Things and Such

Have been trying to get schoolwork accomplished all day. Between my own procrastination techniques and my mother needing to call and stop over 4,000 times today, I have only been moderately successful. I have three assignments left to finish before tomorrow and I’m significantly concerned at my ability to complete them. This is causing me no small amount of stress.

So, instead I’ll tell you all a funny.

For the last year or so I’ve been avoiding reading anything that will cause my eyes any strain. This has meant that my Kindle has become a godsend and the library, which has always been my ally in book reading, has been essential as both provide me nearly unlimited access to large print and audio books. I’ve mentioned my inability to read regular, small print on BookCrossing where many members search out gifts for others. Not because I expect them to go out searching specifically for accessible books for me but because I don’t want them to be offended when I “release” a gift to someone else without reading it myself.

Anyway, I received a bit of a blunder gift today thanks to a site glitch which was showing books on my wishlist that I had removed. In the mail were two of the Circle trilogy books in large print. I honestly feel bad that the BCer went out searching for books only to send me ones that I didn’t actually want. But I’m highly amused that after quite literally trashing these books I would end up with them in my possession. It’s like they’re haunting me!

June 29, 2011

Fourteen years ago today I walked across a stage to accept an empty leatherette case symbolizing my ascension into the “real world.” Put more plainly: I graduated from high school. Here’s a photo of me from back then.

In other news, I feel old.

Perhaps this is why eight week courses remain intense. Doesn’t seem to matter how far ahead I am, I constantly feel buried under the mountain of work to be done. Case in point next week I have five papers due and one of them is a massive term paper that I wanted to start well before now because of its weight on my grade. Except I have no shortage of other work to be done as I also have five papers due this week and so far I’ve only finished one. At this point I can’t decide if it’s a good thing or not that I’m about at the halfway point of these courses. I’m doing exceptionally well in both and I don’t have any doubt that will change. But the more heavily weighed assignments are packed into this second half of the time left and I’m exhausted just thinking about the work involved.

Have been distracting myself from that stress with attempting to read. Have only been mildly successful at this because my brain is so tired that I’m finding it hard to really concentrate on pleasure reading. This is pretty typical when I’m busy with coursework so while it’s somewhat sad it isn’t a surprise. I’m currently reading Water for Elephants. I’ve also been keeping busy with BookCrossing. In fact, my dining room table is currently buried under packages waiting to be mailed to all corners of the world thanks to a game of tag going on in the forums. I’ve nearly cleared off an entire shelf of books I can no longer read, which is good because I needed a place to stash all my textbooks.

I’ve also been distracting myself with mail of another sort. I have a small confession for you masses, aside from books I have an astonishingly large collection of postcards. I blame this fully on my father, who started me buying them whenever we were any place that sold them, and my grandmother, who pointedly requests one be sent to her whenever I step foot outside of my resident county. Honestly, I should probably organize them rather than have them all — both blank ones and those I’ve received — all tossed in a file box. It’s one of those things I keep saying I’ll do, but as it’s not high on the list of priorities it never gets done. The box has traveled quite a bit from all my various moving about, which is more than I can say for a good number of other things. Anyway, on a whim, since enough people have mentioned it in passing, I joined Postcrossing. Not much has come of that other than my sending out even more mail. At this point, I’m fairly sure my mail carrier thinks I’m trying to salvage the postal system single-handed. But I figure it might get me to organizing this potential fire hazard sitting under my printer and I’ve been sending postcards out sporadically enough to various people that it seemed worth trying out. Plus, it’s always nice to get something in the post that isn’t a bill or junk mail.

Nonsense

Bullets for your Monday:

