Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Conference: Post Presentation

Everything went really well. I didn't fall over my words (or anything else); however, I am now exhausted. Mom and I went to eat at a Mexican restaurant...which was really great because I had not eaten all day!

Tomorrow, I have to act as panel chair for one group and then man the registration table for a couple of hours.

Meanwhile, I need sleep!!!

Two and 1/2 hours to go...

Until the conference presentation.

Wish me luck.

I will need it.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Have you heard about this video game?

It should be banned. Here is a description from an article explaining why "Manhunt 2" has been banned in Great Britain:

"Manhunt 2 is distinguishable from recent high-end video games by its unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone in an overall game context which constantly encourages visceral killing with exceptionally little alleviation or distancing.

"There is sustained and cumulative casual sadism in the way in which these killings are committed, and encouraged, in the game," he continued.

Source: http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=77988

Sunday, November 04, 2007

There is a first time for everything.

Even pinkeye/ pink eye. Not sure if it is two words...have seen it both ways...don't really care. All I know is that I woke up in the middle of the night with a very bad realization that something funky was going on with my eyes. YES. BOTH EYES.

So, here I am, 31 years old, and experiencing pink eye for the first time in my life. I am not a happy camper. This is not a good time for this to happen. I want to meet the freak who passed this on to me.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Do I really have anything interesting to say tonight?

Not really. I am trying to cram in a lot of reading this weekend. The conference is next Friday and Saturday. I present on Friday during the first panel. I am trying to cut my paper (at about 13 pages now), but I think I am giving up on that. I am the last presenter....so, I think I will just grandstand it and take advantage of my captive audience. RIGHT. Anyway, I honestly don't know where else to cut this paper. So, it will just have to be a little long.

Other than that, I am reading Rudyard Kipling's Kim. It is a very interesting story. I have never really enjoyed Kipling before now. I would like to finish the book this weekend so that I can start my research and begin my paper.

Well, that is it for my boring life. Hopefully, I will have more to say later.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

YEA!!!

Snapecast chose my question to include in the "Owl Post" segment on the new episode!!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

One of those great t.v. moments:

I had the television on Lifetime and the station played its usual Golden Girls epidsodes. Today: Rose battles legally prescribed medication addiction in only 30 minutes. You gotta love t.v.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fighting for my sanity.

Yes, this is the response that always appears on my blog mid-semester. I started out this semester with two very big events looming in the distance: Melanie's wedding and the Victorian Lit. conference here in town. So, the first is over and the second one will be over in about two weeks. However, now I am thinking about all of the work I need to do.

I have completed my conference paper revisions, as far as the organization goes. However, it is 15 freaking pages and I need it to be shorter! Directly after the conference, I have a paper revision to turn in on the 15th (will work on that this weekend) and three more huge projects...not to mention grading papers and teaching. At least I have good students this semester!

But, none of this is a concern (right)...I allow myself a few "freak out" days each semester (still trying to convince myself). This is one of them (one of many to come, I am sure). Stay with me, people!!!

It doesn't help that I am suffering from allergies that must have originated their sources in hell.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Second Life, part 2.

I guess what really disturbs me about all of this is that it violates common sense yet makes perfect sense in the world we live in today (God. I sound like I should be taking Freshman Comp.). Anyway, it is true in this case. Why would I pay money for space that doesn't physically exist? This is nuts. On the other hand, some of my favorite activities are listening to podcasts and blogging. Both involve my invisible presence on the one hand, and an acknowledged, yet invisible, audience on the other hand.

Is this what we are coming to in the future? Invisible friends? Geez. I had that at age three. We are not progressing. We are regressing. AND I AM PARTICIPATING!!! (...but not in "Second Life".)

"The horror! The horror!" (Kurtz's dying words in Heart of Darkness may be appropriate here.)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Confused and Deeply Concerned.

I realize that I am completely out of touch in many ways in the virtual world, but the concept of "Second Life" completely freaks me out. I think this is an insane idea.

I am not prepared to say more than that at the moment, but for anyone unfamiliar with "Second Life", here are some links:

http://secondlife.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Life

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My I-pod Knows Me Better Than I Know Myself.

