Showing posts from September, 2012

Well, I didn't exactly post each day!

Oh, well. A week without deadlines is exactly what I needed. :)

J. K. Rowling Interview

Check it out: The Guardian Interview

First days of vacation...I am getting used to this!

I am so relaxed right now, and it is a feeling that I haven't had much experience with since I moved back from Florida! In any case, I didn't do much yesterday...just did a little shopping with mom and watched some football games. Today, I met friends for lunch and spent some time at the bookstore. Not much to write about!

But I did go to the public library and ran into my friends Allen and Bob, who were in Oxford with me a few years ago. It is always wonderful to see them!

I am also reading Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisted. I read Decline and Fall years ago, but I watched the movie version of Brideshead Revisited the other night and decided that I wanted to read the book. I really love it and hope to finish it soon. After all, I must be ready for The Casual Vacancy to be released on Thursday!

Vacation and Post-Dissertation Exhaustion

I am taking a vacation next week, a sort of spur-of-the-moment decision for me. I finished the dissertation, looked at my calendar, and realized that if I don't take a vacation now that I won't get a chance to until we officially are off for our winter break here at the university. So, I am taking my week off starting today at lunch--and I am so ready for it.

I haven't had a vacation--a real one in which I did absolutely nothing school related--in about ten years. I mean, I have gone places and enjoyed myself, taken a day here or there, but always in the back of my mind were thoughts about reading lists, comps, papers, dissertation, and defenses. It is a strange sort of existence, because the anxiety of a never-ending to-do list colors your entire life for a really long time when you are in graduate school.

At this point, I am not sad about the dissertation being completed. Many of you would ask, "Why on earth would you be?" Well, some people are. There can be a …

A Dissertation Update...

It is finished! I printed out everything for each of my five professors on the committee (250 pages per person...ugh), and set the date and time for the defense. I will be so happy when all of this is over!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books that Make You Think

As usual, the prompt is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books That Make You Think
(About the World, Life, People, etc): 1. An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance --I really loved this book, because it is surprising and really gives you a good picture of late-nineteenth-century women. 
2. Bleak House by Charles Dickens --I think this appears on nearly every top ten list for me. It is the most meaningful book published during the nineteenth century that I have ever read.You can feel Dickens's anger and frustration with a society that is very much like our own today.
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling --This book is only meaningful if you have read the entire series, I guess. For me, it is the most meaningful because it allowed me to see just how easily Harry was manipulated throughout the series. In my opinion, that is the most important lesson to take from these books. 
4. Darwin's Plots by Gillian Beer --This book is not a novel, but it is one …

My not-so-professional cupcakes

I made my good friend/boss cupcakes for her birthday. It is clear that I will never be a professional cake decorator, so I am just calling these shabby chic cupcakes. :)

The Alabama Humanities Foundation Lunch

We had a wonderful day at Birmingham's The Club! The Alabama Humanities Foundation Awards Lunch was wonderful, and it was so exciting to hear Dr. E. O. Wilson speak! As always, I enjoyed lunch with our staff, employees of the university press, and some of our board members!

Thank you for the pictures, Rebecca!

(Standing: Donna Baker, Cathy Randall, Sara Martin, Larry Davenport,
Curtis Clark, Rebecca  Minder. Seated: Beth Motherwell, and me.)

(Dr. E. O. Wilson giving his speech.)