After ages, I finally charged my Kindle and I’m reading a sample of Ursula Le Guin’s “Lavinia”. I haven’t read her books before but I’m hoping to persuade Amazon to make them available for purchase on Kindle. I’m in the mood for alternative science fiction.
In fact! My Kindle has one Frank Beddor novel ready for me to read (FINALS ARE OVER): “ArchEnemy (3rd Book of ‘The Looking Glass Wars Trilogy’)”! Albeit, you’ll probably find it in Charlotte (my older sister)’s Kindle soon. Oh wait… I’m not in the mood for a fantasy trilogy. That’s fantasy.
Books on my list to read over the break:
The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier (Completed)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
There are other books in my small collection (after moving 3 times in the past 2 years) that would like my attention, but I’ve packed half of them in a box.
You may not care, but I’m moving in May/June 2013 into a new house owned by my older sister, Charlotte and her boyfriend, Billy.
At present, my room isn’t spacious enough to store my mini-library. When I need to buy new, practical things like… shoes and blankets… my books suffer. :(
It is my sincerest hope that I will be able to find good reads on my Kindle. As I don’t want to fill most of my room or future, more spacious! bedroom, with books. No, no. I’ll be allowed to do this when I find my own space… like maybe a studio in Texas or somewhere with extreme weather.
Trolling USAjobs.gov for job listings — keyword “French”.
Living expenses are going to skyrocket for me, what with the move to the Sacramento region and changing schools… and the stress for local jobs once 2013 picks up… I want to study something a little more flexible.
You can’t help but want to be competitive and I do find that my strengths/interests lie in languages — moreso than in the natural sciences. Ultimately, I’d like to be able to support myself and be able to live comfortably. And if I decided that I wanted to have a child/children (such a big commitment), I want to be able to provide for s/he/them.
Geology is an exciting subject… but I’m still on the fence about the optimistic projections from colleagues and professionals about the job market.
But I feel as though French can provide me more options.
Plus I think I’d rather choose to be a multilingual teacher than only be fluent in one language for the rest of my life. It’s personally rewarding to be able to bridge gaps of communication between people.
If French is the second-most-taught second-language in the world, then I think with intensive study and enough exposure — I’ll be able to communicate with a variety of people (and learn from them too).
Whether or not I end up as an academic librarian (times change, y’know) is still up in the air. Time will reveal all, provided I live long enough and am able to tell the tale.
“There is a great deal of celebrating now all over Palestine and in the Palestinian diaspora. But it may fizzle out in a week or two. Whether it will or not depends on what we do with it…”—- David Remnick talks to Prime Minister Salam Fayyad about Palestine’s day, and the obstacles facing a two-state solution with Israel: http://nyr.kr/Uw5bFM (via newyorker)
“Paris, as always, is swarming with Americans, and these days it’s also swarming with hamburgers. Oddly, though, it’s not typically the Americans who are pursuing the perfect burger on the perfect bun with the obligatory side of perfect coleslaw… It’s the Parisians themselves, rich and poor, young and old, who are crowding into the ever-expanding list of burger joints…”—Robert Gottlieb on some of the player’s in Paris’s war for the best burger: http://nyr.kr/QtxdBl (via newyorker)
the first six months of 2012 accounted for the warmest January-through-June period on record for the contiguous U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Monday.
The national temperatures averaged 52.9 degrees — ”4.5 degrees above the long-term average,” NOAA said in a statement. “Most of the contiguous U.S. was record and near-record warm for the six-month period, except the Pacific Northwest.” East of the Rockies, 28 states were “record warm,” NOAA said.
Topics I’m currently dipping my feet in/passing through my mind:
solar panels (I’m moving into a new house with my older sister, Charlotte and her boyfriend, Billy — these are psudonyms — in May of 2013. They’ve asked me to do research how safe solar panel systems are and environmental issues regarding it. Oh 25-year warranty)
terraforming Mars - timely, isn’t it?
EQs in the SE region of Asia - particularly in Burma and India.
The older you get, the more you learn to see what you’ve been taught to see. When you’re a kid, you see what’s there.
So I was walking my dog one Sunday morning and this little boy riding a Razor scooter followed me. My dog, being a jerk barked at him. I kneeled next to Pete to calm him down. That’s when the little boy asked me what my dog’s name was. I told him it’s “Peter Parker”. He proceeded to tell me the story of “Peter Pan” (ha).
God, anyone who’s around can hear this wonderful conversation, I thought.
I told him my dog was 8 years old. He laughed and said he’s 6. Someday he’ll be as old as my dog, maybe he could be bigger, he continued with the biggest grin in the world
I couldn’t help thinking why anyone would want to be older than 8. But then I remembered a time when I did.
Being older has a price, I told him.
"Everyone wants you to grow older and it’s a trick."
Of course, the little boy didn’t understand why I said that.
And I laughed because I always wanted to be older and ominous like that. Perhaps it was wrong of me to choose a Sunday of all the days to ruin the perspective of a child. God’s watching.