Yes, folks. It is true. I played my top 25 today, as recorded by my I-pod, and who knew that my #4 most played song is Madonna's "Sky Fits Heaven"??? I am not sure how I feel about that...however, my number one song is Elvis's "In the Ghetto". Not surprised about that one!

MY NEW BLOG!!!

Okay, everyone. As many of you know, I am obsessed with the Harry Potter series and have a rather hilarious and slightly scary on-page relationship with Severus Snape. He is one of my favorite literary characters (I love the Potions Master!!!) and I have decided to start a blog about his character.

Some of my references are a little funny. I am trying to take a humorous but seriously analytical approach to Snape. I love the podcast "SNAPECAST" (really funny and smart) and because they are willing to go so in depth with Snape's character, I decided it was okay for me to do so as well. So, that is what I am doing.

I am having fun with books, people!!!

Anyway, if you aren't afraid of some literary analysis and a little sick humor on the side, visit my new blog:


http://susiesnape.blogspot.com/


PS: I will still be posting to this one.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

My feet are killing me, but...

The wedding was great! Melanie looked so pretty and I don't think I screwed up anything major during the ceremony. All flowers were held at the proper moments...Melanie was fluffed at the proper times...the wonderful coordinator only shushed us twice. (There went my plan for Leah, another fun loving bridesmaid, to take a boom box down the aisle.)

Here is a photo pre-wedding:



The reception went well also and I think Melanie was only slightly mortified by the car...

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Go, Bulls!!!!!

I am sooooooo proud of my team!!! Great job sacking Auburn!!!!!

USF is awesome!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

People Are Irresponsible

I was just in a hit and run accident. The idiot hit me from behind, really hard, and then zoomed around me into oncoming traffic, nearly hitting another SUV. I am hurting, but alive.

I was on my way to Books-a-Million at the time. This is what being a literature nerd does to you...Saturday night entertainment...buying a book...car wreck. The logic is so clear.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

What Not To Wear...

Yes, I realize that I need to be featured on that show. I am not a fashion plate. However, in the marathon on TLC today, I saw a few outfits that should not have passed the fashion police. I don't understand the logic sometimes. Not only should some people just not wear certain things that may be "fashionable" or "modern", but neither should designers come up with horrible patterns. Who needs a dress with gold rings every two centimeters? I felt as if the old Sega video game, Sonic the Hedgehog, had jumped off the screen and imprinted itself on the dress. Gather up the gold rings for points!!!

My summer went by so quickly. First, I worked on an editing job with my favorite USF professor. Then, I ended up teaching a literature course for the department here at UA. It was a good group of students, but teaching summer school, while fun, was exhausting!

Other than that, not much is happening. The semester will begin in three days, but I teach on Tuesday and Thursday. I am working on a conference paper (already accepted), but I am also working on a conference paper proposal for the Accio conference (http://www.accio.org.uk) at Oxford coming up this summer. Even if the proposal isn't accepted, I still want to go.

Here's to good students and a good academic year!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Friday, July 20, 2007

Harry Potter 7!!!

I just went by the local Books-a-Million for some coffee. The armored truck was there, with guards, unloading the HP7 book!!! I want to write something that is delivered by armored truck!!!

I am so excited about tonight! The BAM party starts at 9. I am wearing my Slytherin colors (yes, I am a fan of Snape's)!!! I am a nerd, I know, but this is the first and last HP party I will attend!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Breathing Freely

Finally, school is out! Not that the work stops (for me) but at least it isn't so crazy.

Last week, we moved my grandma out of her old place and into a new one. It was a crazy experience (stuff still in boxes from 1960). However, at least I got to see a lot of family.

In any case, I will try to post more often.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

and then there were none...

Well, there is at least one more day of spring break. Not that it has been much of a break. If it wasn't for my cousin, Jess, meeting me for lunch today, I would not have left Tuscaloosa! (Thanks again, Jess!) Other than that, I have basically spent the week entertaining dad and trying to read fun stuff/school stuff.

