Monday, January 30, 2006

Tagged by Katie!

Okay...here we go...

4 jobs I've had in my life:
nanny
hostess at a Chinese restaurant
cashier at Dillards
English instructor



4 movies I could watch over and over:
Girl with a Pearl Earring
About a Boy
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (lovin' me some Alan Rickman)
Love, Actually



4 TV shows I love to watch:
DALLAS!!!!
Everybody loves Raymond
Super Nanny
Seinfeld




4 places where I have lived:
Tuscaloosa, AL
Tampa, FL
Guadalajara, Mexico (very briefly)
fourth...yet to come!


4 places I've been to on vacation:
Cancun, Mexico
St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix
Puerto Rico
NYC


4 places I'd rather be:
On a huge spread of land nowhere near anyone somewhere in Montana or Wyoming.
London
York (in England...not Alabama...)
St. Croix


4 of my favourite foods:
Indian (almost anything)
Maccaroni and cheese
Sweet Potato Casserole
My mom's jalapeno corn casserole


4 websites I visit daily:
http://www.google.com
http://www.likesbooks.com/
http://www.amazon.com
http://www.tv-now.com/stars/hgrant.html


4 people to pass the baton to:
I don't have many friends with blogs!!! Katie took the only ones that I know of!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Crazy Folk on the Road



I swear, I am amazed that we don't have more wrecks down here. These people are just plain stupid and crazy when it comes to driving. I saw three "almost" wrecks on my way to get a cup of coffee. I am convinced that I should just make my own coffee at home. However, I must run the risk of damaging my car...staying inside all day will kill me. Of course, something is amiss...ever since the meteorite incident on my way home, I feel that I am marked. Yes, folks, something fell from the sky and hit my car. I don't know what it was, but I do know that it came from above. However, at least I can mark "being struck by meteorite" off of my list of possible ways to die. I mean, what are the chances of it happening again? [Unless I am like that unfortunate soul in THE GREAT OUTDOORS (the movie) who was struck 66 times in the head by lightning...That would happen to me. I am a creature of pattern.]
Anyway, other than that ramble, nothing is happening. I am trying to make myself read as much as possible today...so far, so good, but I am fading fast. The eyes are in need of rest and much mindless entertainment.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Dallas--Season 4...thank goodness.



It is finally out! I have been waiting for months to see Kristen fess up to shooting JR. I will say that Lucy is getting on my nerves, but maybe she will change a bit as the season goes on. By the way, didn't the writers of this show realize that not everyone's long lost parent needs to show up in the first 6 episodes of season 4? Poor Miss Ellie...Jock was a jerk in his younger days. She should have divorced him and taken all of the Ewing oil profits.

Anyway, things are good here. I am trying to finish reading Hamlet and I have a ton of other stuff to do...I am just still so sleepy from my recent excursion to T-town. So, I have been really lazy and I have not gotten much done at all. I had a conversation with my graduate advisor the other day and it looks like I have just one more year of course work and then I have to take the three day comp. exams! I am so excited. Anyway, after I pass those, I can start on the final leg of my PhD...and, that means that I am just one step closer to a real paycheck. Poverty is for the birds. In fact, I think the birds outside my window have it better than most graduate students!

Well, more when I have a chance to write...

Saturday, January 14, 2006

School is back in session...

And I feel the pain. It is deep and intense. Unfortunately, I am finding it very hard to be excited about this semester. I am not in classes that I am thrilled about and my early morning students seem to be more listless than usual. It is going to be a long semester. I have to get out of this funk!

Other than that, I am totally immersed in the sixth Harry Potter book. I am reading it super slowly...which is killing me...but I want to make it last as long as possible (another reason I didn't read it when it came out). I dread having to face the reality of the last installment. Rowling ought to continue the series!!!! Or, at least, write some prequels...that is an idea. Also, I have a theory about something. Rowling makes tons of allusions to historical events and literary characters in her books. Today I was reading about the French Revolution and was reminded that Arthur Wellesley defeated Napoleon at Waterloo...hmmm...Arthur Wellesley and Arthur Weasley...I think the Weasleys must get their day and revenge over the tyrannical Malfoys. Anyway, it was just a neat coincidence. It may not pan out in the end, but it does make for good speculation!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

A Lovely Evening...

Ahhh....I love to cook. I always forget until I actually do it. I decided that I wanted to cook some roasted vegetables tonight. My friend, Carol, always makes them when I go to her house for dinner in T-town. So, I looked around on the internet and found a recipe (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/5339 ).

It isn't the same as hers, but it is equally as good. It has a lot more stuff in it, but I plan to take out some of the ingredients next time and replace them with other veggies. So, I made that and a very little steak (my official "school is starting" meal), had a couple of glasses of Pinot Noir, and ate a slow, luxurious meal by myself (while watching "Girl with a Pearl Earring" while I was cooking and "Lord of the Rings" while I was eating). All in all, it has been a perfect evening so far!!!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Only a few days of freedom left!!!

Well, I am back in town and trying desperately to squeeze all of the pleasure reading I can into my schedule. School starts back on Tuesday (for me). SIGH. Anyway, I am looking forward to it, but I am still tired from Christmas.

Nothing interesting has happened lately. I went to Wal-Mart today and escaped without committing a murder. I hate the crowds at Wal-Mart and am convinced that one day I will be charged with a felony assault when I am pushed to my limit in there. Our store has placed little t.v. screens at the registers that advertise products in the story (usually DVD collections). It is really just a tactic to distract shoppers from long lines (WHY??? THERE ARE 35 LANES AND ONLY 8 ARE OPEN!!!). Meanwhile, it is just one more advertising glitch in my already overexposed life. I can't remember how much advertising we are exposed to each day, but I know it has to be more than the average released in government reports.

Well, am going to get into bed now...will be reading Harry Potter (book 5). Has anyone read any good books lately???