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...."