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October 7th, 2014

08:32 pm
I passed!!
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March 27th, 2014

01:47 am

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August 9th, 2013

01:40 am
Just cleaned out my friends list. Most of the people I cut haven't posted since 2004 (!), so uh they probably won't notice. If you're still out there and want to be added back, though, just let me know.

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July 1st, 2012

01:59 pm
I moved to St. Louis a year ago today!

It's been a pretty great ride so far. :)
Current Mood: happyhappy

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March 15th, 2012

10:17 pm
It's so hard to stay distracted without tumblr, you guys! I may just have to get rid of it all together. I'll be bored as all shit, but productive. AGH, WHAT AM I SAYING, I CAN'T GET RID OF TUMBLR. Mostly because I have a serious blog connected to my marginally-diligent one that would get deleted along with it, but you know.

I'm almost done with 4/8ish pages of this paper, which is a plus. It's only taken me all day, but whatever. I actually woke up early to take my car to the auto place to get inspected (auugghh failed the safety inspection, gonna cost me some monies to get it fixed) and fit a nice spring time walk in, but then I came home and napped with my cats.

I'm really just burnt out on writing in APA format. At least as an undergrad I had the odd non-psychology class and could actually write in my natural style when I did papers instead of filtering out all superfluous adjectives and avoiding metaphors and such. And plugging in citations every couple of lines. Maybe I'll take a lit class for shits and grins. (Just kidding, I'll never take another lit class because I hate critically analyzing books.)

...If I write some fanfiction, will you guys forgive me if I post it here? Oh, if only I had an original story idea that wasn't from 2004!
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Incubus - Dig (let's not talk about how many times I've listened to this song)

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March 14th, 2012

05:27 pm
Wow, I've been ridiculously productive today. The key? Giving up tumblr, apparently. And also probably the promise of a good dinner later.

It's so frustrating to have shit to do over spring break. I guess this is just the reality of my life for the foreseeable future. I'm scrambling to get stuff done so I can maybe have a semi-relaxing weekend, take some pictures, have some drinks on St. Patty's Day, write some fanfiction, that sort of thing. I have a paper outlined that I need to write, and I need to get a sort of literature review together for my research. Today I did the majority of my reading for next week and read/wrote up questions for my TA class.

Back to work! But first: I'm not on tumblr, but o.m.g., I imagine the backlash for John winning over that Downton Abbey chick in Fandom March Madness has a lot of people PISSED AS ALL SHIT. There was some nasty stuff going down yesterday. He probably won't get to the final two but even if he did, I'd vote for Leslie, because DUH.

(If you have no idea what I'm talking about, here you go.)

EDIT: I just read some of the comments, and oh my god. People get REALLY worked up over things that aren't important! Apparently my taste in television makes me a feminist AND a misogynist? Ok.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: chirpy birds and Sunday in the Park with George

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February 24th, 2012


Current Mood: crazyCAPSLOCK

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January 5th, 2012

11:52 pm - On the soft green elliptical grass
You know you're forever and always a theatre kid when the sheer intensity of a song from a musical makes you tear up. (You know, twice, because it's performed twice.)

Current Mood: enthralledenthralled
Current Music: Original Broadway Cast - Sunday

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November 4th, 2011

1. Favorite childhood book?
I was never reading in the right genres at the right ages. In first grade I loved Beverly Cleary books. In Third grade I was Star Wars obsessed and read all the expanded universe novels... I think my favorite was probably Children of the Mind, or the Specter of the Past/Vision of the Future books? At age 12 I discovered the book that is still my all-time favorite, Ender's Game, and also started reading the Sword of Truth series, which is another (long-winded) favorite. Um. So yeah.

2. What are you reading right now?
Uhhh, nothing, unless you count books and journal articles for my grant proposal/project proposal.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Nothing right now, but I'm considering requesting Mindy Kaling's new book because I'm too poor to buy it.

