Divergent et. al as well. I may actually put these on my to-read list. 

5. Jane Eyre: so I'm not sure if this was hyped or not, but it sure has been assigned in more than one of my classes and I still haven't read it (bless you Spark Notes) 

6. Les Misérables: same as number 5, but with the musical and its award winning adaptation, it was really hyped a couple of years back. I think I own it, so I'll get to it one of these days. 

7. The Da Vinci Code: I'm just throwing this one out there because any book that becomes a movie starring Tom Hanks is probably a big deal. Not really into thrillers, so I don't know if I'll be reading this one.

8. Little Women: I've actually tried to start this one a few times, but never stuck with it. I'll find the audio version and listen to it. 

9. Charlotte's Web: am I reaching on this one? I'm not sure, but seeing the movie once wrecked me for week, so I've steered clear of the book. 

10. The Catcher In The Rye: another one of those assigned books that I just didn't read. This time, from my senior semester. Actually wanted to read this one when it was assigned, but I was so ready to be done with high school that I did just enough to pass and leave. I may have just enough time to read this one before classes start back and my pleasure reading time will be at a minimum.  



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