Now, the trick will be to retune my mind to school work....

Monday, March 12, 2007

Spring Breakin'

Yep, although tomorrow I begin reading school stuff again, I did take a little time out to read some fun things. One book I just finished reading: The Thirteenth Tale. If you ever liked the Brontes, then you would love this book. If you are a person passionate about reading, you will love this book. I am both, so I devoured it!

Now, I am reading The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox. The public library is getting in a lot of newer books lately so I am having a great time. I know...I am a nerd. But, I love to read! Just being able to sit back and read something without a deadline attached to it is heaven.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

So close that I can almost taste it...

Let's give three big shouts for spring break!!! I am so ready. This time tomorrow, I will at least be home for a week without having to set foot on campus if I don't want to go there! I don't have any plans, other than using the time to catch up on a lot of reading. I still have way too much stuff to do, but I am not letting it bring me down!

Monday, March 05, 2007

She's Coming Undone...

Me, I mean. I am completely exhausted from grading 64 midterms. The students did very well, for the most part, but I am so sleepy!

I am also in need of spring break. While my academic chores will not slow down during that time (next week), at least I can sleep in a bit more!

I tried to quiet my mind tonight at St. Francis during centering prayer, but it just did not work...ugh. I must stop daily life from making me crazy.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Romeo, Romeo, what happened?

So, I just got back from seeing Romeo and Juliet. The acting was good (especially the guy playing Romeo...he looked about 14); however, the director made the decision to turn acts 1-3 into complete comedy...and not just the nurse's parts. It was everything! Even Mercutio's fight scene was slapstick. It only turned serious about two minutes before he died. Anyway, it was just really weird to have such a lighthearted comedy, with a ditzy teen Juliet (again, not a comment on the acting...it was fine...just the way the director wanted the part played), up through intermission, only to come back fifteen minutes later and see the traditional roles.

ugh...still confused.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Lent and AMADEUS

Not that the two have anything in common...

Anyway, I gave up buying books for Lent. It is a destructive passion. Anyway, so far so good. I am a frequent library patron...something we should all be happy about!

Also, last night, I saw Theater Tuscaloosa's performance of Amadeus. AMAZING!!! Who knew we could put on something that well done! Everyone was wonderful. In spite of the unfair review in the Crimson White, Terry Olivet was great as Joseph (spelling different, I think). Anyway, the play totally floored me. I saw the movie version when I was about nine-years-old (my parents never censored anything). The movie literally changed my life. I have loved it ever since. It made me love opera and helped me understand (though I didn't know it at the time) important aspects of the human mind and character. Well, the play (significantly different, and in some ways richer, than the movie) changed me life as well. I enjoy the theater, generally, but last night's performance made me actually love the theater. I was on the fourth row, center, and could see the facial expressions and emotions perfectly. I am entirely overwhelmed. The quality of acting is amazing. The play was almost three hours long, but I only felt as if I were there for 15 or 20 minutes. I wish I could see it again, but it just isn't possible!

I am going to see Romeo and Juliet, put on by UA, on Sunday....will update when that is over...."Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene...."

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Going crazy for pancakes!!!

Yes, folks, I celebrated national pancake day on Tuesday!!! My favorite breakfast food has its own day thanks to the charity drive from the IHOP folks (at least, that is what I think is the origin of the holiday). I, however, did not go to IHOP. I went to Wright's....ahhhh...the best pancakes ever. They are only a dollar a piece and are HUGE. They literally cover the entire plate. I had two. :)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

In the midst of greatness...

I am tardy in posting this, but I think I still should! A couple of weeks ago, during my office hours at Java City, the fabulous Harper Lee sat right across from me! She was on campus for an essay contest. It was amazing to see and hear her! So, that is my story and I just had to share.

Other than that, not much is happening (at least, nothing of interest). I read, only taking breaks for Boston Legal and American Idol. My idol, Olivia, has been on several shows recently!!! Very exciting for me, I assure you. Maybe not for anyone else...but, in my mind, there will never be another Sandy.