4. Bad book habit?
If a section starts to get even slightly boring I start to skim it. This is a bigger problem with journal articles and textbooks.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Nothing at the St. Louis City library, but I have three SLU books checked out. They are: The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, by Iain McGilchrist; Adam's Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans by erek Bickerton (great book); and An Introduction to Bilingualism: Principles and Processes.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
I have a NookColor, which I adore.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
OH GOD, ONE AT A TIME. I can read more than one at once but it bugs me.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Not really. The only thing I can think of as having changed is the fact that I read books by funny comedians now.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
Ugh, I really need to keep track of the things I read. I don't really make a habit out of voluntarily reading bad stuff... I guess I really hate the assigned readings for my Methods class? (I stopped reading stuff for that class like a month ago.)

10. Favorite book you've read this year?
Bossypants, the Ender books (because I reread them all, lol), the Adam's Tongue book I mentioned above, an autobiographical/biographical book I read that I can't find the name of because my nook is dead and won't power on, the Time Traveler's Wife, The Greatest Show on Earth.

11. What is your reading comfort zone?
science fiction/fantasy. Non-fiction books about physics and/or astronomy. Great books that were made into mediocre movies (I always end up watching the movie first).

12. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
A lot recently since I've re-entered academia. To be honest, though, I'll read anything as long as the writing style is good.

13. Can you read on the bus?
Nope. I get carsick. (bus-sick?)

14. Favorite place to read?
Bed, but I try not to read there anymore in an effort to work on my sleep problems. I like reading at the coffee shop down the street when the weather's nice, and I imagine I'd enjoy reading in one of the hammocks on campus at SLU.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
Only child syndrome means I'm selfish and I hate lending things out, especially because I never seem to get things back and I NEVER forget (SARAH LENZENHUBER, YOU STILL HAVE MY COPY OF THE GOLDEN COMPASS THAT I LENT YOU MY SOPHOMORE YEAR OF COLLEGE. Which I do need back sometime because I never bought a replacement and it goes with my set (curiously, the original copy I had of that book was also lent out and never returned, and it had a different cover design)). But I usually do lend things out because I don't like people to know that I'm super-selfish and distrustful, haha. Also, I'm crazy-diligent about returning books to people. Iwona lent me two books while I was in Poland visiting her, and I ended up mailing them back to her from the US a few months later.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
I did when I was younger, but I don't anymore.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

18. Not even with text books?
Eh, depends. I prefer not to write in them, though.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English because I don't like to work any harder than I have to. I could probably read a book in French (I have a few) but it would take a LONG time.

20. What makes you love a book?
I agree with Sarah -- if it catches my attention and holds it without me having to work too hard to get engrossed. I'm also a characterization whore and will take well-thought-out, complex characters and character interactions over any real plot. (For example, I found The Da Vinci Code engrossing the first time I read it, but it really bothered me that the characters were cardboard cut-outs and that none of it was real (which I found out after I read it)).

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If it has qualities in it that I know a friend will appreciate (Amanda and I are both character whores, for example, so if I like a book I generally assume she'll also like it. Greg, on the other hand, only reads non-fiction, so I hardly ever recommend anything to him.)

22. Favorite genre?
Science fiction.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Comedy. Bossypants was the first of that type (semi-auto-biographical stuff written by someone hilarious) I'd ever read, and I enjoyed it a lot.

24. Favorite biography?
Oh, the book I mentioned earlier, which is called, Almost a Family: A Memoir, by John Darnton. It's sort of a half biography, half autobiography, but it was very well-written and I love World War II-related books.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
I don't think I have, really.

26. Favorite cookbook?
Don't own/use a cookbook.

27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Pretty much anything by Carl Sagan or Richard Dawkins that I've read this year (I read quite a few by Carl Sagan). Carl Sagan in particular was such an eloquent writer and so passionate about the Universe and everything contained within.