  • The fourth Assistance Dog Blog Carnival has been announced and this time the theme is The Difference. As per the usual, all are welcome to join provided your post is related to assistance dogs in some manner. Submissions are due by July 22nd. (Which, if history says anything, means I’ll start mine on July 21st.)
  • After nearly six months, I think we’ve finally established a meal routine in the house. In the morning, Uschi heads straight for her crate when we come in from our first trip to the end of the driveway. And she seems to recognize when it’s dinnertime, too. She’s only very sporadically not eating all of her food, which thrills me beyond words.
  • Speaking of the furry one, she’s taken to claiming my spot on the sofa. Reclaiming this spot (where the light is best for me to read) instigates a rousing game for Uschi that entails moving to the other end of the couch only to leap back into my spot before I can plant myself in it. A few times she’s leaped right on top of me and let me tell you 70 pounds to the gut is like falling down a flight of stairs: it really knocks the wind out of you!
  • New television premieres last night. Was rather underwhelmed by both Leverage and True Blood to be honest. Though, my greatest moment of amusement for the day was hearing Pam say “Fangtasia was everyone” including pets. And it may just be me, but the open button way that Jason is poured into his deputy uniform makes me feel like he’ll just start shaking his ass and stripping at any moment.
  • In another realm of entertainment, found out the other day that I was selected as one Kat Richardson’s minions. I am shocked and amazed and pretty darn thrilled to get some mail that isn’t a bill or junk. Not that I really needed the excuse, but it should be fun to spread the awesome of the Greywalker series in an “official” capacity. Heh.
  • On the topic of books, it’s worth mentioning that after a little under eight months as a member, Spirit Bound became my 100th registered book on BookCrossing last night. I thought it a rather applicable book for such a milestone being it’s a favorite in a few respects. Will probably pontificate more on BC at a later time seeing as…
  • I have a metric ass-ton of schoolwork to get done this week. I don’t know what crazy power possessed me to take two eight week courses. They really suck.
  • Though, somehow managed to get all my work in on time last week even with a horrific migraine. Still have the tail end of it. (Meaning that I’m feeling slightly head achy and very nauseated. Blargh.) Was asked the other day how things are going in this department. Between that assignment, the fact she posts every new assignment late (giving us less time to work on it), and she takes forever to grade everything, well, I rather detest her.
  • Oh, in completely other news, I believe I might make some cupcakes this week. :-)

Pottermore

I have to say I didn’t really know what to expect from Rowling’s “big announcement” other than to know it wasn’t an eighth book or a new series since Scholastic had already confirmed it wasn’t a book. But I’m pleased to hear that the books will finally be in ebook format (and audio). Of course, my reread will be long done by October. I’m sure I’ll want to read them again sometime down the road.

I rather like the idea that she’ll be sharing her “encyclopedia” she’s been saying she’ll write in this more inclusive format. Should be interesting either way.

EDIT: The one drawback I’m noticing about the Pottermore website is that it’s at least currently not that accessible. (Rowling’s personal site is Flash, but she has a text only version.) To submit your email for the notification that registration is open you have to fill out a captcha. Ugh. Given the site is so overloaded, I ended up doing this ten separate times before I didn’t get an error and that was when the form even bothered to open. I definitely plan to see if I’ll get early registration just for this. I would hope that when it fully launches it will be just as accessible for the disabled as it’s supposedly going to be in languages.

Some Stuff

A similarly-titled post from yesterday got eaten due to an episode of slight incompetence for reasons I can’t explain. You didn’t miss much, especially since I’m about to repeat a good deal of it. Also, lists are fun.

  1. Turns out my speculation was correct and Jones is indeed from GEB! I do think that is quite a fascinating coincidence.
  2. The city has been out cutting tree limbs and cleaning the streets the last two days. It’s quite a racket. Currently the truck right outside my front door is mulching up the limbs chopped off the giant tree at the front of my house. Garbage trucks are more stealthy than this.
  3. I’m rereading the Harry Potter books in preparation for the last film. The amount I have forgotten about these books is incredible. I mean, I remember the general plot just fine but I’m constantly being astounded by various things that happen that I didn’t recall. It’s an enjoyable experience but for the fact I’m becoming increasingly worried that I’m going senile.
  4. Saw Super 8 on Saturday and X-men: First Class yesterday. Both were quite good.
  5. Uschi got a nice treat yesterday when I dropped my popcorn. I was a little concerned since she’s been taking three-and-a-half thousand years to eat her meals, which would suggest she isn’t feeling so well. But she’s no worse for the wear.
  6. This is good since she was a right pain on Saturday. She was super excited and crazy for no apparent reason and then got incredibly distracted by a Chihuahua we passed on Jay Street and then promptly relieved herself in harness around the corner. She was perfectly fine at the Pinhead Susan’s and the movie theater, though so I don’t really know what the crazy was about.
  7. I currently have a 100 in both my classes. :-D
  8. I like even numbers.