November 30, 2007
November 29, 2007
Do you get on a roll when you read, so that one book leads to the next, which leads to the next, and so on and so on?
I don’t so much mean something like reading a series from beginning to end, but, say, a string of books that all take place in Paris. Or that have anthropologists as the main character. Or were written in the same year. Something like that… Something that strings them together in your head, and yet, otherwise could be different genres, different authors…
I have been known to do this: I'll pick up one book at the library on a whim, and then proceed to read everything I can get my hands on about the topic. Usually a nonfiction book is what triggers it, then I'll read other nonfiction, fiction, whatever. I've done this with books about Japan, China, the Plague, the 1918 flu, turn-of-the-century New York, King Arthur...and probably a lot more I can't think of right now. Eventually I run out of things to read on the topic, or otherwise get tired of it, and then move on to the next thing.
November 28, 2007
November 27, 2007
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November 25, 2007
- Watch "Battlestar Galactica: Razor" on tape (seriously, it was on at 10 p.m. last night here - way too late)
- Read more of "World Without End" by Ken Follett - this is the sequel (of sorts) to "Pillars of the Earth." I'm enjoying it, but it's over 1000 pages. It's going to take forever to read. I have a copy from the library, but fortunately my mom bought a copy yesterday, so I don't have to rush too much.
- Watch "The Amazing Race"
- Make my Christmas Card list
- Play SimCity on my DS-Lite
November 24, 2007
Anyway, of the two, "Next" was the better movie. It stars Nicholas Cage, and is based on a Philip K. Dick short story, both of which were what made me put the movie in the queue. It starts a little slow, but the twist at the end makes it all worthwhile. Don't worry, I won't spoil it. The premise is that the main character, (Cage) can see two minutes into his own future. And of course, there are people who want to use that talent for their own purposes. I thought it was pretty well done, although slow at first, and I did like the "sliding" effect they used for showing it was only a possible future.
"The Invisible" was touted as being like "The Sixth Sense" - and it is, except for the fact that it isn't at all. The main character is a teenager who becomes invisible to everyone except for one troubled girl. This one also bogs down in the middle, and doesn't really recover. There were a lot of things that didn't really make sense, and there were no surprises at all.
November 23, 2007
And today was another rite of passage: I made my first student loan payment.
November 22, 2007
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November 16, 2007
What was your first “real” job?
During college I worked as a receptionist at the front desk of my dorm. After college, my first job was for a company that made electronic dog training products - "shock collars." I started in the order entry department taking catalog orders, then moved on to be the person who printed the shipping documents.
Where would you go if you wanted to spark your creativity?
If I could go anywhere? I think to a cabin in the woods somewhere, where I could just have time to think and get away.
Complete this sentence: I am embarrassed when…
everyone else seems to know what is going on and I have no clue.
What values did your parents instill in you?
Hard work, taking care of family, the importance of education
Name 3 fads from your teenage years.
Oh dear, my teenage years were the 80's so this is embarrassing. How about legwarmers, fingerless lace gloves, and Duran Duran?
November 15, 2007
I’m still relatively new to this meme so I’m not sure if this has been asked yet, but I’m curious how many of us write notes in our books. Are you a Footprint Leaver or a Preservationist?
I am definitely a Preservationist. The only exception to this is my law school books: they are full of highlighting and margin notes which were invaluable in surviving class discussions. I never wrote in my college textbooks, and would never write or underline in any other book either. I'm one of those who reads paperbacks without creasing the spine at all. I hate to loan books out because I know they will come back with spine creases!
November 14, 2007
November 13, 2007
November 12, 2007
Four First Names of Crushes I Had
1. Tom (my best friend's brother)
2. Mike (he was in 8th grade when I was in 7th)
Four Pieces of Clothing I Wish I Still Owned
1. grey suede cuffed boots
2. Blue and green plaid skirt
3. a long-sleeved blue shaker-knit sweater
4. this crazy blouse with a parrot on it
Four Professions I Secretly Want to Try
1. Bookstore owner
Four Musicians I’d Most Want to Go On a Date With
2. Simon LeBon
3. John Taylor
4. Rob Thomas
(I know they are all married)
Four Foods I’d Rather Throw Than Eat
3. Dark meat chicken or turkey
4. Green peppers
Four Things I Like to Sniff
1. New books
2. Old books
4. a new car!
I won't tag anyone, but anyone who wants to can do it!
November 11, 2007
November 10, 2007
November 9, 2007
1. Plans and schedules are important to make sure things get done, but flexibility is key as well: planning helps me prepare for the unexpected.
2. I’m happy when things just fall into place.
3. The last thing I drank was coffee!
4. One of the most valuable things in my life is my family.
5. I like ham and/or bacon and pineapple on my pizza.
6. Dear November, please cool off before Thanksgiving so I can wear my sweaters! Seriously, 90 degrees is too hot for November!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to TV and a book, tomorrow my plans include shopping at the arts & crafts bazaar and Sunday, I want tocatch up on laundry and reading.
November 8, 2007
From Booking Through Thursday:
Would you say that you read about the same amount now as when you were younger? More? Less?
I think I read about the same amount as when I was younger. I read less during law school, but have picked up the pace again since then. I have always been a fast reader, which helps me to get through a lot of books in a short time.
November 7, 2007
- I don't even know how often I check my email, because generally if the computer is on, the email is open so that I will know the second an email arrives.
- I have had the same yahoo! account since 1996 or 1997.
- I currently have several other accounts that all forward to the yahoo account so that I can check them all at once.
- I felt a twinge of withdrawal when my school account was recently shut down. Fortunately they gave us an alumni address.
- One of the things I am looking forward to is getting my official state bar email address, so I will have a "professional" address.
November 6, 2007
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November 1, 2007
What with yesterday being Halloween, and all . . . do you read horror? Stories of things that go bump in the night and keep you from sleeping?
I thought about asking you about whether you were participating in NaNoWriMo, but I asked that last year. Although . . . if you want to answer that one, too, please feel free to go ahead and do both, or either, your choice!
I don't read horror generally, but I do read Stephen King, and I have read some Dean Koontz when the mood strikes. Pet Sematary was one of the first King books I read, and it scared me pretty badly - I was probably too young to be reading it. I eventually read all of his books and have enjoyed them: he has a way with characters and dialogue I find pretty natural. The Koontz I picked up out of desperation one time at the library - I needed paperbacks rather than hardbacks, and the pickings were slim. I enjoyed them, but his tend to be more repetitive, and sometimes I can't tell whether I have already read the book before!
As for NaNoWriMo, I considered it again this year, but I think instead I'll go with NaBloPoMo as a more manageable challenge. I might do an A to Z about me as a way to fill at least 26 posts.