I am teaching literature (we just finished reading Frankenstein) and I really like my students. (Hopefully I will be teaching this summer, but if there are no opportunities to do so, I will, again, hopefully, work on campus somewhere.) I hope that they continue to let me teach literature. I am just getting my feet wet now and already know some things I would like to change.

Well, when something great happens, I will let you know. I will try to keep posting!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

"'Cause where there's a man who has no voice, There ours shall go singing..."

Yes, thank you Jewel for that lovely line from your song "Hands"...however, I have lost my voice...literally. If it doesn't come back by tomorrow morning, my students will be in for a real treat of "Susie Whispers: Live!"

PS: Did anyone see Jewel on American Idol on Tuesday night??? Weird. Very weird.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Finally!!! Here is Mr. Casey!!!

Here is my favorite dog in the world! This is my dog, Casey Bean.




STATS....

Age: 10 yrs
B-day: Dec. 25
Features: All handsome
Favorite Foods: ummm...everything. But, he really loves cornbread.
Hobbies: Sitting around looking beautiful, barking at Susie for more food, barking at animals outside, hunting and killing said animals with Susie (a.k.a wildlife commando)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

THE RACE: OR, Kill or Be Killed at Disney

The most brutal, abusive event. The half-marathon, usually in 30-40 degree weather (ideal), took place in 80 degree weather with humidity that was out of this world. My moisture wicking clothing did not work. I did great until mile 8, maintained a 13.5 minute pace throughout, but my body just could not cope with the loss of fluids and I began to fall apart around mile 10 (ending with an all time worst finish time of 2:59:53). I was so relieved just to finish that I almost started crying. And it wasn't just me...one woman began to pass out on the course, fell, and broke her nose when it hit the edge of the curb. Others were being treated along the course. Seasoned runners were sleeping on the pavement of the Epcot parking lot. After the race, I could barely walk...it was strange because that has never happened to me before. Little did I know, I was fighting off bad dehydration.

On the positive side, I got to see all of the characters (before I started to fade), slapped Stich's hand as I crossed the finish line, etc. Disney really did do a great job. They had lots of water/Powerade stops (more than most races), but even those were not enough this year. (I have been in so much pain from dehydration for two days!) There was also lots of entertainment, fireworks, music, video screens, etc. Also, even though I did not know anyone running, I was never alone. Thousands of people were there (it was kill or be killed as you ran) and I will post pictures as soon as I get some from the company taking them. The whole time, I just knew I was at the back of the line; however, when I went over an overpass around mile 9.5, I looked down and there were people as far back along the road below as I could see.

Additionally, I saw some runners that were totally nuts. Some were dressed as Tinkerbell (very cute, but it had to be hot with those light-up wings). However, what took the cake was a woman who looked just like Loretta Lynn (full hair and make-up...same age). Plus, her shorts were, um, a little too short. I would have loved to have seen her after the humidity set in. Bless her heart.

Other than that, the trip was fairly uneventful. We stayed at Port Orleans (Riverside). The staff wasn't as friendly as most, but the resort is fabulous because it is quiet with lots of paths to walk on and lots of pools (always one that you can find that is empty). Also, there is water everywhere and boat/bus access to many places.

Anyway, that is about it. After my disappointing but life-affirming finish, I ate lots of junk food to console myself (after I woke up from a very long nap). In fact, I have eaten way too much since. Oh well...time for New Year's resolutions to kick in!!!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

UGH...

Well, the race is Saturday. I hope it goes well, but I am dreading the wait. The runners have to be at the site by 4 a.m. and then I could start at any time between 6 and 7. I would rather show up and run.

Other than that, I am reading a really interesting book: Little Children. Has anyone read this one? There is a movie coming out soon and I wanted to read the book first. Anyway, it is really good.

Other than that, I am just in the hell of packing and making sure I have everything with me that I need for the race. I live for Sunday.

Monday, January 01, 2007

So, it is a new year...

Any suggestions? I hope this year is peaceful and full of good things. Last year held enough craziness for my entire lifetime. Anyway, I wish everyone a wonderful, happy new year!