Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Looking back on 2009...kind of.

Give or take a few, the books I read (for courses and leisure [though I didn't include all school-related ones]) in 2009:

1. Tales of Beetle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
2. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
3. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
4. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
5. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
6. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
7. Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce
8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
9. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
10. Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce
11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
12. Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
13. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
14. Alice in Wonderland (that's both stories) by Lewis Carroll
15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
17. The Alchemyst
18. The Sorceress
19. The Magician (all 3 by Michael Scott)
20. Howl's Moving Castle
21. Abarat by Garth Nix
22. Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Garth Nix
23. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
24. Faeries of Dreamdark: Silksinger by Laini Taylor
25. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
26. Sandman by Neil Gaiman (the whole thing...approx 11 books)
27. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
28. Moby Dick

29. Persuasion by Jane Austen

30. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

31. (this was read earlier in the year but I forgot to include it) Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

This is not nearly as many books as I'd hoped to read in the year.  I did not include most of the books I had to read for courses because a) I did not enjoy most of them and b) I often did not finish them.  The ones included I finished and/or enjoyed.

I already have a few books I know I want to read for next year and I need to raid my fella's science fiction collection for some more reads.  He got three of my favorite novels, I intend to borrow at least that many from him!

And now, a cleansing, hot shower, a deep sleep, and hopefully what will be a productive day with my car.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Build a ladder if there's a wall

My haus is so dry that the sponges harden overnight. I have heard that a basin of water over a cast iron radiator will help with this. Guess what I'll be doing in my room?

I was awoken this morning at quarter to eight by the sound of a chainsaw. I had forgotten it was supposed to snow and discovered it was actually a snow blower when I looked outside. The snow was welcome and beautiful, but now the sky is peeing and we are getting some terrible slush. Fuck Physical Plant hard up the ass with a broomstick because they clear the sidewalks once and don't do anything about the slush that will turn to treacherous, ankle-breaking ice. Also, fuck my neighbors for not shoveling their sidewalks!

It is kind of amazing what my brain can do when pushed to its limits. Here I am with 38 pages due next week and I've only written a 4-5 page presentation that doesn't count towards that page count. I have a schedule written out, but when I have to write a draft of a paper and at least 7 pages on another in one day that I have 4 hours of work, it seems unlikely that I'll get it all done. Rumor has it the 20-pager due Monday may get pushed back, but that's just going to fuck up my schedule! At least I've been forced to think about it and kind of start it now. And at least I have the whole weekend to work on the 20-pager... The others will get fit in somehow. =(

And it's not just the pages, it's life. There's been plenty of drama drifting around, very unusual for me, but I guess I brought it on myself. In some ways, it's been terrible, and in others, it's been wonderful. That is the nature of things, I suppose.

I am looking forward to:
-dinner with a friend
-Museum of Science
-Harry Potter exhibit at Museum of Science
-hot chocolate
-being in Boston with snow (I hope)
-getting good at driving
-reading a fuck-ton of whatever I want
-sleeping well