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The funniest version of my dad's song!

The song is the original and they put it with a 1950s instructional film about dating. Too hilarious!

Happy Birthday...

...Severus Snape!

Making (some) progress!

Hey, I will take "some" progress over "no" progress. I just completed a rough outline for my prospectus. Now, I know that that doesn't sound like a lot, but planning a long critical book is no easy task...and planning a proposal to convince people that you should be writing said book is an even harder task. So, that is where I am and I am happy that at least I have a plan on page. It is a slightly unstable plan that will undergo many changes and will probably look nothing like what I have now, but at least I have something to work with!

BCS Championship Game Night!!

Our VERY unhealthy game snacks...

Mom and Dad settle in for the


Christmas photos...a little late...

Our tree...

Mom enjoying the Candy Cane Martini...

Jeff's self-portrait...

Jessica and I (...I am feeling a bit ill by this time...)

And the BEST picture of the holiday: Dad and Grandma in Grandma's new red hats!

A very technological New Year

I have spent way too much money lately on two electronic items that I seriously believe no PhD student in English should be without.

Item #1: The Kindle
I love my Kindle. Yes, it was really pricey, but I already have over 200 books on my Kindle (90% of them have been free because they are classics..those that aren't free are really cheap). The $260 investment in the Kindle has already saved me over a thousand dollars in book costs...probably a lot more. The thing is that there are so many classics that I am interested in reading, but so many are out of print. Finding copies of these books by obscure authors or books seldom read by popular authors is expensive. Usually, you have to search antique book stores or find a used copy online for $20 (on the really cheap end) up to over $100. Interlibrary loan is often a futile endeavor for such books because the item you end up with is in really bad shape or too delicate to read. Even if you get a good copy, if you want to write about it yo…

Miserable Day...

The cough of yesterday translated to severe allergies today. I spent a miserable day trying to cope. I finally realized that I had to do something, so I contacted a nurse and asked if I could take something else along with what had already been prescribed. She said yes! I took some Benadryl...and though I am about to fall asleep typing, I am not sneezing!!! HOORAY!

Generation Me'er Movies??

Note: You should probably read the below post if you want to understand my question...

What movie defines your generation? I know a lot of my friends would suggest Pretty in Pink or The Breakfast Club (the second is a personal favorite and groundbreaking in many ways). I also thought about Reality Bites, a film that many of us in the class of '94 loved! I am not sure that the movie is especially deep once the love story enters the picture, but the things discussed and the personality types portrayed are definitely emblematic of a generation.

So...what do you think?

Tuesday Morning on a Monday Afternoon: Why weren't they open for ME?? Don't they know that "I" need to shop? I am a Generation Me'er...technically

My boss/great friend and her husband have been telling me about "Tuesday Morning," a store here in Tuscaloosa. I went there years ago, and I thought I would go again. I am not a big shopper, so the lapse in time between my first visit and now is not a reflection of the store! Unfortunately, they are closed for a week for inventory. Still, I did a little window shopping (in sub-freezing temperatures) and decided it would definitely be a good idea to go back.

Other than that, I had a very busy day. I got out to campus about 10 a.m. and photocopied my syllabus and then went to the library. Because I have spent most of the holidays sick, my mom dropped me off to avoid too much time in the cold. I am glad that she did because it was really freezing this morning and it was nice not to walk all over campus. After working for a while, she picked me up and we went to lunch at the Indian restaurant here in town. Yummmmm!

Mom and I were really restless this afternoon and wanted to get a…

Productive...but not enough

So, this is just a little personal rant. I feel very behind schedule. I spent most of the holidays sick in bed and now I am feeling PhD guilt for not getting much done during this festive season...that I spent in bed...coughing...rallying...relapsing.

Anyway, that is just my problem, I guess. Sometimes, your body has to stop you.

Meanwhile, I can't get enough sleep. I have slept late almost every day and I have taken really long naps. For example, I slept until 9:30 this morning and then I took a 2.5 hour nap this afternoon. Ugh. I did go to work and also managed to slip in a little bit of dissertation stuff...but still...ugh.

The only thing saving me...

I am wading through so many book reviews (all related to my dissertation topic), trying to carefully select things that I know I need to read through right away. I sat in front of my computer this morning, highlighting and typing for a very long time. But, one thing is helping me through the chaos:

I have had this tea for a while now but it hasn't lost its flavor. It really does taste like Sugar Cookies! Actually, and here is another Tuscaloosa related post, my favorite coffee shop--Java City at Gorgas Library--featured a new flavor of coffee for the holidays this year: Sugar Cookie. It was great! I really hope we have some left over when the cafe re-opens.

Java City (

I love Java City. I have been going there for about six years, I think. It is right on the ground floor of Gorgas Library. At first, I went there because it was convenient and the coffee isn't that it didn't make me sick like Starbucks. However, soon, I started going over …

A funny "Do..." resolution from Cherwell Online:

This is one of the "do's" for the New Year, from the independent student newspaper at Oxford, The Cherwell Online:

"Do be a historian. According to that incredibly scientific study back in Trinity, the Cherwell sex survey, historians have the most sex, and Somerville and New students are the most promiscuous. Also, do be gay. Homosexual students are more likely to get firsts, apparently. However, way too many Oxford students are having unprotected sex, including around half of our survey respondents. If you’re smart enough to get into Oxford, you should be smart enough to find yourself a condom: do use protection!"

For complete article, see:

It is great!

Happy New Year!

Well, we made it through another New Year! Unfortunately, I became a bit ill last night and spent most of it miserable. Then, my cough started to come back and that really sucks. (Ah, my verbal prowess.) Anyway, I am trying to think of a way to become productive today. There are so many things that I need to do...mainly, I need to try to dread. All of the medicine and illness during this break has made me take a break from professional work. I spent a lot of time in the office last week, but it was so cold in the old house where I work (we don't have central heating...just window units) that I basically stayed in my little room (originally a bedroom) with the door closed and locked to keep the heat in. I went over yesterday for a while, but the weather has turned colder and even the heat in my office wasn't enough. It is only going to get colder, so I don't imagine that I should work there for a few days. So, I will probably go by and pick up things to work on.

Other than t…