28. Favorite reading snack?
Cheetos, om nom

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience
Hmm. I don't tend to read anything that's 'hyped' (No interest in the Hunger Games and I will never touch a Twilight book) so it's hard to think of a situation where I was disappointed. Never Let Me Go was such a weird experience with both mediums, but I liked the book more. (I think that book bugs people because it places its characters in such a harrowing situation and you never see them really rebel against it. It's instead about the human relationships and how they occur and blossom, no matter how much time a person has or regardless of whether they are the victims of a serious violation of ethical and human rights.)

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Yeah, I don't really read book reviews.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Too lazy to write them. If somebody asks me I'll put in my two cents.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?
Lol. When I first picked up Stone of Tears at age 12, it was intimidating because it was 984 pages long. But then I read it in two days and realized page count doesn't really matter if the content is interesting. Milton's Paradise Lost was intimidating because I felt like I was supposed to be getting way more out of it than I was. (Never finished it.) Hardcore classics are always a little scary because somebody always has an opinion of how you're 'supposed' to interpret it and to be honest I prefer just being entertained when I read or watch things. Critical reflection is for English majors.

34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?
That Master and His Emissary book I mentioned has like a thousand pages, and not even my adviser has read a good chunk of it. He told me he 'samples' from it from time to time.

35. Favorite Poet?
Matthew Arnold. (Lol, I totally typed Matthew Lewis first, but NO THAT'S THE HOT KID WHO PLAYED NEVILLE IN THE HP MOVIES.) I tend to hate most poets but I've always loved his stuff.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
One from the city library, a few from SLU's library. The check-out length is crazy-long on the non-ILL ones so I just hang onto them for ages.

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Lately, never.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Will from the His Dark Materials trilogy. Kahlan and Cara from the Sword of Truth series.

39. Favorite fictional villain?

40. Books I'm most likely to bring on vacation?
I always end up bringing non-fiction books with me for some reason.

41. The longest I've gone without reading.
Essentially never? I started reading early and I haven't really slowed down since.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Paradise Lost is the only book I can think of, really. Oh -- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I started Catch-22 but never finished it because I wasn't in the right mindset... I need to try it again. I wish I hadn't finished Catcher in the Rye because yuck, what a waste of my time.

43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?
Music with words.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Stardust! (idgaf, I loved all the Robert DeNiro stuff. I felt like the movie did more with the characters than the book.) Also, Silence of the Lambs was pretty flawless. Oh! Lolita. Either version, although the 90s film was more faithful to the book (given the subject matter, it's understandable that Kubrick's version is more 'tame') and probably the version I prefer. It's beautifully shot. Interview with the Vampire. A Clockwork Orange. I imagine Schindler's List (haven't read the book). I CAN'T CHOOSE JUST ONE.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Lovely Bones was pretty awful.

46. The most money I've ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Not a ton; I don't really drop a lot of money at once on books. Maybe $30 max.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I do this constantly with articles. I have to catch myself doing it and then force myself to go back and actually read stuff.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If I make it to the halfway point, it's probably good enough to finish. If it's class-assigned and boring, the professor telling me it isn't relevant to the exam will do it.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
I don't have many books here, but they are organized by size on a shelf. So, yes.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you've read them?
Keep them. Unless I buy them abroad and don't have room to bring them back with me (which is how Merima ended up with my copy of The Time Traveler's Wife).

51. Are there any books you've been avoiding?
This bilingualism book, haha. Along with the 20 articles I need to read tomorrow.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
The last book in the Sword of Truth series. Actually, the last trilogy. Just... ugh.

53. A book you didn't expect to like but did?
Eat, Pray, Love. I still think the author's just a big spoiled baby but I enjoyed reading about her experiences, and her writing style was fun.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn't?
Catcher in the Rye. Ugh.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Fantasy novels by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I've read The Death Gate Cycle a million times because it's super-fun guilty pleasure fantasy adventure reading.
Current Mood: discontentprocrastinatory
Current Music: Yann Tiersen - C'etait ici

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June 30th, 2011

10:38 pm
Moving tomorrow! Time to start a new chapter!!

Also, no internet for a week... boooo.

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