Waiting to hear back from my advisor!

So,  I sent in my first packet of work for my teacher to review. I’m super nervous because I don’t think it is the best work I could have provided, but I wasn’t sure how to change it to make it better, so I just sent it in the way it was. I wouldn’t say it’s horrible, but there are areas of the story that I think are really weak. Hopefully she’ll have some really helpful ideas that will make the story better.

In the meantime I’m working on the reading for the paper I have to write, and the book that I’m reading is probably one of the more dense and difficult books I’ve ever read. It’s The Obscene Bird of Night by Jose Donoso, and I don’t think it has ever taken me this long to read a book. He has sentences in here that go on for pages. My humble mind has a hard time following such in depth stream-of-conscious narration. It’s phenomenal, and I think that if I read it maybe five or six more times I might start to understand the deeper nuances of the book, but for right now I kind of feel like I’m getting battered around by this book. You should all try and read it if you crave a challenge. It certainly is that.

On an entirely different note we may be getting a puppy. Probably not too soon, maybe in the next couple of weeks, but the lady that we’ve been talking to about her dogs said that she would have a litter ready around Christmas time. Originally, that was fine with us because it would give us plenty of time to puppy proof our apartment. However, she emailed us a few days ago saying that she has a little boy that no one claimed and wanted to know if we wanted a puppy sooner. So, we’re driving up to meet the lady and the puppy this weekend to see if it’s something we want to try and do. Before anyone freaks out and says that I’m not thinking this through enough, let me assure you, I don’t make big decisions like this without taking a great deal of time to weigh both the pros and the cons of every situation.

The only thing I’m really worried about it I hope we don’t terrorize our cat too much. He can be really shy and skittish when he first encounters something new, but once he realizes that it isn’t going to eat him he usually warms up to change rather well.I imagine that when he does get used to having a puppy in the apartment, whether we get one in a few weeks or around Christmas time, that they will become the dastardly duo. Lord help our little apartment when that day comes.

Anyhow, this has been an insanely long post, but I hope I didn’t bore you all to death. Sometimes my calm life turns exciting, and this seems to be one of those times. I usually don’t have this much to talk about.

Well, happy Friday! Have a great weekend, dear readers!

Almost done with my Masters application (the first draft anyway)

I’ve been working on it for a few hours each night, and for all of the required components I either have a rough draft, or it is being mailed to the University. To me, that seems like pretty decent progress. I still am planning on editing all of the components heavily before mailing it in, but I’m feeling pretty good about where my application stands at this point in time. 

I was thinking about the whole Master’s thing and I think that even if I don’t get accepted it shows that I at least had the stubbornness to apply for the program. I would like to think that I can get accepted, but I don’t want to get my hopes up before I even hear any news.

I would have posted last night, but I caught I cold and fell asleep right after going to work. I will say that I am happy it’s the weekend. For some reason this week was really draining. I’m not sure if it’s because work was just really busy, or because a lot of people are leaving soon and I’m worried that work will not be the same after they leave. I’m happy for the people who are leaving because they found a job that suits them more, but I just worry that we won’t hang out as much now that we aren’t in the same work area.

The only problem I’m having with my application is they require at list of what books you would like to use in your studies during the program. I love being able to tentatively make my own reading list, but I’m just not sure how many books I need to list. It is a two year program, and I have eight really good pieces, but I feel like I should have ten or so. They do say on the application that the list is subject to, and will, change so I probably shouldn’t been too concerned about the number of books so long as each one is substantial.

Anyhow, I’m going to go be sick and read a book.

Happy Friday, dear readers!!

Words, Words, Words…and Puffer Fish

I’m once again working on writing today. I wish I could say I was getting a lot accomplished, but my brain is just not cooperating with me. I’m doing the thing all high school students do when they’re asked to write a paper: I open up Windows, find the place where I felt off, and promptly get distracted by something else. 

It’s a rather willing distraction. Not because I don’t want to get more writing done, but because I feel burnt out before I had begun. A lot of famous authors say that they write about four hours a day. That’s really isn’t a lot of time when you sit down and start cranking out pages, or work on editing, but they also have words of advice cautioning against pushing yourself too far too fast. I think I’m going to take the latter advice and try working later this evening because I just don’t feel like it write now (haha I made a joke).

In other news, I hung with coworkers last night and had a blast. I have to say I work with some pretty cool people.

I even succeeded and got the apartment deep cleaned which hasn’t happened since…well since we moved here if I’m being completely honest with myself. Luckily it’s small, and I don’t have much ground to cover. When we got the place I thought it would be easy to keep clean because it’s so small. In reality, it just makes the disarray more apparent because you can’t really escape from it. That’s what living in an apartment has come down to: try to run away from the laundry so I don’t have to fold it and put it away.

We are also planning on reorganizing the book shelf. The apartment came with this funky bookshelf that has all sorts of mismatched cube things in different sizes. It’s like a game figuring out which book will fit where, but once it’s done I can buy more! That’s super exciting. I haven’t gone book shopping in a while. Or we might get a fish. Not sure which I’ll like better.

I love books, but I have this strange obsession with fish. Seriously, one of my dreams is to own a salt water puffer fish.

Image I mean, look at this face. So cute.

 

Wow, this has turned into a long post. Random musing have abounded on this post.

Anyhow, have a great Saturday!

Happy Reading!

P.S. Did anyone get the Hamlet reference in the title of this post? Yeah? Cool beans.

Bookends?

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I thought this was great because it very accurately describes the state of my bookshelves.

I encourage everyone to pack their shelves full of books, pick your favorite, and take some time to read on this lovely afternoon!

Happy Reading.